outside temperatures are generally cooler, leaves and acorns are falling, and John and Jarrod are riding bikes to school. Bringing the outside in with house windows opened. Morning sunrises from the sixth floor of the air traffic control tower are glorious!
inside we've pulled out the lap blankets to snuggle in when the house is cooler, we're sharing cups of coffee (Jarrod and I), and we're watching a weekly Bible study video. I've actually had a few minutes computer time to flush out some project ideas
looking forward to November and - a visit from my daughter Elizabeth - and my grandkids, gifting a date night to a young couple with five adopted children, celebrating Jeff's and my birthday, participating in 30 Days of Thankful.
delighting in the time we spent last month with new grandson, Noah.
hounding Elizabeth for pictures of Noah...she posted to Facebook...thank you, Elizabeth. Hey, I am making a one-year album. I need pictures people!
remembering Elizabeth saying, "People, focus on me!" at her graduation gathering (I think it was graduation) when everyone was talking around her and - well - not focusing on her.
getting some physical therapy for my back and hip, slowly improving flexibility and I'm experiencing some relief here and there, but still not where I'd hoped I'd be. Although the last couple days have been mostly pain free. When I say pain free I really mean less than a 3 of 10.
swimming is my most important thing right now - I have fairly recently accomplished a 1 mile swim but have not been able to get to the pool since (over a month now). A friend of ours has an outdoor pool that she is willing to let me use any time, even if she's not there. The pool is not heated, and the weather is turning, but still, I might have to brave the temperatures
watching Once Upon a Time (Season 4), but, have put that on the back burner because it got frustratingly too evil, Blacklist (Season 2), and, chomping at the bit for Season 3 now playing on prime time television, Hawaii Five-O (Season 5), but, recently finished, and Blue Bloods (Season 5), and needing to watch the current season because it is so good, and Psych - all on NetFlix. Then, there is Stargate SG-1 on DVD
rejoicing with John and Jarrod as we held their Eagle Court of Honor this past month and the quiet relief and a new endeavor as Assistant Scoutmasters, and a weekend hiking trip as all three, Jeff, John, and Jarrod, going as scoutmasters.
eating oatmeal for breakfast most days during the week. Although this past week it has been Panera Bread bagels with chive and onion cream cheese.
hoping fall stays for awhile
beginning the Armor of God Bible study by Priscilla Shirer for our, the boys and I, next study. Then, I'm thinking Nehemiah by Kay Arthur for a different way to study the Bible and a great study on leadership - but - we really like Priscilla Shirer so maybe a study on Gideon.
remembering all the laughter I shared with my daughter Ashley on her short visit in September and missing her so. It was good to laugh with her the kind of laughing that takes your breath away.
planning my 30 Days of Thankful album (it's coming up in November). I'm thinking 8 x 8 this year and maybe turning it into a digital album, but I love my turquoise albums, so, maybe not.
dreaming of a front porch to welcome fall in...ok, maybe winter. It is the south here...and a back deck too!
relaxing, finally, with no big commitments looming ahead.
wishing I was scrapping more...taking more pictures...miraculously have a clean scraproom and an organized bedroom and bedroom closet...and a front porch.
wearing boots and sweaters more