While surfing and reading recently, I came across a blog where a woman had summarized her day and thought I could do something similar. I can’t now remember the headings that she used or what the blog was called, but this is what I came up with.

Outside my window: It’s snowing. The dog and the kids have been outside and there are tracks of varying sizes winding around the house and down to the barn. It’s also a little warmer today and the snow is good and sticky, as you can see by the snowman. At some point tonight I will have to go out and retrieve my scarf. The cat sits intently at the window (when he isn’t napping) hoping to catch another glimpse of the bunny that likes to take shelter at the side of the house.


In the kitchen: There is a chocolate chip cake baking in the oven and a roast to go in the oven later for dinner tonight. The grandparents are all coming for dinner and to see how we are settling into the house.


We are working on: I have unpacked my knitting again and am working on another pair of socks, using this super simple sock pattern, but I have added my own little design to the top. The girls have been in the workshop and have built some horse stalls for the small squeaky kid’s toy horses. The dad has fixed my footstool. The cat is napping.

I am reading: Eva Luna by Isabel Allende. I’ve had it sitting at work for a while and just started reading it again during lunch breaks. I had forgotten how much I enjoy her writing. I am also waiting my turn to read the new Harlan Coban book that the dad is working on right now and I keep looking at the William Dam seed catalogue that I have been waiting for a chance to read through.

Around the house: I am working my way up to vacuuming the main floor, I’ve done some laundry, cleaned the kitchen and am working on convincing the dad that he needs to clean the litter box. I’m having minimal success with the last item.


Quote for today: “Start off slowly and taper off.” I used to think a friend from highschool came up with that one until I saw an embroidered pillow with that same quote. I had that pillow sitting on my chesterfield for years.

One of my favorite things: Right now, the fuzzy fake fur blanket that my in-laws gave me for Christmas; it’s currently wrapped around my legs.

Plans for the week: Hockey practice, a new recipe to try, library books to return, piano practising to supervise, friends coming for dinner next weekend, horses to care for and at some point I should unpack and organize the sewing room, but I still haven’t been inspired to do anything but keep the door to the room firmly shut. And of course there is work. I’m trying to convince the dad that I should quit work and be a homemaker. Since I am the only one with a pension and benefits that pipe dream will likely never happen. But feel free to leave him a comment about how nice it would be to have one parent at home..

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29 thoughts on “today

  1. Verónica says:

    Love your snowman! Those horse stalls are nice.

  2. If I come clean the litter box can I have a piece of that chocolate chip cake? I’d want to eat it next to your fire too, would that be okay?

    I do remember what it was like moving and working outside the home, I’m sorry you can’t have your dream to be home all day.

  3. Ever thought of working from home–it is not easy or fun all the time, and you have to be self-disciplined (something I am not but still do it) – but you are there when you need to be–although that would still mess with your pension.
    Your life and the way you are living it remind me of me about ten or so years ago–enjoy it even though it is busy, busy, busy–

  4. Sarah says:

    I love this Heidi. It’s a great idea, and inspiring too….as in I want those socks and the chocolate chip cake 🙂 Among other things…
    The snowman is great! He is quite dashing in your scarf! Me, I am to the point now where I am just complaining about all the snow we’re getting. I need to look at it a little differently, like you guys 🙂

    Dear The Dad, please let Heidi work from home as a homemaker or whatever she’d like to be. It’d be great for her, the kids, you and we might have more blog posts to read. 😉 Thanks, Sarah

  5. PJ says:

    I started slowly but forgot to taper off 🙂 I love those socks and I’ve definitely decided after seeing your post to come back as a cat!

  6. What a perfect Sunday. Your dinner sounds delicious.

  7. Eli saw the horse toy picture and said “I need those horses.” he actually already has horses like that so maybe what he feels he needs is for me to make him some stalls like your daughters did. While livingsimplyfree enjoys your cake could I come over and have you give me a knitting lesson. I’m trying to teach myself from books and stuff I find online but can’t figure out how to purl for the life of me. I’d love to knit a few pairs of socks!

  8. jmgoyder says:

    I love the way you’ve written this post!

  9. Alia says:

    Great post, Heidi! I’m sure it would be such a treat to be at home to tend to all of these things all the time. Have a great week!

  10. linda2228 says:

    These are a few of my favorite things, even a kitty that looks like mine! Wow…

  11. Leilani says:

    Love that sweet kitty in front of the fire! I want to hug him.

  12. shoes says:

    Wow – that is one happy looking cat! My cat is curled up in the rocking chair by the fireplace after a rough day of bathing and looking at birds through the window.

    A nice post of your day. Cake and a roast sounds lovely and vacuuming, well, I think it is a little overrated.

  13. My goodness..I’m tired just thinking of what you are going to do…. How does your energy level keep up ..having M.S. to deal with also….?? Diane

    • It doesn’t – I get tired out. Lately I have spasticity and numbness too, but if I go gangbusters for a bit, then I rest. And we have a bit of a system – I tidy up, my husband does the cooking for company. And he does the hockey driving (he’s the coach of our daughter’s team). I only occasionally go along to watch. Somehow it works out, but most of the time I’m pretty tired once it’s all done. I’m also more than a little stubborn.

  14. Shira says:

    Just getting caught up with my reading Heidi – this is such a lovely idea! I’d like a pair of socks……since you’ve gotten out your knitting I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask, right? Enjoy the last of the snow!

  15. My husband and I periodically mused how nice it would be to bring in a stay-at-home parent into the family 🙂 — just discovered your blog via LouAnn at “On the Homefront” and look forward to exploring further. ~ Kat

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