Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday this and that . . .

The day before yesterday I tried to do some painting, but had to give up in frustration.  I said to Todd, my eyes feel really blurry and I can't quite seem to focus on the page  . . .  thought my eyes were just tired, but then yesterday morning when I got up and was coming down the stairs, I thought I saw something flicker in my right eye, and then by mid-morning, I knew I had suffered another Posterior Vitreous Detatchment, in my right eye this time because I had the flickering and a floater the size of the planet earth which had me ducking and diving because I kept thinking something was flying at me.  They said this would probably happen when I had the first one. Not happy about it, but its supposed to be quite common in near sighted people over the age of 50. I just have to keep an eye on it (no pun intended) and make sure my retina doesn't detach.

What is is that Rosanna, Rosanna Danna used to say???
It's always something

I used to love Gilda Radner.  She was just the best.  Her characters were always so endearing. What a comic genius she was.


It left me feeling a bit blue however  . . . a bit boo hoo, woe is me and so I decided to lose myself in work and I went to town on our kitchen cabinets. That is the best time for me to tackle big jobs like that, because I am totally ruthless. Everything goes that isn't nailed down and I have no qualms about getting rid of stuff we have not used and are not using.  I emptied them all  washed them inside and out, and filled two garbage bags with stuff that was either out of date, or that I had been sent, andI just hadn't been able to use, or that I knew I was never going to use.  I had containers filled with stuff I had brought back from Canada last time and hadn't used because I was hoarding it and now it was unusable actually . . .  like St. Hubert sauce mixes. Why do I do that?  Buy stuff and then let it sit there until its unusable.  I don't want to use it because I don't know when I will ever be able to get some again, and then   . . .  I can't use it because it is out of date or rancid.  What a dummy I am sometimes.  Anyways, we have nice clean cupboards now. 

I need to have one of those moods and get all medieval on
my craft room one of these days.

I got the most beautiful card from my Sister for my birthday yesterday.  It just brought tears to my eyes.  We may not always see eye to eye on some things, but we have always had each others backs.

This is us in about 1961.  She would be three and I six. We were very close growing up.  We hit a few bumps in our teenage years (who doesn't!) but she has always been my best friend and will always be my best friend.  We don't agree politically or religiously-speaking, but I love the bones off her and she me.  I think she is amazing, and so smart.  I hate that she struggles from time to time with stuff, and I wish that I could magic wand her struggles away. She means everything to me and I hope that she knows that.  We don't talk nearly often enough these days.  There was a time when we used to talk for a couple of hours every morning.  Before we both had to go out to work and life changed drastically  . . .  I miss those talks.   


She has always been my voice of reason in a world 
where people just tell you what they think 
you want to hear


Yesterday was Granny Square Day 2017 and I shared one of the granny squares I have been making for my lap blanket.  I have 22 squares done for it now. They are each about 6 inches square.  I think I need about 36 squares.  It's 100% wool and I love the colours.  It should keep my lap nice and warm come the Winter months.  I need to be careful not to shrink it.   I have a habit of doing that with stuff that is wool . . . I did it to a couple of Todd's sweaters.  Bad me . . .  

There was a point yesterday, when that black thing was flying in front of my eye, and I was scrubbing my cupboards . . . where I seriously considered stopping everything.  I was just feeling really down in the dumps . . .  what with not hearing from my kids on my Birthday and then my mom forgetting it was my Birthday. I knew it wasn't her fault, her memory is so poor these days . . . but it just made me really, really sad . . . I am so afraid she is going to forget who I am. And my son in law had messaged me, and eventually my oldest son did the day after, and then last night when I was sleeping our Eileen did. (she must have figured out the wifi password at her other grandmothers).  I was really feeling woe is me though.   I had a bazillion birthday wishes on FB and here, and they were fabulously wonderful  . . .  but I would have given them all up to just have my kids remember me, and when they didn't . . . I had some very feeling sorry for myself moments.  Then when my eye blew yesterday I really felt sorry for myself and thought . . .  I need to take a break from all of this.  I need to go away for a while and just lick my wounds . . .  

But then, I thought about how wonderful you all are, always.  How supportive and how caring, and I thought I cannot give this up.  Not ever.  These people, YOU . . .  mean too much to me and you are always there for me, always.   And so I kicked my sorry arse (Todd says that is a swear word, but I promise it isn't.) and I got back on the horse, and left my pity party behind.  I have ever so much to be grateful for.   

I am loved by so very many special people.
I need to remember that and
to heck with the

I need to remember that
it could always, always
always be

And count my blessings of which YOU are one.
Pity party over

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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•。★★ 。* 。
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 *.˛.° ˛°To say I am made in the image of God
is to say Love is the reason for my existance,
for God is love.
Love is my true identy . . . 
Love is my true character.
~Thomas Merton .° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ • 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  the ultimate in Comfort Food . . .  Cheese on Toast.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  (How did it get to be Wednesday already???)  Don't forget!

