Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2:54 PM
Outside my window...
petals from the Bradford Pear Trees
continue to fall like snow...
It is 74 degrees and a little windy,
a thunderstorm is in the forecast....
From the garden....
 The Lillies
Hosta peeking out of the ground

I am thinking...
I'm too sleepy to read
haven't been going to sleep early enough
and then getting up early so
I have a sleep deficit
I am thankful...
Daughter and I spent the morning together
we had our mammograms and then
pedicures before lunch
In the kitchen...
I baked some sweet potatoes and made slaw
there are deli chicken fingers and
leftover chicken salad Brunch ring in the fridge
I am wearing...
black yoga pants and a red thermal top
changed out of my capris when I got home
I am creating...

More blocks for SAL Nature's Journey quilt 
the finished size of this block is 3.5 x 3.5 and these
are bees...
and journal pages
I am going...
to watch a movie this afternoon
Yesterday I watched Catching Fire 
and Mocking jay
I am wondering...
what I'll wear on Easter Sunday
I looked for something yesterday
while out shopping but I'm not liking
the new styles so much
I am reading...
same as last week: The Rose Conspiracy
and the Southern Living
bonus Gardening magazine
I am hoping...
to clean off the front porch and maybe
purchase a pot of tulips to go
on it
I am looking forward to...
 WMU Birthday celebration on the 18th...
hosting Book Club this month
Around the house...
laundry to take out of the dryer and fold...
next on my list of Spring cleaning is
cleaning the carpet
A favorite quote for today...
To get the full measure of joy
You must have someone to divide it with
...Mark Twain
One of my favorite things...
going barefoot in the grass
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Hair appointment Wednesday morning
lunch with my friend Rene
From my picture file...
taken inside a ceremonial Ocmulgee earth mound 
Macon, Georgia

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Morning Coming Down

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of
the Lord." Psalm 122:1
This is just one of
the churches we visited on our recent trip...
this one is in Savannah: The 
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

This Victorian Gothic is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in
It was Designed by Baldwin and Price in the 1870s, and features impressive stained glass windows, which were  installed around 1900.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hodge Podge #214

1. This coming weekend is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. Do you celebrate Easter in your home? What was your favorite Easter tradition as a child?
Easter Sunday has always been a traditional celebration....usually even as a married woman, I've tried to have a new Church outfit, cook Easter Lunch(since my parents are deceased and it isn't a combined lunch) with Daughter helping with the menu......we've had Easter egg hunts with special baskets filled by me for the grands that are here, until the last couple of years when they've outgrown those two but not the candy which I still have for them. This year, Daughter has to work on Sunday and with it being the first without The Princess's and Wonder boy's Dad, we're keeping it low key with just church attendance and maybe eating out. 
Easters as a child were always fun with Mother's extended family getting together for lunch after church and an egg hunt.
2. George Weinberg is quoted as saying, 'Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.' Agree or disagree? Share your own thoughts on the word hope. 
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1  So I agree with the bible and George.

3. Weigh in with a yay or nay on the traditional Easter candies. A solid milk chocolate bunny? Cadbury Creme Eggs? Peeps? Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs? Jellybeans? Coconut Cream Eggs? Of the candies listed, which one would you most like to find in your Easter basket?
Jelly Beans top the list but I wouldn't mind a Peanut Butter Egg....I love the old fashion candy eggs although they are mostly sugar....do not like peeps or cadbury....chocolate of any kind is always good.

4. When did you last feel 'like a kid in a candy store'
On our recent trip to Savannah, we went into The Peanut Shop and they had free samples of almost everything in the store.All kinds of nuts and chocolate covered, brittle and coated....yum!

5. What's something you know you do differently than most people? Does that bother you? Does it bother other people? 
One thing I've always done is go to bed at the same time as Honey Bear.....I am not a morning person as I've stated here before and so 9:00 is not my favored time to go to bed but it is his so I go to bed with him and read until I get sleepy....thankfully he doesn't mind the light.....I've asked friends and other people and this doesn't seem to be the common thing especially among the Y generation....And no it doesn't bother me that I do it differently, it has worked for our marriage for 48 years.......of course when I was home alone and he was traveling for work, my bedtime was much later, sometimes in the wee hours of the morning.

6. Palm Springs CA, Palm Beach FL, or the Palmetto State...of the three mentioned, which sunny spot would you most like to visit right now? Which haveyou visited at one time or another?
The Palmetto State (South Carolina) would be my choice and I would go to Charleston as I have 3 other times....it is my all time favorite vacation place.

7. If you could change the length of a day would you lengthen it or shorten it? Tell us why.
I would lengthen it.......my day is slow to start so I'm not usually up and at 'em until 10:00 although I'm out of bed many mornings by 6:30, I mostly read or blog until 9:30 or 10:00 if I'm staying home that day, then do my maintenance house work/laundry/meal prep, that sort of thing...maybe do some creative type thing, go for a walk until around 12:30-1:00 when I eat lunch....the space of time between then and bedtime is spent with Honey Bear if we're both in the house....I'd probably like more creative time before bedtime if I had my druthers.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I think I'm going to be shopping for  a new computer soon......This one keeps going dark, it happened about 6 times while typing this post......usually it only happens when I'm watching video but today it is happening at other times. I need to put the files I want to keep on a flash drive before I lose them completely......I purchased this computer post 4/25/11 when my last one bit the dust as the result of the power surge before the power outage that happened as a result of the tornadoes. So, the time for a new one has come.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful....

