Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, September 27th, 2016

Outside my window ...
It's still pitch black.  The days are getting shorter and shorter.  I have had to come upstairs and do this on the old computer because the new one decided to do updates as soon as I got up and doesn't show any sign of finishing.  Sigh  . . .  I need to set a new time for this!  (The updates, not the blogging!)

I am thinking ...
Last night about 8:30 there was a knock on the door and when we opened it, there was a young man from our church (he's 13) and his mom.  They had a box of cookies for us that this young man and his sisters had just baked for us.  She said they had been baking cookies as a part of their FHE and he had said about how we had had the car trouble and wanted to bring us some.  So his sister made a box to put them in and voila, there they were at our door.  It was so sweet and so thoughtful.  ☺

In the Kitchen ...

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Magic Chicken Pie.  This is sooooo good, and you can easily cut the recipe in half to make less.  I usually do unless we have company.

On my "To Cook" list ... 


Spiced Pear Chutney.  This looks fabulous and we love chutney.  From Family Feedbag.  Plus we have lots of pears.

Good to know ...


I am creating ...


Jolly Tots Knitting pattern.  From Dollytime.  These are so cute.  Not a free pattern, but not expensive either.  They are only six inches tall.  A great way to use up yarn scraps.


DIY PomPom magnets.  (I want that fridge)  From AO Life.  I actually got myself a set of PomPom makers yesterday.  It was on sale.  No more cutting out circles from cardboard.


Crochet Maple Leaves from The Painted Hinge.  These would make a great autumn garland.


Chunky Clog Slippers.  From Annies Catalogue.  Also not free, but I do like them.   I wonder if you did them in a really big size from real wool if you could felt them.??


This cap is a free pattern from Ravelry.

I am reading ...


The Running Hare, by John Lewis Stempel

Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life.

Written in exquisite prose, The Running Hare tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. It recalls an era before open-roofed factories and silent, empty fields, recording the ongoing destruction of the unique, fragile, glorious ploughland that exists just down the village lane.

But it is also the story of ploughland through the eyes of man who took on a field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way, restoring its fertility and wildlife, bringing back the old farmland flowers and animals. John Lewis Stempel demonstrates that it is still possible to create a place where the hare can rest safe.

Quite simply fascinating.

I am looking forward to ...
There is a ladies dinner coming up next Tuesday.  Its an annual thing, separate from the church, where all the gals from our Ward get together for some fellowshipping outside of the church at a really nice restaurant in Wales.  I have gone every year.  The food is great and the company is even better.

I am learning to ...
Knit on four needles.  I want to knit myself a pair of mittens.  Its not going well, lol.

Dreaming About ... 


Cosy elfin cottages . . . 


Cottage bedrooms  . . .  with creaky floors and sunlit windows . . .


A roaring fire to curl up next to  . . .

A sunny place to dine  . . .


A kitchen with character . . .

A favourite quote for the day  ...

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We are not obedient because we are blind  . . .  
      We are obedient because we can see.
                     ~Boyd K Packer

Makes me smile ...


We would probably break the bed, but oh what fun we would have  . . .

One of my favourite things ...


Snowmen, but we never get enough snow  . . . 

Corners of my kingdom ...


The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall.  Poldark country . . .  sigh  . . .

And that's my daybook for this week!

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
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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 darling girl.

    It has been a much cooler day. Yesterday was so hot in the sun. I have enjoyed the cooler day and now have apples cooking. Then the jars for a batch of tomato and onion relish are being sanitised in the super hot cycle in the dishwasher. Then I will make and bottle the relish. We also have a fair number of pears so I might make that chutney too. Thank you for all the things you shared. I love that someone made you cookies and brought them to you. I made a small batch yesterday. Over half went to Connor and Pip. Mum finished the last of them a while ago. I took mum to a restaurant for afternoon tea. It was advertised. Today would have been my brother's 53rd birthday. When we arrived it was not on. So we moved onto another place and they are closing down. Just as well there were some treats at home.

    God bless.

  2. It all sounds very good Suzan! Sounds a very productive day. ((((hugs))))) about your brother. Love and hugs coming your way. xoxo

  3. The apples are cooling in the fridge. I shall freeze them. Six jars of relish are now cooling. Mum likes the sound of the pear chutney but told me I cannot put the tomato paste in. You may well have done much more than I so I am humbly seeking your opinion. I am too scared to alter a recipe. Thank you.

  4. Cooler here and the leaves are changing every time I blink..love all your crafty ideas Marie and that lady lying in the garden..

    so nice to see what catches you eye;)

  5. Suzan, I found a pear chutney recipe for you which sounds delicious and does not take any tomato. It is by James Martin who is an excellent chef. here is the link:


  6. Thanks Monique! I think we have very similar tastes! I am having a terrible time trying to learn to knit with four needles. I have tried watching videos and all sorts, but it is not clicking. :-( I need a tutor here in the house methinks! xoxo

  7. You are blessed to have all those pears but doing them up is a lot of work. It will be worth it though come winter. Pear Chutney sounds very good. Hope your Tuesday is a terrific one !

  8. I'd love to show you how. I find four needles easy. Have you tried using a circular needle? I know this is for socks but the principles are the same...try the Winwick Sockalong...The lady has a facebook page and here is her blog.http://winwickmum.blogspot.com.au/. I hope this can help.

    My mother has a passion for sweet baby James. She is from Yorkshire and adores the man. We have to watch him most days.

  9. Thanks Pam, we are doing them in lots. The pears we have are hard pears, bosc pears, so we have time. Have a super tuesday! xoxo

    Suzan, I think you will like that chutney recipe! xoxo

  10. Like you Marie I am no good at knitting on four needles..I can do it, but the ..corners..have kind of holes from the loose stitch...I always made mitts with just two needles. I know you can't knit gloves with all the fingers with two needles but mitts are easy....love the look of these wee tiny teddies. I organise some of our older ladies at church and some who come to the Thursday coffee and chat to do some knitting for an organisation called...Knit for peace....a great organisation, go have a look at them if you have time !...they even have added a pattern for a dressing gown made from squares, the organiser was saying that some older folks find holding knitting a bit heavy but can do squares! So I now have two doing this it takes a lot of squares but can be knitted in as many colours as you have perhaps scraps to use up.....they have a lot of patterns all free to download, I'm not sure if there are mitts on it or not.....
    Been a nice quiet peaceful day down here..Maggie got home but unfortunately her cold has got much worse and she thinks she might end up in hospital she was waiting to see a Dr there when she dropped me a quick message....I'm so sorry she has gone home with that , but as Val says there is nothing more we could have done for her ...take care yourself and also Todd and Mitzie...much love xxxxx

  11. I am new to your blog. It took me a long time to knit on 4 needles but once you master it the things you can do are awesome. Here in Canada we have a mail order co., called Mary Maxim marymaxim.ca the have recently started advertizing some bent needles that replace fighting dropped stitches etc. They are rather pricey but I plan to order a set to knit Christmas mittens. Just a thought they are probably available where you are. Looking forward to following your posrs. On pins and needles for conference this weekend

  12. Thanks for all that information Sybil! I will look that up! I am so sorry that Maggie has gone home so ill. Will keep her in my prayers! God bless you all. xoxo

    Thanks Unknown. Welcome to the blog! I used to order things from Mary Maxim through the years, mostly little kits to do Christmas ornaments and such. Thanks for jogging my brain and happy memories! I am really looking forward to conference this weekend also! xoxo


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