Monday, September 20, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

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My Daybook for...
Monday September 20, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Sunny, but sadly everything is just sooo dry, we're in desperate need of rain.  It's also back to hot temps again.  Sooooo looking forward to Fall!!!

I am thinking...
hard to think right now, I've got Christopher and Katie here twisting words and realities to their own thinking.  Makes my head swim!
I am thankful for...These two crazy people behind me!!!  They might be a bit messed up in the head but they're all mine!!!  They're not really nutty, they're just funny, funny people...they crack me up!!!

I am remembering...visiting with my sweet brother Randy, his friend Elaine and Randy's sweet daughter Randi, on Saturday at my mom and dad's house.  Lot's of hugs, laughter and joy.  

I am currently reading...finally got started on my one year ESV Bible, started re-reading my Mysteries of Sparrow Island series again.  I had these a few years ago and then sold them all on ebay...well, I missed them something awful and bought them bit by bit on ebay.  I love all the series from Guideposts, Grace Chapel Inn, Mystery and the Minister's Wife, Heather Creek, Hope Haven and the Patchwork series.  These are all such good books and I'm bit by bit buying all the series.  Not only are they such an excellent read but the books are all hardcover and very pretty, they look so nice on my bookshelf!!!

I am get some things settled in the next couple of weeks, we've got some decisions to make and I'm so ready for them to be over and to get back to normal again.

On my enjoying the music in our home, Katie plays the piano so beautifully and Christopher is really playing a lot on his electric guitar, thankfully he doesn't usually have the amp plugged in to it!!!  He plays very well and I'm amazed at both of them and how quick they learn.  Now, if I could just make the time to learn to play my hammered dulcimer I'd be a very happy girl!
Noticing that...the older I get the more the small things seem so insignificant.  Years ago I would hold a grudge against someone and not want to let it go.  Now, I wouldn't dream of wasting my time with such silly things.  There are so many joyous blessings to enjoy and I don't want to waste any time with such trivial things!!!
Pondering these of my favorite sayings....If you want to burn our American flag, do us a favor and wrap yourself in it first!    This Kentucky girl is proud to live in the USA!!!!

From the kitchen...that's a very good question!!!

Around the house...kinda quiet but lots of things lying in wait, our hands will be very busy with all the chores to do, trying to get the 'fall' cleaning all finished!
From my picture journal...
 A rustic snow angel we made, I think she's so cute!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Simply Getting Back to Normal

Last Friday Christopher walked into my room and said 'Mom, why is your eye red?', I walked in to look in the mirror and couldn't believe what I saw, within half an hour my whole eye was totally red.  I called the Dr. and zipped up there and by that time it was really looking scary!LOL
Turns out it is simply a blood vessel that popped and was hemorrhaging into my eye.
I looked at some pics online and was going to put one up on my post but they're just disgusting, my kids couldn't even look at me it was so bad.  The white part was dark red and then there was this bright green glowing in the middle of my eye, my iris, it was so odd looking that I actually startled a young girl working at the store one of the days, poor thing!LOL
Now, I'm almost back to a normal looking eye, at least Christopher and Katie will look at me again and Dan has stopped promising to buy me an eye patch and parrot for my shoulder!!! 
Sot thankful that it was just a small problem and will fix itself in time.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Simple Book Review - The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

I received a copy of The Butterfly Effect from Thomas Nelson publishers to review.  I've never read anything by Andy Andrews but definitely will after reading this book.
It's a short book and a quick read that will encourage you to not gauge the importance of your life by the worlds standards and to remember that everything we do, in every moment we do it will make a difference to many others along the way.  
The Butterfly Effect is in essence telling us that our actions resonate now and forever, the choices I make today will not only effect my life tomorrow but will affect many generations to come.  I, of course can't imagine anything I do today to be important enough to possibly change history, but after reading this book I see that others probably thought the same way and yet history was changed because of their choices.
The writer gives us prime examples of the changes in history due to the choices of such folks as George Washington Carver and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
We spend a lot of idle time these days because of the computer age, and technology does so much for us but we're challenged in this book to remember to weigh the choices we make so the future generations will be affected in a positive way.
Very good and inspiring book, can't wait to check out more of Andy Andrews books.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

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My Daybook for...
Monday September 6, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Sunny and very pretty, the humidity is down but we've got the air on because we've got lots to do inside and it was just too warm in here.

