The Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 20, 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 dark and my weather app tells me it’s 35*… I can hear the wind blowing!

I am thinking: about how far behind I am in my blog posts.  I have much to be thankful for and haven’t gotten my posts up!

I am thankful: For life today!

One of my favorite things: Sunny fall days.

I am creating: same baby afghan…still.  I’m way behind schedule!

I am wearing: still in my bathrobe.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: The quiet of the morning.  My favorite part of the day.

I am hoping: for reconciliation with our daughters.

I am learning: I’m always going to be behind.  I may as well get used to it.

In my kitchen: I was gone most of the week last week so I didn’t do much cooking.  I will be making a plan this week though as we will be going on our Mexico vacation the 29th.

Shared quote: Thought I would keep with the military theme today… 🙂

A moment from my day: 

Closing note: Now that Jeremy is successfully through basic training I can relax.  I was so afraid he would hate it and find some way out.  But he is one determined young man.  He is at Fort Gordon for AIT for Information Technology Specialist.  Nothing big coming up soon that I need to prepare for.  We have a Mexico vacation this month.  That will mean more meal planning and care for Grandma while I am gone.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 13, 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: Cloudy, cold and dark this morning.

I am thinking: about our trip to South Carolina this week!  We’re so excited about Jeremy’s graduation!

I am thankful: for his determination to be successful!

One of my favorite things: bragging about my kiddos!

I am creating: same baby afghan.

I am wearing: still in my robe, hair wrapped in a towel.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

I am hoping: That we have good weather while in South Carolina.

I am learning: not to get my hopes up.

In my kitchen: I’ve cooked a few meals and prepared things for Grandma while we will be gone.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: 

I will be taking pictures this week, I promise you that!  This week I have nothing.  I think it’s because I go non-stop and don’t even think of taking a picture to share.  I may need to rethink this prompt… I may need to add something more relevent to my days.

Closing note: So much for second chances.  My dad is still the biggest JERK on the planet.  He is an extreme liberal and only wants to debate with his daughters. He shows no love or concern for anyone but himself.  He doesn’t ever ask about our kids and how they are doing much less us or his mother.  Sorry, that was a rant but I really needed to get it off my chest.

I will be off line this week spending time with our son.  I will be back Saturday or Sunday to update my Giving Thanks and sharing our trip to South Carolina!

 

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 6, 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 a cloudy cool day.

I am thinking: about our trip to South Carolina next week.

I am thankful: That my father’s situation isn’t worse. He has been given a second chance to make right his relationships that are so terrible.

One of my favorite things: A day at home with a good book.

I am creating: A book review blog.

I am wearing: a cream colored sweater with jeans and brown boots.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

I am hoping: to decide which I REALLY want to do more of, reading or knitting.

I am learning: you aren’t promised tomorrow but if it comes you should embrace it with all your being!

In my kitchen: I did ZERO cooking last week.  I had plenty of frozen stuff and leftovers.

Post Script:  I’ve had no time to read many blogs this last week so I don’t have anything to share.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: There are days  weeks when I don’t even remember to take a picture!  This past week was one of those.  And then of course my weekend was chaotic so I didn’t get one taken then either.

Closing note: My dad is coming home from the hospital today.  My sister arrived today (the one from UT).  She was in Chicago on business and had her flight changed.  Dad will go back in a couple weeks to have another stint put in.  The 3rd vein/artery they said was too small and it would not work putting a stint in.  Thank you all for your prayers!  God is good!  Dad has a second chance!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – October 30, 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: Sunny and cool.  I think our warm days are behind us.  Coat weather for sure.

I am thinking: That I might actually be done cutting grass.  There will still be leaves to pick up off the yard though.  TONS of them.

I am thankful: for my job.  It may be a very busy and sometimes stressful job but it pays well and it keeps my mind sharp!

One of my favorite things: a fall bonfire!  We went to my husband’s cousin for a bonfire on Saturday night.  It was fun!

I am creating: baby afghan.

