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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Progress (New Years Eve)

I love that we are ending the year with great progress! Just look....
One side is sided! And it is the big side too!! Yeah! The deck is getting its railings right now. I got to see it get cut and measured and assembled. Just peeking out the kitchen window as I puddled around the kitchen. 
I got a new Ninja Coffee bar for Christmas from Mr. Wonderful (great gift!) At first I thought it would supplant the Keurig... But now I am not so sure. So I am working in my little kitchen to try to establish a working "flow" now incorporating both coffee appliances. Yeah.... We have a bit of a fascination with good coffee around here. LOL 
Mr. Wonderful and I walked out a stood on the 1/2 done deck the other night just being beside one another and star gazing. We are throughly going to enjoy this dang deck y'all! 
More updates SOON. (Insert Snoopy dance) 😊

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

the sound of progress

My head is a sleepy , noisy place today. The cough kept me up a lot last night so I am TIRED . And today the demo and construction is rockin' & rollin' ! While I AM excited , I would probably be more enthusiastic  if I was running on more than a few NyQuil induced hours of sleep .
Today the old siding is coming down and the deck is being begun. I also have a new back sliding glass door ! WooHoo!
I am really struggling with figuring out how I want to cover these new windows and doors. The only two I knew what I wanted to do for were ordered wrong and had to be re-ordered. They won't be here for about 2 weeks.
Not helping is this viral crap I picked up , probably while Christmas shopping . Sigh. The cough is brutal and just robs me of all my energy! And I have been looking on line a little bit a curtains and blinds . I am always astounded by how expensive they are ! I will ( hopefully) be making the blind / roman shade for the 2 front windows . I do rather want to try a slide shutter over the back door . But we shall see. My sweet Mr. Wonderful is pretty much like "what ever" .
I do usually try to do most of chaotic projects while he is out of town . He does not like the mess. It is fun that he is in town this week . He leaves before the construction guys get here and gets home after they are gone ... but he gets to see the days progress in increments . He is such a before and "TA-DAA" guys. He would really rather just come home and it be done .
I am glad the sun is shining today and there is a lot getting done. Tomorrow is suppose to be an absolute wash out. They better get to putting that house wrap on!

Monday, December 28, 2015

We got through Christmas

Christmas was lovely. I was sick with a pesky coughing virus, but it went well. We went non-traditional and had ribs! It was so good! I am all for non-traditional meal. I told everyone I think we are doing tacos for Thanksgiving next year! 
We did get 6 windows changed out last week , and got a new front door (and door bell) we were hoping for getting the deck done between today and tomorrow... But the rain has been pretty relentless. And the ground is super saturated. So ..  IDK! We shall see. 
Happy Monday ! I am off to find some good cough meds! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's a start

We have been making some progress on the house ! Yay . We got 6 or our 8 windows replaced so far and have a new from door installed! I want to go ahead and paint it SO bad !! But ... it is raining ....and raining some more ! And that is why they did not get to start on the deck today .
The kitchen window (which did get replaced already) and the deck are two of my personal favorite things that I am looking forward to with the glee of a child !
I must say here that it is really nice to have a front door that seals well. I was considering not replacing the storm/screen door . But we WILL be needing that ! As it turns out , I need that barrier between my furries and the outside world . Package deliveries and such are so much easier if I can slip out the screen and leave them in ... not trying to eat the approaching delivery person. So I will be back to looking for the appropriate fit for our needs . If only Amazon carried them. LOL That's who brings everything else ! lol
I have one more gift part coming in the mail . And a few more things to wrap .... so ... yeah , I better get a move on . SO.MUCH.TO DO!

Here are a couple pics
Here are 2 of the BEFORE pictures . Nothing showing is changed yet. I'll get back to you soon with some progress pics .

If I am not back on here before them ...Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night . Blessings , Lora

Thursday, December 17, 2015

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Due to unforeseeable circumstances . Our house work is being put off until Monday . I have to wait ALLLLLLLLLL Weekend. I have naked windows and stuff pile in weirder than usual places . OH ....and .... there's that whole thing that NEXT WEEK IS CHRISTMAS !!!! I am feeling a little nauseous . OK .... more than a little .

