by Barb on July 18, 2010

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Outside my window…

Oh, what a beautiful mornin’,
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I got a beautiful feelin’
Ev’rything’s goin’ my way.

From Oklahoma

I am thinking…
of how nice a full night’s sleep is. A certain three year old girl has figured out how to climb out of her crib, with some coaching from her four year old brother. She has been getting up at five, not to mention getting up in the middle of the night, and also waking up her two year old brother who shares her bedroom. I think it’s time to dismantle her crib and put her mattress on the floor.

I am thankful for…
the rain we had this week. Everything in our yard needed it so much! Now we need some sun for the beans to finish growing. They’ve been hanging out on the plants just waiting for the sun.

I am pondering…
my new journal. I started out my previous one with pictures and words from magazines and then got out of this habit. However, when I look through the book, I like seeing the images mixed with my handwriting and what the images remind me of. I think I’ll scatter images through my new journal for fresh inspiration.

From the kitchen…
Lots of harvesting and preserving going on! This upcoming week I am going to feature some of my favorite canning recipes here.

I am also going to try a more gluten-free menu this week for all of us. I’ve been reading about the symptoms of adrenal fatigue which I think I may have, though I think my healthy eating, Shaklee supplements and exercising have been helping me combat most of the fatigue. I also read a post on Healthy Home Economist last week about their gluten-free weekend experiment with their kids, and I am wondering if the same experiment would produce the same results for my kids.

Nourishing Days has a weekly menu plan template that I am trying this week. She has a section for produce that needs to be used up, one for excess pantry items, one for meal ideas, and one for the grocery list. I don’t need the grocery list so I may end up creating my own version, but this is a good start for my mostly gluten-free week.

I am wearing…
black running pants, a pink tank top, and socks – just came back from my walk.

I am creating…
no plans – ah hah! I decided that I needed to stick to my routine for the week as I have outlined in my Google calendar. I am simply not covering all my basic areas when I know that doing a little in each area each day keeps things chugging along. I am also going to make lists for my oldest son to do each day. I haven’t been delegating very well and he can certainly handle more responsibility.

Living the Liturgy… 
We’re settling into our summer routine with mass  attendance. I also made a personal pilgrimmage to our Marian grotto yesterday morning as part of my walk. The sky looked beautiful as I walked back.

I am going…
not sure, actually. I think we may take a walk at the Heinz Refuge and enjoy the morning. We need some family time.

I am reading…
lots and lots of books from the library – A Midsummer Night’s Scream by Jill Churchill, Tell Me, Pretty Maiden by Rhys Bowen (very good!), Social Media 101 by Chris Brogan, Flying Apron’s Gluten-free and Vegan Baking Book, and Recipes from the Root Cellar by Andrea Chesman, and I am reading Dr. Northrup’s book, The Wisdom of Menopause, given to me by a friend.

Living A Healthy Lifestyle…
I didn’t walk as much as I would have liked last week because of sleep issues and the humidity. This week I am walking every day and making sure that I get my stretching and ab work done twice daily.

As I mentioned above, I am experimenting with a more gluten-free menu this week. I’m working from the approach of getting more fruits and veggies into our diet. The kids have liked the oat milk-based smoothie that I started making. This week I’ll work on soaking the oats before making the oat milk. I am also going to try out this soaked oat pancake recipe from Nourishing Days; I am hoping they will freeze well for weekday breakfasts.

I am hoping…
to stay focused on my routine this week and to have cooler temperatures.

I am hearing…
kids playing quietly.

Around the house…
The upstairs landing project as well as the steam cleaning are still waiting. Gee that sounds familiar! I also need to look at my lists for back to school. I found pants and shorts for my oldest at Kohl’s this week. However, I need to hem the pants. I am waiting until he actually needs them just in case he decides to grow between now and October.

Around the yard…
Plants are perking up. The grass is green. The weeds are growing. The squirrels are eating the peaches. But they still haven’t found the corn.

One of my favorite things…
Shaklee’s CorEnergy – I could only make it through this past week of disturbed sleep with the help of this supplement.

A few  plans for the rest of the week:
finally finishing the second  floor landing cleanup, steam cleaning the rugs, harvesting the vegetables  from our garden, the Media Farmers Market, working on various computer  projects, food shopping, and making food in the kitchen, a doctor’s appointment, and a visit from my mom.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Hard to believe we were working on the upstairs bedrooms last summer, and this summer we’re finishing up the project.

Meet Barb

Barb Hoyer has written 3938 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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A Gracious Home July 30, 2010 at 5:49 am

I enjoyed your daybook. I'm trying to live a healthy life also. It's not easy to do with so much temptation around. It sounds like you have a great life. Have a great week, Doylene


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