Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Wishes



Hi everyone, I’m linking up with Melyssa at Nectar Collective today to share my wishes/goals for week. Join in!


Last Week’s Wishes

1. Found a cute template for our farm site
2. Sold 5 things on ebay
3. Caught my daughter's school binder up. We lost the hole puncher and therefore finished papers got piled up.
4. Discovered a few more sites that have free educational printables with more interesting graphics.
5. Took some time away from cyberspace and had a nice weekend unplugged from technology so I could read the books "What would Audrey do?" and "How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton world."  They were really interesting.
6. Got the wifi finally hooked up! We have had 3g for months but never got the server to work on wireless.
7. Gave the 4 young roosters away and now things around here are quiet again! wahooooooooooo.

This Week's Wishes October 27, 2014

1. Work on our homesteading farm site.
2. Create an egg share brochure to take to the local feed stores and a pdf on our site to download.
3. Print out my daughter's schoolwork for next week. I want us to stay a week ahead from now on.
4. Make a blogging commitment to blog at least once a week through next year.
5. Catch up on project life book- it has been a couple of months since I last updated it.
6. Clean up yard- the wind has scattered leaves all over the place.
7. Clean out the truck- which isn't so bad except we look like cookie hoarders.
8. Wash the truck- which is the hardest job under the sun since pollen and dust keeps getting right back on it after a wash.
9. Make a November grocery list- which I am looking forward to.
10. Give each dog one final haircut!- Aussies are so hairy!
11. Find a laser surgery center for my back so I can go back to work- I'm tired of living in pain and ibuprofen is not the answer.


Also Focusing on:

Time management
Money management
Daily exercise ~1 hour walking plus some squats
Pre-winterizing the chicken yard
Getting the lawn back in normal mowing cycle
Trim hedges back into some kind of order


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Simple Woman's Daybook-October 27, 2014



Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY
October 27, 2014

Outside my window...
Temp: 73  A nice cooler day at long last! I love cooler days like this one. Beautiful maple trees with red leaves hanging just before falling to the ground.

I am thinking...
Of how nice it would be to take the family on vacation for fall break.
I have been under a lot of stress in the last three months and the young roosters crowing all the time didn't  help my nerves. Our summer vacation plans got dampened and entirely wiped out the savings account.

I had 4 too many roosters from the April batch so they went free to new homes. So much quieter now.
On the first day of them being gone the girls started laying so now we are up to eight eggs per day from them ranging from pastel blue to brown and some soft pink colored ones too.

I am thankful...
Whenever we run into trouble God always sees us through it. No matter how big or small the problem is.

In the kitchen...
Took the legs off of the white washed coffee table and moved it in the mini foyer/ alcove for a family center.

I am wearing...
Shorts and a cool top while I still can.

I am creating...
A cute Homesteading farm site.

I am going...
To reaffirm my connection to spirituality. Focusing more on what feeds my soul.

I am wondering...
If getting up earlier isn't hurting my hormone levels in some way. I have been getting up around 5Am when the rooster crows and try to be quiet to keep from waking the house up that early.

I am reading...
"Why good people do bad things."

I am hoping...
To find a way to heal on the subject of loss.
I know that God will see me through it. I am not alone.

I am looking forward to...
Repairing everything that needs it before winter arrives.. Winter is coming....

I am learning...
Closets don't clean themselves and if it doesn't fit me or my daughter don't try to save it. Just throw it out!

Around the house...
Tidying up lose ends both inside and out.
Time seems to be passing much faster now.
I love October. It is my favorite month this year so far.

The neighbor's are cutting down their trees in the front yard and every evening they have a fire and that wonderful smell of burning oak permeates through our windows and it takes me back to the days in Florida when we used to go camping at Chamber's Farm. We would make our own campfire or go sit with friends by the large fire.  It really makes me miss camping more than anything because it was back during the time when life was easy. Now that we have the farm animals to care for we can't just sneak away camping on a whim anymore.

I am pondering...

Where to put the rest of my stuff?
So far I have spent quite a bit of money and the better part of three months to get my stuff then rummaging through old boxes from my Grandmother's house.