So , updates soon . Not as soon as I had hoped , sigh , but soon.
Prayers appreciated . I suck at waiting . And Christmas wrappin , and change ..... SIGH......

The day has finally come!!

Today is THE DAY! Seriously... I am in shock a bit. They will be replacing our windows today!
We have lived in our house for 24 years. The current window style is wood. Stained the the charming late 80s patina. Most of the windows have broken seals and have fogged the inside. That mean they look nasty even when they are cleaned. 
Confession time I am not an ambitious cleaner. And I like some things to show for my efforts when I do clean. So... Yep... I let the Windows hide away under blinds and curtains. They were/are pretty dirty! 😕 yuck. 
I told Mr. Wonderful he will have to make sure we add the window cleaning to a monthly rotation. Since it has obviously been off my radar for a while. Like only happens when the curtains get washed(about twice a year!)
I can't wait to post after pics! Then later window treatment pics. I think it will be pretty different. I want to paint too! If only Christmas wasn't so close! Lol Some stuff will have to be on hold a bit until afterwards. 
No tree here , not yet anyway. I did the mantle nice and put up some yard deco. You have to make hard choices when you are awaiting demo and construction. 
Pictures soon! 😘
This is my current kitchen window. See that cloudiness ? Um...yeah...That is CLEAN. It is the window I see up close the most and I am very excited to get that new one in !!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A random Thursday

It's a random Thursday in December. The baby is down for a nap , the house is a wreck , the hubby is due in tomorrow ...and my motivation stinks . So ... this is both therapy and avoidance !

It is 70 degrees here . I have the front screen open . I may be beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...but it does not feel like Christmas . I also do not have a tree up . The work will finally be starting on our house and it would just be one more thing to have to move !

I am missing my hubby , tomorrow can't get here soon enough in that respect . The amazon deliveries have been pretty steady ... more than usual , so that part looks Christmas-y. I need to dredge the depths of the closet to assemble the gifts soon ... dreading that . Maybe I can have a collosal give away box. How does one purge belongings ? We have clearly amassed a large amount of possessions . I neeed to down size , whilst stayin in the same space . gad....

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

We had our big family and friends gathering at our "neutral location" . It was beautifully decorated , wonderfully fragrant and overflowing with abundance ! We had about 20 people in attendance and fed almost 30 people !
It was still pretty painful , the missing loved ones are still much missed , but this day we choose to love , to celebrate LIFE and GRACE and each other. It was good . God was there with us . Encouraging us to LOVE and serve . And sometimes it is His holy nudge that keeps us going and doing .
There was a lot of action and laughs today . The type that life with a toddler , who has been aptly named "Ms. Busy" , brings about . I think my favorites were when she found the cranberry jel , left with-in her reach and cut into tantalizing little fist sized globs. She ate several handfuls ! And we were thankful that her Thanksgiving dress was appropriately ...cranberry colored ! ;-)
My , wind knocked out moment was at the end of the afternoon . I was placing dishes into the piles to make sure they went home with the right people and there was a smallish crock-pot on the counter. I turned it around to see who's it was and it had my moms name on the top , in her handwriting . I sucked in a big breath and bit back the tears that sprang to my throat .
Altogether a rousing success. I have threatened that next year we are doing tacos. The whole traditional thing is SO involved ! I love it all right up to the day of . Well , actually , I am that way about a lot of things!
Better close off . Hubby is dozing in the corner of the couch .He has been working some weird shifts and I know he is tired! Poor guy !

He's two picture to complete todays post.....

Monday, November 9, 2015

Old homestead

I have realized why old farm houses that sit by themselves speak to my heart. 
You see I live in a sub-division. It's an older sub-division so we do have a respectable amount of space. And there are bout 4 styles of houses and slight variations there of. So they are not the cookie-cutter block situation. But that being said these houses were made by a builder. The original owners (some of them) got to pick from the choices available and include a couple customization details. We are not the original owners- there are definitely things I would do differently. Number one being the kitchen. The stove is right next to the refrigerator- I mean , who does that?! It makes no sense. 
But when I see an old farm house my heart stirs. I realize I do not have the skill or drive to own and take care of one but ... Oh , my heart! That was someone's dream. Literally blood, sweat and tears. The kitchen window was place just so ... For the wife's own reasons. Facing the sunset, or maybe the family cemetery. Or the gate that her husband would be walking in and out of at the beginning and end of every day.
Yes, indeed, I know why old farmhouses speak to my heart! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Signs I painted

