24 May 2013

Goodbye Julia

My sweet Mother-in-love passed away, very unexpectedly, this morning. She was truly what a wonderful woman. Please pray for our family. 

21 May 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook 05.21.13

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Outside my window... It's hot...nearly 90! The trees are completely filled out and the sun is bright and shiny after days of rain. 

I am thinking... about how this school year has gone by so fast!

I am thankful... for my sweet family pitching in and helping after my surgery.

In the kitchen... whatever my family is making as I'm still not able. I miss it!

I am wearing... light blue gown with swiss dots and white lace trim. My robe is pink and white gingham.

I am creating... sketches of the Cardinal bird family that has been visiting my balcony. They will not visit the barn bird feeder that my husband bought me though. :(

I am going... nowhere as I am home bound.

I am wondering... if my son I've homeschooled has been pushed enough and learned enough from me.

I am reading... Just magazines lately as my pain has kept me from wanting to read. I'll admit that the television has been on WAY too much since my surgery, even though there is little entertaining or educational television.

I am hoping... to heal quicker than it appears to be going.

I am learning... about the birds in my back yard because of my Peterson app. 

Around the house... my oldest (bonus) son has moved back in after moving out and being independent for 8 months. It wasn't what it was cracked up to be apparently. Our house is full and full of love.

A favorite quote for today... "All you need is love, love, love" - The Beattles

One of my favorite things... biscuits.

A few plans: find educational ways that help my boredom, finish up schooling, and get through each day with walking more and less pain.

Photo of my day: My baby Cardinal.

20 May 2013

"what to wear for house-cleaning"

"What should I wear for house-cleaning?

I could recommend all kinds of household wear. To begin with, it should be protective and attractive. I like skirts that have plenty of knee action without being too full . . .

Bandannas are wonderful if worn with style. Have a wardrobe of household kerchiefs to go with what you're wearing. Try a bright calico wrap-and-tie dress with a fetching kerchief to look as sprightly as Brigitte Bardot . . .

For really heavy household chores, wear dungarees with a neat cotton shirt and maybe a bandanna. I don't like dungarees for casual wear, but since they're the best thing for messy jobs, wear them with authority.

Don't look like a steam-fitter or a garage mechanic when what you are is, purely and simply, a wife."

--Anne Fogarty, Wife-Dressing: The Fine Art of Being a Well-Dressed Wife (1959, 2008)

Hat Tip to Anna

14 May 2013

Book recommendations

Does anyone have any good book recommendations while I'm home bound?

13 May 2013

For the birds

In the last few years I have slowly developed a love for birding. A month or so ago I purchased a hummingbird feeder. We haven't had too many visitors, but I'm hoping that's just because of the unusually cold weather we've been experiencing. We've had many cardinals, woodpeckers, and sparrows in our trees out back. Thanks to my Petersen tree app, I've identified these birds by their calls. I'm laid up remember. Seriously, I have little I can do. So, my sweet husband bought me a bird feeder for the other birds to visit our porch. Hopefully this will keep me entertained during the rest of my confinement. 

Do y'all know how to get birds to come to these feeders?

01 May 2013

goings on in an apron

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. Life has been busy and complicated and full of surprises. Next Tuesday I am going into surgery (low back fusion). So, we have been getting everything needed to be completed before that time. Lets face it, when Mama is down, the world falls apart. My recovery time is 3-4 weeks of no driving or doing anything other than walk, and a total of 2 months of no lifting, twisting, or bending! So, the family has been having what the Brits call "a good clear out". It's nice to donate so much to needy families. Also, the teenagers will be helping me out I need to have everything in the right place.

So, on to aprons. I don't know about you, but I truly have a romantic viewpoint on aprons. They have such meaning and significance behind their beings. They mean hard work, loving Mother making supper, and pockets to hold things that may be needed during the day. After my workout in the mornings and shower, I put on my apron for the day. This apron means it's time to get to work. It's time to make breakfast!

One of my favorite quotes on aprons is from Charles Wesley whom said about his mother Suzannah Wesley, "Mother could be found in the kitchen with her apron over her head praying." I've actually tried to hid behind my apron before. Another trick when your children are annoying you is to actually pray out loud for that child to behave. It works.

My love for aprons (really most domestic items) is kind of an addiction. Here are a few links to some favorites of mine:

Marmee Dear



Cath Kidston


Do you wear aprons? If so, where do you buy them?


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