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Simple Woman’s Daybook Nov. 10

For Today… November 10, 2008 (click the above picture to read more Simple Woman Daybook entries by other women)

Outside my Window… Is a ground covered in golden leaves and snowflakes.
I am thinking… that I am glad the car is finally in to be repaired–have been nearly two weeks sans car waiting for this appointment.
From the learning rooms… The kids went on a math kick and did a whole slew of math problems is a variety of math books.  They have also gotten into The Voyagers! through Netflix.  We also did a craft show on Sat. where the kids took wares that they had bought materials for and sold.  They did better than mom or I.
I am thankful for… My hat and fingerless gloves–brrr.
From the kitchen… Kids are drinking homemade hot cocoa and eating cocoa wheats.
I am wearing… My Needs more cowbell hoody, jeans, slipper socks, ankle  boots, grey fingerless gloves, and my fleece beret.  Brr.
I am reading… tweets, blogs, and the Bible (sounds like a book name doesn’t it. :))  No books going on right now as I have not had a car to go get any.

I am hoping… that the mechanic will be able to fix everything on the car for relatively cheap.  He is awesome and a problem solver who likes to do things the best and cheapest way insea of the expensive way.  I really like this guy and he does good work.

I am creating.. a pile of blog posts (my poor blog has been neglected) some more Christmas cards, a bunny painting.
I am hearing… the kids eating (ding, ding as their spoons hit their bowls.)  The fan (hubby likes a fan blowing to drwon out noise.)
Around the house… relatively clean other than the kitchen which got backed up because the dishwasher wasn’t functioning properly–all fixed (cleaned it out).
One of my favorite things… fingerless gloves.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…

Not much planned–clean the kitchen, get to Frankferd Farms when we get the car back.  Should post some more Christmas cards to Etsy.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

My Daybook ~ September 8


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Outside My Window…is a rather warm, dry afternoon (yes I am late this week) with a bright red couch sitting in the middle of the yard.  Everything else is gone–still praying for the perfect person to see it and fall in love.

I am thankful that…the rest of the furniture is gone from our front yard and that I know God has a plan for our poor beautiful couch.

From the kitchen…is a mess.  We are moving the desk out so we have someplace for the china closet when we paint the living room.  Yeah, we are painting the living room–all that open space is inspiring.

I am wearing…Old Navy shorts and top and Rockport Hiking tennis shoes–all thrifted of course.

I am creating…a new look for the living room, and the hall, and the kitchen, and the girls room.  Yeah, I am nesting or something. That happens a few times a year and my poor hubby just smiles and nods.

From the learning rooms…

Both girls finished writing their books, Issac has been reading to me nightly.  I got the kids a “math kit” from the school supply clearance at Target and Rach has been going about making charts and graphs–and insisted on getting 2 books on charts and graphs out of the library, yes, nonfiction books on different sorts of charts and graphs, on her own, because she wanted them.  Um.  Yeah.  She has also been helping me figure out the area of the living room and hall so we can get laminate floor and paint the walls of the living room.  Essie has been helping me paint her “new” desk, mixing colors to make the perfect robins egg blue. She has been reading, as usual, and is excited that we got the Bunnicula series on cd to listen to.  Issac is waiting for them to finish watching Eloise  (bought for $1 at the library) so he can watch his natural disasters video (also bought for $1 at the library).

I am going…to move some more furniture around and laer move the couch to the garage so it doesn’t get rained on.  Also working on 2 seperate wiki’s for the new unschooling site, plus need to do some more organizing and gleaning of articles for the site: Christianunschooling.com.  So far it is going well. 🙂

I am reading…some new books I got from the library (A Gail Carson Levine plus a compilation of King Arthur stories–an old passion of mine.)  Also reading the new Lucky magazine and the IKEA catalog. 🙂  We are eventually going to need a new couch. 😉

I am hoping…to finish painting the desk and move it upstairs so I can get to work on moving furniture in the living room.  Also hoping to figure out the wiki site so I can start posting to it.

Around the house…The girls are watching old videos from the library while Issac plays webkinz and in the tent in his room.

One of my favorite things…is installing a new program and it is WORKING!  Woohoo!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Working on Wednesday for the antique appraiser I occasionally help out.  I am going to be working once a week for her–which will hopefully pay for redoing the floor in the living room.  Work on the wiki’s some more, gets things sorted out on the new site, etc. etc. etc.  Nevermind all that, I really just want God’s will for this week, we will see what that is.

Here is picture thought I am sharing

James took each of the kids out on the motor boat–this is right before he turned it on and suddenly she was way above the water shrieking.