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And I do too!


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, August 15. 2017

Outside my window ...
It's perfectly light and the skies are clear.  The internet has been giving me the run around this morning so I am really late starting. Have rebooted the router and whatnot I don't know how many times! Frustrating!

I am thinking ...
In my dreams I never arrive at my destination.  No matter where I am trying to go.  It is always about the journey and the travel bits, but never, ever do I get where I am headed.  I wonder if that means anything. 
In the kitchen ...

 Easy Burger Buns.  I have become a bread baking person.  These buns turned out great!

On my "To Cook" list ...

Chiliquiles.  The other night on the Gilmore Girls they kept talking about Chiliquiles.  It piqued my interest. Now I want to try it.  From Lady Behind the Curtain.  I love Mexican . . . I think these are a type of Nacho . . . 

Good to know ...

I am creating ... 


Wash Cloth Teddy Bear Tutorial, from The Whoot


Microwavable Heat Packs . . . from How to Build It.  


Travel Duffle Bag Sewing Pattern.  From Studio Cherie on Etsy. I really, really like this.


Folded Paper Stars. From Birch and Button. 


Remembrance Day Poppies. Emma Leith Tellier.  Still give money to the poppy appeal however.  They need the financial support for our Veterans.

I am reading ... 

Before The Storm, by Diane Chamberlain
Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special.

Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.

Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.

But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.

I have loved every Diane Chamberlain book I have read, and so far I am loving this one too.

I am looking forward to ...
Finally seeing my book in print.  It seems to be taking a long time. I am hoping it will be worth it.  Originally they had said the end of May.  I guess I will have to trust in that old idiom about Good Things coming to those who wait!  Patience is a Virtue and all that!

Dreaming about ...

The lavendar fields of Provence  . . . 


Vintage linens  . .  white on white, crisp and startched . . . 

Crochet lace trims  . . . 


Having a pantry  . . . 

Vintage lining paper for shelves . . . 

Something to Watch ...


Jane Eyre, 2011 version.  We watched this last night.  Very good.  Very dark.  Lots of atmosphere and beautiful things  . . . 

A quote for the day ...
  `*.¸.*´Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸. •´¸.•~♥♥♥~•. ~ ღϠ₡ღ¸. ✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.
              ( ¸. ❀⁀ ⋱‿✿“` * .¸.* ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ..
 Wherever you are is my home  . . . 
            My only home.
                 ~Jane Eyre  •~♥♥♥~•. ~ ღϠ₡ღ¸. ✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.

Makes me smile ...

Flowers and raindrops . . .  flowers from Doreen . . .  the thought cheers my heart.

Corners of my kingdom ...


Todd and Mitzie at Conniston Water in the Lake District  . . . seems like forever ago  . . . 

And that's my daybook for this week!

  ⋱ ⋮ ⋰
⋯ ◯ ⋯ 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!! 


Monday, 14 August 2017

Small and Wonderful Things . . .


"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard

A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best. 

First of all I want to thank from the very bottom of my heart, everyone who took the time to wish me a Happy Birthday.  Here, on FB, privately, via the post, etc.  I felt the love of each and every one of you and it meant the world to me.  I never ever take these things for granted.  So many that I am not able to wish each one individually a thankyou, so I hope you will forgive me and accept my group thanks.  God bless you every one.  You helped to make my day very special indeed! ♥♥♥

 The sunshine stayed out all day yesterday.  It is raining this morning, but yesterday it stayed sunny. It did get a bit overcast towards the end of the day.  But no complaints here! 

Cold Pizza for breakfast.  I am blessed.  Had it hot for supper last night and cold this morning.  Life is good.


Ibuprofen. I take two each morning, 400mg each and they help to get me through the day painwise.  They make it tolerable.  I hate that I have to do this, but I am very grateful that I can and that it works. 

The abundance of blackberries in the garden.  They seem to grow like weeds.  We have two (exactly) plums and two (exactly) apples on our tree, quite a few pears and a ton of blackberries.  I am going to try to make blackberry curd.  Wish me luck!


I seem to have found my bread baking mojo!  Since my successful loaf a couple of weeks ago I have baked another perfect loaf and I have even made burger buns, successfully!  I am very happy about that.  Now I am going to tackle a whole wheat loaf.  Crossing my fingers on that! I hope it works out as well as the white loaves have!  Maybe I will use that same basic recipe and just add a bit of whole wheat flour at a time, each week, until I have it perfected.  We will see! 


