Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Our 40~4~40 Has Begun

40~4~40
We had our first adventure on the list. 
What a great time we had! 
Only wished we could have had more of it. 
It seems to be over in the blink of an eye.

I've just added another blog to the Bar above.
Or click the link under the photo above.

I hope you will pop on over and check it out.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Simple Woman's Daybook ~ February

For Today
February 6, 2018
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Looking out my window...
 
The hour before the sun sets, it sends a glow through the patio door.

The "Golden Hour" is probably one of my favorite times of the day. 
I love playing with the natural light.

I am thinking...this wasn't the plan!

Adventure #1 of the list, our first road trip of the year was all planned out.
Then those plans were put on hold.
 A few weeks later, it was back on! 

Just a day after it was all booked, I learned of my Uncles passing.

I am SO thankful...for the many memories, I have of him over his 99 years.

He was General Patton's driver.
He was the uncle who always made you laugh.

He made the best meatballs!

He was our second uncle that made it to 99.

 A few of my favorite things...about him.

The many years I got to spend at the fair. Being in 4-H, I had to be there before and after on most days. In between my activities, I would wander over to the main building where I would find him.

I was blessed to have been able to help him, and my Aunt Evelyn set up the Stornetta Dairy display. He worked for Stornetta's for as long as I can remember. Before that, he was a distributor of Olympia Beer. I've often wondered if that was why we lived on Olympia Court? My aunt is an aging artist who might not remember a lot these days, but she can tell you what pictures she painted around her home. 

Every year he would be in the parade. 
Helping out on the many floats they created was also so much fun. 

He even passed out free, "Stornetta" ice cream, to the kids at the fair.

I am creating...a book (actually it's a binder) for our 40~4~40 Adventures.
Yes, we will still use the GPS, bookmarks, and my list for 95% of the travel. However, hubby likes to read a REAL map. Something about seeing the roads on paper. Everything is in those nifty protective clear page thingys that not only holds the maps but also our reservation confirmations and tickets to the events. I will be able to add brochures, receipts, stubs and other memorabilia along the way.

Basically, it will become its own scrapbook once our adventures are completed.

I am wearing...my Lularoe's!
I have acquired a decent amount of the leggings. They are just so soft and comfortable. 
These are my favorite pair right now. 

I am watching...the hummingbirds enjoying the morning sun.
 I was listening...to Beth Moore. 

Honest Me (part 2).

Do I pray it then work it?
or
Do I pray it then obey it?

1. What's in it for me?
2. Is there a single slice of insincerity?
3. It's time to go face down and face up.

"The making of a more honest me..."

I am reading...directions on how to improve my connection for the "RING" I got for  Christmas. Time to order the WiFi booster.

I am hoping...that the next 2 weeks go as planned. 

We have the opportunity to tour the construction site of ISM (formerly PIR). We'll be supplied with a hard hat and vest as we check out the new improvements to the track since November. 

Hoping to check off #2 of the list.

I am learning...that life at 61 is incredible!

In my kitchen...I have been cleaning out and rearranging the drawers.

It's okay to get a head start on spring cleaning while it's still winter, right!

In my garden...there is still nothing but a big mess.

Nothing has changed in the last month.
My energy is improving but not enough to do such physical labor.
At least I got ALL my hummingbird feeders (6) filled.
I even got the pots around the porch ready for flowers.
We'll see if I make it out to the nursery this weekend,

Something that caught my eye...our commercials.

Have you seen them?

Here are a couple more...

 "Your Whole Home Drinks"

"Of All The Bodies of Water"

Share a Quote...
A moment from one of my days...soccer! 
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Bucket List

See that tab up there on my bar. It's been there a couple years I think. If you ever clicked on it, it said...
Coming Soon.

Soon is now!

When I created that tab, I had no idea it would take this long for me to get what I had in notebooks, files, and folders onto it. It's still missing some picture and a couple years of travels. 

Just like the list, updating it seems to never end, and I'm not done either! They will show up in time.

Click on the tab and see where we hope to be going and where we've been.




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ January

For Today
January 9, 2018
http://thesimplewoman.blogspot.com

Looking out my window...
I see rain! 

Luckily the guys got most of the cleaning up done over the last weekend. 

With the high winter winds that had blown through over the holidays, leaving behind leaves, trigs and whatever else that could land in the yard, they got it done just in time! 



Now we have a branch and more debris to clean up!

It never ends!

I am thinking...this is going to be a good year! 
No, let me correct that, it's going to be a GREAT year!

I am thankful...for the family and friends who are in our lives. 
For a loving God who provides everything!
I am thankful for the FAITH we've held onto during some rocky roads.

