Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY, March 3, 2015

Outside my window ...
It's dark and cold.  I can just see the sun beginning to rise above the rooftops in front of me.

I am thinking ...

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It's my baby brother's birthday today.  He's fifty five.   I am thinking about how much I love him and how much I hope that he has a lovely day. Happy Birthday David!

I am thankful for ...
 Baby Brothers!!

In the kitchen ...
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Loaf.  Scrumptious!

On my "To Cook" list ...

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This German Rhubarb Cake with a Meringue Topping has been on my Pinterest for a long time now.  I think I will make it soon.   From My Kitchen in the Rockies.

I am creating ...
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These are my sister's needlefelted "Rocks."  She is planning on embroidering on them.  I think she is doing very well with her needle felting!

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I love these feather "Gift Tags."  They're really unique.  From Down and Out Chic.

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I am really loving this Pom Pom Trimmed Pillow.  From Living With Punks.

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I love these little book pin cushions.   From Patchwork Pottery.   Instant pattern download.

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Blinking Origami Eyeballs.  For the boys!  From Kids Activities Blog.   Kids will love these!  So much fun and a tiny bit grusome.

I am reading ...
Isabelle Goodrow has been living in self-imposed exile with her daughter Amy for 15 years. Shamed by her past and her affair with Amy's father she has submerged herself in the routine of her dead-end job and her unrequited love for her boss. But when Amy, frustrated by her quiet and unemotional mother, embarks on an illicit affair with her maths teacher, the disgrace intensifies the shame Isabelle feels about her own past. Throughout one long, sweltering summer as the events of the small town ebb and flow around them Amy and Isabelle exist in silent conflict until a final act leads ultimately to the understanding they both crave.
This is a book by the same author of Olive Kitteridge.  I enjoyed that so I thought I would read another one of hers.  Actually this is the first novel she had published.  So far it is quite good.


I am hoping ...
Now that our daffodils are blooming.  I hope we don't get a snowstorm or some such.  That would be horrible.

Makes me smile ...

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Puppy Bellies always make me smile.   They're so cute.

I am learning ...
Read John 17.  I think you will learn something too.   Very touching and thought provoking.

Around the house ...
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Loving this storage idea for cups.  I don't have that many cups and can't imagine having that many cups, but I do like this idea.

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I just adore these brightly coloured pillows.  Such a lovely pick up to any room.

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I have these bowls.  I only have two of them and I adore them.  They are Green Gate.  They match my table cloth, which is also Green Gate.

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This bedding makes me sigh  . . .

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So do these curtains  . . .  sigh . . .

I am pondering ...
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His mouth is full of shrimp.   But I love this picture of him.  How did I get so lucky?  I don't know, but I am one very lucky woman to share this man's life.

A favourite quote for the day ...
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Each of us can make a difference.
~Henry B Eyring

One of my favourite things ...
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Lily of the Valley.  I loved them.  So delicate.  So Pretty.

A peek into my day ...

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Are you smiling?  So am I.

 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! 


Don't forget . . .

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And I do too!




12 comments:

Valerie H. said...

Hi Marie! Great stuff in this post! Mostly, I love Todd eating shrimp...hee! He's so happy that it's not Italian food. ;-) Hey, I made your Cheesy Tuna Bake again tonight. Yummy! I had dill this time. Big hugs! xoxo PS. Please shoot me an email telling me which Salt Lake Temple shots your want the most. :-)

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Val! He was really happy because the whole meal was courtesy some free vouchers I was sent for TGI Fridays! Nothing like free stuff to put a smile on his face! I'll e-mail you shortly. xxoo

Suze said...

Good Morning Marie,

I love the chinaware and the linens you are sharing today. I have just cheered our meal times by swapping our every day china to a mixture of these three patterns by Maxwell Williamshttp://www.maxwellandwilliams.com.au/mw/range-cashmrenchan.asp

The three patterns I have are Veronique, Jacqueline and Antoinette. I bought all four patterns for a teaset a while ago. I have an obscene amount of accessories which include teapot, sugar bowl, serving platters and a three their cake stand.

Let us all celebrate our girliness.

God bless your day nd may he send more meal vouchers your way. Todd looked so happy.

Marie Rayner said...

Nice dishes Suzan! You lucky girl. I would love to have more Green Gate, but only have the few pieces and I use them mainly for photos. Everyone is under threat as far as using them goes. I will not have them chipped!! xoxo

Suze said...

I bought the dinner sets at $80 each and some of the platters for $20 instead of $70. I am stoked.

Tracy said...

Hi, Marie! So nice to see your brother! You two could be twins!! ;o) So happy to see Todd. Oh, we miss you all... :o) Some years now since we were there to meet...*sigh*... Oh, happy days! PEANUT BUTTER CHOC CHIP LOAF... Have we entered heaven now?! I can't wait to try that recipe, Marie! Your sister's felt rocks are a FAB idea--so pretty! Those book pincushions are just too charming--love! I LOVE the Green Gate homewares--so pretty! I wouldn't mind having only those in my kitchen. But the old Ikea set we have will have to do a while longer. I have two Green Gate latte cups. I use 'em for tea though, or hot water with lemon. ;o) Have a good week there, my friend ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

La Table De Nana said...

Can you believe I don't have a pin cushion..Must rectify that..
Love the little girl on the lazy boy chair:) Jacques has one downstairs and it is the boys fave chair or lying on the couch w/ blankiets when they watch movies here..Your brother just looks so nice too..
Breaded shrimp..yum Todd!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How wonderful to have daffodils blooming! I can hardly wait ! Ours are still buried under piles of snow.

Marie Rayner said...

That was a bargain Suzan! Lucky you! Xxoo

Tracy, Thanksg! I know it was such a lovely day we spent together. You and TJ will have to come over sometime and stay with us in Chester! That would be lovely. I have a couple latte cups from Green Gate also. I love to drink my ginger and lemon tea from them. Love and hugs to you, TJ and Monsieur Charles! Xxoo

Monique, my dad has always had a lazy boy chair. We were never allowed to touch it, for fear we would either break it or hurt ourselves in the mechanism! I would love one but would probably spend the whole time in it sleeping! My brother is a very nice man? But then again I am a bit biased!

Pam, I wish for you lots and lots of daffodils when the snow finally melts! Xoxo

Sybil said...

I am ltae today Marie but had a busy start to the day this morning...As always a very interesting read. I hope your brother has had a lovely day, you are both so alike, I think I remarked on that before. Your photographs are really lovely Marie you are such a very talented lady...I like Lily of the valley as well It was our Margarets favourite she had quite a lot of perfume etc etc in the house, She always got Mitch to pick us both the first blooms from the garden they dont last very long indoors but lovely smell when they are here...Wonder if he woill remember this year..Hope you have had a good day although the wind was cold we had a lot of sunshine..and forecasters say warmer later in the week...fingers crossed...
thanks for e,mail what an exciting end to this week I am going to have LOL xxxxx

Trudy said...

Your blogs are such a treat to read! They are all beautifully designed. Your recipes are so tempting with all those fabulous photos and the accompanying commentary; your drawings are charming, and your reflections always so interesting to read. I love ALL the stuff!

Marie Rayner said...

Sybil, I don't know why, but I never get a notice now when you have commented! I did not deliberately ignore your comment on this post! I just didn't see it until Trudy commented! I am hoping that you got the package today, and that you are happy with it. If not, then it will be Monday I suppose! We are having a warm summery early spring day here today (SAturday) it's really nice! xoxo

Trudy, you are so kind to say so! You've made my day. I thank you so very much! xoxo