01 September 2014

September Domestic Artist Challenge #1: Evaluate My Schedule and Routines

Courtesy of Microsoft.


Dear Ladies,

The first task I am working on is evaluating my schedule and my routines.  Recently, I read  Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (affiliate link*) which inspired me with vignettes about how famous artists schedule their lives.  Some of the stories were amusing, a few of them a tad scary, and I took away quite a few new ideas.  

I have a basic schedule form on my website, and I use this exact form to schedule my week.   Since I am visually oriented, I color-code my schedule, using blue for Church and service times, yellow for meal times, lavender for rest times, pink and aqua for work-at-home times, and green for work-away times.  I leave blank those precious hours for which nothing is scheduled.  

I also keep formal bedtime, morning, and mid-day routines.  I am seriously re-evaluating those routines.  The bedtime routine, for me, is the most important, for it helps me to wind down after my long, busy day and sets the tone for the next morning.  Still, I have found that in the last few months, I need more self-care than in times past.  This change may be part of the natural aging process that will be permanent or perhaps due to other stresses and strains that I hope are not permanent.  I am starting to feel a bit peppier in the mornings, so I am considering adding a few more activities to my morning routine, which will relieve me of a few mid-day tasks. 

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia

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Our September Foci: Commemorating and Progressing


Photo courtesy of Wikicommons, in the public domain

October is my favorite month, but September runs a close second.  The temperatures continue to moderate a bit; the public and private schoolers return to their work, depopulating the free and low-cost activities for homeschoolers' visits.  I pray that our autumn and winter are stormy and wet, so I am taking some opportunity for local visits now.

I  had a choice between two flowers for the September flower: the Aster or the Morning Glory.  I chose the Morning Glory because we planted a few seeds here the first summer we lived in this abode, which was my Braveheart's last summer, and they are still blooming.  To me, the Morning Glory signifies the brevity of life and love as well as their eternal natures--a paradox.

September presents a wealth of opportunities for special days.  We emphasize Medieval life this year; therefore, we will commemorate the birth of Richard the Lionhearted on the 8th, and we will read the Tolkien translation of Beowulf during Tolkien week, which is September 21-27 this year.  In addition, we always commemorate the ratification of the United States Constitution on the 17th.  Finally, our next live online Fascinating Womanhood class commences on September 9, and Womanhood Day is September 30. 

I took some time to pick up the Tolkien Beowulf again, for I was reading it the night my car was burglarized.  Four months later, I feel a bit better about reading it again.  I know avoiding the book was irrational, but I felt almost a revulsion toward the book, a book I had waited so long to see and, in fact, believed that I would never be able to read as Tolkien's estate did not seem to be in any hurry to release the volume.

September is a time that I re-organize my home, and I will be posting thirty ways that I intend to do so as a Thirty-Day Challenge.  Will you join me?

Agape always,
Cynthia



26 August 2014

Marine Biology WebCam Site of Possible Interest

Clip art courtesy of Microsoft.


Dear Ladies,

We enjoy studying Marine Biology and visit the EsealCam website on a regular basis.  I thought that some of you might enjoy learning more about the Elephant Seals of Central California, so here is a link to their website, as well:  http://www.elephantseal.org/index.html.  Under the "Marine Mammals" link you will find information about many of the God's creatures found in the Pacific Ocean.  The website does contain non-profit fundraising material, but nothing that I find off-putting (your results may vary, however).

God bless you all.  I pray for all of you: would you please pray for us, too?

Agape always,
Cynthia

PS: I have no financial connection with the website referred to in this "woman-to-woman" post.

25 August 2014

Shaken, Not Stirred...

Courtesy of Microsoft.


Thanks!  We very much appreciate your prayers, good thoughts, and supportive comments.  We live a bit away from the earthquake zone, and--Deo Gratias--we slept through the entire thing and incurred no damage.  

Agape always,
Cynthia

11 August 2014

Our August Foci - Returning, Reorienting, Preparing

Courtesy of Microsoft.

The flower for August is the gladiolus, and am I "glad" to be here with you all!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a beautiful July and early August.  Everything here was gorgeous, as usual, except for being a bit hotter than I expected.  The time was one of facing and overcoming a new challenge.  The time was also one of realization.  I absolutely must make some changes, but I cannot see how to effect those changes. Please keep my family and me in your prayers.

Our August Foci include the following:
  1. Returning to a regular schedule of prayer and Bible reading. Due to the erratic schedule we temporarily moved away from praying and reading from the Bible twice a day.  We continued to pray and to read the Bible together, but not in the regular way that is our custom.  I grew up with the adage, "No Bible, no breakfast; no Bible, no bed."  Just a few minutes a day spent in God's word orients us to the way He wants us to live.
  2. Returning to our regular schedule of events.  I need to be on a schedule.  The schedule does not need to be rigid, but I do need some structure.
  3. Reorienting ourselves to schooling.  We don't follow the September - June school schedule.  This year,  however, with everything that went on in July and early August, our schooling went a bit off track.
  4. Preparing for a major life change that looms down the road a piece.  I don't mean to sound cryptic; I simply cannot write publicly about recent occurrences.
  5. Reorienting to living all of the FW teachings to the best of my ability.  I would give myself a score of 78 out of 100 in living FW right now.  However, I am used to living FW in the 90s and everyone feels so much happier when I do.
Agape always,
Cynthia


03 July 2014

Our Plans for a Quiet Independence Day

Courtesy of Microsoft.


Due to the extreme drought here, our town cancelled its usual fireworks display and discourages home fireworks, which are forbidden where we live.  A few of us have decided to club together for a picnic and a little parade in our back parking lot.  I'm taking a fruit salad with marshmallow fluff and cream cheese "dressing."  Usually the dressing is more popular than the fruit.  To keep the dressing from turning I place it in a small bowl and then place the small bowl in a larger bowl of ice. Waxed paper covers all.

Sometimes I feel annoyed with the grief that goes on in our government, but I am grateful for the sacrifices that people made for the first Independence Day so long ago.  

Stay safe!

Agape always,
Cynthia

Fascinating Womanhood Class?

Seaside Promenade - M. Ancher - Public Domain


Greetings, All!

I would love to walk along the seashore in the company of friends today, wouldn't you?  We could even bring our parasols!  

I am writing because a dear lady from overseas wrote to ask if I continued to teach Fascinating Womanhood classes, and the answer is a resounding "Yes!"  My most recent live, online Basic FW Class commenced in March and ended a few weeks ago.  I will have another live, online Basic FW Class commencing later this year--August or September most likely.  I continue to offer the Advanced Class, too, but I am not taking any new students until August.  

The Recorded Basic Fascinating Womanhood Class remains available and may be commenced at any time.  If I were taking a class, I would choose a recorded class.  The recorded class features everything the live classes do, and students save $10.00.

Hugs and smiles!

Agape always,
Cynthia

 
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