I mentioned the painting I was doing in my day book this week but I forgot to put a picture! 
This is one sign painted on both side. One for fall , one for Christmas!
I am really happy with it so far. I hope to put wording on it with vinyl cut on my silhouette next week. I'll post pics if I do!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rain-y days and Mondays

Thank you for stopping by for a blog visit ! I hope you enjoy my Day Book . Find more about Day books and many other ones to read HERE

For Today... I am all by myself. Everyone is working and it is not a day I have my grand daughter. I have a LOT I could be , should be doing but ....

Outside my window... Yuck. It is chilly (low 60's) and it is a constant misty rain . It is a total motivation squelching day. I just can't get started! So...here I am blogging. LOL

I am thinking...About how excited I am for the work that will be done on our home ...and how much work I have to get done before then ! Seriously overwhelming . Everywhere I look I see something else. I have learned that I am drowning in clothes. I have a hallway full of things that need to go away...but it's raining. Blah.

I am thankful...For a good weekend with my husband . Getting to see our family yesterday. Getting to participate in all night prayer and corprate worship. Seeing an old friend. 

I am wearing...Faded black yoga pant capris and a spiffy purple sports tank. No socks or shoes, but I will be finding those soon! It is nippy and I will also need to be in the garage soon to take down a load of laundry. (more clothes!)

I am creating...Some neat wooden signs ! Thank you Paige !

I am going...To a couple Apple Barns in North GA tomorrow! I will bring home about 20lbs of apples to can !

I am wondering...How to get my kitchen clean and Keep it clean so that I can enjoy cooking for my family again. There is just too much stuff in the way . 

I am reading...Product Detailsby Mark Rutland. It is SUCH a good book ! I highly reccommend it !! A small book with such astounding revelations waiting to be uncovered!

I am hoping...To get my sewing machine working. It has been a process of trial and error and finding problems and ordering parts. Waiting on parts etc....All I want to do is so simple projects!

I am learning...that as hard as it is to adjust to limitations of an injury , it can be just as hard to adjust to incremental healing. 

In my garden...
The last hurrah of the begonias and impatiens ! 

In my kitchen...I made Chicken and dumpling this weekend . It's a seriously big deal around here ! LOL . I am thinking about some french toast casserole for tonight. It's just me and the prince tonight. Mr. Wonderful is out of town.

A favorite quote for today...As hard as it is to wrap my mind around it, I thank him for taking my baby to heaven and taking care of him. I'll never know why it happened or have any answers at all but I trust in God to take care of the baby and taking care of myself.:

A peek into one of my days...
my fur-friends reaction to this rain-y day! 

One of my favorite things...cool , sunny fall days!

From the board room...Gray exterior house painting color trend - 7 paint trends to look for in 2015: http://www.colorworldhousepainting.com/2015-exterior-house-painting-trends/
this is approximately the color our house will be ! 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

What's in a name?

My beautiful grand daughter calls me Ama . She came up with it all on her own. I was originally shooting for Gemma. But Ama is unique and she has stuck with it.
While playing one of my favorite games today (words with friends) I played the word Amas . Which led me to thinking if Ama was a real word somewhere besides our little world. It turns out it is!
AMA is an abbreviation meaning ask me anything. And ironically I am kind of infamous for answering honestly even when it isn't easy.(or popular)
And Ama is a South African name that mean born on Saturday. And I WAS born on Saturday!! How cool is that! 
Many blessings Lora (aka Ama) 😍

Monday, August 10, 2015

New title

This earned us a text declaring "#bestparentsever" lol 
I'll take it! This kid loves those orange cream shakes! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Creative elements challenge

I found a post on Instagram today about a creative daily challenge. Doodles and lettering I believe. There is a different prompt each day. Today was hearts. I got all the way until the end of the day before I decide why not?!
Terrible picture, but here is this one. I may or may not get the rest of them but I did today and it was therapy for me! So...Dawnnicole.com thank you for the inspiration!