A favorite quote for today...
What is wild cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or copied.
It is. Unmistakeable, unforgettable, unshamable, elemental as earth and ice,
water, fire and air, a quitessence, pure spirit, resolving into no contituents.
Don't waste your wildness: it is precious and necessary."
 ~Jay Griffiths


Two of my favorite things...
Fried green tomatoes and fried eggplant

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Vacuum the bedroom
Watch When in Rome
Rake the yard
Make some Honeysuckle Waters
Insulate the greenhouse

A peek into my day...


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook-June




Today: 
June 17, 2014

Outside my window...
It is sunny and hot. I have three large window boxes filled to the brim with spaghetti squash vines. Another large flower pot of kale greens and a window box filled with rainbow colored swiss chard and collard greens.

I am thinking...
What it will feel like to be free from the restraints of the past. To be free from the ball and chain.
What it will feel like to move forward on our path. What it will mean for us (my mother and I) to completely give up my Grandmother's house and property for back taxes. It is a big thing to do but necessary.

The home has sat abandoned and empty for almost ten years now while we pay for the property to be maintained. We (mom and I) pay the taxes on a broken down house in a slum neighborhood in the ghetto.  The ceiling is starting to fall in and the floors are rotted through.

Meanwhile the neighbors have broken into it, stolen what they could, used it for a vagrant house, and left the back door and windows broken wide open, and when they were done pilfering through some of the things I had to leave behind, taking what they wanted and discarding the rest of my once packed up boxes and items all over the house.

I would lose my small 1/7th interest in it for my inheritance but that would also mean that the rest of the seven heirs would lose their share as well.  I think it would be the best for everyone to go on and have it torn down by the City because nobody is going to buy that house.

The cost of it all.
It is over $80 per month for just the yard mowed for the half acre lot in the City and $300 per year for the City and County taxes on it. I spoke to the City attorney and he advised that since it is only worth a little less than $10,000 for the whole shebang that maybe we should just consider let it go so the City can demo it and haul it away then sell it for back taxes. If it did sell for $10,000 we would have to share that with seven other heirs. (I spent more than that just replacing the plumbing, pipes, and the front porch in 1997.) It costs more to care for it than it is worth. Nobody in the family contributed one finger to help my grandmother the way mom and I did.

I have had a mixture of emotions ranging from deep sadness, nervous anxiety,  to overwhelming joy at the thought of finally being free from its heavy burden. My memories of childhood are rooted there and my memories of making it a home during the first part of my marriage are also rooted there.

I am learning to live by my word of the year #Strength because it takes strength to overcome challenges and setbacks and keep your feet still planted firmly on the ground. I am not afraid. I am finding my way. As a caregiver to others I am amazed at my own inner strength, patience, and self control. Knowing others while growing up that had very little self control I see that I must have been doing a lot more things right in my life than I had originally thought.

I am thankful…
For books, mentors, and references to keep me on track health wise, for my higher ascension, for my self mastery and for a better life. These things don't just happen without help. We need these people to show us the way and we are guided toward the people that can help our soul the most.

In the kitchen...
A new fridge, a new stove, a new set of pots and pans that work amazingly well for cooking! (The neighbor's  scraped their old mobile home on their property next door that is for sale and said we could have what's left inside of it that they didn't want anymore.

I am wearing...
Pink shorts and a floral print top. Slip on shoes.

I am creating…
An Index card a day summer art project with my daughter.  It is called the ICAD Card challenge.
http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/icad/

The war scene in my horror novel. I have put it off for so long. It is time to finally finish the scene.

And I am creating a salad a day for the "90 salads in 90 days" challenge. I love it!

























I am going...
To the store to buy a big clear glass lemonade tanker to make some Kombucha tea with.

I am wondering...
Why it rains every time I scatter out fresh hay for the critters.


