Monday, September 30, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook, Monday, September 30, 2013

For today...Monday, September 30, 2013

Outside my is a beautiful afternoon! Sunny with a light, cool breeze! I love this kind of weather!

I am thinking...that it's going to be October tomorrow. Time goes by so quickly!

I am thankful...for God's mercy. He loves us more than I could ever imagine, and I'm grateful.

From the kitchen...leftover take-out pizza! :)

I am wearing...a short-sleeved coral top and a pair of shorts.

I am creating...this blog post. :)

I am attempt to go without my daily fast-food restaurant sweet tea starting tomorrow. I'm sure I don't need all that caffeine and sugar.

I am wondering...what's wrong with my camera or camera card that it won't let me take or review photos on the camera. I don't want to lose all those photos! I'm going to see if I can upload them to my husband's laptop later tonight.

I am hoping...I really will eat healthier in October.

I am hearing...
cars going by and some sounds from a nearby business.

I am looking forward to...spending the night and doing some shopping in a larger city a couple of hours away in about two weeks. The selection is much better there, and there are certain things I'm looking for, including a new kitchen wall clock. Ours is very old, and even with new batteries, it won't work anymore.

Around the's so quiet and comfortable with the breeze blowing in.

A favorite quote for today..."Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile." -- William Cullen Bryant

One of my favorite when a good breeze makes the leaves fall. I love watching the leaves falling like snow!

A few plans for the rest of the and a regular week. There will be a huge, annual rummage sale in town that I always go to. I go to look; sometimes I find a few things. :)

A picture thought I am sharing...

 You can see the original Pinterest pin here

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook, Monday, September 9, 2013

For today...Monday, September 9, 2013

Outside my is evening, dark and cold. We always know the weather will turn cold - and quickly - but it always seems to surprise us. It's early this year, too.

I am thinking...that I need to clean the heating vents to get the dust (and cat hair!) off of them before we turn on the furnace. I hope it's soon!

I am thankful...for God's faithfulness in so many things, large and small.

From the bean burgers for dinner!

I am wearing...a pink, floral top and a pair of shorts.

I am creating...a little more order in my pantry. :) I used an extra-large plastic magazine holder to hold the boxes of foil, plastic wrap, parchment paper, baggies, etc. I saw the idea on Pinterest and knew that it was just what I needed! You can see the Pinterest pin here.

I am try to remember not to have anything but water tonight since I have to fast for a blood test tomorrow morning to check my cholesterol level.

I am to better balance what I need to do around the house and the need to rest and not over-do because of the fibromyalgia.

I am hoping...and praying that my husband gets through his yearly 'first few weeks of both jobs' well. He is usually very tired for a while and then gets used to it. So far, so good this year.

I am hearing...times of quiet with an occasional car going by.

I am looking forward to...doing something else in the house this week. Yesterday was a hard day for me regarding fibromyalgia because of two meals I made. Then I did some housework this afternoon and made dinner tonight. I shouldn't plan on repeating that tomorrow. I will try to do more housework on Wednesday.

Around the's not too cool yet. I'm comfortable on the recliner with a light blanket over my legs and feet. :)

A favorite quote for today..."Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~unknown. We can't tell what someone is going through just by looking at him or her. Be kind! Be kind to yourself, too! :)

One of my favorite when a good breeze makes the fall leaves drop from the trees like snow! I love watching it!

A few plans for the rest of the and a regular week. Hoping to rest *and* be able to do some housework.

A picture thought I am sharing...

A pretty way to decorate with fall leaves!

You can see the original Pinterest pin here.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WFMW - Lindsay Nixon, Happy Herbivore Meal Plans

I guess I should say that I hope this 'works for me.' :) My husband and I haven't been as strict with healthier eating as we used to be, so we want to get back on track with plant-based eating, following the nutritional guidelines of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Forks Over Knives, Dr. Neal Barnard, and Dr. John McDougall. To make that easier for me as the primary cook in the household, we purchased a one-week meal plan from the Happy Herbivore website.


Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore, plans out a week of menus (either for an Individual plan (double the ingredients for a two-person household) or a Family plan) and even sends you a shopping list. All that work is done for me for just $5. The meals are plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, low-fat, and oil-free.

We're going to go grocery shopping on Saturday and start the week's meal plan on Sunday.

I'm looking forward to this working for me!

Visit Works For Me Wednesday for some great tips. You can add what works for you, too!

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook, Monday, August 26, 2013

For today...Monday, August 26, 2013

Outside my's cloudy and cool. There is a slight breeze gently moving the dandelions. A car goes by occasionally, but overall, it's very quiet, just like I like it. :)

I am thinking...that I'm glad I'm planning on blogging on a more regular basis.

I am thankful...for God's mercy! He keeps us safe from things we don't even realize could hurt us. I'm also thankful for our children, grown now, who are such blessings! Our oldest daughter and her husband are raising a family of four beautiful children, our middle daughter has started Master's classes and is holding down a job, and our youngest (who I took back to college about ten days ago) is starting her junior year.

In the kitchen...there isn't any sweet tea! I didn't buy any at the supermarket because I intended to stop drinking it starting this Wednesday, but I thought I had some at home until then.

I am wearing...a pink, floral top and a pair of shorts.

I am creating...ideas about how to successfully manage this next school year considering that my husband is a high school teacher and also works at a factory. He has started taking Master's degree classes online, too. Time will be at more of a premium than the last three years of his two jobs have been. I'm hoping to find some good time management tips for him and for me. With fibromyalgia, I find it challenging enough to accomplish anything other than my part-time job.

I am try to remember to do my Daybook more often!

I am this next year will go and praying that it will go well for everyone in the family.

I am hoping...and praying that my husband's trip this week to the dermatologist (two hours away) will go well. He had a melanoma removed from his arm about 12 years ago. Recently, his regular doctor found a suspicious-looking mole. I want to go with him to the appointment, but I have to work. Trusting God that all will be well. [Update: The doctor said my husband is cancer-free! Praising God! Thanks for praying.]

I am hearing...the quiet. :)

I am looking forward to...using my own version of the FlyLady home organization system. I try it every now and then, but this time, I really need to see consistent improvement, even though I'm going to have to go slower than her 15 minutes at a time. I want to feel a sense of accomplishment in my homemaking.

Around the is quiet, just me and the cats. :)

A favorite quote for today..."You can do anything for 15 minutes!" ~FlyLady

One of my favorite the sense of relief at having the edge come off the pain during a fibromyalgia flare. This morning was my first day back at work after two weeks off for vacation, and it was a very busy three hours. I'm in pain from the fibromyalgia every day, but I came home in great pain. I did take some medicine that I only use occasionally, and right now, even though I still hurt, I can tell that the edge is gone. So grateful!

A few plans for the rest of the, trying to cook more healthfully, and looking forward to the long Labor Day weekend. :)

A picture thought I am sharing...

Thinking about getting a timer...

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