28 days of different

My friend and I are trying a change in our diet. No gluten,soy,dairy,corn or sugar. What will be hardest for me ? Sugar and dairy! Seriously! I live on yogurt and cheese. Lol 
I am a snack grazer too. I made DIY dark chocolate and coated some banana slice and froze them. I did almonds too.
Healthy yet sweet snacks at hand! 
Next I hope to make some over night oats to have in the fridge! 
More culinary adventures will have to wait until this cutie is napping! Lol

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I made several updates since May but I did not publish them . So now I have gone through and deleted the drafts. I am having a wee bit of an issue in the fact that I prefer to blog from my computer , BUT , Pictures are easier to add from my phone ! And when you are surrounded by cuteness like I am PICTURES are important !

Lots has happened since May as you can Imagine . June brought my birthday , my daughters birthday , my sons girl friend also had a birthday . July quickly moved into Camp meeting time ! Then onto Mr. Wonderfuls birthday the very next weekend !

I often feel like my year is split in half . Focus on Camp meeting and the summer birthdays , then switch gears to Christmas ! LOL Of course there will be MUCH to happen between now a Christmas and I am by no means wishing the time away , I am just saying my brain just moves on . I have been having new decorating idea since by then the outside of our house will look very different. I am scared and excited! Dreading the process , for sure ! But looking forward to the outcome ! I will be sure to post some before , progress and after pictures !

I hope to make a Simple Woman's Daybook post later this evening ! I miss popping in on all the participants.

Best wishes ! Lora Lee

Monday, May 18, 2015

Day Book for 5/18/15

Todays Day Book - 05/18/15

Outside my window- It actually just started storming. It has gotten very dark and omnius looking . Lots of thunder and lightening . Beautiful ! It always makes me think of when my youngest was little and threw his little head back and said " I hear ya God , but it I just hear thunder. WHat are you saying?" - Wow , with the faith of a child , AMEN ?!

I am wearing - black yoga capris and one of my favorite Cato shirts. I bought it for a wedding several years ago and wore it with a long skirt. Now it is a whatever shirt. Good colors , good fit , and it is that fabulous material that can be in a basket for a week and look great when you pull it out to wear.

I am thankful for- my hubby getting some vacation time ! And time to allow his body to transition shifts easier than the other transition! (and Memorial day gives him one extra day!)

I am thinking - that I need to make a packing list so I don't forget stuff for our leadership retreat this week.

I am praying - about our house estimates . Still haven't got any numbers back yet. And our daughters job. She is needing a new one , and I guess her attitude. The tighten the belt idea would be helpful and reduce stress. I try to say "Not my circus , not my monkeys" but is kind of is so.... I can't change a lot on my own but I can certainly pray !

I am working on - several ideas . Not much action though.

In my kitchen - ground beef thawing . I need to pre-cook it tomorrow so I can make chili when it comes our turn to cover luch on Thursday. We are doing a baked potato bar. :-) Not too complicated , I will have to bring both crock-pots.

On my reading pile- I am reading book 2 of the outlander series. I have never read them before , which considering they are my preferred time/era/location AND they deal with time travel , is pretty amazing . LOL I was even given book 1 once and I couldn't get interested . Go figure!

In the garden - Got the pond filled . The grass got cut today , it looks very nice ! Roses and azelas are in bloom, THe wild black berries and domestic raspberries look wonderful so far !

Plans for the week - our leadership conference. Trying to just enjoy some down time.

A peek into my day and my favorite quote are combined this week (This is my grand daughter Beaulah Grace)-
Have a wonderful week y'all !

Make sure to visit some of the other blogs linked up HERE. It is such a fun look at what is going on in beautiful, fun, crazy, decorated, messy, busy or quiet homes all around the country !

Monday, May 11, 2015

Simple womans daybook 5/11/15

For Today... May 11,2015 Today ...

Outside my window...It is beautiful day ! But I fear it has done a double-time step from spring to summer ! It has been hot and the dreaded Southern humidity has reared it's ugly head ! I gave in and turned the air on. I used to try to wait until June first . Now I just wait until that first night it's too hot to sleep. THat happened the other night. The air worked hard Sunday trying to get all the moisture pulled out of the house . It feels so good when you walk in .

