Monday, December 4, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook - December 4, 2017



The Simple Woman


November has come and gone!  In a flash, we are into December...

Already!

The holidays really are right around the corner; and quickly approaching.

I am looking forward to the holidays and all of the good times they bring, with family and friends.  And, I have already written out my "Holiday Bucket List" for 2017.  It doesn't look as if I will get many of them done this year, unless I get busy soon!

But, it was fun checking off the things I did last year; so I am working on it again.  Some of the items are repeated; because they are traditions or I just want to do it again!

Perhaps I will share it?!  Actually, I did share last years.  Check it out here.

And check out this week's Simple Woman's Daybook:



FOR TODAY
December 4, 2017


Looking Out My Window:
The weather outside is "delightful"!  Currently it is 67 degrees, with a high of 75.

The sun is shining; perhaps a slight breeze...

But I am inside trying to recover from a great, unexpected weekend at a retreat I had not planned to attend!  I love those unexpected events!


I Am Thinking
How blessed I am!  In so many ways!

This past weekend I attended a Scrapbook Retreat...one I had not expected to attend.  After all, it's almost Christmas!!

But, a friend contacted me on Friday evening and had a spot she had paid for but the other person was unable to attend.  She offered it to me, no charge; and to stay in the room with she and her sister.

Needless to say, I had an awesome time!  My friends were all glad to see me...and I was glad to be there!

And, of course, I was able to get a lot done!



I Am Thankful:
For my friends...

Especially that one special one that made this past weekend happen for me!  It was wonderful...

And, I met Teddy...


The Renaissance Resort at
World Golf Village
Me and Teddy

Yes, that is a very comfy teddy bear!!  Located in the lobby of the hotel, he was just sitting there waiting for someone to cuddly.

Actually, when we were ready to take photos, we had to ask about him.  They had put him away for a while because a bunch of kids were getting a little too rough with him!  Teddy needed a rest!


One of My Favorite Things:
Crafting is so much fun!  I enjoy taking pieces of paper and other things and making something with it.

But, crafting with friends is even more fun!  And one of my favorite things is attending scrapbooking events, including weekend retreats...

Need I say more?


I Am Creating:
Since I was at the retreat this past weekend, I was able to get a lot of things finished that had been waiting for such an occasion!

Check out what I finished during the two days:
Calendar
(Make n Take)


Card Challenge


Die Cut Swap


Name Tag Challenge



Paris Theme Crop
Layout


Retreat Layout
(My Way)


St. Patrick's Day
Layout


I Am Wearing:
A pair of jeans with a blue Southern Couture t-shirt with colorful turtles on the back.  And, a pair of socks.


I Am Reading:


I have finished reading "Blessings" by Anna Quindlan and "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks.  I also read and finished "You Belong to Me" by Mary Higgins Clark.

Now, I am reading "Trading Places" by Fern Michaels.


It seems as if I have been reading a lot; and I have.  But, the truth is...


It's been a long time since I have written a Simple Woman's Daybook post!!



I Am Hoping:
What am I hoping today?!  Well, today I am hoping that I can get my scrapbooking stuff put away...

So, I can start putting new projects together for retreats in January and February!


I Am Learning:
That "joy" and "hope" surely must go together!

During a recent Sunday School lesson, we read this verse in Romans 12:12:  "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

I knew, in pondering these words, that there was a definite connection!  Perhaps I can write more on Word Wednesday?!


In My Kitchen: 
Clean for the day!  One load of laundry in the washer; probably waiting for me to put it into the dryer!

I have also put some chicken out for dinner.  Not sure what I'll do with it...maybe put it in the crock pot, if it's thawed enough.



Shared Quote:



A Moment From My Day:
During this weekend's retreat, I stopped by to chat with one of my friends.  She shared something with me that she had found online; and I am sharing it for my "Shared Quote" this week.

My friend's husband has Parkinson's disease.  She is dealing with some of the same things that I am, as we each watch our loved one decline...

Prayers for my friend, and all those others who are caregivers to loved ones.  It is not easy watching a loved one as they decline in age and health.

