Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, January 30, 2018

Outside my window ...
Dark, cold, but dry (so far at any rate!)  The camelia bush is filled with growing buds, some have pink tips already, the bulbs are shooting up and snow drops are in bloom. Spring is just around the corner. 

I am thinking ...
About how quickly January has passed by us.  Here we are almost at the end of it. Only one more day. How did that happen?  I hope the rest of the year doesn't pass by like January did! 

In The Kitchen ...


Creamy Turkey & Rice.  Quick, easy, delicious and quite healthy as well. You only think you're eating something decadent! 

On my "To Cook" list ...

From Tutti Dolci, Marbled Chocolate Hearts.   

Good to know ...

I am creating ...


Home Talk, tutorial on making a Valentine Pom Pom Wreath.  

Krokotak. No Sew Heart Pillow.  Simple.  

I love this. No pun intended.  From McAdams Family.  Complete Tutorial.

Kathy's Cottage.  Heart Banner Tutorial.  Sweet!  

Flamingo Toes. Felt and fabric hearts.  So pretty. 

I am reading ... 

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks 
Can you resist the depths of the human heart? It is 1958 and seventeen-year-old Landon is revelling in his youth: dating girls and even claiming to have been in love. He is a world apart from shy, reclusive Jamie Sullivan, a Baptist's daughter who carries a bible with her school books, cares for her widowed father and volunteers at the orphanage. But fate will intervene.

Forced to partner up at the school dance, Landon and Jamie embark on a journey of earth-shattering love and agonising loss far beyond their years. In the months that follow, Landon discovers the true depths of the human heart, and takes a decision that is so stunning it will lead him irrevocably down the road to manhood . . .

Early days, but so far so good!

I am looking forward to ... 


Need I say more?   I ordered this book from the Book Depository and am looking foward to it arriving and getting stuck into it.

Dreaming About ... 

Cath Kidston Frames from Spec Savers . . . 


Braccalini Bags  . . . 

Fling skirts  . . .  Stockings  . . .  Leather Oxfords  . . . 
Sigh  . . .  oh to be young and thin . . . 

dolce & gabbana  . . . 
Something to Watch ...
Line of Duty on Netflix. A BBC Cop Show that is short, intense and totally engaging. Binge Worthy.
A Quote for the day ... 

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The trick is to enjoy life.
Don't wish away your days
waiting for better ones ahead.
~Marjorie Pay Hinckley •~♥♥♥~•. ~ ღϠ₡ღ¸. ✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.  
Makes me smile ...
Uplifting notes in the post.  Unexpected.  Caring.  Never ignore a prompting.  You might be the key to lifting another's day in a beautiful way . . . it is always nice to be remembered.
Corners of  my kingdom  ...
Savernake Forest, Wiltshire. By The Wessex Reiver 
And that's my daybook for this week!

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 BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Todays Reading - Enos 1:11-27
Question - How can prayer sometimes be a struggle? How do you find rest in the Saviour?  
My thoughtsWe have to humble ourselves before we can approach the Lord in sincere prayer, we can't pray for a change to happen in our lives unless we are willing to make that change through the Lord's help. We can't expect to instantly be able to receive patience, overcome an addiction or find it in our heart to forgive someone just because we've prayed about it. I think the struggle is in aligning our will with God's and gaining the desire to work for what we pray for. 
I haven't ever noticed before just how confident Enos is, both in The Lord and in his standing before the Lord. I believe that  the more we come to know the character of God, what He is truly like (not what man says He's like), the more we feel that we can trust Him and His plan, hence feeling more peaceful and restful we can feel,  even in and among tumultuous times in the world and in our lives. The addiction recovery manual is wonderful because it builds up an understanding of the character of Heavenly Father, the character of Jesus Christ and our relationship to them. I love verse 17 because I have made covenants with God. Sometimes I forget that I am bound to the Saviour and to His goodness and my soul doesn't rest until I realise it again.
Tomorrow's Reading (Day 89) -  Jarom 1:1-15 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? Why is it so important for us to learn about and understand the Plan of Salvation?