I am thinking... That I will be super glad when Mr Wonderful gets home. Looking forward to a small get-away with him ! :-)

I am thankful... For successfully making it to our 25th anniversary! The longest guess/bet when we got married was 6 months. Year 9 we were headed for divorce but God intervened ! All praise , honor and glory to Him . I got saved. Radical life changing salvation. 5 months later Mr Wonderful got on his own bowed knee and received grace and forgiveness. He had known Jesus as a young man and walked away. God , rich in mercy, called him home to the foot of the cross . We renewed our vows and dedicated our marriage to God on our 10th anniversary .
Life has never been the same !

I am wearing...jean shorts and a grey embroidered t-shirt . Socks , no shoes. Sun-glasses as a hair accessory - as usual !

I am creating...A plan to fix the broken stone on the fire place !  I watched a video and feel empowered now . I thought "hey, I can do that " LOL Well , we'll see !

 I am going... To have Ms Busy a couple days this week . Gotta get the floors done first thing in the morning !

I am wondering...If hubby will transition back to first shift easily after 2 weeks on nights. They've been working 8pm to 8am. He is dog tired and still has several days to go. Oh, the beautiful sacrifices that man makes for us !

I am reading... Some romantic fluffy thing that I downloaded on Kindle for free. I have been having trouble sleeping for various reasons and allowing my reasoning to check out for a while helps sometimes. LOL

I am hoping...For good numbers on our repair estimates. I want to squeeze as much out of our budget as possible ! And it is major stuff. Prayers appreciated !

I am learning... that even dogs go thru menopause. My AbbyJean is 10 and a half and is in heat ! She skipped the 2nd one last year so we assumed she was done. This week she have the "pukies" and didn't want to eat anything for a couple days .Then the heat hit her. Poor girl.

In my garden...My hubby drained the pond and cleaned it out . So excited to get it reestablished.  I got a new fountain pump and am going to try to have a small water feature . It will be a first ! I'll post pictures if it works !

In my kitchen...BBQ sandwiches , steamed broccoli and a veggie mix. Trying to make some hard decisions on getting rid of some stuff so my kitchen can flow better.

In the homeschool room...We are discovering to magic of "Color Wonder" The baby is 16 months old and they do not write on clothes,walls or carpet. Neat stuff !

A favorite quote for today...
This seemed appropriate to the day I need after the night I had ! The dogs kept me up A LOT !

A peek into one of my days...

One of my favorite things...
Actually , just iced coffee. No flavored stuff . Coffee , real cream and ice....definitely one of my favorite things!

That's it for this week y'all! Have a blessed week. Leave comments! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Simple Womans Daybook May 4,'15

For Today... May 4, 2015

Outside my window...It is the gloaming , as the Scots would say . It is that dusky time when it is not quite night but not quite daylight. The sun is down but it is as if God is giving His children just a few  moments extra to gather and get-a-going.

I am thinking... Of a multitude of things ! My brain is a busy place ! Mostly thinking of my hubby right now and praying that he has an easy time adjusting to the 2nd shift he will be having to be on soon. Here is Mr. Wonderful himself relaxing with our favorite little grand daughter (only 1!)

I am thankful... For the work of the Holy Spirit at church yesterday . Oh, I just feel like God got a lot done in a short time !

I am wearing...Denim shorts (that have a safety pin in the cuff for making beaded pretties) One of my favorite Kohl's shirts, it's a black fit and flare style tank. Comfy , presentable . The best of both worlds!

I am creating...A sign in vinyl for my dining room . (well,I hope I am anyway)

I am going...Grocery shopping , to the vinyl store and to get my oil changed this week .

I am wondering...What the furniture I am getting is going to look like in the house , and what I will need to do to it .

I am reading...
Mostly blogs right now to help me with the 99 projects I have in the works and in my head! I want to do a pond pump and make a small waterfall. Lots of reading and picture gazing !

I am hoping...I can make some very positive changes in the house for my husband.

I am learning...That I can be lazy , procrastinating but also too busy and take on too much . I seem to have very little space between the extremes.