I am reading...
JOHN STEINBECK – EAST OF EDEN
GEORGE R. MARTIN -- A CLASH OF KINGS
HINDS' FEET ON HIGHER PLACES -- HANNAH HURNARD
VASTI'S VICTORY --  LAVERNE  MCCAIN GILL

I am hoping...
To lose the weight I need to in order to reach my goal. My main reason for losing
weight is to heal my thyroid. The doc is certain that it will heal itself once I get back to
my regular weight that is healthy for me.

I am looking forward to...The coolness of Fall, which is my favorite time of the year.

I am praying...
That my daughter will have Godly friends that respect her and her ideas when she grows up.
Right now she has some friends that bash skinny girls saying she needs to eat hamburgers and eat 10+ times a day to gain weight to be like them. I explain that they are jealous of her being healthy; but it makes me livid and I have tried to block them but they keep making new accounts to stay her friend.

I am learning….
To control my appetite from committing fast food sin. I know it may sound silly but I have been really struggling with fast food (addiction?) and with my friends when we are out always want to go eat. I may have already exercised and already eaten and I get coaxed into eating again.

Around the house...

The blackberries are getting riper and should be ready to eat by mid July.
The yard is growing quickly from all of the rains we have been getting here.


I am pondering...
Getting a large backyard chimina for the fall campfires.

A couple of my favorite quotes for today...
“We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting
something we don’t yet have—for a man who already has something
doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep
trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait
patiently and confidently. And in the same way—by our faith—the Holy
Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying.”
Romans 8:24–26 (LB)

and

“For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love.
Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell
itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries
about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest
ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God
demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.”
Romans 8:38–39 (LB)

One of my favorite things...
Filofax day planners

A few plans for the rest of the week:

    Monday - Get hay scattered in wet areas to stop tracking mud in the house
    Tuesday - Catch up on Filofax sheets, Download Android journal app
    Wednesday - Clean desk, organize day planner sheets
    Thursday - Work on fruit trees/ fertilizer
    Friday - Compost bin rotation-build raised beds
    Saturday - Enjoy the outdoors with games for my daughter
    Sunday - Quietly reflect on what I have learned for the week.


A peek into my day...






















#Strength

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The February Edition of TSW Daybook



                                                                 For Today: Feb 1, 2014

Outside my window...
Bitter cold with left over snow here and there from last week's brutal blizzard.

Praising God...
For the good life he has given me.
So many friends I grew up with are losing their children in accidents recently.
It breaks my heart to know what they are going through with such loss.

In prayer for...
Friends that have lost their children and friends going through so much pain in their life..

I am thinking...
About the relationship (or lack of) that I had with my exes mother.
To this day I try not to think of those bitter pill years with her but sometimes I can still hear her putting me down and criticizing me when it is quiet... gently disguised as my own thoughts.

When I feel sad I remember her and I get nervous. I drop things. I screw up in the kitchen 
by botching a perfectly good recipe all by myself. She always tried to make herself out to be so perfect that nobody could compete with her or her son making me always feel uneasy or unworthy.

*I find in my own mothering skills I just try to be a real person for my daughter
and not some perfect image that she can never replicate of what the perfect mother should be.

I am thankful...
For God showing me the right way to go with my life.
I see friends from our old neighborhood being addicted to drugs,
getting cancer at alarming rates, and doing everything under the sun,
except giving their lives over to God for him to help them through their struggles.

In the kitchen...
Need to sort through which jars that have lids and which that don't..

I am wearing...
Pink and Blue Pajamas.

I am creating...
A new website with my tax refund this year.

I am going...
To mail a package to a friend.

I am wondering...
If my beautiful lemon trees are going to make it or not.
They got a bit of the freeze on their branches and suddenly got all dried
up like they are dying. They gave us lemons all winter. I would hate to lose them now.

I am reading...
Becoming the woman God wants me to be by Donna Partow. A beautiful read!

I am hoping...
That the lemon seed from our lemon trees germinate so I can get more growing as quick as possible.

 I am looking forward to...
The warmer weather coming soon. I stay cold all the time now.
I wish I could be one of those women you see skiing down the slopes
wearing only a tight pair of spandex pants.
But not me..... I wear 4 pairs of pants and four heavy sweaters (under) my coat to go play in the snow. I end up so big and bulky that I look like and move around like a sumo wrestler out there in the snow.


