What’s New?

My mother-in-law asks me this nearly every day, and most often my answer is, “Not much!” Just the usual — laundry and meals and dishes and such. But here are some odds and ends of stray thoughts and happenings:

  • Our church had a lovely reception for Jason and Mittu last Sunday night after the evening service. Since most of the folks couldn’t go to the wedding in OK and since Mittu wasn’t here for several months before the wedding and we couldn’t do the normal bridal shower, they had this reception. It worked well because Jason was with her and could introduce her to those she didn’t know — she didn’t have to be by herself with a room full of women she didn’t know at a shower. They had just gotten a DVD of the wedding, so we had that playing in the background. We have some incredibly sweet and generous folks at our church!



  • I’m still having this odd sensation of waiting for Jason to come home at night, even though I know better. Just habit, I guess. I don’t remember feeling that way when he was away at camp for the summer — maybe because he was actually away then, and now he’s here, but not here. When he was at camp I did actually forget and set the table as if he were here a few times — I’ve only done that once since he’s been married. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • The newlyweds seem to be doing well. In the “being a mother hen never stops” department, I am hoping the folks in their new “young married” class are friendly and open to them.ย  It takes a while in any new class to feel a part of things, but I hope they have a very short transtion period. Mittu has been looking for a job, but so far nothing seems to be open in area day cares. I was surprised that there weren’t even any listings in the classifieds. But she’s been submitting applications anyway to some in the area. I’m still trying to find the balance between giving them their space and privacy and keeping in touch. I don’t want to “bug” them and often second-guess whether I should call — but I want to be available and keep in touch.
  • Funny how a room looks big until you start putting stuff in it. I’ve been enjoying getting my sewing/craft/guest room set up (though I need to find a shorter name for it!) I’ve got all the major pieces in except a daybed or futon or something for guests to sleep on. Need to go shopping for that. During the summer when I kept feeling inclined to sort through my craft stuff, I kept thinking it would be more efficient to just wait til I was able to move things into my new room, only handling them once that way. I should have gone with my inclination!! Sorting and organizing is what will take the longest. I’m enjoying it, though.
  • I mentioned on my nightstand post on Tuesday that I wasn’t enjoying How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser as much as I thought I would.ย  That changed within 24 hours. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to just take the day off and read it.
  • I haven’t gotten my body clock changed around for the new school schedule yet. I’m getting up earlier but hadn’t been getting to bed earlier until last night, so then I’ve been needing a nap during the day, which cuts into my work time. I should go to bed when Jesse does at 11 — but I like to unwind for a while before doing so.
  • Sherry at Semicolon had an excellent, thought-provoking post about using the Muslim thirty days of Ramadan as a time of special prayer for them.

I think those are all the stay thoughts swirling about just now.

Have a great day!

12 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. I LIKE stray thoughts! I’m so glad that Jason got to have a “little something” with his church family to celebrate this momentous ocassion! And I’m sure it made Mittu feel MOST welcome too!

  2. Glad to know that you are enjoying How Do I Love Thee. I was just about to order it when I saw your statements that you weren’t really enjoying it. So I held off. I shall unleash myself on Amazon again (gulp).

  3. Since Jason didn’t leave home before he married, you’re going through the normal empty nest syndrome even though it isn’t completely empty. Our church had a shower for my son and his wife before they married when they were home for a visit. We just took him along so she wouldn’t feel so shy with everyone. I think what yours did was just the thing. Are they going to attend that church?
    I know exactly what you mean about being available without intruding. I think, sometimes that I take that second part too far but I don’t want to be interfering. My Mother was the same way. I want to be a good Mother in law. I have to bite my tongue a lot to keep my opinion to myself and not sound critical.
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the book. I’m glad I read it.
    Just go ahead and call it your studio since that will be its primary function. I know you’re having fun. I worked in mine yesterday, putting things away. I’d like to make skirts for my tables but do not want to spend a fortune. I guess it will evolve over time.

    Well, I am off, this morning, to the senior group at the church we’ve been attending. I’ve prayed for an open mind about it lest I compare it to others I’ve attended. It is a small church so it is bound to be different.
    Mama Bear

  4. I don’t think mom’s ever get over their kids being away from home myself. Nothing wrong with that but I think that’s how mom’s are. It will be a nice little something to have with the family. Great Stray Thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What a neat welcoming shower for the newlyweds. I’m sure they’ll be fine in the new couple’s class.
    I’m with you on the school schedule. Even tho’ I homeschool and have been on and off thru the summer, getting back in the routine with night time schedule has thrown me in a funk too. I tend to stay up later, probably than I should, for my quiet time. Just need to tweak in a bit.
    God bless!

  6. The reception for Jason and Mittu was so sweet of your church family! My first reaction about calling or “intruding” is to call when you have the inclination. I would have enjoyed hearing from my mother-in-law when we were first married if she’d lived closer.

    Just go ahead and call your craft/sewing/guest room “My Room” since you will be the one using it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or your studio, as someone else suggested. That covers everything!

  7. I was going to say just call it Barbara’s room. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We have a dining/music/sewing/overflow from the den room, which is also the path to the porch, that we just call the “big room.”

  8. What a wonderful way for the church to worship Mittu into their midst. I am certain they will receive the same kind of welcome from their new class.

    I know your “whatnot” room is going to bering you much joy in the future. AND, I’ve had a few books sneak up on my like that. It’s wonderful when it happens.

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