Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Simple Woman's Day Book . . .


FOR TODAY, July 26, 2016

Outside my window ...
Its overcast, but you can tell it is going to burn off and be a dry day.  I could be wrong however, so don't quote me on that!  That's one thing you can rely on in the UK and that is that the weather is totally unpredictable!

I am thinking ...
I woke up this  morning to news about yet another mass stabbing/killing/shooting.  This time near Tokyo.  This is insanity.   It is almost becoming a daily occurrence.  Not sure how much more my heart can take.

I am thankful for ...
The Gospel in my life and my faith in God which helps me to stay grounded and gives me hope in a better life and future.  Satan may rule the earth at the moment, but I know he cannot and will not win.  Good will prevail and conquer.

In the kitchen ...
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Overnight Peanut Butter and Banana Oats.   I've been doing this every day for the last week, with variations.  Its delicious.   This morning I have Overnight Oats with strawberries, blueberries and yogurt.  Such a simple breakfast, but tasty and healthy also.

On my "To Cook" list ...


Poached Icelandic Cod.  From Food on the Monon. It looks delicious and very much like a cod dish I used to bake for my family when I was growing up.  My mother loved it.

I am creating ...
I have one picture called "Blackberrying" finished, which I haven't scanned yet and am working on one about going back to school days . . .


I love the colour palatte in this blanket . . .  From Cherry Heart.


Still looking for a pretty baby sweater.  This one is sweet.  From  Ravelry.


I love, LOVE this Dachsund.  It's a downloadable pattern on Etsy.  So cute!   A little bit pricey though.


Easy women's boxer shorts, with a free pattern.   Comfy for sleeping during the summer months.  A coloured t-shirt and you're all set!  From  The Sewing Rabbit.


16 one skein crochet patterns.   You can never have too many of those.  Found on  Tips for Women.


Anthropologie, inspiration only.  I could do this . . .  now to find a sweatshirt jacket.

I am reading ...

The Other Child, by Lucy Atkins.

Thirty-nine-year-old British photographer and single mom Tess has a good life that revolves around her nine-year-old son Joe and her thriving career. Things look even better when she meets Greg, a charismatic American pediatric heart surgeon, on a photo shoot. The two of them are instantly attracted to each other, and it isn't long before they get married.

When Greg is offered a dream job in Boston along with a part-time teaching position at Harvard, they discuss a possible move to America. Tess is initially reluctant about uprooting her son and leaving behind her friends and family. Plus there is an added complication: she is pregnant, something the couple had definitely not planned on. But they agree that this position is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and decide to go.

Greg seems happy to be back in America and the job is even better than he had hoped, but Tess and Joe have a hard time adapting to life in a new city. More worryingly, Tess notices that their new neighbors, and even some strangers, seem to recognize her husband, which he waves off as coincidence. As these strange encounters continue to occur, however, she begins to suspect that something is not quite right. In secret, she starts to look into Greg's past and discovers more questions than answers about the man she has followed across the ocean--the man who is the father of their new baby daughter.

Loving it!

I am looking forward to ...
We are going to do visits this afternoon.   Looking forward to putting my Missionary Badge on and getting stuck in!

I am learning to ...
Ignore the news.   I can't watch it.  There is just too much carnage and sadness and negativity about.  Its becoming an every day thing.   It makes me so sad.

Dreaming about ...

Having a vegetable patch to be proud of  . . .


An Edible Landscape.

An Ivy covered shed . . .


A Pantry Cupboard from an old armoire . . .

Cottage Style . . .


Bookcase wall?  Yes please  . . . .

A favourite quote for the day ...

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Yesterday I was clever,
so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise,
so I am changing myself.

Makes me Smile ...

Our Doug sent me a bunch of photos yesterday.  I was so pleased.  Three little Super Heroes.   From left to right, Josh (8), Jake (6) and Jon (10). Jon looks less than impressed.   Had a brilliant Facetime with Doug and Jake yesterday and Jon also, but mostly Jake.  I got to hear for a first time, "I love you Grammy."  Made my heart sing!

One of my favourite things  ...


Sunflowers  . . . they make me smile.

Corners of my kingdom ...
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Three watering cans in a row  . . .

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Against a wall  . . .

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 Marie. For the last few days I have felt miserable. I knew I was sick and found out I have infections in both ears and several sinuses. Because I am asthmatic this is not great. I started antibiotics this morning. One has to be thankful for modern medicine because the drug must be spot on. I feel better already.

    Your finds have already imprinted upon my mind. I would love the vege patch, the bedroom and think I have to make the blanket and the babu jacket. I am the boring end of this scarf /shawlhttp://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heaven-and-space
    I can hardly wait to cast it off as Beth choose grey and I want something a little summer.

    So I wish you a brilliant day. I hope the fog dies off. God bless.

  2. Suzan, I am so sorry that you have felt so miserable, but very happy that you are on antibiotics and feeling better already. (((hugs))) Nothing worse than pain in the ears and head! I love colour as you know Suzan, and my fingers are itching to get started on a new project! God bless you! xoxo (The sun is now shining! ☺ )

  3. Oh I forgot to say that in the 80s we used to be an oversized sweater and cut it up the middle to make a coat. I am sure you would embroider it so beautiful.

    I have just put in an enquiry to sail on the Queen Mary II ext March. I need to go into super saver mode.

  4. That sounds a great idea Suzan! Ohh super saver mode. No crafts for you! lol xoxo

  5. The boys and I love you Grammy!:)

    Plus I just love your wheelbarrow and watering cans:)

    I must take a closer look at that companion planting poster..
    I think I love everything Anthro.
    There is more news of another event in France:(:(:(
    Suze..good for you and better:)
    Deams can come true.

    I am smitten w/ those linen cross back pinafores..just plain..like an apron..but you can wear it out:) And out:)

  6. Old as the hills Monique, but quaint and I love quaint. I have never been to Anthro, maybe one day! I don't believe they have them over here. I know, France, my heart weeps. So sad, so sad . . . evil seems to be flourishing. I love the cross back pinafores also. Love, LOVE. xoxo

  7. In love the photos of your great grand boys,,,no wonder you are so proud of them...hope the sun and some warmth visited you today!!...down here it's been an odd kind of day..sun, cloud, warm,chilly wind, short shower, just as quickly it stopped...It was nice enough to take Mary and my visitor Sheila along to Bathampton a very short walk along the canal where we stopped for tea/coffee and toasted tea cake that are served from a narrow boat that is parked...tethered...docked !! Whatever you call it...tied up ? By the side of the canal. The lady is lovely there and has I think 5 tables and a few Iin the actual boat. In case it rains...it's ama zing how many people stop there...the tea is served in lovely China tea cups...Earlier Sheila and I went to get a Chinese take away for dinner....I havnt felt very well today so didn't feel like cooking anything....unfortunately our usual take away closes on a Tuesday ! We went to the other one in Corsham but it was t nearly so nice, I had chicken with bamboo and chestnuts the chicken tasted like...... Never again.....Sheila and Mary didn't complain though...
    Wonder if I will get a good night tonight, sure hope so....

  8. The weather has been very odd Sybil, and not at all warm like you think a July should be! Strange that! Your narrow boat tea shop sounds just lovely! What a treat! I am sure she does well with it! I am always so disappointed when I pay for a meal and it turned out UGH! (((hugs))) I am hoping that you had a good night. xoxo

  9. The "I am changing myself" quote is the kind of thought that's been on my mind lately. Yes.

    Have a good day, Marie, ♥



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