Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer Daybook

I really enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook when I am able to.
Peggy is taking a hiatus from the Daybook for the summer until September, but I think I'll just keep on since it is such a blessing to me! It's just a great way to start the week!



For Today
Monday, June 29, 2009


Outside My Window... It is 65 degrees, sunny and clear! What a blessing! I just melt in the heat and humidity, so this is truly a sweet reprieve for me - especially since the AC in part of our home isn't working at all - it just quit and it's only two years old!

I am thinking...
the the message yesterday was both encouraging and challenging - and that I need to listen to it again to help me understand where God is really speaking to me.

From the learning rooms...
Today the children will do their history lessons with our Historian - and we need to get back into our 2 hours a day routine since we slacked off last with with our sick Storyteller. He is much better - thank you for praying for him. Ear infections are always worse in summer when all you really want to do is go swimming!

I am thankful for ...
A quiet cool morning to sit and pray, reflect on the Word of God, and plan the week's schedule a bit more. I have so much to be thankful for - including an upcoming visit from my Mum, sister and her three boys! We are so excited!

I am praying for ...
Contentment and a letting go of perfection.

From the kitchen...
Peaches! We are blessed by some wonderful peaches right now and I am excited to put some up for winter, enjoy some fresh and maybe a nice peach crisp will find it's way to our table!

I am wearing...

My painting and gardening clothes - I look a mess, but I did 'do' my face and hair even though I am in the middle of a messy project! I am sanding some old wooden chairs!

I am creating...
New cushions for my latest bargain - two wooden chairs! They need to be primed and painted, but it is far too windy today! Perhaps tomorrow.

I am going...
To stay right here and enjoy an 'at home' day.

I am reading...
The first chapter of James ...

James 1

1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. 2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

I am hoping...
The our AC is still under warranty!

I am hearing...
The most delicious breeze, distant cars on the highway, a rustling of leaves, the turning of pages in a summer time book, and the clickity clack of my terrible typing!

Around the house...
Some picking up and a good vacuum are needed - along with an hour or six of ironing! There are clothes flapping on the line outside and I started an outside project as well.

One of my favorite things...
Being able to spread out a simple, healthy, well balanced, colorful meal for our family brings an overwhelming sense of blessing and satisfaction. We are truly grateful to be picking berries, harvesting the last of the lettuce, and to have a freezer full of good things to eat.

Fitness goals ...
I am feeling pretty well and much better without the heat and humidity, but I haven't lost any more weight (at least I didn't gain either!) and I have been very lax with my walking. I am determined to do better this week. I did one mile today and will do another before bed!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
  1. More Sewing - birthday surprises are on my to-do list!
  2. Watering and weeding the gardens
  3. Keep walking!
  4. Deep cleaning the Grammy Flat in preparation for some very special company!
Here is a picture thought I'm sharing:


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Daybook

I really enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook when I am able to.
Peggy is taking a hiatus from the Daybook for the summer until September, but I think I'll just keep on since it is such a blessing to me! It's just a great way to start the week!



For Today
Monday, June 22, 2009



Outside My Window...
The sun is beginning to be low in the sky, as our day has all but ended.

I am thinking...
It's been a week of pain because of my dental work, and now our sweet boy is sick, but overall, we have been blessed to have all of our needs met and more.

From the learning rooms...
Today the children did their history lessons with our Historian - they both love learning with him. We slacked off all other school work since the Storyteller is not feeling well at all.

I am thankful for ...
A quiet and relaxing Father's Day yesterday, access to good medical care, and for some new fabric to make special gifts for our Storyteller's upcoming birthday.

I am praying for ...
Good health for our sweet boy - I think he and I will be heading to the after hours clinic to have his painful ear checked out as soon as the Historian gets home with the car.

From the kitchen...
Yesterday I made butter tarts for the Historian and they are almost gone - I think they were pretty popular with the Dreamer!!! Maybe I should have put a few under lock and key! I'll have to make them again soon - or better yet, teach Dreamer Grammy's special recipe!

I am wearing...

Tank, blouse and capris - soon to be jammies, I hope!

I am creating...
Gift for the Storyteller's birthday, as well as decorations and party favors. Our theme is 'baseball' - and I'm having fun coming up with ideas.

I am going...
to head to bed as soon as our boy is settled for the night! In the meantime, I'll keep busy with some ironing I guess ... or a book!

I am reading...
Knits for Bears to Wear

I am hoping...
That our boy heals quickly and that he can sleep without pain tonight.