I am wearing: blue jeans, black boots, and a black and red flannel top, you know the kind with the shoulders cut out.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

I am hoping: for some time at HOME… are you tired of me whining about this yet? LOL!

I am learning: to really listen.  Not with the intent to respond but just listen.

In my kitchen: This past week I made chicken & herb tortellini with broccoli and then Ham and beans with cornbread.  Those are the only meals I cooked.  Everything else was leftovers or meals that I had frozen.

Board room: This is the pattern I decided on for my new nephew.  Colors are navy, grey, and white.

Post Script:  

Not a lot of profound reading last week but Crystal at Homemaking on the Homestead had soup week.  I gleaned five new soup recipes!

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day:

We attended hubby’s aunts 96th birthday party Saturday!  She is an amazing Godly woman!

Closing note: It was a great different kind of weekend.  We celebrated this wonderful lady and then mourned the sudden passing of my step-mother (kinda step she is married to my ex-step dad… don’t ask it’s complicated).  Had dinner with hubby’s sister and family last night.  It’s been a long time since we have gotten to visit and share a meal with them.  My sister (via my ex-step dad) is in town to be with her dad during this very hard time.  We will be traveling early this week to see hubby’s boss.  He is about to pass and hubby really needs to be with him for a time.  They were very close.  Other than these “big” events there isn’t anything else going on around our place.  Hope you all have a peaceful and calm week.  A few of you remain in my prayers this week!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – October 23, 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 really dark!  That is probably what I dislike most about this time of year, it’s dark too much!  When I let the dog out it was still kind of drizzly.  I think it’s supposed to be about 70 today.

I am thinking: It’s pretty cold this morning!

I am thankful: for the furnace! 🙂

One of my favorite things: Quiet mornings

I am creating: That baby afghan is finally on my needles!!!

I am wearing: I’m still in my robe.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: 1st to Die.  It’s a detective murder mystery…

I am hoping: for a little more nice weather before it gets too cold

I am learning: to accept that my daughters are just as buy as I ever was and that I am not their priority in life.  I was in their shoes some years ago and my mother was right where I am today.  It’s a hard thing but as a mother I need to understand and be okay.

In my kitchen: Ham and beans with cornbread, chicken tortellini, soups, and pizza.

Board room: going to try this one.  It looks so yummy!

 

Post Script:  Calling all moms and prayer warriors!  My friend Cheryl needs us this morning!  Please, go visit her and let her know that you will be praying! 🙂

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: on our trip last weekend to Eureka Springs Arkansas

We like to take pictures in front of restaurants that we like so we know to go back.  This is a place called Rockin’ Pig. It had extremely good smoked BBQ.  The sign is over our heads but the person who took the picture cut it off…

This is Beaver Damn

Closing note: I’ve been kind of quiet through the week.  I am here but quiet.  I pop in, read, drop a note when I can and get back to everyday life.  It’s not that I am super busy but the people in my life are kind of needy right now.  Grandma seems to be really slipping mentally.  If she continues at this rate she will have to be put in a residential home within the next year because I have to work.  Pray for her mental state.  I really think that she is giving up on life.  She’s tired and wants to go home but can’t figure out why she is still here.  Work to be done I tell her! 🙂 Hope you all have a blessed day!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – October 16, 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.

I was so worn out from our weekend at conferences that I didn’t get my Daybook posted last week. Makes me sad that I can’t even commit to 3 posts a week and stay on task!

Looking out my window: It’s just getting light.  Fall is definitely here. We are still in Eureka Springs Arkansas.

I am thinking: How much I miss those summer days but then I remember what I used to love about these short fall days; being on the couch with a good book or knitting while darkness hovers just outside.

I am thankful: That hubby and I could get away on the Harley this weekend.  There aren’t a lot of these nice weekends left.

One of my favorite things: time to read.  I read a lot while hubby was in meetings.  Now that we are home its snippets here and snippets there.  Taking forever to get through a book!

