Monday, August 31, 2015

My Simple Woman's Daybook-August 31th Edition

For Today...

Today is August 31, 2015. The end of summer. Fall is upon us. Every single week I pause to ask myself where the time is going. End of August already. Doesn't it feel like we just put away the Christmas decorations. And we are soon heading back into the busy holiday season. Nooooooooooooooooooo!

Outside my window...

The sun is shining. It is 86* but not a hot 86*. There is a feeling of fall in the air. Plus the leaves are falling off the lotus tree out back.

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I am thinking...

I have been thinking about a friend who died on Saturday. He was the father-in-law to our 'adopted daughter'. The grandfather to our other 4 grandkids. He was a farmer in northern Kansas. 76 years old. He was checking on his cattle on a four-wheeler. His son found him dead under the four-wheeler. Very sad. They had just had their 13th grandchild a month ago. We are very close to their son. Richard and Jim were great friends. It makes my heart sad for the family. But I have a picture of these two "old angels sitting in rocking chairs on the porch of Heaven telling tall tales to each other." That warms my heart.  

I am thankful...

I am, as always, thankful for my family. Justin and Paige were here this weekend. Although she is a wild child I miss her and I am happy when she is here. There are so many good memories of her when she was little. She was the light in her Papa Richard's eye. She is growing into such a fine young lady.


I am creating...

I am creating my post today and my weekly menu. This is what I do on Monday's. Also, still looking at the mantle and deciding how to decorate for fall. When it is September I will be more in the mood.

I am going...

I am going to go put clothes in the dryer. Load up the laundry basket. And load the dishwasher. After I finish talking to you, my friends! What are you doing today?

I am praying...

I am praying for Justin. He is going to be moving from his apartment and I am praying he will find the "perfect place" to live. He has been the apartment complex's courtesy officer in exchange for free rent. They are doing away with his position so he is moving. They offered him a reduced rent rate but he doesn't want to pay that amount for the area he is living in. Everyone keep him in your prayers.

I am reading...

I am reading Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce. Just started it last night so I don't have a feel for the book yet.


I am memorizing....

Starting September 14, the Do Not Depart group is starting on Isaiah 12. Click on the picture if you would like to register and memorize along with us. This will be a short one. Only 6 verses this time.


In my garden...

In my garden (cough, cough) there are a few new blooms on the geraniums. Also, my lovely peacock, Alice, is watching over the falling leaves. Isn't she pretty?



In my kitchen...

Monday....leftover night

Tuesday...Goulash with garlic bread

Wednesday...Plans open. We will see if kids go to their youth group tonight

Thursday...(Darian is going to his Marine Babies) Tomato Soup, Grilled cheese sandwiches

Friday...Chili and crackers (Football game)

Saturday...(Paige's favorite) Green Bean Soup

Sunday...Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken


A favorite quote for today...



Why is this so hard to do? Do you ever stop to realize how much you have? Why are we sometimes so busy worrying that we forget to be happy? Take a moment right now to just be happy....right now! That is what I'm doing

A peek into one of my days...

This will be a pretty easy week. Debate practice today for Darian. Wednesday is up in the air yet. Can't decide how we feel about the changed youth group hours. Thursday Darian is going to "play with his Marine baby friends". Friday is the high school's first home football game and they are both going. Then the weekend again!! Wow that went fast, didn't it?

One of my favorite things...

I love these cups. They are actually cappuccino cups. I purchased them at Pier One several years ago. They are our soup bowls. I keep them on my kitchen counter all the time. They are so colorful and always bring a smile to my face. They will soon be getting a workout. (Note menu). I love fall and winter for soups and stews.


Post Script...

I found this beauty growing in my yard, on Friday while mowing the grass. The top was huge. The size of a dinner plate. I read here why mushrooms grow in your yard. But I like the story I created better. You see, under this giant mushroom lives Ella, a fairy, with her gnome husband, Fudwick. They are getting ready to increase the size of their little family because Ella is expecting her first baby. Soon tiny little fairies and gnomes will find their way into my backyard to celebrate this momentous occasion. I am hoping I can find them a cute little house to live in before the baby comes. And I cannot imagine having them outdoors once the winds turn cool and the snow starts to fly. What should I do?

They are really quite shy but I quietly snuck on them and found them fishing is a little dip filled with water.
So precious, don't you think?

I will be joining the others at The Simple Woman's Blog. She is now posting one link-up for a month. And today begins the month of September for our Daybook entries. Won't you join us?





  1. I like your soup cups.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Visiting from the Daybook linkup.

    Have a great week.

  2. I, too, have been wondering where the summer went - somehow, winter never goes as fast, lol...
    Alice is so pretty! and I much prefer your story than the "scientific" version of why mushrooms grow ;)
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you Anita. I agree that my version is better!!

  3. That's pretty sad about Jim's accidental death. I never thought farming/ranching was particularly dangerous - until recently when a (distant) cousin was run over and killed by his own tractor. I had to smile at your visual of he and Richard in their rocking chairs.

    Lovin' the impromptu soup bowls. Does everyone have his/her own color? I'd probably call dibs on the yellow :)

    Praying that Justin finds a 'just-right' spot!

    1. Harley has the green one. Darian doesn't care. I usually go for the blue one! Yes, farming can be a dangerous profession! Sad!!

  4. So sorry to hear about your friend's death, seemed like he lived a nice life though. I like the cappucino bowls converted to soup bowls; very colorful indeed! I do like the way you told the mushroom story, very cute :)


    1. Thank you Betty. He did have a very good life, for sure!

  5. It's 86 here today, too, but a hot and sticky 86. I like your angels on the porch picture. When mom died, we knew it was to play canasta with Uncle Bill, with his ubiquitous "cornhooks." (sevens).

    1. That is the way to remember her isn't it? I like thinking of them being in Heaven doing what they loved doing.

  6. I'm hoping for fall weather. Around here, it can still be hot up through October (and then there was the 80 degree Christmas), so I'm not holding out hope for cold any time soon.

    1. I am sure by Christmas I'll be so sick of winter that I'll be wishing for 80 degrees

    2. I am sure by Christmas I'll be so sick of winter that I'll be wishing for 80 degrees

    3. I am sure by Christmas I'll be so sick of winter that I'll be wishing for 80 degrees

  7. Fudwick.....I love it!! Prayers for Justin that he finds the perfect home.

    1. Thank you Wendy! I found the name on a website for "naming your gnome" It's cute isn't it?

  8. That cappuccino cup rack is such a colourful addition to the kitchen!

  9. Alice is cute!! I absolutely love the story of the mushroom fairies!!!
    The soup bowls are awesome.
    Cant wait to hear about the book you're reading. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Prayers go out to his friends and family.
    I got Harley's card yesterday. It was so pretty and I was so happy to get happy mail! Hope all the shirts are working out for her.

    1. I love Alice. She has graced my backyard for two years now! I want to get some pictures for you of Harley in her Harley shirts using the VB laptop bag. I just haven't remembered in the mornings to grab my camera. She looks so cute in them. Happy mail is the best isn't it? We don't see much of that anymore with the internet so available and so quick!

  10. What a great quote! Something I need to remember today.

    Also love the mugs/soupbowls! If I had them they would be out on the counter all the time as well.

    Prayers for you and the family of your friend. How sad, but always a comfort of the hope of heaven. <3

    1. Yes, the hope of Heaven can keep us going! Thanks for visiting.


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