My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Back in the Saddle Again or - What's New at My Domestic Church

Ugh...a household moans at the end of a glorious four-day weekend and reality shows up on Monday morning. Mr. Pete had to go back to work, Calvin had swim practice and school, I had to get homeschool back on track for my middle four kids, and Rosie... well come to think of it every day is pretty much as good as the next one when you are only two years old!

I really hate jumping back into all of the heavy academic subjects with both feet after a holiday. It feels too much like getting doused with a bucket of ice water or something. Today I opted to have my lower three elementary students watch 90 minutes of Bill Nye the Science Guy on The Moon, Gravity and Waves. They had a blast and while they were doing that, I got to catch up with Sam and his high school work.

And since I wanted to do the fun stuff today and not just the academic grind, we also read our science book, did some extra bible study and started our next book in the Martha Series, Beyond the Heather Hills (Little House). After lunch all the kids did math and reading. It was a pretty productive day as first-days go.

I've mentioned a couple of times on this blog that almost three years ago one of my major long-term clients quit using my transcription service just before the birth of my sixth child. While I've been able to make up most of that income, most of the month it's been very close with not a lot left over for anything else. Today I found that I may just be getting a new client that would would be great for my income and helpful to my family. Tomorrow I'll find out if it's going to happen or not as there is a lot to work out, but hopefully (prayerfully?) this will work out. It's a different specialty than I have been doing recently, so the variety is certainly welcome as well.

On the downside, I wasn't able to get in many workouts over the Thanksgiving Holiday. I have a fairly nice space in our basement where I can use my workout tapes and have a little privacy. I had a used t.v. down there. Someone gave it to us a few years ago when it didn't sell at an estate sale. It had some lines across the top of the screen, but other than that it suited my purposes very nicely.

A week ago Mr. Pete bought a very nice Zenith television at a school auction. It was gorgeous! Huge screen, great definition. When I got the chance to use my tapes in it, it was almost like being in a real exercise class instead of being home alone in my basement. My old faithful t.v. got kicked to the curb. I wish I had it back. On Friday the kids were down their with their games and all of the sudden they heard a loud noise and the smoke coming out of the new television. I don't know exactly what's wrong with it, but I know that it's not safe to plug in let alone turn on. That really put the damper on my plans to work out. When I asked Mr. Pete what we were going to do about it he sort of surly.

"Why don't you just go running!" he snapped.

Well I could, but it's in the low 30s, wet and rainy and I don't want to wear my only pair of athletic shoes outside like that. It was very depressing and sort of hurt my feelings too, but I think he was just feeling bad about that television dying like that. He thought he had bought something that would be useful and good for us and it didn't end up like that.

In the end it might be just as well. With only one television (which we are moving to the basement) I'll have incentive to get up in the morning to work out because it will be impossible have it to myself for the rest of the day.

Thankfully, this is the last week of NaBloPoMo. It really has been a burden to try and blog something every single solitary day! I've found that I need my off days to let ideas gel and work on my wording and presentation. I've also found that when I have to blog, it becomes just another chore to add to the list of other things to do. So I'll be glad to see it go but I'm happy to have had the experience.

So how was your first Monday back?

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