I am learning...
I can't do it all.

Around the house...
The compost bin is filling nicely thanks to the bunnies and the chickens.

A favorite quote for today...
She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.   
~ Proverbs 31:26-27

One of my favorite things...
Pistachio Gelato.
I love it!












































A few plans....
Monday- Mail package, groceries.
Tuesday- rotate compost bin.
Wednesday- clean car & truck.
Thursday- print new home binders.
Friday- get ebay stuff uploaded for sale.


A peek into my day...

























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Saturday, December 14, 2013

A December Kind of Daybook

FOR TODAY December 14, 2013
Outside my window...
There is a thick frost on the ground. Everything is frozen.
Except my beautiful Meyer Lemons! Weeee!
























I am thinking...
I did a really bad thing!
I should not have tried to edit this blog template after a very long day.
 It resulted in losing everything on here except my post entries.

Thankfully I saved the pics into a small folder called Blog stuff so I
uploaded them all again easily enough. Still, it was very time consuming and
frustrating to hit the button and lose it all.. I thought I had downloaded a backup but it wasn't
downloaded completely and therefore was screwed up.

I am thankful...
1. I have two book covers completed and all of the books now have ISBN numbers.
Now I need to finish some of the books themselves and create the pdf files for the covers to upload them to amazon.
2. I  harvested 6 more lemons this week. We have more than enough for fresh lemonade
to get us through the whole of winter. I haven't been sick one time. Must be the fresh vitamin C.
3. Extra money is coming in every week and that means we are getting a lot of stuff done that needs it. The new truck will be paid off in no time. Maybe only 4-5 more payments to go and it will be all mine!




















In the kitchen...
Unsure of what to do. The floor needs new linoleum but I can't find the same color pattern.
The whole thing didn't need to be pulled up so I need it to match the other areas frugally.
Lowe's has mostly Tuscan brown colors right now (God give me strength to control myself not to turn the whole kitchen Tuscan themed while there) because it is so tempting.

I am wearing...
A silver patterned blouse and a long white scarf
Green fashion leggings and brown knee high leather boots.

I am creating...
A better shelf system for the kitchen spices.
My family is wacko over this and that steak
grilling spice so there must be 20 different kinds of each spice cluttering
up every counter now because I have run out of space for them.
(We have become spice hoarders.)

I am going...
With the family to the mountains for Christmas.
We started a new tradition a couple of years ago.
There is nighttime shopping, go cart tracks, aquarium, museums, streets filled with Christmas
lights, parades, skiing, street vendors, so much more fun stuff because the mountains come alive
in the winter time. So much fun to go there. You can park miles away and walk down the
mile long streets to every attraction in the area.





















I am wondering...
If the new stray cat is warm enough with the little doghouse I got for her on the porch.

I am reading...
1. Womb Wisdom
2. God's little devotional Journal
3. About the mysteries of Mary Magdalene. I am always interested in learning more.

I am hoping...
To redo the greenhouse with more shelves this spring.
To buy another greenhouse.

I am looking forward to...
Getting away for Christmas. I am so excited about it.
Living with a divorced mother we never had any real Christmas traditions
the way I try to do now with my family. I am trying to making lasting memories for my daughter.

I am learning...
About Walipinis as a greenhouse. OMG what a great concept!

Around the house...
Cleaning out the closets. Wow that has been epic for finding lost things :)

I am pondering...
Whether or not to buy some camel colored paint for the living room walls.

A favorite quote for today...
Through the mists of our time, true kings and queens are being born.
And in their wake- a legacy of elegance, sovereignty, and almighty compassion.
~Anaiya Sophia

Some of my favorite things...
1. Salted caramel goodies from Starbucks.
2. Hearing about friends from my past or from school overcoming their problems  and setbacks
and are moving forward with their lives.
3. Mashed Avocado spread on sandwiches
4. Fresh picked lemons for lemonade.
5. Comfort food and warm vegetable beef soup.
6. Electric blankets.
7. Warm socks in boots.
8. Warm greenhouses.
9. Fireplaces.
10. White hot chocolate.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
1. Emptying out the kitchen pantry.
2. Making some scrapbook pages.
3. Cleaning chicken coop.
4. Getting the stuff for Christmas dinner.