Although I woke up a bazillion times last night, I never actually had to physically get up, so was able to fall back to sleep quickly each time.  I seem to wake up at least three times each night.  I know because each time I do, I look at the clock.  Its usually about every couple of hours. I only ever very rarely sleep all the night through without waking.  Last night it seemed that it took me a long time to fall asleep and then I was awake every hour on the hour, but at least I never felt the need to get up to go to the bathroom or anything so I fell back asleep within seconds. 

I am not sure why that happens.

I have a great son in law.  Tom is Amanda's husband.  The other day my daughter Eileen messaged me from Amanda's place where she had stayed overnight on her way to PEI.  Tom was making her an omelet for her breakfast.  Amanda had gone for a run. My daughter is so very lucky to have a husband who is caring and who goes out of his way to do things so that she can do things.  He helps her to be the best she can be and that is a good husband.  He also goes out of his way to do small and simple things like wish me a Happy Mother's Day or Birthday on their behalf. He doesn't even really know me.  I think I have met him maybe two or three times, but he still makes the effort to do the right thing.  That speaks volumes to me of the man that he is. I love Tom because he loves my daughter, and he loves my grandchildren and I know that he is a good, good man who makes an effort to do the right things.

I have so many things in my life to be grateful for.
Reasonably good health, a good man who loves me,
children who are healthy and happy,
family who loves and care about me,
lots of really sweet friends,
a good roof over my head,
food in my belly,
and plenty of

What more could anyone want or need!!!

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.° ˛If you look the right way you can see
that the whole world is a garden.
~Frances Hodgson Burnett  •。★★ 。* 。 


In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Chicken & Bacon Caesar Melts.  Seriously tasty.

Have a great week.  I hope it is filled abundantly with small and wonderful things!  Don't forget along the way!

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And I do too!  


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Today . . .

Today is my day and I am going to live every moment of it.  Its 20 past six and I've already said my prayers, read my scriptures, played my game, checked my e-mail, checked my facebook, done my twitter and instagram and here I am talking to you.  Sounds like the start of a good day.

It looks like it is going to be a sun shiny beautiful day.  Mind you over here in the UK, that can change in a few minutes, but for now, the skies have only a few clouds in them and they are a brilliant blue. 


These are my favourite kind of clouds.  Fluffy ones.  Nice and white, with just a few shadows to make the white bits even prettier.  Thank you God. 


I so wanted to stay up late enough to see meteor showers last night, but alas . . .  I am so NOT a night owl, and so I slept right through them, but Mr Man in the Moon hung around long enough to wish me a Happy Day this morning.  Thank you Mr Man in the Moon!

I have a pot of water coming to the boil on the stove . . .  because this is what I am having for breakfast. 


Kraft Mac and Cheese 

Coz you only turn 62 once.
And I love

And I will eat it with my favourite fork because I have one of those.  A favorite fork.  Its heavier than the others. I like it.

Marks and Spencers sent me a gift this morning.  I got to pick two of my favourite offers.  That doesn't happen every day.  So I have to spend some money to get it.  That's ok.  I don't mind.  The thought is what counts, right?  ♥

Todd brought me a ring sizer home from town yesterday and I know what size I need and so I ordered my ring.  Yes, I went for the cross one. I couldn't find the crown. That's okay, I don't need a crown to prove I'm a princess.  

 We've had lots of belly rubs and will have a few more when I get done here.  I love early morning belly rubs.  They're the best. ☺


I get to go to church today and partake of the Sacrament.  Its not every birthday that you get to do that. Only the ones that fall on a Sunday.  So today is extra special because of that!  Yay!   

When I get home from church I'm going to call my mom.  I have talked to my mom on every birthday since I was born.  That is 62 times.  What a special blessing that is!  God is good!

I'm going to get takeaway pizza for supper.  I love pizza and I love takeaway pizza. Mostly because I don't have to make it myself.  If I was at home in Nova Scotia, I would order it from my cousin Hal's place, Pizza Factory (Middleton, Nova Scotia just in case you are interested Its the best.)  I am not home in Nova Scotia, so I will order it from Papa Johns in Chester, because they deliver.  I know its a Sunday and I shouldn't be doing that, but  . . . today I am going to make an exception.

Tonight I am going to watch the Season 3 Finale of Poldark.  It's not every birthday you get to spend time with Ross and Demelza Poldark either.  What a bonus! 

And I get to do all this and more with him.  What a lucky girl I am.  God IS good! 

62 is going to be a truly "Banner" year! 

I just hope I don't tire him out too much!


So grate for my Heavenly Father and all that He blesses me with.

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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•。★★ 。* 。
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˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.° ˛°Do not regret growing older,
it is a priviledge denied to many
~unknown .° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ • 


In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Lemon Drizzle Zucchini Loaf.  So tasty!

Have a beautiful Sunday.  Hope it is extra special for you.  Don't forget! 

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And I do too!