Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful....

It has been a little over a month since R 
the children seem to be adjusting well
the Princess has had a few melt downs
which is to be expected...
Daughter went with them to 
grief counseling this week...
I'm thankful that their Dad left them taken 
care of financially...

Honey Bear is beginning to place vinyl
on the eaves of the back of our house....
he had done the driveway gable already....
He promised me if it isn't done this year, we'll
hire someone to finish.....I'm thankful
he is still healthy enough to do these home repairs
and that the weather is comfortable
for working outside...

I waited two weeks after our trip to weigh in....
although we had eaten many foods which
are not normally on my food program...
we also were very active so I hoped
that would balance things and it did...
I was right at the weight I was before the trip
at weigh in last week....I'm thankful
that I have been sticking with my
tracking and healthy food choices....

Yesterday, I took my first walk of the Spring...
what a boost to my mood that was...
I hate to walk on the treadmill and hadn't
been doing it like I should this winter...
March-May are months when I suffer the
most with my asthma so I'm thankful
that so-far my inhalers and allergy
meds are keeping me well.....

I had planned to be available to help the children
sort and discard some things plus
clean and pack others...
in preparation for the move to consolidate
the two households...
that hasn't happened...they are just not ready
yet...but hopefully this next few weeks we can make
a start on that.....

I am thankful for so many blessings in
my life...
for my Lord and Savior and my Heavenly Father
for Honey Bear
and my family
for friends
and for all of you...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook

Tuesday, March 23, 2015

Outside my window...
58 degrees and sunny with a predicted high of
73......the porch is covered with those little buds from
the maple tree, blowing off everyday and can't keep
up with them....the grass, Elderberry bushes, 
and peach trees are greening up nicely....
the fish in the pond have awakened
from their dormant state and are active again.....
we're getting lots of bird activity

I am thinking...
about plans for the day...thinking its almost 10:00 and I
need to get dressed for going out

I am thankful...
His mercy is new every day....he is with me always
thankful for Honey Bear, our children & grandchildren

In the kitchen...
a big pot of Spinach from the garden
and a Beef, Noodle bake

I am wearing...
pajamas and a robe with socks

I am creating...
just finished these March blocks for the SAL

I am going...
to run some errands and maybe browse at
Tuesday Morning

I am wondering...
what I can do to help my daughter and
the wee ones 

I am reading...
The Rose Conspiracy 
by Greg Parshall
just finished reading: Guests on Earth
by Lee Smith, for Book Club
and The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

I am hoping...
I'll sleep better tonight

I am looking forward to...

I am learning
to pace myself

Around the house...
there's a little ironing to do....I've been
doing some Spring cleaning: 
washing windows(inside & out), blinds, cleaning
behind furniture and sorting things

I am pondering...
Today's Bible Verse:
Take away my sin, and I will be clean,
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow..Psalm 5:17

A favorite quote for today...
"Cherish all your happy moments: they
make a fine cushion for old age." 
C. Morley

One of my favorite things...
Wind chimes....I hung mine on the front porch 

A few plans for the rest of the week:
none really...I left this week open because of
Spring Break....thought I would help Daughter
with all she has to do to settle the estate and
sort out R's possessions

From my Picture file...
captured on St Simon's Island...
I was told this was one of many but only saw it after
I was back on the bus...

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Outside my window...
50 degrees, cloudy and windy
It looks kind of like tornado weather and with
the warm temperature changing tomorrow afternoon
to cold, the conditions are ripe for one....
Birds have been active...we're still seeing lots of 
Goldfinch and the males are beginning
to show more color.....the Cardinals are beautiful, also

I am thinking...
about my daughter, talking with a lawyer
this morning about settling R's estate....

I am thankful...
for every blessing...
for Honey Bear
for good friends who are there in time of need
for our church family 
for my blogging buddies
for changing seasons

In the kitchen...
some leftovers in the fridge
plenty of fruit
soup and milk and crackers 
in case of bad weather

I am wearing...
Oh, dear, its pajamas again

I am creating...
squares for the SAL quilt
agendas for meetings this week
emails and reminders
lists for an upcoming trip
journal entries

I am going...
to stay home, today, I think
and work on my crafts....
maybe walk on the treadmill

I am wondering...
if we'll get the ice and snow they are
predicting  for tomorrow afternoon and
evening...I sure hope not

I am reading...
just finished: Where We Belong
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
and haven't begun another

I am hoping...
Daughter gets good news today...
for clear roads on Wednesday night and Thursday...

