Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, May 12, 2020  

Outside my window ... 
Its beautiful and sunny with clear blue skies.  Chilly though. God sure has been good giving us all this lovely sunshine! 

I am thinking ... 
Yesterday it dawned on me. Not a lot has changed for me during this lockdown, with the exception of two things. I no longer can go out grocery shopping and I can't go to church.  I really am a homebody. 

I am thankful for ...
That in my whole lifetime, this is the worst thing I have experienced. I've been really blessed to have grown up in a time of peace and prosperity, with enough of everything I needed to survive. 

In the kitchen ...  

Tuna Pot Pie.  This was really delicious!

On my "to Cook" list ...  

Inspired by Monique, Shockingly Easy No Knead Foccaccia.  From Bon Appetit. 

Good to know ... 

I am creating ... 


Victoria on Ravelry.  Mini baskets made with granny squares.  What a brilliant idea! 


Yukka on Ravelry.  Cherry Pie Scarf.  

Blossom Jar. How to knit a facecloth.  

So Very Crafty.  How to make a closet safe.

e-How.  DIY Aprons from shirts.  

I am reading ...  

The Gown, by Jennifer Robson. 
The Gown is an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century - Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown - and the fascinating women who made it.

 London, 1947: Besieged by a harsh winter, burdened by shortages and rationing, the people of post-war Britain are suffering despite their nation's recent victory. For Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell, a glimmer of brightness comes in the form of their unlikely friendship and being chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honour: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown.

Toronto, 2016: Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved nan, who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her nan's connection to the celebrated textile artist and Holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?

With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created to tell a story of women whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

Dreaming of ... 

Fresh peaches  . . . 


Pretty tins  . . . 

Love bird bracelets  . . . 

Cats in hats  . . . 


Frothy cherry blossom drinks  . . . 

Something to watch ... 

A great romantic comedy with the quintessential couple, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks  . . . 

A thought to carry with you ... 

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I used to be afraid of the dark
until I learned that I am a light,
and the dark is afraid of me. •。★★ 。* 。 

Corners of my kingdom ... 

Daily Study  . . . 

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 ♥  Be safe and don't forget!   

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And I do too!    


  1. Loved the Cherry Pie 🍒 Scarf and the knitted face-cloths. And where did you ever find the cat in the hat with the big silver bell? And the clever little apron and closet safe. So many good 💡 ideas! I should choose one and just do it! Have a good day. Stay safe. Hugs and love, Elaine

    1. It helps to stay busy Elaine! I think so anyways. I just adore that scarf and think I will knit me one for Winter! Love and hugs. xoxo

  2. Hi, Marie! As always... sooo HAPPY to visit here and catch up with you! :) Like you, not a lot has changed for me/us during the lockdown. We're at home a lot, and TJ has long had opportunities for home office days, and being interovert too--we were almost made for such times... haha! ;) But seriously, we are blessed, and have been doing well, keeping safe, and coping good. Restrictions are easing up here, but life will continue it this safe, slow way for a good while yet... :/ I saw your tuna pot pie on you IG--great idea! Lots of FUN things here today. That closet safe is a great idea... an so it the upcycled shirt apron! Your current reading sounds really good! LOVE that silver bird bracelet... *SWOON*... And how pretty is that frothy latte with pink blossoms--how DID they do that??! "You've Got Mail"--oh, that is a good rom/com classic now, isn't it?! Haven't watched that in ages... Hope you all have a good week there, and continuing to keep well and safe! LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH!! :))) OXOXOXOX

    1. Always nice to see you here Tracy and I am so happy you and TJ are doing so well. My brother is in the computer Industry and has been able to work from home all this while also. He often does anyways. Love you muchly also! xoxo

  3. Did you watch Phantom Thread with Daniel Day Lewis? Your book made me think of that..My life has not changed either except family wise..and groceries..and I guess soon the garden centre..will have to see..the focaccia I omitted brushing butter and adding garlic after the bake.I liked it just so:)
    Lots of pretty thing Marie..Thank goodness for crafts and such..had this happened 10 yrs ago..or 11 I may have felt differently.But I had a personal lockdown 10 yrs ago..which paved the way..to all this..Out of this world happening.

    1. Oh I have not seen that film, but it looks very good. I will watch out for it. I like Daniel Day Lewis. We are truly living in a strange world at the moment and for how long . . . perhaps forever. I don't know, but I don't think there will be an easy fix to this one. Love and hugs, xoxo

  4. Some here are saying we would have done better following Sweden's example...the herd immunity thing. I remember when I was young, the moms would purposely expose their kids to chickenpox, mumps, measles etc...there was no shots, so that was how one got immunity. Seemed to work well. My older 2 got such a mild case of chickenpox, I was not totally sure it was that...and then again, as teenagers (when my 5 yr old got them) and THEN they were so awfully sick!! I guess I should have exposed the older 2 by school age, purposely. I am wondering if indeed this virus will now come around again in this country because the youngers have not developed the herd immunity for us. I see the reason for us oldies to stay home...hubby and I are home the huge majority of the time anyway...but I do not see the sense for the youngers. And also reading more of those who got the 2 drugs, ones already being in use, plus zinc and recovered...some docs using it have not lost a single patient. Seems those with successes should have more say!! But then, isn't that how it always is? Often those with the most wisdom are ignored. Well, we have missed our hugs with our granddaughter and she with us...she would run and throw herself into our arms...but cannot now...we only see them at least 6 feet away. Sad...probably make for sad memories for the little ones especially!! Take care...hope you and yours stay well!!
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. I don't know what the answer is Elizabeth. Its all very scary to me. I try not to be afraid, but I am . I can't help it. Love and hugs and stay well wishes! xoxo

  5. Oh, I think I will watch that lovely movie again. As always I love the crocheted items. Then your dream ones were sweet. I do love peaches, so I can't wait for that season. I hope we get some good one.
    The Book sounds unique and a mystery in a way too.
    Yup! Stuck home except for groceries, medications. I hate the no church thing, but I love our precious sacred sacrament meetings with just the two of us.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way dear friends!

    1. I hate the no church thing as well LeAnn, but we have had some very precious spiritual experiences we would not have otherwise. God is good. Love and hugs and blessings to you and Roger. xoxo


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