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So ends another post for the Simple Woman's Daybook!  Another post; another week passing...

Join me again for another "chapter" in the life of this simple woman!



Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Eyes of Time



This poem was written a few years ago and shared on my other blog under the label "Poetry"; check it out here.

As I was reading back over some of my poetry, I felt inspired to write more about some of them; not to add to what I had originally written, but to look at the why...

Why did I feel inspired to write more about this particular poem?

Well, just looking at the person this poem was written about brought me back to over 30 years ago when I first met him.

His eyes were the most beautiful blue!  I think that is what drew me to him.  They had a little sparkle in them and lit up when I approached him and began a conversation.

Yes, I am the one that approached him!!

Not the first blond hair blue-eyed musician I've had a crush on; the first was when I was a teenager!

The second one, a divorced 30 something mother of two!

I took a chance and approached him, asking if he ever took a break...

And when I asked him if he wanted to dance during a break, his eyes sparkled as a smile spread across his face.

I guess I have always been drawn to blue-eyed musicians!

And, on that day in May, two years ago, when I looked at those blue eyes more than thirty years from that first approach...

I realized they were not as clear and didn't sparkle as much as back then.

It had me thinking:

What else has changed about this person that I was so drawn to all those years ago?

And the poem enfolded...




The Eyes of Time



Blue eyes
Once bright
And sparkling,
Flashing to and fro,
Watching,
Taking it all in.

Now,
The sparkle gone;
The tiredness obvious;
What memories
Behind those
Blue eyes,
No longer bright,
No longer sparkling.

Blond hair -
Thinning,
A spot balding;
Endearing.

Now,
No longer blond -
When did the gray
Become more prominent?
The balding spot
Filling your head?

You shuffle
Down the walk,
Slower and slower -
Steps once quick and sure,
No longer sure;
Which way to turn?

Did the eyes see...
When
You became
Older?
When
Life
Slowed down...
A slower pace?

How long 'til slow
Becomes slower...
Becomes slowed...
Becomes...
Stopped?

Do the eyes know...
How long before
You no longer go...
On your own?

So much of life behind;
How much is left ahead?
How much?

The eyes of time -
They see...
So much!
They know...
So much!

The eyes of time...

{BJLondon - May, 2015}



So, as I move on through this journey of dementia with my blond hair blue-eyed husband...

My eyes look hard for the person he once was; and the changes that age and disease have brought about in the man I met and fell for so long ago.

It reminds me of the person that used to be.

And that makes him even more endearing to me;

Because, deep inside he is still the same person... 

And together we will continue on this journey that I have come to think of as "dementia's demands."



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Door of Hope


Currently I am reading "Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life" by Barbara Johnson.

Though the second chapter deals with grief following the death of a loved one, the words and the recovery, are similar in other losses or tragedies...

Even in situations faced with the day to day issues of caring for someone with dementia and hearing loss; whose symptoms may be getting somewhat worse, with random outbursts and ugliness.

In Mrs. Johnson's words, I find there is hope:

"...the heavy mantle of (grief) that has been weighing you down is lifted.  You will actually be able to hear music again.  The birds will be singing, the sun will be shining, you will realize that God has brought you through.  You have survived, and you can lay down your agonies..."

Yes, the time comes when you get through it; when you can find those "splashes of Joy."  And, with the Joy, comes Hope:

"I will...transform her Valley of Troubles into a Door of Hope."  (Hosea 2:15 TLB - The Living Bible)

Perhaps there is something to learn in the pages of this book!

Reading on into Chapter 3, titled "We Must Understand That It Is Not Always Necessary to Understand", I find more doors and hope references:

"There Is a door of hope, you know, and you not only can find that door, but you can walk confidently through it with a smile or even a chuckle when you get to the other side."

I will continue to Learn to Lean!  And will continue to read the words found in this book; a rather old one with words that may appear dated, but they are oh so timely in words I am needing to hear!

This book, and other resources, may not be referring to the Joy and Hope we have through our Savior; but they are words of reassurance...

Those times when He speaks to be me through the words of others in a book, or a quote, or another blog post, or even in the dialog of a movie.

