Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Simple Woman's daybook . . .

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FOR TODAY, December 16, 2014

Outside my window ...
It's ten to seven and black dark and cold.  Only 9 days left until Christmas . . .  and fifteen until the end of 2014.   This year has just sped by.

I am thinking ...
About the goings-on in Sydney, Australia yesterday.  I am grateful that more people were not hurt.  I am amazed however that a man facing so many criminal charges of a sexual nature was walking free on bail.  The mind boggles.   Is this just the tip of the iceberg?

I am thankful ...
That I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and that my God is a loving, kind and just God.

In the Kitchen ...

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Artichoke and Spinach Lasagne.   Very, very  good.

On my "to cook" list ...

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Nutter Butters from Sweet Boake Baking Blog.   These look scrumptious!

I am creating ...
I have been working hard on my portfolio for the liscensing company.  Lots of pencil sketches done now waiting to be coloured in.  I love the quietness in my craft room.  Just me and my music and my pencils and colours.  I am happiest there.  I never know what is going to come out.  Stuff just arrives, springing from the ends of my fingertips.

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What an unusual doll.  I love it all.  The buttons, the patchwork base, the clay head and arms.   Found on Flickr.

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It's kissing Clothespins!  I love it!  It's so cute.  Found on Lilyshop.

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So delicate and pretty.   I think she is just beautiful.   Source.   There are a ton of ideas on this page.

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I love LOVE all of these, from A Field Journal.

I am going ...
Visit Teaching on Friday,   London on Thursday (keep your fingers crossed I do well!)  The Christmas Truce on Sunday evening.   This is a special presentation being given at chapels all over the UK this Christmas.   You can read more about it here.  If you are interested in attending ours, it will be held at the chapel in St Davids Park,  Ewloe, Flintshire, Wales this coming Sunday evening at 7:00 PM.   It's going to be really special.  Here is the post code CH5 3YF  All are welcome.

I am reading ...
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The scriptures at the moment and this months'  Ensign magazine.   Feeling a need to feel closer to my Heavenly Father.  Mind you I read the scriptures all the time.  I have asked Santa Claus for a set of journaling scriptures.

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So I can do this.   These are Karla Dornacher's. What a beautiful legacy.

Still looking for a cracking read for the new year.  Any suggestions?

I am hoping ...
That I do well on Thursday.  My son said to just be myself.  I have gotten a black top and a colourful scarf to hide my body and disguise my turkey neck.

Makes me smile ...

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I know you are smiling too.

I am learning ... 
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 Let it go . . .  let it go . . .  be one with the wind and snow . . .

Around the house ...

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I adore this sewing station. 

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This vintage look bathroom also tweaks my desire.  I love anything old.

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Pretty AND organized.  I love it!

I am pondering  ...
Wondering what the year 2015 holds for us all . . .  good things I hope!!

A favourite quote for the day ...
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It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart.” ~ Marjorie Holmes, American writer. 

One of my favourite things ...

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Vintage Pot Holders.   I have a few.   They never get used.   They are treasures.

A peek into my day ...

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I practice my penmanship every day.  I do.   It's helping a lot.  My writing is getting less sloppy.   I think because we mostly type these days on the computer, etc., and rarely write a letter, etc.  our penmanship ability and skill is going down the tubes.

And that's my day book for this week!
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Wherever you go and whatever you do I hope there's a wonderful day planned for you! 

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  1. Good morning Marie. I have sent you a note on Facebook.

    Like you I was horrified that a man with such a history was free...however, there are many sexual predators out there. Even convicted paedophiles return to the community. some have been so inappropriate and still they remain and sometimes some innocent is hurt. Today there was another petition and I signed it. We need to be vigilant and protect the innocent.

    I have that bible and it has a few notes in. None so pretty though. I hope you do get one. I gave one to my aunt last year as a forever present.

    God bless your day.

  2. Thanks Suzan, I will pop over to Facebook and read your note. This is just another sign of the end times isn't it? Everytime something like this happens we lose a bit more of our innocence and our freedoms. It's really sad. I hope the Saviour returns soon and puts an end to it all. xxoo

  3. I have to tell you that I have the two front vintage potholders you have pictured today. I keep them with my Christmas decorations and hang them up in the kitchen for Christmas. You are one very busy lady this week. I do wish you well on your trip into London. I hope it all goes well. What a treat just to have the chance. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday !

  4. Did you ever read The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats?My fave in the last 2 yrs!

    In FL I read Child 44..very good..
    and my daughter just gave me Before I Go To Sleep she said it was a page turner.
    Love the angel in the tree:)

  5. How lovely Pam! I would love to see a photograph of them! You are right it is a great opportunity. Even if it never goes anywhere, the experience will be pretty wonderful! xx

    I will have to check out those books Monique! I am sure they're all very good. Thanks! xxoo

  6. Oh Marie, However do you get so much done in a day...what with your art work which is sos so beautiful and then I read about you practising your handwriting ! and then all teh cooking you do..no wonder your days and weeks and months fly past so quickly..
    I expect you are going down by train ? are you staying overnight ? It will be a long day if you are not. I think Londin will be so colourful at Christmas with all the lovely lights etc. I would love to go up and see it all. However it is not really sensible with Mary and me and wheelchair !! Mary is getting very very slow these days and sometime I even have trouble getting the wheelchair to go as slowly LOL I know she feels it herself but I try not to make anything of it.
    Hope you have had a nicce day today...

  7. Marie, You will do just fine for your debut. I agree that you should just be yourself and show your love of cooking. The little fairy in the tree is delightful and what fun to hide a few in a tree, dangling from a lamp, maybe over a bed to bring happy dreams.

  8. I am VERY excited for you for Thursday! My two cents is: Just concentrate on your passion so it shows through! Remember what President Gordon B. Hinckley's Father wrote to him when he was struggling? Forgot about yourself and get to work! You have such a great personality...let it shine my friend! Smile and be happy! I will be with you in spirit on Thursday! :-D
    I love some the crafty things you listed on this post. I must make some! Thanks for sharing as always! Much love to you! xoxo

  9. Sybil. I cannot just sit and watch the telly during the day. To me it seems a waste of time. Probably my upbringing! My mother wouldn't let us! We are going down by train, off-peak, their treat. I am afraid it will just be down, pick up from station to telly studio, screen test, taxi back to train station and then home again. No time for pleasure this time, although it would have been nice! I can't complain however as I know the tickets for the both of us have cost them a bomb! xxoo

    Thanks Lynn and Valerie! I am going to try not to be nervous and to be myself. It's really up to God if I do well or not. All I can be is me and my best and of course yes passionate about what I do! Everyone always says my smile lights up a room, so maybe it will light up the studio! xxoo

  10. Oh this was a fun one. I loved all your pictures; they were awesome.
    I too think penmanship is going down the tubes. They don't even teach cursive writing anymore in some of the schools here in the States. Sad!
    I will pray your interview goes well; you are just so adorable it shouldn't be a problems.
    Blessings dear girl and hugs too.

  11. Thanks LeAnn! I will do my best!


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