It has been a little over a month since R 
the children seem to be adjusting well
the Princess has had a few melt downs
which is to be expected...
Daughter went with them to 
grief counseling this week...
I'm thankful that their Dad left them taken 
care of financially...

Honey Bear is beginning to place vinyl
on the eaves of the back of our house....
he had done the driveway gable already....
He promised me if it isn't done this year, we'll
hire someone to finish.....I'm thankful
he is still healthy enough to do these home repairs
and that the weather is comfortable
for working outside...

I waited two weeks after our trip to weigh in....
although we had eaten many foods which
are not normally on my food program...
we also were very active so I hoped
that would balance things and it did...
I was right at the weight I was before the trip
at weigh in last week....I'm thankful
that I have been sticking with my
tracking and healthy food choices....

Yesterday, I took my first walk of the Spring...
what a boost to my mood that was...
I hate to walk on the treadmill and hadn't
been doing it like I should this winter...
March-May are months when I suffer the
most with my asthma so I'm thankful
that so-far my inhalers and allergy
meds are keeping me well.....

I had planned to be available to help the children
sort and discard some things plus
clean and pack others...
in preparation for the move to consolidate
the two households...
that hasn't happened...they are just not ready
yet...but hopefully this next few weeks we can make
a start on that.....

I am thankful for so many blessings in
my life...
for my Lord and Savior and my Heavenly Father
for Honey Bear
and my family
for friends
and for all of you...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook

Tuesday, March 23, 2015

Outside my window...
58 degrees and sunny with a predicted high of
73......the porch is covered with those little buds from
the maple tree, blowing off everyday and can't keep
up with them....the grass, Elderberry bushes, 
and peach trees are greening up nicely....
the fish in the pond have awakened
from their dormant state and are active again.....
we're getting lots of bird activity

I am thinking...
about plans for the day...thinking its almost 10:00 and I
need to get dressed for going out

I am thankful...
His mercy is new every day....he is with me always
thankful for Honey Bear, our children & grandchildren

In the kitchen...
a big pot of Spinach from the garden
and a Beef, Noodle bake

I am wearing...
pajamas and a robe with socks

I am creating...
just finished these March blocks for the SAL

I am going...
to run some errands and maybe browse at
Tuesday Morning

I am wondering...
what I can do to help my daughter and
the wee ones 

I am reading...
The Rose Conspiracy 
by Greg Parshall
just finished reading: Guests on Earth
by Lee Smith, for Book Club
and The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

I am hoping...
I'll sleep better tonight

I am looking forward to...

I am learning
to pace myself

Around the house...
there's a little ironing to do....I've been
doing some Spring cleaning: 
washing windows(inside & out), blinds, cleaning
behind furniture and sorting things

I am pondering...
Today's Bible Verse:
Take away my sin, and I will be clean,
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow..Psalm 5:17

A favorite quote for today...
"Cherish all your happy moments: they
make a fine cushion for old age." 
C. Morley

One of my favorite things...
Wind chimes....I hung mine on the front porch 

A few plans for the rest of the week:
none really...I left this week open because of
Spring Break....thought I would help Daughter
with all she has to do to settle the estate and
sort out R's possessions

From my Picture file...
captured on St Simon's Island...
I was told this was one of many but only saw it after
I was back on the bus...

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Outside my window...
50 degrees, cloudy and windy
It looks kind of like tornado weather and with
the warm temperature changing tomorrow afternoon
to cold, the conditions are ripe for one....
Birds have been active...we're still seeing lots of 
Goldfinch and the males are beginning
to show more color.....the Cardinals are beautiful, also

I am thinking...
about my daughter, talking with a lawyer
this morning about settling R's estate....

I am thankful...
for every blessing...
for Honey Bear
for good friends who are there in time of need
for our church family 
for my blogging buddies
for changing seasons

In the kitchen...
some leftovers in the fridge
plenty of fruit
soup and milk and crackers 
in case of bad weather

I am wearing...
Oh, dear, its pajamas again

I am creating...
squares for the SAL quilt
agendas for meetings this week
emails and reminders
lists for an upcoming trip
journal entries

I am going...
to stay home, today, I think
and work on my crafts....
maybe walk on the treadmill

I am wondering...
if we'll get the ice and snow they are
predicting  for tomorrow afternoon and
evening...I sure hope not

I am reading...
just finished: Where We Belong
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
and haven't begun another

I am hoping...
Daughter gets good news today...
for clear roads on Wednesday night and Thursday...

A Song that stays on my mind...
Golden by Lady Antebellum 
I am looking forward to...
Things being more settled for Daughter 
and the wee ones

I am learning
Life throws curves

Around the house...
the rooms are mostly tidy
some laundry to do
all is quite

I am pondering...
Ecclesiastes 3
For everything there is a season
a time for every activity under heaven
A time to be born and a time to die
A time to plant and a time to harvest
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build up
A time to cry and a time to laugh
A time to grieve and a time to dance
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones
A time to embrace and a time to turn away
A time to search and a time to quit searching
A time to keep and a time to throw away
A time to tear and a time to mend
A time to be quiet and a time to speak 
A time to love and a time to hate
A time for war and a time for peace

A favorite quote for today...
And yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time
.......Ecclesiastes 3:11a

One of my favorite things...
Spending time with Honey Bear

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Fellowship dinner at church on Wednesday
the menu: Ham, Hashbrown Casserole, 
green beans, biscuit 
A meeting Thursday which could be rescheduled
Book Club on Friday: discussing: 
The Boys in the Boat

A peek into my day...

A Curious Cat

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