Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, January 16, 2018

Outside my window ...
It is cold and windy.  They are calling for a very blustery day today, with rain, possibly snow, etc.  We are going to stay home and canoodle, sort out, clean the fish tank, etc.  Todd went out yesterday and got in bread and milk.  Bring it on. We are sorted!

I am thinking ... 

I love to read the Psalms. Whenever I crack open my scriptures my soul is fed, no matter where I choose to look, read or feast, but the Psalms read like poetry to me and I adore poetry.

In the kitchen ...


Pork Chops & Stuffing. The Broccoli bakes with the chops and stuffing.  All from scratch and perfectly cooked.  I serve it yesterday with some sweet potato fries, but they are equally at home with mash, or baked, or rice or whatever, or even nothing at all. 

On my "To Cook" list ...

From Handle The Heat.  Butterscotch Bundt Cake.   Her metric measurements are off quite a bit however, but nothing I can't handle. 

Good to know ...

I am going to try this.  Wish I could buy baking soda in larger quanitities over here.

I am creating ...


Crochet Lace Collar from Crochet Latte.  What a pretty little model!  

Cool Creativities. Self Fastening flower scarf.  Knitted.  Very pretty.  

October Afternoon, paper flower tutorial.  Very pretty. 

The Bee Boys Song, a little book created by Creative Maramar.  No pattern, just inspiration.

House of Hawthornes.  DIY Birdseed Cakes.    

I am Reading ... 

The Stolen Marriage, by Diane Chamberlain 
In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town’s prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he’s letting on.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior and save her own life?

I started this the other evening and I am truly enjoying it.

I am looking forward to ...
Since we can't go out anywhere today, or we don't think we can (It still remains to be seen) we are going to tackle "Stuff" again.  I have decided that if I have not used it at least once in the last year, it is history. No matter how expensive it is, etc. It will be hard so wish me luck. I am looking forward to getting rid of more tut. Our loss will be a charity shops gain.

Dreaming About ... 


Totally Cath Kidston  . . .   

Greengate Glassware  . . . 


Totally Greengate  . . . 

Tilda birds  . . . 


Pip Studio  . . . 

Something to watch ...

Rotten on Netflix. This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat

Rotten’s storytelling is grounded in facts, unlike a certain other food documentary that was very popular on Netflix last summer. Many of the stories in Rotten are pulled from the headlines of major newspapers, and feature commentary from the people who lived through these incidents.

I find this totally fascinating.

A quote for the day  ...

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There is always some truth behind "just kidding",
Knowledge behind "I don't know",
Emotions behind "I don't care",
and Pain behind "It's Okay".
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Makes me smile ...

Possums. I think they're cute. 

Corners of my Kingdom ...


Snowdon, North Wales, UK. The most spectacular train journey in the UK.

  And that's my daybook for this week!

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BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - Jacob 2: 17-35
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? Why is chastity so important to Heavenly Father? 

My Thoughts - Our bodies are a most beautiful gift from our Heavenly Father, who loves us so very much. It is only through the gift of a body that we can learn many of the precious truths that we needed to learn in coming here to earth.  Our body is one thing which we have that Satan will never have, and it is the chink in our armour that he uses to lower us and to break us down to his level.  He knows that our bodies are weak, and carnal.  Natural. When I look around me at the world today and the problems so many have (Just watch five minutes of the Jeremy Kyle show or Jerry Springer), they all boil down to one thing, disobedience to the law of Chastity. Our Heavenly Father knows that when we don't keep to this law we will bring upon ourselves many sorrows and consequences which are long-reaching, and which oftimes follow us down through many generations. He wants much more for us than that.
Heavenly Father loves us so much, He has given us the Heavenly power to create here on the earth, and with that power He has given us the law of chastity as a protection for us  . . .  to protect us spiritually, physically and emotionally. It applies just as much to us after we are married as it does prior to marriage,  because it is also about pure thoughts, words and deeds. Giving your love, affection and loyalty to your spouse and to God. There is an opposition in all things and the opposite to those things are  'broken hearts, lost confidence, sobbing hearts, pierced hearts, deep wounds'.

Tomorrow's reading - (Day 78) -  Jacob 3:1-14
Question - What does it mean to be pure in heart? How can knowing the consequences of our choices help us? 

Have a great Tuesday. Don't forget along the length of your day, no matter what you get up to!

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And I do too!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Small and Wonderful things . . .


"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard  

A few of the small and wonderful things from the past week which brought untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.