Daybook August 18


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Outside My Window…Is the beginning of a scorcher, after a few weeks of 70 degree highs.

I am thinking…that maybe I am getting in over my head by joining Myartspace.com.  “Artists” tend to look down on those they feel don’t represent “true” art–I know because I look at my own work and feel that it isn’t what I want it to be as an artist, as an illustrrator it is fine, but the word “artist” and the culture attched, nope it doesn’t fit.  The art field is not  a sweet and gentle place and I am nervous to be shoving my nose in someplace where I feel I cannot quite fit in.

I am thankful that…the weather has shifted requiring the ac to be on–my joints are so much happier now.

From the kitchen…is a mess waiting to be dealt with.

I am wearing…my workout clothes–hubby woke me early this morning so we could walk together–this is what we do in the fall and is one of my favorite things.

I creating…a just for fun comic of what I was ding 10 years ago, for a meme of sorts,  a illo for my book, some more decorating ideas for my girls’ roo with their two very different tastes.  (The good news is we found quilts they both love that match perfectly–bad news is they are $40 each and hubby and I REALLY need a new quilt.)

I am going…to celebrate my and my husband’s birthdays this week. 🙂

I am reading…nothing–still need to get to the library, last weeks book was a propaganda filled dud.

I am hoping…to get out with hubby sans kids this week.

Around the house…relatively clean (vacuumed yesterday.)

One of my favorite things…Is time to paint WITH my music on.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:Knock some things off the to-do list I have on the wipe-off board by my desk, the list is huge and I hate lists.  Plus I need to make some money as I have a few things that really want to buy, plus I know what I want to get the girls for birthdays and Christmas and need to save money so I can get them.  Tomorrow I am planning to release a new personal meme, a cretive prompt of sorts, because I need one on Tuesdays and am not happy with the sort that others have out there, so stop by tomorrow to see what I have in mind.

Here is picture thought I am sharing

Daybook, Aug. 4


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Outside My Window…The sun is beginning to set.

I am thinking…that I am o glad to be home–the trip was awesome but the drive home today was exhausting, what with this head cold/allergies/sinus infection whatever i managed to get.

I am thankful for…our home, for good friends and wonderful fun, for God’s provision.

From the kitchen…is nothing–we are out of nearly everything.  Tomorrow the store.

I am wearing…The clothes I drove home in–I want to change but hubby is asleep in the bedroom and I don’t want to wake him.

I creating…nothing yet–I have an idea in the back of my head for a painting but it will have to wait till my head clears.

I am going…to sleep as soon as I get the kids to bed.

I am reading…nothing  except all the emails, mail, and posts everyone did while I was gone.

I am hoping…that our second hermit crab will live (the first one didn’t make it home.)

I am hearing…the fan and whiny children getting ready for bed, and Rachel coughing–she feels pretty rotten as well.

Around the house…is much that needs dealt with.  The car full of our luggage, random stuff that needs dealt with, laundry to do.

One of my favorite things…is that we got to see not only our friends which we usually visit, and the ocean , but we also got to hang with fellow Christian unschooling blogger, Deb and her wonderful kids! It was wonderful but more on that when my brain is functioning again.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:Lots of rest, laundry, grocery shopping and a trip at the end of the week to see a preseason Steeler’s game.

Here is picture thought I am sharing

Daybook: July 21


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Outside My Window…Is a yard sale waiting for the right time to open.  It is supposed to rain and it got rained on  once already but I am intending, God willing, to open it as I can and hopefully get rid of some more stuff throughout this week.  I am determined not to worry about it–I figure yesterday two people stopped and bought stuff, including the dresser I was determined to get rid of and I wasn’t even open–so God can bring all the right people and get rid of my stuff in His time.

I am thinking…of all that I need to do this week if we are to go, God willing, on vacation next week.  It is still up in the air–lots of money issues that keep springing up (like the webserver payment being due and one of hubby’s pay checks not going through as expected and incurring fees for bouncing because of it–they say they will remove the fees when the check goes through–sigh.

I am thankful for…God’s timing.  It has been arough week and this one promises to be interesting but everything is falling into place and I am trusting in God’s faithfulness and omnipotence.

From the kitchen…a mess that needs dealt with before we leave.  We have a list (yes, I –the list hater, made a list of what needs done and it is hanging on the fridge so the kids know what to do.)

I am wearing…boys cargo shorts and my daughters tank–she hated it and put it in the yard sale and I thought it was cute and tried it on–it fits perfectly and is adorable.  Happy me.

I creating…a pile of dirty laundry.  With all that has been going on the laundry has gone undone and NEEDS finished before we leave.  I will probably do some paintings in there someplace this week but for now the laundry pile is my ulltimate creation.