I am hearing...
The tick tock of the grandfather clock, Adventures in Odyssey quietly on someones c.d. player, and my typing which seems kind of loud in all this quietness.

Around the house...
Do you remember that I was hoping for a good week of cleaning up and getting things put to rights last week? Well, some of it happened, like the tackling of Mount Ironmore - but the closet by closet cleaning didn't get checked off the list, and neither did the grout deep cleaning. It's back on the list for this week!

One of my favorite things...
Watching for the first stars to pop out here in our quiet darkness, and lightening bugs flitting about the yard!

Fitness goals ...
I was to the doctor this morning and her scale agree with mine - 10 pounds! I have also lowered my blood pressure by 10 top and bottom and my pulse was better. I had blood work which will tell the rest of the story - results next week. Walking was hard this week with so much mouth/jaw/ear pain, but I did it. Most days only a mile but two days I did 2 miles. I hope it will get easier soon.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
  1. Sewing - birthday surprises are on my to-do list!
  2. Watering and weeding the gardens
  3. Waiting prayerfully on test results
  4. Keep walking!
  5. Deep cleaning those disaster areas
Here is a picture thought I'm sharing:



June Garden Collage

Thank you for reading my daybook!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day


This is my Dad - Poppa to our Dreamer and Storyteller. We're too far apart to get together for a Father's Day picnic, but I wanted to send my love and wish you a Happy Father's Day!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Patio Blooms




Are you tired of garden pictures yet? I hope not! This is the back patio, where we are still enjoying the comfort of all those chair silly cushions that I completely recovered two summers past - you can see the pictures here, if you like! The lattice behind the hanging baskets was a project last summer - replacing the old rotten wood with a more open lattice work.




These lilies were an unmarked bag at home depot - for $2 - they have brought so much cheer to the garden for the last two summers! I don't know their names, but they are welcome to keep coming and getting more full and lush with each passing season!





A prolific self seeder, these pretty larkspur are everywhere - and I try to transplant them in clumps for more impact, but they come willy nilly here and there! The garden experts say that they don't like to be moved, but I've never had an issue, as long as I do it early in the season and on a cloudy day.




This is the herb garden. Not one variety of sage made it though the winter, but the new little ones are thriving with lots of compost and regular watering! The newly replanted rosemary is coming along too - it was doing so well last summer and the summer before, but this past winter didn't seem kind to many of my herbs. We haven't a speck of chives anywhere, though we had three good sized clumps last fall, and I even had to replant the parsley and cutting celery! This garden is right outside the back door and it's so nice to go and harvest fresh herbs for dinner! I don't think I've ever lost 9 plants in one winter season, but it was very cold for longer periods of time than our little corner of the Midwest is accustomed to!



I feel very very blessed, and not just a little bit spoiled! My garden makes my heart sing - in tune!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Veggie Garden News

Every time I run outside to harvest some lettuce or pull a few weeds, I am happily blessed by the sight of our gardens this year. I can truly say we have been enjoying the sweetest lettuces and have the promise of many nice veggies to come. Everything is doing
so well - I've tied up the tomato plants three times, and have hilled the tall potatoes many more than that. We counted about 30 tiny cukes on the trellis, and our zucchini is doubling in size daily. The Dreamer planted the onions and tomatoes - the onions are growing tall too!

The four blueberry plants that we put in this spring are really growing nicely, and I stuck a pepper plant in the middle of them because there was room! I hope they enjoy the acidic soil we prepared for the blueberries! Time will tell.

This lettuce is kind of shaded so it hasn't gotten bitter yet - even though we've had some very warm days. It is so sweet and juicy compared to grocery store lettuce.

A second planting a green beans - just a short row since I don't have a way to can them. It will have room when we finish that tasty lettuce. I wasn't kidding about salads every night!



Another row of lettuce beside some more beans planted a few weeks ago - we have had a nice variety from this patch, and have given some away. I have some pictures of the strawberry boxes to, but for some reason, they won't download!

Every time I go out to the garden it makes my heart sing - I love to grow things and though it is a bit of work, it is also so much joy for me! I love that it connect me to my grandparents, especially my Poppa David who could grow anything, and did - even in Northern Ontario. I still choose the pinks, purples and whites that I helped my Nanny plant in her porch planters year after year - they make me think of her sweet quiet ways, and her funny little giggle when I did it 'all wrong'. I love being outside - our house attests to it's neglect, but it will be too hot for me soon, so I am making the most of these sweet summer days!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Abloom

A departure for me - I wanted to add some reds to the front gardens this year in the annual containers - because I am planning to paint the front door a lovely cherry red ... as soon as I get up the nerve! We need some curb appeal, not that the house is for sale, it's just that we've worked so hard fixing up the inside, the outside has been kind of neglected. Grey vinyl siding on a rambling ranch can get fairly monotonous. We have some stone veneer to break up the view around the front door, but I was hoping for a little something to really make things 'pop'.

