Monday, February 29, 2016

My Simple Woman's Daybook-Leap Year Edition

For Today... 
Today is February 29, 2016

Outside my window...

Outside my window the sky is blue and the sun is shining. There is a brisk breeze. The temperature is a cool 50*. I honestly think this has been the warmest winter I can remember. We had very little snow. And very little ice. And I am NOT complaining.

I am pondering...

In a small town not far from where I live there was a 'workplace shooting' on Friday. A disgruntled man who had been served with a "protection from abuse" order at work went on a rampage. He left the job, went to his house and picked up his weapons (in another town) and while driving back to his place of employment starting shooting at people. He shot someone and took their car. When he arrived at the business he went inside and shot and killed 3 people and injured 14 more. The police arrived on the scene and shot him dead! I am pondering about what is happening in our country. Why can't we figure out this gun thing and get guns out of the hands of people. Yes, this guy had a criminal background and should never have owned guns! But, what about the people who are dying because a kid picked up dad's loaded gun and shot his friend. What about the school shootings. What about the families who have anger-filled arguments and resort to a gun. All killings are not criminals with guns. All killings don't involve mental health issues. Most are just ANGRY!! Why can't we figure it out????

I am thankful...

I am thankful for all of my family members who came home from their jobs, their schools, their shopping excursions safe this week.

Found on Facebook...

NCIS has been renewed for two more seasons!! But it won't be the same without Tony!!

I am creating...
My head is full of things that I am creating. This weeks menu, the Easter mantle, my Whole 30 plan. Thinking about my yard and what I want to do for this summer. Ah, so much crammed into such a small space.....and all my creating is taking place on paper right now.

I am reading...

I am reading Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. It is a novel. It shouldn't take me long to read as there are only 142 pages. This book is part of the Book Club I joined in January. This is our May reading. For March our book is The Girl on the Train which I read last year. And for April we are reading To All The Boys I've Loved Before which I just finished. I am a slow reader, so I like to stay ahead. In July we are reading Gone With the Wind which is a big book so I will have to get a head start on it for sure.

Moving Forward...
I am not sure how far forward I am moving, but I am still thinking about my 2016 word!!




I am learning...

I am still memorizing Mathew 6! This hasn't been a hard verse to memorize. And I am getting a lot out of thinking about this verse. This week we are working on:

Mathew 6:14-15

For if you forgive others their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Upon thinking about this it takes me back to the shooting I was writing about above. On Sunday the town of Hesston (where the shooting had taken place) held a prayer service which was attended by 2,000 people. At this service they lit candles for the 14 injured survivors, 4 candles for those who died, 3 who were shot by the shooter and one for the shooter. That is forgiveness!! I don't know if I could forgive that quickly.

In my backyard...

Can you see that bit of green poking through the brown, dead leaves, This is my gerbera daisy flower bed and they are poking out. I will leave them covered with the leaves for now. Can't trust Kansas weather. 


In my kitchen...

Monday...Leftovers today

Tuesday...Baked chicken with roasted sweet potatoes

Wednesday...Kids will eat at church

Thursday...Leftover Chicken on salad


Saturday...Burgers on the grill

Sunday...Chopped Southwest Chicken Salad

Yes, we are having the chopped salad again! Justin, Paige, and Harley want to try it and Darian and I don't mind eating it again. It is THAT delicious.

On my camera...

Brightening my dining room table

Made my favorite hot tea into iced

What I made for dinner Sunday
Thanks Wendy!!

A favorite quote for today...

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.”  
This quote is from the book To All the Boys I've Loved Before

A peek into my week...

Things have slowed down a bit at our house. Today both kiddos will come home on the school bus. YaY!! Tuesday Darian will have Forensic practice. Wednesday I will drop them off at youth group at church. On Thursday Darian will work out with the Marines. On Friday they are having Forensic congress at our high school. On Saturday Darian goes to an out of town Forensic tourney and Justin and Paige will be over for the weekend. And Sunday finds us free. Another week goes speeding by.

One of my favorite things...

Darian asked his girlfriend to prom on Sunday. He bought a cheese pizza and wrote on the inside lid: "I know this is cheesy, but will you go to.....and then, with pepperoni, he spelled out the word PROM. It didn't photograph well so thus no picture. His sister helped him with the idea. The girlfriend said YES! Prom is in April.


Post Script...

I love my Simple Woman's Daybook. It helps me keep up with what is going on in our lives right now! I will be going over to The Simple Woman's Blog and post my link as well as check out the other entries. Won't you join us??



