Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Blessings



Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year;
to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.
~Edward Sandford Martin

I wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving day!
In these uncertain times, we all have a choice - to gripe about what we do not have
or to give thanks to God in everything and be grateful for even the smallest blessings.

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find,
in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
~Henry Ward Beecher


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Monday, November 24, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook

I enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook as I am able.
It's a great way to start the week with a positive focus.


For Today
Monday, November 24, 2008

Outside My Window...
The rain is falling more slowly now as the temperature drops by degrees.
I'm thinking it will turn to snow before noon.

I am thinking...
This is going to be a short week. My dad is coming to get Mum and celebrate
American Thanksgiving with us. November has gone all too quickly.

From the learning rooms...
Dreamer has already completed a few of her workbook subjects and is ready to do History with the Historian. The Storyteller is finished reading and History and has talked his daddy into another funny chapter of his new favorite book.

I am thankful for...
Such a beautiful sunny day yesterday and a warm cozy house today.

I am praying for ...
Traveling mercies for all who are on the roads this week, but especially my Dad and Mum
- it's a long road home to North Bay.

From the kitchen...
Mum cleaned out the fridges on Friday and we cleaned up the Luscious Leftovers - buffet style - on Saturday. This morning I put a big beefy stew int eh crock pot to simmer all day! It smells really good already. Tomorrow we will have ham - it was on sale last week!
Thursday we'll be enjoying turkey and all the trimmings of course
- we are celebrating our 34th Thanksgiving as a couple!


I am wearing...
Long denim skirt and warm tights. An oatmeal sweater set that is soft and cozy.
I still need to dry my hair!

I am creating...
A shopping list using the specials and my coupons as a guide. The pantry is well stocked, but I need some special things to make this Thanksgiving dinner extra yummy.
I need to make a menu plan for the week, and plan some special things for the children to celebrate Thanksgiving.
I have lots of wonderful felted sweaters and a bunch more handles
ready to make some more purses for sale locally.
We have an appointment with a local business woman who is really excite about the purses!

I am going...
It's a stay close to home kind of day - my favorite kind!

I am reading...
A wonderful new Gooseberry Patch fall cookbook that I picked up for 70%off at
Cracker Barrel over the weekend!

I am hoping...
to get a few dozen more things checked off my to do list before
Mum goes home!

I am hearing...
The Historian is vacuuming and the children are working on their lessons.
The washer is on it's last legs from all of our felting - Dad will put in a new motor when he is here.
It's incredibly loud, but thankfully it is still doing it's job!

Around the house...
General picking up and some dusting. The bathrooms need some attention.

One of my favorite things...
A hot cup of tea and a new cookbook to peruse!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
  1. Continue to pray for the Lord's guidance with our search for a new church.
  2. Schoolwork, of course! It's a short week and we have no AWANA or co-op.
  3. Piano and ballet are still on for today!
  4. Sewing purses, p.j.'s and warmer skirts.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

Dreamer made a wonderful batch of Butternut Bread last week!


Thank you for reading my daybook!

Be sure to visit Peggy to read more Daybooks!
There are many many others participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook
and it is so much fun to read their thoughts!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

I'm still here

I just haven't had much computer time lately! Sorry about the unexpected logging break! My Mum has been here for three weeks now, and she has had a really bad cold for 10 days. Poor Mum! Too many germy smooches from our Storyteller, I guess. I think she is on the mend now, but this has been a really bad cold. I feel so badly for her, since I know the only place that I really want to be when I am sick is home sweet home.

We've been busy with homeschool, new gutters, purse making logistics, co-op, bargain hunting a bit (found a new thrift store!) and the daily household stuff! Today, I slipped out and got my hair cut and colored! It's been so long! May, to be exact. I've been a big chicken about my neck since the whiplash since those hair dressing sinks are always a pain in the neck! It was great today though, so I am pleased! Nice to get all the grey covered and a nice healthy trim! My Mum had to take a picture, of course.

I don't know when I'll get back to regular blogging. I have a lot of things floating around in my head to share with you all, but I haven't had time to put them all together and write them down. I seem to need a lot of sleep lately and that's hard to work into my schedule! Last night I got almost 12 hours and that was just delicious. I awakened a bit stiff from such a long rest, but I felt so refreshed. It was a blessing.

