Daybook of a Simple Woman ~ April Edition

Today I am trying something new! My friend, Bettie, has shown me It. It’s open for a whole month and you can linkup more than once. You just pick a day to share your activities using the guidelines and format given at the website.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook



For Today – April 9, 2018


Looking out my window

I see a hanging pot of flowers, a hammock and the back of a rocking chair on the front porch. The trees are wet from rain and the weather is dreary and cool. But spring temperatures will be here soon.



I am thinking

about all the writing I need to do and how I can organize my time to accomplish it all. It’s fun to participate in this daybook linkup and review a typical day. I’m also thinking about my mom who left this earth two years ago today and this fun memory of something we did together.



I am thankful

for my faithful friends both online and local.


One of my favorite things is spending time with family or friends talking, playing games or just being together.


I am creating

Lately I’ve been writing poetry and creating pages in my art journal. The poem below on the left was written using a prompt in a writing challenge I am participating in for the month of April. The prompt was “How do you say ‘love’?”



How Do You Say Love


I say love in many ways
sharing hope through all my days


A smile, a touch, words of cheer
showing you are welcome here


A rapt attention when one speaks
cooking someone’s favorite treats


A bit of soup or fresh baked bread
nourishing one sick in bed


I say love with words and deeds
caring for someone in need







I am wearing

a burgundy pullover sweater and blue jeans embroidered with flowers.


I am watching

the latest season of “Father Brown” on Netflix, a show loosely based on the character created by G.K.Chesterton.


 I am hoping
to make a photo/haiku book from my poems and photos. It’s something I’ve dreamed about for a few years. Maybe mentioning it in this daybook post will help me remember to do something about it.


I am learning

to trust God more for those things that are out of my hands, knowing that He is ultimately in control. I’m learning to “pray without ceasing” no matter where I am or what I am doing. When I put my trust in God I find that I worry less and am at peace. This enables me to still my anxious thoughts and pursue creative interests. 


In my kitchen

I recently made hot dog buns, and they turned out well. Now I have to figure out how to keep them  soft for a few days rather than have them dry out too soon.



In my garden

I am growing a mixture of veggies and herbs and hope to add more. For now there is oregano, cilantro, lavender, parsley, thyme, sage, chives, lettuce, broccoli, kale and lemon balm. Not all are shown in the photo.



Post Script

I know that Easter is over, but my friend, Michele Morin, has written some beautiful poetry to help us appreciate the beauty and depth of truth through what Jesus accomplished:

Easter Anthology by Michele Morin


Shared Quote

 I like to ponder this quote from G. K. Chesterton: 

A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go against it. 


A moment from my day

My computer is my tool for writing and sharing my work. I also use my journal to write, because I still love holding a pen in my hand and writing on paper.




Closing Notes

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into my day. It was fun to put together as I reviewed my recent activities. Not every day will be productive or full. Every day we need to take time to rest, too.


Take some time to pause and look for the beauty in your every day life.


Maybe you would like to join in, too. If so, please check out A Simple Woman’s Daybook  , where I am linking up.

I’m also linking up with: #TrekkingThru, #LMMLinkup


14 thoughts on “Daybook of a Simple Woman ~ April Edition

  1. Dear Gayl,
    Oh, I am so glad that you joined in at The Simple Woman’s Daybook! It is a real treat to be able to have a glimpse into each other’s days. I loved having that peek through your window into all the fresh green on the hillside, and to read your poetry on both your computer and your handwritten journal was so special. Thank you so much for your sweet mention of me! I am so thankful for your friendship. I will pray for you tonight, on the 2nd year anniversary of your Mom’s Home-going. We miss our loved ones who have gone on before us so much! Extra Hugs and Love to you tonight!

    1. Dear Bettie,
      Thank you so much for your prayers! I’m glad you enjoyed the glimpse into my day, and thank you for encouraging me to take part. 🙂 I am also thankful for your friendship, dear sister. Blessings, hugs and love to you! xo

  2. The whole idea of this peaceful collection of thoughts is just beautiful, Gayl.
    I’m just a wee bit jealous of that garden you’ve got flourishing already! All the snow has melted from my garden, but I’m hearing an ominous forecast for the weekend coming . . . (don’tthinkaboutitdon’tthinkaboutitdon’tthinkaboutit…)
    I’ve never tried hot dog buns, but when I did English muffins I had the same problem you did. The just don’t keep well. I’m wondering if those unpronouncable ingredients on the package of store bought variety are what makes the difference?
    Thank you so much for featuring my little poem collection. It makes me so happy to think that you enjoyed them!

    1. Thank you, Michele! I’m glad you enjoyed this peek into my day. Yes, living in the south does enable us to have our gardens a bit sooner, though we’ve had some pretty cold weather. At least it didn’t last and my garden was okay. Maybe if you don’t think about it, the snow won’t come. LOL Even if it does you know that spring is coming…. I’m thinking with the hotdog buns that I used too much flour. The dough was a bit sticky but I should have just buttered my hands and used it sticky rather than adding more flour. Maybe, I’ll see what happens next time. 🙂
      I was very happy to feature your poem. It was so good and full of meaning.
      Blessings and hugs to you, dear sister! xo

  3. Hello Gayl! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Welcome to the community of Daybook writers! I love meeting new folks and reading about their lives. Your blog is so relaxing and peaceful. Your hot dog buns look amazing! I’ve made hambruger buns before but never hot dog buns. I’ll have to give that a try…especially since I picked up a package of Nathan’s Hot Dogs because they were on sale! Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Dianna! Thanks for the warm welcome to the Daybook community. I love meeting new people, too, and finding new friends online. I have not made hotdog buns very often; hamburger buns are easier to shape. So this time I divided up the dough into 12 portions and tried to just make a long oval out of them. It worked but they dry out fast. They were fun to make, though. 🙂
      Thank for visiting and commenting. Blessings to you!

  4. Thanks for sharing your day, Gayl. I think these posts are fun to do and to read from others. I’m learning this too: “I am learning to trust God more for those things that are out of my hands, knowing that He is ultimately in control.” I wish I could learn it even quicker! 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! I think these kinds of posts are fun, too. 🙂 And I”m with on the wish I could learn quicker to trust all the time. 🙂 Blessings to you!

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