  1. I wonder too. It's not just guns though. Since January, we've had a string of early 20s men missing and then found dead in water (either the ocean or lakes). It just seems more than a weird fluke that it's the same sex, age and circumstances surrounding these sudden disappearances. This is Maine! We're supposed to be "immune" to this stuff. I truly think it's a society thing and not so much guns. Something is off with people. Lack of God? Overly medicated? I'm not sure. Anyway...what a cute idea for the pizza and prom! They'll have a great time!

    1. I know it is not GUNS, per se. But it is about people with guns! Anyway it is in my opinion. I have never known so many people who own guns and talk about needing them for protection. It scares me that when they are busy protecting themselves they might be putting another innocent person's life in jeopardy! I don't know why we are living in these times. I just don't know!!

  2. I hope you enjoyed the stuffed shells Paula. It has been crazy around here. Franks Mom passed away yesterday morning. I feel like I have been living in a fog all of 2016.

    1. Oh Wendy, I am so sorry! You guys have had a tough year without a doubt. Please accept my condolences!! Love you Wendy!!

  3. What a cute way Darian asked his girlfriend to prom :) Very imaginative too :) Glad she said "yes." What you made for dinner yesterday looked good! I think it is really important to forgive, no matter what, but that doesn't mean we have to forget or trust a person again. I would hope if ever in such a situation like with the shooting incident that I would be able to forgive the one doing the shooting.


    1. He found the idea on the internet! But, it was cute! Yesterday's dinner WAS delicious. I got the recipe from my friend Wendy who blogs at A Day In The Life on the Farm. She has a lot of good recipes. It would be really, really hard for me to forgive if one of my kids were killed. I would have to work very hard at it!

  4. I am happy to hear NCIS got renewed! You are right - it won't be the same without Tony!! I hope they keep John Crier (think that is his name) - on the show. I like him in the role he has been playing!

    Linda in VA

    1. Yes, John Crier is playing such a different role than he did on Two and a Half Men, isn't he?

  5. I love these peeks into your week.

  6. I always enjoy your Daybooks, and all that you accomplish during the week.

    The Prom Pizza idea was genius!

    I love Gone With the Wind. I don't know how many times I've read it - dozens and dozens. It just speeds by and you'll wish it were LONGER!

    1. I don't feel like I accomplish much during the week! I'm looking forward to Gone With the Wind. I have never even seen the movie!!

  7. I wonder about this world too! What a cute way to ask a girl to prom!! So now you must share the Chopped Southwest Chicken Salad recipe!! I hope you have a great week!!

    1. Look for it posted a couple of days ago, Jodi!! It was sooooo good!!

  8. You were the first person I thought about when I heard of the shooting. Too close. We want to keep danger further away don't we? I love the quote you shared and as I read it, it struck me that it really applies to loved ones as much as a friend, a co-worker or the stranger we may meet. As for Gone Woth the Wind . . . " Frankly my dear, I don't give a . . . " just kidding!!! Don't get it mixed up with Carol Burnett's version. That's a big read for the book club. Good thing you have some time.

    1. Ha! Ha! I always say that too when we talk about Gone With the Wind! It is a big book. That is why I need to start early. I am not that fast of a reader.

  9. Unresolved anger seems to be spreading like a wildfire, doesn't it? (Phoenix traffic and resulting road rage, for instance.) I don't know if these people never discovered God or their own moral compass. I HATE feeling on edge, even afraid to leave my windows open at night.

    Then someone comes along with a pizza box and pepperoni letters ... and I remember there's lots worth smiling about! Way to go :)

    1. I think we have to look for it Myra. We have to look hard for the good in our lives because we are surrounded by horror and so much bad!!

  10. That's a cute prom story. Too bad he didn't get video of the asking.

    1. I agree! I wish that he would have. But you know how guys are??

  11. Hi Paula - looks like you're moving along and bringing light and life into others' days ... love the photos ... and the thought of food - cheers Hilary

    1. Good morning Hilary! You brighten my day just by popping in!

  12. So sad about the shootings, it seems that there are more and more all the time, people are so unhappy.
    I believe it is up to family to make sure that guns are locked up so that unstable family members don't have access to guns. We have to police ourselves first.
    You have warm temperatures and green peaking out!! What a day brightener that must be!
    I wish there was a book club around here, but in the winter I hate going out at night anyway:)

    1. I so agree with you about policing ourselves. People just want to place the blame elsewhere!! My book club is on-line! I have kids at home so I wouldn't venture out at night either!!

  13. I must recommend reading The Girl on the Train: A Novel.
    I finished reading it today, and my conclusion is that its a very interesting book to read.


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