Tuesday 14 May 2024

A Day Book . . .


FOR TODAY, May 14, 2024


The sky is blue and the sun is shining.  There are a few vestiges of frost on the rooftops across the way that will quickly melt away. It is garbage day. You can see the trees beginning to leaf out. We are going to have a fine day to go into Greenwood to clear some more out from dad's. 




Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  I will be kind to me in a way I have not been and may never have been. I have been plagued with feelings of guilt over one thing or another the whole of my life. I have always felt like I have fallen short, no matter my achievements. Today I will try to be kinder to myself, about everything.



Wisteria.  Our Cottage in Kent on the Estate had Wisteria across the back of it.  So pretty What a beautiful world we live in and how blessed we are to have such things to make our hearts sing with joy when our eyes glance upon them.  I believe that we can find beauty anywhere if we look for it. Its all a matter of perspective. Some beauty is obvious, such as the photo above, other types of beauty take a bit more digging, but it is there all the same, just waiting for us to discover it. 


Ina Garten's Vodka Pasta Sauce, small batch. Adapted from her cookbook Foolproof.  I love Ina's Recipes. They always turn out. This was really delicious.


This strawberry shortcake layer cake from The Cozy Plum looks fabulous! Maybe I will make it for Cindy's Birthday in July. It looks simple enough to do, and it will be strawberry season.  


This is a wonderful perspective to take. When I think that my life has been pretty awesome so far, I get excited thinking about what's to come!



Pretty jam jar covers  . . . 

No source but aren't they adorable  . . . 

Again no source  . . . 

Another one without a source. I love hedgehogs and this brooch is adorable.

And the cuteness continues  . . .  so sweet.



Lilac tide  . . .  it won't be long now. I can see the beginnings of buds on my sister's lilac bushes.  But first the leaves have to come out  . . . 


Can you imagine living in such a place  . . . heaven on earth. It reminds me of this picnic that I went on once upon a time in the U.K. I had not been married long and we took a trip into Wales. We ended up in a picnic area not too far outside of Llangollen. It was beautiful.  The steam train passed just by it and so our picnic was punctuated by the whistle of the train. We walked down a country lane and came to an old church. It was all very beautiful. Wales is such a beautiful country.


This Impossible Brightness by Jessica Bryant Klagmann

Taking refuge on a remote island, a grieving woman develops unlikely connections with the community and the wild in this haunting novel of hope and perseverance from debut author Jessica Bryant Klagmann. 

 After the mysterious disappearance of her fiancé, Alma Hughes moves to a remote island in the North Atlantic, where she hopes to weather her grief and nurture her ailing dog. But the strange town of Violette has mysteries as well. Townsfolk say that the radio tower overlooking their town broadcasts messages through their home appliances, their dreams, even the sea itself. 

When lightning strikes the tower, illuminating the sky in a brilliant flash, Alma finds herself caught in the unexplainable aftermath of one of Violette’s deadliest storms. As the sea consumes the island, threatening its very existence, the deaths and lost memories of the recently departed also devastate the community. Alma, with a unique link to the lost, may be the only one who can help them move on. But to do so, she must confront a tragic loss of her own. 

 On this doomed island haunted by echoes of the departed, Alma searches for meaning in her future—and dares to discover the power of hope among the living.

Downloaded for free on Amazon First Reads. 



Hens  . . . .  on cups  . . .  so pretty.


Birds in cups  . . . . 


Cups in the garden  . . . .


Cups with cookies  . . . 


Cups as tiny planters  . . .  I have some broken ones in the garage from when I moved over here, I should use them as tiny planters  . . . 




After the Flood on Britbox. I just started watching it last night. I have been looking forward to this starting for weeks now.



How sweet  . . . 


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 *.˛.I am profoundly grateful to God
that He did not grant me certain things
for which I asked, and that He shut
certain doors in my face.
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~David Martyn Lloyd-jones
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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. If I had those 2 cute dolls I would call them Marie and Cindy. A damp drizzly start to the day here. We are off for Covid boosters this morning. I've been watching the robin in her nest, think she is feeding the babies, but nest is too high for me to peek in. Have a good trip to the thrift store dropping off donations. Here is you have a lot the Diabetes assoc. will do a pick up, not sure if they will in your area. They drop off at Value Village. We don't go there now, prices are way too high and they are a for profit store. But if they will pick up big and bulky things it is worth it. Enjoy the day.

    1. aww, that's too kind about the dolls, maybe I should make two and do just that! I would never want to part with them. How wonderful that you have a robin's nest and babies. The fledglings will be fun to watch when they start to wander away from the nest! Diabetes assoc. will pick up here as well. Value Village is very high priced here as well, but when you have a load of stuff to get rid of they are the answer. xoxo

  2. Darn no Britbox..But I am LOVING We Were The Lucky Ones..on Disney.. and Maryland is good!PBS..I am hard on myself..and quite critical of myself.You are not alone me thinks.

    1. Ohh, I will have to look up We Were the Lucky Ones. Maryland is excellent! Thanks for the suggestion for the first! xoxo

  3. As I was laying in bed before arising today, I was thinking of how much noise and irritation neighbors have caused me, in every place I have lived (and especially here), EXCEPT for 5 glorious months that we lived in Virginia some years ago. We lived with just our landlords nearby on their 750 acres with deer, wild turkey and such. They too were quiet and often gone...we had so much fun and adventures too those 5 months. So I am beyond grateful that at least those 5 months were as wonderful as one can find on this earth. And living among the forest is always wonderful too!! It surely must have been so lovely those years you were in the UK...so many places of beauty...as in a lot of places on the earth. We are so grateful to be able to watch Youtube people who live in these awesome places and share them online!! Liked the little encouragement sayings today too!! Have fun with your kin today!!
    Hugs, Elizabeth xo

    1. Isn't it wonderful that we have special times, places and people to look back on with love like that Elizabeth! I watch a woman on YouTube, Anna's Mobile Home Life. She is a breath of fresh air. Just a normal person sharing. No frills and no artifice there. You might like her also! Hugs, xoxo

  4. Lovely Tuesday morning read, here…thank you. I too, feel I fall short in so many ways, I need to remember that quote and be more positive about me, myself and I. ☺️ I hope you enjoy writing your blog because I sure enjoy reading it…I get much inspiration here.
    Happy day to you. xo, V.
    Oh, those dolls!

    1. Thanks V! I think we should all remind ourselves more often about just how special we really are. So much so that God decided there needed to be one of each of us here on earth! Happy day to you also! xoxo


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