Tuesday, 21 April 2020

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, April 21, 2020  

Outside my window ... 
Birds are singing.  The sky is blue. We are having one of the nicest Aprils ever. The weather would have been great for the children's visit.  Too bad  . . .  They would have been returning home today, had they been able to come. 

I am thinking ...
There is talk about letting the children go back to school in 3 weeks time.  WOULD YOU???  I don't think so!  We are still having daily death numbers in the hundreds. Yesterday 405.  And that's just the ones who die in hospital.  We know so little about this virus.  I don't think its safe to let our kids go back to school.

I am thankful for ...
Our NHS and other care workers, the garbage men, the grocery store clerks, the mailmen, everyone who is keeping our country going in these horrific times.  They are the heros. 

In the kitchen ...  

 A delicious Italian Lemon Cream Cake.  Wowsa! 

On my "to Cook" list ...  

The Vanilla Bean Blog. Whole Meyer Lemon Meringue Bars.  Wow!  

Good to know ...  

I am creating ... 


Anouk on Ravelry. I love this. Just inspiration only. 

Nanny Oops.  Its a little flower crocheted wih thread.  So cute!  

Thoresby Cottage.  Free Pattern.  

 Sweet Dreams Studio Art.  Knitted Baby onesie pattern. I wish I could knit this well.  

Hand Knitted Things.  Cats knitted pattern.  

I am reading ...  


Becoming Mrs Lewis, by Patti Callahan
A heart-rending historical romance, and a glimpse into the life of a writer Poet, atheist and communist, New Yorker Joy Gresham is an unconventional woman – and an unlikely partner for an English academic and theologian. And when she starts a correspondence with Narnia author C. S. Lewis, she isn't looking for love. Her own marriage crumbling, she seeks refuge in her work, and guidance from a writer she admires. 

But in Joy's letters Lewis discovers a kindred spirit, and an intellect to equal his own. Bonding over a shared love of literature and ideas, a deep connection is forged between the two. Embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, Joy travels from America to England and back again. Facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, against all the odds, the couple struggle to secure a love that will endure forever.

Joy Gresham was an American, married with two young sons in 1950, when she entered into a correspondence with C.S. Lewis, the already very well known author, scholar and theologian. In doing so she embarked upon a course of action that would change her whole life. In the exchange of letters she discovered a man who would make her feel a way that her alcoholic, cruel husband could never do.

Dreaming of ... 


Whimsical cups  . . . 


It takes a village  . . . 


Oh how I wish  . . . 



Love, love  . . .  LOVE . . . 


Pretty maids all in a row  . . .   

Makes me smile ... 

three little pugs  . . . 

Something to watch ... 


Netflix.  Can you imagine spending over 30 years in jail for a crime you didn't commit?  

A thought to carry with you ... 

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There are far far better things ahead
than any we leave behind  . . .
~C. S. Lewis  •。★★ 。* 。 

Corners of my kingdom ... 

Cornish coast- A sea of Yellow Gorse along the world famous shores at Kynance Cove. Located on the west side of the Lizard and probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall. THE NATIONAL TRUST continue to protect these coastal grasslands so future generations can enjoy a wander by the seaside many years to come.

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!  JUST STAY HOME ♥   Don't forget!   

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And I do too!     


  1. Gorgeous knitted things...I cannot knit at all...only crochet. I do admire knitting!! I am sorry you are missing the kids who would have come. Tis a bummer for sure!! Would I send the kids back to school now? No...my grandkids are getting more time with Mama and are learning things schools here do not teach...gardening for one!! They are STILL learning...just somewhat different ways. THAT is a good thing. Well, I homeschooled quite a few years...and thankfully my 3 did well...and all have jobs where they are still employed and paid, though home. VERY grateful for that!! One thing I do hope comes of all this mess, is that people start looking at what can be done to help children and parents be together more...and learn a larger variety of subjects!! I am not against school teachers, by the way, as many are in my kin plus I was in college for an education degree.
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. I know that there is a lot of pressure from some circles to get their kids back into school. Some parents are not enjoying having all their children home, etc. But there are just so many unknown factors about this virus Elizabeth. It might be a pain to be stuck in the house 24/7 with your kids, but at what cost to let them go back to school? I don't think the cost is worth the sanity. Mind you there are some parents who aren't bothering to keep their kids home anyways, letting them wander about freely. My son walked into his living room the other day to see his oldest son's best friend standing there. He had gone for a bike ride and decided to visit. The mind boggles! xoxo

  2. Good morning, Marie. I love that little blue knitted onesie. I can knit but I can't crochet. It would have been hard for you and Todd to say goodbye to your children today. On the bright side, you still have their visit to look forward to. We shopped yesterday and I was surprised as there was no line-up to get in, shelves were pretty well stocked, no line-up to pay, either. I bought beef liver to have for dinner tonight so I'm going to pop over to your blog and see if I can find a recipe. Enjoy the sunshine. Hugs and love, Elaine

    1. Oh how I wish I could knit like that Elaine. I would be knitting something for the new grand whether his parents wanted it or not! Ohhh sorry about beef liver lol. We don't eat it. At all. Its not a taste I ever acquired! Todd does enjoy liver, bacon and onions but only when we are out. LOL Just the smell of liver cooking makes me gag. One man's meat is surely another man's poison! Love and hugs, xoxo

    2. We don't have liver very often but once in awhile it's nice. I fried bacon, then onions, then the liver. It was quite tasty. We had it with carrots 🥕 that I had glazed with Dijon mustard and maple syrup. Hugs, Elaine

    3. Todd would have loved that Elaine. I guess we all have our likes and dislikes! I can't bring myself to eat kidney either! Although I do like chicken livers. Love and hugs, xoxo

  3. The little dress:)
    I hope your children get there very soon Marie.
    Thanks for the Neflix rec.
    Watching Waco.
    Did you watch The English game?
    Schools? Why now..2 months left..better safe than sorry.
    Daily horrific death numbers here too.

    1. WE have started to watch The English Game Monique. I am not totally bothered about the children. I am happy they are safe. It may yet still happen. I live in hope! I need to look for Waco! xoxo

  4. Our schools have been declared closed for the rest of the school year and I'm thankful for that I would had to send a child off to school at this point. We can only wait and see how it is in the fall, when schools here are supposed to open again. It's one day at a time for me. Every day is something new. I'm staying in as long as I can and haven't hat to go out yet thanks to my loving family.

    1. I think because our schools go until mid-August normally then break for summer, people are panicking a the thought of their kids missing so much school. I get that, but I would rather be safe than sorry! You are so blessed to have family that love you like that Pam! xoxo

  5. Our schools here in Pennsylvania/USA are closed for the rest of the school year, and I am so glad. Some want to re-open things too quickly, just my opinion. I am grateful for our state's governor who has shown more leadership than those above him. Again, my opinion.
    I am also grateful for your blog which is such an uplifting place to come I do love that little bird cup - and thanks for the sore throat tea recipe.
    I am sorry for what happened in your lovely Nova Scotia - your post was beautiful. A very special place.

    1. Thanks so much Mary. My heart breaks for America and what it is going through. Its been a long four years. I hope thtings sort themselves out more sooner than later. I do love that bird cup but have never seen one in real life. If I did I would try to snatch it up! xoxo


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