Tuesday, 20 November 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, November 20, 2018

Outside my window ...
Its dark and cold, but dry. All the trees are looking very barren now, having dropped their leaves for the most part, looking like black scars upon a grey leaden sky.  It is hard to believe that we are only a little more than a month away from Christmas, and like every other year. I am not prepared in the least.  That's me! 

I am thinking ...
About all the people in the world that are suffering at the moment, for one reason or another, through no fault of their own.  My heart breaks at all of the sadness, the need, the pain and the suffering. And I know it is going to get worse. There are days when I want the Saviour to come now. 

In the kitchen ...

Honeyed Tomato Soup 

Honeyed Tomato Soup from my new book, served with star shaped cheese and bacon toasties. 

On my "To Cook" list ... 

Instant Pot Classic Pot Roast, from the people at Betty Crocker.  I don't use my pressure cooker often enough and this looks really tasty.  

Good to know ... 

Complete guide to laundry labels. 

I am creating ...


Lion Brand.  Free pattern for Poppy Flower.  For next year. I really like this one.

We all Sew.  Fabric Tortilla Warmer, that is microwave safe.  Free pattern.  

Happiest Camper Homestead.  Free pattern for a washcloth soap holder.   

No source, but how hard can this be. Glue a saucer to a tea cup and presto chango, you have a unique and pretty pillar candle holder. 

Sublime Reflection.  Dutch Door Bullet Journal.  I love this.

Oh my Goodness ... 

One of my weaknesses  . . .  but I try not to eat it very often. Its so, so, so good. 

I am reading ...

The Girl in the Photograph, by Kate Riordan

When Alice Eveleigh arrives at Fiercombe Manor during the long, languid summer of 1933, she finds a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. Sadness permeates its empty rooms and the isolated valley seems crowded with ghosts, none more alluring than Elizabeth Stanton whose only traces remain in a few tantalisingly blurred photographs. Why will no one speak of her? What happened a generation ago to make her vanish?

As the sun beats down relentlessly, Alice becomes ever more determined to unearth the truth about the girl in the photograph - and stop her own life from becoming an eerie echo of Elizabeth's . . .

 Just starting this.

Looking Forward to ...
Missionary Elders for dinner on Friday, Plas Hafod Ladies meal on Thursday.  Dentist today, Missionary correlation tomorrow. Thanksgiving.  Its a busy week!

Dreaming about ...

Christmas tea cups  . . . 

Dainty bed jackets   . . . 


Monogrammed cardigans  . . . 

Cath Kidston roses  . . .  


Snowman tea lights  . . . 

Something to watch ... 

The Book Club . . . 

Makes me smile ... 


Three red heads  . . . 

A quote for the day ... 

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Do not judge my story
by the chapter you
walked in on  . . . •。★★ 。* 。 

Be kind, think kind thoughts, give others the benefit of the doubt . . . repeat.

Corner's of my kingdom ... 

Birthplace of Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was born in this house, 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth (formerly known as 1 Mile End Terrace) on 7th February 1812.

And that's my daybook for this week!

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  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆ 

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Have a beautiful day!  Don't forget!  

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And I do too!    



  1. Hi Marie, lovely day post and unfortunately I too could eat baklava till it comes out of my ears!

    I've impressed myself this year with my Christmas organisation, I was determined to have it all done by the end of November and I'm on track, can't believe it!

    So pleased Todd will get his eyes sorted before Christmas, I bet he can't wait till it's over and done with.

    London was hard work, as usual, but at least Christian was speaking to us!

    What a busy week ahead you've got, enjoy yourself but don't overdo it! Lot's of love xxx

    1. Oh, I am so pleased that Christian was speaking to you! I was praying that he would! Yay! You are so smart being on track like you are. Every year I say I am going to and then I let myself down! Its mostly financial. I don't have the financial freedom to do what I want when I want. Its bit by bit! Love and hugs to you! xoxo

  2. Hi, Marie! It is much the same here... cold, all the leaves down, darker days. It takes a little readjusting too after summer! And like you, I'm not very far along with Christmas preparations either... LOL! Until Advent starts, I just can't seem to do like others with much advanced Christmas preparations... Your tomato soup looks soo good and comforting--perfect autumn food! What a clever this is that tortilla warmer! We like soft tacos a lot, so that would be handy to have. How sweet is that teacup/sauces candle holder--great idea! Ooo... baklava--dangerously good...mmm...You read such interesting book. I always enjoy seeing what you're reading! Happy week, my friend... LOVE YOU HEAPS!! :))) ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

    1. Its actually quite frigid today Tracy! Brrrr... we will need our woolies on when we go out for sure! I love soft Tacos as well so the Tortilla warmer is definitely on my list of things to make! Love and hugs to you my sweet friend, and TJ also! xoxo

  3. Happy Tuesday! It does sound like you have a full week of cooking to do. It's really cold here this morning and they say we could expect some light snow. It's a really good day for some warm tomato soup so I will be checking out your recipe and trying to keep warm too !

    1. They are expecting snow on the high ground here Pam. Stay warm! xoxo

  4. Busy week indeed Marie! I love Diane Keaton and love watching anything w/ her in it!:)♥Candace Bergen is hysterical:)
    Lots of cute things..Bonne Journée!

    1. I used to love Candace Bergen in Murhpy Brown Monique, and like you I adore anything with Diane Keaton! She reminds me of Susan! xoxo

  5. Love seeing all the neat things you find to share...need to use that new last year instant pot...and try out some of those new crock pot recipes I have been collecting too...we need to make yumminess easier eh?
    At our vacation rental now (our first time to do this, costly though it is)...cooking away...today was gingerbread made from scratch (gf, milk free, of course) and tomorrow will be the pumpkin pies. The other 3 of us arrives in AM for the rest of the holiday. We 6 will be making the most of things that we can.
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. Happy Thanksgiving Elizabeth! I hope you enjoy every minute of it! xoxo

  6. I love the photo of Charles Dickens home. It's amazing that it looks so good. I find your corner of the Kingdom photos so fun. It's one of the few ways that I get to view England.
    It's cold here too and we may get snow this weekend. I'm not ready for the cold.
    The food you posted looked yummy. I love a good pot roast and Tomato Soup is my favorite.
    Thanks for the Laundry symbol thing; I don't know them all for sure. I would love the fabric Tortilla warmer; awesome!
    I really like the soap holder are nice. The tea cup candle holder is awesome; I might try to make one.
    The Journal layout looks interesting; I will check it out.
    Another interesting book, I see. You do read some fascinating ones.
    I do enjoy your dreaming about items. You always have some interesting ones. I especially like the Bed Jackets and Monogrammed Cardigans. I really liked the bed; it looks like it ready to dive in.
    The photo of the cute three kittens is beyond adorable.
    As always, I do enjoy your Daybook entries.
    Blessings and hugs!

    1. Thanks so much LeAnn! I really hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your family! Love you very much. xoxo


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