The Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – August 21, 2017

Linking up with our friend Peggy to share my week.  It seems like my life is so busy that the only way I am going to be able to blog and stay on course is to get back to my Daybook; with prompts to help me out.  Instead of monthly I will go back to weekly for now.

Looking out my window: It’s still pretty dark.  I work 7-3 Monday through Friday so I get up at 5 to get ready.

I am thinking: That my to-do list is getting longer all the time instead of shorter.  Preparing Jeremy for the Army is always in the forefront of our minds.  We still haven’t heard about our daughter and the Air Force yet.

I am thankful: That Jeremy has been accepted and his future is whatever he chooses to make it.

One of my favorite things: Celebrating our children.  Today our middle daughter, Cheyenne, turns 21!  And with the Eclipse to help her celebrate!

I am creating: Wonderful outdoor living spaces (in my head).  Next spring we will really work up the areas and make them livable.

I am wearing:  Olive capris, a maroon blouse, and sandles.

I am reading: Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

I am listening to: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I am hoping: That someone in my family will come and visit Grandma or at the very least call her!

I am learning: That people are all for themselves.  Even I am a little guilty of this quality.  I want to throw a fit about how unfair it is that in this stage of my life I am caring for an elderly family member when it shouldn’t be my responsiblity.

In my kitchen: I am still trying to dwindle down all the stored items we had from when we cooked large meals every single day.  Slowly getting there and reorganizing cabinets as they become less full.

Board room:  This is a vacation spot I found that I would absolutely love to go to!

Post Script:  Linda Stoll has posted a short list of some great reads!  I’ve added a few to my TBR list.  How about you?

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day:  We are going outside at work today to witness this once in a life time event.

Closing note: For this week I will get to work out a couple of nights.  Then a couple nights I will be cooking meals, some extra for when I’m not here, laundry, and organizing.  Hubby has school board meeting Thursday so that gives me a night to get caught up around the house. Jeremy or I will need to cut the grass again soon too.  This next weekend we are taking our old friends to a lodge for a few days to get away.  They need some time away like we do.  Then we will come back Sunday morning to get ready for Jeremy’s farewell party!  All in all another busy week ahead of us but we will have a few days to relax and enjoy when it’s over.


Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon – Dog Days of Summer

Time: 9:50

Scene: It a hazy warm morning.  The August heat has returned to the Midwest..

 Today’s Plan: Continue to work on the deck.  Cook a meal for grandma and Jeremy.  Do a load of laundry

Drinking: French Vanilla coffee

Listening to: a chainsaw run, FOX News, and the washing machine.


1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – will have to pick this one up much later

2) Captivating – bed time read…crashing at night

3) The Time Traveler’s Wife

Pondering:  We have been working on the outside of our home now for over a month. Started with a new roof.  We had our patio poured this past week and worked on the steps out the door and the deck off our bedroom yesterday.  All must be in place before the siding goes on. The sliding door for the walkout basement has been postponed until Tuesday because of the Eclipse tomorrow, which was the original date.

  Our son only has 16 days before he leaves and we’re almost done in his room.  He will have to get packed and ready the week before.  It’s amazing how much he seems to have matured these past few weeks.
Some pictures of our outside work (more to come):
Family, Stuff


Wow, I did not realize I hadn’t been around for a while.  The days are just flying by and there is so much going on around my home!  I’ve been trying to keep up with all my friends and comment whenever I have a few minutes.  I really miss my knitting friends… knitting in general.  I haven’t had time since May to knit and I hope that changes for me really soon or my Christmas shopping list is going to have to grow.  I’ve started a few things and hope to finish them in time.


Since my last post:

  • We’ve made a couple of trips to the lake.
  • We celebrated hubby’s 49th birthday.
  • Packed our son’s room and working on getting him ready to go.
  • Prepared for our new patio to be poured (hopefully today).
  • Regular house chores.
  • Worked out, most days.
  • Planning a going away party for August 27th for two (please see below)

Our middle daughter called us last week and told us she has enlisted in the Air Force.  She is still in the application process but her’s won’t be as difficult as her brothers since she doesn’t have ADHD history to contend with.  She is currently in college and just not sure what she wants to do with her life.  She is looking at intelligence as her field.


Grandma continues to be a challenge but I thank Barbara for “encouraging” me even if she didn’t realize she was doing it with her post, It’s Not For Nothing.  She is looking really frail, her conversation is off the wall some times, and she is losing her will to go on.  I get it; who want’s to be here when most of her family is with the Lord!?   Her three sons very rarely come to see her.  The one that lives in our town, my d.a.d…. hasn’t been to see her since Memorial Day weekend because they don’t see eye to eye politically.  Really?  She’s 93 she’s entitled to believe whatever she wants.  She doesn’t even vote so I don’t understand what he thinks he has to worry about.  The other two boys rarely if ever call.  It’s so annoying!


Ok so now that I have ranted and go that off my chest… I’m off to do more living… 🙂  Hope to be back soon! Hugs my friends!