I am about to be picked up by my dear Historian for a big date! I can't believe it! Grammy is well enough to serve up hot dogs with a side of 'Fiddler on the Roof' for family fun night and we are heading out to a quiet dinner alone. What fun! I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.


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Friday, November 14, 2008

I carried my bag!



I don't get out much ~ not like my friend, and partner in purse making, Mrs. M! She is a great shopper and works at a wonderful job outside her home, as well as being a pastor's wife and friend to many. She really gets around! For weeks she has been talking about all of the great compliments she gets carrying her felted purse.

Yesterday, I finally took a minute to transfer my stuff from my summer purse to one of my felted wool creations - and I actually had places to go and people to see!

Our first stop was Tim's of course - Tim Horton's for those of you who are not Canadian and not on a first name basis with Tim like I am. I needed a hot chocolate and due to a very bad supper time mishap, there were no luscious leftovers for our bag lunches for homeschool co-op. Ahem. Oh well, Tim's to the rescue - they make great sandwiches you know! If you are too far south to be able to drink their awesome coffee and eat their yummy donuts, never fear, the Canadian invasion has plans to continue their infiltration of the Midwest and parts south, I'm sure! They've been hugely successful in our area.

Anyway - I do make a short story long, don't I? My bag got noticed by three women at Tim's - one other customer and 2 young workers! I was so flattered!

Next stop - HomeSchool Co-op, and more compliments and questions! There were even price and style inquiries! I think if I'd thought to put a box of them in the car, I might have had a sale!!! My Mum came to co-op and brought her red purse and she got some nice compliments too. Our last stop was Sam's club where three different women complimented my purse! One lady even asked if I had a business card - and I actually had one to give her! Yeah!

Too much fun!



I'm going to have to get used to all of this attention! I am used to rather blending in, especially if I am out and about alone, which is actually a rare thing. When I have our Storyteller and Dream on board, I rarely have to do any talking. Everyone compliments the Dreamer's beautiful blue eyes or listens politely to the Storyteller tell my most embarrassing secrets or some other long tale. I spend a lot of time smiling and trying to get him to wrap things up! Now, I guess I'm going to have to learn to graciously take a compliment and have a Reader's Digest sales pitch and business card on hand ... just in case!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook

I enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook as I am able.
It's a great way to start the week with a positive focus.


For Today
Monday, November 10, 2008

Outside My Window...
Dull, grey and cold outside - warm and cozy inside our home.

I am thinking...
it might take a few days to get back into routine after such a hectic week and weekend!

From the learning rooms...
Usually during our week off school, I plan for the upcoming weeks, but that didn't happen this time, so I am a bit uncertain where we are headed next in our learning adventure!

I am thankful for...
All of the help I recieved from my family to get ready for the craft show - they are amazingly supportive and I just could not have coped without them!

I am praying for ...
my friend Michele and her husband's job situation. He started work after 2 1/2 years of unemployment and on the first day on the job encountered corruption.

From the kitchen...
The fridges are bare and I didn't have the energy to study the food ads like I usually do Sunday Night, so no menu plan for the week as yet, but I'm working on it!

I am wearing...
my p.j.'s - soft cozy flannel, naturally!

I am creating...
this week I need to make plans - menu, school and sewing for the kids!

I am going...
To try to rest this week and catch up on the necessary stuff.

I am reading...
my Bible during quiet time this morning

I am hoping...
to feel more energetic soon!

I am hearing...
The Historian in juicing and Dreamer is getting her own breakfast.

Around the house...
Tidying up the Grammy Flat counter - putting away all of the tassel trims and purse sewing things in our bedroom for now. I need to sew some warmer skirts for the Dreamer and I.

One of my favorite things...
Sunday afternoon naps!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
  1. Continue to pray for the Lord's guidance with our search for a new church.
  2. Schoolwork, of course! Piano, ballet, Co-Op and AWANA too!
  3. Sewing and a bit of clothing shopping for the children.
  4. Planning for putting more meals in the freezer - menu and grocery lists.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...


A special tassel I made for a good friend of my sister's - I hope she likes it!


Thank you for reading my daybook!

Be sure to visit Peggy to read more Daybooks!
There are many many others participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook
and it is so much fun to read their thoughts!

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Show Wrap Up























We did it! Our first craft show featuring tassels, felted purses, soother sacs, Grammy's shortbread cookies, Dreamer's mice and Dad's chalkboards!







