To share or not to share… these days, as I have been less online and more on land, I have read more, cooked more, planned much for next year, and even kept at decluttering and painting both girls rooms.
I had always heard the word Haiku, even read some of those Japanese style poems, but now, thanks to this short and interesting title, I know what they are. I even attempted a couple of them,
Sparrow over pool
hopping on stone
to grab crumb
now flies through wire fence.
Red, pink, purple sky,
a shooting star
blue, gray sky,
old and new.
I have just started The Aims of Education, recommended by Karen Glass, and it’s climbing to the favorite education books ever.
I finished my second Sayers’ mystery, the first one in which Harriet Vane appears, Strong Poison. It was delightful. Christie, Sherlock, Sayers, are, to me, summer reads. I could pick another one, and another one, and yet another one… but I don’t want to disappear in these novels but keep them as treats. I am finding it difficult to concentrate on Moby Dick -which I love every time I read but which has not that impervious force to keep reading to find out who is the murderer and how it was all done-.
The girls are enjoying pool, friends, and books too this summer. My 10 years old has found a favorite author, Scott O’Dell. She is reading The Black Pearl. She and her 8 years old sister exchange letters and packages with other friends, and they are sending some tomorrow. She chose The Island of the Blue Dolphins (their latest book club book) to gift to one of her friends. Youngest girl likes her Doll People and the sequel, The Meanest Doll 🙂
For our family reading, the girls and my dear husband have enjoyed Johnny Tremain tremendously. I am now debating between Little Britches, which I have heard is wonderful, or I, Juan de Pareja, because we love Velázquez, and we enjoy art…
Two big trash bags and more decluttering.
My 10 years old daughter chose tin foil gray for her room. She is a natural for all this decluttering and decorating business. She knows that for her room to look good, it needs the least possible furniture. I should have taken a picture of the shelf in full. She has just a few displayed items that are meaningful to her.
An 8 cubicle shelf, a bed, and a nightstand. That’s all the furniture. Her two Renoir paintings she adores, and a few of her valuables.
She asked me to move her chest of drawers to the closet. It’s now there, in the middle. To the sides, a few clothes, on top, her laundry basket.
While painting oldest girl room, we wanted to do changes in the youngest room too. I finally took a plunge and painted cream over the old mural wall I painted 11 years ago. We also moved the bed and cleaned lots.
This leaves me with my worst area, the office-game room. Since I only have a small closet in this room, and my oldest claimed the closet for her office, the boxes that were in in have to find now a new place. They are, but it needs to be attacked further.
My next goal is to put away this finished year books (years 2 and 4), and bring in the new (years 3 and 5). It’s only June, but days are traveling fast. At the end of June we have a Bible class week, then I have two retreats in July, and in a blink, we will be in August, back to piano, ballet, and studies in full bloom. I don’t really want to start. I hope to feel more like it as the month approaches. I believe my body and mind were pining for this time of rest. It’s possible I overdid it. I am determined to listen more and plan more realistically, and I have this inner feeling we will get there this year.