I am going…to have to go to the library to return the Lord of the Rings cds the kids have finished and pick up the next for our trip.  Also, God willing, will take the  check to the bank today–if it comes, so we can sort out this financial mess we are in.  I hate this place–we have money, and more coming, and if people would pay when they say they will we would be fine.

I am reading…The Little Lame Prince to the kids.  I finished the stash I got from the thrift shop–which was dumb because now I have no books to take on vacation.

I am hoping…that it is God’s will that we take this vacation.  It is completely in His hands and He has some things to tie up before we can go.

I am hearing…the sound of the kids actually working on things on the list without temper tantrums, the fan, and my own typing on my newly returned keyboard (hubby borrowed it and left me with a stupid one that is famous because he wrote a post about it.  In fact the post got 81 comments!)

Around the house…is much work being fdone without whining and complaining.  I am happy.

One of my favorite things…a peaceful house, praise the Lord.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, car, back yard, laundry, yard sale, packing, library, bank,. etc

Here is picture thought I am sharing

My boy.

Daybook July 14, 2008


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Outside My Window…the sun is shining and the trucks are buzzing by at 20 miles over the speed limit.

I am thinking…about the painting I need to finish for the book and the new wbsite and how to make some more money for our upcoming vacation.

I am thankful for…good friends who are willing to listen to me ramble on about a new website I am working on and all the stuff I am doing and help me get focused on the important stuff.

From the kitchen…I hear a giant mess calling my name saying, “Please come pay attention to me.”

I am wearing…boys cargo shorts and my current favorite t-shirt.

I am creating…another page for the bunny book and the logo and sidebar stuff for a new website.

I am going…nowhere, I hope.  I don’t want to leave the house today though I hear the library calling my name.

I am reading…an old favorite: Thornyhold by Mary Stewart.  I have always loved Mary Stewart and this book is one I have read a zillion times and still reread because I can read a bit and walk away with all my favorite bits still in my head.

I am hoping…to get the site theme done and start organizing material for the new website, to send out an email getting a feel for possible interest in a local art class, getting the laundry done and the kitchen clean, and a zillion other things that aren’t likely to happen..

I am hearing…WOW–my husband is playing right behind me and his character is fighting some big monster.

Around the house…the kids are playing computer/video games and my son is nagging me to attack the basement bathroom.

One of my favorite things…is God’s perfect timing in everything–it is so wonderful and amazing and breathtaking.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:work on the basement, go to the library, go to the pond, finish several paintings, finish the new website theme and start writing posts.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Daybook: Monday, June 30, 2008

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FOR TODAY, 6-30-08…

Outside My Window…is green, green, green.
I am thinking…that every single time I start to do something I find something else I need to do and then that gets interrupted by something else.  I am thinking I need some omega 3 and magnesium.  BRB.

I am thankful for...Rain, so I don’t have to water my flowers, coffee so I can stay awake, the ready availability of the Bible here in the USA, that it still speaks to us today, and God’s provision of a new drawing table (half off at the thrift shop) and the space to put it in.

From the kitchen... I hear the whirr of the now working dishwasher (I just spent an hour or so pulling gunk out of all its drains because the kids did a slapdash job with the dishes when I was out of town.)  Next time THEY clean it out.

I am wearing...a new top from the thrift shop–so thrilled at the whole extra long shirt trend that means t-shirts long enough for my long body are now available at the thrift shop, and my long black cotton skirt, and a headful of braids–the perfect summer hairstyle.

I am creating... a list (I hate lists) of all the projects I need to do this week–I need to finish laying out the large house painting I need to ship by the end of next month, need to do more bunny paintings for hubby, need to find the email of the lady who wanted me to illustrate her book (it disappeared when I lost my email archives 2 weeks ago.)
I am going... completely insane.
I am reading...too many books when I should be getting work done–last week I read at least 10.  This week my goal is to get my work done THEN read.
I am hoping... to get this painting laid out and painted by the end of the week, to write this weeks posts today so I can work straight through on the painting, and to get my house back in working order after the skanky dishwasher only washing part of the dishes all week.
I am hearing... rain and the fans–it is cool enough despite the 90% humidity to have the house open, and should be for the next few days.
Around the house... the kids are playing video games, reading books, eating.n
One of my favorite things...right now is having a new drawing table.  My old one is wonderful, and antique  but was too big and awkward for the office so is relegated to the basement.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: God willing I will paint, paint, paint, and draw some more, get the overdue library books dealt with and returned so we have a clean slate.  Talk my mom into taking a trip down to Trader Joes–an hour away.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Daybook June 9

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Outside my Window…It is HOT and getting HOTTER.

