Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY, February 3, 2015

Outside my window ...
It's dark and cold.   Winter has come very late, but it has come.   With a vengeance in a lot of places I think.  My son told me yesterday that they have six foot snow banks in Fredericton!

I am thinking ...
Someone pushed a box of Malteasers through our mailbox last night and rang the doorbell.   I was like who did that?   It was a very kind gesture and everyone in the house has enjoyed.   Thanks so much!  Random acts of kindness . . .  the best.

I am thankful ...
That somebody thinks enough of us to treat us to a box of Malteasers!!

In the Kitchen ...
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Easy Pot Roast.  This was so good.

On My "To Cook" list ...

 Gratineed Pineapple from Wives with Knives.   This looks so good and refreshing.

I am creating ...

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My pile of Raggedys in various stages of creation.  One left to put together.  Three left to embroider.  Six to paint the legs/stockings/eyes on.   Six outfits to sew.  Six hairs to put on, etc.

Pom Pom Valentine Monsters from Crafts Unleashed.  So cute!

These flowers are just beautiful.  They are made from Paper.  Found on What a Beautiful Mess.

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Blooming Heart Lollipops from Pottery Barn Kids.

I am going ...
This is Stake Temple Week and I think we are going to go to the Temple on Thursday.  That's our goal anyways, alot depends on the weather.

I am reading ...

 Amy and Isabelle, by Elizabeth Strout

Isabelle Goodrow has been living in self-imposed exile with her daughter Amy for 15 years. Shamed by her past and her affair with Amy's father she has submerged herself in the routine of her dead-end job and her unrequited love for her boss. But when Amy, frustrated by her quiet and unemotional mother, embarks on an illicit affair with her maths teacher, the disgrace intensifies the shame Isabelle feels about her own past. Throughout one long, sweltering summer as the events of the small town ebb and flow around them Amy and Isabelle exist in silent conflict until a final act leads ultimately to the understanding they both crave.

This is a book by the same author of Olive Kitteridge.  I enjoyed that so I thought I would read another one of hers.  Actually this is the first novel she had published.  So far it is quite good.  I want to pick another Inspector Gamache novel to read also.  I really enjoyed the first one!

I am hoping ...
I'm hoping we have really good weather on Thursday!

Makes me smile ...
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How can you not smile at this?

I am learning ...
How to relax.   I have this little book called The Little Book of Mindfulness, by Dr Patrizia Collard.  It's filled with 5 and 10 minute relaxation exercises.

Around the house ...

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I just love the colour of this paint.  It's called Mink.

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How to remove calcium buildup from Two Twenty One.
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Step by Step, how to Stencil Furniture.  Found on Debbie Doos.

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How to get organized in a small house from The Inspired Room.

I am pondering ...
I try hard to let things go . . .  but every once in a while something happens and the past rears up it's ugly hurtful head again.   I wonder if I will ever be able to totally let things just go . . .

A Favourite Quote for the day ...
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"I never see any home cooking.  All I get is fancy stuff."
~Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

Perhaps I should invite him for supper?   I'll knock him up a cottage pie.

One of my favourite things ...
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White on white embroidery.   Especially on linens.

A peek into my day ...
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I enjoy a nice cup of herbal tea.   The red berry ones are my favourites.  Although I do like a good mint one now and again.   Lemon and Ginger too.

 And that's my day book for this week!
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   ⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small*´¯`.¸¸.☆
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Wherever you go and whatever you do I hope there's a wonderful day planned for you! 

Don't forget . . .

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And I do too!


  1. Hi, Marie! VERY fun with the "gift" of candy! :o) The naked Raggedys look like they're sleeping while waiting for new clothes. Those pom pom monsters are sooo cute!! And LOVE those paper flowers! White-on-white embroidery is my fave--*BIG SWOON*... Fun your idea sending Prince Phillip a cottage pie--LOL! Things past are some of the hardest to release... it's not always easy, sometimes depending on the level of hurt. All we can do is try... and pray. :o) Wish we could have tea together--tea and a HUG!! Happy week, my friend ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  2. I am pleased that someone pushed those chocolates through the door. How sweet. Thank you for the ideas you have shared. That pillowslip is adorable. I wish I was happy enough with my own sewing to attempt that.

    God bless.

  3. Surprises like your candy is so very nice. I got a surprise yesterday as one of my sons let me know they are expecting their 6th child, my 22nd grandchild, this summer. What a surprise that was and such a blessing too. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday.

  4. Thanks Tracy! I wonder what Prince Philip would do if presented with a Cottage Pie? Interesting thought. I wish we could have tea together too! Happy days! love and hugs. xoxo

  5. Suzan, it was a really pleasant surprise! We all smiled! xoxo

    Oh how wonderful Pam! Congratulations! You certainly have a beautifully full quiver of grandchildren. What a blessing for sure! xoxo

  6. How "sweet"~ The mailbox gift..How charming the slot in the door..we would have to block it in winter w/ our winds and minuses..
    -15 this am.
    Lovely ideas..but the pile of dolls is my fave..pic and all:)
    You must be having fun!

  7. We are supposed to be getting new doors and windows Monique. I think I am going to have a red door! If am having fun. Creating anything from a pile of ingredients or materials is always fun! Xxoo

  8. I just love everything you find to wite about Marie. Your imagination knows no bounds....I do hope that you get your new windows and doors I woudl like a red door and failing that a really shiny black one...indtead I have a boring glass door !!...
    Been a nice day down here after the shock of finding a covering of snow when I got up...Lyn very kindly got to work and got sand and salt down on teh path to teh car and won the steep slope to the road...where thankfully the gritters had been and gritted early....We went to Sing and Smile which was as usual fun and this afternon we had bible study which I rename christian chat ! as we never seem to stick to the point and we all go of in a tangent !!! Anyway now away to watch Emerdale...

  9. What a nice gesture someone did for you and Todd. Was it Billy maybe??? Or one of the ladies from RS??? Heee! It's fun to think who would do it for you.
    I love the picture of the pile of Raggedys. Good shot. They look really nice too. Great job so far. I like to think of you sitting there happily stitching away while pondering the mysteries of life. Haa! As usual, you have great idea listed. Love them all! Big hugs! xoxo

  10. Sybil,, so happy you were still able to get out and about!! Sing and Smile sounds like fun! We used to do a Bible study in our home when we were down South that was a lot of fun. You learn so much more bouncing your thoughts off each other. It's pretty special! xoxo

    WE have a glass door now Monique. I cannot wait to get rid! I don't feel safe with it. xxoo

    I know Valerie. I think maybe it might have been the YW? I will probably never know" Yesterday I was painting legs and shoes! xxoo

  11. See, now you HAVE to be really nice to EVERYONE around you since they may be the person responsible for delivering your treats. ;-)

  12. Aha, it's a good thing I am already Valerie! xx


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