Tuesday 11 December 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, December 11th 2018

Outside my window ...
It is cold and dark, but dry. Its hard to believe that Christmas is just two weeks away from today. This year has flown by at the speed of light! 

Thankful for ... 
Todds operation went well yesterday.  Thank you for all your prayers!! He was booked in at 7:30, assessed and then had the op about 10:00 am. We were back home about 11:30.  He still has that ink arrow on his forehead. I am going to try to get it off today with some nail polish remover, of course taking care not to get any in his eye. There were six people in the queue for the operation. They waited until everyone had been assessed and then they did them like a conveyor belt. Most were on their own. Only Todd and one other man had someone with them. I don't know how they could cope without help. Todd couldn't see at all and was really grateful that I was there to help guide him out of the hospital to the cab we had waiting. He said he could never have done it on his own. Today he can take the patch off, clean his eye, put in drops and hopefully will see an improvement.  Fingers crossed!

I am thinking ...
How very grateful I am for the NHS. We like to complain about it, but had we lived in say America for instance, without health insurance this operation would have cost us a bomb. Here Todd had it for free and we were both given a hot drink and some biscuits afterwards! 

In the kitchen ... 
Honey & Basil Hot Chicken Sandwiches 
Today  it is quick and easy, Honey & Basil Hot Chicken Sandwiches.  Deliciously simple! 

On my "To cook" list ...
Huffington Post.  Heroin Chicken.  It comes with a warning that it is extremely addictive!  We'll see about that! 

Good to know ... 
Earth Friendly Tips.  Who knew?  

I am creating ... 

Mother Natured.  DIY Mini Leaf Envelopes.  For fairies. 

Design Mom.  Plaster of Paris Votive candle holders. DIY. 

I see I do I make.  Chair sockettes. Crochet. Helps to keep scratches off the floor. 

Start Knitting.  Free pattern for a Polar Bear Hat.  

Freebie Gallery.  Winter Sampler.   

Oh My Goodness ... 

Danish Butter Cookies  . . .  have I no willpower?  I think not when it comes to these  . . . 

I am reading ... 


Selected to Live, by Johanna Ruth Dobshiner 

The dramatic story of a Jewish childhood ravaged by the Nazis. A young girl is the shocked witness to the destruction of her family and makes a thrilling and miraculous escape from the same fate. By the time she was barely a teenager, Johanna-Ruth Dobschiner was already an adept fugitive, one step ahead of her Nazi pursuers as she went underground, moving from one sympathetic Dutch family to another until the end of the war. On her travels she encounters a Christian community, and through them she discovers Jesus and realises that she has been selected to live in more ways than one...First published by Marshall Pickering in 1969.  
You will probably have to pick up a second hand copy of this, but trust me when I say it is worth the hunt. Or you might find it in the library.  Excellent!  

Looking Forward to ... 
It is the Church Ward Christmas party on Saturday. A lot depends on how Todd is feeling. He might not want to go. 

Dreaming about ...  

The perfect centrepiece  . . .  


Swiss dots   . . .  

Pretty pockets  . . .  


Pies cooling on windowsills . . .  those were the days  . . .  

A comfy place to warm the toes  . . .  

Something to watch ... 

Dumplin on Netflix.  Loved it.   

Makes me smile ... 

Cosy nights in . . .  

A quote for the day  ... 

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Brave girl,
promise me you won't shrink yourself,
in order to make others feel comfortable.
~unknown  •。★★ 。* 。•。★★ 。* 。  

Corners of my kingdom ... 

 Bibury is a charming, typically Cotswold, village just a short drive from "The Capital of the Cotswolds", Cirencester. Bibury was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as "the most beautiful village in England".  The cottages of Arlington Row are often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country.

And that's my daybook for this week!

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Have a beautiful day!  Don't forget!  

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And I do too!    



  1. Happy all went well..Guess they arrow to not err:)
    Lots of cute things here..many many..I have ade the Heroine Chicken..it's good..I follow Teri Turner on IG..Nocrumbsleft Very good..and Diane Morissey not whole 30..I am not whole 30 so Diane's recipes work well here.Looking forward to Dumplin..we're in the midst of Designated Survivor..it got better and better.

    1. I tried to get the arrow off with some nail polish remover today, but its still there. I guess we will have to wait for him to shed his skin! LOL Is there a new season of Designated Survivor on? If so we want to watch it. Must check! xoxo

  2. I'm so thankful all went well for Todd. I'm sure he'll see a big improvement. One of my DIL's put tiny socks on her chairs to keep them from scraping the floor. They were made for just this purpose and look like socks. So cute and practical at the same time. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday! Here is very cold but the sun is supposed to peak through later on.

    1. That does sound cute Pam. Todd is seeing a bit better and we are hoping it will be even better tomorrow. for today we are staying put. Thanks so much for all your prayers! xoxo

  3. So glad all went well with Todd's surgery. Love those chair sockettes. Too bad I can't crochet or knit :( Maybe I'll give the idea to my niece and she can make them for me. Have a wonderful day Marie. xxx

    1. That sounds like a plan Mary! You have a wonderful day also and many thanks! xoxo

  4. Hi, Marie! Just love your weekly Daybooks. And so nice to start off the week with some good new--VERY glad all went so well for Todd...and that all will continue to go well! :) And nice with the tea & biscuits after! Back home in America the insurance situaation is a tragedy, it's sooo sad. Good health care should be a birth-given right. All the chicken looks good... I have a hard time digestion chicken these days though, not sure why, but it doesn't agree with me at all. :/ Wow--I've been cleaning my iron with vinegar for yonks, who knew! Those LEAF envelopes are ADORABLE--love that idea!! Those chair socks are another great idea--fun and colorful too. Love Swiss Dot fabric... That Christmas/winter sampler is sooo sweet! Love the image of the cozy nights in--that's us here too. ;) Hope you both have a lovely week there and happy times as Christmas draws near! LOVE YOU BOTH!! :))) ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

    1. Love you my sweet friend! I must try to dash over to visit you and see how your month is coming along. Much love to you, TJ and Luna! ((((hugs)))) Back where my mom and sister live in Canada, they do have a socialised health care system but they can't get Doctors to move to where they live. Doctors are retiring and not being replaced. At the moment there are over 80,000 people without a Doctor. My mother's DR is retiring the 1st May. Its outrageous that nobody is doing anything about this! xoxo

  5. My husband’s operation gave him immediate improved vision but my friend had a scratchy,itchy eye for a few weeks before it improved. Everyone is different but in the end he’ll be glad he did it.

    1. He was sitting her watching television last night with the naked eye Angharad. It was like a miracle. No eye glasses at all. We'll see how long that lasts! xoxo

  6. I’m sure I would love to see the cottages in the photo of the corner’s of your Kingdom.
    I loved looking though all the different ideas and projects. I really liked the chair socketts; so cute!
    The chicken looked delicious. The title does sound addictive.
    Your novel looks like one to put on the wish list of novels to read. I’m still plugging away with the Fire and Steel series about Germany and the timeof Hitler. I wish I had time to sit down more often and read. It is a favorite thing to do .
    Always enjoy our dreamin Items; so fun.
    I’m happy that your Todd is through with this surgery and doing well from your last post.
    I hope that you are able to go to the ward Christmas party. Our Christmas party is Saturday morning too.
    Blessing and hugs for you two!

    1. The world is full of beautiful things LeAnn! I am sure Todd would love that series of books! I will have to look for them so I can get them for him! Love, hugs and blessings to you also! xoxo


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