The Simple Woman’s Daybook: July 6, 2014

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FOR TODAY July 6, 2014

Outside my window… cooler. It was 96F in Claremont today. I hate July in the desert…

I am thinking… about the organizing of all of Daniel’s therapy notes, IEP’s, goal paperwork, ABA reports, etc. that starts tomorrow for me.

I am thankful… that I have a really good relationship with my in-laws, especially my mother-in-law. People have commented upon meeting us that they’re kind of shocked that we’re not mother and daughter. (She’s been my “other mother” for 14 years now — we’d better be getting along well.)

In the kitchen… just cleaned it. My mother-in-law made a peach/raspberry cobbler today with the peaches off of her tree. I’m not a fan of cobbler but it smelled pretty good.

I am wearing… my preeclampsia survivor shirt and black running shorts.

I am praying for… discernment, some special intentions, Daniel’s school time to go well this week, for another call for Jon, and for healing for various people.

I am going… to Target tomorrow to pick up the scripts they couldn’t fill today because of computer problems.

I am reading… A New Song by Jan Karon. I finished Out to Canaan yesterday.

I am hoping… the weather is much much cooler tomorrow.

I am looking forward to… finding out where God wants us next.

I am hearing my mother-in-law’s Mints and Roomba running. It sounds (and looks) like “Robot Wars” going down in this house.

Around the house… laundry to fold once I get Daniel to sleep.

I am pondering… aspects of the human condition.

A favorite quote for today… “There are two kinds of love: we love wise and kind and beautiful people because we need them, but we love (or try to love) stupid and disagreeable people because they need us. This second kind is the more divine because that is how God loves us: not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive but He delights to give.” — C.S. Lewis (from today’s email — I’m on a mailing list in which a piece of his works appears in my inbox every morning)

One of my favorite things… Daniel asleep.

A few plans for the rest of the week: “school” for Daniel Monday – Friday, speech on Tuesday, and various errands sprinkled throughout the week.

A peek into my day… Felicity (one of my in-laws’ cats) asleep in the laundry I have to fold.

Felicity *helping* with laundry

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7 Quick Takes: Independence Day, GetRather.Com, and The News from Here

7 Quick Takes

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A better way. Someone decided to send me Elena’s post on the recent Supreme Court decisions. (To those who are doing this: cut it out. I’ve got better things to do with my time and my energy than block you on here for trying to start a flame war.) Rather than expressing my true feelings on what she has to say (which I will just say are not complimentary to her), I thought I’d tell y’all about a better way that removes the issue entirely: go to GetRather.Com and download the version for your browser of choice. You can put in the terms you want to not see in your Facebook/Twitter feed (for example: Hobby Lobby, Tea Party, Abby Johnson, Matt Walsh, and Obamacare) and the app/add-on will either mute those specific statuses/tweets or replace them with something pleasant like pictures of cats. You’re welcome.

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Orphans. Do you see this precious sweetling on my sidebar? Brett (the little boy on my sidebar) needs a mama. If you think you might be his mama, click on his picture with all possible speed. Currently, I’m crocheting a baby blanket to raffle off to raise money for his grant.

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Read this. Hevel posted some pretty poignant Quick Takes related to the kidnap and murder of 3 Israeli teenagers by Hamas. I highly recommend reading them.

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And while we’re at it… Can I just say to those who have published screeds on how Bowe Bergdahl is un-American because he *might* have deserted (it has not been definitively proven) that y’all suck? I mean, seriously, people are acting like they would have preferred that he shot himself which truthfully, he could have easily done given the level of depression and mental illness he was suffering. I’ve read accounts from both sides of the coin (both “right-leaning” and “left-leaning”) and the behavior described leading up to his disappearance was clearly suicidal behavior.

As tomorrow is Independence Day, I will definitely say that I’m glad to have a commander-in-chief who doesn’t leave anyone behind, regardless of how much crap people will give him for it.

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Independence Day plans. There’s a festival and parade in the town where I’m living but it’s supposed to be 97F here so I’ll probably stay indoors until things cool down significantly in the evening. There are a number of civic fireworks displays visible from my in-laws’ porch so I’ll probably watch those. (I live in a tinderbox so setting off my own is soooooo not happening.)

