Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, December 8th, 2015

Outside my window ...
It's dark and cold and wet.   I am grateful however that we didn't experience as much damage to our garden/community as they did in the North.  Devastation.   My heart and prayers go out to the people of Cumbria.  I hope the Insurance Companies honor their plans and that those who didn't have insurance are able to get some sort of compensation and that their live quickly go back to normal.

I am thinking ...
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Today is our Bruce's 27th Birthday.  It is hard to believe that my baby boy is already 27.   It seems like just yesterday he was a little boy and I was putting him to sleep telling him Power Ranger stories where he was the Green Ranger, or reading him his favourite story, "Just Me and My Dad."  He loved the little Monster books.   It's been a long time since I waved goodbye to him as he got on the school bus to go to school and waved hello to him at the end of the day when he got home.  We were able to bring him over here a couple of times, and I have been over there to Canada  a few times to see him over the past fifteen years.  He gets married next summer.  I really like his fiancee, Sara.  She's a lovely girl and they are well matched.   I hope that he has a lovely day today and that he knows that his mum loves him very much, always has and always will.

I am thankful for ...
I wasn't very well yesterday.  I had to cancel my eye appointment.   I am feeling a lot better this morning, so I am thankful for that.   I think there is a tummy bug going around.

In the kitchen ...
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It looks a tad bit unsual, but it was very delicious.  What I tried of it anyways.  My tummy wasn't the greatest yesterday.  Todd really enjoyed it.  Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a sauce of Green Beans, Olives and Tomatoes.  It sounds an unusual combination I know, but the flavours went really well together and it was really colourful with lots of nice textures.

On my "To Cook" list ...
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These Sugar Plum Shortbread Cookies from  Wicked Good Kitchen look fabulously delicious!  That's a great food blog!

I am creating  ...

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My red coat ornament (and Polar Bear) a gift for someone for Christmas.   I got the pattern on Posie Gets Cosy.   Totally adorable.

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Glitter Bottle Brush Trees from  Delineate Your Dwelling.

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Wine Cork Rudolf Christmas Ornament.  From Daddy by Day.

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From Thistle and Lilly.  I love this.

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I couldn't find a source for these, but I love them.  Vintage photos turned into little dolls.

I am reading ...
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Christmas at Lilac Cottage, by Holly Martin

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air… Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen. When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded. As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore… While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of? Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down. A bit of fluff for the holidays. ☺(I know, I am a slow reader.  I keep falling asleep.)

I am hoping ...
We have some Missionary Flat Inspections to do this afternoon.  I hope the traffic isn't too bad.   I hate rush hour traffic.

Looking Forward to ...
A good friend is coming to spend Christmas with us.  I am really looking forward to the visit!

Makes me smile ...

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The jingle of jingle bells make me smile.

I am learning ...
We watched a docu drama on Joan of Arc on BYUTV last night and it was really fascinating.

Dreaming about ...
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Having a Silkstone Barbie I can make clothes for . . .

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A White Christmas  . . .

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Gingerbread Tree centrepieces  . . .  from Sweet Gula.

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A Candy Apple Red Kitchen Aid . . .  my daughter has one of these.   Lucky girl.  They cost almost as much as a car over here . . .

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Pinkish hair  . . .  yep, still  . . .

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White Cotton Nighties . . .

 A favourite quote for the day ...

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“Christmas is what we make of it. Despite all the distractions, we can see to it that Christ is at the center of our celebration. If we have not already done so, we can establish Christmas traditions for ourselves and for our families which will help us capture and keep the spirit of Christ.”~Thomas S Monson

One of my favourite things ...

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Red and White Gingham . . .  anything.

A peek into my day ...

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Okay . . . a gal can dream can't she?

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. Dear Marie,

    The felt ornaments you have shown today are so beautiful. I don't know how you find such splendid things. I certainly hope the traffic is light for you and that the inspections go well. I have driven about 300km today and it is tiring.

    Tonight I am knitting. There has been no Christmas prep so far today. God bless.

  2. That's a lot of driving Suzan! Hope you get some time to relax tonight! xoxo

  3. Hi, Marie! And Happy Day to your son, Bruce! :) Hope you will be feeling better. There are a lot of bugs going around here too at the moment... We've been lucky so far this season, not to be sick with anything--so thankful! Ooo... those Sugar Plum Shortbread Cookies look dangerously good... LOL! Your red felt coat is so sweet! I love Alicia Paulson's designs. I've been wanting a Candy Apple Red kitchen Aid mixer for ages... They do cost nearly as much as a car! So I don't think I'll ever have one... LOL! That's OK, though... So happy you have a friend coming to share Christmas with you--making the season all the brighter! :) Wishing you all a LOVELY week there now.! ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  4. Hope you continue to feel better and hope your son has a Happy Birthday!


  5. I love Alicias patterns..I have enjoyed them all:)
    This is the last year of sets I think for my girls..
    My KA stand mixer was bought refurbished at least 25 yrs ago and still works perfectly..I didn't know some had a different base to add the glass bowl..mine does not have that..still I never missed it before..both my girls have one..one..it's still in the box..she's so funny..but I must admit her counter space is very tight..

  6. Thanks Tracy! I love all of Alicia's patterns. They are unique and so simple to make. Not long now until your trip! I bet you are getting really excited now! Love and hugs, xoxo

    Thanks Pam, I think that he did! xoxo

    Thanks Monique. I need to think about making full sets for my own kiddos. A project for next year perhaps. Lots of work, but so nice when done! I wouldn't have room for a kitchen aid really, but I can still dream! xoxo


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