I am creating: still haven’t started that baby afghan that I need to get done before December!

I am wearing: sweat pants.  I should be getting in the shower so when hubby gets up we can go eat and I can have some decent coffee!

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: My Grandmother asked Me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrik Backman

I am hoping: For a good workout week.  Three days would be GREAT!

I am learning: be more open with my feelings.  I have always been one who swept them under the rug and ignored them for the sake of others.  Open communication from here on out!

In my kitchen: Nothing exciting.  Although it is hard for me not be in there cooking up wonderful fallish dinners!  I made a good pot of white chicken chili this past week.

Board room: 

This looks like a great idea for meals for Grandma!

Post Script:  

I love how most of the blogs I follow are really ladies sharing their lives and not a “platform”.  I am not saying that these wonderful ladies don’t often share something that is really amazingly awesome to me but to be honest I have not been reading much due to our activity level this fall.  As it gets colder I will be back around more often.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day:

The days are starting to run together.  They are all the same really.  Work at my job, workout or stay at home and work, read a bit, fall into bed dead on my feet… Nothing interesting to report in my day this week.  Later I will have some pictures of our motorcycle weekend to share with you!

Closing note

Heard from our Son last weekend.  He had to call me Friday night to tell me he had an ear infection but he was alright. He could not talk and hung up!  That is a very frustrating call for a mamma!  He called the next night and read from a form letter telling us how they were all getting on.  Said good-bye and hung up!  GEEZ! REALLY????  Am I every going to get to talk to our baby again?  🙂  We will go to South Carolina for his graduation on November 15th.  That’s not really all that far off when you think about it.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – October 2, 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: I am noticing that it is still pretty dark out for this time of morning!  The days are getting shorter

I am thinking: That today is going to be a great day.  It’s my birthday and I have no expectations.  Just going to live each day that I can to the fullest.

I am thankful: for my husband.  I don’t think I have said that often enough lately.

One of my favorite things: Spending time with my hubby.

I am creating: a baby blanket for my new nephew that will be here around Christmas time.

I am wearing: White pants, aqua blue shirt, with Keds sneakers.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: Silence.  Hubby is gone to work and grandma is still in bed.

I am hoping: that we have lots of bicycle riding time this month!

I am learning: to push myself at things I really want to do but have not had the courage to go for it.  Like the bicycle riding, the running, the high intensity aerobic workouts… ENERGY is what I am hoping for.

In my kitchen: Low carb HIGH proteins

Board room: Not had any time to look around this week.

Post Script:  Sorry, not much blog reading either.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day:

This is why I didn’t get my Sunday Salon post up yesterday.  We hit Lowe’s and the local nursery early and worked on the outside of our house.  Made new shutters, planted two Rose of Sharon bushes/trees, and some mums.

Closing note: No time for deep thoughts this morning.  I am running late because I spent too much “leisure” time this morning.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – September 18, 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: Dreary, rainy day.  Wish I were home on the couch with  a good book!

I am thinking: about fall and getting cozy in my sweaters and warm socks, drinking some hot tea and reading a good book!

I am thankful: For the little bit of rain we are getting today.

One of my favorite things: Quiet days in the office.

I am creating: I am in search of a baby blanket pattern for my new nephew that will be here in December.

I am wearing: Pink tee, blue jeans, and pink Nikes.

I am reading: … nothing at the moment.

I am listening to: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkein

I am hoping: Our middle daughter makes a decision to move home for the time she has left before basic.

I am learning: or maybe I should say RElearning… to wait on Him!  I always want to jump out and take care of things myself and I have a tendency to mess things up.  May I learn (again) to wait.

In my kitchen: I have been cooking 3-4 days for grandma and this gives her plenty of leftovers for lunch and days that we aren’t home on the weekend.

Board room:

I will be trying to create THIS backyard atmosphere.

Post Script:  My friend has been MIA for about 7 months and has returned to blogland.  She could use your prayers if you care to visit.