A Song that stays on my mind...
Golden by Lady Antebellum 
I am looking forward to...
Things being more settled for Daughter 
and the wee ones

I am learning
Life throws curves

Around the house...
the rooms are mostly tidy
some laundry to do
all is quite

I am pondering...
Ecclesiastes 3
For everything there is a season
a time for every activity under heaven
A time to be born and a time to die
A time to plant and a time to harvest
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build up
A time to cry and a time to laugh
A time to grieve and a time to dance
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones
A time to embrace and a time to turn away
A time to search and a time to quit searching
A time to keep and a time to throw away
A time to tear and a time to mend
A time to be quiet and a time to speak 
A time to love and a time to hate
A time for war and a time for peace

A favorite quote for today...
And yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time
.......Ecclesiastes 3:11a

One of my favorite things...
Spending time with Honey Bear

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Fellowship dinner at church on Wednesday
the menu: Ham, Hashbrown Casserole, 
green beans, biscuit 
A meeting Thursday which could be rescheduled
Book Club on Friday: discussing: 
The Boys in the Boat

A peek into my day...

A Curious Cat

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I just haven't been in the mood for posting......
My grandchildren who live nearby, Wonder Boy and The Princess as they are known on here, had to say goodbye to their father on Thursday morning.....He had his 46th Birthday on Wednesday.....It has been a rough few Daughter had been married to him for 16 years before the divorce 4 years ago.....neither of them had remarried although he had dated some......It has been rough for her, too...we've all been grieving and there is so much red tape and so many decisions to make The children are 14 and 16. Please keep them all in your prayers in the days ahead.

Our weather has been so crazy......snow is on the has been either delayed are closed most days for the last two weeks or more......schedules have been thrown into disarray. I changed a hair appointment about 5 times. Finally got in there this morning, early.....

I'll try to get back to blogging next week.

Mama Bear

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podges

1. When did you last have to interact, either by phone or in person, with someone in a government run agency? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the experience? (10 being fabulous and 1 being pass the Tylenol)
I guess that would be August when I went to get our tags renewed. We have a relatively new satellite location a short distance away........I'd have to say 10. They were not busy and we had a nice chat......Having lived in other states and not having had good experiences there, I would have to say most employees here are very friendly and easy to work with.

2. The current governor of Wisconsin is considering a run for President next time around. Walker attended Marquette University, but never graduated. In terms of any candidate running for the office of President (not asking here if you agree or disagree with Scott Walker's politics) would the lack of a college degree influence your vote or no? Would that be a factor in your support of any candidate running for public office, even a role less weighty than President?
No, it wouldn't influence my decision. 
3. When did you last visit a place or site named for George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and what was that place or site?
Well, gosh, that would be a long time.....I've been to both memorials in DC and to Mount Vernon. And isn't there a road in the DC area named for George......

4. February 16th was President's Day in the US, but did you know it was also National Almond Day? I didn't think so : ) Do you like almonds? If so, what's a food/dish/recipe you enjoy that contains almonds? 
Yes, I knew it.............Yes, I eat them every day.......Did you know calories from almonds aren't absorbed by the body? At least that is what I read.....Quaker makes a breakfast bar that is Banana Bread....not easy to find but I like them and they have almonds.

5.The television program Saturday Night Live celebrated it's 40th anniversary this past weekend. Were/are you a fan of the show? If so what has been your favorite (or one of your favorite) skits, sayings, or characters that came out of the program?
Not a fan

6. Anything purple within ten feet of you? What is it?

7. Back in December I asked you to submit a question for a future HP as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I grabbed this one from those entries, submitted by Zoanna who blogs over at Penchant for Pens. Thanks Zoanna!
She asks, "How often do you make your bed, and how do you like to make it-pull the covers all the way up over the pillows, tuck the covers in around the pillows, or place all the pillows on top of the covers?" 
Every Day.....I have shams so I pull the covers up to the head, turn down a section of the sheet over the spread, and load up the pillows and shams on top.
8. Insert your own random thought here. 
We got an inch of snow during the night...some roads were closed this morning as were some schools with others just being hair appointment was rescheduled so I am staying home......Daughter is off today so she has carpool duty.......Pauline (the hen) didn't know what the white stuff was on her ramp so she stuck her head out for a while before she finally came out......lots of birds on the porch this morning........I made another pot of coffee  and took some photos.....temperatures aren't getting above freezing today and the low tonight is forecast at 9 so this white stuff will stick around for a while.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook

Tuesday, February 17, 2014

Outside my window...
22 degrees F, Wind Chill 10 degrees but 
the sun is shinning
Lots of birds stopping by all of the feeders
bird of the day is 

The Gold Finch, although at this time of year, they
are not this brilliant color. We don't see them all that
often so I was delighted to see them this morning.

