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Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29th Day Book

As I start my daybook entry today I am in awe of TIME . September zoomed by !
May we live deliberately and capture the moments well !

Outside my window - it is cool and rainy. My husband would say it is a "sad" day. I say it makes it hard to motivate . It seems like a good movie ,blanket,soup kind of day! (it's 64 out so the blanket is just for snuggle factor in my fantasy)

I am wearing - paint clothes. Looking to work on a couple crafts and maybe finally finish that darn bathroom!

I am thinking - I need to get off the computer soon . It really can monopolize my time if I let it , which I have !

Around the house - making some essential oil cleaning supplies . Floor cleaner first and maybe some baking soda scrub. GNC had the No oils buy one get on 50% off. I got lavender , tea tree , orange , eucalyptus . I have several others , like Lemon (I think it is my fave!)

In the kitchen-
a little mini vase of mums that got broke off. And some yummy pears. Very buttery in flavor! Mmmmm.....

I am creating - 2 burlap wreaths . One for my door and one for my daughters door. I hope to post pictures soon .

I am thankful - for both 2 days with my Mr. Wonderful , and that he has work to put his hands to and to provide for our family. (it helps to remind myself to be thankful even if he has to be away)

I am going - to lunch with  friend today or tomorrow . We are going to try a new place in a neighboring town . Real food , but fast . I thinking a buffalo burger !

I am learning - to do things in little bites . Big bites of time , energy and inspiration often escape me but a small bit here and there really does add up.

I am reading - the latest magazines that have come in. Taking advantage of 2 days off it catch up!

I am wondering - when time starting moving so stinkin' fast! Our prince is turning 20 this week ! Ms. Busy will be 9 months old tomorrow. Next week my mom will have been gone 6 months. Goodness !

Plans for the week - De-clutter . Beautify . Try my hand at hanging new bathroom hardware. (OY!)

A peek into my day -
(excuse the carpet cleaner!)
Favorite quote - Is anything too hard for God ?! (It is what our church sermon was about)
I am linking up to The Simple Woman's Day book HERE . I love that Ms. Peggy does this every week . It has really helped my be more consistent in my blog.
Please check out the other blogger that posted this week ! It is so much fun ! I love comments y'all! (And I know most of the others do too)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The heavens declare the glory...

We took  the prince out of a nice steak dinner last night to celebrate his 20th birthday. Mr Wonderful is going to be out of town on the exact day . 
We got there after a G game so it was busy and there was a wait. But God gave me a gift by reminding us of His omnipresence. My hubby had made several remarks about what a "sad" day it seemed. Thick grey clouds hanging low. But as we were sitting there waiting on our table the sky cleared up and the late sun showed through. It was beautiful! Mr. Wonderful got his happy sky, I got to see a reminder that God is , and we're the only creatures who ever doubt it. For even the heavens declare His glory. (And after a few glitches, the prince did indeed get his steak) :-)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day Book entry 9/22/14

A new week , a new Day Book ! Yay! Thank you Peggy for hosting this! Go Here to see the home blog for this event.

Outside my window - Still dark , but cool and clear. Quite lovely . Lots of crickets and critters voicing praise and probably opinions .

In my kitchen - disaster area ! I had to make food for both a funeral and a church event. I made a triple batch of this tortellini pasta salad. It was yummy ! All got eaten and wasn't difficult. I didn't get the cutting boards washed and put away yet, nor the tomato boxes discarded etc . I spent the extra time with my hubby before he was headed back out to work.

On my mind- that I need to start being more deliberate in accomplishing goals. I have got to start getting stuff done. Period , end of story , all on me. Sigh....

In my prayers - My friends hubby needs a job , he is struggling. My dad for health and salvation. My hubby for peace , favor and blessing. Me for motivation (for many areas)

In my CD player - the new Mercy Me , I am in love with the song "Greater"

I am thinking - about needing to do a fridge clean out and shopping trip , hopefully with a PLAN ! I have left over veg beef soup and grilled cheese for dinner tonight . Probably won't get to shop until Wednesday , which means Tuesday we will have breakfast food. Easy, in stock and well liked ! I might make THIS baked yummy-ness. Well liked it well enough last time that none got thrown away!

I am wearing - Jeans and my favorite fall shirt. It is rich brown with pink and coral and beige. It is very fall appropriate and a comfy , forgiving style.

I am reading - a lot of on-line articles lately . And starting a bible/book study. Will post more on that later.

Favorite quote-
I am looking for just the right font. This is going in our living room as a surprise for Mr Wonderful. He will like it . I want to put it on the outside of a frame so I can change the background with fabric or wrapping paper.

One of my favorite things - songs that speak to right where you are at ! Songs that invite my heart into worship.
This is the song "GREATER"  If you haven't heard it , please go have a listen. :-)

Plans for the week - Just pulling the house together a little better. It is very scattered and cluttered right now. It reflects my moods and mental state a lot more than it should !