My Journey This Week…

My journey to finding myself is kind of busy right now.  I’m not doing many any of the things I originally talked about when I started back to blogging.  But my days are very full right now.  Finding ME is still part of the plan.


After working all day hubby and I went for a quick dinner on the bike.  It was a long hard week so we were in bed early, unusual for us on a weekend.


Hubby and our son worked outside tearing off a deck that we will be replacing with a concrete patio.  I did laundry and did some random organizing.  You know, one kitchen cabinet at a time…  We were beat!  We did nothing this evening.  Too tired to even ride the bike.  (we will make up for it next weekend as we are going boating!)


We got up and did a few things this morning but early afternoon we got on the bike and went for a ride.  Grabbed a bite to eat at a quiet little touristy restaurant.  Trying to get ready to go back to work.

Monday, back to reality…

The last day of the month is a really busy day for me at the office.  But I managed to get everything done and out on time… I didn’t do the gym, our son went in my place.  The idea is to keep him active and I go tomorrow.


Gym night! 🙂  What a great way to relieve stress!  Hot wings afterwards, a hot bath, and a sound sleep!


Son had PT as is his Wednesday night custom.  Hubby had to work late so we didn’t get to the gym.  I did laundry, cooked a big meal that would make leftovers for grandma and our son, and started packing for our weekend get away.  Hubby’s birthday is Sunday and he loves running his boat so that is where we will be


For this being my Friday it was the longest day of the longest week I can remember in recent history!!!!!!!  Got my hair done, I’ll share pictures later.  Didn’t have much time since I have to finish packing and making sure everyone is taken care of.  I’m really in need of a longer get away.  You know like seven full days of no responsiblity.


Hope you all had a great week (some of you I know are in my prayers!) and that your weekend is a relaxing joy!


Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon – Weekend At Home

Time: 7:00 am


Scene: Its’ a beautiful Sunday morning!  The sun is shining and there is a cool gentle breeze.


 Today’s Plan: We worked on the house yesterday so we have some clean up and yard work to do today.  All my inside work was done yesterday while our son and hubby worked on the house.  Possibly take a bike ride later in the afternoon/evening.


 Drinking: That wonderful first cup of coffee with chocolate caramel creamer.


Listening to: The sound of silence.  Everyone is still asleep or resting quietly in their beds.



1) Solitude

2) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

3) Captivated

4) The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

 Pondering: All the reorganization that must be done around here.  When our son leaves his twin bedroom furniture will be given to a friend and I will fix his room up as an extra spare room.  Then the laundry room and pantries need to be cleaned out.  As you can see by the count down on my sidebar we are moving fast toward our son’s ship out date.  We still have some things to get ready for him to leave.  Anxious, excited, worried, happy… all these feelings are going through both hubby and myself.
Well, I’m off to enjoy this wonderful day outside.  Hope it is a great one where ever you are!

My Journey This Week…


I left work a little bit early.  I would have overtime and we can’t have that where I work.  But not a big deal, my sisters came in very early this morning and I had yet to see them.


It was a wonderful day.  We (my family and both my sister’s families) stayed around my house so that extended family could come by and visit with them a little bit.  Then that evening the adults went to dinner and the kids stayed home and had pizza.  We stayed out later than intended but we had so much to talk about!


Today our son turned 19!  It doesn’t seem right.  We got up early and packed our coolers for a float trip.  It was a beautiful day; not too hot like it has been lately.  Just the right amount of sun and water!  After our float we came home and got clean up to go to the Mexican restaurant for dinner.  Since it was our sons birthday they sang to him in Spanish and did this to him!  We had a great time!  I really hated for the day to end because I knew everyone would be leaving the next afternoon and I had to work the next day.

Monday, back to reality…

I went to work for a few hours and decided to go home so I could be there when they all pulled out!  I had to give that one last hug to everyone.  Never know how long it will be before I see them again.

Hubby did his workout after work and I caught up on some things there at the house.  When he came home we scrubbed the facia on the house.  New roof on and new gutters coming soon.


Didn’t get to go to the gym tonight… hubby had to work all through the night.  So, I did more cleaning and catching up, took a bath, then did some reading!


Gym night!  Finally, I was about to lose my motivation!  Our son had training tonight.


I’m ready for the weekend!  I stayed home from the gym so that I could get caught up on laundry and meal prepping.  Something that keeps me from being tied to the home at meal time on weekends.  With everyone here last weekend I am way behind on domestic things.  We will be home this weekend so I will try to get ahead.  If that is even possible.


I hope you all have a great weekend doing whatever makes you happy!



What’s On Your Nightstand? – July 2017

This is one of my favorite link ups that I have always taken part in.  I couldn’t not blog and read and not join in with everyone at 5 Minutes for Books.  It occurs the last Tuesday of every month.  You share what you have been reading, what is still hanging out on your nightstand, and what you plan to read if you like.
This has not been a great month of reading for me.  But then I knew once summer arrived my reading would slow down… A LOT!
For the month of May I have listened to:
I finished this one after my Nightstand post in June.  My first Grisham novel.  It was pretty good but way longer than it should have been.  I may try another one just to see if it was this one novel or if all his writings are like that.
The Two Towers.  Listening to these books has helped me to understand the movies a bit more.  Apparently I can’t sit still long enough to watch an entire movie and I missed some important details.

