Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today...June 30, 2010

Outside my window...We are having AMAZING weather this week! Today is sunny with a high temp of 76 degrees, tomorrow-sunny and 80. The humidity is low... just wonderful!:)

I am thinking...and praying for our little granddaughter Sophie who is recovering from a virus that sent her to the hospital Sunday night after a fever induced seizure. Sophie is feeling much better as of yesterday- just hoping her mommy and daddy will be catching up on their rest, too. If you have an extra minute, would you please remember them in prayer? Thanks so much!

I am thankful wonderful husband. We are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary today! We are so blessed with our marriage and a wonderful family. Thank you Lord!

From the kitchen... I am not worrying about dinner tonight;)--- I'm thinking Red Lobster...:)

I am wearing...yup, still in my jammies.

I am hoping...this stretch of beautiful weather repeats itself all summer!

I am hearing...Street construction vehicles working on our side street- Yesterday our water was turned off all day. We had water in many containers sitting on the counter- today many are still there...but so thankful for water coming out of the faucets now!:)

I am remembering... the last 35 years and how far we have come and the seasons of our lives we have gone through over the years. I have enjoyed each one so far...and am loving this new grandparent thing we have going on!

I am praying... for Sophie, her mommy and daddy, and my mom's continued healing from her surgery

Around the house... I'll be painting the deck railings today- hopefully recruiting some help from hubby and the kids... but hubby has his own list of outdoor jobs. We are working around the house today and then going out for dinner tonight. Last evening I potted flowers that Amanda and I scoped out on Monday after my haircut (I've had a fun week so far!:) -- The flowers were at close-out prices, but still very healthy- I have several flats to plant for pots on the deck (after it's paint job, won't it be "purty"? :)-- and some around front of the house and front entrance.

On my mind...I'm looking forward to hubby being off the rest of the week and the beautiful weather, too!

One of my favorite things... Scallops, grilled salmon, cheese bread...can you tell where I want to go to dinner tonight?:)  Haven't been there in a long time...

A few plans for the rest of the week...I'm looking forward to hubby being off the rest of the week and the beautiful weather, too! We don't have "big plans", just slow and steady getting some things around the house done.  And then I think Tim and Brooke are coming over on the 4th. 

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...*

My finch feeder was destroyed by our rascal squirrels last fall.  I found this for about double the price of one finch feeder.  So I am ordering this for our deck.   It has a solar powered lamp, multiple bird feeders, and hanging flower baskets.   I love birds and flowers, so what a great combination!:)
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today...June 22, 2010

Outside my window...Enjoying the sunshine today after being in the basement most of the evening last night with tornado warnings.  Some areas west and north had damage.
Right now it's 85 and breezey.

I am thinking...and praying for those people who I saw on tv who had damage to their homes and vehicles last night. 

I am thankful for...for our severe weather warning systems and the great meteorologists on our local tv channels who give us warning and news as these storms come through--saving many lives.

From the kitchen... Baking off a package of chicken thighs- may debone and make casserole or just serve with mashed potatoes and garden salad...hmmm...what to do...:)

I am striped shirt, blue capris.

I am hoping...Daniel and Jess didn't have any damage as the storms moved on to Milwaukee last night.

I am hearing...Street construction vehicles working on our side street - the reverse "beep, beep, beeps"...  Our little grandson, Sam, loves trucks and cars-- he would have loved seeing the crane moving big round concrete forms being put underground.

I am remembering...what a great day we had on Sunday when five of our six kids and families were able to come to celebrate Father's Day with their Dad.  (Missed Ben, Lisa and Sophie-sending love to them:)   The carving knife was passed down to the youngest son, Jonathan, as he learned from the master ( his dad) how to carve the delicious rotisserie chickens we had.     All of our sons have been taught some carving skills by their dad. 

I am praying... that the rain and storms that in the forecast for late tonight and tomorrow will be mild.

Around the house... still trying to find time (with no rain every other day) to paint the deck railings.

On my mind...this verse that a friend posted on Facebook over the weekend--"Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you."
I Peter 5:7 

One of my favorite things... blackberry cobbler...I'm just sayin'...:)

A few plans for the rest of the week...working on some projects around the house.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...*

This is a Father's Day video that one of our local churches posted.  It is a spoof of the
Swagger Wagon youtube commercials for Toyota minivans.  I thought they did a great job!:)

(If you can't see the whole width of the video, go here to see it:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-- I'm Speechless:)

Sophie arriving home and her daddy seeing her walk across the floor for the first time.
(also Grammy's first time seeing her walk on video:)

Join Tanya over at The Miller Racing Family for Wordless Wednesday.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today...June 14, 2010

Outside my window...It's cloudy and rainy today. Those are same first five words from last week's weather...:) No storms though, just summer showers. =)

I am much we enjoyed Selina's (Amanda's friend:) Senior flute recital last Wednesday night! Selina is amazingly talented and makes every song look so easy to play-- and they were not!! She is a beautiful young lady--inside and out. Her brother played a wonderful duet with her also. One talented family!
Amanda and Evan joined her on stage for a few songs from Archie- their band. I hope no one got hit in the eye with flying buttons- from we parents and their siblings "bustin' some buttons" as they sang and played several songs they had written as well as some great "covers". :) It was their first time in front of a large audience -from 50-70 people--and they were fantastic. (in this mother's humble opinion;)
Also Jonathan came home from Milwaukee for the concert and work related things- and Tim and Brooke came-- and then we had pizza and frozen yogurt back at home afterward.

