Outside my window...the weather is ever-changing these days. Right now it is clear and sunny, but bitterly cold.

I am thinking...about where I might squeeze in another bookshelf. I've got stacks of books everywhere that need to find a home soon, and all of our existing shelves are overloaded.

I am thankful...for my wonderful husband and family.

From the learning room...school is on hold at the moment as the boys appear to have the flu, yet again. I'm praying that we don't all get sick.

From the kitchen...coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Dinner plans are still undecided.

I am wearing...red flannel pajamas and thick, cozy socks.

I am going...nowhere, thankfully, for at least the next several days. After an extremely busy weekend, I'm looking forward to some time at home.

I am reading...The Real Oliver Twist: Robert Blincoe: A Life That Illuminates a Violent Age, a rather depressing account of England's industrial age and the life of one poor orphan (whose autobiography may have inspired Dickens). Also, Amelia Dyer: Angel Maker, continuing my quest for information about Victorian society's baby-farmers. Despite all of my recent research into the subject, I'm still deeply shocked and troubled that such a thing ever existed.

I am hoping...that my husband consents to purchasing a piano soon; we've got a lovely one picked out!

I am listening to..."Clair de lune" and other selections from Debussy, perfect for a quiet winter morning such as this.

Around the house...spring cleaning is underway, so the house is currently in a rather frightful state.

One of my favorite things...my books, I'd be lost without them.

Pondering these words...from today's entry, "Making Your Own Imprint," in Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach: "The soap in the bathroom, the flowers in the garden, the book on the bedside table are all strong symbols of a life in progress, you look at these details and a world unfolds..." (- Charlotte Moss)

A few plans for the rest of the week: First and foremost, work, of course. I'm also hoping that the boys will get well and we'll be able to resume homeschooling. I've got to get through all of my cleaning and get the house back in respectable order. Friday, my husband will be driving up for a visit and Saturdy we'll have cello and violin lessons.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

"Changeable Weather"
Gustave LĂ©onard de Jonghe (1829-1893)

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