Hope you all have a great week ! Thanks for stopping by . Please leave a comment , I love getting comments! Don't forget to visit the other entries for the week over at The Simple Woman's Blog.
Blessings ! Lora

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day Book entry 9/15/2014

I am glad to be joining the Simple Womans Day Book again . And many thanks to Ms. Peggy for hosting this event ! You can see the other bloggers who are participating by following this link HERE .

I am sorry that I am posting a day late ... yesterday was a very crazy day here and I just didn't have time to post .

Outside my window - it is cool and wet. We have gotten a lot of rain in the last week and it has brought with it an early fall coolness that is a lovely foretaste of the season to come. But it is lovely to enjoy while everything is still green and full of life!

I am thinking - that I need to clean and declutter downstairs. "stuff" has piled up while I was too busy to notice and now it is just terribly jumbled.

I am thankful - for my husband getting to work close to home this week ! It is a rare treat indeed. (it also means I get to cook real dinners and I do enjoy that.

I am wearing - still in my PJs . I knew if I dressed and did makeup first the day would be off and running and I would never get to post this week.

I am creating - A football wreath for my son-in-law. It is just a burlap football with his team (WV) . I will try to post a picture when I get done with it.

I am going - To Walmart to put a layaway on for Christmas. I have a couple big ticket items on my list and I figure this way I secure them and someone else gets to store them !

I am wondering - What to make with the porkchops tonight . Maybe broccoli and baked sweet potatoes. And some kind of bread. :-)

I am hoping - My dad gets some answers to his health decline and that the doctors have hope and not only despair.

I am learning - that my dear hubby is a treasure ! I love that man . But I continue to learn and even re-learn more and more about him. He is both so strong and so vulnerable . He is still jealous and holds onto things I have long since forgotten. And yes, that can be good and bad (and frustrating) . But as a package deal , he is a blessing . He is so strong , dedicated and determined . So much of what I am not! Like God knew us or something ! LOL

I am reading - like 4 books at once. I have a post EMP book that I like going , I picked up Harbinger and got sucked into it , re-reading DEMON : a memoir , And a container gardening book. ADD at its finest there . LOL I do this to myself all the time. No wonder my brain is tired right ?!

My favorite quote this week :
This is my fave right now for many reasons. Mostly because I need it ! :-)

I enjoy the Day Book link up and hope y'all do too. Rememer to go HERE to find the other posts . Blessings ! Lora

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

re-reading" Demon : A memoir" By Tosca Lee

While checking e-mail last week I got an e-mail from paperback swap that my wish was granted and someone posted Tosca Lees book Demon . We have read it before . Bought several to give away , had a book club featuring it etc ... It is THAT good ! But we had given our last copy away not long ago. And then my hubby quips that he'd like to re-read it. Coincidence ? Yeah, no !
It came in the mail yesterday and I texted my hubby a picture. He texted back " great! You read it now and I will take it after I get home . " Um... ok . I was thinking I would rad it after my time-travel drivel I currently have on my kindle . But as the baby was playing this morning , the book was beside me and the Kindle was upstairs so I picked it up . I am both sucked right back in , and trying to not rush through it. Not even out of the first chapter and I find
"Walking up the half flight of steps tonight , I recalled the collection of Eyewitness Guides she had kept on our bookshelf --a constant reminder of unfulfilled hopes and my own shortfalls as a provider. A detail I had forgot until now. But it came upon me reflexively and fully formed , the way the smell of a hospital room could conjure my dying father."
I put the book down there . Because I want to walk thru my house and remove anything remotely similar ...and sadly I am sure I will find more that one thing! I want to ask my hubby to do the same. But I also just want to let God speak to him freely with out my inferences. Hmmm....pondering.

I hardly ever reread a book . (Except scripture) How about you ? Any you reread often ? I have a couple . Behind the Glittering Mask by Mark Rutland, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers , Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock (haven't reread it but as soon as I turn u a copy I will. )
Perfect Perscection , can't remember who whote it but it is a MUST READ !

My house is full of books , with my Kindle I could let a lot of them go . Hubby has a whole shelf full I am forbidden to get rid of . LOL He knows me well. The mood strikes and I can indiscriminately get rid of a whole rooms contents.

Have a good day all . I am going to eat some pizza and start prowling the house . Until the baby wakes up anyway. lol

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day Book , September 8 , 2014

So excited to be participating in this group of Ladies and sharing our blogs . ( and our life experiences) And I love that I got comments last week . FUN!

For Today :
Outside my window - in is overcast and a bit cooler than it has been . I am watching the humming birds dart in and out from the feeder. They are such amazing little creations!

I am thinking - that I need to get a craft station set up so I can have a work space. I have so many things I want to try!

I am thankful - for my hard working hubby. He travels a great deal for his job and we are often apart for 1-3 weeks. But God has blessed him and continues to do so. And it has allowed me to be a stay at home mom for many years! What an incredible blessing!

