Monday, September 15, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Simple Woman Daybook

FOR TODAY - Monday, September 15, 2008

Outside My Window. . .the trees appear tired and weary with the burden of their leaves. Near the crown, the foliage has a slight tinge of gold. Soon, the ground will be littered with the castoffs and the barren branches will sigh with relief.

I am thinking...that I had better get busy and winterize my yard before the cold weather decides to settle in. It is a chore that I dread, but one that is necessary.

I am thankful ability to find things to occupy my hands and mind. I am thankful that I can use my talents to create things for people in need. So many of people claim to be "bored," but I think they are just boring.

From the kitchen...rows of gleaming, mason jars are waiting to be stowed in a box for Christmas gifts. Twelve pints are filled with apricot jam. Seven quarts contain crab apple and plum juice for making future batches of jelly. I love capturing the taste of summer to be enjoyed in the dead of winter.

I am wearing...some ugly knee-high compression stockings. My body is retaining too much fluid, and they help to reduce the swelling in my legs.

I am creating...a pair of socks. I inherited the yarn and the finished ribbed cuff of one sock from a friend who decided she doesn't like to knit socks. The yarn is soft and is striping nicely, but I understand why she did not like to knit with it: the stitches slide too easily off the needles.

I am lunch with two old friends tomorrow. We try to meet at least once a month to chat and to stay connected.

I am reading...The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Actually, I am listening to the book on CD's while I knit.

I am hoping...the leaders we elect in November will bring Americans together.

I am hearing...the steady ticking of the clock, hanging on the wall. It is comforting.

Around the house...are piles of books and magazines and papers. I need to try to bring order to the chaos.

One of my favorite things...chocolate.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: a dental appointment for a routine cleaning, knitting night at the public library, lunch with old friends, finish the support group newsletter and send it to the members.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Learn all you can about your ancestors and share that knowledge with your children.

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  1. Nancy, I loved reading your Daybook entry! Your "outside my window" sounded like an opening paragraph to a very good book, one I'd like to read. You are a gifted writer!

    I love the old pictures. I wish I'd had more of an interest in family history before my grandparents died.

    I also love what you had to say about those who are bored, that was priceless! ;-Þ

  2. You are such an engaging writer!@ ir eally enjoyed your daybook! I am into my genealogy, also. I love your photos!

  3. I was just discussing with my husband the other day how I never feel bored at this time in my life. There is always something to do and when there isn't, I'm grateful for the break.


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