At the beginning of 2019, I didn't have any resolutions to set. Mostly because I was about 3 weeks postpartum and couldn't even think about changing anything. The postpartum period is basically ruled by the little dictators and it's best if you don't have high expectations. If you don't expect to shower, you are thankful and surprised when a shower happens rather than snarling and demanding your right to shower. (Obviously, I have experience with the snarling. And also the thankfulness.)

Anywho, I did decide to set some doable goals for January. Reading certain books, losing weight, and working on the house. That month went so well, that I decided to do the same for February. And now here I am to tell you about it.

I wanted to read a few books, lose 5 more pounds, finish remodeling Eowyn's room, and work on my Grammarlings book in February. Let's see how it went!

I read...

My goal was to finish reading The Yearling, chapter two of Norms and Nobility, and Tending the Heart of Virtue. I finished The Yearling fairly early in the month. I loved it! It's a coming-of-age tale that is also a wonderful tale of homesteading. Because of our own little homestead, I could relate to Jody's thoughts on loving animals alive, hating their deaths, but then gratefully eating their meats. It's a strange feeling. The Yearling doesn't touch on God's grace, but it does teach that knowing the land, raising animals, hunting, and gardening take a deep intelligence that we can't come by in books. I think my favorite quote comes at the end when Jody's pa says to him:
"You've seed how things goes in the world o' men You've knowed men to be low-down and mean. You've seed ol' Death at his tricks. You've messed around with ol' Starvation. Ever' man wants life to be a fine thing, and a easy. 'Tis fine, boy, powerful fine, but 'tain't easy. Life knocks a man down and he gits up and it knocks him down agin. I've been uneasy all my life." ~ Rawlings
Chapter two of Norms and Nobility is just beautiful. Thankfully, my book club is reading Norms together because it's just so deep. I need all the help I can get! But this chapter is about language and it made me think about the Classical language studies of Greek and Latin. Those two are really the parent and grandparent of English and of Christianity. We need to study those to gain the experience and knowledge of the past 3000 or so years.
At the heart of a classical education is the word: the complete mastery of its shades of meaning, of its action-implicit imperatives, of its emotions and values. In ancient times such was the power of the word that it was believed to hold the key to the secrets of the external and internal realities. The word, standing alone, was viewed as a microcosm of both mythos and logos, making life intelligible. ~ Hicks

Tending the Heart of Virtue was brilliant too. I'm listening to The Classical Homeschool podcast along with it. But when I started reading it, I realized there were several books and stories I didn't know or had not read. So in order to help me understand the book, I read those too. A couple of the stories where fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen; The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen. I haven't read the real Pinocchio or The Wind in the Willows either. We're listening to Pinocchio during morning meeting on Librivox (Mark Smith of Simpsonville SC is reading and he's such a great reader.) The kids are loving Pinocchio and would probably listen to the whole thing in one sitting if I'd let them. I read The Wind in Willows very quickly on my own. It's delightful, just like everyone says.

Then, the Close Reads Podcast was reading The Remains of the Day and it just happened to be at my library, so I picked it up and read it in February too. I don't get to read and listen to all the books Close Reads does, but it's almost like taking a class every once in a while. I thoroughly enjoyed Remains! It's amazing how well written it is. I showed my kids in grammar class one of Ishiguro's sentences to parse together and all they could do was complain about how long it was. Ha!

Then I edited

I finished editing one of my Grammarlings workbooks. I only have three more, but I think I got the hard part done. Those last three shouldn't take very long. I'm reorganizing them, trying to clarify, and checking all the spelling and grammar. (Hehe, shouldn't all the grammar and spelling be perfect in a grammar book? I'm just not that good, I guess.) Jeremy wants me to try to publish it, but it scares me to death to think about.

I walked and walked

But I didn't lose all 5 pounds. I lost 2, which is just not that impressive. But I walked some 36 miles and did yoga several times. So this goal is kind of halfway done. I don't know how to mark that in my bullet journal though. Elinor is growing nice and fluffy so some of me is pouring out into her. I wish fluffy thighs looked just as cute on me as they do on her! Pretty girl.

Remodeling took a hit

Well, it is hard to paint a room when you never have any idea how long a baby is going to sleep. But we did get the trim all done, and the walls are really close to being done. My Mom came over the last two nights in February and helped me get the walls painted, but on the very last wall, we ran out of paint. Argh! So I need to go get a quart and finish the second coat on that wall. I also need to get Jeremy to change out the light fixture and the light switch. Since it's so little to do, maybe I'll get it done in March? I hope so. I'm ready to move onto something else.

Now we begin March

I have already set my goals for March but I left room to add to them if I get finished early. I'm hoping to finish Eowyn's room, edit two of my workbooks, lose FIVE pounds (not just 2!), and read (I wish reading burned more calories!). I have four books picked out and the third chapter of Norms. We shall see!

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