Wednesday, June 29

The Simple Woman's Daybook (June 2022)

   For Today

Looking out my window... a gorgeous day with the bluest of skies.

the mint bed and my new strawberry patch were good to me

I am thinking... how wonderful it is to live in rural America

I am thankful... for all the special outings I have been able to enjoy these past few months.

the spring lake retreat week with my daughters

my 63rd birthday

a Sabbath week-end with the ladies in my church

an ocean bus trip with my husband (and the new hat that I love)


One of my favorite things... the way light falls (I always stop to notice)


I am wearing... 
knit skirt, navy tee and no shoes

I am creating... more space for food storage

I am watching... a few YouTube subscription channels when I have time at the end of the day

I am reading... literally studying the owners manual to my "new" car. Whew, they have changed since I bought my last one


I am listening to... Revive our Hearts

I am hoping... for revival in our world

In the garden... 

the onions did not fair well, but the radishes are coming on strong

In the kitchen...

 cleaning out cabinets, cupboards and shelves. For months I have been steadily taking inventory of our food stores and adding all that I can; sectioning the various dates and using 2022 first, 2023 and so on. I will finally finish the bulk of my main list this week-end, but continue heavy on toiletries and odds and ends

In the homeschool room... I do not need a room anymore, a table suits just fine. Only homeschooling one these days and not 5


Shared Quote

"𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 “𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲” 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗱𝗲𝗯𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁."
Nancy DeMoss

A moment from my day...

no dishwasher for me (by choice) which makes unboxing my Grove order so much fun! (Ha! they even match my tablecloth)

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Dear friends, 

It has been quite a long time since I shared with you a daybook edition. The last was February 1st. The month before in January, I shared there will no longer be the Mister Linky feature added to the bottom of the daybook posts and that I would not be renewing my subscription another year. I know there are those of you who continue to write your daybook so feel free to leave a current link in the comment section below this post.


Please find links on the sidebar where you can follow me and you are always welcome to reach out to me by emailing me at thesimplewoman@gmail.com


Thursday, June 16

A Basket Of Mountain Mint

 


Oh! for the beautiful days of June! Showers and sun, everything is at it's very best, dressed in finery, all created, formed and given life by the living God. Not one detail left to chance or overlooked...let all the earth sing His praise, let all the earth know from whom they come.

I sit and write in my journal and marvel at a shadow dancing on the wall. I think back over the day to freshen my memory...I stand and lift my head to the sky after gathering my basket of mountain mint that will make cold tea to sooth the heated brow.
Later, I briefly lay across my bed and stare at the afternoon clouds drifting by above the skylight window, the window that also allows the moon to shine down and fall across my face in it's phase ~ Then tears begin to bubble up and trickle down, wetting my hair and as my husband soundly sleeps in the dark, I praise the creator of my life, the one who loves me literally to death, the one who created all of this beauty, who longs for me to stop, still myself long enough to praise him and to thank him for it.
I drift into peaceful sleep, quietly, but aloud I say, "Goodnight dear Lord! How I love you and thank you. Keep me thru the night so I can meet with you once again in the morning."

Thursday, June 9

Shaking Off The Dust


I am slowly trying to shake the dust from my writing life and put my voice back out there, if only in small amounts. 

So today I ask...

Are you taking the time to smell the rose? the lilac? 
My mock orange was looking like this last week, but as with all flowers, it has faded with the passing of time. When it was at it's peek of beauty, I could not get enough of the scent...pressing it up to my face to try and capture the memory.

Most of life's precious moments are like my mock orange, fleeting and only can be captured by memory. This is why we need to slow, stand still, burn it to thought...because there will be a soon coming day when we will have to draw on those memories because difficult times last longer it seems, not so fleeting. 

If we get into the habit of capturing, we will have a storehouse full of scented moments to cover over the difficulties.

Have a blessed day and take time to smell the rose.

