There's no place like home.

There's no place like home.
Home is where my husband and I reside; wherever that may be.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook 29 July 2013


Outside my window...the sun is shining, birds are singing, and there is a light breeze blowing.  It looks like today is going to be one of those ideal summer days that this is part of the country is known for.

I am thinking...about moods.  The funky moods that others get into has made me want to contemplate my own moods and the effect that they have on others.

I am thankful for...a daughter who is kind, generous, and giving and the privilege of knowing her.

From the kitchen...I predict that there will be cooking going on today.  This cooling trend in the weather brings out the cook in me.

I am wearing...a denim skort and a magenta tee shirt.

I am creating...a basket full of completed projects.

I am going...to be staying right here all day.  There is a certain contentment in knowing that you have nowhere to go.  The feeling is one of having the privilege of staying home and not one of obligation.

I am reading...For Women Only

I am hoping...that I can get time today to hop on my bike and take a ride.

I am hearing...the washer doing its Monday morning job, MK's bird on the porch singing happily, and Layn out there talking to himself while he plays with his toys.

Around the house...the cleaning is about done and now there is only the task of living left to do today.

One of my favorite things...is spending a quiet evening with my husband.

A few plans for the rest of the week...more of the same and a whole lot of the usual.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you...
A photo that I took on our recent trip out to Washington State to visit Ryan and Adam.  True to form Adam is trying to avoid the camera and not quite succeeding.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook 22 July 2013


Outside my window...there is a light rain falling.  This summer has been one of the strangest for us on record (at least on my record)  We started out with rain, unceasing rain.  So much so that there was widespread flooding and the accompanying damage and devastation that follows in its wake.  The relief that we were blessed with after all the rain was several weeks of hot and humid weather.  The heat and humidity brought with it, for the most part, a spell of dryness that is inevitably enough to make both the earth and the people feel like they are shriveling up.  Today's rain is a welcome change. (especially since I got all the lawns mowed this morning!)

I am thinking...about growing up and the changes that come with it.  My children have grown up and moved away.  I can't help but yearn to have them close again while I am so proud of their accomplishments.

I am thankful...for those same children who are all so loving and generous both with each other and the world that they encounter.

From the kitchen...there are plenty of weekend leftovers to tide us until tomorrow.

Around the house...all is peaceful and quiet.  Layn and his mama are napping, MK is folding laundry, and today there are no other little people around.  

I am wearing... a loose brown jumper and flip flops.  

I am going...to sit on the porch for the rest of the afternoon and read my new book.  There doesn't seem to be anything that is too pressing at the moment.

I am hearing...the sound of the rain on the trees out front, MK's bird in her cage singing to the wild birds that fly by, and the soft tunes that play in my mind as I work out what I want to do.

One of my favorite things...seeing, hearing, and smelling the world that I live in.

A few plans for the rest of the week...there are hours of adoration to be observed, appointments to be met, and family to love.  I feel that my week will be full to overflowing.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you...
The newly engaged couple, my son Ryan and the lovely Kathleen.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook 15 July 2013

Outside my window...the sun is shining through hazy skies.  The temperature is already 75 with 88% humidity and that is only the beginning.  While it may be hot and muggy out there is is cool in here.  The fans are blowing and all is clean and tranquil.  I reckon it will stay that way until Layn comes back in later for his lunch.

I am thinking...about words.  To me words are more than just the way that we get our point across.  Words convey images and feelings.  Some words contain vivid images of experiences long past and others have strong scents that are both familiar and comforting.

I am thankful for...this nice weather that is letting Ian make hay so the animals can eat this winter and we will have an additional income.

From the kitchen...I think BLT's are in order on such a warm and muggy day.

I am wearing...shorts and a tank top.  There is no reason for me to go anywhere so I can be cool-ish here at home.

I am going...to say home and get Mount Washmore under control.  The dirty house is no longer so once the laundry has been tamed I will feel like I have accomplished what I set out to do.

I am reading...For Women Only

I am hoping...that the new books that I ordered last night come soon.  Getting a package with books in it is like having Christmas in the middle of the summer.

I am hearing...the washer and dryer doing their jobs, MK's bird singing to the wild birds out on the porch, and Layn talking to himself out in his play yard.

Around the house...you can barely tell that we had a busy, lazy, and dirty weekend.

One of my favorite things...sitting on the porch in the evening watching the sun go down while I say my evening prayers.

A few plans for the rest of the week...get things done, stay cool, and love my life and my family.

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing with you...
This is one happy, dirty little girl.  She stayed with us Saturday and managed to brighten our whole world while getting as dirty as a little girl can.