Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, October 11, 2016

Outside my window ...
Its cold and dark.  I am a bit later this morning and the sky is just beginning to lighten up a bit to the front of the house.  The fireworks have started already.  Mitzie does not like them.  At all.   Last night when we went to go to bed she beat us up the stairs.  Normally she sleeps downstairs  in the lounge, but there was no way she was staying down here last night.   She made up her own mind on that one!

I am thinking ...
If ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?  ~Alma 5:26

There is an inactive church family that Todd and I have been working with for the past year.   This scripture came to mind when I was thinking of how I could best help them the other day.  They once strongly felt the spirit in their lives, perhaps if we could help them to call that time into their remembrance, then they might feel it again.

In the kitchen ...
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Reuben Roll Ups.  These are so simple and simply delicious.  If you like Reuben Sandwiches you will love these!  We did.

On my "To Cook" list ...

From Lil Luna.  Loaded Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup.  This looks moreish.   I think Todd would really enjoy.  He loves soup.  Thick soup.

Good to know ...

I am creating ...

From 36th Avenue.  Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Christmas.


DIY Beaded Wreaths.  From Jesse James Beads.


Hot Cocoa Kits.  A simple Christmas gift from Hoosier Homemade.


From Ravelry.  A beautiful blanket pattern to crocher called Frida's Flowers.  I love it.   A free pattern.


A crochet Star Garland.  From  Ing Things.  Love this blog.

I am reading ...

The Pact, by Jodie Picoult

For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty-- they've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born.

So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There's a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father's cabinet-- a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described.

The profound questions faced by the characters in this heart-rending novel are those we can all relate to: How well do we ever really know our children, our friends? What if…? As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish… culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.

With this riveting psychological drama, Jodi Picoult explores the dynamics of intimate relationships under stress-- from the seemingly inexplicable mind of a teenager to the bonds of friendship and marriage. Few writers have such a gift for evoking everyday life coupled with the ability to create a level of dramatic tension that will keep you up reading late into the night. The Pact is storytelling at its best: wonderfully observed, deeply moving, and utterly impossible to put down.

Love Jodi Picoult.

I am looking forward to ...
The special Missionary meeting in Chorley on this Saturday.   It should be great!  Its not every day you get to meet an Apostle of the Lord.

Dreaming about ...

Berries and Lady Birds  . . .

Harebells and Dragonflies  . . .

Buttercups and Bees . . .


 Birds and Berries  . . .


Branches and Birds  . . .

I love pretty mugs  . . . is there ever such a thing as too many?  I think not!

A favourite quote for the day  ... 

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It matters not how completely ruined our lives may seem. It matters not how scarlet our sins, how deep our bitterness, how lonely, abandoned, or broken our hearts may be. Even those who are without hope, who live in despair, who have betrayed trust, surrendered their integrity, or turned away from God can be rebuilt. Save those rare sons of perdition, there is no life so shattered that it cannot be restored.
~Dieter F Uchtdorf

Makes me smile ... 


Knowing my mother will never be alone or unhappy on a holiday ever again.

One of my favourite things  ...

Inspiring spaces . . .

Corners of my kingdom ...


Red sky at morning  . . .  but it turned out to be a beautiful sunny autumn day.  So it is not always true that a red sky in the morning means a stormy day.

And that's my daybook for this week!

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ 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 love those mugs. We went to Costco today and Pip drove. It was over 100km for the return trip and she did well. I wish she would hurry up and work on her license. We left early because the sky looked like it was brewing a storm. Nothing so far.

    God bless your day. Love and hugs,


  2. Thanks Suzan! I don't drive over here, which is probably something I need to change. Especially if Todd ends up in hospital etc. I will be in a sorry place then. God bless your day/evening also! xoxo

  3. Who knew that Vicks was good for so many things? I always use it when I have a cold. Now I need to remember it's good for more than that. Hope your Tuesday is a Terrific one!

  4. I need Vick's back on my shelves..my mom used iton me:)

    God bless your mom:)
    And I concur Marie..how great she is with someone..so many older people are alone:(:(
    Your sis should have a blog..you two are very creative.

    I am watching the news..Jodi Picoult is being interviewed:)

  5. We always have Vicks in the house Pam, although over here they call it Vick, which being the pedntic person I am drives me a bit crazy, but oh well! Hope your Tuesday is a special one also! xoxo

    It's the best stuff Monique. I would not be without it, but I didn't know it could be used for so many things until I found this! I keep telling my sister she needs to have a blog. I am sure it would be really fascinating! I am curious abot Jodi P now. She is one of my fav authors! xoxo

  6. Hi Marie, thanks once again for writing us such a lovely blog, always such a joy to read, and full of lovely things to look at and even....if we were clever enough...things to make....well I must say there is rarely a week passes that I don't say to myself...that's really lovely I really must get down to making it etc....do I do it ?....very rarely LOL...but the intention is there and the pleasure of even imagining it made is a delight?....love the mugs I too love mugs but the must be China I don't like drinking from thick mugs at all. I once had one just like one today the one with the bluebells, unforunatley it got broken not once but twice after first time I used it as a vase, second time round was the death of it LOL...it's nice that you are looking forward to the weekend. Now Peter and I are going up to Edinburgh on Friday home again Wednesday or maybe Tuesday. I will call you from my friends and see if it's possible to stop at yours for a visit, not exactly sure how long it takes to get to you from wherever we are Tues night but can easy check that out with peters sat nav..that would give you an idea of time etc....of course all this depends on what you might be doing or if Todd is up to having visitors....will ring you over weekend. Xxxx

  7. That sounds great Sybil! I will be away all day Saturday and Sunday morning, but you should be able to catch me Sunday afternoon at some point! I am looking forward to meeting you! xoxo


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