A peek into my day...
My daughter with her new (short!) haircut and her friend.

















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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook- October 1, 2013





                                                   FOR TODAY- October 1, 2013

 Celebrating this cooler weather by being outside for 30 minutes a day (30 minute outdoor challenge)

Outside my window...
* There is a lot of fog moving slowly across the creek when the cold air mixes with the heat of the sun. Gives me almost an eery feeling right out of a horror novel. It's as thick as puffy clouds.

I am Hearing...
The evening news. Things in this Country are going from bad to worse.

I am Thinking of...
* Redoing the living room for winter to gear up for using the fireplace again. The possibility of buying a large area rug in a red or darker fall color pattern and a darker coffee table.
* Uploading the pics from our weekend at the corn maze (so much fun!) for a Fall scrapbook page.

I am Thankful for...
* God being merciful in in our lives.
* Recently we found out his dad died but it is now considered by police an accidental homicide because he was wrestling with a young guy at a party on memorial day and the guy broke his neck and spine making him paralyzed. He went to the trauma center but there was nothing that could be done for him. It caused the family a lot of sadness and angry hurt feelings there wasn't enough time to be with him again the way the boys wanted to. They didn't even get notified until after he died and his sister threw everything he owned into goodwill without another thought and we only lived a few hours away from him. We should have at least been able to go to him and say goodbye or pay our respects. No charges can be filed on the kid for body slamming him. 
* Any young man of good character should know never to wrestle an elderly man, no matter how tough he seems on the outside.
* It is in the low 50's here and my new flat panel chicken coop heater arrived just in the nick of time! It is a softer heat than the infrared lamp and much safer. (However I found one for half the price today at Lowes!)
*  The continued health of my mother and my family.
* My daughter becoming a young woman. It seems kind of soon at 12 but that is when I blossomed as well.
* Spending time with my daughter out in public and her acting like a respectful young lady.
*  Writing a book about parenting an ADHD child and living to tell about it. I can't wait to get it published!
* For my past. Even though bad things happened to me God gave me a second chance. A rebirth. A chance to pull my life back together after my accident. And a voice and the knowledge to share my journey with others. There are other women that suffered too and I know that I was never alone.

In the Kitchen...
* A recipe I found on pinterest called Overnight Oats.
It uses 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup oats, 2TLBSP Chia seeds, 2TBLSP-PB2. Let sit in fridge overnight then eat. OMG it is delicious and healthy for you too!



































* A new sweet cake with orange zest recipe from The Chew.
* More whimsical rooster stuff. Like a kitchen sign. Pot holders. Kitchen towels.
* Several pretty french plates with cute sayings on them to hang up.
* Repaired the weak kitchen floor that was warped for a long time.

I am Hoping...
* That this winter isn't going to be a really bad one. Last year it was mild compared to most winters past but I have already heard some snow stories and it is only fall. Our pipes freeze so we have to save up water (around 100+ gallons or more) in case it is a week or two until it comes back on.
* That I didn't go too badly over my tight budget on household items this paycheck.
* That I can move a book shelf into my walk in closet to help hide my book hoarding habit. My entire bedroom is filled with research books that need to be put away somewhere out of my continued sight for a while.
* That I can get all of my outside to-do lists finished before winter hits.
* That I can get enough healthy soup mixes for the family to have a lot of bone marrow soups to keep us strong.

I am Reading...
Several different renditions of the Jane Austen books. I draw the line at  vampire, sea monster, and zombie Darcy.
* Mina- the continued story of Bram Stokers Dracula.
* The Immigrant Brides Collection
* So many others right now.

