May 26, 2011

Bedtime Moment

Posted in Books, Favorite Quotes, Humor, Just Life at 3:24 am by catsinboxes

While putting this child to bed, we had a little conversation.

Cowboy:  “Can you sing Zeus?”

Me -blankly-  “Zeus?”

Cowboy:  “Yes, you know at the piano, that book.”

Me -wondering the connection between big purple songbook and D’Aulaires’ Greek mythology-

“Can you sing it for me?”

Cowboy:  “I don’t remember . . . you know ZEUS.”

Me -light gradually dawning- “Is it . .. Oh Susanna, oh don’t you cry for me?”

Cowboy:  “Yes!!!”


May 23, 2011

Changing Hues

Posted in Faith, Just Life at 5:40 pm by catsinboxes

The weather recently has been unpredictable.  The sky tells it with ever-shifting colors and shades.  As I write, the sun has broken through the clouds.  A moment ago it was a forbidding blue tinted with purple and gray.  Now it’s becoming overcast, promising rain.

I love watching the sky, watching the light on the trees.  Sunlight plays over the grass, growing steadily from all the rain.  It’s beautiful, it promises summer.

My life during the past two weeks has been like the weather, constantly shifting.  Sometimes radiant, gorgeous days but sometimes dark and dull and gray.  With that tapestry of colors, blogging has not been a priority.  A difficulty yes . . . how to write, what to write.

In this life, it’s so easy to get tangled in a web of uncertainty, in a succession of changing days. As I look at my life,  all the uncertainty, I am constantly reminded of how God is unchangeable.  He is greater, He is above all my troubles.  And He alone is my hope and strength.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.

From where does my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;

he who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, he who keeps Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;

the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;

he will keep your life.

The Lord will keep

your going out and your coming in

from this time forth and forevermore.

~Psalm 121

May 15, 2011

While I was cleaning . . .

Posted in Books, Humor, Just Life at 5:07 am by catsinboxes

During a long and productive day of house cleaning in general, and bedroom cleaning in particular, I came upon this note.  It written several years ago regarding Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy . . .

Dear Mom,

I’ve stayed up way too late reading Tess and I just figured out the ending.  (I cheated, for I was starting to wonder, but I kept thinking everything would turn out alright.)  You must have remembered something . . . (Not to reproach at all.)

I guess I’m naive, but I hate stories like this.  I can’t stand the people searching, groping for love.  I think it’s because I know who is ultimately in control, yet in Tess the people like that, no, they’re not even like that.  There’s no true faith, dogmatism, misunderstanding; true faith seems to be only reflected in mocking, childish belief.

I’m rather disappointed, I love Hardy’s many literary allusions, his descriptions, but now I understand why I’ve never met a person who says, “Oh, Jane Austen is very nice and all, but I just love Tess of the D’Urbervilles!”

I’m glad I played scattegories & boggle [earlier in the evening], otherwise I’d be very dissapointed at blowing, no I’ve learned a nice amount, but still, reading Tess instead of doing something else.

I’ll try to be up on time (truthfully, it’s 3 as I write), but I’ll need some rest during the day.

Until then, please forgive me if I don’t rise early.  -And after this I’ll write lots of Jane Austen papers, I love her books and endings.-

Please forgive me if this is rambling, but I wanted to let you know.



I have to laugh, remembering my indignation as I wrote that note at 3 o’clock in the morning.  And it turns out that Mom had no recollection of how Tess of the D’Urbervilles ended!

May 8, 2011

I know I’m tired . . .

Posted in Book Reviews, Just Life at 2:50 am by catsinboxes

I know I’m tired when it’s 7:00 and I’m crashed on the couch.  I know I’m tired when the thought of cleaning my room (believe me, it needs it!) seems like way too much work.  I can tell I’m tired when I sit slumped at the island and the idea of doing almost anything is quickly dismissed.  I know I’m tired . . .  when I keep repeating “I know I’m tired”.  Ahem.  So, main scoop, I’m tired.  I think that spring cleaning most of the house yesterday (except my abovementioned bedroom) has caught up to me with a vengeance.  I also blame the espresso I had earlier.  I was feeling wired, energetic, and suddenly most decidedly not.

I’ve been looking forward to the weekend.  I’ve been planning a post, with the confident knowledge that I’ll have time and undoubtably inspiration.  Wishful thinking, but I’ll still attempt it.

~At this moment, life intruded, and I was called away to dinner.~

Now two hours have passed.  First there was dinner, and then a long period of read aloud.  I love reading aloud, and I have a new author that I really like, Edward Eager.   Tonight we almost finished Half Magic: only one chapter to go.

Half Magic has been a very entertaining read.  One of the things I enjoy about it is the sprinkling of allusions to classic children’s books.  The books remind me of a blend of E. Nesbit and Elizabeth Enright.  In Half Magic four siblings have a series of adventures after discovering a magic charm that will give you half of what you wish for . . . so you get what you wish for if you wish for twice of it.  It’s late, so I hope you can get your mind around that!  It’s really quite clever.  For a while the title put me off; how much fun would something be that was only half magic?  How little did I know!

So, if you’re looking for a good read aloud, or a book to give an enthusiastic younger reader, or if you want to read it yourself . . . I definitely recommend it.  I could go on, I love talking about children’s books.  I also love talking about books in general.  I’m reading several very good ones right now.  But that will have to wait  because, as you know, I’m tired!

*Photo taken from Amazon, please forgive the “Look Inside”!  

May 4, 2011

Just Life

Posted in Just Life at 2:59 am by catsinboxes

Just now, going through pictures, I came across this one.  I love this photo.  I love that I have a sister who is so much more talented than I am when it comes to taking pictures.  I love that I have a little brother who is so much younger than me.  I love that he has such decided opinions about colors and that he insists on calling his striped shirt a “pirate shirt.”  I love trees and leaves, and walking outside barefoot . . . and I think of all these things when I see this picture.