- Reading "The Red Queen" by Phillipa Gregory. I read "The White Queen" while on vacation, and liked it enough to buy the sequel when it came out in August. I wouldn't call it soul-nourishing, but it's a fun way to learn a little 15th Century British history.
- Obsessively chasing every "hint" in my family tree on Ancestry.com. I took the two-week trial bait after watching most of the episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are?" It is fascinating to find lines of my family that I didn't even know about -- I have an ancestor named "Sir Lancelot"!
- Cooking. Last week the weather cooled down enough that I felt like actually turning on the oven. I made lasagna for the first time in a year. I made bruscetta on whole wheat baguette. I baked muffins with honey and almond flour. (I'll have to make those again so I can share the recipe.) It had been a sad, boring menu for a while.
- Washing a lot of bedding. I'm not sure if the boys are suffering as the result of a couple of Saturday barbecues, or if it was a virus Scott brought home the first week school -- possibly both. They'll be fine for a few days, and then we're woken up at 4 a.m. again with another boy in misery. Miraculously it has skipped over me so far.
- Enjoying our homeschooling, and trying to stay organized!
What I haven't been doing...
- Going to church. We've missed the first four weeks of Sunday school now because of "the Sunday morning flu." Choir started up again this week, and I was sad not to be there.
- Sleeping as much. Not just because of being woken up by sick kiddos. On the mornings the boys have been fine, I've actually been waking up around 7 a.m.! This may not seem like much, but I was recently diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. For the last few years, I've been dragging myself out of bed at 8 a.m. after going to bed by 10. So, it feels amazing to have some energy again.
- Gardening. I keep thinking I'll start seeds indoors and get a fall garden going in September, but it's apparently fallen off my priority list. My tomato and eggplant bushes are still producing, but I'm not doing much besides watering and harvesting. We're going to dive into Exploring Creation through Botany starting in January, so we'll start the spring garden then. As fortunate as we are to live where one can garden yearround, sometimes it's nice to have a break, too. Especially when it's 105 outside for weeks at a time.
What have you been up to?