Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Simple Woman's Day Book

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FOR TODAY, April 21st, 2015

Outside my window ...
The sun is up, the birds are singing.   I can see a couple of mourning doves sitting on a chimney on a rooftop across the way.   All is right with the world.

I am thinking ...
I am thinking about all of those desperate people who try to escape from Libya on the boats and the risks they are taking with themselves and their families.  I think that the world and the UN needs to step in and do something to stop it from happening.  Things need to change so that their country becomes a place they want to stay.  Europe just cannot sustain the influx of a whole country (s) like that.   We don't have the space or the resources.  The World needs to fix this.  We all have a responsability to take care of our fellow residents of this planet . . .  but right where they live.

I am thankful for ...
I am so very grateful that I have alway been blessed to live in places that I did not want or feel the need to escape from.

In the kitchen ...
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Swedish Meatballs.   Sooooo good and so easy to make.

On my "To Cook" list ...

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This Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza looks just wonderful.  I love cinnamon anything!  Found on  Life Made Sweeter.

I am Creating ...
Still working on my portfolio, but these projects have caught my eye and I am thinking a few of you might enjoy them.

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I love this beautiful crochet collar I found on Lulu Loves.

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Homemade Beeswax Balm, from Homemade Unrefined.

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Homemade watercolours for the kiddies.   From All Parenting.

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These Needlebooks are just beautiful.   Found on Gentlework.

I am reading ...
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The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery.

I am really enjoying it thus far! I love Diane's books. She's a great writer.

I am hoping ...
That's Ariana's plans all fall into place for her.  She called her letting agent yesterday only to find out that the property she had applied to let has been passed onto another letting firm . . .  but she had alreayd paid out to the agent she had called?  That shouldn't happen.  They best give her her money back, but I am betting they won't.

Makes me smile ...
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Episodes of Andy Griffith always make me smile.  Especially the early ones.  I love black and white television.

I am learning ...
Not a heck of a lot this week.  I am slumping  . . .  some weeks are like that I guess!

Around the house ...
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I love painted wooden furniture.   I need to do that with some of ours.

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Here's a great idea.  Garden tubs planted with nothing but salad ingredients.

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I would love, LOVE a veranda.  I have always wanted one.

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Relaxing in one of these would also be really nice.   Summer on my mind here  . . .

I am pondering ...
 I have not had my hair cut since before Christmas.  Wondering what to do about that  . . .

A favourite quote for the day ...

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And above all, watch with glittering eyes,
the world around you,
because the greatest secrets
are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic,
will never find it.
~Roald Dahl

One of my favourite things  ...
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The music of Mindy Gledhill.  I could listen to it all the time. It's so upbeat and it inspires me to create.

A peek into my day ...
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We always watch at least one episode of The Big Bang Theory.  Usually just before we go to bed.  It's so funny.   It doesn't seem to matter how many times we have seen them, they are still funny.  Ariana says it has helped her English to improve also and that she used to watch it in Spanish, but that it was not as funny in Spanish as it is in English.  Funny how that goes!

And that's my daybook 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!



  1. Looks like another lovely day ahead MArie. The sun is shining brightly and although we had a touch of frost early it soon went today...This morning Peter and I are helping a friend Rger to move house..he i moving down to Box where he has got a flat from a place called Rudloe which is just up the hill from us down here in Box..( Peter's job he found out does not start till next week after me taking him there yesterday mroning !!) anyway that measns we can start the move today before they put carpets down tomorrow ( the cooker, washing machine and fridge I think) well I actually WILL NOT be helping the move just my CAR !!! then bible study this afternoon....hope I get some sitting out between all that !!...
    sending love and hugs to you all...including Ariana...do hope she gets a place to live very soon when is it she gets married..


  2. We had a beautiful day today. The sky was blue and the breeze was brisk. I loved every moment.

    Have the best day. Enjoy every little thing. I am now off to see these needle cases.

  3. Hi, Marie! Oh, but it is hearbreaking, those poor folks losing their lives, only trying for a better life... It's just sooo incredibly sad. I'm with on prayers and hope for the world change! Lovely finds today.. I'm intrigued with those homemade watercolor paints! Hope Ariana gets her money back.. and can find a new place to let. I've had a cold so many VERY behind on everything...just now surfacing... LOL! Happy week, my fried :o) ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  4. Since you mentioned thinking about what to do with your hair I thought I'd let you know what I've done with mine.I haven't had a hair cut since a year ago last April and it's grown out enough to pull back in a pony tail. I got so tired of fussing with it and every time I turned around it seemed it was time for another hair cut. I'd worn it short for years so this is a big change for me. Hope manage to shake the slump you're in and that you have a terrific Tuesday !


  5. I hardly ever cut my hair..
    It's long..and I don't mind it.
    It's so no maintenance compared to short for me.
    But everyone is different and yes in the wind and humidity I am a fright..but I would be with short hair also.
    Your meatballs look like comfort food.
    I am reading Silent Sister because of you and so far so good.Thanks for the tip!

  6. Sounds like a very busy day Sybil! I hope you get it all in and enjoy some sunshine as well! xoxo

    That sounds like a nice day Suzan! xoxo

    Tracy, I hope she can too. These letting companies are criminal in their practices. I hope you are feeling a lot better now! xoxo

    I had long hair up until about 6 years ago Pam and Monique. When we first moved here we had only a bath tub and it was too hard to take care of it. Now we have a shower, I could probably manage a lot better. I am really a no fuss kind of person. I don't like to have to fuss and muss with things like hair. My hair is very curly and yes it frizzes when it's humid or damp! Glad you are enjoying the book Monique! xoxo

  7. Meant to mention your hair and I forgot !! It is a hard decision to make...but as you have the shower now short hair would be lovely and easy to wash and dry quickly. That is what I do...wash it and leave it. mind you it is quite expensive to have it cut every 10 weeks or so but not nearly as expensive as it is for Masy's trim at around 10/12 week intervals LOL ( I'm lucky as Barbara mt niece cuts both Mary and My hair so is a wee bit cheaper...but not all that much LOL !!!


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