I am thinking…that it is finally cooling off in here.

I am thankful …that the air conditioning is finally working again and the groceries are already gotten.

From the kitchen…groceries are put away, dishes are washed, coffee is brewed.

I am creating…some new drawing/painting ideas plus some for the books I am working on.

I am going…to have to drive the kids to VBS with no ac in the car.

I am wearing..tan shorts and a brown t-shirt, sandals, and a bun.

I am reading…nothing until I get to the library today.

I am hoping…the fans will help the ac get the house cool before hubby wakes up.

I am hearing…fans, fans, everywhere.

Around the house..the kids are playing Zelda, fans are helping the AC out, tons of yard sale remains need to be dealt with.

One of my favorite things…a cool house on a hot day, coffee, paint brushes and paints ready to go.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…the kids have VBS all week, in the evening of all things, I have some work at the antique shop to do plus need to get on the ball painting again.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…My brother giving the kids a ride around the pond on the surf board.

Daybook for June 2

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FOR TODAY Mon. June 2, 2008…
Outside My Window…is SUN!  Wonderful, sweet, happy sunshine.  Yes, I am SO sick of the constant RAIN.
I am thankful for..A few more finished paintings.  Coffee brewing, 10 and a half hours sleep (what is up with that?) time out with my husband yesterday, work to do, and that the kids are either still asleep (Rach) or playing quietly (the others), that the Wii has provided tons of entertainment and educational stuff but that the kids are still playing outside more than playing Wii.
From the kitchen…I smell my coffee–almost ready.
I am wearing…my long black Old Navy skirt with pockets (which is as common as jeans for me–it goes anywhere and has POCKETS), and a red t-shirt.
I am creating…Page 5 of the bunny book, the background of another book, a website for a friend, a less chaotic household–I hope.
I am going…to get some coffee–be right back.
I am reading…Romans, C.S. Lewis letters, the Dick-King Smith books the girls got out of the library.
I am hearing…whispers from upstairs, the air cleaner running, cars going by outside, myself typing.
One of my favorite things…A Chinese teacup full of paintbrushes and another full of inking pens and pencils.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:See if Rachel still needs a dentist appointment for the loose tooth that broke off instead of falling out–if it isn’t hurting and doesn’t look bad we need to wait because of her trouble with medication and her SJS.  If it is infected or hurting we need an appointment.  How come things like that ALWAYS happen on the weekend???  Otherwise cleaning, painting, and hopefully preparing for the yard sale and having it this weekend would be good.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…


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FOR TODAY Mon. May 26, 2008…

Outside My Window...the rain has stopped and everything is green and echoing.
I am thinking… that I need to make coffee, that I need to figure out what is going on with the transfer of Dana’s website, that Rachel is being very patient about waiting till after the rain for her walk, that my poor, sad bunny seems to be working himself into a book in my mind.
I am thankful for...the Wii–my kids are happily playing, my Bible sitting open to a verse I am determined to memorize, that I have so much work to do and that the painting seems to be taking off, that I have several opportunities to sell my work, that the art classes seem to be going well, that it is finally warm.
From the kitchen…comes a reminder that I need to kneed the bread again when I go make coffee so I can toss it in the oven since the kids ate a whole loaf for breakfast and snack last night.
I am wearing…boys cargo shorts (why do girl shorts NEVER have lots of pockets???) and a Mandarin wrap shirt–two of my favorite things to wear.
I am creating...A children’s book based on my poor sad bunny–in my head, as well as the illustrations for another children’s book written by someone else, a design for a friend’s art site, and the fourth art lesson.
I am going…to take a walk with my eldest who is finally, after 10 years, wanting time alone with me as well as time alone with Daddy.
I am reading…blogs and C.S. Lewis’ essay on story, and The 5 children and It (to the kids).  Usually I have another book going but need to make a trip to the library soon.
I am hoping…to sell my children’s art on a children’s art site soon, to come up with illustrations for this children’s book, to work on my own, to get Dana’s website completely moved today.
I am hearing…the children fighting over who did what and why, an airplane going by, the cars passing on wet pavement, the curtain blowing at the open window.
Around the house…is less mess than usual.  We cleaned yesterday though I couldn’t vacuum since I need to pick it up at the vacuum fix it place.
One of my favorite things…is coffee and a good young adult, fantasy, fiction book, my paint palette full of paint and a fresh sheet of watercolor paper with the sketch already in place.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Fix Dana’s site, paint some more paintings, write another art lesson or two, get the vacuum cleaner, walk each morning, go to the library to get my bibliophile family books.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…