Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY - January 25, 2011

Outside my window... Last night we got about 4 inches of new snow.  It's also cold, 25 degrees or so.  The roads are icy and slick, so I won't be venturing out today!  Although, there is an up-side - the trees are just beautiful with all of that white frosting and everything looks clean and fresh!  It's cold and cloudy, but at least it looks beautiful outside!

I am thinking...How much I would love to get my hair cut!  It just hit that "impossible to do anything with" stage!

I am thankful for...People who cheer me up, keep me going, encourage me, make me laugh, and allow me to help them.  

A thought to share... 

"What I need to live has been given to me by the earth.  Why I need to live has been given to me by you.'' 
~Author Unknown

From the kitchen... I think I will make a meatloaf tonight - it's one of those comfort foods that always make me feel better on a day like today . . . sigh . . . 

I am wearing... Jeans, a light blue sweater, black socks.

I am creating... I'm making receiving blankets and burp cloths for my new little grandbabies.  Also crocheting a beautiful little blanket for my almost here little baby girl~  

I am going...to try to get my house cleaned and get some organizing done today.  Last week I got the dreaded stomach flu!  The older we get, the harder those little bugs are on us, so, today, I'm finally feeling like doing something.

I am reading...Nothing right now.

I am hoping...That my daughter, who is due the end of February, does not over due it.  I don't think you ever stop worrying about your kids - I sometimes worry even more now than I used to!

I am hearing...The furnace kicking on to keep my toes warm - baby it's cold outside!

Around the house...
Clean the kitchen
vacuum the floors
organize fabric and patterns

One of my favorite things...Sitting in the sun - no hope of that today, but I love it when the sun shines in through the window and I can just soak in it's rays!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Today - clean and organize a few things
Tomorrow - hopefully get my hair cut 
Thursday - grocery shop
Friday - whatever hubby wants to do
Saturday - maybe work on downstairs bathroom
Sunday - Church

Here are a few pictures I am sharing...

It was my DIL's birthday on Sunday, so we all got together to have dinner and cake and icecream!  We somehow convinced my sweet little granddaughter to put on her great-grandfather's navy clothes.  My husband's father was vertically challenged - he was only about 5' 5" on his tippy toes!  Taylor Jo is 10 years old, the sleeves and pants were too long, and the clothes were just a tad big, but isn't it amazing that they almost fit?  We thought about trying them on Christian, who is 12, but he wouldn't even have been able to get the shirt over his head (Christian is tall - probably 5' 6" or so)!  The flag behind Taylor is the flag that was presented to my husband's mother at his father's funeral.

This was Brody's biggest smile!!  I gave him a haircut, and he was so excited, that he wanted me to take a picture of him!  Right after Brody started school this year, I went and helped his class make a cute little paper eagle out of a paper bag - not a big deal to me, I was pleased as punch to do it!  While I was cutting his hair, he asked me if I would come to his school again and "perform" for his class - isn't it funny what kids think?  All I did was sit behind a desk and help, I didn't sing or dance!  Anyway,  he told me that the day I came and helped was,  " . . . the best day in the history of school!".   Oh how I love that boy!

One last picture . . . 

I'm not sure who took this cute picture of Emily, I think it was Brody.  This is our sweet little Emily tucked between two chairs, looking like an angel!  

Stay warm - keep dry - laugh a little - cry a little - love a lot!

Warm hugs,


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  1. How fun!! I couldn't help but notice your spring countdown! That is a great idea! Especially after all of this snow. And, it makes me happy, because that is my birthday! What better day to have as my birthday than the first day of spring!? Can't wait to see your new little grand babies! Love you!

  2. -Make an appointment to get your hair cut!!!! Do it! You'll feel great, that much sooner. Knowing your appointment is set. :-)))))

    -Glad you aren't going out, in this icy weather. Yes, it makes lovely photo opppps. But can make broken bones too. -pout-

    -Oh, that pink blankie, is lovely! I can just feel it. Yummy! :-)

    -Yes, comfort foods! We had Turkey Soup and I look forward to it, again today!

    -Ohhhh you DO have a hair appoint ment!!! GOOD! Remember.... You are craving short! Do it. It will always grow! Pictures please! And picture please.

    -PRECIOUS pictures of your Darlings.

    -And it doesn't get any better than your Grand telling you that the day you came to his class, was the best day in the history of his school!!!!! Keep that memory front and center, and if you get "down," because of the weather or anything, just replay him saying that, in your mind. :-))))))))))))))))

    Lotsa' gentle hugs...