I am thinking...
I really need to start getting more exercise

I am thankful...
that I am able to help my Daughter
out with the children....just returned from giving
the Princess a ride to 
was delayed 3 hours this morning.....I'm thankful
for Honey Bear and how easy he is to 
please....thankful too that we didn't get
the ice that was forecast for yesterday....thankful
for the sunshine even on the coldest days

In the kitchen...
The chicken Tortilla Soup is back
in the slow cooker staying warm for lunch
I also prepared some Crowder Peas
from the freezer yesterday....that
way Honey Bear has a choice

I am wearing...
Jeans and a red sweatshirt
 with snowmen on front, red and green
stripped socks with fleecy black socks on 
top......I know red and green stripes
are Christmas socks but I don't care.

I am creating...
squares for the SAL project....I finished
February except for rinsing off
the blue pen markings and squaring
them up....
I've got some more of the squares ready
for the embroidery.....I need to finish
up the rag quilt I started in 2014....and work on a quilt
that one of my club members had started...
I am going...
back to school to give the Princess a ride
home this afternoon....

I am wondering...
if the father of the Princess and Wonder
Boy will go home from the hospital
today....he has begun chemo again and 
contracted an infection toward the end of the week...
tomorrow is his Birthday..and the Princess was 
wondering about getting him a balloon or something
to take to the hospital.....

I am reading...
The Boys in the Boat, still, on page 238 of 404

I am hoping...
the rest of the week is sunny

I am looking forward to...

I am learning
about Saint Patrick, did you know he was
enslaved at age 16 by the Irish and later
went back there as a missionary

Around the house...
its tidy and all the laundry is done

I am pondering...
ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

A favorite quote for today...
Little Children, Let us not love in theory
or in speech but in deed and in truth..
I John 3:18

One of my favorite things...
putting together jigsaw puzzles
and now that I can do them
on Kindle....I love them even more...

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Nail and Hair appointments tomorrow
then a stop at Kroger to buy apples for Kid's Expo
at church.....Choir Practice and a gig
on Thursday with lunch afterward....

A peek into my day...
my Valentine table

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday, Monday

Good Morning, all
First thing I did this morning was take the sheets off the bed and start laundry. Its 34 degrees F right now and raining....we may have sleet and ice later in the day....the thing I dislike most about winter is the icy conditions.....I can stay home but Honey Bear had to go take care of his patient.....Schools are out so no hazards there.....

I just put together soup in the slow cooker......this one:
Simple Slow Cooked Chicken Tortilla Soup

2-3 cups cooked chicken 
1 can RoTel, you might be able to also substitute with a cup of salsa if you’re all out of Rotel
15 oz. chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken condensed soup 
1 can corn, drained 
1 can black beans
1 can chili beans
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic
1/4 cup onion, chopped

Dump the ingredients into slow cooker
Cook on low, 6-8 hours. You can add tortillas, cheese, sour cream when you serve it.

This can be frozen, also. I use can chicken, only one can.....I always have that on hand.  I also used a lot more broth. Honey Bear likes lots of liquid in his soup. I never measure onion because I know he likes a lot. I think I might have used half a cup. I have this on high so I can cut the cooking time. The onions are the only thing that need to cook, the rest just needs to "marry" their flavors. I also used a little more garlic from the jar in the fridge and maybe a little less chili powder.

I also need to make some slaw. I keep it made in the fridge all the time.
We spent a quiet weekend at home......Honey Bear bought a new car on Thursday and took possession on Friday so Saturday afternoon we took it out in the rural area to try it out. I drive a van which is very comfortable for my back as the seat is adjustable. Some cars are so low the seats are not comfortable for me. This car is a crossover and is a little better. The driver's seat does adjust up, down, forward and back so I could drive it. I'm not sure how comfortable the passenger seat would be for me on a long trip.

On my schedule today is to find a way to make the flower applique for the February SAL project easier......I'll sew a little and read a little, watch a little of a show on the computer, perhaps Downton Abbey's latest episode, and work on the puzzle on my kindle....nothing too taxing. Have a blessed day..
Mama Bear