Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, September 22, 2015

Outside my window ...
It's dark, very dark.  All is still and quiet.

I am thinking ...
Today's the day I get to meet April from Dimples and Delights!  She and her husband are over here visiting from America on their belated honeymoon!  I hope that I don't disappoint her!  I always worry about that when I am meeting someone for the first time.  What if I don't meet their expectations.   Silly me.

I am thankful for ...
The WWW.  I've gotten to meet so many amazing people and my world has really broadened because of it.   Including Todd!  I met him on the WWW.  ♥

 In the kitchen ...
Getting out one of the last of my pre-diabetic bakes.   I haven't taken a food photo since my diagnosis.  I am still trying to take it all in and sort it out in my brain.

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Brioche Chinois, which translated means Chinese Brioche.  Why Chinese?  It's a mystery to me too!  Soft, squidgy and filled with creme patisserie and chocolate chips.

On my "To Cook" list ...

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Creamy Autumn Grilled Chicken Salad with apples and pecans from  Heartbeet Kitchen.  It looks so good and like something I could eat.  Probably a bit too much protein and not very many carbs, so it would take some adjusting.  But it does look good.

I am creating ...

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I love LOVE this pillow.  It's so pretty and combines two of my loves, embroidery and sewing.
From  Jenny of Elefantz.  I am also crazy about roses and gingham.

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The Andy Button Scarf, from RP Designs.   Free tutorial and pattern.  I Love, LOVE it!

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From Ravelry.  These Mary Janes are too cute!!!

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No source, but I love this cherry rug mat.  Love the choice of fabrics and the applique.

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I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch and samplers were my favourite thing to do.   I am awfully tempted by this.   Found on Canal Blog.

I am reading ...
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My Sister's Secret, by Tracy Buchanan

This is the story of three sisters: Faith, Hope and Charity. They have a very close relationship and spend their days on the beach, dreaming about finding hidden submerged forests. It's also the story of Charity's daughter, Willow, who has inherited her mother's compulsion to dive and as a memorial to her parents sets out to visit the submerged forests on a map she finds in her Mum's belongings. The mysterious photographer, Niall Lane, seems to be visiting the same forests whilst exhibiting his Charity collection and it's only a matter of time before Willow bumps into him and uncovers some family secrets. I loved the gradual unfurling of the family secrets as Willow peels back layer after layer and uncovers secrets even her Aunt Hope knew nothing about. It's quite a sad story of childhood sweethearts who were really meant to be together but for unfortunate circumstances and underhand manipulation.

This is the first book I have read by this author and it won't be the last.

I am hoping ...
That I can get a good handle on this diabetes thing and be able to control it with diet and exercise.   Steep learning curve, but I know I can do it.  I just have to be strong. It could always be a lot worse.

Makes me smile ...

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This photo has always made me smile.   It is so me.

I am learning ...
All about carbs and how they metabolise, etc.
Watch this space!!

Dreaming about  ...

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Subway tiles back splashes.  (not to mention a room large enough to move around in)

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A dedicated laundry room would not go amiss . . .

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It is a tiny bit busy, but I love it!

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With the exception of the leopard print foot stool thingies, I quite like this.  Love the colours.

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This is a great idea.  Built in shelving around the door.   Fabulous!

A favourite quote for the day ...

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There is no more lovely,
friendly and charming
relationship, communion 
or company, than a good
~Martin Luther  

One of my favourite things ...

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Little piggies . . .

A peek into my day ...

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Belly snuffles . . .

And that's my daybook for this week.

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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!!


  1. Good morning to you Marie. I have already put up some pages to look at. Some of these made my heart go squee and squeal too. I do not know how you find all these beautiful things. Thank you.

    Today I succumbed to the power of advertising. I have naughtily booked another cruise and it leaves less than a month after I come home from Mew Zealand. At the end of this cruise I will have been to every state in Australia and to Bali too. If I then go through the middle of the country and see Uluru I will have seen everything I wanted to do in OZ and will feel free to start saving to see some more of the world. I am excited for this trip. It was pretty cheap too and it is a nice ship as well. Some extreme belt tightening will be needed but it will be worth it to see West Australia and Darwin too.

    God bless your day and have some fun too.

  2. Hi, Marie! Such a delicious post today... so many pretty projects... I love Jenny of Elefantz's embroidery designs! I used to do a lot of cross stitch too, and have been trying to revive more embroidery into my crafting life. Oh, and LOVING that Brioche!! We buy that at a bakery sometimes, but I've never made it before--must try. Oh, but my heart goes out to you, dear friend... Diabetes can be tough to deal with in so many ways. But it can be managed! And I know you will find good, and tasty, ways with diet to manage it all. I look forward to what sugar-free recipes you might come up with, as we try (not always successfully, mind!) to do less-sugar. May heart is with you, and my prayers going your way...As always, you inspire!! :o) ((LOVE & BIGGEST HUGS)) P.S. Your latest reading sounds good. I'll have to add to my list...

  3. Oh boy Suzan, you are getting as bad as Sybil with the traveling! Yay!! What fun! We are planning on going on some sort of holiday once we finish our mission. Love and hugs and blessings to you too! xoxo

  4. Thanks Tracy! Not surprised we like the same things! Thanks for your love and prayers re the diabetes. It's an uphill slug for sure, but I think I can get there! xoxo

  5. I'm thinking you probably are going to be eating more protein with your new diet in place. The chicken salad does sound good. Hope your visit is a great one. Have a terrific Tuesday !

  6. I cannot wait to hear about your meeting) Have fun!

    I love that pillow Marie..I love it♥
    You will master this diabetes thing..Mary has written on my blog that she licked type 2 diabetes..
    You can too:)

  7. Thanks Pam! I am looking forward to the visit and also feeling a LOT better! xoxo

    Thanks Monique! I hope I remember to take some photos! Look for a big announcement in my kitchen tomorrow! xoxo


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