A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

It Still Works

My mother writng a note.

Mom writes a note to her sister Janice.

– From the Daily Compass:

Sure, there are fancier, faster machines out there, but this aged tractor can still get the job done. While it’s easy to love smart phones and wi-fi and all the latest gadgets, much of the fertility of our lives comes from wisdom handed down to us from people who managed without the benefit of our contemporary marvels.

What bit of wisdom do you cherish from a person who lived in an earlier age?

Whenever my mother wants to talk to someone, she calls them or she sends them a note/letter/card. She never uses email or Twitter or the like. She doesn’t even have internet. She uses her computer for one thing – playing solitaire. I love the fact that she sends letters and cards. I love getting pretty things in my mailbox. Usually, I just get bills or junk mail. She lives next door to me. She could just come over and talk to me. Instead, she sends me a card – in the mail. She actually takes the time to write in it, put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it, and take it to the post office (five miles from us). She does this so that I will have a bit of sunshine in my mailbox. She knows everyone’s birthday and she sends them a birthday card a week before. I love that about her. I hope I can do the same.

It is funny that I should think of her today. As I write this, she is going in for surgery. You see, a couple of months ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a mastectomy of her left breast. She did not need chemo or radiation, thank goodness. So, today, she is going in for reconstructive surgery. She will be in surgery from 8-10 am (CST). Please keep her in your thoughts today. I know I will. I love you Mom.


Mom came out of surgery just fine. She is home now and recuperating nicely. She is in great spirits. Thanks, Mom, for your inspiration and love. Thanks to everyone else for you love and support over the last couple of days (and months).

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-From the Daily Compass:

Each time fireworks go off they leave behind a puff of smoke, which only gradually fades away on the wind, remaining much longer than the flash of colored light. So with our words, which remain in the minds of those who hear us well after the sound is gone.

How will you choose the shape and color of your words today so that you are pleased with the trail they leave behind?

I will try not to speak in anger but in love. I will count to ten first if I am angry. I will not gossip or spread rumors. I have a bad habit of speaking in anger. Things tend to come out much harsher than I intend. So, I will try to curb my anger and frustration. It is difficult, especially when the husband or kids frustrate me, but I will try.


— In other news…

My dad has been having prostate problems. So, he had some tests. Yesterday, he went to the doctor to get the results. He has prostate cancer. It is small and they caught it early. Now, he just needs to see his oncologist to find out what his options are. The bad thing is that Mom just got over her breast cancer. She had a mastectomy. She did not have to have radiation or chemo. She has been cancer free for two months. Now Dad has it. I lost and aunt and an uncle to cancer last year (within a month of each other). I am sick of cancer! It seems like every time I turn around, someone has it.  Please keep my family in your thoughts, light a candle, or say a prayer – whatever positive energy/thoughts we can get will help.

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