Sunday, December 2, 2012

ONWARD: December's Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman's Daybook is a project started by Peggy Hostetler. Get hooked up to participate at
Outside my window...It is chilly and dark.  The quiet is broken by a steady stream of traffic going back and forth between two small towns.
For today...I am resting as well as getting the paperwork and clothes ready for about three errands or appointments that need completion by tomorrow.
I am thinking...of many friends and relatives and the individual struggles and choices they are going through now.
I am a co-worker named Lori who thought of me by giving me some bags full of clothes she was no longer wearing.  Sometimes just even a few items can make such a positive change in your wardrobe and outlook.
In the is still simple items such as bananas, eggs,and sandwiches.
I am wearing casual clothes...however if I was wearing pajama's i wouldn't say it. Pajamas and robes make me think of unwashed, musty bodies...not being ready for the day...sorry...
I am creating...a plan for conscious choices I want to make.
I am have to push myself a lot harder then my current speed to achieve the goals I have been thinking of. Say the word PROCRASTINATION anyone?!
I am wondering...about future blog posts. I consider this as an encouragement blog for myself and others and not therefore just being all about myself. 
I am reading...lot and lots of blogs. I am learning so much about blogging! For example, I have come across National Novel Writing Month (which is abbreviated something like Na No Wri Mo).  This is a project where in the month of November, people can sign up for the challenge of writing a novel in only 30 days.  I would like to participate next year! Na No Wri Mo sounds like a definite plan to help people get those novels and stories written without the luxury of procrastinating!
I am hoping...that the people and leaders of the United States of America will be able to work together to find and implement the needed solutions to a better economy. I believe that it is possible. 
I am looking forward to...all the new things I will learn each day as I study and research on my own as well as learning a lot from other people I meet in the course of daily life.
I am learning...that people should not be arrogant or think themselves better then others but should realize instead that some circumstances are a matter of just being plain fortunate.
Around the house...things are fairly plain and simple.  Nothing too fancy...but then I don't have any furniture payments either! I believe furniture exists for the comfort of people and not to show off. 
I am pondering this picture from National that shows hand prints of cavemen on a cave wall. Let's call it the original social media "wall". Humans love to express themselves and to communicate and that is why Humans adore the Internet.  And even after all these centuries our basic lives are not much different then the prehistoric cavemen who sought the most important things of food, shelter, and love.
A favorite quote for today...are words from a song..."and Grace will lead us home..."
One of my favorite things...are older people like my 89 year old grandmother who has worked so hard her whole life. She doesn't know how to use the Internet but she does know how to cook a feast, how to cater a party, how to decorate a home, how to sew, how to have a garden, how to can vegetables and make jam.  She is still using many of these artistic capabilities at the age of 89 and recently decorated a 3 tiered cake for my parents 50th anniversary celebration.  I wish I could say that I could do as much as her!
A few plans for the rest of the week...involve getting a very short list of Christmas Cards and thank you notes out.
 A peek into my day...this small picture of the angel figurines on a corner hutch.
Merry Christmas to all as well as Happy Holidays.
Sources:,, and the quote is from the hymn "Amazing Grace" which is not written by me! Picture of figurines is mine.


  1. Amazing Grace is a wonderful song, isn't it? We were able to listen to a audio book of John Newton last year and learn about his life and the background of the song. It was quite fascinating!

  2. We had some neighbors well into their 80s and they were so busy and active - they could run circles around us - lol. I found them so inspirational :) Have a wonderful week.

  3. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. I am now following you so looking forward to more posts. I agree with you on so many of the things you wrote. My furniture is all old, mostly hand-me-downs or yard sale finds we have had for years, but still sturdy, servicable and PAID FOR! You mentioned that hand-me-down clothes...I remember once years ago when somewhen gave me a bag of hand-me-downs for my then little children and I was so grateful and excited about it. Little things can mean so much! Enjoy your weekend and keep posting...I'll be reading!

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit Seaside Simplicity. The Simple woman's daybook can be so inspiring - along with meeting new friends who are also an inspiration! So nice to "meet" you. I will be your newest follower :)

  5. Hi Jennifer, Amazing Grace is one of favorite hymns...but I guess it is a favorite to anyone who loves hymns.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and letting me know you were there.

    Have a very happy new year.

    Judy in MS

  6. Oh procrastination gets the better of me sometimes too. I wish I knew you grandmother, I would love to learn how to can veggies, make jam and have a garden. The internet has a lot of information but it's not as good as learning from someone like your grandmother.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment and visit my blog.

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope one day I can be like your grandmother. Mine were both pretty special and I miss them.

  8. Wow,your grandmother is blessed to be able to do all those things at her age.
    I agree a few new to us pieces of clothes can make a big difference in our wardrobes.