I went to the garden center with the best of intentions, trying to find bold cheery reds that appealed and inspired, and I comforted myself with the thought that I was keeping the patio garden in my favorite quiet shades of pink, purple, creamy whites and blues.


I couldn't do it - bright cheeky reds are for me to admire in other people's gardens, I guess! Magenta was as close as I could bring myself to come to red, which leads me to wonder if I'll ever get the door painted. All the front containers are this combination, and I do love the richness and depth.

I divided the hostas that line the Grammy Flat porch this year and can't get over the fact that it is just as large as last year already - I'll give credit to the manure I guess!

Every garden I've ever planted has had a piece of the past in the form of my Poppa David's perennial sweet peas. I have hoped for seed pods every year we moved, and saved a few back 'just in case'. I never know what colors will appear - they are often quite varied, but this year it looks like the soft pinks were the survivors! These sweet smelling blooms are just beneath our back bedroom window! Ahhh! The swing is right beside them too, so I think I'd better head out to enjoy their fragrance!


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Shirt Tales

A few months ago I hit the tail end of a 'bag sale' at our local church run second hand shop - I was pleased to find that the last hour of the sale was 2 bags for $5 - until I looked around and realized once again that the early birds had pretty much cleaned out the shop. Still, I was on the hunt for wool sweaters to felt, and I saw a few right away, so I paid for my two bags and began filling them up.

One of the items I stuffed in my bag was this 100% linen shirt. It wasn't a size that would fit anyone in our household, but it had a lovely feel to it and lots of potential.

For years I've been looking for linens with a monogrammed 'K' to make into something special - but I've never happened across a decent piece of cloth with our last initial. I did score some sweet pillowslips once upon a time, but they so reeked of smoke, I ended up using them as curtains out in the garage.

Tonight I finally finished the project I had in mind for that simple linen shirt - a monogrammed pillow! I finally have my 'K' on linen!
Now, don't look too closely at my hand stitching, please. I am not an experienced embroiderer, but I found simple instructions and a pleasing monogram pattern at

www.needlenthread.com

Very simple, and just exactly what I've been looking for all these years. Imperfectly perfect!

And lest my longed for pillow forget it's humble beginnings, I have only to turn it around to see just how it began ... as a plain and simple shirt!

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Garden Mysteries

This is our shed. Very run of the mill, wouldn't you agree? We thought it needed something to make it really pretty, and decided that a sunflower garden was just the ticket! We planted some sunflowers in the mini greenhouse about 3 weeks ago and they were doing great - we were so happy. Our next task was to wrestle the sod from the surface of the strip of real estate we were hoping to convert into a thing of beauty. We don't have soil, we have hard packed clay - when I mention wrestling with the ground , I'm not just spitting in the wind!

It wasn't easy, but the children and I accomplished what we thought might be impossible - and we amended the soil with sand, peat, compost and a good helping of well rotted cow manure. We transplanted our happy sunflowers and they thrived in their new surroundings for over a week - we were inspired! We added some long forgotten garden grapevine angels from the deep recesses of the shed, and a length of vintage fencing to keep the mowers out, and I decided a garden sign would be fun - which I set to making.


Today, I went out to hang our now completed sign - layers of sealer all dry and pilot holes drilled. Look what I found!!! Vandals! Thieves! Miscreants! Who could have done such a cowardly act of garden treachery? We questioned all suspects, shed a tear for the fallen sunflowers, and finally decided it was a mystery too sad to delve into.

Then we decided to take the sign's advice and just relax. Whatever happened is over and done - perhaps the one lone surviving sunflower will thrive, and the extra seeds we planted will eventually come. What ever happens, we had a lovely afternoon working together and making good memories, and be what may, it was a little taste of sweet summertime.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook

I really enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook when I am able to.
Peggy is taking a hiatus from the Daybook for the summer until September, but I think I'll just keep on since it is such a blessing to me! It's just a great way to start the week!


For Today Monday, June 15, 2009



Outside My Window...
The sun is burning through a light fog and the Deer Family are out enjoying a nice morning treat of 'soybean greens salad'! At least, the mama is eating, the twins are doing more frolicking than eating this morning! I'm just glad they decided against a breakfast of 'Heather's Hosta Salad'! We love to watch the deer in the field across the street, but when they visit our yard, they can do a lot of damage!

