Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook - April 11, 2016

For Today
April 11, 2016

Outside My Window:  A beautiful day outside awaits me.  At least I'll go out for a short errand to the post office and to pick up a prescription...

I Am Thinking:  About some projects I can do for the upcoming Puppy Crop - a celebration of the first birthday of the liter of puppies born last October:

The Five Puppies
Born at
the "Real" Puppy Crop
Oct. 2015

The projects I want to do are "party favors" for all of the attendees; can't wait to celebrate!

I Am Praising God for:  The Riverside Children's Art Center held year-round at my church.  We celebrated the 10th anniversary this past weekend; 10 years of  amazing children that have come through this outreach program.

I Am Wearing:  A pair of capris and my gray "Challenge Accepted" t-shirt from the "write31days" challenge October 2015.  And, of course, my crocs!

{I really really really want a new pair of "something" that I can wear around the house!}

I Am Creating:  While at the retreat recently, I spent an entire day experimenting with {playing with} my Prima doll, Sea Sallie, the Mermaid:

I had so much FUN "playing" with this little Mermaid...and gave away all of the ones made!  Guess I'll have to make some more...

A Few Things for the Week:

Monday:  Stay-at-home doing laundry and a bit of other chores; perhaps a little stamping and coloring?

Tuesday:  Attend the monthly breakfast with my husband and his high school classmates - c/o 1957!

Then, I have a doctor's appointment followed by some "free time" hanging out, maybe browsing the consignment/antique stores before grabbing a bite to eat and heading to a meeting at church.

Wednesday:  Perhaps another stay-at-home day; or I may hang out with my daughter.

Thursday:  Glad to see that this is a light week; but you never know what may come up - would love to get my hair cut!!

But, I'll either stay at home or hang out with my daughter...whichever I didn't do on Wednesday!

Friday:  Scrapbooking with friends in the afternoon and creating a layout in the evening for our "ugly paper" challenge...how can paper be "ugly" when the theme is "butterflies"?!  We will see what is done in this creative challenge!

Saturday:  Attending the 1st birthday of my niece's son; they have lived in Washington state for a number of years and we haven't even met the little guy yet!  But they have recently moved back to this area...and my brother and sister-in-law will also be here!  Think:  "Almost" family reunion!

Sunday:  Attend church; out for lunch with friends...then, relax and get ready for the next few days...a road trip to Epcot in Orlando, FL with a friend!!  YAY!

I Am Wondering:  Where to go for a mini vacation with my husband?  I'd love to have a real vacation; but I do find things to do that I enjoy.  I just need to get away with him for a few days; he needs time away from the routine, too!

I Am Reading:  "A Likeness in Stone" by J. Wallis Martin, the first novel for this author.  It's a mystery, a favorite of mine to read.

I Am Hoping:  To finish a couple of other posts after I write this one.  I have been struggling with writing lately...

I Am Looking Forward to:  A road trip to Epcot in Orlando, FL for the International Flower and Garden Festival...

I Am Learning:  To be content where I am...thanks to my blogging friend at iwillbloom.

I Am Hearing:  "Rachel Ray Show" on TV...I think it's really funny that my husband always "complains" that I watch HGTV or Food Network all the time; yet, when he goes out walking, he leaves it on Food Network (a "cook show", as he calls it)!

In My Kitchen:  Pulled hot dogs out for dinner; hubby went to the store for buns.

A Fave Scripture Thought:  The scripture says, "Give thanks in every situation because this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  (1 Thess. 5:18 CEB).

I Am Pondering:  The need to give thanks to God for all things...because it is His will that we do so.  And, in giving thanks, as Ann Voskamp would say:

Grace + Thanksgiving = Joy

We have grace through our Savior, Jesus Christ; and we are to give thanks for that and all that we have been given.  That leads to the Joy we feel in Jesus Christ when we give thanks for the grace...

Hmmm...a tongue-twister, for sure!  But, one leads to the other and the other leads to the one!  {OK!  I'll QUIT!}

And another week with the Simple Woman's Daybook has concluded.  Join me again next week for a new post full of more fun things.

Don't forget to go to Peggy's blog and read all of the other fun and interesting posts for her link-up.


  1. So glad I found you...I've loved mermaids for years - even designed my own rubber stamp. We moved 2 years ago and I had to say goodbye to all of my rubber stamping, scrap booking friends. You'd think in a big city where I live I'd find more, it seems that the rubber stamping trend has fallen by the wayside. I love the tags you made!

  2. Oh, I'd LOVE to see your mermaid stamp; and some of your projects! I love scrapbooking and card-making; and have come to really love these Julie Nutting Prima doll stamps. I am fortunate to be with a group of ladies that love doing ALL of these things, plus other crafting. We have retreats several times a year where we can get away for the weekend. It's FUN and just as much a social time as a crafting time!

    Thanks for reading and commenting...I also have a Facebook page where I post, but not only my crafting...https://www.facebook.com/barbara.london.90

  3. You have a beautiful blog, and I loved reading everything in your Daybook. I hope you have a wonderful trip to the Flower and Garden Show at Epcot, and a lovely week too!

    1. Thank you, Kathy! I keep thinking I need to revamp my blog, but just haven't done anything different yet! I really AM looking forward to the Flower and Garden at Epcot...if you read very many of my posts for the Daybook, you'll see I get really excited about road trips and scrapbooking and retreats and GRANDKIDS!!

      Thanks for reading and commenting...I will be doing some reading of others' posts in the next couple of days. I've lately been having to do alot of reading and listening (to sermons) as I am on our church's pastor search committee...a long road for sure!!


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