What a day! We met a lot of really nice folks and had a lot of interest in our felted purses. Mrs. M stuck by my side the whole day, but only one of her beautiful bags sold! She sold 4 this week at work and has orders for 2 more, so she is in good shape, but it was a bit disappointing. We had fun together and she got some knitting done in between customers. She was a huge help and I was so glad to have her there all day!


Mrs. M made our booth look so pretty - she took what I had and staged it all so nicely! She made it look so nice that a few folks asked if we had a retail store! I think we were a bit out of the price range for this particular show, but all in all I am pleased with the results. It was a 'church bazaar' rather then a 'craft fair'. I sure learned the difference! Many were there looking for inexpensive little craft items for stocking stuffers and holiday decorations - and there were plenty there!

Some of the items that other crafter's featured were so very cheap - I have no idea how they could make any money on the items they sold. That made our fairly priced items appear overpriced, but most people were very complimentary and seemed to appreciate the materials and effort involved. It was an enjoyable day over all and I am glad for the experience!




So, the 'really big show' is over .... and it's time to soak my feet and head for bed!

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Busy isn't the word!

Everyone has been working so hard this week! My Dad has been painting chalkboards and generally making our display for the show - I think it's going to be quite cute! He's been running errands and keeping an eye on the children, who have enjoyed their week off school! I found some levered doors at Habitat for Humanity and he hinged them together and made it stable.

Dad also helped me clean out the wool fuzzies from the washer when we thought is was gong to die from all of the felting! What a job!


I've been sewing purses, purses and more purses!

Mum has been running the household - keeping meals on time and nutritious!
She has taken over the laundry and also scored a wonderful selection of wool sweaters
to felt from Goodwill!
I love this orange one - it turned out so cute!
Mum has also been keeping us organized


I have also made 21 Soother Sacs and 30 more Tassels!


Last night, Mum went into shortbread production and made 23 dozen cookies, which are all packaged up cute as a button and ready for the sale!

Dreamer has made 12 sweet wee felt mice to sell too!

There are still a few odds and ends to wrap up, and today we are going over to
the church to set everything up!

This is one of those times that we are excited and looking forward to the show,
but we'll be glad when it is all over, I'm sure.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Final Push

Our Dreamer is feeling much much better - thank you all for your kind comments and concern! She is not 100% yet, but so much improved! I think it really helped that Grammy and Poppa arrived safely Sunday night! There is nothing like spending time with your two favorite people to perk a girl up! Our Storyteller is in denial. He is sure it is just 'dust' but we think he's got cold number 3!!!! What a boy! Maybe it's just one long cold that he never quite gets over. I don't know, but thankfully he is bright and cheerful, and on the go despite the stuffy nose.

I had some major dental work early yesterday morning in preparation for a crown to protect a broken tooth that has been bothering me for over a month. It was pretty awful because despite giving me Novocain 3 times, I just didn't 'stay frozen'. The pain and stress and Novocain sent my liver into a painful tizzy, so yesterday was pretty much a wash. I am much much better today, but concerned about infection. If it's one thing, it's another!

My Historian is off to vote this morning and than he'll head to work. I pray that he gets in a short line up and gets through relatively quickly. What a privilege it is to have a hand in the choosing of our country's leadership. Of course, ultimately, God is the One who allows those in authority to be in those positions. We are just praying that this nation receives mercy, and that in all things, God is glorified.

This is a 'no school' week for us as we finished off a semester last week. There are some subjects like reading for Storyteller and math for Dreamer that we will continue on, and of course, there are always AWANA verses to study, but for the most part the kids enjoy their week of freedom from our regular schedule. I enjoy it too and usually use it plan the coming weeks, but this week is the final push before the Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday.

What was I thinking? How do you get ready for a craft fair in three weeks? Oh well, it's a bit of a push, but I am having fun. Thankfully Mrs.M is working right along too and has 10 purses ready to sell. Our's might not be the best stocked booth, but we'll have enough to choose from, and hopefully that will be good. I have a dozen purses finished and only about 25 tassels, so I must get busy and make more of those! I'll be sure to take pictures of my finished products, but right now my camera card is full and I need to clear some memory!

I'd better get to work! I hope your week is full of blessing and hope! This passage encouraged my heart so much in yesterday's reading! I hope it brings you the same!

Psalm 24

A Psalm of David
1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory. Selah

He is the King of glory!

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