The rhythm of a simple home
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I found this wonderful non-fiction book written by a Japanese woman named Yumiko Sekine.
She started a company called Linen Fog
It is separated by the seasons. I love books that do that.
The weather: Autumn's cool temperatures have finally arrived. Today we will reach only 59 degrees but this morning, as I type this, it is only about 49. I have my fuzzy slippers on!
Outside my window: it is dark. The sun has not yet even begun to rise up over the harbour. Sunrise won't be until just after 7:00. I don't mind the darker, earlier evenings. It's sort of cozy. I don't, however, enjoy the later mornings. It's hard to get out of bed in the dark!
Right now I am: sitting at my kitchen table drinking a hot cup of vanilla nut coffee.
Thinking and pondering: about a book I read recently called, Life in Five Senses, by Gretchen Rubin. It's very interesting. She writes about how she spent one year being very mindful attention to her 5 senses. She set up occasions to put each sense to use and included her family and friends in the experiments. It was very good and reminded me that noticing our senses throughout our day can lead to more fulfilling lives.
How I am feeling: Content. I had a wonderful, albeit busy weekend with my sister, brother, and sister-in-law, along with both of my daughters, my son-in-law and all three grandchildren. We went on a pumpkin walk through a local trail and we also carved pumpkins ourselves the following day! So much fun!
On the breakfast plate: coffee and whole old fashioned oats with raisins, ground flax seed, turmeric, chia seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, along with some local honey.
On the lunch plate: I made some plant based shepard's pie for dinner and will take leftovers for lunch today.
On the dinner plate: Roasted tofu, green beans, leeks, and mushrooms with brown basmati rice
What I'm wearing: maroon corduroys with a grey cable knit sweater
On my reading pile: Becoming Myself by Stasi Eldredge. I have had it for quite a while but haven't started it yet. This week!
On my TV this week: I have started Ken Burns new documentary called The American Buffalo. It will probably take me all week to finish it. I tend to fall asleep about 15 minutes after I turn the TV on.
On the Menu: I was so busy over the weekend that I didn't get to the market. I know there will be one night of pasta, one night of salmon....I don't know about the rest yet.
Looking around the house: It is cozy here. I spent some time cleaning before my sister came to visit.
My kitchen table is laden with winter squash. My daughter grew some in her gardens this year and some I picked up at the market. I will make a dinner of roasted squash and rice this week.
To do list:
clean out my bedroom closet
Take the Thanksgiving decorations out of the closet. I have a cute set of wooden feathers and a turkey head that you poke into a pumpkin. My grandchildren love the turkey pumpkin! I also have two turkey candle holders that my aunts gave me years ago. I'll have to buy candles for them as I burned through them last year.
From the camera:
My grandson carved his pumpkin all by himself this year! He turned 7 earlier in the month.
He used a safety carving tool and I was right next to him but he drew the face, scooped out the "guts", and carved it all by himself!
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all
making my prayer with joy,
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
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