Monday, November 17, 2014

My Simple Woman's Daybook November 17th Edition

For Today ...November 17, 2014

Outside my window...
It is very dark and very cold here at my house. The sky is clear and the stars feel so close. Richard always said that these kind of skies (like I looked at tonight) means that it will get really cold. We are expecting a low of 10*

I am thinking...
It was a hard weekend. I'm not sure why. But I felt tearful so often. Every commercial on TV, the songs on the radio, talk about the holidays....just feeling a bit sad tonight.

I am thankful...
I am so thankful that I have Darian and Harley here with me. I cannot even begin to imagine what going through this grief would have been like if I had not had them. They know just when I need a hug. Or a laugh. And the mere fact that they like to eat and wear clean clothes gets me off the couch to stay involved in life.

In the kitchen...

Monday...Chicken Pot Pies (Marie Calendar)
Tuesday...Chicken Wraps, Tomato Soup for kids
Thursday...Beef Stew*
Friday...Italian Chicken and Stuffing**
Saturday...Green Bean Soup (Determination)
Sunday...Firehouse Chicken, Baked potatoes
* linked recipes

I am wearing..
 Capri pants, tee shirt, barefoot

I am creating...
 This blog post and one for my November gratitude challenge

I am going...
I am going to have a busy week of shuttling kids to school. Harley starts Basketball practice this week and they have 6 a.m. practices 3 times this week and 2 times next week. Then after Thanksgiving they will all be after school. But, then Darian will have two times a week he has weight-lifting at 7 a.m. They ride the bus but it doesn't get them there this early. So taxi driving begins.

I am wondering...
I am wondering how grouchy my young boy parent will be when he gets up this morning. His "baby" kept him up the past three nights and his humor is wearing thin. 

I am reading...
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. Darian has been wanting me to read this book since he read it a couple of years ago. So far it is interesting.

I am hoping....
We don't have anymore snow and ice for awhile. We got a little over an inch of snow over-night on Saturday and the roads were a bit slick this morning on my drive to take Harley to basketball practice.

I am looking forward to...
I am looking forward to my jury duty service to end after November. So far I haven't had to report but this being on stand-by is stressful.

I am learning...
I learning Psalms 27:2. I have joined with a Bible Memory group and during November we are memorizing Psalms 27:1-14. It will be good for my brain. And my typing skills are getting a work-out. Have you ever tried Scripture-Typer? It is an interesting way to memorize verses. 

Around the house...
Oh me! Oh my! I must pay attention to some things.

I am pondering...
I just finished reading Keeping Faith so I am pondering writing a review for you.

A favorite quote for today...
I think I did a lot, but I wish we'd done more.

One of my favorite things...
One of my favorite things is reading the same books as my son and grandson and then we talk about them. Justin used to read the same books as I was reading when he was in grade school. His teachers were quite impressed!

A few plans for the rest of this week...
The kids are starting winter sports practices so the days will be long. Early mornings and they won't get home until after 6:30 each day. I should be able to get things done at home. Ha! Ha!

A peek into my day:

 From glasses to contact. He is doing very well with putting them in and wearing them all day. 

I am linking up with Peggy at The Simple Woman's Blog. Care to join us?


  1. Your menu for the week sounds delicious! Have a great week!

    1. Thank you. I hope that your week is great too!

  2. Isn't Scripture Typer fun, Paula? I love it!

    Darian is such a handsome boy...with or without glasses. I know that doing the contacts, even at his age, isn't the most pleasant thing to do. Our daughter works for an optometrist and one of her jobs is teaching people how to put contacts in. SO a bit of praise to the young man!

    1. Thank you Dianna. He is doing very well with his contacts. I am amazed that he is adjusting so well. And he is handsome with or without, just as you said

  3. I loved what you said about their needing clean clothes and liking to eat that gets you up off the couch. I understand completely. I want to ask you about jury duty, though. You couldn't get excused because you are the sole caregiver of your two grandchildren? Just asking. And you and I are both doing the basketball runs for our granddaughters.

    1. Our judges here aren't very good about excusing people for jury duty! I did luck out again today and they missed my number. Next week, hopefully there won't be any jury trials for Thanksgiving week. We'll see.

    2. Thanks for answering my question. I have been called lots of times and with the letter for jury duty came a form to fill out if one needed to claim a hardship. I was a single mom with a young child and no relatives nearby, so they exempted me. Then I got called for Grand Jury duty and that was supposed to be for a year, but it was just after my daughter died and my granddaughter was too young, so I got exempted again. There have been two times in between, though, that I was able to serve and we had to report every day and wait at the courthouse instead of at home or work. I got excused during the voix dire. But I still had to wait at the courthouse the full week. I got some knitting done.

    3. I, too, have been called lots of times. There were times that I was excused for breastfeeding; working; etc. I don't really have a valid reason this time so I wouldn't try to be excused. I will continue to hope that I don't have to go. I am glad that we can call or check online without having to sit at the courthouse. That would be terrible.

  4. Yes, God knew what he was doing when he blessed you with those grandkids. Everything happens for a reason.

    1. That's what I hear. I wish I knew the reasons behind some of the things that have happened in my life.

  5. Darian looks great with his contacts!! I never heard of ScriptureTyper but am going to check it out. I do like Psalm 27; great one to memorize!

    It is good to have the grandkids around for a variety of reasons :)

    Your menu does look good. To make the garlic chicken I had last night, the recipe is on the back of the Lipton dry herb and garlic mix. You use a bag of that that you mix with olive oil and water, which you pour over the chicken after have cut up a tomato or two to put on top of the chicken breasts. You cook the chicken for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, then put a cup of mozarella cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan on top of the chicken and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Delicious and so easy!


    1. Thanks Betty. That sounds wonderful. I will be trying it in the near future. I love anything that is easy. And the kids will eat about anything.

  6. Already, Darian looks pretty dapper in his new lens-free look! Poor guy with that baby-from-H***!
    Please stay safe out on those early-morning snowy streets, my friend! (Spoken from someone who's not driven in snow for more than a decade!)

    1. That was a baby from hell.....he worked so hard at it though. And still didn't get that great of a grade. The grade is all based on what the computer inside the baby records. I told him not to worry about the grade, he did a good job. No 16 year old boy will be an A+ father the first weekend of their baby's life. LOL

  7. I am about halfway through memorizing psalms 63. It's been years. I don't know what is wrong with my memory but will try your link.

  8. I have just been reading your blog. I am so sorry for the loss of your amazing husband. Your words have spoken volumes to me, as my mom has Parkinson's. I live several provinces away, and my mom and I have had a strained relationship, for most of my life. My step dad is only there because he feels sympathy for my mom, he is tired of being the sole caretaker. The neurologist and her family doctor have said she needs full time nursing care, but my mom refuses. My sister refuses to acknowledge that mom needs full time care, before our step dad cannot do it. It is a horrible mess. Every time I talk to my mom there seems to be less and less of her thee, yet my step dad will not take the suggestions I have that can help him deal with this better ( and with help) Yet, at the same time, I cannot go back to care for her, she has made my life so difficult and I am afraid to go back. Your words have helped me, and I should really suggest my step dad reads this. Parkinson's many people just think you just get really shaky. Oh if only it were just that. Thank you Paula. And I am praying for you as you move forward. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Ellie for stopping by. I wish there were words of wisdom from me to make the situation with your mom easier. But there are none. One step at a time and lots of prayers is all I can say


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