Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, March 29, 2016

Outside my window ...
It's a bit lighter out than usual and I got up later than usual.  I hardly slept a wink last night.  Todd did not sleep at all.  These time changes really bother us and we both have horrible nights until we settle in to them.  Plus we went out for supper last night with our friends Audrey and Peter and did  not get home until 8 pm.  I find that if I am out in the evening at all these days, they make for a very bad nights sleep, if at all.  I hate that.  It doesn't make me want to go out at all in the evenings.  It is the same if we have people come here or I have to talk to anyone on the telephone.  For some reason if it happens in the evening it disturbs my whole nights sleep.

I am thinking ...
Why do I have to be this way?? An insomniac.   It has to be genetic.  My father has always had problems fallling asleep, yet my mother can sleep anywhere any how.  I could be sitting on the sofa falling asleep when we are trying to watch a program in the evening and as soon as I hit the bed I am wide awake.  It doesn't make sense and of course the more I worry or think about it, the worse it gets.

I am thankful for ...
We got the rain, but we didn't get the high winds that they got with this latest storm down South.  I am grateful for that!  Also grateful for General Conference which is coming up this weekend.  I love to hear our church leaders speak.  I always come away very much inspired.

In The Kitchen ...
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Hawaiian Pizza Pasta.  Pretty darned good if I don't say so myself!

On my "To Cook" list ...

 Cabbage Pie from Lea's Cooking.  We love cabbage and this looks and sounds delicious!  It's been on my To Cook list for a while.  Time to change that.

I am creating ...
(source Holly Hobbie)

I am working on a little book for my Grandchildren called "When I was Small."  It is going to be filled with short stories from when I was a child.  I was thinking, they don't really know me.  I don't get to spend time with them or tell them these stories about when I was their ages or the things I did way back in the olden days, so I thought I would do it in book form for them.  I will try to illustrate each story.  We will see how it gets on.  I am hoping it is a way to make them feel closer to me and to get to know me and my family.  It is a work in progress.


 This is my latest project.   A Hot Water Bottle Cover.  I found the pattern on Learn with Leanne.  It's super simple and I like it a lot.


Burlap Bows from Live, Laugh, Rowe.


Seed Packet Decoupage Flower Pots.  From Crafts by Amanda.  That woman is amazing.


Recycled Light Bulbs, coloured with nail polish.  For the garden.  From Green Garden Blog.  I can't find the link, but it sounds simple enough.

 I love this little Needle Book from Folksy.  No tutorial or anything.  Quite simply inspiration.

I am reading ...

 The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own . . . populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

Part fairy tale and part psychological study.

 I am looking forward to ...
General Conference.

I am learning ...
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Always a good thing.

Dreaming about ...


The next series of Poldark  . . .

Rocking chairs  . . .  would love to have one . . .


Painted wood floors . . .

Stained Glass window panels.  I have just the spot  . . .


Blue and White China . . .

A favourite quote for the day  ...

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Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times,
If one only remembers to turn on the light.

Makes me smile ...

Dogs always make me smile  . . .

One of my favourite things ...


Jane Austin  . . .  anything  . . . 


I like to watch the sun come up  . . . 

And that's my daybook for this week!

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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!!


  1. Good morning Marie,

    I am sorry that you have had such a bad night. The next day is more difficult. I hope you sleep well tonight.

    Once again I love some of the things you share with us.

    God bless your day. I am pretty tired tonight and am looking forward to my bed and a rest.


  2. Thanks Suzan, it was a rough night and a rough today, but hopefully tonight we will both sleep well. I hope you have a good nights rest tonight also! xoxo

  3. I'm one that can sleep most anytime and any place. It is a blessing to have a good nights sleep and I'm thankful for it. Here's hoping you have a good night tonight.

  4. That first paragraph about doing aything in the evening and disturbed sleep?Me.Too.
    Your book and hot water bottle sound lovely:)

  5. Oh to have that blessing Pam! I would give almost anything nfor it! I hope I sleep well tonight also! xoxo

    I wonder if it is something which goes along with having a very creative mind Monique? xoxo

  6. I think quite a few of us similar to you Marie in the fact that we find it hard to sleep if we have to do anything in the evening. We very rarely go out after six...now in the morning I am awake as soon as My eyes open and ready for the day...that lasts at least a few hours !! But after noon I slowly go down hill LOL...love the idea of you writing a book for the wee ones what a lovely Grandma you are...also liked that idea about painting used light bulbs...now going to look at that cabbage pie recipe....and then your pasta recipe...( didn't think Todd would like that !!!)

  7. 3Hi Marie!

    I love your Daybook, I think I will have to start doing the Daybook again, not sure why I quit . . .

    The cabbage pie looks delicious! I wonder if I could substitute coconut flour for the flour in it? We love cauliflower too.

    All your cute ideas make me smile - I especially can't wait to find the book, I love a book I can get lost in - it makes me so happy!

    I'm looking forward to General Conference too. We are so fortunate to have it broadcast on our local TV channel, so I just sit and crochet and create while I listen to the amazing counsel we always get every six months. The world in in quite a shambles right now, I think I need to hear something inspired!

    Hugs and Love,

  8. I was surprised when Todd said it was edible as well Sybil! Maybe I am wearing him down, lol! LIke you I am awake at the crack of dawn, no matter what time I get to sleep. Once I am awake I like to be up and busy! Love and hugs! xoxo

    We tend to watch conference at home now too Barb. We watch it on the computer. I love that we can bring that beautiful spirit right into our own homes. I think we need to hear something inspired also! Hugs and love. xoxo

  9. Absolutely loved your day book entry! It was a fun one. Well maybe not the part about sleep. I am so like you and I need my sleep or I don't function all that well. I do love your idea for a book for your Grandchildren. Knowing you it will be fantastic and they will love it. I wish I new how to write and draw like you; you are just so gifted.
    The recipes looked very yummy. I liked the idea of pasta pizza; I must try it.
    I can hardly wait for conference this year. I love all the messages and usually cry through a lot of them. The spirit is just always so strong and the messages so needed.
    Love and hugs for you dear friend~

  10. I always cry through them too LeAnne. We are so very much alike! Blessings, love and hugs to you! xoxo


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