Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tripping Over the Hodge Podge


1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-

Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?Overcoming fears by facing them head on!......allowing myself to relax and reset comes easily to me...

2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?
I'd probably just put in my wallet and forget about it, using it the next time I needed cash.

3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet...which 'trip' have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain. tripping over my own two feet happens quite often to me...thus all the bruising on my body...having Meinere's disease keeps me slightly off balance.

4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?
Not sure if this is what you mean but I'd love to be able to do free motion quilting...I have the machine and I know it takes practice but I just don't get how they are able to do that with a big quilt.

5. As July draws to a close, let's take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you...been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?
I have eaten corn of the cob, fresh from my Sister in law's garden and boiled....I have gone on a road trip, Daughter, the Princess and I went on our annual "camping trip" to Nashville, shopped til we dropped and spent the night in a suite at a local hotel....I've certainly read a book or two.....should make homemade ice cream this weekend.....

6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What's your question?
You know I need to learn more about the candidates but I am ready for the government to be 'for the people, by the people and of the people' again....I'd like to trust our elected officials again.....we need leaders with integrity and love for this nation and the things the founders stood for......

7. What's your most listened to song so far this summer?
I've heard Tim McGraw's Diamond Rings and Old Barstools quite a few times.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Looking forward to Autumn and Football...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook



For Today...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
9:49 a.m.
Outside my window...
85 degrees, feels like 92, sunny
with 68% humidity
a very slight chance of a shower
we're into those dry hot summer days
my least favorite time of year...
there's a papa Cardinal with a bent wing 
feather feeding his young...I can see bright red 
Geranium blossoms in my hanging basket
A Bible verse I'm sharing...
from Proverbs 31, the Virtuous Woman
She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
I am thinking...
time keeps passing so quickly...
I am thankful...
that I am pretty much my own
boss...doing my work at my
own pace...
for a loving and strong companion
I am wearing...
pajamas and a robe: my morning attire
I am creating...
the finishing touches to the center
panel of Nature's Journey...
this project has had so much applique
but finally I am finished...time to do
the patchwork and put the quilt top 
together...
Gonna make some cards soon...been watching 
videos
I am going...
to stay home again today...
the Princess is in Band camp, Daughter
at work but hopefully Wonder Boy
will pick her up at the end of
the day...I do feel sorry for those
children out in the hot weather
practicing....I filled in for 
Daughter on Saturday and
the Princess and I went to the the school to 
sign up for band, pay fees and get fitted 
for a uniform...her first year marching
she's in 8th grade this year and
Wonder boy is a senior...too 
much time is passing....
I am wondering...
if I can get back on my weight watchers
program...been eating out of control
all summer and need to find my will power
I am reading...
I am hoping...
to finish up the center panel today and 
add the outer border
so Chooky and Susan can give me a check
for July....
I am learning...
how to make beautiful cards...
now to put what I learned in practice
In his garden...
the first wave of Tomatoes 
is over, we're only getting small ones now
but some other plants will be baring soon...
he's bringing in some Okra and Cucumbers
still....Blackberries are still producing
A song that stays on my mind...
I love this song
In my kitchen...
ingredients for a Blackberry cobbler
gonna make it in a little while and put on
some peas for Honey Bear
A favorite quote for today...
"Do not go gently into that dark night...
a poem which I heard twice this weekend
a message for me, I suppose
From my photo album...
three generations together
the Princess in the middle
One of my favorite things...
spending time with these two...
the Princess and I had pedicures last
week on Wednesday then lunch at Red Robin...
Daughter and I are spending Friday together...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook



For Today...
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Outside my window...
It is 79 degrees with cloudy skies
and a slight breeze...I can
hear the wind chimes...a Wren is
searching for insects among my
potted flowers, Finches are on the feeder...
Geraniums and the Butterfly Bush are
blooming...
I am thinking...
I should finish this quickly
I am thankful...
for the inch of rain we received
on Friday...we'd only had a quarter
inch all month before that...also
for the cooler temperatures since then
I am wearing...
denim crops and a dark peach top
I am creating...
 