I’m still reading:

I may have to table this one.  I am not getting much time at work to read.  My breaks are quick so I can get back to my desk. {{sigh}}
What I am currently reading/listening to:
I have not started anything else yet.  I just don’t have time right now.
What’s hanging out on my nightstand?
I’m on a Non-Fiction kick right now.  My soul and brain are so thirsty!

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John Eldredge (can’t wait to get to this one)

The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of by John Eldredge


One Million Page Challenge update:

July: 662

Year to date: 12,092

Challenge to date: 81,914

Hope you are enjoying a Summer full of reading time!

Family, Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon – Sister Time


It’s early and it is already steamy outside.  The sun is shining very brightly.

 Today’s Plan:

Our three families are going on a float trip!  It will only take about five hours but we need to find a nice wet place to stay cool.  The kids need to get out of the house.  Then we will come home, clean up, and go out for MEXICAN (thanks for the idea Barbara!) for our sons 19th birthday!

Coffee with hazelnut creamer
Listening to:
I can hear a few stiring downstairs but other than that it’s pretty quiet.

Reading has been slow this summer.  Good thing I got a good jump on my yearly goal!


2)The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 All the things I need to do when summer is gone.  There is a ton of cleaning out and reorganizing that I need to do.  We don’t need to keep a big stocked pantry downstairs anymore.  We will be cooking very lightly for just the three of us.  I’m ready for this next chapter in our lives.
Hope you all have a beautiful Sunday.  I am off to get the family ready for a day at the river!

My Journey This Week…


We headed to the lake as soon as we got off work.  Another weekend spent boating.


It was a very warm day.  I think we got too much sun.  While on the lake we can boat up to restaurants for lunch and dinner.  That is one of my favorite things.  Then we spent some time looking at various areas for condos.  Not sure if that is still part of our retirement plan or not.


Did a little boating before coming home.  We were in no hurry to get back to prepping for our week.

Monday, back to reality…

Don’t have anything to say about work.  It is just that…work.  Very busy I might add.  I’m training a lady from another location.  Our son is going to the gym on Monday nights with his dad.  Since he’s been out of school he is really gotten lazy.  Going into the military he should be getting ready!


I go to the gym on Tuesdays so after the gym I had to get some shopping done for the company we have coming in this weekend.  I can’t wait for my sisters and their families to arrive.  It’s too hot to cook so most of the meals I am planning consist of fruits, fresh veggies, hummas, pasta and potato salads, lunch meats, and chicken salad.


Went to the gym again!  I know! Two days in a row!  Had to buy the produce for the weekend after the gym.  Got home and did a couple loads of laundry.  Boy these are exciting times aren’t they!


OK, this is the busy busy busy day.  You know after work I had the following list of things to get done.

  • Nail appointment
  • pasta and potato salads to make
  • chicken salad
  • veggies to cut up
  • 2 blow up mattresses to inflate and get sheets on
  • extra towels put in the bathrooms
  • laundry

I got it all done in four hours!


Hope you all enjoy your weekend!  I know I am. It’s going to be so much fun!

Family, Stuff

Update and Apology

OH my, I first have to apologize for not being here the past few weeks.  This has been a very busy whirl wind summer.  I miss posting even a few times a week!  I miss keeping up with all my wonderful friends here.  I know this is just a season and I will be back to blogging more regular by summers end.

I wanted to let you all know that we the PROUD parents of a United States Army Soldier!!!!  Our son will ship out on Tuesday September 5th.  We are working on getting his room cleaned up, his short list of things he will be able to take, and he is doing Future soldier training every week!  Around the middle or end of August we will be throwing him a going away party.  Labor Day weekend won’t be a good time for that due to everyone’s already made plans.

  • We have been doing some family things.  My sisters will both be here the end of next week to stay for about 4 days.  There is much I have to do to get my house ready to receive 7 guests!
  • We celebrated our 27th Anniversary – Short trip away…
  • Our house is getting a new roof and siding.  And picking all that out on a budget and working with Lowe’s to get it done has been unnerving to say the least.  Not that Lowe’s is bad but that the price of building materials is outrageous!
  • Grandma has not been “herself” lately.  Taking here medication wrong (now I have to give it to her twice a day instead of letting her take it out of the pill boxes that I fill), walking off and leaving her cain, reporting to me phone conversations that never happen, and acting kind of angry most of the time.
  • Hubby and I try to take the boat every other weekend to the lake.  He has to have a release from the stress of his job.  Finding someone to come in and check on grandma isn’t always easy either.  Thank goodness our son is still home this summer.

I guess that’s really it.  Doesn’t look like much but then I also work 40 hours a week.  That job is very busy, busier than it has been in many years.  So until things slow down some I will be out-of-pocket for several more weeks.  😦