In the kitchen - I smell a delicious pork roast simmering . I will shred it and make gravy and serve it over rice. It is the princes favorite meal ! I will also make broccoli , because I am always trying to get veggies in that fella! LOL

I am wearing - comfy clothes. It's that TOM and I can't stand anything constricting at all the whole week. :-/

I am wondering - how long the baby is going to sleep. Today is her first day in her new bed and she seems to be having no problems adjusting!

I am going - to regret getting the pretzel crust pizza this weekend. The prince and I loved it , maybe a little too much! I already want another one :-P

I am reading - a couple books on minimalist style , habits and living. I am NOT a minimalist . I would like to lean more that way and glean some good tips on decluttering and streamlining things a bit. (or a LOT)

Around the house - I got quite a bit done this morning ! Floors mopped and dishes unloaded , reloaded and run . A few of the baby toys washed down and sanitized. I need to get the seat out of the activity center and wash it.

I am looking forward to - planting some fall mums this weekend.

Favorite quote of today -
"When a child is born , so is a grandmother"
I also want to add
A peek into my day -
 Isn't she just the sweetest thing ?! (That was rhetorical...because I know she is) !
Y'all go HERE to see the other awesome Day Books that beautiful women from all over are posting today ~ Enjoy !

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Like shopping only cheaper

So today I have been working on my laundry quandary . It is a perpetual struggle in my house. I was down to a pretty pitiful selection of wardrobe. 3 loads later and the towel shelf is filling back up and my closet is burgeoning ! And ,lo & behold , I have choices!!
It's like shopping only better. Everything fits and is in my colors. And I didn't spend anymore $$. ( Well except for those fancy new gain pods. ) 
Considering tackling the dark recesses of the bottom of my closet but that's for a day I can start EARLY.  Big job. I am a pile maker and a shover. And that closet (& every other closet) is stuffed , and fairly unorganized. 
So ready for a change . Well , my mind is . Still convincing the body to co-operate and get busy. 
Better get back at it. More clothes to put away. :-) 
(On the up side , I found the dress I am wearing to church tomorrow!)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Surprize parties in heaven

A friend posted on FB today that her beloved sister was suddenly and unexpectedly taken home to be with The Lord and they are all in shock. I recall using almost the same phrase when my brother died . "Suddenly and unexpectantly" but today I had this thought ... What if God whisks you away for a surprize party in heaven ?! 
Wouldn't that just be the best?! Talk about getting to see some friends you haven't seen in "ages" . 
Yes it is one of those odd things that make me laugh a little. Totally inappropriate for sharing with the grieving (when they need a bigger perspective,and higher purpose, but...it's in my head and I'll hang onto it for a while. Different perspective ,again , sigh!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Simple Womans Daybook 9/2

So excited to be joining in on this ! Let's get right to it!


Outside my window - A plethora of GREEN ! The grass is lush & the trees are in full summer canopy . There are several busy grey squirrels ; a gentle reminder that all this verdant green will depart soon.

I am thinking - about trying to eat better and exercise . And my failed effort this morning. I only got 10 mins in to the video before my heart was pounding! But I also realize that is is 10 min more than I got done yesterday ! (or last week)

I am thankful - for a 3 day weekend with my hubby ! It was pretty wonderful ! :-)

In the kitchen - It's a bit of a disaster area. I need to clear the counters and do the floor . The grand baby is highly mobile these days and the floor being clean is a must ! I also have so yummy rib eyes to cook that didn't get cooked yesterday . Yeah steak ! (lol)

I am creating - I am trying to create a functioning bathroom . Our front bath got started being re-done before my mom passed away in April and it has just lingered un-finished. It is my project today to spend 2 hours in there painting trim , doors and vanity.

I am reading - "A Broken Hallelujah" it was a Kindle First freebie. It is a crime mystery , not something I would usually pick . Nor one I would recommend , due to language. I am a softy , I like historical romance and time-travel and books that challenge my theology and places I compromise and need God to point out my oversights . Weird combo , I know .

Around the house - I am SO wanting to put some fall flowers and decorations out ! It is too early , but I am making my plans ! I also want to make a cute little burlap garden flag I saw at my hair dressers house. Very cute ! If I get to do it I will try to post a picture next week.

I am wearing - No make up and comfy clothes . Black yoga carpi's and a teal t-shirt with my beloved Sketch-Air shoes. No plans to see anyone anytime soon , and the dogs don't care! lol

Last one...Plans for the week - finish the bathroom . And perhaps work on getting my bedroom in better shape. But I want to concentrate on the bathroom ... then I can put my painting supplies away for a while . (just finished a bedroom last week ... boy,is that a story for another day !!)

Have a lovely week Ladies ! Don't forget to check out the other Day Book entries . There are several lovely blogs to read and explore! Go HERE to find them.