I am thinking...
I am not looking forward to going to the dentist this morning, but it must be done. Another broken tooth, another crown required.


From the learning rooms...
So far the 'bare bones' summer school schedule is working out well, two hours of the basics four days each week. Our 'fun only' day is Wednesday, and we are hoping to get some thrifting in as well as some berry picking! It's jam making time!

I am thankful for ...
A wonderful day of rest and recuperation from a severe sore throat yesterday. I am so much better today!

I am praying for ...
Wisdom to teach our children the important things in life - the things of God.
Patience and constancy are needed.

From the kitchen...
We are still just making salads from the garden and throwing some meat on the grill. We need some grocery store veggies to round things out a bit, but summer menus are very basic around here! I made my husband's old favorite - peanut butter cornflake cookies - I haven't tasted them in years, but the recipe was in the Gooseberry Patch 'Mom' cookbook that my Mum gave me for my birthday. He was appreciative, but no one else likes them! I don't think they'll help with my weight loss goals, so I'm staying out of them! I need to make some more popular cookies this week!

I am wearing...

My nightgown still - I'll shower after I finish this!

I am creating...
A painted sign for over the children's sunflower garden - I saw a cute one and thought I'd save the $45 and whack together some boards from the shed to give it a try! So far, so good! I'll post a picture when it is up - but it needs some drying time. It's very humid here.

I am going...
To the dentist, to the grocery store for veggies, and to take our Historian to work so that we can have the car for Vacation Bible School tonight!

I am reading...
Projects for the Birder's Garden

I am hoping...
So many things to be hopeful about, and prayerful about! I don't know where to begin my list this morning!

I am hearing...
The chimes of the grandfather clock, the quiet hum of traffic. the birds enjoying the morning and quiet! Time to wake up the children!

Around the house...
Mount Ironmore is calling out for attention, but so is the rest of the house! The 'pile' on the counter is threatening collapse - we all might be buried alive if I don't sort and file it soon! It's way more fun to be outside puttering in the garden! Since our only rainy day was Sunday and I don't clean on Sunday, our home needs some TLC! Eventually.

One of my favorite things...
Sleeping children with smiles of peace on their innocent faces. Blowing them kisses and praying blessings over them each night.

Fitness goals ...
I'm needing to get back on track with my walking - I skipped three days last week with the migraine and yesterday as well since I was 'all in' with a very sore throat. This morning the one mile was a challenge, but my incentive is that I have lost 10 pound since the first of May! I'm really pleased! I am so thankful to have found Leslie Sansone's 'Walk the Walk' videos - something I can totally do that is making a difference in my attitude, energy level and that dreaded number on the scale on Monday morning!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
  1. VBS - 5 evenings of fun for the children
  2. Attacking Mount Ironmore
  3. Planning a special picnic for Father's Day
  4. Sewing
  5. Watering and weeding the gardens
Here is a picture thought I'm sharing:



From a vintage Ladies' Home Journal - doesn't it look like these ladies are sharing a secret?

Thank you for reading my daybook!
I hope it hasn't been depressing this week, but this is just life in our home at the moment and really sharing truthfully from my heart is one of the great joys of blogging!

Be sure to visit Peggy to read more Daybooks!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

I really enjoy participating in Peggy's Simple Woman's Daybook when I am able to.
Peggy is taking a hiatus from the Daybook for the summer until September, but I think I'll just keep on since it is such a blessing to me! It's just a great way to start the week!


For Today Monday, June 1, 2009



Outside My Window...
We started the day in sun, but soon were turning on lights and shutting windows. The heavens opened and we had a terrific thunderstorm, but it didn't last too long. This afternoon has been warm, humid and bright! What a day!

I am thinking...
I just love the fresh start of a new month and when it lands on a Monday, it's an added bonus!
Though, I'm still not convinced that it is actually June already ...

From the learning rooms...
Friday we ended our school year with a little family fun - we went to see a movie in the theater! It was quite a rare treat, and we all had a great time. We went to see Up! and it was quite a good tale - very family friendly and lots of giggles, but good lessons too and some excellent learning points for those 'teachable moments'.

Today we started the 'bare bones' summer school schedule. Two hours of the basics four days each week. Our tentative 'fun only' day is Wednesday - we'll plan community pool days, friend get togethers and day trips for Wednesdays for now and adjust as necessary.

I am thankful for...
A good grounding in God's Word and daily evidence of the power of prayer.