Tuesday, February 1

A Quiet Winter's Daybook

    For Today

Looking out my window... a grayish type of day for the last of January, but there is hope for blue sky tomorrow, the first day of February


I see calendars as a work of art and it is a joy to turn the pages on this beauty from Leana at  May We Fly

I am thinking... how appreciative I will be to feel those first warm rays of the sun this spring

I am thankful... that my immune system has been strong thus far

One of my favorite things... having my morning basket all ready for me when I rise at 5

I am wearing... three layers, wool socks, sweat pants, cami, long-sleeved shirt and heavy sweatshirt

I am creating... a list of all the spring and summer things I plan to do

I am watching... season 14 of Heartland and the very first episode made me cry. I own the first 13 seasons, that is how good it is!

I am reading... Little Stories of your Life by Laura Pashby 

I am listening to... Air 1 and I LOVE it and listen several times a day

I am hoping... to get to the library soon for my holds

In the garden... a blanket of snow sweetening it while it rests

In the kitchen... cranberry orange muffins with streusel, chocolate chip cookies with walnuts and lots of hot tea





In the homeschool room... all the basics on repeat

Shared Quote

"Your stories, my stories, all of our stories are important. In the end, our stories will outlast us - they will be what remains with those who love us, after we are gone."
from the book I am currently reading (see above)

A moment from my day... 



Day By Day. Step By Step. 
the power of a simple morning walk
Libby DeLana

I love working in my papercut journey pages and this spread from an issue of Magnolia magazine had to be added although it is not a papercut. Wondering what a papercut journey page looks like...I am planning on adding them here once again. Stay tuned

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til next time...


Wednesday, January 19

A New Year ~ A Fresh Start ~ Moving Forward


Hello friends of the simple woman! 

It has been so very long since I have sent anything out from my blog. In some ways, I feel I have abandoned my readers and for that I am sorry. Sorry for the length of time that has lapsed between greetings, one of my goals in 2022 is to remedy that.


As I sit to write this afternoon, the wind is gusting over the surface of 5 inches of fresh snow. I look up and glimpse a ray of sunshine creating pretty shadows by the grape arbor. I look past the Christmas tree that now sits bare on the back porch giving protection to little birds who are lucky enough to find it's sheltering branches. It is that time of year when any shade of green is a joy to see and the little fat pine delivers that to me. 

Sitting here taking the time to share with you, I am thinking my blog has reached a milestone. One where the Simple Woman's Daybook has now become well-known in the blogging community. I have been blogging for over 20 years, not always consistently (because you know, life happens) with 14 of those years sending along a daybook post. One thing always remained in those posts, and that is that I wrote with a heart of simplicity. 

When I created the much-loved daybook portion of my blog, along with the community feature, it was the the icing on the cake. Over the years I have had many wonderful comments from my readers with very few negative ones and for that I am very grateful. I have seen blogging new on the scene and at it's very best, but as social media has changed and adopted other ways of communicating, blogging has sadly lost most of it's down-to-earth homey beauty. Microblogging as seen on Instagram has taken with it many readers from the more traditional way of blog writing. But, surely there is a place for all of us to find the right fit for our personal lives and one that shines our light the brightest. 

My last post written here was a July/August 2021 Simple Woman's Daybook. Since July, I have taken these many months to really think about the why and way moving forward. What came to the surface was the fact that I enjoy writing and sharing from this little spot. The theme of simple living, beauty found in the everyday, and noticing the often over-looked moments, along with my love for and my growth in Jesus has always been at the forefront and that will never change. 

While I ponder the direction of my blog in 2022, there will no longer be the Mister Linky feature added to the daybook posts. I will not be renewing my subscription another year. Anyone who stills wishes to create their own daybook posts on their blog, may still do so while following the guidelines, but now your link can be added in the comment section. 

Also, I will not have a set month or date for writing any post, I just want the freedom to click "send" when I have the time to write or have something to share. I want to re-visit the early days (dare I say, the good ole days) when we wrote for the pure pleasure of it.

In closing, I have fun things planned for this little off-the-beaten path blog and I hope as we move into the seasons you will continue to find it an encouragement and when you leave you feel like you have visited an old friend over her garden gate. 

Until next time...
xo