In This Room . . . (my home office/workspace) this week I have reconfigured my worktable/working space to allow me to *see* the sunshine all day long (rather than feel it on my back), and I have moved all my working files off my bookshelves so that my bookshelves are not cluttery, and I have shuffled all my crafting and sewing supplies and books around on my bookshelves so I’m seeing them with fresh eyes.
I Am Thankful . . . both of my parents are in good health.
From The Kitchen . . . there’s a watermelon to be cut up for my kiddo, and a nice little assortment of produce I picked up tonight which I’m looking forward to trialing over the next several days, including organic nectarines and pears. If either or both of those fruits work out okay for me, I plan to buy as much as I can and freeze freeze freeze as fast as our FoodSaver can seal bags!!
I Am Creating . . . a list of “things to do” to revamp my teen’s room once the weather has cooled off enough to do some painting of walls. It will be a big project and I want to approach it in a way that will create the least amount of disruption since it’s the room where he spends most of his time when we’re home (homeschoolers!).
I Am Reading . . . “A Dance with Dragons“, by George R. R. Martin (the 5th book in the Game of Thrones series)
A Series I Am Watching . . . I recently finished “Firefly“, my first time watching it, and loved it immensely (except for the character of River, who I found to be terribly annoying); now I’m wrapping up Season 1 of “Alphas“.
I Am Hearing . . . my dogs barking at some nocturnal critter in the back yard area (time to call the hounds indoors cuz people are sleeping — don’t wanna annoy the neighbors!).
Around the House . . . I am seeing plenty of rooms that need a fresh coat of paint!! (hallway, bathroom, both bedrooms). I seem to notice that kind of stuff when we’re up to our ears in summertime temps, which means it’s too dang hot to open windows while painting.
One of My Favorite Things . . . is how !!!EXCITED!!! our dogs get when I talk about going out back, such as “Let’s go outside!” or “Let’s go check on / feed the chickens!”. Even if they’ve just come in from outside and they’re hot and tired, the mere fact that I’m going outside with them makes Outside new and exciting LOL. They race ahead of me, and if I don’t get out there quick enough they will come back in the doggie door looking for me ;-). Dogs are soooooo easy to please. Best. Pets. Ever.
A Few Plans . . . attending a magic show with my kiddo, getting a hair cut, singing Happy Birthday to our doggies this weekend and giving them a bunch of wadded up paper to shred to smithereens (I gave them their new toys last week), and calling my grandma on her birthday next week (she’ll be 84)
Three Things I’ve Bookmarked Online Recently . . . (1) Tutorial for a Cottage-Style Lamp @ Creative Cain Cabin blog; (2) the Wikipedia page for Oral Allergy Syndrome so I know which foods have the potential for cross-reaction with my and my teen’s pollen allergies; and (3) Lisa’s “Home Is Where…” cross-stitch blog post (I love hearing the back stories behind needlework projects, plus I love the cross-stitch itself!).
Here is a Picture . . . of my kiddo honing his gaming skills at quite a young age on Super Mario Sunshine:
This game came out in 2002, so he would’ve been just barely age 4 in this photo! He and my hubby and our oldest son all worked on this game together when it was new. Nowadays my teen replays this game every summer; this summer he beat the game in less than 24 hours (which worked out to only about 6-8 hours of game time), which is substantially less hours than it took the three of them to beat the game the first time through!!