That's What Faith Can Do!



One of my favorite things...aren't things at all, they are my children and my grandchildren! 
They are the loves of my life!
God knows!

I am creating...a year of adventures. 
It's quite a list!
We call it, "40-4-40."
40 Adventures for 40 Years of Marriage.
There is a good chance we might end up doing more than 40.
So many things are happening this year.
For us, an adventure can be a gathering around a dinner table.
It can happen while having a flat tire.
It's all about how we look at our situation.
We can make the most of it or drown in the worse of it?
The glass isn't half empty or half full, it's refillable!

That's What Faith Can do!

I am wearing...my P.J.'s still. 

I am watching...this kitty climb the carpet.



 I am listening...to the TV. 
I have no idea what is on, it's just some white noise in the background.

I am reading...and rereading what I type if that counts.
I haven't been able to concentrate on a book in months.
Praying that ends soon.

I am hoping...all the plans we are creating are the plans God has for us as well.
All have been prayed on.
Some might change how we see them, but not how He does.
He knows!
We just follow.

I am learning...Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7) 
Amen!

In my kitchen...We've been playing around with Hello Fresh!



This Figgy Balsamic Pork was delicious!

There are so many different companies now you can buy meals from and are delivered to your door weekly, monthly, bi-monthly.
There are other types of boxes, crates, and bag with subscriptions now.
I am guilty of doing a few others myself.

In my garden...there is nothing but a big mess!
High winds tore the gazebo cover up.
Weeds seem to be happy there, but I'm not.
Praying the spring returns to my feet soo.
Hopefully before Spring!

Something that caught my eye...would be...


https://www.lularoe.com/
Have you tried any of the items they sell?
I'm in love with the leggings!
Comfortable!
Soft!
They come in some cute prints along with solids in beautiful colors.
Then I tried my first Carly.
Fell in love!



Not the best photo's but they do show how comfy they are for lounging, LOL!

Share a Quote...




A moment from one of my days...watching my grandson get Baptized. 


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Good-bye 2017, Hello 2018!

I sure have been gone for quite a while, haven't I!

Sorry about that.

Since August I seem to have accumulated an abundant of drafts that never got published. So many were meant to be updates, explaining what we'd been up to and what had been going on. Typing the words to make sense of it was difficult, so I stop mid-sentence and take a break. Soon an hour becomes a day, a day a week, and onto months. For now, I will keep that part of our journey private. Bits and pieces might find their way into future posts, but for right now they just need to stay safely tucked away.



A number of my drafts were FMF (Five-Minute-Fridays) prompts that never got completed or published, yet the words of those weeks were like neon signs, calling me write with no time limit or fear. So many of those words hit the spot close to my heart, it was very therapeutic, helping me through a maze I found myself in. 

Maybe the New Year will take me back to FMF again. I have missed it.  

You might have noticed I updated my Life-365 Days a Year! Still missed 111 days this year but it was better than the last few years. I would like to become more consistent with that. For right now, taking the photos is the one constant thing in my life that I can have control over. I tend to snap stuff from around the home, to out the window of the car, with many photos allowing me to turn them into something. It's the one thing that doesn't require a lot of focusing, I just keep it set on auto, adjust my view and click. What comes out is what comes out. If only the editing were automatic.

Over these last few months, I did get my new webpage set-up. Yahoo! I still have it set as Under Construction for a bit longer. The many lessons that came with it caused my head to spin. Was it too soon? Am I pushing too hard? Could I be heading down the wrong path? Then some snags developed that I needed to figure out. I just need to take them one at a time and continue to push on. Trial and error, along with one foot in front of the other will surely get me somewhere. It always has.

Eventually, as I become more and more comfortable with writing on Wordpress, Our Journey Through LIFE will be posted there. My goal was to begin the New Year at the new site, but that just wasn't going to happen, not just yet. Soon though, that is my plan and prayers. 


With our 40th Anniversary this year, we have been planning some unique journeys for probably the last 18 months. Our goal is to take 40 adventures of varying types for each year of our 40 years of marriage! It all starts on March 1st in Vegas with the NASCAR races. Our actual anniversary is on March 4, 2018. It means we will be at a 400-mile race, for our 40th anniversary on the 4th! 

I'm excited about the plans that have been made and will remain open to any other possible adventures this year could bring. We've prayed about it for some time and have kept our goals within reach. Nothing too extravagant but all have some type of meaning to us. Some are just day trips, while others are weekends, and a few are a week or two long which will allow for other adventures along the way. 

Our Journey Through LIFE with hubby has always been an adventure!

Be patient and please hang around, I will be sharing it with you. 


I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that the New Year rang in bright and cheerful.







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