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Update on Freya. The day after her return, the little deviant jumped onto my father-in-law’s bed, chased his obese orange tabby patch cat Alyssa off the bed, chased her around the room and under the bed, and finally into the closet. Freya then cuddled up to my father-in-law, offered to help him eat his torta (as he was telling me this, her tail was on the dirty plate), and spent the day kissing up to him. She helped him nap, helped him with setting up some speech-to-text software (which now has commands for “Freya” and “meow”), and tried to supplant Alyssa at every turn. We are hypothesizing that her time away was for “plotting and conniving” rather than the “mental health day” suggested by my mother-in-law.

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Show Kelsey some love. Jon’s cousin Kelsey is headed to Lithuania for a year as a missionary. She’ll be working at LCC International University as a residential director. If you’d like to show her some love, here is one of her fundraising updates.

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at ConversionDiary.Com.

Prayer Request

Freya never came home last night after being outside. This is distressing to me as she was an indoor cat for 10.5 years. Could y’all pray that she comes home soon?

**UPDATE** The little monster is home again. She got lots of pets and a stern talking to.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook + What I Wore On Sunday: Pastoral Farewell Edition

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FOR TODAY June 29, 2014

Outside my window… dark. It’s around 11 p.m. and I’m staying up and waiting for Freya to come in. She has become an indoor/outdoor gremlin after moving down here to Claremont and she’s not one of nature’s best camouflage jobs so I worry when she refuses to come in.

I am thinking… about Daniel working with the home teacher tomorrow that the school is sending out. She has no ABA training which is going to mean that I’ll have to train her in how to work with him. Oh freaking joy.

I am thankful… for my in-laws. They babysat last night so that Jon and I could go to the country club reception for the pastor of our church down here who is retiring after 40 years of ministry. (They also got Daniel to sleep even though he came and curled up with me around 1 a.m.) They watched him again today so we could go to church in the morning and the special service of farewell for our pastor in the afternoon. When we got home, my mother-in-law tucked me in with Edda and told me to take a nap. She is made of awesome.

In the kitchen… mint chip ice cream. I’m still pretty full from the reception after church but I needed something on my stomach to take pills.

I am wearing… my lavender Momcat shirt and black capri sweats from Target.

I am praying for… a good session with the home teacher tomorrow, for no more problems getting services for Daniel down here, for a few special intentions, for discernment in what comes next for us…

I am going… to hit up Target for Noxzema tomorrow. Daniel apparently smeared 1/2 a jar of it on himself during his “play bath” tonight and ran me out.

I am wondering… where Freya is.

I am reading… Out to Canaan by Jan Karon — continuing to read brainless stuff right now as I deal with the weightier things in my life.

I am hoping… the little monster comes in soon.

I am looking forward to… snuggling up with my house panther and going to sleep.

I am hearing crickets. It’s a relatively cool night outside.

Around the house… silence as I’m the only one up.

I am pondering… various things, most presently popular artists performing with symphony orchestras. I could see it working for Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony 10+ years ago. (What? You didn’t know I like Metallica?) I’m a bit surprised at how it worked out for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra performing with Sir Mix-A-Lot and doing “Baby Got Back”. (If you don’t believe me, the video is here. It’s probably mildly NSFW.) I’m also kind of surprised at all the women who got up to dance on stage with him.

A favorite quote for today… “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” — Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV) which was quoted a lot during all the events for Dennis (the pastor who is retiring).

One of my favorite things… mint chip ice cream.

A few plans for the rest of the week: annoying various people and social agencies to get services for Daniel. It’s what I do best. ;)

A peek into my day… I’m using this particular topic for my “What I Wore on Sunday” meme picture. I wish I had gotten a picture of me in my super pretty clothes last night at the country club but oh well. This particular outfit worked for church this morning at St. John’s (I accidentally slept too late to go elsewhere), a trip to Michael’s/Target/Stater Bros. (grocery store), and then the worship service honoring Pastor Dennis.

What I Wore on Sunday: June 29, 2014

V-Neck: Kohl’s
Skirt: Kohl’s
Shoes: Naturalizer

For more, go see Emily and the other pretties at Fine Linen and Purple.

Funny story: My mother-in-law runs a Little Free Library in their front yard (I’m standing in front of the tables of books in this picture) and on Friday, I had just gotten home from picking Jon up at the train station in Pomona when I saw a mother and daughter walking away from the table of books. We greeted each other politely and then it clicked that I knew here from somewhere. It was Jamie from A Year in Skirts and Helping Each Other Every Day! I knew she lived in the area but I hadn’t realized how close she was. Even better, my mother-in-law knew who she was because I had showed her Jamie’s blog and she had been meaning to tell me that Jamie was one of the patrons. It’s a small world indeed. I think I shocked her when I pointed out how I knew who she was (which, by the way, is totally unlike me).

