Monday, December 21, 2015

My Simple Woman's Daybook-December 21st Edition

For Today... 
It is Monday evening, December 21, 2015.

Outside my window...
The sun has set. The stars are out. It is a cold, winter evening. 33* with little wind. The moon is peeking over the roof of the house. I can see the neighbors Christmas lights as I stand in my front window gazing out.

I am thinking...
I am thinking of the Christmas lights we saw on Saturday night. The girls and I went for our Annual Light Drive. Darian was at a party with his girlfriend and Justin opted to stay home. We had a good time. They both visited with Santa. (they thought he was a bit creepy) But we had fun. We were driving in a neighborhood where the houses sit up on a bit of a hill. One particular house had a Christmas scene displayed in their front window. But you couldn't really see it very well. So the girls talked me into driving up into the circle drive so we could get a closer look. Then as I was enjoying the view Paige thought it would be funny to honk my horn. I didn't stay around to see if the family was home! And they howled with laughter.
The backyard of The House on College Lane
Paige and Harley visiting with Santa

Harley in front of the decorated old truck

I am thankful...
I am thankful to have these memories to cherish for the years ahead.



I am going...
I am going to finish Christmas shopping and getting all the packages wrapped and under the tree.


I am reading...
I have very nearly finished The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I haven't been reading as much this week. I don't think I will make it to my goal of 35 books this year on Goodreads. If you are on Goodreads I would love to be your friend!!

I am hoping...
I am hoping for a peaceful, quiet Christmas. And I hope that for all of you as well.

I am learning...

This week I am memorizing Luke 2:14-20

Luke 2:14-21New International Version (NIV)
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

In my backyard...


Today I watched a kid take down a neighbors tree using a front loader. I don't think I have ever seen anyone take a tree down like that. I wanted to ask him if he wanted to borrow my chain saw. But, I didn't! I just watched!!

In my kitchen...
Monday...Three Cheese Lasagna & Broccoli

Tuesday...Ham and Cheese Omelets

Wednesday...Eating at China Star

Thursday...Hot dogs & French Fries

Friday....Christmas Dinner

Steaks, Baked Potatoes, green salad, dessert

Saturday...Stuffed Chicken Breasts




A favorite quote for today...

I love a good Winnie The Pooh Quote, don't you?

A peek into my week...

Monday....we didn't do much today

Tuesday....Harley has Basketball practice and we are going to finish our shopping

Wednesday...the kids' big sister Katie will be here

Thursday...Darian's girlfriend Kat is coming for the day



Sunday...some more chillaxing!!


One of my favorite things...

I love Christmas cookies!! I think we will be doing some baking tomorrow!! Shhh! Don't tell anyone. We are going to make some Peanut Butter Blossoms (Harley's favorite), Mexican Wedding Cookies (Darian's Favorite), and Caramelitas. (for Justin because there are no nuts in these) 



Post Script

I will link with Peggy at The Simple Woman's Blog. There are so many wonderful people I have met through The Simple Woman's Daybook. I wish all of my friends a very Merry Christmas!!



  1. How cute with the lights :) Too funny with the car honking event :) I love your menu for Christmas! Yum! I always like when it isn't the traditional ham or turkey, know what I mean? How fun to make Christmas cookies :) Have one for me since I won't be doing any baking of cookies :)

    Merry Christmas!


    1. Yes, we decided that after Thanksgiving and so many leftovers we just didn't want to do ham and turkey again. And the weather is so unseasonable that cooking steaks sounded like just the thing to doo~ Merry Christmas Betty! I wish I could send you a package of these cookies.

  2. Merry Christmas, Paula!
    That's too funny about Paige honking the horn. :) I'm constantly amazed by the extraordinary light displays some people put out ... what a labor of love! (... as the electric meter goes, ka-ching!, ka-ching!)

    PS - I'd not seen that Pooh quote before, but I like it. A lot.

    1. That is what I told the girls about all the lights. ka-ching, ka-ching! I love Pooh quotes

  3. Love your daybook. Lights are beautiful. I just love going around and looking around at the lights that people put out. Luke does too.
    I got all my cookie baking done. So thankful for that. Time to make a few pies for Christmas dinner and a few more cute cupcakes. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Have a great week.

    1. Yes, when my boys were little they loved going around to see the lights. And they always fell asleep before we got home. But it was such a great family night!! Merry Christmas Stacey

  4. Hi Paula - well you're keeping up and keeping everyone happy - the way it should be. Sounds as though you will have a magical time with the children .. you're making it so - Merry Christmas ... cheers Hilary

  5. The girls baked cookies all weekend and now there are several tins to pass out to unsuspecting guests.

    1. My favorite part of Christmas is the homemade goodies!!

  6. Merry Christmas Paula...I hope tons of happy memories are made.

    1. Merry Christmas Wendy! I don't know about memory making but we'll try!!

  7. We aren't out of school until Wednesday--and that is a half-day. ;-)

    1. That is how I remember school being when I was a kid. We always went clear up to and including Christmas Eve Day. It was one very long day waiting to get out and go home to the presents. Merry Christmas Allison!!

  8. Wow! I must be sicker than I thought. I was pretty sure I came here and left a comment...twice, even! Time to try again. I like the decorated truck. It's fun. Curious grams want to know what's for dessert on Christmas? :-) I'm glad you have happy memories for the future. They keep us going, don't they? Hope you're having a fun baking day.

    1. I wonder what happened to your comments. Do you really think you left 2 and they disappeared?? Crazy! We are having apple pie and ice cream...non traditional to go along with the steaks. I only got one pan of bar cookies done. We're baking more on Thursday!

  9. The horn honking - my hair would have stood on end! Too funny! I so enjoy reading your Daybook - thank you for writing and sharing. It's so fun to stop by and see what you've written.

    1. I am so happy that you stop in for visits Dame!!

  10. I love reading your Daybook. You write so well about your daily life, it is a pleasure to come here and peak in, so to speak. I thought Devil in the White City was a very interesting book. I mentioned it to my girlfriend, but couldn't remember the title. Thanks for that. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    1. Thank you Inger! I agree with you that the book was very interesting. I need to read more from this author.

  11. Sounds like a good busy week. Merry Christmas.


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