Message from the Universe.  Its probably too small for you to see.  It says, "Do you want your heavenly Father to guide you, bless you and uphold you? Then believe. Love Him. Seek Him with all your heart. Walk in His ways. 

It can't get much clearer than that.

My sister posted a photograph of my mom wearing the shawl I made her for Christmas. It made me smile.  When I was talking to my mom yesterday I told her when she wears it she can think of it as being my arms wrapped around her hugging her.  She liked that idea. So did I.


Being able to partake of the sacrament and renew my Baptismal covenants at church yesterday morning. 

When we are baptized we make sacred promises to “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death” Baptism is the gate by which we enter the kingdom of God, and by entering that gate we agree to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ and keep all of God’s commandments. This ordinance is so significant and important that we are asked to think about it, review our actions, and then renew that promise each Sunday in our sacrament meetings as we partake of the sacrament. Essentially, each and every week we have the opportunity to ask ourselves, “How am I doing?” It is the only ordinance I can think of where we are asked to formally recommit to living up to our promises on a regular basis. ~Sister Oscarson 

“[The sacrament] is not something to ‘get over’ so that the real purpose of a sacrament meeting can be pursued. This is the real purpose of the meeting. And everything that is said or sung or prayed in those services should be consistent with the grandeur of this sacred ordinance.” ~Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve 

What a priviledge and a blessing it is.  I love being able to do this each week. It is a wonderful essential part of my life.   A special opportunity to put my hands in the Saviour's each week and say I'm trying, and will continue to try.

She is always there.  Always ready to give me a cuddle. When I am happy or when I am sad. In the middle of the night or the middle of the day.  My constant companion.  Love her to bits. 


Good friends who can lift you when you feel at your lowest.  YOU are all friends to me.  I really appreciate each one of you so very much.  I know that many of us have never met in person, and probably we never will, but that's okay.  Just because you can't see someone, that doesn't mean they are not real or that they don't care or that they are not there. Your words and kindnesses lift me immeasurably and I am grateful for that.  Thank you. 

My cousin Martha (love her) thinks it might be
SAD, Seasonal Affect Disorder.
I think she may be right.

I love talking to my mom each week, but I also love it when I have a chance to talk to my sister.  She has been my best friend for all of her life.  I have a brother too and it is nice also to talk to him, but my sister and I have an extra special bond. Its a woman thing I think, no offence against him. Sisters just have this special relationship that is unique and pretty wonderful I think. She may not always see eye to eye with me on certain things, and we may not be on the same wavelength about other things, but she always has my back, and I . . . hers. I know her love is unconditional, without boundaries and unending. I count her as one of my greatest blessings in my life.  

Boiled eggs and soldiers.  Its nursery food, but its good on a Sunday night when you can't think of anything else and are too tired to do anything else.  Of course the egg cup makes it taste even better.  Have I ever told you how much I love egg cups?  Well, I'm telling you now. Egg cups are one of my very favourite of things. 


Flowers on a rainy day.  Knowing that as sure as we are in Winter now . . .  Spring will soon follow  . . . 

The signs are all around us.


Tea, herbal or otherwise, steeped in a pot and served in a china cup. Its one of life's small pleasures which never gets old.  Soul enriching, comforting, ritualistic.  A cup of tea brings us something that nothing else does.  I love the fruity blends.  Todd prefers ginger.  He likes sugar. I like honey. 

I think its time for a winter pick me up
tea party, don't you?

or at the very least a 
rug picnic.

It IS the simple things which truly do 
matter most of all. 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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Faith is the art of holding onto things
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and circumstances. ~C.S. Lewis  •。★★ 。* 。 


BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading -  Jacob 2:1-16 
Question - What have you learnt about Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ from the reading today? Why do you think Jacob struggles so much in these verses?  
My thoughtsMy love for Jacob, his example & teachings has grown with this reading! Verse 10 'notwithstanding the greatness of the task, I must do according to the strict commands of God' Being obedient to the things the Lord asks us to do, including our own personal revelations and promptings, often feels like a huge undertaking. It is not always easy. It oftimes will stretch us. Stretching requires sacrifice. It requires courage to step out of our comfort zones. It requires faith in the Saviour and trust that He is always walking with us. I know that obedience to the Lord always leads to better things and blessings, for myself and for those within my circle, family, friends, etc.
I have been thinking about verse 16 too. 'O that HE would rid you from this iniquity and abomination. And, O that YE would listen unto the word of his commands and let not this pride of your hearts destroy your souls!' It's been a nice reminder that HE is the one who rids me of iniquity (He heals my wounds, He helps me to be strong when I feel weak, He makes me clean, He who changes and helps to mould my character). I try too often to do these things myself. My part is to listen unto the words of His commands, by living  'thy will be done' and letting Him work miracles and change me into a better me. 
 Many prophets struggle to speak boldly, to cry repentance particularly to those who are already wounded, or who are pure in heart. The tender hearts of the wives and the children sought to be consoled and Jacob feared he would cause more damage to them.  
Tomorrow's Reading (Day 77) - Jacob 2:17-35 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? Why is chastity so important to Heavenly Father? 

