Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That I don't know what to do with our cat. He was a stray that was abandoned, we started feeding him and called him our own. But the problem is that he has become the neighborhood bully and is attacking little dogs. I want to keep up good relationships with my neighbors so I am trying to find him a home but might have to take him to the feline rescue. The bummer thing is that he is such an affectionate cat...

What I'm reading: I am still reading The Quarter-Acre Farm by Spring Warren, I am really liking her humorous writing style and all the gardening tips too.

What I'm listening to: Silence. No one is downstairs yet, the kiddos are getting their rooms clean and doing their morning stuff upstairs. At least they are supposed to be doing all that.

What we're learning: This week we are continuing on with school. The older two are doing a literary analysis of GK Chesterton, Dasher is halfway through her reading book, and Nutsy is chugging along in her phonics and reading. Which reminds me, I still have to head to our local homeschooling store and pick up the younger ones' handwriting books that have come in.

What I'm watching: The mornings are getting darker....I really do enjoy the fall, but those dark mornings after the time change I really do dread.

What's cooking: This week I am making Pesto Chicken, Shepherd's Pie, and a new Cooking Light recipe called Grilled Chicken Florentine Pasta.

What I'm buying: It is time for our monthly shopping trips...later today I'll be off to Costco, Wal-Mart, Trader Joe's and wherever else I need to go.

What I'm thankful for: I am thankful for my extended family. It was such a blessing to be able to have been with all of them this last weekend.

What I'm planning: There are a couple of 4-H things we need to start working on....the summer flew and I can't believe that all the regular school-year stuff is starting back up.

What we did this last weekend: We went up to Oregon and remembered, celebrated, and honored my grandpa. It was so bittersweet to see the pictures, hear the memories, and laugh at the funny stories. But I am so thankful and feel so incredibly blessed.

What I'm looking forward to: We have co-op this week, and Mr. Lego has a 4-H planning meeting for the rabbit project. I'm looking forward to deep-cleaning the kitchen floor. Not.

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  1. So Charlotte, something I need to know: when you only go shopping once a month, do you bring the kids with you? And if so, how do you fit all the groceries and such in the car with all the passengers? That's something I am still trying to figure out. ;) We did just get a larger car, so that is helpful. But I shop once every week or two and still manage to fill up the "trunk" space with stuff. If I only went once a month, I don't know how I'd fit any passengers in there along with the stuff.
    What's your trick? :)

  2. Melissa, yes I bring the kids with me. I see the grocery store as serious training grounds. :-) Thankfully we live within a few miles of all the stores I visit, so usually I do it this way: Wal-Mart and Trader Joes, then home to drop off purchases. Then to Costco, which fills the trunk and floor, then home. Then finally to Winco and home again. We do have a mini-van which has a deep trunk area, and I also fill up the aisles and floor space in the car. If we lived out of town I am not sure how I would do it....hope this answers your question!

  3. Aaaaah, okay, that totally makes more sense! Yeah, I can't just pop home between stops. ;) For the foreseeable future, I don't see having space issues myself... but you know, trying to cram a whole month's worth of food and supplies, plus your four kiddos, into the vehicle while still being able to see out the windows... yep, it had me wondering. ;) Now I know the answer! It doesn't necessarily give me ideas for my own errand running longterm (should space ever prove itself an issue, by some grace), except that perhaps I would never move from twice monthly shopping to once monthly. hehe.
    And yeah, not only is shopping a good training ground, my boys happen to love it! So I can't imagine not taking them, because it's one of the highlights of a trip to town for them. (go figure!)

  4. I totally understand about not being close to the store....I have a friend that is a good 25 minutes from any stores (and she has 12 kids), and I think of her often, especially when I ask Mr. Lego to bike to the store real quick for something I forgot! There are always pros and cons about living anywhere.... :-) Have a blessed week!


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