In my garden...
Irises , scurvy weed , roses, berry canes

In my kitchen...
Corn dogs and steamer bag veggies tonight. 

In the home school room...trying to eliminate a bookshelf or two from the house.

A favorite quote for today... Those who will not be ruled by God will be governed by Tyrants , William Penn

A peek into one of my days...My grand baby got to play in the sprinkler for the first time .

One of my favorite things...Sunrise and sunset . This picture was take the other night on my way home .

From the board room...
photo credit to lifehacker.com

Well That's it for this weeks daybook. I hope you will leave me a comment, visit the other linked up blogs here and come back again really soon . feel free to search other posts too. :-) Have a great week y'all !

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fighting my way up the hill

Yesterday felt like a battle. One I wasn't doing very well in. I was getting poked , prodded and thwarted at almost every turn . I knew the attack was ON.
I shared some of what was happening with my husband. He is my prayer cover . And he took it serious . Even though he did laugh at some of my recounting what had happened. I can say it did seem pretty ridiculous because it was so overt .
Today is a new day. Gods mercies are new every morning and thankfully today was no exception!
I have been hearing God talk to me today . In my language , my learning style , right where I live . He is like that . He is my ABBA Father . His heart is for me . He longs for the fellowship of my company . His nearness is my good .
Here comes the "My language , my learning style " part.
Mark Rutland talked about showing up at a fight and feeling very triumphant . Until he turned around and his big brother was behind him . And he knew that that had been the turning point of the fight that never was . My husband stood behind me in prayer . He called on our big brother Jesus . It was over before it began. I still have the bruises but I fought my way to the top of the hill. And the view is spectacular!
I am praying for and thanking God for the people in Australia who will be praying for the USA . I feel like this country is the Titanic . And in Foolishness , history has repeated itself . Some guy said "not even God can sink it " And his companions all shook their heads in agreement. And there are a lot of passengers that are along for the ride. Enjoying the luxury . Telling the spotter yelling "Iceburg" to shut up they can't hear the orchestra.
There's a country song that says " It takes a little time, sometimes, to turn the Titanic around. " And with lots of prayer and some biblical humble prayer we can see our country turned back to God , back to morality , back to where we should be. "If my people , who are called by My name will humble them selves and pray and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land. There is hope because He is the God of all hope .
Our country as a whole , could crest the rise of the hill and see the dawning of a new day with brand new mercies!

Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27th Simple Womans day book

Welcome , and blessings! I hope you enjoy a peek into my week . And remember there are many more day book participants here . Wouldn't it be fun if you joined in ? I sure think so !

For Today... April 27th , 2015 . It sounds clich'e but, where the heck did the month go! 

Outside my window...It is an absolutely lovely SPRING day! It is currently 64 and an expected high of 73 (F) today . The sun is out . There is a gentle breeze making the windchime whisper in it's bass tones. The grass just got mowed , and everthing it a riot of green !

I am thinking... About the exterior work we will be getting to have done on our house. I am so excited ! It won't be until late summer but it is going to be here before we know it !

I am thankful...For an unexpected blessing ! And for my hubby getting back safe from his hiking trip . I am even thankful he got rained out and came back a day early . I try to remember to cherish the time I have with him . Even when the house is dirty or I had made other plans. He is my priority !

I am wearing...Hot pink shorts and I black flow-y tank. The pick is pretty far outside my norm but I found them (the shorts) new at a thrift-store and thought ..."eh, why not?" THis is my 2nd time wearing them so I'd say it was a good find !

I am creating...Space ! I am in purge mode and praying that God keeps me in purge mode. I have so much I need to get rid of ! It has been way too long since we have had space . And we are both feeling like God is moving us in a renewed direction . It is exciting and scary and requires change. And if nothing else we are creatures of habit ...every one of us. LOL

I am going... to get my phone looked at over at the Apple store. The volume button isn't working . Whick means the apps don't have sound . Only frustrating for videos and the baby's apps. But I still want it to work. And since it is a good way away , I will make several other stops as well. A thrift store,a pet store, maybe the craft store .

I am wondering...When the stores will come out with Patriotic stuff . I am doing my Living room in Americana < well , my version of it anyway. But I would love to have a couple more accents to sprinkle around.