I am praying for ...
My sweet Mum and her burns - her feet are so very painful, and her hip is in agony too. I feel so badly for her!


From the kitchen...
It's salad time - nice cool meals with meat on the grill! No point heating up the house for supper!
Baking will be done in the evening or early morning - we are all out of cookies, so that's first on the list. I don't have a menu, but we're just going to wing it this week and use things from the freezer, along with some fresh veggies and fruit! I am hoping the drug free chicken will be on sale soon - our supply is low! Beef and pork are still plenteous!


I am wearing...

Long denim skirt, white tank top and thin white overblouse.

I am creating...
The Queen of Lists has struck again! I am creating our summer schedule, our goals for the summer - a plan for summer's 'life lessons' and character emphasis, as well as a long 'honey-do' list and an extensive sewing list. Most imperative - some summer jammies! Both children are well equipped with shorts and t's for day, but need some loose and cool cotton jammies for night!

Over the weekend I was sewing some more - I am on a kick to make myself some blouses since all there is in the stores are too low cut, too thin, or too form fitting for a plus sized figure! When my liver swells up, the last thing I need is tight clothing! I am trying to re-create a blouse that is comfy - for myself! I'm using some cheap cotton for a 'muslin' and will adjust from there.

I am going...
We've been to the library, and piano - and later we'll pick up the Historian after work. Tomorrow we won't be going anywhere, so I don't need the car until after the Historian gets home. I hope after supper tomorrow to get to the garden center for a few flats of annuals to get in the containers and blanks spaces in the garden.

I am reading...
We have a stack of books from the library - all about gardening!
I'm waiting for a rainy day to sit and enjoy them!

I am hoping...
That God will calm my impatient heart! I want the van fixed NOW, the medical bills paid NOW, the house fixed and finished NOW, the organizer for our homeschool books bought NOW, my body to be slimmer NOW, my liver to be healed NOW, our family to find true friendships in our new church family NOW ... you get the picture! We have done so much waiting over the years - so much. I think I should be good at it by now - that my patience muscle would be strong and unshakable, yet here I am again, impatient and anxious. The good thing about it is that I'm just calling out to God and asking Him to teach me again the lesson of waiting on Him! In light of eternity, these things are so small and unimportant!

I am hearing...
The chimes of the grandfather clock, the hum of the highway just over the hill, the birds enjoying the late afternoon sun and quiet! Just what are those children up to????

Around the house...
The wicker furniture is finally primed!!!! I had the tail end of a paint can explode on my feet when it fell out the the spray can trigger thingy that I was using. What a mess! I have the cushions all done - even the sweet little buttons that I used to 'tuft' them a bit! I just need the final coat of paint on the wicker - Dad brought his sprayer and left it here for me to use, so it should go fast - I just need a calm morning on a rain free day!!! The wicker was a 'bargain' but so much more work than I though it would be. The primer seems to have alleviated the flaking paint, so that's a blessing!

One of my favorite things...
Two happy children racing around the driveway on their scooters - laughing and giggling in the sunshine! What a pair!

Fitness goals ...
I'm adding this 'new category' here because I need a smidgen of accountability girls! I have a goal to loose a whack considerable amount of weight in the next 12 months. I started on May 1st with a medication that my doctor thinks might assist me, and I also started using Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home videos (borrowed from the library at first - now I am building my own library!) to get my body moving! I have never been an over eater, I've avoided fatty food most of my life and loosing weight is very hard for me. I need to do it very slowly so as not to overtax my ailing liver, but so far, I am really enjoying this new daily walking routine! I can walk at home and feel like I am doing something for me! So far, I've lost only 7 pounds, but I'm firming up muscles that are letting me know how long it's been since they were used! I've even lost inches around my waist! Yeah! Please pray for me - I must stick to this! I pray that it will get me in better shape for transplant time - or even better, make a liver transplant unnecessary! Wouldn't that be a blessing and a joy ????

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:

We are still sharing the Historian's little car, so if I need it, we take him to work and pick him up. We are grateful to have it, but we are going to really appreciate the van when we get it back, I am sure!!!
  1. Piano this afternoon
  2. Garden and home chores - laundry!

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing:


I am dreaming up a way to rig something like this up with bits and pieces we have on hand -
I think it is lovely, but a bit out of price range at $375

Thank you for reading my daybook!
I hope it hasn't been depressing this week, but this is just life in our home at the moment and really sharing truthfully from my heart is one of the great joys of blogging!

Be sure to visit Peggy to read more Daybooks!

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