Tuesday 4 October 2022

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .



FOR TODAY, October 4th, 2022

Outside my window ...
It is still dark. It's garbage day today. And it's not raining. Wonder of all wonders, lol.  It is frosty however!

I am thinking ...
My son still has no electricity. Thankfully the people my DIL works for has loaned them a generator, but not before they lost the contents of their refrigerator and freezer.  I think perhaps a generator is a wise investment for any family, but it's not something I can afford at this point. I would have a difficult time manhandling one around as well. The house I had put the offer on had its own generator.

I am thankful for ...
The leaders of my church and the wonderful wisdom, words and inspiration they shared with us over this past weekend, the music and the choirs.  It was all pretty special.

In the kitchen ...

Oven Roasted Butternut Squash.  This simple method of cooking really enhances and highlights the natural sweetness of this beautiful vegetable. 

On my "to Cook" list ... 

Cupcakes and Kale Chips.  BBQ Chicken Tostadas. These look so yummy. 

Good to know ... 

I am wanting to create ...

Where Your Treasure Is. Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments.


Boxwood Avenue. Stove Top Pot Pourri Gifts.

The Feathered Nest.  Little Christmas Wishes Under Glass.

21 Rosemary Lane.  Skies and Poles Ornaments. Cute!

No source, but a fabulous idea for a stocking stuffer.

I am reading ...

Mean Baby, by Selma Blair

Selma Blair has played many archetypal roles: Gullible ingenue in Cruel Intentions. Preppy ice queen in Legally Blonde. Fire-starter in Hellboy. Muse to Karl Lagerfeld. Face of Chanel. Cover model. Advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. But before all of that, Selma was known best for being one thing: a mean baby. 

In a memoir that is as wildly funny as it is emotionally shattering, Selma Blair tells the captivating story of growing up and finding her truth. The first story Selma Blair Beitner ever heard about herself is that she was a mean, mean baby. With her mouth pulled in a perpetual snarl and a head so furry it had to be rubbed to make way for her forehead, Selma spent years living up to her terrible reputation: biting her sisters, lying spontaneously, getting drunk from Passover wine at the age of seven, and behaving dramatically so that she would be the center of attention. 

Although Selma went on to become a celebrated Hollywood actress and model, she could never quite shake the periods of darkness that overtook her, the certainty that there was a great mystery at the heart of her life. She often felt like her arms might be on fire, a sensation not unlike electric shocks, and she secretly drank to escape. 

Over the course of this beautiful and, at times, devasting memoir, Selma lays bare her addiction to alcohol, her devotion to her brilliant and complicated mother, and the moments she flirted with death. There is brutal violence, passionate love, true friendship, the gift of motherhood, and, finally, the surprising salvation of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. In a voice that is powerfully original, fiercely intelligent, and full of hard-won wisdom, Selma Blair’s Mean Baby is a deeply human memoir and a true literary achievement.

Looking forward to ...

Thanksgiving!  This weekend!  Can't wait!

Dreaming about ...

Patchwork Quilts . . .  I love them. Wish I had one. Maybe one day! 


The perfect roasted turkey . . .

Blue and white dishes  . . . 


Lacy white  . . . 


Hand hooked  . . . 

Something to watch ...

Sense and Sensibility.  Jane Austin. Brit Box.

Makes me smile ...

Anything Green Gate or Cath Kidston  . . . 

Corners of my kingdom ...

Ever watchful, they enjoy the birds  . . .

A thought to carry with you ...

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 *Faith is seeing light with your heart,
when all your eyes see is darkness.
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And that's my daybook for this week! 

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Have a beautiful day and don't forget!  

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And I do too!       


  1. Hoping the hydro is back on at your son's house soon, but the hydro companies have so much to deal with. A bit frosty here too, but gets warmer by afternoon. Happy Tuesday.

  2. Recently tried out a method of keeping celery that I saw on a youtuber video...you wash it, wrap it in a damp paper towel and then surround with foil and store in veggie drawer in fridge as usual. I have not had a lot of trouble keeping celery ok, but this makes it super crispy and nice anyway!! So sorry to hear your son and family lost all their cold food...that is so disheartening...sure hope things are resolved there soon!!
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. That method works really well Elizabeth.

  3. I'm going to make your oven-roasted squash for Thansgiving dinner. We usually have chicken instead of turkey. Not such a huge amount of leftovers. Your apple cinnamon roll bake will be dessert. Love and hugs, Elaine


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