Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... no sunshine, foggy and overcast with hoar frost on the trees.

I am thinking... how good it feels to have cleaned out some of the messy corners happening in my basement. The Christmas stuff is back in place, and now a newly-filled box waits in the car to go to Goodwill, along with a bagful of no-longer-watched videos to the library for their annual fundraiser.

I am thankful for... the fun I've had reading the latest edition of Artful Blogging; there's been inspiring and encouraging words from some amazing bloggers. The most fun part is going to visit their sites after and actually 'meeting' them.

I am wearing... black jeans, a patterned aqua blue and green beaded top, and dangling glass blown earbobs.

I am going... to exercise class tomorrow morning and to my mom's on Saturday. I think I heard my friend's voice on the answering machine (it's in the other room) which means I may be going for coffee with her this evening.

I am currently reading... a wonderful new find from the library. Yes, a new book by L.M. Montgomery (for you Anne of Green Gables fans). Apparently, the author had the manuscript ready to go for publication before she died in 1942, and for various reasons it was never published in its entirety. The book The Blythes Are Quoted (edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 2009) is a sequel to Rilla of Ingleside.

A quote I just found... "Worry gives a small thing a big shadow." (author unknown)

From the kitchen... Just finished a snack version of lunch (I was so busy in the basement, I forgot to eat)..... stonewheat crackers, aged cheddar cheese, and a juicy navel orange cut into wedges.

Around the house... Hubby and Miss Kitty are having a nap. Late afternoon shadows are shrouding the corners and I need to turn on the lights. When I took the Christmas tree down in the living room, I set the fig tree festooned with tiny white lights in its place, so it still feels cozy on these dark days.

The photo in my banner... Someone recently asked me where I get my pictures. The johnny-jump-ups are from my own garden. Many photos in this blog are my own, however, I will use free-to-use photos from places like Glitter Graphics, Penniwigs,or

Something that made me smile... I went to the library this afternoon and discovered hardcover copies of two books that I enjoy by Debbie Macomber -- Back on Blossom Street and Susannah's Garden. The part that really made me smile? They were only $1.00 each -- how's that for being blessed!

One of my favorite things... the happy chatter of flocks of birds feeding or jostling in the shrubs in the backyard.

From my picture journal...

Wishing you a happy day!


  1. Hi Brenda, your kittie is so cute!

  2. Your Kitty is so cute!
    Have you read the book "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett? I'm listening to it on tape, great listening!

  3. I love your banner photo too! This is a winter flower here in our neck of the woods so it's perfect for January in my mind.

  4. Hi Brenda,
    I enjoyed reading about your day. Blessings!

  5. hi, taking a break from typing up some poems to submit to a contest. It is raining, raining, raining in the west with no stop in sight for days...enjoyed your homey post...

  6. Great day! Black jeans, kittie, and books from the library. What could be better.

  7. Oh my, a new L.M. Montgomery book - I'll definitely be looking for that one.

    I love these lists you do. I'm tempted to copy them sometime.


  8. Miss Kitty is in the catbird seat!


To My Beautiful Readers,

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Brenda xo