Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day, 2010

Al turned 23!

Me with my progeny :)Silly, silly.....

4 generations on Mother's Day. Nan, Mee maw, me,  Naomi and G
Nan with her Vrazo "Greats"Jed gathering rhubarb for......strawberry-rhubarb jam!

Farmer Tim!Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers! Too bad they are here to enjoy for such a short time!

Outside my window: Sunny but cool. What happened to our warm weather?!

I am thinking --  about how to arrange the week. Haven't come up with much of a plan as yet.

From the schoolroom: Onward and upward.....catechism is over, last day of co-op classes this week, finals for the college kids.  The year is really winding down! 

From the kitchen: Strawberry-rhubarb jam. Yum! The boys made smoked ribs and brisket for mother's day. The first time we have ever smoked meat ( fish, yes) and it was a brilliant success!
I am reading and watching:
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne 
It seems like I have to read a new parenting book every so often to keep the memento going. This one has many golden nuggets in it. I was very intrigued by his theory that all children ( and people) have "quirks" but "quirks" turn into disorders when there is too much stress in a child's life. He has observed that many children in our American society show "disorders" that children who have lived through traumatic wars, displacement, etc in other, less prosperous and stable (?) countries have.  All in all an interesting book so far.

Listened to:  "Loving Frank"  by Nancy Horan
The premise/subject of this book isn't all that savory, I will admit. Still it was interesting to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright. Tim and I have a standing joke anytime we see a garishly modern, 60's type house that it is a " Frank Lloyd Wright". But I see now that despite those pseudo imitations, he did have some compelling ideas about architecture. Mostly this particular story hit me as a cautionary tale about the lies people will believe/adopt in order to absolve themselves from guilt. 

Vanity Fair (william Makepeace Thackery)
I have never read the book and it was a bit difficult getting into, but in the end it was worth it. I believe the book was a satire of English society at the time it was written. I'm not sure the film carried that out but it was entertaining. Natasha Little as Becky Sharp was outstanding.

Around the house: Working on the outside. Raking, weeding, and hopefully.....lawn cutting and weed whacking will be happening this week.  DITTO. We did finally find a riding lawn mower....
the weeds that need to be whacked are still neglected and growing like....well....weeds!

What we will do this week:    I've got a meeting to go to. I somehow signed on to be chairperson for a children's tent at our parish festival. I haven't a clue what I am doing, but I thought it would be a good way to serve the parish that serves us so well. And the family can be involved (look out, family!. :) PROM for Noah and some corsage making will be on the docket. Noah's last rugby game. 

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Streams of consciousness from a mother of 10 who usually can't collect her thoughts and finds commas a nuisance.