  3. Barb,

    I think we get your storms a few days later than you do. Can you believe all this snow? I hope spring is on its way soon.

    Darling pictures! And the baby blanket is lovely.



  4. The pictures of the little ones is wonderful, each is so cute! I love the handwork you are doing and how exciting to be waiting for a new baby! :D

  5. Well, Barb, if I had read your blog first I wouldn't have had to write a book. The pictures I asked to see were already posted and I love the pink blanket. The flannel you selected is so cute and you've done such a lovely edge around it. What wonderful treasures for these new little ones to be wrapped and snuggled in. Think our storms follow each other. I agree though that the trees were so pretty all frosted in white. I know what you mean about a hair cut. You reach that certain stage and it seems almost impossible to do anything with it. I'm
    getting one Friday and can hardly wait. Love the pictures of the grandchildren, especially the one of your granddaughter in her ggrandfathers navy clothes. Don't you just love it when your grandchildren think you are awesome and want you to come back to school or just do things with them. Thanks for sharing your daybook. I love reading it! Nola

  6. As usually I enjoyed every word expressed and all the sweet pictures. Your grandchildren are so adorable and of course some of them are mine. We too have snow and cold today. Yesterday was almost sweater weather; it is amazing how it can change in an instant.
    I felt warmed by your thoughts. This is the time of year where it is easy to feel down. I am finding that many of the blogs I follow lift my soul or at least I feel there are others out there with bigger problems than I have.
    By the way, I was catching up on my Empty Nest blog and I stole a couple of your pictures of Christian and Taylor playing sport. I didn't get very good pictures when we were up there so hopefully that is OK.
    Love you much! LeAnn
    Also, how can we get that Amber girl to start blogging again? She was the best at making me smile everyday. I miss her and actually we need a good talk soon.

  7. Hi Barb,

    We are on the same wave length again. It's kinda scary...LOL! I've been needing a haircut, too! I called today and they will get me in Thursday. Yippee. I just hate when my hair is too long and I can't do anything with it.

    I love the blankets you're making. You are so talented! Maybe your daughter will deliver a little early? I know you'll be glad when it's all over and that sweet baby is here. I'm a worrier, too. I thought when my children were adults that I'd quit worrying, but I think I worry more!

    Your grands are so cute! I think what Brody said is so sweet and doesn't it make you feel special to think that your visit was "the best day in the history of the school"? That is precious and I know you'll treasure that remark always.

    I hope the snowing stops for a while for all of us. We've had more than enough, as far as I'm concerned! I can't wait for warmer weather so I can get outside. I don't do cold weather very well, so I stay in more than I want to.

    Take care, my friend, and have a good day!


  8. Hi Barb! You're such a great grandma! Little Brody's smile is so cute! You're so lucky to have some little grandkids - hopefully I'll get to have some one day! You need a T-shirt that says "Best Grandma in the World"!

    My MIL crocheted a beautiful pink blankie for my daughter 22 years ago. I kept it and I ran across it the other day. It's still so beautiful and I know yours will be treasured, too.

    Go get your hair cut and enjoy it! But until it gets warm you'll need to crochet yourself a warm fluffy neck wrap! Have a wonderful week!

  9. PS - I love your new blog look AND the countdown to spring! The colors are wonderful!

  10. Hi Barb,
    The photos of your grandchildren are just so sweet! Thank you for sharing them. I hope you are feeling better after having the flu, and you are able to get your hair cut. The blanket you are crocheting is beautiful. I'd like to crochet a blanket for our coming grandson, but I don't have much experience crocheting. Do you have a very simple pattern to share?

    I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Take care... :)

  11. Hi lovely

    You will have to post a piccie of yourself with your new "do" :]

    Your grandchildren are delightful!

    It is so, so hot and humid over here I could do with a day of snow lol

    Much love

  12. Beautiful pics of your grandchildren! Gorgeous smiles!
    You are such a talented lady with your crafting too, I should be half as good!!

  13. You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing all you are doing. I love the pictures of the kids. They are so cute and the afghan is gorgeous. I love you. Karen

  14. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of your blog music! (can you see me slowly breathing in and out?) Ah, real melodies, loveliness to my ears! And your count down to Spring -- In all this cold, we do need that encouragement!

    Cute grandchildren, and wonderful crochet! Warmly, Grammty Bear


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