On Blogs, Reading, Dying, Preteens, and Autumn

What’s Happening? 7/1/17

Today is the first day of July. Here is what is going on with me right now.

What I am working on:
I am trying to figure out what this blog will be about. Currently no one reads it, so I don’t know what people may benefit from. Similar to what Nancy Pelosi once said, I have to write the blog to know what is in it. I have been just writing what I felt like writing up to now. It seems most of the posts have some spiritual slant to them. I guess that is what this blog is about–looking at life through a spiritual lens. Perhaps the good Lord will be able to do something good with my loaves and fishes here.

What I am reading:
Saturn Run by John Sandford
I am not a science fiction person, but I saw another homeschool mom enthralled with The Martian when it came out, so I had to give it a chance. I enjoyed reading it, and borrowed the movie when it came out at the library. The clerk there said that I should read Saturn Run if I liked The Martian. Also, Stephen King also liked it a lot. I was looking for a good fiction book, so I picked it up the other day. So far, it is alright–a little slow to get going, and very science-detailed, as one should expect. I am going to try to finish it due to the good recommendations.

What I am thinking about:
Unfortunately, death. I read some article the other day about the symptoms of death and after reading it, I really had to get myself distracted with life because it sort of disturbed me. Here is the link, if you are interested: Article on Symptoms of Dying I want to live a life that prepares me for a happy and holy death. I don’t want to be afraid to die or full of regrets. I want to be at peace and know that I have run well the race that was set before me, as St. Paul said. Although seemingly morbid, this is probably something good to think and pray about from time to time, just to keep things in proper perspective. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.”

What I am struggling with:
Man, it is so much harder than I thought it would be raising a preteen boy. I need help–any great parenting advice or book on this topic that could be recommended? I am starting to understand my mother better as I get older–my son is so much like myself so I know it wasn’t easy for her to put up with me in my teen years. Lord help me in this.

What I am looking forward to:
Autumn. Which, for us poor Houstonians, means November. Come on November! I love the crisp smell and fresh air I can let in through the open windows. I love the sound of crackling leaves and sticks under my feet. I love the Ren Fest and Dickens on the Strand, the camping (at the YMCA–most people wouldn’t call what we do camping–camping phase 1–working on roughing it one day…). I love the football, the holidays, the cozy treats, autumn spices, and my birthday. It is sooooooooo hot here. Most of the time I am indoors. Unlike most folks in this country, I look forward to the cold months to get outside more.

Can anybody out there relate? What is going on with you?

Here is a link to one of my favorite songs by my very favorite musician of all time which makes me feel like autumn: Golden Autumn Day by Van Morrison

2 thoughts on “On Blogs, Reading, Dying, Preteens, and Autumn

  1. I think most people hit the pool or the beach just to stay cool during the summer. being by a body of water is the only thing that makes sense to me for surviving summer.

    1. I often wonder why the original settlers stopped here. How did the people back in the olden days live here without AC?

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