Shared quote:

 

A moment from my day: I am getting my hair done on Thursday.  I don’t like the blonde that I had put on the ends…  Going back to something like this

Closing note: Grandma will be 93 on Sunday.  Again I hold my breath hoping that many family memebers will call her.  I’ll probably turn blue and pass out because it won’t happen.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – September 11, 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 another beautiful sunny day in Missouri as we remember those who perished on 9/11 and honor our First Responders.

I am thinking: About the awful thing that happened on this day 16 years ago. About the brave men and women who worked during the rescue/recovery mission. About our freedoms we take for granted. Those of living today do not know what it is to have war on our soil. Praise God!

I am thankful: For our First Responders!

One of my favorite things: Fall colors because I’m an earth tones kinda girl.

I am creating: Just new spaces. Nothing exciting like a knitting project!

I am wearing: American colors today! RED, WHITE, and BLUE: Blue pants and a red blouse and white shoes.

I am reading: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I am listening to: The 5 Love Languages. This is a really good book that I highly recommend.

I am hoping: That our costal states will avoid anymore hurricanes this year!

I am learning: That I don’t have other’s to schedule for, run around, or follow up on any more. It free’s up my brain to be used for other things. What, I’m not sure yet. I’m still kind of in a daze… 🙂

In my kitchen: There are much smaller meals being prepared. I am finding lots of things on pinterest to help me in this area.

Board room:

This looks like a great way to enjoy FALL!

Post Script: I’ve been all about feeding Grandma lately. Hubby and I don’t eat like we used to but I have all this food that we don’t eat that Grandma still does. Preparing a meal for her with some leftovers and some to freeze is where I’m at. The Seasoned Mom has some wonderful freezer meals that go right into the crockpot and cook for 6-8 hours. After they are cooked I can freeze half for a quick meal later. And they aren’t fancy or expensive meals.

Shared quote: “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
― Winston S. Churchill

A moment from my day:

Having issues getting my photo to load. I guess I will keep trying and share it with you later.

Closing note: I heard from Jeremy briefly on Friday and Sunday evenings. Friday he let me know he was not going to be in the path of the storm and things were going well. Sunday he talked a little more. He’s very tired as they aren’t getting a lot of sleep. He shipped out this morning for base. Then I received a call from him that was like a recording… “I’m on base, this is where I will be for 10 weeks, don’t try to contact me, here’s my address”….. then he was gone. He sent me a text with the address in it but it’s kind of blurry.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – September 6, 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.  When I remember!!! LOL!

Looking out my window: .The sun is shining brightly and it is a cool 70 degrees this afternoon.

I am thinking: My heart is too heavy for much blogging!

I am thankful: That Jeremy has begun his life/career.

One of my favorite things: Crisp cool mornings.

I am creating: new organized spaces.

I am wearing: blue jeans and a hoodie.  It’s cool out.

I am reading: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I am listening to: The Count of Monte Cristo

I am hoping: That our oldest and hubby continue to work on their relationship.  They did some talking last week but still have a lot of issues.

I am learning: I am not as in control as I thought I was.

In my kitchen: .Very little cooking.

Board room:

I hope to have one of these pictures some day… not looking good right now. click on the picture for the link.

Post Script: I haven’t been visiting much the last week.  I’m sorry.  I hope to be back out there again soon.

Shared quote: “It isn’t what you say so much. It’s what you mean when you say it.” – Rudyard Kipling, Puck of Pook’s Hill

A moment from my day:

Shipping out day!

Closing note: Son left yesterday for basic training in South Carolina.  Middle daughter is waiting for her depart date.  Oldest is still somewhat at odds with her dad.  This mother’s heart is broken.  It seems there is always something that is keeping me from being happy for one or the other.  I am looking for some new routine.  Something that will help me not to feel so empty.  I feel abandoned.  I know all of this will be fixed in the Lord’s time but it doesn’t keep me from these feelings now.  I may be missing for a time as I try to adjust to this weirdness I am experiencing.