I am reading...
The Harbinger . I haven't had much time to read so I am still only 1/4 of the way through it .

I am hoping...To make major headway on the downstairs cleanse and purge to surprise my husband! He won't be home until Friday so that gives me time to make bigger changes happen .

I am learning...That I have to pray and then cooperate with the grace God extends.

In my garden...The roses and iris are in full bloom ! It is lovely !

In my kitchen... Probably not as much this week . I am hoping to stick to simple dinners but still nutritious. I know I have to get better about eating well even if it is a "just me " day. I tend to snack around or just forget to eat. I do know I feel better if I ear though. I know we will be doing breakfast for dinner one night for certain ! It's one of my faves !

In the homeschool room...I have been retired from Homeschool for almost 3 years now. But I still have way too many books , and some of them are indeed still from the school days ! I am hoping to be purging some of those as well . I will pass them along to friends who still have students in active scool mode.

A favorite quote for today...

A peek into one of my days...

One of my favorite things...Oh , come now . Those that have visited before know I was not going to miss having a picture of my cute grand daughter even if I don't have her today ! LOL

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

God can be a name dropper!

Randomly watching some tv tonight I was surprised to hear a speaker talking about writing books, getting self-published,alternative sharing of your "story "... And since God is developing a story in my mind I was paying attention. It turns into testimony time from different people who have had God show up and show out. Awesome testimony! Then chattering along he is talking about a great revival and starts naming people involved. He say Mel T and everyone knows who he means. I had to laugh! This is who we saw just a couple weeks ago in a small meeting. God was name dropping! But it did work! Not only did I listen but I recorded it so Mr Wonderful can hear it this weekend! 
My favorite quote from the part I saw... "Coincidences aren't. " I might PVPP that! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Welcome to my April 13th Day Book ! If you enjoy reading mine please go check out the other entries and give some "blog love" to Mrs. Peggy who hosts this fun Monday meme! http://thesimplewoman.blogspot.com/

Today I am thinking - About death and taxes and rain and naps and how quickly time goes by. Dangerous question for an ADD mind . LOL I am also thinking about how much I love seeing the squirrels precariously perched in the Maple trees eating the helicopter seeds as fast as they can . It is a short season but so fun to watch !

I am thankful - That my hubby is coming home today for the wild , far flung reaches of IOWA! LOL
Hey , it's a l-o-n-g way from Georgia ! Too far !

I am wearing - jean shorts and a teal and black blouse. It's one  of those great materials that you can heap any-ole-place and pick it up and it is not wrinkled ! It's almost chilly to day with the rain so I am probably changing into pants soon !

Today I am going - to get Mr. Wonderful from the airport ! YAY!!!

I am creating - well, I am trying to try to create my very 1st PVPP project. That stands for Paint, vinyl, paint, peel. I am trying the "Love grows best in little houses" verse . I really like it and I think it will help me have a good/better attitude in my house.

I am wondering - I am wondering why I keep getting headaches in the mornings. I think it is the pollen . It could be barometric pressure since we have had a lot of lovely spring rain. I have been using essential oils to help . (so I am taking less OTC meds) Lemon, lavender, and peppermint is good for allergies and a pre-made blend called "past-tense" that I use if it is in my neck. I don't really care for the smell of it . It has a hefty dose of Wintergreen in it but it works well.

I am reading - The Harbinger , I haven't had much time for reading this week . My daughter has been being trained at her new job and it has meant I had the baby more ! And I have been trying to get taxes finished for my dad and son.

I am hoping - that they finally have my hubby work truck fixed correctly . This is the 3rd try! Ugh! It only has 32,000 miles on it and it has had some serious front-end problems . I told him if the dealer does not get it right this time we might have to call the company . SIgh ! I would rather that it was just done and done right !

I am learning - that even though I don't have a "go to work , get a paycheck " job I still feel like my time is worth something . It frustrates me when people think my time is worthless and that my work is just expected and should be cheap or free because "it's not like you were doing anything"

I am pondering - How I could better use the space I have . After 20+ years it is ever evolving .