I am Wearing...
* A pretty blue blouse and a pair of floral shorts, large indie blue and gold earrings and a large shell necklace. I did my hair and my makeup today! Go me!
* I bought some new tops to go with my new pants. OMG I look so good!
* Got my hair done. Cute highlights really helped improve my features and hides the gray perfectly. I think she cut too much off afterward but it will grow back sooner or later.

I am Creating...
* A 'Family book of photos' for each year that is designed like a scrapbook from Blurb. I have seen some really nice ones that other mom's have made. I was so amazed! It makes things a little easier to organize our photos once we take them. Why didn't we do that years ago? When I think of how many pictures we have lost over the years when we first met. Oh well. Now I know how to keep them forever in the physical world and not just on disc.
* A work area for my potting and transplanting.
* A cute gazebo family area for evening suppers outside. Complete with blue checkered tablecloth for the table.
* A more presentable side yard area where people drive up and it is the first thing they see. (Normally scattered with plastic cups and random napkins every few days that gets thrown out of the car accidentally by my daughter after going out to eat.)

I am Going...
* Corn maze (again). It is so much fun! We were lost in there for hours.
* Lowes to buy mower blades and some lumber to make a wooden cubby style nesting area for the girls. They said "nope" to the little store bought nesting box I brought home for them a few months ago.
* Out to eat and buy groceries.

I am Wondering...
Will the Government ever learn from their mistakes?

I am Praying...
*That God continues to keep us in his merciful grace and keeps us shielded from harm, and from people that might want to do us harm. I feel vulnerable when others know something private about someone in my family that I don't. Secrets can ruin families and our trust in the ones we love.

I am Looking forward to...
* Finishing my books.
* Redoing that book cover to make it more appealing.
* Hiring help when I need it. I admit I can't do it all.
* Relaxing and staying in bed watching tv.
* Getting all of the animals vaccinated and protected for winter.
* Buying a new pair of knee high boots for winter.

*More opportunities for photo ops for myself. I am always the one behind the camera so the only ones I have of myself are of the side of my head most times from holding the camera wrong for a selfie.

















(We were so exhausted and sweaty by this point just finding the end of the maze was the only thing on our minds) <3


I am Learning...
*To keep the chicken's wings clipped!
I thought I heard my George down the road a little ways crowing and it scared me so bad I ran out of the house with apron strings flying behind me to make sure it wasn't him. After looking everywhere on earth for him in our yard he came out in a mad dash from underneath the coop horrified out of his mind because I was yelling for him. Gosh darned chickens are going to give me a heart attack!
* To guard my tongue. Certain things (like politics) turn me into a really snarky person and I don't mean to be that way at all. I am trying to do better. At least I am admitting my sin and sharp tongue need healing.

Things I'm Loving...
* Pumpkin & spice scented candles and airwick plugins first thing in the morning. The living room smells dreamy.
* Reading blogs about other homeschooling moms. I have made some drastic changes lately in regards to how I spend more quality time online. No celebrity or gossip blogs or social media unless it is to 'like' other family pages with more religious and faith blogs.
* Wearing a pretty sweater in the mornings.
* Brown leather boots

Amazing Insights...
* I'm too busy. I don't want to fall into the 'busy woman' syndrome so I am slowing down on a few things.
* I forgot to label some of the veggies when I planted them a few weeks ago. Apparently it was mustard greens, collard greens, and tomato. The papaya tree seedlings are doing so good right now. (They love being in a hot steamy greenhouse!)

 Around the house...
* Got the shutters painted. They look amazing!
* Thinking of placing a little white picket fence around the chicken area to make it look more appealing and to be a little safer. Even though they are already inside of our fenced yard.
* Went shopping for new socks and undies and a few pair of play-time jeans for my daughter.
* Got a new larger pen for the bunnies.
* Got my mini compost buckets drilled with holes in them then filled with leaves.
* Made an enormous salad greens garden in a bucket complete with edible flowers.
* Leaves are falling rapidly and they are really fun to crunch on as we walk.

