“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Monday, May 9, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook ...May 10th

::The Simple Woman's...Daybook::


Outside My Window...
It is finally sunny and we can see blue skies and spring green again. The tulips are in full bloom and the barn swallows are diving around. We have seen wood peckers and a pair of eagle too. Things are starting move around here. There is a lot of weeding and raised beds prepped for the May long week-end for planting.
( we don't plant before then because of frost concerns. Unless it is something like snow peas and cold hardy plants) Also we have picked the new spots where we want build some new raised beds.

I am thinking...
of how to reach my goal one day of growing up to 95% of our veggies. I know that sounds astronomical but one can have a goal and dream. I read that the author of The Tightwad Gazette and her family were able to do that. It is now my hopes and desires to attain this in a couple of years. Starting to read about how to make and use cold frames to extend our growing and harvesting season is part of the plan.

I am thankful for...
being able to easily use my clothes line again.

From the learning rooms...
we are enjoying our Canadian History historical novels.

From the kitchen...
my sour dough starter is now ready to make into Serene's Sour Dough Bread today. ( and part 2 is HERE )

I am wearing...
my brown A-line skirt with a brown t-shirt and my Shalom Cardigan.( pattern is HERE I used Soulemama's alterations HERE )

I am creating...
a pair of pretty lace knit wooly socks for me. HERE is my first one. [o= (just scroll down)

I am going...
to hopefully paint a fresh coat of paint on the bottom of my tub ( I just noticed the post I first shared my tub is from Sept. 2008...boy has time flown ! I think this bathroom is about time [o=)

I am reading...
my worn out copies of The Tightwad Gazette books Vol 1, 2, 3 ( if you are looking to read them I recommend to looking for The Complete Tightwad Gazette)

On my mind...
about this year being a another full year my MIL is getting married, going on another hike like this one, getting back into helping with that garden again, planning another school year to name a few.

Around the house...
is crying out for a spring clean. ((sigh)) I need to thoroughly clean and dusting the down stairs library after a long winters use of the wood stove.

One of my favorite things...
is the fresh spring green of new leaves budding and the planning stage of things like a new year of the garden.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:

paint the tub a final coat

clean the home library

make Serene's Sour Dough Bread

try to stop being nervous and just start sewing. Take it one step at a time and start easy.

And work on 2nd sock for me.

try to take more pictures to post in future posts. [o=


  1. Sounds like a good week planned. Your MIL getting married, wow, that should be fun. Hope things go the way you want them too. :)


  2. Sounds like a full week for you Mary. I'm so glad nice weather is finally here. Our tulips aren't near opening yet...but maybe after the next couple of warm days.

    Yes, Sally is now 5 miles from us, but she doesn't have a local phone number or internet yet, so we are rarely in touch... hopefully that will change next week.

    For the time being, they have their church at a community center in another town. Currently, my DH, for whatever reason, likes it at our church, so there we are. We will be visiting Sally's church from time to time to support them, but will not be switching to their church. I am looking forward to visiting them at their church this Sunday though.

  3. How exciting, your MIL is getting married. I cannot wait to see the tub when done. I know how much you've longed for a soak! I pray that you have a lovely week! Your plans sound great. What are you going to sew?

  4. So nice to hear all the things happening in your neck of the woods! Certainly a full plate you have there!

  5. Hello there Sweet Mary :-)

    I do miss you...but I need to take care of myself for a bit yet.



  6. I would love to see pictures of your garden!

  7. Glad to see that you're back online! I love the fresh Spring green colour of new leaves too. Have a good week!

  8. I love the style of this post. It makes me want to copycat it. Not only is it fun to read, but it also really does FOCUS you for the days ahead.

    I love what you said about not being nervous and just starting the sewing. That describes me whenever I have a sewing project. I am such a cutting coward.

  9. Mary,

    I enjoyed reading your daybook thoughts.

    I could literally only dream about growing 95% of my veggies. When you live in Suburbia Land like I do, the backyards are way TOO small for planting anything. I wish you the best with that endeavor.

    I could hear the "groans" in your words when you mentioned that you had to soon dust the library, ugh. I've got some dusting to do as well. Dusting makes me sleepy, so I don't like to do it very often. :)

    Well, I don't want this post to turn into a book. Take care dear friend.


    -L. Rose

  10. Oh I use to have the Tightwad Gazette....that was back in the 80's and even got a newsletter through the mail if I remember right...time to pull it out again..everything old is new again.

    I came here to look at your bread recipes and I was craving sour dough and here you have it on your post today, oh my thanks!

    What an awesome goal on growing most of your vegs...I can't imagine. The caterpillars have attacked my dill...so they are being used for science to see if we can get them to the butterfly stage....so no dill. The rest is moving along slowly, but never enough to do much with...one strawberry at a time...LOL

    Blessings....from this city girl and her small patch of land.

  11. I love the Daybook format. I am going to have to try that, if you don't mind. I had finally got up the nerve to try the weekly wrap-up when you stopped ;)

    I think I've seen the complete tightwad gazette at Sam's club....you probably don't have those up there, tho.

    I'm going to have to give that sour dough bread a go.......Eric LOVES sourdough!

    Are there orchards up there where you could glean crops at the end of season for little to nothing? That might help you reach your goal. I've heard of others doing that.

    Happy Spring time! I'm sure you'll be throwing open the windows soon.



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