His words make their way to those who need to hear them, when they need to hear them!

"Those who need to hear them"...

Like me!

Perhaps you have the need to hear a word from Him...

Just be open to what the words you read or hear are saying to you.  It just might be what He is saying to you through them!



Simple Woman's Daybook - November 6, 2017






FOR TODAY
November 6, 2017


The last week of October, with its cooler days and new pops of color!  The first week of November, with holidays and birthdays and a time for Thanksgiving...

Just the beginning of the wonderful holidays and all that comes with it!

And I am looking forward to all of those holidays!


Looking Out My Window:
Last week we had a few days of cooler weather: days beginning with temps in the 40's and moving towards warmer by noon; temps like the 70's...

Which I can totally handle!

It has warmed up again; as usual...

Hopefully more cool weather is around the corner!


I Am Thinking:
About all of the violence in this country; and abroad!  What is this world coming to?

The only thing we can hope for at this point...

That God will take it in His hands and make something good out of it all.

What good can come from this?  I don't know!  But, with God, all things are possible.



I Am Thankful:
For my loving family and friends!  I pray they know how much they mean to me; you never know when the time will come that they are no longer in our lives...

It was just two weeks ago that I heard of the death of a friend and fellow scrapper...

At age 48, she died of a massive heart attack.  I cannot forget that, and the friendship we had.


One of My Favorite Things:
Family gatherings!

Whether we get together to go someplace - like when we go to the zoo or a park with the grandkids;

Or we get together to celebrate a birthday - like the 18th birthday of my oldest grandson!

I love getting together with the family!  And with the holidays, there will be many more opportunities to do that!


I Am Creating:
Well, I have been sick for nearly three weeks!  The most creating I did was at the retreat a week ago...

And, most of that was helping to put together die cuts for swaps and for the live auction at the puppy crop.

But, I will be back creating again  this weekend...


I Am Wearing:
A pair of gray shorts and a blue t-shirt with turtles on the back...

And a pair of pink and white socks!


I Am Reading:


A small book I picked up the other day when I was needing something to read; "Blessings" by Anna Quindlan...

I think I bought it at the Dollar Tree!  Cheap, but sometimes I find one that sounds really good and add it to my stash of "to read" books.


I Am Hoping:

There's that word again!

Hope

I am hoping that the holidays last longer than the "fly by" days that we've been having lately!

I want to treasure every day and every hour of the holidays.


I Am Learning:
Perhaps the key to keeping the peace at home is to be at home more often!

Though I don't plan to stay home every day and every hour of those days, at least to be home more often.

Or, plan a few outings that he and I can enjoy together.

Perhaps that is the key!


In My Kitchen: 
Dishes have been put into the dishwasher.

Clothes washing will wait another day or two except for the sheets.

Dinner is leftover pulled pork, green beans and baked beans, cole slaw and potato salad...

Leftovers from the weekend family get together at Cathy's house!


Shared Quote:
As usually happens when I am looking for a quote, I can find one on my friend Caitlyn's Facebook page; but it's usually "front and center" when I open up my Facebook page!


"Tears mean it mattered..."

Yes, that is where I am today after learning of the deceit of a so-called friend.  I pray for her to realize what she is doing, not only in pushing people away from her, but what she is doing to herself...

But, it hurts!


A Moment From My Day:
Hugs and kisses and more hugs from the grandkids!

