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Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, March 23rd, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…March 23, 2009

Outside my Window…is incessant drizzle. In the Pacific Northwest, March showers bring April…showers; April showers bring May showers, and May showers often bring a rainy June as well. Of course, all things green and growing love the moisture, so lovely flowers crop up as well.

I am thinking…that I am up too late, but this is one of my favorite posts to do, so here goes.

From the learning rooms…We are busy getting ready for the 6th grade Science Fair at the middle school. There are always a few stragglers who barely squeak in under the wire. I wish them well!

I am thankful for…daughter Kayla being done with college classes until Spring Quarter. She has been working incredible hours, so we are looking forward to spending more time with her.

From the kitchen…I made some 100% beef homemade hamburgers with all the fixings tonight, much to my husband’s pleasure. He’s about had his fill of my pseudo-meat concoctions.

I am wearing…something neat but boring. School attire.

I am reading…The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook. I’m on Chapter 3 just now, and am learning about the importance of enzymes in the diet.

I am hoping…we can afford to get some major work done on our Suzuki Grand Vitara. First come the property taxes, then the car repairs. I’m also hoping to get my hair styled when our ship comes in.

I am creating…a healthier diet for my family by banishing the 3Ps from the kitchen: Processed, Packaged and Prepared foods (page 80 of The Life Force Diet). It may be difficult to totally banish them. We’ll see.

I am hearing…the click of the doggie’s toenails as she climbs the wooden stairs. This sound means she is going to lie down in our bedroom, which means it’s time for bed.

Around the house…the children are all asleep. Yawn!

One of my favorite things…is helping kids at the Middle School. There’s never a dull moment!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…too many appointments, in fact every day is booked. This evening, youngest son Seth and I enjoyed the Middle School Band Concert. I think the Seventh Grade Band was the best. The sixth graders did quite well, though, and the high point of the eighth grade performance was their drum corps routine. Bravo!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


Grandson Diederick can now open doors. Watch out world! I’m sure his momma will keep a good eye on him. He showed me his new skill when his daddy brought over some homemade soup to some of us ‘sickies’ last week.

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Watch a Dogster Video Before Bed to Relax

Monday, January 26th, 2009

One of my grandson Diederick’s favorite relaxing routines before bed is watching dog videos on Dogster. Here’s one that we watched together tonight. I think it’s his favorite so far; after a bit he was shouting commands to the doggie along with the owner:

Photostory Friday – SNOW!

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Certain members of our family have really been enjoying our unusually chilly, snowy weather.

For one thing, we have the TIME to enjoy the snow, since the children have been out of school since December 18th.

For another thing, my husband enjoys using what we have on hand to create new playthings. Viola! We now own a homemade toboggan, which has made many runs down the steep slopes of the abandoned gravel pit down our road.

For yet another thing, our two-and-a-half year old grandson LOVES the snow. Those of us who aren’t too wild about the cold white stuff get a lot of enjoyment from seeing him have fun, and from looking at the cute pics his mommy takes of him.

That’s my story. SNOW. We have it. We have had it for two or so weeks. The children wish it would just keep falling.


Here is my husband with his newly-crafted toboggan.













Do you see the bald eagle? We have so many of them around here. And, OOPS, I just realized that I didn’t post any pictures of our grandson in the snow. I’ll do that tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

In Town, December 24th

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008


Rick and I headed into Everson yesterday to mail off some bills before the post office closed.


The roads were a little slippery, but not as bad as we thought they would be.


This is the creek (actually it’s Sumas River – but it’s creek-sized) at the bottom of our road.


Grandson Diederick is looking outside longingly at the old doggie and the snow. We don’t have a snow suit for the little feller. He’s just getting over a cold, too.

Puppy Love

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Our dog Lassie is eleven years old. She spends most of her days snoozing in or near my husband’s office while he works. Up until recently, the high point of her day has been going on her evening walk, and greeting our family members as they come home from school and sports activities.

About a month ago, our daughter and son-in-law and their two children came to stay for us for a while. Lassie has found a new meaning in life. It’s true that the old doggie is still quiet, but she is quiet by our 4-month old granddaughter, Carly. It’s puppy love for sure, since Lassie seems to feel responsible for Carly, and is never far from her.

Sing a Song of Fishies

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

The writing prompt this week at One Single Impression is MELODY, suggested by Barb at WillThink4Wine. The poetic form which Barb employed is called TANKA, and is written as follows:

  1. Line 1: 5 syllables
  2. Line 2: 7 syllables
  3. Line 3: 5 syllables
  4. Line 4: 7 syllables
  5. Line 5: 7 syllables

I’m going to give Tanka a try as well, using the prompt, MELODY:

We think it’s funny

How much Dad loves his fishpond.

Takes umpteen photos

Spring, summer, autumn, winter;

Our laughter, a melody.

Kitty ‘Kus

Friday, June 27th, 2008

My husband says the text doesn’t show up properly, so here it is, without the picture:

Happiness, cat-style:
Warm earth, shady spot to nap:
Life is good; relax!

Bonny Boy is the cat-equivalent of a lovable mutt. He is so affectionate and laid back. I have never observed him being rough with anyone, even our two-year old grandson. I wrote a sonnet about Bonny Boy here.

I’m not your kitten;
You are my human, my slave.
Do my will, or else!

Gigi, however, is another story. If I don’t immediately respond to his “Meouw!”, by following him upstairs to the particular food and water bowls which he desires to have refilled, he will bite my leg, or leap up the back of my chair to claw my neck. Being the well-trained cat owner that I am, I quickly do his bidding, or grab him quickly and place him outside before he can hurt me. 😛

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

Deeder and Lucy Cat

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This big, old kitty, who weighs close to 25 pounds (about the same weight as our grandson, pictured here), is very choosy about who may pat her. For some reason, she is quite fond of Diederick, who has been here visiting us for a week. When she sees him outside, she comes strolling right up to him for some affection. The other cats, wisely, steer clear of the little boy.

I applied special effects to this photo at the picnik site. 🙂

Thursday 13 – Thoughts on a Visit

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This is the last day of our son-in-law’s (and grandson’s) visit with us. Tonight they catch a flight back to Vermont. It has been a busy, special time, for which I am oh-so-thankful. For today’s Thursday 13, I’m choosing to list thirteen things about this visit:

  • Yesterday we had a very scary time of Diederick running a temperature of 102 degrees. The poor little guy was so uncomfortable. We called home to Laura, who called his pediatrician, who said a temp can be a sign not only of sickness, but of such things also as stress or the little one fighting off an impending asthma attack. We remain mystified as to the underlying cause of the fever, but this morning Deeder is chattering away, cool again, eating and drinking normally, so I’m happy about that.
  • Deeder has become fast friends with our dog Lassie. He is comfortable with her, loves stroking her fur, and enjoys putting her paws in his lap while sitting beside her. Here are some photos of the little guy in action.
  • Diederick would like to be friends with our cats, who wisely steer clear of him. The other day he grabbed Bonny Boy’s tail (tightly). Thankfully, the cat was able to make a quick escape, and didn’t try to scratch the little boy.
  • As a comfort when he was feeling poorly, Diederick requested to view pictures of cows on Google Images. He especially enjoyed a picture of a baby wearing a cow outfit. If you’re interested (I am.), the outfit is available here.
  • Diederick is also enamored with trucks. He has had the pleasure of watching various tractors drive by on our road. Life would be better for him if a parade of heavy equipment would proceed up our hill.
  • Darren had a lot of fun taking Diederick to Edaleen Dairy in Lynden, WA where Deeder admired the cows from a safe distance. Darren worked on his uncle’s farm in North Dakota at one time, so he also has quite a high opinion of that dairy animal.
  • Darren investigated the job market during this visit. We would be exceeding pleased, of course, if it is feasible for Darren, Laura and children to move closer to us.
  • Diederick became comfortable with his uncles and aunts. He is especially amused with Seth, who gives him Sethosaurus rides.
  • I read somewhere that a sense of humor is a sign of intelligence, so I am of the opinion that Deeder is an intelligent little guy. He’s not quite two years old, and finds many things, especially slap-stick situations, to be intensely amusing.
  • My daughter Laura is a much braver, flexible-minded person than I am. I would not have consented to be separated for one week from any of the children when they were two years old.
  • I have learned that Diederick is of a resilient personality. Though he spent a good deal of time looking for his mommy (Very sad; please do not cry when you read this, Laura.), he was still able to eat and drink and be amused with people and pets here. Thankfully, he gets to travel home to his mommy tonight.
  • I spent a lot less time on the computer with an active two-year old in the house.
  • I found that I still love holding and comforting a child. I also still display the annoying Momma Bear trait of growling at anyone who says, “Ah, there’s nothing wrong with that child!” Though I am of a gramma age, I still have a ways to go as far as maturity is concerned, I’m afraid.

Deeder Loves Animals

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

We’re still enjoying a visit from our son-in-law and our little grandson. Diederick “Deeder” is almost two years old, and has already decided that he’s an animal-lovin’ kind of guy. Here are some pics of the little dude in action:

Deeder plopped down by Lassie and pulled her paw into his lap. Lassie puts up with it, but sighs unhappily. She is so gentle with the little boy. 🙂

Lucy is a huge old crotchety cat who won’t let many people touch her, but she LOVES Deeder!

Diederick is acting totally nonchalant here, as if he doesn’t know that he deliberately sat down on Lassie. I wonder if that’s his way of trying to distract or fool her? In any event, she stayed very still while Deeder enjoyed sitting on her. 🙂

Yesterday, Darren took his young son to see some cows and enjoy some locally made ice cream at Edaleen Dairy in Lynden, Washington.