What I Wore On Sunday

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7 Quick Takes: Fundraising for Eastern European Ventures, Lincecum’s No Hitter, and Other Things From This Week

7 Quick Takes

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Supporting a Missionary. My husband’s cousin Kelsey is going to be living in Lithuania for a year as the Resident Director at LCC International University. She needs to raise the $14000 for her living expenses, travel to Lithuania, etc. If you’d like to help, click here.

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Adoption fundraiser. My friends Jake and Dalas and their two biological kids are in Eastern Europe adopting a little boy and a little girl. They have only a small amount (under $500) to go until their adoption is fully funded. Given that things could start getting more expensive if their daughter Janna doesn’t get a court date on Tuesday, they are seriously going to need the money. The plan was to be home by July 19th when their bio son turns 2 (and stops flying free) but things are getting fouled up. If you can kick a few bucks their way to get them fully funded, click here. In any case, keep them in prayer.

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Speaking of orphans… Do you see this precious sweetling on my sidebar? Brett (the little boy on my sidebar) needs a mama. If you think you might be his mama, click on his picture with all possible speed. Currently, I’m crocheting a baby blanket to raffle off to raise money for his grant.

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Timmy’s No-No. Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter against the Padres last night. (Yes, I’m aware the Padres beat them the previous two nights. Hush!) I’m not surprised given that these are the Padres and he pitched one almost a year ago against them just before the All-Star Break. I’m conveniently ignoring the fact that the Giants fell to the Reds tonight and that they’re only 2.5 games ahead of the Dodgers. (Please, O Lord, let them not fall behind the Dodgers. Jon would not let me live it down! #mixedmarriage)

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A funny. Someone posted the story of Shane, the Walmart deli guy on my wall and I just about died laughing this morning. Strangely, I could see my evil twin doing all these things.

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Bedtime routine for Daniel. We’re trying to get a bedroom routine down for Daniel who is adjusting to life now that we’re living with our in-laws temporarily. Jon has been out of town all week so this is falling to me. I instituted the “at-8:00-we-start-winding-down” rule… which almost never works and we’ll lie on one of the beds in his room and go through flashcards as a way to (theoretically) calm down and then look at books. This almost worked tonight until he heard the front door open. At that point, he snapped awake and I had to restrain him and get him resettled while reciting hymn lyrics in a soothing voice. (It’s also at these times that I can’t *remember* large amounts of hymn lyrics when they take over my head at other times.) Repeating the Jesus Prayer ended up working. Currently, the little monster is asleep on the end of my bed with his feet hanging down. I will have to move him, lest he wake up in the middle of the night from all the blood pooling in his feet.

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Cat wars. Up until now, I was under the impression that my black cat Edda was the mellowest little girl in the world. Not so much. She has been hissing and growling at my in-laws’ cats. Freya (my corpulent tabby patch cat) has also been attempting to supplant my father-in-law’s corpulent tabby patch as the queen of the master bedroom. Let’s just say the fur has been flying here.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: June 24, 2014

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FOR TODAY June 24, 2014

Outside my window… sunflowers. It’s nice right now but should get to 88F today.

I am thinking… about the errands my mother-in-law and I will be doing with Daniel this afternoon.

I am thankful… that the move is over and we’re settling into things here.

In the kitchen… my mother-in-law is making salmon packets for my father-in-law.

I am wearing… black polo shirt, jeans, and flip-flops from Old Navy.

I am praying for… Daniel’s school situation to resolve, for some special intentions, for grace and guidance as I process the last month or so.

I am going… to drop off my little black dress to be mended on my way to pick Daniel up from summer school.

I am wondering… what our status will be at the end of the summer.

I am reading… These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon. I also read A Common Life last week.

I am hoping… Daniel goes down peacefully tonight and that we can get a new routine in place here for bedtime.

I am hearing my mother-in-law’s Roombas.

Around the house… Roombas are running, laundry is cycling, and I’m sitting in my room with my needy black cat.

I am pondering… too much mentally. Will have to journal some things out tonight.

A favorite quote for today… “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” — C.S. Lewis

One of my favorite things… a place and time where my mind can be quiet.

A few plans for the rest of the week: errands on various days, sorting through boxes, shredding old papers and bills, and living where my feet are at the moment.

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