Thursday, August 11, 2011

Afternoon Visit

I've written about my computer troubles. It has been difficult trying to find a workable routine to write again. Normally, I write in the early hours before dawn. The family is still sleeping and I am able to take my time and enjoy a little writing visit.  Or, I will write in the late evening, when the house is all settled.

Today, I am at the library. I did most of my housework and homeschooling tasks. Now I have an hour or so, to catch up on computer work. It is surprisingly quiet here.

I just finished writing a post for a Titus 2 series I am doing with a group of dear ladies. All the posts will go live Monday morning.  I love being able to pre-schedule my writing! I wish I had learned about it 2 years ago, when I first starting blogging. It makes things so much easier.

I have several overdue reviews and other obligations I need to complete. But I have to take my time. I cannot rush or let any of it cause stress. Life is hard enough without any additional burdens. I've used the last week or two, to catch up on some lovely reading.

Do you remember my posts last winter about reading Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens? I spent many delightful hours, sitting by the fire, enjoying that large novel. It took me around 4 months to complete it. It was precious! Well, now I've chosen my latest winter book - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I started reading it last week. Mr. White was getting ready to mow the property, with the help of John (14). I asked if he needed my help. He smiled and said, "Sure! Go get a book and a chair and sit right there." He knows me well. (smiles) Just my presence while the boys worked, helped us all to be together and be happy.

I was inspired by a brief biographical sketch on Tolstoy, at the beginning of the book. It says that he was missing something in his life, and decided he wanted a family. He married a sweet lady and they had 13 children. It was during this stage of his life that he wrote, "War and Peace." His wife carefully made copies of his handwritten manuscripts and was delighted to help him in his work.

I still have a day full of adventures and must go. I have several things I wanted to write about, but hope I can get to them soon.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Mrs. White

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Linda said...

Mrs.White, It is so good to hear from you! Hope you are enjoying these last days of summer. Here in Texas, this is the first day in over forty days we didn't reach 100 degrees.

Jean said...

I am so encouraged to read your posts. I haven't read Dombey and Son, but it sounds like a good book to add to my winter reading list.

I like Mr. White's suggestion for your helping, and that your presence promotes peace. I need to work on that -- so often I am busy, flitting from one thing to another, and don't take the time to sit down and encourage our girls in their work.

Not So Average Mama said...

"I cannot rush or let any of it cause stress. Life is hard enough without any additional burdens."
As I struggle with this debilitating disease I am stressed about how far behind I am on obligations. I pray for guidance on how to get everything done while I cope with the pain. Thanks for a wonderful post :)

Taryn said...

I don't intend to read War and Peace but someday I want to see the movie. I read the book is confusing because Tolstoy calls character's by different names,if I remember correctly. I usually like the books better then the movies but there are exceptions in my opinion-The Hiding Place, Sense and Sensibility(with Kate Winslet-I cry everytime I see it),etc. These two were very good movies. I read a bio on Tolstoy(and his family life...) years ago that was not as positive as the one you read. Have you read Jane Eyre? I think I've seen every Jane Eyre movie. The book and movies were interesting.

Taryn said...

Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose-an American missionary memoir set during WWII was a great book-$7.50-World literature 10th grade( Booker T. Washington's autobiography(Abeka books)-American literature 11th grade was interesting. We used Uncle Tom's Cabin-book and movie for American literature. We enjoyed Robinson Crusoe(Veritas Press)-British literature-12th grade and watched a few of the movies(compare and contrast). The black and white movie was closest to the book. We liked the foreign film-Babette's Feast. I think that one was recommended by Above Rubies magazine(Nancy Campbell).