I'm cheating in the kitchen today  . . .  dressing up ready prepped frozen chicken breasts with a multitude of toppings. Perfect for those days when you are in a rush, but still want something tasty to serve for supper,  or are sadly lacking in inpsiration.  

Have a great Monday, may your week ahead be filled to overflowing with small and wonderful blessings.  Don't forget  . . . 

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And I do too! 



Sunday, 14 January 2018

Today . . .

Sorry for yesterday.  This past week things just started to get on top of me a bit, and all the tape that I have used to keep all of the sadness inside me started to come unstuck a bit, and I found myself one day earlier this week just blubbering for no apparent reason, like I was totally going to lose myself. I could not find my Little Miss Sunshine anywhere. And I have been blubbering off and on ever since.

It happens to us all from time to time I think.
I have never lied to you before and I won't lie to you now.

And no, I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me,
this is not a cry for attention. 

Its four funerals in less than a month, and seeing good people with everything to live for die leaving behind families that love them dearly. Its being surrounded with clutter. Its having people in your life that couldn't care less if you live or you die, if you're here or you're not and trying to come to terms with that. You would think I would be used to it, but I don't think you can ever get used to that. Its a sharp knife that cuts deep. Its not being able to find your creative spot when you are a creature who loves to do nothing better than to create. Its not being able to settle in and do anything of importantance. Its short days, long nights and rain, rain, rain and . . .  more rain. Its missing my mom and my dad and my sister. Its trying always to be strong, but sometimes needing to just let it all out so that there is space to fit in more light.

I want you to know I appreciate each of you, I really, really do.  And I will be okay. This is just a temporary blip on a life that has been mostly filled to overflowing with blessings and goodness and light, and there is plenty of light there now, but sometimes you just have to let the darkness out so that you can see that glimmer of light again.  I know I have much to be grateful for and I count my blessings every single day of my life, and you are all one of those blessings.  I hope that you know that.  So this is me shaking it off and trying to move forward. I will say no more.

Watch it. It will make you laugh and make you cry.  Unless the sight of a really old Dennis Quaid will upset you, (How did that happen?) watch it.  You will love it.  We watched it on Amazon Prime.  And while you are watching it, if you have a dog, cuddle them and know that they are yours for a season and a reason and they are just wonderful blessings.

Bake a cake and then eat some, without feeling guilty.  Sometimes you just need cake and chocolate for that matter and you don't need to feel guilty about having it.  Just don't eat the whole cake or the whole bar or box. Having a little bit of what you love is a blessing. 

Read the scriptures, together . . .  alone . . . morning, night and inbetween.  Just read them. They will speak to your heart in an amazing way, and tell your heart things it needs to know now. 


Reach out to others.  To God.  To friends. To family.  Just as a joy shared is a joy doubled, a problem shared is a problem halved.  Getting a load off helps. So pray.  Talk. Laugh. Cry.  Just don't hold it all inside.  Let it out and share.

Dance, even if all you can move is your head and your arms. Put on your favourite music and boogie boogie boogie. Til the cows come home if necessary. 


Just get out of the house.  Breathe in some fresh air.  See somehing other than your four walls. A change of scenery is as good as a holiday they say. 

Do something for somebody else.  Lose yourself in service for a minute, or an hour or a day.  Just focus on someone else and doing good for others.  That always helps me feel better, looking outward rather than inward. 


Cry if you need to.  Let it all out. Blubber and sniffle and cry, cry, cry.  Then dry your eyes and eat some more cake.

Or cupcakes, even better  . . .  😀

Thanks all for being there.
It means a lot to me.
It really does.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Sigh . . .

Or do they?  Who gets to decide? 
Only true for some . . . 
if you are the some, you are very lucky.

Words like this come easy, but how
does one keep themselves
from looking

Sometimes I don't feel very strong
I don't feel very strong
at all