It is time for the May edition of The Simple Woman’s Daybook. Here I show you glimpses of my day which may or may not be typical. Some weeks I find myself going out every day. Others I am able to spend more time at home. I hope you enjoy!
For Today – May 15, 2018
Looking out my window
Standing in my kitchen by the sink I look out the window and see the trees full of leaves. It’s a peaceful view even with the long ladder on the ground. I love being so close to the woods.
Sometimes I see birds and squirrels. One day I saw a doe with her fawn. I’m surprised the dogs didn’t notice and scare them away.
I am thinking
about all the clutter in my home and how it is weighing me down. It seems I make a little progress but then take steps backwards. I want to minimize and rearrange. Then I desire to decorate in a way that is welcoming to guests and reflects our interests.
I am thankful
I am thankful for the sunshine, the beauty of the sky and trees and the opportunity to live in such a lovely area.
I am creating
more collages in my art journal. With Mother’s Day I was thinking of my mother, so I used the photo from last month as the basis for this page. Then I added what I thought would best convey the love shared by a mother and daughter.
I am also crocheting dishcloths and scrubbers.
I am wearing
black capris with a sleeveless top and some silver jewelry that belonged to my mom. I also have sandals on my feet.
I am watching
Tonight we are watching the Marvel movie “Black Panther.”
I am hoping
to make better use of my Erin Condren planner. I bought it hoping it would help me become better organized. Well, that only works if I take the time to plan, and I’ve been pretty poor at that.
So this month I plan to start making menus and a schedule of daily and weekly chores. I also want to set aside blocks of time to work on different projects each week. Finally, I will set aside time for reading my backlog of books so that I can write those promised book reviews.
I am learning
more about the use of essential oils in our everyday life. By diffusing them I can create a pleasing aroma in the house. If we are stuffy from allergies I can use oils like peppermint, euchalyptus and frankincense to help clear nasal passages. Lavender is great for relaxation.
I use some of the citrus oils in my water to give it some flavor and encourage me to drink enough. To turn black tea into Earl Grey we add one drop of Bergamot per cup.
In my kitchen
I’ve discovered a way to make lasagna without cooking the noodles first. I also changed the recipe somewhat so that everyone likes it.
Using a 9″ x 13″ pan I put about a cup of homemade Italian meat sauce, then a layer of lasagna noodles. Next comes a mixture of egg, parsley and mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Then I repeat each layer a couple more times ending with the cheese mixture. Over that I pour about a cup of water. Cover with foil that has been greased and bake at 350° for about 45 minutes. Then remove the foil to cook about 20 minutes more. Let it sit for a few minutes and then serve.
Yesterday I cooked it in my toaster oven so I cut back on the cook time with it covered to 35 minutes and uncovered for about 15 minutes.
In my garden
We have been enjoying lettuce and kale, and the broccoli will soon be ready to harvest. There are only six broccoli plants, though, so they won’t go very far. Next time I think I’ll plant more. Fresh greens right out of the garden just can’t be beat. I love these glimpses from my garden.
My son has written a short story that is packed with deeper meaning. I’ll give you a taste and then send you over to his blog to finish.
Once upon a time there was a tree from which grew a single limb. The trunk and the limb loved each other greatly, and together shared the happiest existence they could ask for.
Then from the limb grew many smaller branches, who were welcomed joyfully into the family. While the branches were happy for a while, however, soon they grew discontented with being part of the tree, and broke themselves off.
In the dirt below they tried to plant themselves as their own trees, but because they had no roots they could not stay upright. They withered, unable to sustain themselves with enough water and sunlight, and animals came and chewed on them, further damaging them.
At this point many of the broken branches began calling out for help from the tree. So the trunk and the limb immediately determined to get them back. However the limb was too high above the ground to reach them.
Then the trunk came up with a plan…
To read the rest click the following link: The Trunk, the Limb and the Branches
What do you think of this quote?
Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.
Touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it
because in the last analysis all moments are sacred moments
and life itself is grace. ~ Frederick Buechner,
from his book Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation
A moment from my day
I often like to sit outside down the hill beside our campfire ring near the woods. There are always sights and sounds to enjoy – the wind, the sounds of the birds and frogs. So I wanted to capture this moment of my day to share with you.
In closing I want to leave you with a verse that is the prayer of my heart:
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14(CSB)
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