In the kitchen - Just coffee right now ! I have Major Dickensons K-cups by Peets . They are the best ! And I unexpectantly got a blessing as they were on sale at my grocery store and they did not ring up right at the register . So I got 2 of them at the sale price and one for free . The manager said it is store policy . I just saw it as a blessing. I had contemplated if I really needed to spend that much on coffee .

quote for my week -

A peek into my day - There isn't a peek yet . LOL I will try to come back and post something in a bit !

Well this "day-book " stretched out over 2 days and I am posting late. I hope I still get a few comments though. They always make me smile!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Simple Womans day book/ April 6

I haven't done this in quite some time and I must say ... I have missed it ! Miss Busy keeps me BUSY!  So here goes!

Outside my window ... Spring has sprung ! And today is all about those April showers , though I must say the "may flowers" are popping already too. :-)

I am thinking - About dinner ....sorry , rather shallow , lol ...but it is smelling SO good ! Nothing fancy . Frozen pizza and leftover ribs. The ribs were so delicious! I will try to find the link for the recipe . It is all done in the oven in foil. No mess, no hassle ! My hubby said he wants them that way every time now . I guess I will have to start watching for good sales on ribs now!

I am thankful - that Both my children started a new job today! They have both been needing something different and they both are making more money than the previous jobs they held. All Praise to God !

I am wearing - a cute , comfy track suit. Black and pink . I had to be up at 5 to take my hubby to work because his truck is in the shop. So it had to be EASY ! LOL Yes , I am fully aware that some people do this every day . I haven't had to in a very long time.

I am creating - A lot of things with my essential oils . I might be a tad bit OCD about it ! LOL I have cleaners , replacements for some OTC meds , air fresheners , laundry stuff . My husband said I have to start labeling them . Too many spray bottles .

I am going - to be taking my husband to the airport this week . I hope to make a brief foray to the very large farmers market that is in that area .

I am reading - Well... some antique recipe books and blogs. I have found some interesting info and a couple recipes to try . Here is one that I will be making -

Beat the whites of nine fresh eggs to a stiff froth, then mix with it fifteen spoonfuls of finest white sugar, and five or six drops of essence of lemon. Drop them on paper with a teaspoon, sift sugar over them, and bake them in a slow oven.
"Directions for Making Cake," American Recipes from 1864.

A peek into my day -

In the garden - Just a vague plan . I want to at least have a couple tomatoes and some cukes.
And , gosh , I hope it happens this year ! 2 whole years with out a garden ! Sigh . last year was just too hard .

Best close out . I have to clean up from the baby being here . It has been a very long day . And the next one will be starting in NO TIME ! :-)

If you guys enjoyed the day book idea go here to visit many more ! And hopefully you will jump in and play along if you haven't yet !

Blessings blog friends ! You are loved and prayed for !
                                                                                    Lora Lee

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hope you are having a blessed Resurrection Sunday ! It is a lovely spring day here in my little corner of GA . The birds are singing , the pollen is thick and there will be record numbers of people at churches all across the bible belt . My heart is heavy for the people who will show up to impress their mama or check it off the yearly list . May the Holy Spirit be busy bringing hearts to repentance today . I pray there are many new names written in the Lambs Book of Life today .
Hopefully I will get back here this coming week to expound on the many things going on ! To God be the glory!
Under His Grace , Lora Lee
Happy Easter Sunday 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The drumming continues

We have covered most of those hard first anniversaries that a beloved ones death heralds into the space so recently vacated. All but the one year event date.
We miss my mama so much ! All the darling little things BG does and I can't help but think how she would have enjoyed this child. 
I have had so many conversations with God about life and death and heaven this year!y mama loved being a grandmother more than anything! And God kindly reminded me that my mom has life I can only imagine. And that life includes grandkids! My brother lost 2 babies to early miscarriage  I lost a couple babies too. She has received a double blessing in now being with twice as many grands as she has here! She gets to be with my brother again. She gets to be with the child she miscarried. The brother or sister her mom lost. Maybe some of her siblings (Lord willing) I bet she never got to see that one coming! What joy. Our sorrow is tempered knowing the joy she now has . And knowing that one day we will join her!
Help us hang on to the hope of heaven Lord , there are a couple more hard dates coming. May we persevere in faith!