I will always love those times!

~~~~~~~



And another post for the Simple Woman's Daybook has been written!

Join me again for another "chapter" in the life of this simple woman!



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook - October 16 and 23, 2017







FOR TODAY
October 16 and 23, 2017

This will be another one of those times I am writing for two different weeks in one post...

Sometimes our lives are very flexible and we can do things at the last minute.  And, sometimes life hands us the unexpected and the flexibility means we can help others by being available.

That is what last week turned into; and I'll share within the prompts of The Simple Woman's Daybook from last week and this week!


Looking Out My Window:
"Oh, what a beautiful morning,
Oh, what a beautiful day..."

The sun was shining brightly; a few clouds in the sky, but no rain predicted until later in the evening.

The temps were predicted to be in the high 80's; but the early morning breeze had me deciding to wear a pair of jeans and a light shirt...

Not a good idea for a trip to the zoo!!!

But, it was fun; hot, but fun!

And then, with Tuesday came the "horrible news"; one of my son-in-laws best friend's daughter passed away from heart failure.  She battled this all her life and at the young age of 22 years old, passed from this life into the arms of her beloved Jesus.

And then it wasn't such a "beautiful morning" any longer.

And it carried on into the next week because just yesterday I learned a good scrapbooking friend died Monday morning of a massive heart attack!  Needless to say, her family and all of her crafty friends are devastated!

And...life goes on?!  But, how?


I Am Thinking:
That every day brings its own different challenges!

That no matter how hard I try to "plan" for anything that may be presented to me...

Every day brings its own different challenges; and most of them are not even predictable!

Well, that is how it goes...



I Am Thankful:
For my daughters, and their mothering skills!  For the beautiful grandchildren they are raising for me to love!!

I pray God gives them the strength and wisdom to continue bringing them up in His Word and His ways.


One of My Favorite Things:
Retirement; and last minute plans!

Nothing was definite when I left my daughter's house on Saturday afternoon.  But, I received a text later in the evening, or maybe the next day;

And, we made plans to meet early Monday and take the kids to the zoo...

And then with the news that Tuesday brought, my plans for the week also changed.

I made plans to stay at the home of my other daughter with my 9 year old grandson so she and her husband could drive with other friends to Arkansas to attend the funeral of their friend's daughter.


I Am Creating:
What did I create?

Well, this weekend I attended a Halloween theme crop.  I attempted the make 'n take, a little beaded sugar skull; but messed up with the heat and over melting them together.  Into the trash that went!!

I used some of my own papers and stuff to create the two-page layout for the crop, making it "my own".

And, I finished an Autumn tag, with the "leaf girl" I had made.



And with the change of plans, I was still able to "play" with my grandchildren.  We met at my younger daughter's house where we had a craft day on Saturday...


Lots of fun painting pumpkins and rock!



I Am Wearing:
Pink with black polka dotted pj bottoms; and a coral shirt; socks and slippers on my feet.

Time for a shower and clean pj's!!


I Am Reading:
I am reading the book I mentioned last week, "Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life" by Barbara Johnson...

This book is a little "dated" for me, and I have lost interest in some of it.  But, I am getting enough "splashes of joy" to help with my writing!

I am also reading through Susan Shipe's book from one of her 31 day series, "31 Days of Hope"...

Reading for inspiration for more writing!

And, today the book I won from Peggy (the Simple Woman!)..."Gracelaced" by Ruth.  I will begin reading that soon...


I Am Hoping:

Hoping?  Or, just wishing?

Sometimes I wonder what the difference is...

"I hope it's cooler but sunny tomorrow"; or should that be, "I wish it would be cooler but sunny tomorrow"?

Well, whichever it should be...

I really do hope it is cooler but sunny!!


I Am Learning:
Still learning!

And, still leaning!

And found these words on Facebook today from Susie Larson's Morning Blessing:  "...Lean in and learn everything you can from the one who loves you deeply and intends to use you greatly!"

I am learning to lean; and leaning to learn!!  And He is there loving me through it all!


In My Kitchen: 
Tonight we had pot pies for dinner.  Later, while watching TV, I'll fix some popcorn!

It's a soup kind of night for me; I've been sick and coughing like a bad woman!  So, I wanted soup...

A nice pot of potato soup is on the menu, topped with shredded cheese.


Shared Quote:
And still...

There is a Promise of Hope:



A Moment From My Day:
Lately my days have been flipped, and busy and full!

My best moment over the past couple of weeks has been spending the extra special times with my grandkids.

Those are the best times!
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So ends my post for the Simple Woman's Daybook that shares my past two weeks of ups and downs.

Life continues, though sometimes needs to be flexible.  I thank God my life is flexible and I can be available when and where needed.

Thank you for sharing your time with me!  I pray as you read through these simple words, you may find hope and joy and grace and inspiration to carry you through your life's journey.