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Friday, March 20, 2015

One more chance...

I'm giving my blog, or should I say, my blog, is giving me one more chance.  I'm not sure why, but since my husband retired, I have had the hardest time blogging!  It's been three years, so I should be used to my schedule by now, but I really do have a hard time. . .finding my own time.  I can't believe that I haven't posted anything since December!  No promises being made here, but, I really do miss blogging! My goal is to dust off my camera, and start blogging again!

For me, the easiest way to get back into the swing of things, is to post the Simple Woman's Daybook, so here goes:

For Today... March 20, 2015

Outside my has been very warm for March, it's suppose to be 70 degrees here today.  I can remember when we would still have 3 or 4 inches of snow this time of year.  The trees are starting to bud, and I have heard that some of the fruit trees won't even have fruit because of the warm weather.  We are very close to being in a drought, and I pray that we will have a wet Spring, so that we will have ample water for summer!

I'm thinking...Well, March is our birthday month, starting on the 1st, then the 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, and finally the 30th.  it's a crazy month, but I wouldn't change a thing, I love celebrating these birthdays, and feel so blessed to have these awesome big and little people in my life!

I am thankful... For good shoes!  Yesterday, we worked all day in the yard, and by the end of the day, my feet were killing me .  If it weren't for good shoes, I don't think I would have been able to walk!  This is the pair I am currently wearing, and I really like them!

 Mizuno Women's Wave Sayonara Running Shoe,Pink,10.5 B US 

I am wearing...  It's so warm outside that I decided to break out the capris, so I am wearing denim capris, a dark blue t-shirt, and my brilliant pink shoes!

I am creating... I am cutting out and sewing, possibility bags.  What are possibility bags you ask?  Well, they are bags that the youth in my church will carry when they go on a pioneer treck for a week.  They can carry a water bottle, lip salve, sun screen, etc., in them.  We are making them out of denim, so they are very durable. 

I am going... I'm staying put, it seems like I am never home these days

I am wondering... What is going on in all of my blogging friends lives!

I am hoping... That I can get back into the swing of blogging.  My husband gave me a lap top computer for Christmas, so it should be easier, right?

In my garden... For the last 4 years, our garden has been horrible!  This year, my husband took out the old dirt, and replaced it with new top soil.  We are hoping that this helps, otherwise we are going . . . green . . . as in grass!

In my kitchen... I am making homemade pizza tonight for dinner.  I just use a very old, and reliable pizza dough recipe that I've used for over 40 years.  I got this recipe from my  mother's cousin, Opal!

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Opal's Pizza Dough

1 1/4 cups warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
2 teaspoons sugar 
2 tablespoons oil, (I prefer olive oil)
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour

Mix the water, sugar and yeast in a mixing bowl, let stand until foamy.  Add the oil and 2 cups flour and mix until combined and smooth.  Then slowly add the rest of the flour until the dough is soft, and not too sticky.  I use my Kitchen Aid, but I have also made this dough more times than I can count, by hand.  Let it rise in a warm place until double; form your crust, put on your toppings and bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown and delish!

A favorite quote for today... 

It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've go it, you want . . . oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
~Mark Twain~ 

See you very soon!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas . . .

For unto us a child is born , unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor , The mighty God , The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace . 
~Isaiah 9:6~ 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a peaceful, happy New Year, full of blessings and love!




Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Daybook . . .

Outside my window... We have a strong wind today!  It started blowing last night, and has not let up hardly at all today.  It's warm, in the 40's, very unusual for December in Idaho!

I am thinking...  How wonderful it would be to have snow on Christmas day!  When I was young, we always had snow on Christmas . . . we usually had snow on Thanksgiving!  For the past 10 years or so, it's always questionable whether or not we will have snow on Christmas, how sad...

I am thankful... For Christmas memories.  Not all of them were wonderful, but all of them made me who I am today.  As I was going through some old pictures, I found this  one of my father.  He was a fireman, and when I was a child, the firemen would refurbish old bicycles for Christmas. I happened to be the recipient of one of these wonderful bicycles!  This is a picture of him and several other firemen fixing up a few bikes! My dad is the one sitting on the bicycle . . . I sure do miss him.

