Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


 FOR TODAY, February 18, 2020 

Outside my window...
I am a bit later getting started this morning, so the sun is already appearing on the horizon.  Its windy and cold this morning. 

I am thinking ... 
I have a poorly doggie this morning. She is not acting like herself. I hope she starts to feel better soon.  😢 

I am thankful for ...
The gift of another day. 

In the kitchen ...  

Turkey Parmesan Meatballs.  Seriously yummilicious.  

On my "To Cook" list ...  

The Cosy Cook.  Baked Potato Slices.  These look really decadent.  

Good to know ...  

 I am creating ...  


Franna Pitt on Ravelry.  Remote Control Caddy. Knitted.  

Yarnspirations.  Free pattern.  

Pops de Milk.  Tissue Cosy.  Whale.  

Art Journalist.  How to sort and organize paper Ephermera.  

What's on my Porch.  How to make a journal out of blank cards. 

I am reading ...  

City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert  
It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses. 

Exile in New York is no exile at all: here in this strange wartime city of girls, Vivian and her girlfriends mean to drink the heady highball of life itself to the last drop. And when the legendary English actress Edna Watson comes to the Lily to star in the company's most ambitious show ever, Vivian is entranced by the magic that follows in her wake. But there are hard lessons to be learned, and bitterly regrettable mistakes to be made. Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new. 

 'At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is,' she confides. And so Vivian sets forth her story, and that of the women around her – women who have lived as they truly are, out of step with a century that could never quite keep up with them. 

I have only just begun this. 

Dreaming About ...  

Pussy Willows  . . .  did you gather them when you were a child? 


Crazy Quilt Embroidery . . .  


Sigh  . . .  can you imagine? 

Except for the wine  . . .  a long hot bubbly soak  . . . 


Windowbox, shutters . . .  ivy  . . . .

Something to watch ...

Love is Blind on Netflix.  I'm hooked  . . . 

A thought to carry with you  ... 

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The happiest people 
are the givers,
not the takers •。★★ 。* 。 

Corners of my kingdom ... 


We have the most interesting tree in our back yard.  Its a kind of a willow. This is a magpie sitting in it.  I took this the other day. I thought it was a cool picture  . . .  

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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Have a beautiful day!  Don't forget!   

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And I do too!    


  1. Good morning, Marie. I've always loved pussy willows. One day I hope to have a pretty gray cat and I would call her Willow. It's still dark here. It snowed overnight and is, in fact, still snowing. I'm supposed to have coffee with three friends this morning. The little bakery and cafe we chose is a 1/2 hour drive away so we shall see what the weather is like in a few hours. At this age and stage of my life I'd rather not be out in bad weather. I'm sure we could reschedule although when one of us works 2 days a week and one has a standing obligation on a third day that just leaves us Tuesday or Wednesday to choose from. I'm drinking Ovaltine and eating a toasted bagel with peanut butter. That should due me till we decide if our outing is a go. Well, off to have my bath. It won't be quite as pretty as the one pictured but it will be lovely and warm on a cold, wintery day in mid-February. Take gentle care. How is your friend that was ill? Better, I hope. Hugs, Elaine

    1. I thought I had replied to this but instead I just added a brand new comment! (See below!) Sorry Elaine! xo

  2. Hi Elaine! Good morning! You seem to get more snow near the end of Winter these days in Canada than at the beginning! I know they have had Green Christmas's several years in a row now! That is the one thing I don't miss about Canada, the snow and having to clear off, shovel out and get around in it! I hope you are able to get out and have a lovely time with your friends today! My friend Tina, I think that must be who you are asking about is back driving now. There are a few on-going problems, but overall she is doing very well! Thank you so much for asking! Love and hugs, xoxo

  3. I believe your tree is a corkscrew willow, also known as a tortured willow or curly willow.

    1. Thanks Raquel. All of those names seem suitable! I hate to think of a tortured tree, but it is pretty creepy looking without its leaves! xoxo

  4. Yes..I was going to say Curly Willow..I have never ever seen such a large one..oh the branches are gorgeous in floral arrangements.I tried growing one from a cutting maybe 15 yrs ago..a gift from a QC friend..to no avail.
    It's snowing again here too..unusual ..sooo much..we did have this much a few yrs ago..I am always taking pics..so I can see looking back:)
    Lots of cute things..hope M feels better..

    1. I never thought of using branches in floral arrangments. This is HUGE it is easily 25 feet tall now. Snow snow go away! You must be thinking that by now! You will soon be elbows deep in your garden Monique. Harvesting garlic, and all sorts. Mitzie is feeling much better now thanks! I hate it when she is not well! xoxo

  5. Crazy quilts are a work of art, aren't they? My husband's grandma was a master at this, though being they are not washable, we passed on keeping any ourselves. Lots of lovely ideas here as you always do...thank you!
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. My father's mother made a beautiful one. It was left to my sister. Mom had it for years and years. Love and hugs to you. xoxo

  6. Hi Marie~

    Wow, what a gorgeous photo of your tree, you should frame it, seriously!

    We used to cut Pussy Willows, we had a Pussy Willow tree right outside of our back door when I was growing up. They remind me of Spring, which is not making an appearance here!

    I love the idea of a junk journal or art journal, I even have the book that I want to start it in...now I need to find the motivation. I love the bees on this one!

    Poor Mitzie, I hope she is feeling better, lots of love for her today :0(

    Your book sounds interesting! I promised myself that I would read more, but I haven't done it...maybe after we get Taylor off to New Zealand!

    Hope your Tuesday is a good one. I am off to have lunch with a friend that I haven't had lunch with for 20 years!

    Love you sweet friend! XOXO

    Hugs and Love,

    1. Thanks Barb! It is an unusual tree for sure. Thank goodness Mitzie is all back to normal now. Whew! I hate it when she is ill.! You must be so proud of Taylor. Your family will be receiving so many blessings from this sacrifice! I hope you enjoyed your lunch out with your friend! Love and hugs, oxox

  7. Glad to see your baby is feeling better. I hate it when they cannot tell us what is wrong. I used to have a pussy willow tree and got excited every spring when the pussy returned.. A true harbinger of spring.

  8. Hi, Marie! Somehow, I'm slow to catching up, again... But better late than never--LOL! I'll try not to apologize! ;) Oh, my... Hope Mitize is feeling better soon, that it's nothing serious! How CUTE is that beehive tea cosy--wow! I sometimes miss painting and doing paper art, but I'm OK with it now... less to organize. Yarn is my main gig now...One thing makes life easier. ;) Hope you're having a good week, my friends... LOVE YOU LOTS! ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  9. Thanks Pam! It is hard not knowing what it wrong! Pussy willows are the true harbinger of spring along with the North American Robin. Here it is the bumble bee! xoxo


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