Monday, March 30, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY March 30, 2009...

Outside my window...the ground is muddy as all the snow from last week's blizzard has already melted away. It's only a matter of time before Roo notices it too and wants to go outside and dig in it. Hmm....maybe I should keep the blinds and curtains closed today! ;)

But, as I have started typing, the snow has started to fall. The wind is picking up and the birds and squirrels are scurrying around the feeders. They're probably thinking that they better fill up before another blizzard hits! Fortunately, the forecast only calls for 3-6 inches.

I am thinking...about some home improvement projects I'd like to do. Some are small (like paint the playroom shelves a fun color) and some are large, time-consuming, and messy (like sand down, prime, and paint the tiles surrounding the fireplace). My husband would probably prefer that I spend time on more significant home improvement projects like making dinner and putting the laundry away (so he doesn't have to dig through the basket for clean socks). :)

I am thankful husband's job. Three people were laid off at his company last week, so that is always unsettling. Certainly makes you grateful for having an income, incoming!

From the kitchen...something with chicken, as it was buy one, get one. I have recently discovered a food blog called dinner's on me. The varied selection guarantees that I will find a recipe (or 20) that I want to try. Her pictures make me drool!

I am sweatpants with a white stripe down the side and a dark green chenille, long sleeve sweater. I look like Christmas, which I guess is only fitting given the blowing snow whipping around outside.

I am creating...several new notebooks to organize my thoughts into certain genres. Right now I have a spiral bound notebook that I use to jot down various thoughts and to-do's. There is no rhyme or reason to my current notebook, so everything is all jumbled together. I can never find the page I'm looking for, and I waste huge amounts of time flipping the pages until I come across what I need. I need to categorize my thoughts and numerous lists into separate notebooks. Pretty notebooks are a must, so I will need to doctor plain notebooks with cute paper, stamps, or stickers. Of course, I already have a Homemaking Notebook in progress that I started over a year ago after seeing so many of them on other blogs. Maybe I should focus on fine-tuning that one instead?

I am going... to stretch my food budget this more quick runs to the store for "just a couple of things," because I always come home with several bags of those "couple of things!!" I will shop from my own freezer and pantry this week.

I am reading... It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh. I'm hoping it will give me the nudge I need to get rid of some things I've been holding on to for several reasons (but none of them valid enough to justify keeping the stuff).

I am finalize my Easter menu this week. I have a vague idea about what I'd like to serve, but I still need to hammer out the small details: like Easter breakfast, side dishes to Easter dinner, and of course, dessert. As I said, just small details!

I am hearing...the heat just kicked on. Rascal is "talking" to the snowflakes falling. Roo is reciting lines from the book Up Above and Down Below.

Around the house...wiping down and sanitizing all surfaces today. We've had a cold making the rounds in our house as of late, and I'm on the warpath against germs!

One of my favorite things...snuggling on the couch with my daughter and a huge stack of new library books.

A few plans for the rest of the week: a visit with a specialist at Children's Hospital, a playdate with my sister and her son, drop off some items at the children's consignment store, write a thank you note to my aunt for a lovely card and gift she sent last week.

Here is picture thought I am sharing... the flurry at the feeder while the flurries fall from the sky!

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  1. what a beautiful picture. we just put up our newly made bluebird boxes and the children were so excited to see a "young couple" scouting them out this morning. :)

  2. It all sounds so nice and snuggy at your house. Have fun cozying up in your haven today. And enjoy notebooking (I love notebooks too).

  3. Enjoyed your post today. The photo is beautiful! Saw a robin around here Saturday - so, I know spring can't be too far behind.

    I have to ask - what is a Homemaking Notebook???

  4. Hello, Ce,

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Yes, running a B&B is a lot of hard work, but we really enjoy it. We meet the most interesting people, and some of them who return year after year have become good friends. It's very rewarding!

    Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, too! I also adore irises! But my favorite, hands down, have to be black eyed susans, shasta daisies and cone flowers. I love happy flowers! Don't give me anything fussy...just some gorgeous old wildflowers will do for me!

    Your posting today is lovely, as is the photo. Hope you're managing to stay snug and warm despite all the snowfall!


  5. Good question, Sara. I wasn't sure what a Homemaking notebook was either until I did some digging into other blogs.

    Basically, it's a 3-ring binder containing all the info. pertaining to your home, your daily/weekly schedule, your life! Menu plans, cleaning routines, health/doctor info, inspirational articles, go-to recipes, goals and project ideas are all part of it too. I once heard someone say that if someone came into your home, they could follow your notebook and run your home just like you would do.

    Needless to say, it's a lot of info to compile, which is probably why I started but never finished it!