I am wearing... I just got home from church, so I am still in my church clothes - a black and white patterned skirt, a red sweater with a black and white matching scarf, very comfy.

I am creating... a calendar for January - can you believe it's already full!

I am going... to be posting more in the new year.  Blogging is something I love, and I miss. 

I am wondering... where December went?!

I am reading... I have several books downloaded on my Kindle, but they aren't very interesting.  In January, I plan on going to the library and getting an armful of books, who cares whether or not I read all of them, I just want to turn the pages!  

I am hoping... for a peaceful, healthy and happy, 2015.

I am learning... how to eat gluten-free.  

Around the house... just last minute preparations for Christmas day.  Trying to keep it simple and meaningful this year.

In the kitchen... for the past few months the kitchen has been challenging.  I have been struggling with asthma all summer, to the point I thought I would have to go to the hospital for testing to see why it was so severe.  To make a long story short, I was prompted to stop eating gluten.  It truly was the answer to my prayers!  That was over a month ago, and today, I am symptom free, and gluten-free!  So . . . my eating habits have changed, along with my cooking habits!

I am pondering... the reason for the season . . . what a blessing it is to have one day set aside each year for Christians around the world to celebrate the birth of the Savior,  and remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

A favorite quote for today... 
 "There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. It is the time to love the Lord our God with all our heart — and our neighbors as ourselves. It is well to remember that he who gives money gives much, he who gives time gives more, but he who gives of himself gives all. 
Let this be a description of our Christmas gifts." 
~Thomas S. Monson~

One of my favorite things... this little corner of my world . . . 
A few plans for this week:

Monday - haircut, yeah! Physical therapy for my poor husbands shoulder - he had another surgery two weeks ago... :0(
Tuesday - clean the house.
Wednesday - visit my mother, celebrate Christmas Eve with one of my daughters and her family.
Thursday - Christmas!
Friday - physical therapy . . . last time!

A peek into one of my days from last month... We spent a few weeks Steel-head fishing on the Salmon River in November.  I love this river's primitive beauty!  The fishing was really good, as you can tell by the middle picture. We go with a few good friends, and always have a lots of fun, eat too much and almost cry when it's time to come home.

Until next time!  


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reunions . . .

A few months ago, we went to a small reunion for my mother's siblings and their children.  It was fun, but kind of sad at the same time.  It's hard to think of your mother getting older, let alone your aunts and uncles!  I don't see them much, and it really hits home when we are all together.

It was a very soggy day the day we went down.  It was the end of September, and the cloud were hanging low in the sky, it had been raining for a few days, and it was just beautiful!  I took these pictures with my phone . . .  out the window, so they aren't very clear, but it was so pretty!

The drive really was gorgeous, my phone pictures certainly don't do the scenery justice. 

This is a picture of my mother and her three siblings.  The lighting was terrible, and I only had my phone.  My mom is sitting on the right, her brother, who is 10 years younger, is standing behind her, then next in birth order is her sister who is sitting across from her, and then her little sister, who is 16 years younger, standing next to my uncle.  She was actually more like a sister to us when we were growing up. 

This was a good picture, of my aunt and my mom. It was a fun day!

Since these pictures were taken, my aunts husband, the one sitting across from my mother, has passed away, and she has been placed in a retirement center, and my mothers health continues to decline.  I suppose it was a good thing we got together when we did.  Life certainly has a way of marching on doesn't it.  He is the first of my aunts and uncles to pass, and it just seems so strange.  It wont be long until my generation is the oldest . . . how strange.   

It seems like I have been away from my blog for such a long time.  I'm not making any promises to myself about keeping up, because time marches on for me as well. 



Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome Fall . . .

I love Fall, and everything that comes with it! The sights and sounds, the smells and the taste of Fall are finally here . . . officially!  This was one of my favorite childhood songs, it is sung to the tune of, Hush Little Baby.

Come, Little Leaves
by George Cooper

"Come, little leaves,"
Said the wind one day,
"Come to the meadows
With me and play;
Put on your dresses
Of red and gold,
For summer is past,
And the days grow cold."

Soon as the leaves
Heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering,
One and all.
Over the meadows
They danced and flew,
All singing the soft
Little songs they knew.