recognize this? I hadn't worked on
it in about 8 months but got it
out yesterday and plan to finish it soon....
I've also sorted some fabric for the
rest of Gardener's Journey...
I'm getting excited about seeing the finished
project...
I am going...
no where else today
I went to the post office and
Wally World earlier...I want
to can some tomatoes on Thursday
and I needed some more pint jars
I am wondering...
what is wrong with blogger or is
it my computer
I am reading...
National Security
by Marc Cameron
I am hoping...
I'm able to publish this when
I'm finished....my cues are
not being read correctly
In my garden...

 
A song that stays on my mind...
 
In my kitchen...
just took this Blackberry
Cobbler out of the oven
A favorite quote for today...
Smokey asleep on the foot of my
recliner earlier this morning
One of my favorite things...
rain when we need it most...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Simple woman's Daybook



For Today... 
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
10:18 AM
Outside my window...
85 degrees and feels like 90
it is a little cloudy and there is a 
nice breeze...
A Bible verse I'm sharing...
Isaiah 41:13: For I hold you by your 
right hand-I, the Lord God.
And I say to you, 'Don't be afraid. I am
here to help you.'
I am thinking...
its been too long since I visited
blogger
I am thankful...
that I can stay home today
I am wearing...
pajamas
I am creating...
applique leaves
I am going...
no where today
I am wondering...
what to do next
I am reading...
just finished:
Killing Floor by Lee Child
I am hoping...
to spend time with Daughter
before she leaves on
Vacation
In my garden...




Honey Bear grows the veggies
In my kitchen...
13 jars of vegetable soup I canned yesterday

Leftovers in the fridge:
chicken, rice, squash, slaw, green beans
peas and cornbread
From my photo album...

More Lego sculpture 
from the 
botanical garden
One of my favorite things...
air conditioning

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 223




1. What's something you're looking forward to in the month of June?
Well, nothing really, yet. I was just thinking this morning that we need to plan something...I think we need to have things to look forward to even if it is an outing for an hour or a day....My choir group is singing for the Senior Luncheon at church on the fourth Thursday, patriotic songs and we're to dress in red, white and blue...so that is one thing on the calendar....but now that the chickens are gone, I think Honey Bear and I should take a weekend trip...we used to do that spontaneously or just decide on an impromptu picnic...not so much anymore.

2. In what way have you come full circle?
In the fact that its just the two of us again but really that has been so for 12 years now...
3. Lonely Planet lists 10 spots in America you should see in 2015 and the reasons why. How many on the list have you seen? Which one on the list would you most like to see? 

Queens NY, Western South Dakota, New Orleans, Colorado River Region, North Conway NH, Indianapolis IN, Greenville SC, Oakland CA, Duluth MN, and the Mount Shasta Region CA
New Orleans
4. A song that describes your mood right now?


5. Strawberry ice cream, strawberry short cake, strawberry pie, or strawberries right off the vine...your favorite?
Strawberry ice cream but choosing the weight conscious way, I eat my Strawberries straight from the vine
6. Aesop's birthday is celebrated on June 4th, although there is some disagreement as to whether or not that's accurate, or if he was even a real person. Regardless, the name Aesop is associated to this day with many well known fables. Which of the following best applies to something in your life right now? The Tortoise and the Hare(Slow and Steady wins the race), The Ant and the Grasshopper (Be prepared), The Fox and the Goat (Look before you leap) or The Crow and the Pitcher (Necessity is the mother of invention)?
The Tortoise and the Hare
7. The answer is yes...what's the question?
Do you feel younger than your age suggests?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Took a break in writing my post to watch some videos with Honey Bear....I've finally let him convince me to do our tile shower ourselves....it won't be his first since he worked with tiling baths during college and he recently did the kitchen back splash.You can watch how-to videos about most any project online now.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook



For Today...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 
Outside my window...
the grass and porch are wet from recent rain..
Squirrels are eating on the ground around the feeder..
Chickadees and Titmouse dart in to grab seed and go..
sort of like a drive through....Robins are searching..
for worms to feed their young..I'm
hearing a neighbor or a lawn service using a..
weed eater...my new Butterfly Bush is blooming..
the old one was killed by the winter's extreme temperatures..
that one was purple but this one is a beautiful red color..
the old one was several years old..
A Bible verse I'm sharing...
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven
Ecclesiastes 3:1
I am thinking...
this is the first time I've blogged in weeks..
I've been helping Daughter and Granddaughter..
pack and move..
I am thankful...
Daughter didn't want much help unpacking..
she wanted to do that herself.. she is a very 
organized person and enjoys the process..
I'm thankful she and the children are back..
over here closer to me..
I am wearing...
white knit pants and a mauve top
I am creating...
nothing much except tidy spaces and journal pages..
I, so, need to get back in the craft room and get busy
I haven't even begun on this months' blocks for the 
SAL quilt..
I am going...
to stay home the rest of the day....the Princess
and I went and moved a load of odds and ends in my
van about 2 hours ago...
I am wondering...
about lunch..
I am reading...
finished A Wanted Man by Lee Child
yesterday and haven't begun another yet...it was a
library loan...I need to check out another one(on Kindle)
I am hoping...
to finish this soon, getting hungry..
I went for a walk before the moving trip
an it has been a long time since my
granola bar at breakfast..
In my garden...



In my kitchen...
I'm warming the veggies I prepared last
night for Honey Bear's lunch to go with cornbread
and Cole slaw..there is also cantaloupe cut up 
in the fridge..
A favorite quote for today...
"to reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometime with the 
wind and sometimes against it but we must sail, 
not drift and not lie at anchor."
Oliver Wendell Homes
From my photo album...
two of my favorite people
One of my favorite things...
making other people happy

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook



For Today... 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 1:02 PM

Outside my window...
It is 81 degrees and partly cloudy
Squirrels are scavenging under the feeder...
the geraniums look good after the recent
rains...I enjoy looking out at my flowers...
Honey Bear recently pressure washed the porch in
preparation for staining it again.

A Bible verse I'm sharing...
"All things work for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to his purpose"
          Romans 8:28

I am thinking...
about something to finish my lunch with...
I'm still hungry

I am thankful...
that I was able to do some packing for Daughter
this morning...moving day is the 29th...

I am wearing...
blue pants and shirt (2 different shades)

I am creating...
finished these squares for the Nature's Journey
quilt Sunday...getting ready to do
prep for the next section (I ran out of background
fabric for the large squares, although I have
plenty for the small ones so I had to go to Hobby Lobby)

I am going...
to stay home the rest of the day...went
to Daughters to pack for 3 hours, then
picked up the Princess at school...they had 
half day today....tomorrow is her graduation
from 8th grade and the last day of school 
before Summer vacation...

I am wondering...
about taking a nap...my sleep was interrupted
for 3 hours in the wee hours so I didn't have 
my usual quota

I am reading...



I am hoping...
to finish the first one before Book Club on
the first Friday

In my garden...


A song that stays on my mind...

Someone sang this Sunday at Church

In my kitchen...
lots of fruit, slaw and Talapia

A favorite quote for today...
“Walk in kindness toward the Earth and every living being. Without kindness and compassion for all of Mother Nature’s creatures, there can be no true joy; no internal peace, no happiness. Happiness flows from caring for all sentient beings as if they were your own family, because in essence they are. We are all connected to each other and to the Earth.” 
― Sylvia DolsonJoy of Bears

From my photo album...

One of my favorite things...
Playing Magic Jigsaw Puzzle on
my kindle....I work on a puzzle
everyday...its addicting.

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