Have a wonderful day!  Don't forget!
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And I do too!   


  1. Got in right away this morning Marie...as always I see so many wonderful things when I arrive !....today all these lovely ..hearts ...I especially like the one you are going to do. I think it looks like it might be easy..just not sure how you can make it and sew it into a heart shape ?...unlike you through my window this morning all I can see is thick mist,MsI thick I can't see over to the park, and our cars are covered with such thick frost it looks like it has been snowing...it is VERY COLD outside, Masy has just come in and her little paws are like ice when she jumped up,on my lap !! Hope you have a good day. The man is coming today to let me see the car I have now to change back to...although it's the same one as I had there might be some changesnso must check. Before saying yes...order...then hopefully it should come just before Easter so peter can drive us up,to Scotland xxxx

    1. Its not as frosty up here Sybil, in all honesty we stay fairly mild most of the year, unless there is a cold wind blowing! Poor wee Masy paws! I hope you can get your car sorted with no problems! Dare I hope that on the way back from Scotland you can drop by for a wee cuppa? xoxo

  2. I love all the heart things Marie!
    I wonder if that book turned into a movie,like The Notebook did? I have that DVD.
    I'll have to google it after.
    Love and big hugs!xo

    1. Yes it was turned into a movie Jan! His books are all good and so are the films! Love and hugs. xoxo

  3. Hi Marie, the sun is shining here and all is well! A lovely day book as usual. I love Line of Duty, i read the other day their going to start filming another series this year, can't wait!

    We're off to the pictures today to see the Darkest Hour with Fred and Joyce and we'll end up having our tea out afterwards, it's a hard life being retired! 🤣🤣

    Enjoy your day, lot's of love xxx

    1. OH, I am looking forward to the next series also! Its one of my favourites! They certainly keep you guessing until the end don't they! I do hope you enjoy Darkest Hour! We want to see the Mama Mia one next, its supposed to be the prequel to the Mama Mia one! Had our toes tapping in the previews! Love and hugs, xoxo

  4. Hi, Marie! Happy morning to you all there... Like you, I'm wondering where the month has gone! Ooo...those marbled chocolate hearts look delicious... LOVE the pom pom heart wreath! With Lent soon here, that's when I usually begin spring cleaning--take each week of Lent to focus on one area of the house. That cleaning list/chart is helpful. Ooo... we go to SpecSavers for our glasses/eye checks. I wonder if they will have the Cath Kidston frames here??!! Oooo...LOVE that cat skirt!! :))) Happy week, dear friend... LOVE YOU LOTS!! ((BIG HUGS))

    1. I love, Love LOVE the Cath Kidston frames Tracy! Probably expensive, but so lovely. I am going to look next time! That is a great idea for Lent! Thanks for sharing! Love you lots also. Happy week and huggles to to you, TJ and Luna! xoxo

  5. I've ready many Nicholas Sparks books and all of them have been so very good. I love the heart banner you've shown and puts mine to shame, but still it's better than nothing. It's so nice to see everything coming up hearts and flowers. February is sure to chase the gloomy days of winter away!

    1. It sure is Pam! I can’t wait! God bless! Xoxo

  6. Line of duty was good! So many dear and cute things here..the bags:)..guarland..the frames:)♥I had a similar knock off pair..and someone loved them because they were ME lookalikes and I gave them to her.
    Years ago..Funny I saw leggings for sale very CK..turquoise w/ pink flowers..I sent the pic to my fashion expert and she said yes if you are 8 or 80..not now LOL..
    oh lala..no buds in sight anywhere.

    1. Will the groundhog see his shadow Monique? Hopefully not! I miss groundhogs day over here! The biggest event here in February is Pancake Day! Anything ME has to be adorable! Xoxo

  7. Love those leather oxfords! I had a similar pair when I was about 12 yr old. Sigh!

    1. Very comfy Sandy! I have never had a pair, but would sure love a pair! Xoxo


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