Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Here is my lenten spring cleaning schedule:
March 7, Monday: Learning Room/Studio - clean and organize bookshelves and art supplies.
March 8, Tuesday: Learning Room/Studio - clean and organize desk and closet.
March 9, Wednesday: Stairway and Mud Room.
March 10, Thursday: Rec. Room.
March 11, Friday: Rec. Room.
March 12, Saturday: Front Yard.
March 13, Sunday: REST
March 14, Monday: Hall and Hall Closets.
March 15, Tuesday: Master Bedroom.
March 16, Wednesday: Master Bedroom, inc. drawers of dresser and night stand.
March 17, Thursday: Master Bedroom, inc. closet.
March 18, Friday: Front Porch - clean and decorate.
March 19, Saturday: Back Porch - touch up paint and decorate.
March 20, Sunday: REST
March 21, Monday: Clean fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee pot and tea pot.
March 22, Tuesday: Clean ceilings and light fixtures.
March 23, Wednesday: Clean windows.
March 24, Thursday: Clean blinds.
March 25, Friday: Laundry Room.
March 26, Saturday: Back Yard.
March 27, Sunday: REST
March 28, Monday: Organize pantry and built-in hutch.
March 29, Tuesday: Clean and organize kitchen cabinets and drawers.
March 30, Wednesday: Dining Room - clean and organize buffet and china cabinet.
March 31, Thursday: Living Room - clean fireplace and sort through DVD's and books.
April 1, Friday: Clean door handles and doors
April 2, Saturday: Garage.
April 3, Sunday: REST
April 4, Monday: Boys Bedroom - sort and purge clothes and toys.
April 5, Tuesday: Bathroom.
April 6, Wednesday: Clean doors and door frames.
April 7, Thursday: Clean van - inside and out.
April 8, Friday: Clean other vehicles.
April 9, Saturday: Kitchen Storage Closet.
April 10, Sunday: REST
April 11, Monday: clean oven, range and hood.
April 12, Tuesday: Grocery shopping/ errand running.
April 13, Wednesday: Dust and baseboards.
April 14, Thursday: Vacuum.
April 15, Friday: Mop.
April 16, Saturday: Grocery shopping/errand running.
April 17, Sunday: REST
April 18, Monday: assemble Easter baskets.
April 19, Tuesday: prepare Easter outfits.
April 20, Wednesday: begin Easter dinner preparation.
April 21, Thursday:
April 22, Friday:
April 23, Saturday:
April 24, Sunday: EASTER SUNDAY!!!
*ordering my seed from Bakers Creek, starting those seeds immediately upon
arrival, and expanding my garden.
*creating a notebook with planting information and recipes for how to use and
preserve my spring and summer produce.
*celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, just because it's fun to do. Maceo will be performing
at the library on this day.
*do my spring cleaning through the lenten season, clearing my house and my life
*celebrate Shrove Tuesday with pancakes, sausage, and stuffed strawberries or
a fruit salad.
*maybe make 'mardi gras' masks.
*go to Ash Wednesday service at church.
*set up an 'altar' at center of dining room table with a cross, crown of thorns, alms
box, and bowl with soil and votive candle.
*plant grass seed in that bowl of soil on Palm Sunday.
*make Stations of the Cross votives and do the stations with the boys.
*make 'crowns of thorns' with pretzel sticks and chocolate.
*celebrate Herb's birthday.
*celebrate Saint Patrick's day.
*celebrate Saint Joseph's day.
*mail birthday package to Keegan and Ian.
*have lenten teas.
*decorate front porch for spring.
*celebrate Christian's birthday.
*have a Messianic Passover dinner.
*continue work at food pantry.
*make resurrection eggs.
*play Exodus game.
*play Holy Week game.
*visit a nursery and buy Easter lilies or hellebores, the lenten rose.
*make resurrection cookies.
*make hot cross buns.
*read The Three Trees.
*hide the alleluia.
*recognize Rose Sunday.
*do readings on Good Friday as extinguish candles.
*silence at 3pm on Good Friday.
*pick out Easter outfits.
*celebrate Saint George's day.
*recognize Saint Mark's day.
*begin countdown to pentecost and celebrate pentecost.
*create lenten countdown calendar for kiddos.
*read scripture - lots of it.
I love this time of year - it seems so full of possibilities!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Yesterday Keegan and Ian had their electricity turned off. The apartments website said that all utilities were paid and, in all the conversations with management prior to the move and at the time of the lease signing, no one informed Keegan otherwise. Electricity had been on for the last month and a half and no bill was received but they were told that they were responsible for the power bill and would just have to go without until they could get it set up in their name. Presumably, it states that they are responsible for it in their 40 page lease agreement but had failed to notice it the day that they signed it. Hopefully, they will get it all set up on Monday and we will report the management company to the BBB for their false statement on their website. In the meantime, they have an adventure on their hands - life by candlelight. Also, the financial aid check has not come in. Money is low, food is low, and power is off. But, this too shall pass.
On a positive note - Ian has a job at a pizza joint! Yay!!!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Well, for those of us cheering for the Steelers the superbowl proved to be a little less then super, but overall Superbowl Sunday was a blast. Initially, I had envisioned inviting Sarah and her family over for a little party. FYI: Sarah is a Packers fan and Herb is a Steelers fan. I opted not to issue invites after learning of the storm heading our direction. I wasn't sure that we would all be dug out of the snow in time to party. So our party was truly a little party; just the immediate family - Herb, Christian, Maceo, Bishop and myself. We had a nacho bar, relish tray and a superbowl cake. It is a family tradition that I buy a superbowl cake if a family member's team makes it to the big game.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Bishop was quite successful (even while he was dodging flying chopsticks!)
He learned that eating rice off of his plate with his chopsticks was nearly impossible. He switched to a small bowl and found that it was much easier to hold it near his mouth and kind of shovel it in.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Candlemas - a day set apart on the liturgical calendar to recognize the presentation of our Lord in the temple. The day is referred to as Candlemas because, in the Catholic church, candles are blessed on this day to serve as a reminder the words of Simeon who called the babe in his arms "A light to lighten the gentiles and the glory of your people, Israel." Luke 2:32
For our recognition of this day I was truly inspired by the liturgical teas over at Cottage Blessings. The author of this blog, Alice Gunther, has a special way of making the scripture come to life in a truly memorable fashion. I am certain that you will be inspired by her ideas as well. I followed her tea ideas very closely.
We started our day making these edible candles. They were so easy to make and looked quite striking on our table.
We had our tea by candlelight. Bishop picked miscellaneous candles from my stash (most of them remains from advent) and we lined the buffet table with them. They created quite a glow and set a reverent tone.
The tea involved reading Luke 2:22-40 and presenting foods and such that are symbolic of significant people and elements found within the scripture. This included (remember: Alice gets all credit for these ideas):
*Strawberries with Whipped Cream
*And, of course, the Edible Candles
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
It was a pleasant pursuit and we now have snowflakes everywhere, both outside and in.