Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

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FOR TODAY, July 8th, 2015

Outside my window ...
It's over cast, but it is still very early, not yet 6 am. The day could still go either way.  It's quite a bit cooler than it has been however.

I am thinking ...
It's my mother's 83rd birthday tomorrow.   I am thinking about her 80th Birthday three years ago.

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We were all home for my daughter Eileen's wedding.  Around 30 or so of us gathered at the Big Scoop just outside of town to celebrate mom's birthday.  It doesn't seem possible that three years have passed since then!

I am thankful for ...
That both my mother and my father are still with us.  I know what a blessing that is.

 In the kitchen ...
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Roast Chicken and Bread Salad.  It uses an already cooked rotisserie chicken from the shops.  Easy peasy.  And delicious!  (Natch!)

On my "To Cook" list ...
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Creamy Four Cheese and Garlic Sauce.   From Julia's Album . . .  I do so love spaghetti, and this looks wonderful.

I am creating ...






















 I did a little painting yesterday to share with you all.  You should be able to just click on it and it will come up larger and then you can download it and print it out if you like.  I was experimenting with doing something like this in markers and pencils, just to see how it turned out.  I don't think it turned out half bad actually.


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Decal Label Transfers you can print out on the computer to put onto jars, etc.   From The Painted Hive.  Love this idea.

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How to start and keep a journal.  From Sparkle Scribbles.

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Journaling Tips.  I am not sure if I found the exact source.  But I think this may be it.

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Lucious Homemade Food Gifts, from BHG.   I love BHG.  They always have great ideas and tips, and recipes too!   This is a pancake kit.  Fabulous idea!

I am reading ...
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Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery

"Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her."

Can you believe that I had never actually read the book?  This is my first time, and although I have seen the film many, many times, I am enjoying this book so very much.  I think next I will choose Heidi.

These classics are just wonderful.

I am hoping ...
On Saturday this week our church Ward hosting a booth at the Hawarden Village Fete.  There will be games of chance, and all sorts.  I am hoping we have a nice sunny day and that it isn't tipping down rain.

Makes me smile ...
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This photo of Todd enjoying our day at Mornflake last week.   He really enjoys farm outings.  When he is happy, I am happy.

I am learning ...
I have always admired the young missionaries and their desire to serve, but I never actually realized how dangerous it could be and sometimes is for them.  We have a missionary phone.  One of the things about a missionary phone is that it once belonged to some other missionaries, so for a while you will get phone calls meant for other missionaries.  Yesterday we received a text.  "I'm having a heart attack, call an ambulance."  I texted back, "Who is this."   I got a response saying it was so and so from such and such a place.   Then I asked Address.   And I got a response telling me where.   We then were able to contact the Missionaries from that area, only to find out that the person who had texted us had been stalking the female missionaries in that area and was a bit of a looney tunes, mentally ill,  and that they had been told not to contact him.   I then texted this person back to say that the "Police were on their way."  We immediately got a text back saying don't call the police.   We responded, okay but don't contact us again.  I shivered at the thought that these young girls, away from home, were being stalked by a crazy man.  I have always prayed for the safety of our Missionaries, but I realized just how important those prayers are.

Around the house ...
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I love the idea of using an old table for a bathroom vanity.   Loving the basket of towels as well.  Source.

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This is a fabulous idea to use painted wooden hearts as curtain tie backs.  No source, but I love this!

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Garden Gnome in the strawberry patch . . .

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I love, LOVE all of the light in this kitchen.  Oh to have such high ceilings and such open window space!  Not so fond of the dark wood cabinets however.  I would be changing those our for something much lighter.


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An old Cuckoo Clock Shabby Chic'd.   Loving it.  But I wouldn't be able to do that to ours.  Even though it no longer works . . .

I am pondering ...
How much wood COULD a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.   I can't remember what a woodchuck is.  I will have to look that up.
From Wikepedia:  The groundhog, also known as a woodchuck, or whistlepig, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.

A favourite quote of the day ...
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"Happiness is the art of never
holding in your mind the memory
of any unpleasant thing which has passed."
~anonymous 


One of my favourite things ...
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Chickens . . .  If I wasn't worried about them tearing up the grass, I would have some.

A peek into my day ...
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Always  . . .

And that's my daybook for this week!  A day late, but they do say better late than never!


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  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆


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Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!

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And I do too!!



8 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

LOVE your thatched roof cottage and the photo of Todd..
Wow that is smething and the phone;(

You have so many new stories for us..with your missionary work..

never a dull moment;)

Marie Rayner said...

Its never a dull moment Monique for sure!! We were out doing visits in the rain this morning, but it was nice. We took a meal to a family who has a new baby due any day now. That will be their sixth, and it was a meal that they can stick in the freezer and take out when they need it. Print out the cottage Monique. It's a gift! xoxo

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

Too scary about that phone call. Good to warn others to never travel alone. It just isn't safe at all these days. I hope you do call the police if that continues. Truly its nice to be helpful to others, but if someone calls me and says their having problems, I'd call the medics or police for help anyway. Hope this new path you've chosen works out and that you stay safe too.

Marie Rayner said...

I think that's why our missionaries always travel in pairs Pam! There were two male missionaries who were taken hostage in Russia once. Very scary. They did get free. We live in a beautiful world, but also a scary thought me from time to time. Xoxo

Cathyjo said...


Lovely blog...Thanks for the painting and the Book Mark's they all are so lovely.oooxxx

Sharon Calvert said...

Marie, I so enjoy your 'freebies,' and this house blessing is no exception; thank you for your generous spirit. May God bless you and Todd as you continue to serve and honor him.

Sharon in Alabama

Valerie H. said...

Happy 83rd Birthday to your dear Mother Marie! I hope she has a wonderful day.

Nice artwork. I like the use of the markers and pencils. Great job. Thanks for letting us make a copy. :-)

Weird about the coo-coo stalkers. Scary! Other than that, I loved everything you posted (Journaling tips are helpful)and how nice that you're reading Anne of Green Gables! I know for sure you are enjoying it! Drink it in Marie!!! Heee!

I owe you an email. What does life get so crazy busy? Please know that I am thinking of you...and Todd and Mitzie Doodle! Keep up the selfless missionary work you are doing. Sorry about the family not showing up though. I know that happens at times. Sending love and
big hugs! xoxo

Marie Rayner said...

You're very welcome Cathyjo! xoxo

Thanks Sharon, you're also very welcome! xoxo

Thanks Val! No worries about the e-mail. I know all too well how crazy crazy life gets! Love and hugs to you too! xoxo