What I'm thinking: That it is nice to be blogging. I don't have a lot of time to do this, but to be making the time again is well... nice. :)
What I'm reading: I just finished reading Kindle's free download of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself. We recently finished studying the Civil War and I had downloaded several things to read that I never got to. This one was so powerful and ultimately so triumphant that I recommend it heartily. I cannot say that there are not very hard things to read in it, but sometimes we need to remember the hard things.
What I'm listening to: The tapping of my typing fingers and the occasional email notification. It is quiet tonight. :)
What we're learning: We are learning about going west. Not quiet sure how I am pulling that one off and co-op is tomorrow and what am I doing? Blogging. :) Late night, here I come.
What I'm watching: We just finished watching the Downton Abbey series plus the Christmas special. There are some skipable moments in the show, but overall it is a beautifully crafted and well-acted program. I love period movies so a period show is wonderful to me. Dame Maggie Smith is my favorite saucy character. She is simply adorable.
What's cooking: I am trying out very low fat and no sugar recipes so I am being creative. Tonight I sauteed zucchini and onions with marinated lean beef strips. I marinated them in Bragg's Liquid Aminos (that tastes much like soy sauce) and garlic chili sauce, and sauteed it in its own juice (no oil or fats). It wasn't half bad, but truth be told, I really like sauteing in an oil base better!
What I'm buying: My daughter wanted to order two books from Amazon and needed someone to come up with an extra $5.00 to make it to free shipping. I happily obliged her and bought, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz CD. We are a big books-on-CD family and I am always looking for good ones. We frequently get good ones at the library. Right now the girls are listening to the unabridged Heidi that is almost eight hours long. That makes me a happy homeschool mama.
What I'm thankful for: New excitement in our lives that may be coming soon. I can't really say yet and no, I am not pregnant. :D
What I'm creating: The last few days I have been making comfrey poultices for my son's sprained wrist. I had forgotten this amazing herb until my dear friend, Charlotte, mentioned it to me. She had given me some a few years ago to treat a bee sting that had swollen up my son's foot. She has a lovely big bush of this in her backyard in the right season of the year of which I received a clipping some time back. It is dead in my backyard at the moment so I headed off to our local natural food store and bought some dried comfrey in the bulk section. I made the poultice and have wrapped it around his wrist once a day for the last three days for two solid hours each time. It has been nothing short of astonishing. Comfrey is also known as knitbone and works in a most marvelous way.
Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. Comfrey ointments were often applied to the skin to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis. (Source.)
It has been simply amazing. We have been praying for his full recovery and to see such a remarkable change in just a few days is a gift of mercy.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food."
What I'm praying: Two friends with sons that are struggling and two friends with husbands in need of jobs. Pray with me if you like! God knows who we are praying for even without names.
What I'm planning: A trip to the California State Railroad Museum next week. Can't wait!
What we did this last weekend: Worked and played and enjoyed great fellowship at church. God is ever faithful.
What I'm looking forward to: Time to finish building our raised beds higher so we can grow deep-rooted plants. I am impatient to get to spring planting! Winter is long gone here and I had best get moving!
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