But, actually, I didn't get a late start this morning--I was up at the crack before dawn, as usual, trying to see the high schoolers before they left the house at 6:30. And then to get my two "other" daughters out the door at 7:00.
And then to welcome Maggie's buddies for our Friday morning Bible study before school which got started again this morning.
And then to drive them all to school.
And then to get to the gym.
And then to shovel snow.
So, really, at 10:30 a.m., I'd say I've accomplished quite a lot.
I really have nothing important to say today. No profundities. No silly stories. Just random thoughts running through my mind. Want to know what I'm thinking about?
First, I was going to post about a new muffin recipe I tried last night for Caramel-Banana Muffins. They looked so good in Midwest Living magazine--all ooey, gooey and delicious. But, really, when we went to eat them this morning, they weren't all that good. A little on the dry side, to be perfectly honest.
I don't know what I did wrong. I doubled the recipe, which sometimes makes a difference. I might not have used enough banana. Other than that, I haven't a clue. They should have been delicious, according to the picture in the magazine.
Sometimes a recipe just doesn't work out. Oh well. But if you're up for a challenge, you can find the recipe here. Give it a try and let me know how they turn out.
Second, what's with the whole "New Year, New You" craze? This phrase was really popular a few years back, and I'm seeing a resurgance again. Frankly, something about this phrase bugs me. I kind of liked the "Old Me" so why do I want a "New Me"? Oh, sure, there are some things I'd like to change, but really, do I have to fashion an entirely "New Me" to just improve on what I've already got going?
I don't know. What do you think about that whole "New Year, New You" craze?
Third, one thing I have been working on is my attitude about winter. I'll admit, I can get pretty crabby about winter, and if I let that attitude fester, things just go downhill until by the end of March I'm pretty much ready to throw in the proverbial towel and move to Dallol, Ethiopia--that's the warmest place on earth.
Anyway, this year I'm really trying hard to not complain about the weather--it is what it is--and I'm even trying to see the beauty in winter.
(You can hold me to that in about a month or a week when I'm sick and tired of being cold and I start to complain.)
So, in honor of the beauty all around me--and, believe me, lots and lots of beauty fell from the skies this week--here are a couple of pictures I took yesterday.
I just love this tree in my back yard. And when it's laden with snow, it's especially beautiful.
(What I don't love is that ugly electrical pole sitting behind it.)
And this little bench just sits in my back yard, next to a cobblestone path. Nobody ever sits on it--it just sits there looking cute.
So those are my random thoughts for a Friday. What are yours??