FOR TODAY (Simple Woman's Daybook)
Outside my window...
Unbelievable weather! Is this January?
I am thinking...
That I really need to get my garden seeds ordered and started very, very soon.
I am thankful...
Last week I was able to see an eye specialist. It was truly a "God" thing. I requested the appointment and was in to see him the very next afternoon. I really expected a two month wait.....He gave me some encouragement and the information I needed for moving forward. I feel much more informed about all of my options. The news was positive and I am relieved.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
After a rare January storm complete with thunder, lightening and hail in the middle of the night caused some lost sleep, today seemed like a day to stay home and rest. But as the afternoon progressed, Ben, John and I decided to get out of the house. We didn't really have a destination in mind until I remembered a neat little overstock store we found over the Christmas holidays. I've been looking for a chicken roaster or basic oven roaster and thought it might be the place to find one.
Along the way we took a side road for scenic views, and stopped to take a picture of this very old billboard. It's advertising Asheville, North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. I think it's so interesting to see along the old north/south Highway 25, especially since that destination is close to two hundred miles away. At the time this sign was in its prime, the destination would have been at least a hard day's journey away. It's been in place since before the interstate system was built in the 1950's. It's a relic that won't last long as development is encroaching rapidly. John is planning to stop later this week to try for a better picture.
We stopped at an antique store just to look around.
Look at this neat fish trap!
The perfect place for a good book!
This "Regal Picnic Pack" almost came home with me until I remembered my decluttering goal. It was in new/mint condition from the 1960's. I've seen this same item revived in catalogs recently...
At the end of the day I found exactly what I was looking for in a chicken roaster.
As a bonus, on the way out the door, I found this cast iron stove top/oven roaster/grill.
We stopped to visit my dad for a while and headed home. We had dinner at the "Country Village" restaurant.
Now we're settling in for an evening of "Downton Abbey".
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I love the New Year.
I miss the Christmas decorations, but there is nothing like the crisp clean feeling when everything is put away. It's the sense of simplicity that I love.
I like to reflect on what I've accomplished in the past year and what I'd like to do in the future.
Last year's goals included all sorts of things......better budgeting, major improvements on the outside of the house, progress in my garden, steps toward simplicity and self-sufficiency, earning my National Teacher's Certification, and several other personal projects.
For the most part, I've made progress on all of my goals.
To be honest, some more than others, but I'm really fine with that.
The most important thing I accomplished this year was that I didn't beat myself up for not getting things done. I just found a better rhythm to help me accomplish what had to be done. In finding that rhythm, I actually seem to be reaching more of my goals. And added bonus was that I've enjoyed each moment so much more.
This year I want to continue working toward several specific projects:
- I have decided that I can no longer procrastinate on cleaning out the mounds of pictures, papers, and mementos in 1/4 of our basement (I cleaned the other 3/4 last year).
- Our video tapes need to be copied to DVDs.
- I'd like to hang our pictures on the walls (we've only lived here seven years now)!
- I want to improve my garden even more with the ultimate goal of being able to harvest produce for our meals 10 months out of the year. That won't happen all at once, but I want to make progress.
- I'd like to make time to learn more about herbs and their uses.
- If time permits, I'd love to learn to make crocheted scrubbies like these:
- Our house needs to be deep cleaned....rooms emptied and floors waxed...not sure whether this will happen or not.
- I want to read more.
- Finally, I would like to work toward completing this quilt that I started when my sister and I still lived at home.
1982!!!!! It doesn't seem that long ago!!!!
My mother cross-stitched half for each of us and we completed the other half. My sister has never finished hers either.
I quilted the center during the first year of marriage and put it aside after children started coming along.
I think it's time to finish it!
If I can refine the rhythm I worked on last year, add a little more discipline, and have fun along the way....it will be a great year!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
It's been a busy and beautiful holiday season with children home from college and siblings visiting from far away. Here are just a few pictures....
Family fun...cousins of all ages searching for the hidden pickle in Granny's angel trees!
The Reason for the Season...our children are too old for the Children's Mass, but we had a wonderful evening celebrating and sharing a potluck dinner with our church family.
Between Christmas and New Year's Eve, we had our traditional overnight camping trip with friends from down the street.
No tent camping this time...here is the cabin retreat at Blanton Forest....
Work schedules and skiing kept the girls from joining us, but we still had a great time.
It was cold, but refreshing! A wonderful time of reflection and quiet thankfulness.
On New Year's Day, we discovered an unexpected harvest of pecans in our neighbor's back yard. It hasn't produced since we've lived here, and she welcomed us to pick up as many as we'd like.
I absolutely love the feeling I get when I harvest a crop! Especially an unexpected windfall like these pecans or when a friend calls and says, "Would you like to come harvest the plums from my tree?" Such joy!!!!
It's such an overwhelming feeling of the goodness of God.
I imagine life for those who came before me and how a harvest of this nature would mean life saving nutrition.
I wish I could think of a more poetic way to say that it is just COOL!
We left plenty for the squirrels...but wow! What a bounty!
Now it's on to New Year's Resolutions....