Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Daybook Entry for September 1

Thank you to Peggy at The Simple Woman for hosting the Daybook.
For Today... 
It was a busy day with a meeting for Master Wellness Volunteer group. We are planning a cooking school to take place later this month.

Outside my window...

Big, puffy white clouds in a big, blue Texas sky.

I am thinking...

How grateful I am that tomorrow will be a day at home.

I am thankful...

That I finally have the opportunity to get more involved with my community.

I am wearing...

A floral linen tank top and long, black skirt.

I am creating...

Glue book pages and lots of adult coloring. I am also painting a large shadow box shelf thing my dad built for me to house my rooster collection above my kitchen cabinets.

I am going...

Nowhere...after two busy days I'm home for the day.

I am wondering...

If the school bond election will pass in November, and how our district will cope if it doesn't.

I am reading...
The Sea Garden by Marcia Willetts

I am hoping...

That bond passes!! It's much on my mind as we met this week to talk about events and activities to get the vote out.

I am learning...

All kinds of interesting things about my new neighborhood and community.

In my kitchen...
Dinner tonight will be diced chicken, sautéed with red pepper and onion. I will then add a can of Trader Joe's Toscano Marinara and serve over pasta. Adding broccoli at the end.

A favorite quote for today...
Not a quote, but the beginning of a poem I saw on Facebook this morning. It's from Rachel Macy Stafford and you can find the whole poem at The Huffington Post. It resonates deeply with me.
I Am My Response I am my response to my child's mismatched outfit and the crumpled report card at the bottom of her backpack.
I am my response to my spouse who returned from the store without toilet paper but remembered the tailgate snacks.
I am my response to my anxious parent who repeats the same worries and insists on giving me coupons I do not need.
I am my response to my colleague with sad eyes and frequent absences.
I am my response to my 15-minutes-late hairdresser with a sick child.
I am my response to my neighbor with heart-heavy problems and little family support.
I am my response to the irate driver who cut me off and made an obscene gesture in
front of my children.
I am my response to the waitress who got my order wrong.
I am my response to myself when I forgot the one thing I most needed to do today.
I am my response to spilled coffee, long lines and middle-of-the-night wake-ups.
My responses are not perfect... they are not always ideal... I am human, after all.
A peek into one of my days...
Reading, writing and capturing the sun.

One of my favorite things...

My daily walk. It keeps me sane.
Post Script
I want to ask for prayers for someone I don't actually know. Her name is Shawna. She was severely injured in a car accident last Monday. Her friend, Joe, was driving the car. Joe and I were neighbors growing up. Please say a prayer not only for Shawna, but also Joe's children, Shelby and Jason, and his sister Marla.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Quick Tour of the New Homestead

We are settling in pretty well in our new home. There are several projects left to do. Window treatments are on order--plantation shutters--and will be here on September 14th. I can't wait. Right now the windows are either uncovered or have paper shades or sheets covering them. It's not the most attractive look. I'm also anxious to put up some curtains for color. I'm also looking into replacing the rug in the family room (below) with a bound piece of carpet. I think that will be more cost effective than a rug for the size I want.

 Looking from the front door.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Sweet Kitty

We lost our kitty of over 20 years this past week. My heart is broken.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook::June 10


For Today... June 10

Outside my window...it's hot!

I am thinking...about the McKinney pool incident. That is less than 10 miles from my house. I live across the street from a neighborhood pool. I know how inappropriate teenagers can get, and how quickly. I know we don't know everything that was happening. We learned today that the officer had just been on two suicide calls. We also learned that McKinney PD officers are receiving death threats. I don't believe we are, as a culture, insightful enough to learn what really needs to be learned from this incident. One, we never really know what any one person is dealing with and that includes. Two, showing basic respect goes a long way.
I am thankful...that we got an offer on our house so quickly.

I am wearing...floral linen tank and black knit skirt.

I am creating...not much of anything, given my reluctance to make any messes.

I am going...to finally be able to work my volunteer shift at the food pantry tomorrow!

I am wondering...when we will hear back from the buyers with their response to our response to their inspection repair requests.

I am reading...A Fine Romance by Susan Branch.
A Fine Romance
I am hoping...that all goes well until closing on the 30th.

I am learning...to rely on God.


In my kitchen...mostly simple cooking. Tonight is spaghetti and garlic bread.


A peek into one of my days...ready to show perfection!

One of my favorite things...a long morning walk.

From the board room...
Doesn't this just scream summer?
How to Make Sun Tea

Quote source: Brainy Quote


Sunday, May 10, 2015


The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind. First, we decided about four weeks ago to sell our current home and build a new, smaller home. This set off a frenzy of repair and cleaning work. Work that thankfully, after three weeks of having workers in and out of my house, is complete. But work that has now come to a bit of a halt as I recover from an infection that landed me in the hospital with sepsis. I never in a million years would have expected to end up hospitalized due to an ear infection. After running a high fever for nearly three days I went to my primary care, who took my vitals and immediately sent me to the hospital. Actually, she wouldn't let me drive so I had a dear friend, who I owe a huge debt of gratitude, come pick me up. My temperature was 104.8, my heart rate was 111 and my blood pressure was dangerously low. For 48 hours I was hooked up to IV antibiotics, which did their job, allowing me to come home. Unfortunately, I reacted to one of those antibiotics and ended up in the ER for IV steroids the day after coming home. Now, just over a week later, I'm still weak and tired and dealing with pressure in my ear. I have new sympathy for anyone who suffers from a chronic illness. To add to all of this, my husband was rear ended on Wednesday. Gratefully neither he nor the other driver were injured, and his car remained drivable, and the other driver was insured with a reputable company so, God willing, this will be a small blip. I am very much hoping to get back on track this week and finish the work that needs to be done to get our house listed and have it on the market by next Wednesday. But, if I've learned anything from all of this, it is that I'm not in control.


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