Outside my window: Ever more blossoms. I can't get enough of this beauty. Blue skies today; a change from yesterday's gray. Windy and chilly enough to don a sweater.
I am thankful for: such a wonderful weekend. Spiritual enrichment from our church worldwide General Conference that we enjoyed watching comfortably and conveniently on TV here at home. Enjoying a drop by heart-to-heart visit with Phyllis. Grateful for the lovely time with my dear friend Carolyn who invited me to join her witnessing this inspirational little angel perform in concert. I couldn't contain the tears, overwhelmed how this child can create such amazing and beautiful sound. Sunday evening we gathered with all of Keith's brothers and sisters at his dad's house. So nice that all of us were able to be in town at the same time.
I am thinking: about all the preparations I need to do to get ready for Sunday the 15th when Gary will speak in church. Lots of his friends and other loved ones will gather here at our home after to visit and eat. Also thinking of everything else that's involved with helping Gary prepare and get ready to leave on his mission on the 25th. Gearing up emotionally for this separation from him. Helping Jane find and move into a new apartment. Trying to not get overwhelmed. Taking one day at a time.
I am creating: Brought out the wicker stored away for the winter in the shed. I planted a few pots of pansies and primroses, too, on Saturday, and I think they add a nice cheery and homey look to the front porch. Trying to spruce things up around here. For several years now, I've used my Grandma's old ironing board as a sort of a "window box". I think it works.
I am going: Staying put for the rest of the day. Ran to the store a while ago to pick up some things I need to get started on my upcoming baking marathon, as well as some new porch swing cushions to replace the worn out original ones. Also, since Easter is sneaking up on me faster than I'm ready for, I thought it was a good time to get a few Easter basket treats. No carpool to pick up. Hurray for Sandy calling to say she was out and would pick up the kids this afternoon
I am hearing: the wind 'a blowin'.
In the kitchen: I'll be fitting in quite a bit of baking time in the next couple of weeks. Cookies and other treats to freeze for that special Sunday. With all these ripening bananas in the kitchen, I think I'll make some banana bread today.
I am hoping: that Jane gets her hoped for campus janitorial job she has an interview for tomorrow. That, along with a job at the university laundry services she was offered, which she'll begin at the end of the month. She's decided to continue to live down around campus through the summer, working and saving for fall semester. I can't tell you how proud I am of her for being willing to take, even seeking, any kind of job, even these types that aren't so glamorous, if you know what I mean. That she's the type of girl who knows how to work and isn't afraid of a little elbow grease.
Around the house: Piles of Gary's stuff in all this transition time. Bins/framed art packed up from his apartment piling up in the music room. Mission items, yet to be packed, and his own personal stuff taking over my sewing room. Just breathe, I say.
I am reading: The Seductions of Rice (Alford and Duguid). Cookbook and southwest Asia cultural/travel commentary. Love the photography in this one, as well as their Hot Sour Salty Sweet which I have in my cookbook collection. Brings more of my traveling yearnings to the surface. Looking for a good novel to read, too. Suggestions?
I am wearing: straw yellow turtleneck sweater, khakis, brown leather loafers.
A few plans for the rest of the week: anxiously and excitedly awaiting Ivana's mission call that is expected to come on Wednesday. (Yes, those two will support and cheer each other on in their missionary service.) We'll celebrate Sam's sixteenth birthday on Thursday. Gary will go to the temple (Salt Lake City) for the first time on Friday afternoon as he prepares to leave this month. Sam will be ordained the office of Priest on this Easter Sunday. What a special, memorable, (and busy) week this is turning out to be.