Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's been a day

Today I decided to venture forth into the world after more or less hiding in my house for the entirety of Quilt Week.

The bank, the library, Lowe's, Aldi's, JC Penney's, Kroger, and the Red Box were all on my much neglected to do list.  At Lowe's I rescued two dozen plants from the clearance flower rack.  I swear those poor pitiful flowers get to me almost like puppies and kittens at the pound.  All they usually need is a little cleaning up and some water, food and sunshine.

I don't really like JC Penney's, but they sent me a coupon for $10 off of a $10 purchase.  Since I was out that way anyway, I stopped to pick up some coffee.  They are the only place that I've ever found Kona blend coffee in a k cup.  Alas, they didn't have it.  I've since found out that it's been discontinued.  Boo.  I went in fully expecting the coupon to give the cashier trouble, because...well, that's just how my luck with such things goes.  She finally (sort of) sorted it out and my total came to $1.49.  Not bad for an 18 ct box of Van Houtte french vanilla.  I gave her $2 but instead of entering that on her register she put in $1.49.  And then she had to pull out a calculator to figure out what my change should be.  Seriously.  A grown ass woman couldn't figure out that 1.49 from 2.00 is .51.  {sigh}

When I got home my idiot neighbor was parked across the entirety of my drive way for no damn reason that I could see.  I despise having neighbors.  Have I mentioned that?  So, I had myself a hissy fit and they moved their car.  I swear, every day that I interact with people and don't wind up doing something that will land me in jail is a minor miracle.

I got all my new flowers planted and all my plants seem to be coming along nicely, with 2 exceptions.  My sage still hasn't recovered from being eaten down to a nub by a bunny and my cucumber plants are looking kind of sickly.  I'm not sure what's wrong with them, I added some fertilizer to them the other day.  If they don't perk up soon I guess I will just replace them, maybe in a different spot.

Anyway, it is warm and sunny and just generally a lovely day.  So, all in all...today was a good day.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook April 21

For Today

Outside my window... My garden,  2 raised beds and a few containers.  Everything is coming along nicely except the sage which a bunny nibbled down to a nub before we fenced that bed with lattice.  I'm hoping it recovers.

I am thinking... About taking my daughter outside to practice with her new bb gun.  She has 4H rifle practice tomorrow.

I am thankful... For so much.  I have a wonderful husband, and three fabulous children.

In the kitchen... I have my very first jar of refrigerator asparagus pickles cooling.  I'll know in a week or two if they are a success.  :)

I am wearing... Dark gray yoga pants and a light gray Grateful Dead t shirt.

I am creating... A grocery list and meal plan for next week.

I am going... All over town to run my errands early in the week so that I can avoid that plague of tourists that invade my town for the quilt show at the end of the week.

I am wondering... How my oldest son is doing.  I haven't talked to him in a few days because he's in the final two weeks at college prepping for finals and other end of the year stuff.

I am reading... Southern Living Magazine.

I am hoping... That my daughter gets to have archery class this week.  It's been rained out for the past two weeks.

I am looking forward to... My oldest son coming home from college and my younger son graduating from high school next month.

I am learning... About gardening.  Every day I try to learn something new to help keep my plants alive.

Around the house... I need to run the vacuum.  lol

I am pondering... What to make for dinner tonight.  Possibly burgers on the grill and hash brown casserole.

A favorite quote for today... "
Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love. "  --Gandalf 

One of my favorite things... Our vinyl record collection and vintage turntable.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Accomplish everything early and hide from the quilters later.

A peek into my day...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook April 10


Outside my window...My newly planted vegetable bed.  

I am thinking... About the various kinds of time travel.  In my defense, I just watched Stargate : Continuum which sent my brain down the rabbit hole.

I am thankful...For my family and that warm weather is finally here.

In the kitchen...I have a cup of coffee brewing.

I am wearing... A gray Grateful Dead t-shirt and blue flannel pajama pants.  What?  Some people wear them to Walmart... I can wear them at home if I want.  lol

I am creating... a menu plan for the rest of the week.  I'm tired of doing so much grocery shopping and need to get back to better planning.

I am going...Nowhere today, if I can help it.  Tomorrow if the weather is decent we go to the range for archery practice.

I am wondering.... If I should be worried about my new plants.  The weather may turn nasty tonight.

I am reading...Hobby Farm Home Magazine

I am hoping... That we don't get any hail tonight or frost later this week.

I am looking forward to... Psych on tv tonight.

I am learning...Spanish.  Slowly.  Using Mango languages through my local library. 

Around the house...I'm still finding spaces for all the stuff I inherited from my dad.

I am pondering...Vacation this year.  Maybe.

A favorite quote for today... Is it ignorance or apathy?  I don't know and I don't care.  -- Jimmy Buffett 

One of my favorite things... My new Eureka Lemon tree.  I picked it up at Kroger the other day for 19.99 :)

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Nothing out of the ordinary that I know of.

A peek into my day...  No original pics today
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... My forsythia and pink hyacinths are blooming.

I am thinking... About the raised garden beds that we're putting in this weekend.

I am thankful... That we are finally getting some sun and warm weather.

In the kitchen... Freshly baked vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

I am wearing... My favorite jeans and an Old Navy t-shirt.

I am creating... Pages in my Smash Book.

I am going... To Bed Bath and Beyond to get a new coffee maker tomorrow.

I am wondering... Whether my new hair color suits me.

I am reading... Mother Earth News

I am hoping... That my daughter's first 4H Shooting Club practice goes well.

I am looking forward to... Summer.  I feel seriously sunlight deprived.

I am learning... to grow plants from seeds.  I have 12 jalapeno plants that I started from seeds and have kept alive.  We'll not talk about the other seeds I started.

Around the house... I've been making room for things that I have inherited from my dad.  

I am pondering... What to make for dinner.

A favorite quote for today... "Am I the only one who's Zen around here?"  --Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)

One of my favorite things... The lamp that my daddy left me.  It's pretty much my prized possession.

A few plans for the rest of the week: 4H, gardening, Spring cleaning, etc.

A peek into my day...

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Pinterest Envy and Food Guilt

I don't understand people.

I say that all the time and I always mean it.  I read this blog today http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2013/01/surprising-reason-pinterest-makes-some-women-feel-like-crap-social-comparison/ about social comparisons and Facebook and Pinterest.  I have seen little graphics that make jokes about Pinterest making people feel inferior, but I didn't know it was a real thing.  But there are real live people who browse Pinterest and then feel bad about themselves.  I just don't get it.  I mean, sure... I occasionally have a thought of "I wish I could have, visit, or see (insert thing or place here)".  But apparently people are hating on themselves for not cooking things they pin, or not crafting or what have you.  Life is too short for that.  If you want to cook something, then cook it.  If you want to make a craft, then make it.  It's not the end of the world if it doesn't turn out.  It's also not the end of the world if you never get around to it.  Big freakin' deal.

Which brings me to another thing I've been thinking about lately.  I see so many recipes that say "Guilt Free" or "Worth The Guilt" or what ever and it makes me crazy.  Full disclosure:  I'm kinda chunky now and struggled with what was probably an undiagnosed eating disorder while I was in high school.  I get weight issues, I really do.  What I don't get is assigning an emotion like guilt to food.  Either eat it or don't.  But if you do, don't bother angsting about it.  Eat and go on with your life.  Feeling guilty doesn't burn calories and life is short.

And while I'm spouting what might be unpopular opinions:  Not everything that is worth doing is worth doing well.  Some things are only worth doing half-assed.  Some things aren't worth doing at all.  It's your life, you decide.