Well, Joyce is recovering from her daughter's wedding this past weekend so there is no Hodgepodge today. And, I haven't done a Daybook in some time so thought it would be the perfect day for that. Hope you enjoy!
Outside my window...the sun is showing it's face and it's a 100% chance of beautiful sunshine all day long. Buttttttt.....the high today is only 37 degrees for us here in the Bayou State, that is cold! Thankfully, no rain is in the forecast. To be cold and rainy is just nothing but pure misery for me.
I am thinking...that our wagon is loaded with two big events the first half of this year. The first one being the birth of our son and DIL's 2nd baby around Valentine's and then our BIG move sometime in April or May.
I am thankful...for the trials and tribulations of my life that have made me into the person I am today. It's really hard
impossible to thank HIM for the struggles we are facing when we are in the middle of them. But, I don't think I've ever not thanked HIM afterwards and HIS faithfulness to see me through, no matter what it might have been. And, HIS faithfulness will continue to the end! PTL!
In the kitchen...we've been eating out of the freezer a lot lately. That's why I love making extra when I cook, freezing what's left and it's like a day "free from the kitchen." Last weekend I did make some of the best beef stew and we thorougly enjoyed it. I always make mine by cutting up thick round steaks into cubes. Stew meat has way to much fat in it for this gal and I almost gag if I get a piece of fat in my mouth. ~pure grossness~ Like you really cared to know that. ~sorry~
I am wearing...I am still debating but I can assure you that whatever I wear it will likely have Cuddle Duds on under it.
I am going...no where except to run errands and that's about the sum of my "goings" these days. A lot of them are related to the new house construction and the others are just the usual grocery and Wal-Mart runs.
I am wondering...how long it is going to take me to adjust to our new house. It is sooooo different from our present house and the way things will be set up are going to be so different. It is a very, very open floor plan, few walls and lots of windows. My kitchen will be completely different and I do think that is going to take quite an adjustment. I will have an abundance of cabinets but they will not all be right at my fingertips like they are in this house. I will adjust and it will likely be a fun process. ~I hope~
I am reading... "Spirit Rising" by Jim Cymbala. I have read almost all of his books and they never disappoint but rather give me so much spiritual food for thought that is amazing. In case you do not know who he is, he has been the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for 30+ years. He is probably one of my very top favorite Christian authors.
I am hoping...our replacement for our front door will come in sooner than the middle to end of Feb. As you know, the first door came in the wrong dimensions. Our contractor went ahead and put it in so that the house could be closed up but the sheet rock and trim work around that area cannot be done until the exact door is installed. It's been the only "issue" we have had but it's one that happens to take a while to correct since the door comes from overseas. Ever heard of a "slow boat from China." Well, I think that's the way they ship these doors.
I am looking forward to...seeing if our new baby has "auburnish, reddish" hair. I mean her Daddy is a dark auburn and her Mom is a beautiful red, so surely she will have some shade of red hair. But, guess I'd better hope she has any hair at all when she comes into the world.~ giggle~ And, truth be known, she will be just precious with or without a strand of hair and her Mom will put those cute little headbands on her to make sure everyone knows she's a girl. ~if it is necessary~
I am learning....that if you use Avery.com that you rarely need any other graphic program. I happened upon it a couple of years ago and use it more and more all the time. If you like cute labels, then it's for you!
Around the house...the packing continues and there are signs of it all around now. At first you could not even tell I had started packing but now a lot of decorative items are packed and things are beginning to look a bit bland around here. But, I am sooooo grateful for the time I've had to pack and the time I still have. It has allowed me to be very methodical and to go through and get rid of as I pack. And, Hubby walked through this past weekend while I was packing and said, "have you missed anything that you have already packed." I said, "no." I began to think about that and I have been packing stuff since mid Oct. and if I haven't missed it since that time then perhaps I don't really need it. Ugh! that's a toughie for sure. Guess the truth of the matter is, no, I don't need it, but guess I want it and am not quite ready to get rid of it. ~as I said, a toughie~
I am pondering...thoughts of the new year and while I have not made resolutions in a few years, I do ponder and reflect upon the past year and the areas of my life that need a "tune up." That can be spiritual, physical or emotional or all 3. I absolutely love a fresh start!
A favorite quote for today...
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better person. Ben Franklin
One of my favorite things...is to watch how these two cousins love each other. It has been so wonderful for them to grow up together and while they live apart, they make up for it when they are together and it is nothing but sweet! They are one year and 5 days apart in age.
A few plans for the rest of the week... I will be hosting the Bunco group that I am a member of tomorrow evening. We have not met since November so we'll have an extra good time this month. It's the greatest group of gals and we always enjoy a delicious meal and then play Bunco. It's nothing but fun!
A peek into my day...nothing exciting planned for sure, unless you call packing boxes exciting. And, I guess it is in a way because it means that we will soon be moving into a new house. It's going to be too cold to enjoy being out today so I think I'll probably just be inside where it is warm and try to be productive and I sort of feel like I may be trying to catch the "congestion crud" that everyone else has and has had around here.