Tuesday, January 27, 2009

new week

For Today... Monday January 26th

Outside my window : It is dark because it has been a very busy day for me. But I slipped on my coat and stepped outside for a few minutes. The neighborhood is quiet. The skies are clear and the stars are bright. It is a special time when the neighborhood is all mine. If it weren't so cold I would go back inside and get my dog Sebrina and take her for a walk.

I am thinking : I am thinking how many times I have missed the stars or missed a sunset because I was so involved with unimportant things.

From the learning rooms: I am learning to slow down and be aware of my surroundings . I am choosing a new life style because I want to live in the moment.

I am thankful for : I am so thankful for my eldest son Mark. He was so distant from his family for so many years. But now he is back. Well not living here but back in communication, back sharing his life with me. It proves to me that there is always hope even when we don't think there is.

From the kitchen: We seem to have craving for mashed potatoes lately. No matter what I fix seems to go good as long as it has mashed potatoes on the plate beside it.

I am wearing: It is still so cold here and I find my hand knit socks not only keep my feet warm but they are such like a comfort to my soul. I am wearing cord slacks and a long sleeved cotton blouse.

I am reading : I stopped by the library this week. It so hard for me to leave there with just one book. But the book I chose, " Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs. It is a 7 Day book so there was no sense even thinking of bring home more than one book This book is the sequel to " The Friday Night Knitting Club.

I am hoping: I am hoping that that the arthritis I suffer with will be kinder to me this week. It has been making it very hard for me

I am creating: A new lifestyle for myself that includes more quiet times and more time for writing and creating.

I am hearing : The house is so quiet except for the chiming of the mantle clock that sounds on the hour and quarter hour.

Around the house : Outside all around the house is heaps and heaps of snow that has begun to collect the dust in the air and has lost its pristine beauty.

One of my favorite things: One of my favorite things is my recliner. It is the one place I can come to and find some relief from the arthritis.

A few plans for the rest of the week: I have a "play date" later this week with my friend to share patterns and have a time of working up some paper embroidery pieces to make into greeting cards. I am so looking forward to the "girl time.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you :
This is my best friend: Myne. The bathroom sink is one of her favorite places and she loves to watch me fix my hair in the morning. But often she stays to fall asleep there.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Beginning a Daybook

Daybook for Monday January 19th.

Peggy over at Simple Woman Daybook hosts these day books. Please check it out at: http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

For Today

Outside My Window: We are actually getting some sunshine this winter day but that does not keep the snow from falling. It is truly a winter wonderland.

I Am Thinking: I am how much I love having four definite seasons. Each one holds special things that I would miss terribly if I did not experience them.

I Am Thankful For: my quiet neighborhood. For so many years we lived in houses on busy roads. I am living in the city but somehow secluded from the busyness of it.

From the Learning Rooms: learning to set boundaries is opening ways for making it possible not only for others to respect me, but is also helping me to learn how to respect myself. I think I am making progress in this area of my life.

From the Kitchen: We have had an array of wonderful leftovers today. Somehow they are often better than the original meal. Perhaps because the flavors have had an opportunity to meld actually making them better. I know that is true of spaghetti.

I Am Wearing: a turtleneck top which keeps the chill off. Also have on slacks and a pair of my hand knit socks. All this keeps me warm as the cold drafts come through the door as I let the dog in and out throughout the day.

I Am Creating: hand made birthday cards using a wonderful oriental looking cat stamp. I have the fronts of the cards done and only need to put the greetings on the inside. I am thinking I want to decorate the envelopes too. These cards use the same stamp as the calendars that I just finished and have ready to go out in tomorrow's mail.

I Am Going: to stay home today. I love these kinds of days. I love my home.

I Am Reading: my Bible more. I don't seem to be able to read regular books when I am involved in a major creative project like the cards I am doing now. I think that is because I love to read so much that once I start a book I don't want to cook, clean or do art.

I Am Hoping: that I can do all the planned activities tomorrow without getting over tired so that when Wednesday comes I will be able to do things around home.

I Am Hearing: the furnace click on to keep the house warm and hear Myne, kitty, "talking" to one of the other kitties. She is such a happy little girl and I am so thankful for her.

Around the House: things are more cluttered than I would like. I will make it a priority to spend putting things in their proper place this week so I can enjoy my home.

One of My Favorite Things: is this stage of my life. The children are grown, I am retired and I can more or less fill my days as I please. That is such a gift.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week: my main plan for the rest of the week is clearing the clutter in the house that has accumulated since I began the calendar and greeting card project. I want to feel comfortable in my own home. I don't as it is now

A winter's day in Michigan