Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY . . . July 22, 2014

Outside my window . . . it is sunny and clear, 76*. We are off to a beautiful start!

I am thinking . . . scattered thoughts! Still having trouble getting my mind to settle down.

I am thankful . . . for the health and safety of my family. I seem to hear/read so much about accidents and illnesses! I am constantly reminded to be grateful for the calm of no crises in my own home.

In the kitchen . . . I have a new dishwasher! But it's not installed because poor, dear hubby is going to have to run a new supply line as the current one is in the way for proper installation :(

I am wearing . . . one of my cotton gowns.

I am creating . . . odds and ends. I'm having a hard time focusing on any one thing for too long, so I've just been doing bits and pieces. Yesterday I fixed 2 bracelets and pinned up the hem on a new dress I bought for out trip next month.

I am going . . . to meet with the lectio divina coordinator for a final interview this afternoon. It's been an interesting experience.

I am wondering . . . about joining a spiritual directions group this fall through Dovehouse Ministries. It is a group that meets once a month to pray for each other. 

I am reading . . . Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. It's very interesting so far. Reese Witherspoon is starring in the movie adaptation.

I am looking forward to . . . lunch with a dear, dear friend on Thursday!

I am hearing . . . Yaya snoring away during her morning nap.

Around the house . . . I've got to vacuum today! The dog woofies are planning a coup d'├ętat!

I am praying . . . for my dd. She has been hired for a full-time position and is getting her own apartment with a friend in late August. I am so happy for her as she moves into a new aspect of her life!

One of my favorite things . . . is organization. My bestie and I reorganized my pantry yesterday. I love being able to look in and find just what I need without having to move everything around.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . a couple of meetings today, a LONG allergist appointment tomorrow followed by another meeting. On Thursday I meet my friend for lunch! And the weekend is looking pretty free and clear.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing . . . 
a made-up pumpkin/sour cream crumb cake
for Green Street last week

Saturday, July 19, 2014

{this moment}

A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Friday, July 18, 2014


bloom -- verb, to change, grow, or develop fully / noun, a state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor

I want to bloom! Who wouldn't?

To change, grow, or develop fully into a state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor.

I'm working on it every day. Constantly practicing new skills to encourage that growth and development. Taking to heart "love your neighbor as yourself". Because I can't love another if I don't love me first.

So I'm doing more self-care and being kinder to and about myself. Because I want to bloom to be the person God created me to be. I want freshness and vigor in my life.

Bring on the rain and the sun. Because it takes both to bloom.

linking up with Five Minute Friday

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nice to Meet You

I made a new friend this week. We've met before, but this week I decided it was time to really get to know her.

She's about my age and we have similar backgrounds. She's been through quite a bit and is still working on how to live her life to the fullest.

We talked about childhood and college. We talked about husbands and children, and what this new phase is feeling like. Grown-up kids making life choices and moving out. We have so much in common!

We talked about the hard stuff. I told her about a memory I have from college that is particularly painful, and she helped me see that understanding that might help with some current struggles I'm having. I was surprised at how much it helped just to say it out loud. (You'd think by now I'd know the benefit of that!)

We are planning on staying in touch as much as possible. Making time for regular get togethers and talks. It's difficult in this crazy busy life everyone seems to have, but there are some things -- some people -- you just can't let fall through the cracks.

I've determined that I really need to get to know her better, and that spending more time with her may really help me a lot.

Who is she? She's me. 

The real me. Not the internal voice of reprimands and criticisms, but the real me. The person I am/was when I strip away all the ick I've been trudging through. It's time I got to know her better.

linking up with Writer's Workshop 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Woman at the Well

She said close yours eyes. Imagine you are the woman at the well (John 4:4-26) and watch the story play out as if it is a movie in your head. You are the woman. Tell me how you interact with Jesus.

I sat with my eyes closed. I saw the dusty ground and the stone-stacked well. There is a bucket sitting on the edge of the well, and I am carrying a jug to fill. 

She asks me to describe what I see. What I am wearing. What I am feeling. I tell her that I am walking down the road from the town toward the well. I am alone, but I can hear the town noises behind me. As I come closer to the well, I see Jesus standing near the well. I do not know who he is, but I do not feel threatened by his presence.

I walk up to the well. I am standing holding my jug in front of me. Jesus walks up to the other side of the well and sits on edge. We begin to talk. He is kind and generous. I listen to every word he has to say. He assures me of my value and worth in his eyes. I believe his words and am comforted. 

When the time comes for us to part, it is not painful or difficult because I know we will meet again, often, to talk and share. Even when he is physically absent, I can find him through scripture and prayer.

She asks me to open my eyes. She tells me that it is a good thing that I am comfortable being that close to Him. Many cannot be in His presence. I am comforted and soothed by her words.

I leave to go and continue my exploration of my life with Jesus.

linking up with Just Write

Baking Day

linking up with Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY . . . July 15, 2014

Outside my window . . . the sky is overcast and it's 72 degrees. We had storms last night, but it is supposed to clear as the morning passes.

I am thinking . . . change. Ds turned 21 last week. Dd is apartment hunting with a friend. Dh starts a new aspect of his grad program in the fall. I am considering going back to work. 

I am thankful . . . for a fun and productive day yesterday. I finished that pair of pants I started weeks ago, hemmed a shirt, and made 2 table runners. 

In the kitchen . . . last night was a quickie version of pasta and chicken in Alfredo sauce with steamed broccoli.

I am wearing . . . one of my cotton gowns.

I am creating . . . a summer weight shawl and a Christmas table cloth. How's that for multi tasking?!

I am going . . . to get a haircut this afternoon, which is really good, because I NEED one!

I am wondering . . . about moods and stress (see I am thinking portion).

I am reading . . . The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny.

Got to finish this as it's due at the library tomorrow and I can't renew it! So good!

I am looking forward to . . . a possible trip to the rock quarry this weekend for a refresher scuba dive with dh. We have a dive trip planned in August, and I haven't been in the water in ages, so we're going to the rock quarry for a little test run.

I am hearing . . . dogs munching on breakfast.

Around the house . . . things are still in good order. I'm really enjoying the new sofa. Having a fresh look encourages me to keep things picked up. My dishwasher died last week, so I've been doing dishes by hand and am happy to say that I've kept the kitchen really neat and orderly even with the extra work.

I am praying . . . for peace. This has been a stressful summer, and I am still feeling a sense of unease almost daily. 

One of my favorite things . . . is having the house to myself. Being able to set the tone and do just what I want and need at my own pace is lovely.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . haircut, making desserts for the homeless again with my bestie, meeting a friend for coffee, and then who knows!

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing . . . 
"mood stabilizer" from my dh