Day: My Month of May

On this sunny day in May, I thought it would be fun to link up with A Simple Woman’s Daybook again. My mornings are typically the same each day, but this month we have had many varied things. One of the best events was the marriage of my youngest son to his best friend. I’ll share about that later.

For Today

May 16, 2020

Looking out my window…

I see blue sky, trees of green, hanging flower pots with colorful flowers and evidences of a breeze. Here was my view sitting on the front porch this afternoon. And it’s pretty much what I see through the window from the living room.

I am thinking this day…

how much I love living in the country near the woods and what a blessing it is. This is the view from my back porch.

I am thankful…

for my family and for my new daughter-in-love, Paige. Here is a photo from the wedding of Rob and Paige.

I am creating each day…

lots of fun things! I created some wall art for display above my coffee/tea station and also one for a daughter and granddaughter. And I have crocheted a potholder, trivets and dish cloths. Today I played around with colored pencils and drew some butterflies.

This was for one of my granddaughters, and the sketch of the Corgi was about my 5th try, and there’s still room for improvement.

One of my favorite things…

is hearing the song of the wood thrush. They must be in the woods very near, because I hear them almost all day long.

I am wearing…

a sleeveless shirt with various shades of blue flowers on a black background, black capris, and my feet are bare. It’s a warm day, so my hair is pulled up in a bun held by a flexi-clip.

I am reading…

NO LITTLE PEOPLE by Francis Schaeffer and ABBA’S CHILD by Brennan Manning. Both demonstrate the love of God to His people, and they show that all people are created in God’s image and are equal in His sight. We are all fellow creatures before our Creator God.

In my garden…

I have planted several types of tomatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, parsley, basil and eggplant. There is also chocolate mint, and I have several more herbs and veggies to transplant into the garden.

I am hoping… 

that soon I can spend some time with my daughters and grandchildren. I miss them very much.

I am learning…

some new crochet stitches. I finally learned the standing double crochet (SDC) and the linked double crochet (LDC), which is what I used to make a potholder designed by my friend, Sati Glenn, owner of Rows and Roses. The potholder is the one in the back middle. The solid colors are dish cloths and the trivet in front was also designed by Sati.

In my kitchen…

I made a simple heart-shaped wedding cake, scones and clotted cream for the wedding on May 4, 2020.

Wedding Day

Post Script for this Day

I would like to share with you the writings of my friend, Joy Lenton. Her words are full of hope and encouragement. This particular post shows the benefits of being out in nature through poetry, photos and quotes. Take a look, and I know you’ll be blessed.

Shared Quote

In keeping with the theme of nature from Joy’s post, enjoy this quote from the Bible.

For now the winter is past;
the rain has ended and gone away.
The blossoms appear in the countryside.
The time of singing has come,
and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land.

Song of Songs 2:11-12  (CSB)

A moment from my day…

Last month I told you about a coffee/tea station we were setting up. We got it finished! You can find me there several times a day either making coffee or tea. Here is a photo.

And here is a photo close-up with my added art for the tea side.

Tea and Coffee Day

Closing Notes to End the Day

Daily I look forward to my time upstairs in my room reading the Bible and making a journal page. Here is one of my latest. May you be blessed by the words here.


If you’d like to make your own Daybook post, check out the guidelines at The Simple Woman. I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of my life in May.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and especially what this month has been like for you.

10 thoughts on “Day: My Month of May

  1. Dear Gayl,
    Congratulations on your son’s wedding! What a very special time to share together. I love the way that you have brought so much creativity into your days. Whether it’s crocheting, or sketching, or baking, or gardening, I think your life has been such a gift to those around you! And I am waiting to hear the wood thrush here, they do have such a beautiful song. Blessings, love, and hugs dear friend!

    1. Dear Bettie, thank you for your thoughts. You are always so encouraging to me. Yes, I have enjoyed so many areas of creativity, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. I hope the wood thrush visits you soon! Blessings, love and hugs right back to you, dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  2. How sweet to celebrate the wedding! Thank you for sharing the special photos of your surroundings. Beautiful sights from God. Have a blessed day! 🙂

    1. Yes, we enjoyed so much having the wedding right on our front porch with only the 5 of us who live here along with our friend who officiated. But we did live-stream it for friends and family who could not be here. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos of our area. God sure made it beautiful. Blessings to you, Melissa! I hope you’ve had a lovely day.

  3. What a beautiful place you live in. Congratulations on your son’s marriage. They look like a very sweet couple. I love the cake that you made. My daughter was married a few years ago at her husband’s family camp. It was small and beautiful ceremony.

    1. Thank you so much! We love it here. Yes, they are a sweet couple. That’s cool your daughter was married at the family camp. Sometimes small and simple is the best and can be very beautiful! Blessings to you! Thanks for visiting.

  4. Dear Gayl, your home and surroundings look so welcoming, inviting and peaceful. I can just picture you sitting out on your porch, putting your feet up, with a cup of tea at hand, taking a well-deserved break, listening to the wood thrush singing as you contemplate the beauty all around you. Simply seeing greenery is soothing to our souls. And I guess your many delightful veins of creativity are helping to keep you calm as well. I always sense a peaceful atmosphere here and come away refreshed. Thank you for giving us this lovely, intimate glimpse into your day and sharing the wedding news and beautiful photograph too. I’m honoured to be mentioned and grateful you were blessed by reading that post. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear friend! xoxo

    1. Joy, wouldn’t it be lovely if you could sit here with me where we could enjoy tea and great conversation and just be still and enjoy the beauty. Oh, yes, the wood thrush has one of the loveliest songs I have ever heard. I’m so thankful to be able to hear it throughout the day. I’m so glad you find peace and refreshment here on my blog. That blesses me, too. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I’m so glad to send people to your lovely post. Much love and many blessings to you, dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  5. Hi Gayl! Congrats to the lovely couple. Sounds like some great meals are coming from what you planted in your garden. I love how you set up the coffee/tea station. I hope to do something like that for us one day.

    1. Thank you for your congratulations. They are a sweet couple. I sure hope the garden produces well for us. I’m trying to grow more of our own food. There’s nothing like going to the garden to find things for a meal! 🙂 Glad you like the coffee/tea station. It was long awaited as the idea came quite awhile ago. So I’m very thankful for it. Blessings to you, dear sister!

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