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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Outside My Window
I'm already having a bad week. Found out this morning that the beautiful oak tree in front of my flip house has to come down because it has root rot and a hollow limb and dead stuff up high. I tried to see if I could get the arborist to try and save her, but he said he could charge me a lot of money this year to trim the tree, but it would still have to come down next year, AND it could fall down if a wind caught it just right.   So I look at it this way, I am buying myself peace of mind... but gosh it hurts to get rid of it.

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I am thinking...
about how much Rosie grew last year. I took her to her appointment and she is a solid 5 foot 5, 118 pounds. She that means she gained 20 pounds last year. She's all leg!

She is also running a little over 20 miles a week and eating anything in the kitchen that is not nailed down. It's impressive really.

I am thankful...
that I got a chance to raise her.

I've said it before, but back in my 30s, I read a Catholic book about Natural Family Planning that said pregnancy was the greatest fear of couples in their 40s. I had Rosie at 46. I don't know what I would do without her. I love that little girl so much.

I am pondering...
I am auditing an online class this month. Although I did introduce myself, I will not be participating in any of the online discussion. It will be a lot like being the proverbial fly on the wall!

I'm also taking an affiliate marketing class so this will be a busy month!

One of my Favorite Things...
being pain-free in my left knee. I gotta tell you after six months of almost constant discomfort and not being able to do everything I love to do, it's great to be pain-free and mobile! I'm hoping it will remain like this from now on and that my meniscus or whatever it was giving me problems is resolving itself!

I am hearing...
Rosie ruminating over what dress to wear tonight for our family photo at church.

I guess I should mention this - I really dread getting that photo done. Not all of my kids will be in it and it just feels like we will be incomplete. I also generally dislike getting my photo taken. But I'm wearing one of my favorite black dresses and maybe that will show off my silvery tresses. We'll see.

In the kitchen...
Pork chops.

I am wearing...
blue shorts and a gray T shirt.

I am going...
  • Walking, exercising, weight lifting and ab work as much as possible. I got some extra workouts in over the weekend and walked an extra mile last night. My speed is way down even though my knee feels fine. 
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations and Intermittent Fasting.  
  • Practicing the Bach Sonata for flute alone. 
  • Firming up my class for Physical Science in my co-op.
  • Writing my book proposal
  • Getting ready to coordinate 4 weddings in the next month or so.
  • Registering folks for our co-op.
  • Making some changes in my homeschool support group too.
  • Figuring out the Amazon affiliate changes. 
From the Learning Rooms...


10 Week Shakespear course that I bought during the Build-Your-Bundle Sale!  She will be spending 5 hours a week doing:

  • Read Shakespeare's plays and poems.
  • Read explanations of Shakespeare's plays or easier versions in addition to the real thing.
  • Listen to Shakespeare's plays on audiobook.
  • Watch movies of Shakespeare's plays. 
  • Teach or narrate what is learned to a parent, sibling, or friend.
  • Write a 5-paragraph essay, compare/contrast essay, literary analysis, or descriptive essay every week based on the lessons studied.
  • see a live Shakespeare play.
  • Memorize more scenes and monologues than are included in the course.
  • Finish reading and doing all the activities from How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
  • Read, watch, or do other suggestions listed in the Appendix section of this course.
Keep track of how much time is spent on each activity (reading, watching, writing, etc.) with the Log Sheet.

Rosie is enjoying it but I am supplementing it a lot because I also want her to get a good overview of Shakespeare's work. This course focuses mostly on a Midsummer's Night Dream. Last week we studied MacBeth. This week we are doing Romeo and Juliet!

Still, it gives a good foundation in iambic pentameter and memorization, so I think this is a good course for getting the basics down. 

We are particularly enjoying this book 

I will be listening to lectures from the 2018 Homeschool Mom's Conference - with a particular interest in the Work From Home Track. I'm also taking a new affiliate marketing course from Pajama Affiliates and auditing a teacher's writing class. 

A Picture to Share...

Michael and Mitra 116
Wedding season - I was pretty happy with this photo I shot last weekend.

< A quote to share...
William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet