The simple woman’s daybook


Outside my window…it is rather dull, but our backyard is a mass of green.

I am thinking…about how to get through all the books we have to read this year.

I am thankful…for the lovely day we had yesterday, out for a trip as a family.

In the kitchen…leftover meatloaf for dinner.  I am hoping to roast veges to go with it, if I can find the recipe. (Edited to say, the roast veges turned into potatoes, onions, carrots and seasonings in a foil packet with butter–they were yummy, but my timing of reheating meatloaf and cooking vegetables did not turn out.  Still dinner was pretty good.)

I am wearing…blue jeans, an old t-shirt (because I wasn’t planning on going out today), and a fleece.  It is cool in the house, but I’m not yet willing to consider it Fall, and bring out the long-sleeved shirts.

I am creating…this blog post today, and probably not much else.

I am going…on a bike ride with the kids this evening.

I am wondering…about a number of things, upcoming changes etc.

I am reading…schoolbooks to the kids.  Yes, we have started our school year.

I am hoping…that the sun comes out again this week.  It has been very dull.

I am looking forward to…some changes which I can’t talk about here yet.

I am learning…to work around a school schedule again.

Around the house…the living room is a bit cluttered, with new family photos to send out,  a basket of laundry to be folded, and miscellaneous stuff that just needs to be tidied.

I am pondering …answers to prayer.

A favourite quote for today…”And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:15

One of my favourite things…fresh cookies baked by the children.

A few plans for the rest of the week: School, cleaning house, cross-stitching, working at the hospital gift shop, and errands.

A peek into my day:



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Stitch From Stash August Update

Month:  August

Spent : $13.54

Earned: 0

Carried over from July: $25

Budget: $36.46

I spent money for some fabric for a couple of projects to do later….much later, probably. And alas, no finishes for this month.  I did make progress, however.  My main difficulty is that I’m still trying to finish the backstitching on a project that has been in the works for several years…and while I’m not counting it for SFS, my stitching time has been divided between two projects.

This is the project I’ve been trying to finish:DSCF3814


And this is my SFS project:

July photo: (Before)DSCF 3799


August photo: (After) DSCF3816

IHSW August Part II

Usually there is only one International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) a month, but this month there were two.  It was a good excuse for me to work on the project that I haven’t been working on much in the past year because I was trying to finish another project.  I’m down to the backstitching on that one, so there isn’t a lot of changes to notice from day to day.

Without further ado, and noting that I got at least another hour of stitching in this past weekend, here are the photos.

Last week:  DSCF3807


And this week:

I’m not sure why the second photo is so big, unless it is because I took it with my cell phone and posted it from there.

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My First IHSW Post

I got to take part in my first International Hermit and Stitch Weekend this past weekend.  The point is to spend as much time during the weekend (from Friday through Sunday) cross-stitching, knowing that while you are doing this, others on the list are also spending their weekends in the same manner.  You can sign up here if you wish to join in.

Alas, for me it wasn’t a great weekend for stitching.  I managed a grand total of two hours over the weekend.  Hopefully, I will be able to do better the next time.  I did do another hour of stitching on this project earlier in the week, so I do have a small amount of progress to report.

Here are the before and after photos:






If you look closely, you might be able to see progress. :)

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today… August 3, 2015
Outside my window…it is sunny, and breezy and not very hot.  The relative calm after the storm last night that brought down two trees into my neighbour’s yard, and a large branch off our maple tree near the house.
 I am thinking…that it has been a long time since I wrote a Daybook post.
 I am thankful…that there was no damage to either ours or our neighbour’s house in the storm.
 I am wearing…blue jeans and a navy t-shirt.  I changed from capris this morning because the day has stayed cool, so far.
 I am creating…lesson plans for our school year.
 I am going…to go outside and do some weeding this afternoon, I think.  I want to do two more weeks of planning first, and clean up the kitchen.
 I am wondering…about a number of possible changes coming up.
 I am reading…Shadow of the Moon  by MM Kaye.  I have a very old edition of the book,  but I’ve actually been listening to the audiobook version while I try to finish a cross-stitch project.  I had read the book as a teenager, and the same parts of the book that disturbed me then, disturb me now.  The book is set in India during the time of the British Raj, and the sepoy rebellion.  It is a gripping tale, but sad.
 I am hoping…that the backstitching on my current project continues to go very quickly.  It is usually my least favourite part of a project to do, but I do like how it creates depth in the picture.
 I am learning…to trust, and not worry about the unknown so much–definitely an ongoing process!
 In my garden…are many weeds, some of which I hope to pull this afternoon.  Actually, my husband really worked on the flower garden at the front of the house last year, and I love the flowers that are blooming there.  We did make one mistake, and planted Yarrow in front of the rose-bush.  The Yarrow is doing beautifully.  The rose–in the shade behind it–not so well.  In the vegetable garden we are just starting to get ripe cherry tomatoes.
  In my kitchen…I haven’t felt much like cooking.  It has been so warm lately.  Tonight though, I’m planning meatloaf, and hoping my potatoes haven’t sprouted in the heat.
 A favorite quote for today…”As thy days, so shall thy strength be.”
 A peek into one of my days…DSCF3797
One of my favorite things…is finishing a cross-stitch project, especially one that I’ve been working on for several years.  I am nearly finished with one I started in 2011.  I can hardly wait to get this one off my stand and to get started on another one.  I actually have more done on it than this photo shows.  I’ve finished the cross-stitching and have a good start on the backstitching.


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Stitch From Stash-July

Month:  July

Spent:  $0

Earned: $0

Budget: $25 Canadian Dollars

I’m delighted to be able to take part in an online stitching group. Thank you, Mel, for allowing me to join. For anyone who doesn’t already know, you can find out about it here.  You will however, have to wait until the end of the year to join in.

I live in Canada, and I am using Canadian dollars for my budget.  Normally I would buy stash from the US, but our dollar is in the tank, and so anything I buy, I will probably buy in Canada, or else do a currency exchange.  It just isn’t fun to order from the States right now.

Right at the beginning of the month, one of the sites from which I order, had a fabric sale.  I kept the email in my inbox for a week, trying to decide if a) it was worth it to blow my budget and make an order the first month, or b) if any of the fabric on sale would actually suit one of the projects I have waiting in the wings–that I might not even get to in the next ten years!  Fortunately for me, I wasn’t 100% happy with any of the choices…so I still have a budget.

The project I have chosen to work on is a rather large design that I started in May of 2013, and haven’t done much on since then.  Other designs have taken precedence.  I also didn’t make any progress this month, so far, because I’ve been working on another project that I am trying to finish.  Next month I am determined to devote time to both.

Here it is: DSCF 3799





Cross-Stitch Collection SAL-July update

I’ve been busy this month, but I’m still not done.  Alas, another month nearly over and no finish yet.  I can see the end of the actual stitching coming soon, but the more I look at it, the more I dread the miles and miles of back-stitching.  That is my least favourite part of the stitching, although I do like seeing the project take on depth.

Without further ado, here is June:




And here is July:



Hopefully August will at least bring the end of the cross-stitching, and a start to the back-stitching, because I have another SAL project that I need to be working on.

Cross Stitch Collection SAL-June Update

Well this month was a very busy month with a trip and a wedding.  I am starting to think all months are equally busy.  Because we were away for most of two weeks, I didn’t get anything done then.  I’ve been trying to make up for it since we got back, by putting in at least an hour a day.  My now unrealistic goal was to to finish this chart by the end of June.  I’m laughing at that one now.

So…last month:



And this month:



Sorry, that isn’t a great photo.  I took it before 7 A.M. this morning.



Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today… June 18, 2015
Outside my window…The sun is shining, the grass needs mowing, and the predominate colour is green.
I am thinking…that I had better hurry on this and get started on dinner or packing.
I am thankful…for the great week we had away in Brown County IN.
I am wearing…jeans and an old t-shirt, as I got a haircut this afternoon.
I am creating…(why do I always get so hung up on this one?) this blog post?, the always present cross-stitch?  I don’t really think I’m very creative…I’m a pattern follower.
I am going…to a wedding this Saturday.  My father is getting married again, after my Mom has been gone for the past 2 1/2 years.  He is marrying a lovely woman, and I’m looking forward to seeing extended family.
I am wondering…when or if, life will slow down a bit.
I am reading…not much these days, as I’ve simply been too busy.
I am hoping…that the weekend and wedding goes smoothly, and that Belle’s cold (she is in the wedding party) gets better soon.
I am learning…that perhaps life never slows down.  It just seems to get busier all the time.
In my garden…the leeks and onions are growing, and the herbs are taking off.  The front flower garden looks beautiful, with carnations blooming like crazy, one rose blossom, yarrow, and something else with a purple flower, and daylilies about to bloom.  The side garden needs annuals, and we simply haven’t had time to go and get them yet.
In my kitchen…chicken is thawing for a quick curry supper.  Curry is one of my favourite comfort foods.  I have to admit, I usually use a sauce in a jar, as that is easier than putting the spices together myself.
In the homeschool room…we are wrapping up our school year.   Actually we will have had almost two weeks off already, but next week I hope we can mostly wrap things up.
A favourite quote for today…” Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”  Matthew 6:34.  Definitely a reminder not to worry.
A peek into my garden…
One of my favourite things…
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Cross Stitch Collection SAL May Update

We have had three sets of visitors this month. It has been great fun having them but that hasn’t left a lot of time for stitching. Still there may be a wee bit of progress to be seen.

Here is the current project as of today :


Last month :


Looking at this photo does encourage me. I just need to keep plugging away at it.  If only the next project calling me would call loud enough to motivate me to finish, but not so loudly that I would neglect this in favour of starting something new.