I am thinking...
how wonderful the weekend was, we didn't really do anything but we enjoyed being home and had the windows open with a wonderful breeze coming through.  Actually it was more like a wind tunnel!  We live at the top of the ridge and get some strong winds, it was wonderful!  Sunday morning the temps were around 44 when we got up at 5am.  brrrrrr!
I am thankful for...our family and extended family.  We don't always get to talk or see each other (although we are all friends on facebook!!!LOL) but we always know that they're there if we need them...or vice versa.

I am remembering...the joy of being with Christopher and Katie all day long, I know those times will not go on forever and I absorb every moment of the joy!  Christopher does an incredible impression of Bill Clinton, he didn't purposely set out to make it sound like him but it does and simply cracks me up!!!  Katie is...well Katie is Katie...she has voices for her fav 'football' players and nicknames for them.  I never know who's going to be talking to me next, will it be Bill Clinton, Nani, Ronaldo, Fabio, Chris, Katie.....jim, fred, dorean,'d have to live here to understand!!!!

I am currently reading...finally got started on my one year ESV Bible, am finishing up the Patricia Sprinkle series.

I am hoping...for the strength, endurance and comfort to deal with the changes we'll be going through, we're a close family and changes are sometimes very, very difficult for me!

On my mind...the wonderful comfort that He gives us 'just enough', I ask for nothing more.
Noticing's getting dark earlier in the evening!  I love that, we love to light oil lamps and have a nice cozy atmosphere.
Pondering these words...'Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid it will never begin' Grace Hansen    
The older I get the more I see that we have to step out of our comfort zone and take some risks and chances, we never know what will be on the other side!!!

From the kitchen...Katie is going to make us meatloaf, broccoli casserole and roasted potatoes for supper.

Around the house...Christopher and Katie are in here with me so the rest of the house is very quiet.  Can't say that for this room...full of nonsense and weirdness!!!
From my picture journal...
 One of Katie's pics of the clouds, she loves the sky (just like her mama!).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Simple Inspiration

I desperately needed this list today, I can't seem to stop procrastinating.  I've always been bad about it but right now it's ridiculous!  Maybe I'll keep reading the list until it sinks in!

27 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

  1. Get started.
  2. Be realistic about the time it takes to do something, never as long as you think.
  3. Work with time available.
  4. Use small amounts of time.
  5. Carve out time.
  6. Don't always start at the beginning - just do some part.
  7. Do worst first.
  8. Set small deadlines.
  9. Small reward for each deadline met.
  10. Do things as they occur to you.
  11. Is there a simpler way?
  12. What's the worst thing that will happen if you do it?
  13. Do nothing - try looking at it for a full 15 minutes.
  14. Clear work area of everything else.
  15. Make workplace convenient.
  16. If I don't make deadline no treat.
  17. Listen to your mood.
  18. Plan a reason to get motivated (invite someone over).
  19. Seize opportunities.
  20. To do is must do.
  21. Tell someone else your deadline.
  22. Expect problems to come up that will keep you from getting it done.
  23. Don't stall - expect to do a GREAT job.
  24. Get back to people - even to say 'I don't know yet'.
  25. Ask for help.
  26. Use leisure time for leisure.
  27. Maybe procrastinating means you really don't want to do it at all.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Delight in the Simple Things

Delight in the Simple Things

Learn to like what doesn't cost too much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different from you.
Learn to like to work and  enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple, and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.

Lowell B. Bennion