I am thankful for...summertime! I have always loved the summer -- when school is out and schedules change- the warm weather, flowers and the green grass, vacations. Just love it!:)

From the kitchen... lasagna- if there is still some mozzarella cheese left:) and a green salad.

I am shirt, blue capris.

I am hoping...make some headway on our bedroom organization and some redoing. Got some changes in mind:)

I am hearing... rain on the streets as cars go by, birds chirping ( love it:), a song on youtube that I am playing as I write this.

I am remembering...when we were growing up, how fun it was for our family to go to our aunt and uncle's house to spend the night! That was a big outing for us! And fun with the cousins! Good times!:)

I am praying... for all the gulf coast people and businesses who are affected by the oil leak and that an answer to how to stop it and then clean up comes quickly.
And continuing to pray for my mom's healing from her surgery.

Around the house... Hubby was able to pick up several office chairs ( replacing some old ones here) at a silent auction where he works. The bids started at $1 and each went for under $5- they are like new- they had ALOT to sell after combining some office spaces. We also replaced our tv in the bedroom for $13.50 from the auction! I know! It's a twin to the one we had, but bigger, so we knew what we were getting. It doesn't have all the fancy new pixel this and HD that, but it works great!

On my good God is...and how I need those new mercies every morning.

One of my favorite things... vintage tablecloths. I have seen a few on several blogs lately and they remind me of some that we grew up with on our table. Does that make me vintage too? I guess so...:)

A few plans for the rest of the week...getting ready for Father's Day.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...*

Amanda, Selina, Evan
after Selina's Senior Recital

photo by Brooke C.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today...June 8, 2010

Outside my window...It's cloudy and rainy today. We've had some beautiful mild weather lately, with a little rain here and there. Makes things grow!:) -especially the grass...keeps hubby busy mowing.

I am we will enjoy Amanda's friend, Selina's senior flute recital on Wednesday evening. Selina is an amazingly talented flutist ( one of the top in our state!:)- who also blesses her church with her talent on the worship team. She, Amanda and another friend Evan, have formed a band (called Archie) and they will also be performing with Selina at her recital.
Selina is attending college on a full scholarship starting in the fall, and majoring in music therapy. Congratulations Selina!!:)

I am thankful for...that my mom is home from the hospital, recovering nicely from her surgery. And that my brother, Loyd, is able to stay with her. What a blessing!

From the kitchen... For dinner, bar-b-qued chicken leg quarters, mashed potatoes, green beans.

I am wearing...still in my jammies:)

I am get the fridge cleaned out today- why to I hate that job? But I love the clean, sparkling fridge when it done!!

I am hearing... water splashing on the streets as cars go by-- the birds are quiet this morning- busy trying to stay dry I guess... I can hear Amanda moving around in the kitchen- is that coffee I smell?...mmmm...

I am remembering...our kids' graduations and parties, and how blessed we are as their parents.

I am praying... for my mom's continued good healing from surgery and that she will be able to get out and enjoy her garden this summer.

Around the house... Selina is spending nights with us for the next two or so weeks. Her grandparents just arrived from England for her graduation- ( her mom and dad's love story is a good one!--they met in California- she from England, he from America- fell in love and got married--and eventually were called to Wisconsin to the ministry- an inspiring testimony of faith!) Anyway, Selina gave her bedroom to her grandparents for their stay. She hasn't seen them in five years. We are happy to have her stay with us each night. Amanda has done the same thing and stayed overnight at Selina's, when she gave her room over for family guests here.:) Aren't special girlfriends great:!:)

On my mind...that I am glad we are done with high school graduations in our immediate family. We have had six and they were very fun, but I won't miss the stress of planning, shopping and set up of the parties. The first one ( in 1994:) was right after the graduation ceremony. The food was served inside with seating outside at night--and it got really chilly. The other five were held the day after graduation on Saturdays. We rented a tent for seating, and served food from our screened tent. It was nice having a large family who all worked together for setup, tear down and clean up:) Lots of work, but wonderful memories!:)

One of my favorite things... fried chicken...yeah, I know- not healthy- and we hardly ever indulge, but KFC is right up there with my mom's fried chicken recipe as my favorite.

A few plans for the rest of the week... going through clothes and giving ones away those that I don't wear.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...*

The festive tent we have rented for graduations- and how convenient that those are the school colors!:)

If you have a graduate in your family, this year- Congratulations and enjoy this time together!:)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday With Friends- Linking Up

I am linking up with Jennifer over at Trading Ashes For Beauty where she is hosting the very first Friday with Friends. With the school year coming to an end, today's theme is School Days and Teachers. I linked up a post I wrote last September.

Hop on over and say "hi" to Jennifer and check out her sweet blog!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!:)

Linda C