I am Pondering...
* What to wear to the Fall festival at Church?
Most women here wear denim skirts with leather boots this time of year here in the South.
I was thinking of blending by doing the same so bought a denim skirt and a denim vest to go with it but the skirt looked much bigger in the store than it does now that I look at it twice. In my defense I only had 10 minutes to run in and basically grab a few things from the thrift store. I didn't want to pay a lot for a skirt I will wear only on occasion so it will have to do no matter what.

Quote of the day...
I stood a mendicant of God before His royal throne
And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart
I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.”
He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.”
I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,
He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.
~Martha Snell Nicholson

My Favorite things...
* Naps and going to bed early.
* Watching my daughter sleep.
* Pumpkin Spice candles and airwick plugins
* Cool fall evenings
* Corn mazes and pumpkin patches
* Candy apples & Halloween candy
* Fall festivals and hay rides with my daughter

For the Rest of the week...
*Monday: Paid bills, then shopping, then to feed store for animal food.
*Tuesday: Finished errands, planted some new veggies, moved some plants out of the big buckets and into smaller pots then moved them into the greenhouse for winter.
*Wednesday: A day of rest because I am zonked!
*Thursday: Look at some books on Amazon. Consider redoing my book cover and title.
*Friday: Back to thrift store to browse around for a little while.
*Saturday: Too tired to do anything else.

A peek into my day...






















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Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook-September 1, 2013








FOR TODAY
September 1, 2013

Outside my window....
Beautiful cooler weather makes me want to work outside more now that it is bearable again.

I am Hearing...
Silence. And I love it!  It doesn't happen very often around here. No crowing. No clucking. No whining or barking. It's a good day.

I am Thinking of...
Adding some photos to my blog and might doll it up a bit over the next few weeks.

I am Thankful for...
My Grandmother teaching me right from wrong. Being out in public for more than an hour at a time you can see so many people out there that are lost that do bad things and really weren't raised well enough to know any better..

In the kitchen...
An entire fridge filled with salad greens and fruit. In the corner of my kitchen is a mini greenhouse with citrus seed sprouting and fresh planted nectarine seeds waiting to sprout.

I am Wearing...
New turquoise jeggings from Walmart (they fit so good I went back and bought 1 in every color in my size!) and a silk blouse with a shell necklace.

I am Creating...
An ebook library for my family and I on my kindle and kindle for pc.

I am Going...
Back and forth on my reading items lately. Reading new things such as the daring 50 Shades of Grey then bouncing back to some demure Jane Austen.

I am Wondering...
Which cake to get my daughter for her 12th Birthday the 26th of September. She's almost a teen!

I am Reading...
The Language of Love and Respect (A beautiful read!), Becoming the woman God wants me to be, Revolve bible, Building an effective women's ministry.

I am Praying...
That people wake up from their comas and see what the President is doing to American values.

I am Looking forward to...
Cooler weather and my new garden treasures sprouting through the surfice of the soil. Having all of my baby papaya trees grow bigger.

I am Learning...
In gardening and in life things don't always go the way we had anticipated them to go. Even with the people that we love the most. We can't control others or their actions. All we can do is nourish the soul and water it and keep a protective eye on how things are growing and never turning our backs on it so it doesn't shrivel and die.

Around the house...
Cutting the roses for their winter sleep. Trimming the hedges, painting the hideous faded green shutters a vibrant bright providential blue.

I am Pondering...
Ways that I can get more healing rest into my chaotic days. I have chosen to go to bed much earlier than I normally do. Which is a bit of a bummer but absolutely necessary and makes me feel so much better in the morning when I wake up.

Quote of the day...
I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree and climb black branches up a snow-white trunk toward heaven,
till the tree could bear no more, but dipped its top and set me down again.That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.  ~ Robert Frost

My Favorite thing...
My George Foreman Grill!
Most women got flowers for their Mother's day gift. I got a George Foreman and have rocked that little thing every day for lunch since I got it! It makes everything taste 100% better and I feel better knowing the family is getting less fatty calories when we eat chicken or fish!

For the Rest of the week...
Trying to organize my book shelves into a more sane display and being there for my daughter. Spending the last moments of summer with her getting wet under the hose.

A peek into my day...



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