Kitchen Duty

February 27, 2009 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Today’s extra morning time was spent in the kitchen, trying to figure out what things I need to make the space flow better–filling some new canisters with popcorn and rice, and washing a bunch of big pans.  (I hope to mop somewhere this quarter. Why be overly ambitious and disapoint myself.  I’d rather get it done early and surprise myself!) I’m starting to shop for the perfect coffee maker.  I’d like one with a timer…I think that would be a good treat to wake to some mornings…I seldom have time to fix myself a cup, and I could treat The Hub on the weekends without having to get up first!  😀

Today, I ate a good lunch and breakfast.  Went on a field trip with my daughter.  Ran a few errands.  Volunteered a few minutes while I could, got a huge headache.  Picked up Red at school.  Collapsed at home with three pills which I hoped would get on top of the pain in my temples.

Every time we have a swing back to warmer weather, I seem to get headaches, change in atmospheric pressure, I guess.   A generic Claritin, Naproxen, and Tylenol and a short nap all taken together seem to knock it in an hour or so, but it is annoying.  And, of course, for Saturday, when we have a ton of end of season things going on with the kids, we are expecting snow accummulations of 1-2″, thankfully that evening rather than afternoon.  I hope it stays that way!

I’ve been enjoying worship this week on my iPod, quick meditating on a few worship cards, and just trying to keep up with things.  That seems enough.

I’ve been writing verses in the kid’s books, for the ones who I think need some focus, and talking through what they mean.  It’s amazing to me how much they still need to talk through a given scripture to understand it. I’ve forgotten how many years of “unveiling” of the word it has taken for me to be able to read things and understand the language and context, even of an NIV translation!  For example, I gave them “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…” last week, and every one of them thought it was referring to their given name.  I have friends who are so much better about getting The Word impressed on their kid’s hearts, and I feel behind in this area.

I really want to work on us all speaking in more gentle tones with each other, less joking-sarcasm (boy, when you start hearing in your kids what you’ve been dishing out, it’s a sad, sad day–what a mirror!)

I’ve been at the church this week to try to help some with the chain-saw people…just to support, not really to cook…I don’t feel qualified or called to try to add that in yet, but I can sweep and mop and wash dishes and do support role tasks.  So, I’m trying to just stop by and do that a couple times a day when I’m out running errands.

Sometimes, I take the children and they are a big help…they move all the chairs out of the way ahead of me and put them back.  I’m trying to teach them to stay quiet, out of the way, and just do the servant work instead of seeking entertainment, or what friends are around while we are there…they are doing well.

Let me just say, if you go into a kitchen and ask what you can do to help, the answer will usually be “nothing”, but if you will hang around, and look around, and jump in and get into the flow of things and see what needs to be done, sometimes, you can find things to do to help:  wipe tables, clean counters, clean the sink, put away dishes, lend a kind word, fill salt and pepper shakers, wipe crumbs off dessert tables, take out trash, mop small spills around tables.

The cooks never have time to assign lots of tasks to lots of people…they have a lot of lists running in their minds to deal with.  Just find a way to help, or get out of the way.  😀  I think that’s why younger women in the kitchen seem to struggle with the older cooks…everything seems under control already.  And it is, but your fresh feet and hands and spirit can help.  Just look and serve.

Well, that’s all for tonight!  I think I need to gather laundry and plan breakfast.  With a clean kitchen, I may cook something special in the morning.  It’s been a good, restful few days, and that’s been a good change of pace!  Makes me want to give a little more in the morning for a fun breakfast meal.

Entry filed under: Everyday.

February Photos Droplets

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed



Sifting the joy from the mundane:

recording, photographing, learning, creating.

I am married to the love of my life, as we raise three children, learning the ways of grace.


Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in it's vicinity freshen into smiles. --Washington Irving




When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


  • 1,005,284 Magnanimous Visitors


Please know that I am not posting as an expert, but as a fellow traveler. I recommend that you research and double check things on your own before taking any advice or instruction from this site.  Information is given in good faith for the time period in which it was written. I am also an affiliate of the Sure Cuts A Lot software, for Cricut, which means you don't need Cricut cartridges to cut any font or .jpg on your computer.  I get some pocket change for introducing you if you choose to buy it by clicking on my site.  And we all know I need more cardstock, so I do appreciate it.  I sometimes review other products for a fee, but I am not required to give a positive review, and post honestly as to my experience.  I hope you find this useful.

Sidebar photographs by Maggie except "clay mugs". Others, stockxchng (by permission) unless noted.

Create Your Own Calendar

%d bloggers like this: