Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, November 17th, 2015

Outside my window ...
It's black as night and cold, but it's not raining.  That's a bonus!  They are expecting another storm to hit us however.  This one will be called Barney.

I am thinking ...
Still pondering the carnage in France.  Trying to understand what kind of mind can do this to another.   They have to be mentally ill is all I can think, or brainwashed, or both.

I am thankful for ...
The English Channel.  Twenty Five miles of water which separates our borders from the rest of Europe and  which thus far has been a bit of a stop gap.

In the kitchen ...
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Creamy Fish Chowder.  Perfect food for rainy and cold winter days.

On my "To Cook" list ...
Gingerbread magic cake is really magic
 Gingerbread Magic Cake Bars.  Found on Foodness Gracious.  These look fabulous!

I am creating ...

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I've been working on these.  I am making a matching set for a newly married young couple I know who will be having their first Christmas together this year!  (I am sure you know who I mean.)  I gor the pattern from Casa Magubako.

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Cute Paper Ornaments from Smallful.

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No source, but how hard could these be?  I think they are really sweet.

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From Inspired Ideas, some really cute felt ornaments.

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From Jennifer Rizzo, recycled cardboard stars.  Cardboard and a sharpie!

 I am reading ...
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Pretending to Dance, by Diane Chamberlain

When the pretending ends, the lying begins . . . Molly Arnette is good at keeping secrets. As she and her husband try to adopt a baby, she worries that the truth she's kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but her marriage as well. Molly ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved. Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a healthy future, she discovers that even she doesn't know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders. Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain, the bestselling author of The Silent Sister, is a fascinating and deftly-woven novel, that reveals the devastating power of secrets.

I love Diane Chamberlain's writing. I am about 3/4 of the way through this now.  Still enjoying!

I am hoping ...
My friend Tatiana is in the hospital.  I am hoping she is out soon and feeling better.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Thank you so much!

Makes me smile ...
Facetime with Jakey on his birthday yesterday!  I got to sing him Happy Birthday.   Highlight of my day!  I am so grateful for a son who goes out of his way to include me in his life.

I am learning ...
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This is very true.

Dreaming about ... 
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Embroidered Bee Brooches  . . .

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A kitchen large enough to move around in without dropping something, knocking something over or having something fall on your head . . .

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Timber Sash Window Shutters  . . .

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Decorative and functional radiator covers . . .

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Multi coloured braided rugs  . . .

A favourite quote for the day...

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Today is mine.  Tomorrow is none of my business.
If I peer anciously into the fog of the future, 
I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see
clearly what is required of me now . . . 
~Elizabeth Elliot

 One of my favourite things ...

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Knitted throws and lap rugs in the winter to keep me warm.

A peek into my day ...
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I always, always try to do at least one creative thing  . . .

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. Morning, Marie! Like you, my heart is breaking still over Paris, and my mind still boggled that such things continue to happen, that such hate runs so deep. Must LOVE more!! Delicious food today--your chowder especially! Soup has been on the menu often these days--very chilly here...bbbrr... And LOVE all the felt-fun ideas! Hoping ver much your friend will be well... Wishing you all a very good week there, my friend :o) ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  2. Enjoy your day Marie. My heart is breaking over all the people who have been affected by the horrors inflicted in the last few days. I know that only God has the answer.

    Enjoy making the ornaments.

    God bless.

  3. Doing one creative thing a day is a good idea. There are so many ways to create. Art, sewing, knitting and cooking. Even creating a cozy space to enjoy the evening . I'll pray for your friend and hope she's out of the hospital soon. Hope your Tuesday is a terrific one.

  4. The gingerbread newlyweds..look like some of the cute people you draw:)Adorable..

    I also favor the cardboard stars..felties etc..
    Paris ..on all our minds..

  5. Thanks Tracy! I owe you an e-mail. My day had gotten away from me! I need some down time! Love and hugs to you and a Happy week too! xoxo

    Like you, Suzan, I know God has the answers, and it isn't a revengeful hating God. May God help and preserve us all. xoxo

    Thank you Pam. I know your prayers will be very much appreciated. Hope your Tuesday is a special one also! xoxo

    Aww thanks Monique! I think the newlyweds will enjoy them! She was quite enamoured of the already finished ones she saw here the other day! xoxo

  6. I always love your Day book and then I know what you are thinking about and doing. You are an amazing sister. I too am concerned with what went on in France. It certainly is part of the last days I think. Of course, I love your recipes and Christmas projects and the links to them. The book looks like a good one. I am having a hard time reading these days; but I do love a good novel. I will pray for your friend and I hope she is feeling better.
    I love that you got to talk with your grandson.
    Blessings, hugs and love for you!

  7. Thanks LeAnn! I got to sing Happy Birthday to him, which was great! I hope you are enjoying your mission! xoxo


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