Happy Tuesday, my friends! Hope your week's going well ...
So yesterday, as the snow blew and blustered outside - and while the baby napped - I got around to a little domestic paperwork. It being February, I pulled last month's journal pages from my binder and filed them in my Yearbook binder behind the January tab.
I then sat down with a piece of paper and some sticky notes (and a cup of cocoa!) to do some indexing and I thought I'd share with you what I wrote down ... it might give you an idea of the kinds of things I "journal" about and also, some of my deep winter "thoughts and themes" might strike a cord with you! :)
The whole process took me about 30 minutes. I flipped through the journal pages and read over each notation/clipping. If it was something I would want to remember (or return to) I jotted it down on a loose-leaf "index page." (Which would later be added to my Jan-Feb binder.) If it was something I needed to act on soon or record on another list, I jotted it down on a sticky note ...
So, first, here's a look at my January Journaling:
* spiced white hot chocolate (crockpot)
* first bird of the year (robin)
* blessed chalk handed out at Mass on Jan. 1st
* picked up liturgical wall calendar at Mass
* color of the year announced ("marsala" by Pantone, "guilford green" by Benjamin Moore)
* a scattered list of Jan-Feb themes to incorporate into the season ... (ex. winter citrus, birthday joy, hand-written letters, Burns Night dinner, seed catalogs, snow days, candles/warmth ...)
* book idea: "A Few Nice Things for New Year's Day" ~ a first family walk, first bird, first sunrise, happy jar, pic-a-day, thank you notes, Christmas card review, old-fashioned movies & popcorn, roast dinner ...)
* in the MSL D/J issue: leftover eggnog latte recipe, citrus-spice candle craft
* Jenney C.'s almond milk-gingerbread latte (FB)
* Twelfth Night - beer-braised beef & parsnip stew
* Little Christmas/Three Kings Day
* Tasha Tudor Museum Newsletter (order back issues)
* craft: wintery jar-candle centerpiece (twine/yarn around ball jar rims, red candles, set in vintage metal cake pan, greenery/berries/pinecones around the jars)
* Downton Abbey "manners guru" interview
* lemon curd recipe for scones (Boston Globe Magazine)
* aggressive coyote noted in neighboring town
* little notes on Little Bear's words and actions
* spied a weasel on next road over
* Boston is the US 2024 Olympic bid!
* "Winter was a time of some leisure on the farm." (quote from Yankee Magazine article)
* book theme idea: "Winter Cheer"
* observed a large flock of robins by library in next town
* spotted a large hawk in tree by mailbox
* heard a woodpecker knocking in woods
* Patriots are going to the Superbowl!!!
* tag-team scribbles by Earlybird and Little Bear
* purple Ball jars idea - Lent, Advent Garden (solar lantern lids)
* Feast of St. Agnes ~ snowflake cake (white with apricot jam)
* National Hot Tea Month
* "Skills Every Child Needs" from Parents Magazine (social graces)
* football-shaped snack ideas (People Magazine)
* National Handwriting Day
* "A Blizzard of Historic Proportions"
* National Catholic Schools Week (1/25-1/31) ~ post idea: how do we weave our Faith into our homeschool/home life?
* craft idea: paper chain with links for each day in holiday/seasonal papers
* Superbowl goodies (craft/recipe ideas)
* Downton Abbey TV Guide cover
I filled four sticky-notes with items that need more immediate action:
* info. re ~ a dermatologist to give to Bill
* lesson ideas re ~ American Tall Tales (listening to these with EB) - logging, map of forests in US, tree types, where do legends originate (map), Niagara trip?
* Holy Week Cleaning outline
* Wall-a-Week Cleaning schedule
* summer project: cooking lessons with boys (per BW's request)
* for EB's portfolio - Popular Mechanics for Kids dvd, "Mom, did you know pollution is bad? It comes from cars and buildings ... and it's really bad."
* Ask Magazine, Feb. issue: Fire (Candlemas/February learning theme)
* passwords created recently to record in binder
* a friend's birthday to add to calendar
* weekly news quiz in Globe (for Crackerjack)
* meal rotation idea (4 meals x 7 days = 28 meals/month)
* craft binder - monthly bunting, a "mama" smock for seasons and storytelling
* pick up a beef pie from local farm (per BW's request)
* Great Zoo of China - a book to check out at library (for BW)
So now my main binder has just a couple of journal pages so far ... but I'm sure by the end of February it will be filled up once again!
Now, before I go I want to show you this particular clipping (above) that I added to my January journal ... it's from a Paper Source catalog and I just set up this very set of chalkboard squares (rectangles, really) on my kitchen wall! I can't wait to show you how I'm using them ... they look fantastic! I'll tell you more in my next post. :)
Enjoy your Tuesday, my friends ... see you here again very soon!