Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, August 23, 2016

Outside my window ...
The sun is well up, but I have noticed the days getting shorter.  It is now completely dark by 9:30 at night and the sun isn't waking me up until about 5:30 in the morning.  I know it is a process which has been going on for weeks now, minute by minute, day by day . . .  funny how it sneaks up on you all of a sudden though!

I am thinking ...
We are driving to Rhyll today for a Zone Meeting.  It looks to be a sunny day so we will have great weather for it.  Bonus!  I am thinking about how much I love serving a mission and how much I enjoy the many ways we get to stretch ourselves in doing so.

In the Kitchen ...
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Leftover Meat Escallope.   A delicious casserole created using the leftover meat and vegetables from our roast dinner.   It's fabulous!

On my "To Cook" list ...

Pizza St Louis Style, found on Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.   I have wanted to try this for a while now!  It looks great!

I am creating ...

I really like this peasant top.  I can see it in all sorts of colours and it has three quarter sleeves.  Long enough to hide the bad bits, but short enough to keep me from feeling claustrophobic!  Found on Sew Different UK.


I also like this Alice Top, which you could very easily wear a longer sleeved t-shirt under.  Like a tunic.  There is a dress version as well.  Found on Sew Tessuti.


I also really, really like this one.  Found on  Wiksten.


Cat embroidery anyone?  From  Craftsy. There's dogs too.


Sweet!  From Flickr.   No pattern, just inspiration.

I am reading ...


The Sister, by Louise Jensen

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan's home.

But something isn't right. Things disappear, Dan's acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace's mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

Oh, I do so love reading a good thriller novel!

I am looking forward to ...
We have a Ward (church) BBQ on Monday and they are having a GBBO cake competition!  But even better The Great British Bake Off starts this week on the telly!  Yay!

I am learning to ...
Still working on my calligraphy.  I keep meaning to take a photo to show you.  I will try to remember soon!

Dreaming about ...


Red and white cosy . . .

Flowered mats  . . . (source)


Old logs being used as garden planters . . .  sweet.

Pretty table linens  . . .


Red and blue kitchens  . . .

A favourite Quote for the day  . . .  

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 Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it,
because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy
is to seek happiness for others  . . . 
~Martin Luther King Jr. 

 Makes me smile ...

One of my favourite things ...

Old cake tins. (source)   This one reminds me of one my mother had.  I think a Dundee Fruit Cake had come in it.  I expect she still has it somewhere . . .

Corners of my kingdom ...

Freshly laundered pillow slips and afghan . . . they smell so nice.  His 'n Hers.  I love my wee scottie dogs.

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. Today's post is beautiful. There are times I want to crawl into the computer and live there. You find the best things.

    Have safe travels today and enjoy the meeting.

    God bless you all always.

  2. Thanks Suzan! Trust me when I say I would love to be able to crawl into it as well! haha God bless and enjoy your evening! xoxo

  3. Cute cute things:) the pizza recipe looks ggod..don't think I have ever used self rising flour:)I bet your calligraphy is great!

  4. Thanks Monique! I always have self raising flour in the house. So many cake recipes over here use it as well as scones. I am a baby calligrapher. I do great swirls though! ;-) xoxo

  5. Always a fun and unique day book entry from you Marie; I loved it. I continue to love your dreams of furniture, decor and etc. It is the country look here. Thr food looks delish and I loved all the cute tops. You do have good taste.
    I am so happy you are enjoying your mission and I do find Zone meetings such a sweet moment of time; except of course for the role plays.
    We have Zone conference next week with our new President and wife. It should be interesing for sure. I really like both of them a lot. They are very down to earth.
    I miss reading novels. I keep hoping I can find a moment of time to even finish the novel on the Prophet Joseph Smith that I started befor our mission.I think it is a good one. Your mystery book sounds intriquing.
    Loved this one and sending hugs your way~

  6. Thanks LeAnn! I confess, I am not overly fond of the role playing either. Probably because I am not great at it. How exciting that you have a new Mission President and wife. Our Mission President and his wife are so lovely. I am in awe of them. They amaze me. Love them so much. I would love to read a novel on the Prophet Joseph Smith. Would love to know the title. We just finished watching Work and the Glory for the umpteenth time! Love and hugs to you! xoxo


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