Monday, February 25, 2013

Beautiful Moon & An Elevator

Tonight the moon is more beautiful than I have seen it look in awhile...
I think the moon is always beautiful.  It seems to be most lovely on dreamy, Southern summer nights, but tonight it is even prettier than that, the type of moon you wish someone would lasso for you.
For about half an hour, it was absolutely huge!  It seemed so, so close to us, and even though it isn't quite as big now that it's later in the evening, it is still unique because it is so clear and bright and clouds a shade of midnight blue surround it.

The moon isn't the only thing that is unique about this day...
Today was a little bit different from the days we have had lately as far as the weather goes- we have had these incredibly strong gusts of wind all day!  I mean strong!  Strong enough to somehow cause the power to go out.  While out and about today, I was walking through a breezeway (which is a good name for it, haha), and the winds were so strong against me that I could barely walk.  All day, it has felt like the wind was going to pick me up and whisk me away!

...Although it doesn't have much to do with the moon or the weather, today I had an experience that was a reminder of being thankful I thought I would share also.  Most days, I don't really talk to too many people.  It isn't something I consciously do at all.  I love people, and even though I am shy, I always want to be friendly.  Even if it's just saying hello to someone I pass in the grocery store.  But most days I don't actually have a conversation- even a short one- with anyone but my family and maybe a few people in my art class when I'm there just because I don't get the chance...
but today I had a conversation with someone in an elevator.  I find something so wonderful about conversations like that with people you come across randomly throughout the day, but this wasn't just an ordinary conversation.  I was actually on my way home for the day, and I had to ride the elevator down.  I pushed the button to go down, and when the elevator doors opened for me to get in I noticed a boy about my age inside.  He was in a wheelchair.  He said hi to me and I said hi back, and he asked me what floor I was going to.  I told him, and then he started talking about how much he didn't like elevators and that started a little conversation.  I replied that I really don't like getting on elevators either.  Then he replied, sort of laughingly, "Welcome to my world."  And at the time, I laughed with him, just as the elevator doors opened to my floor and I walked away and told him to have a good rest of the day. ... Even though our talk in the elevator was so brief, it was nice.  He was very polite and friendly and when I got to thinking about what he said, it left an impression on me.  I was sharing how I was sort of afraid of elevators too, yet I have the option to take the stairs.  He felt like I did, but he didn't have a choice.  He will never get to take the stairs.
Maybe I'm just one of those people that is effected or moved easily by what others would not read into, but it was a reminder of how thankful I should be to having working legs.
At times when I start to take the simple gifts in life for granted, I am always thankful for reminders like this boy gave me.

I am thankful for the legs God gave me, a blessed day, and the gift of being able to look outside and see that beautiful moon! 

Have a wonderful evening!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook: Friday in February

Outside my window...
It has just gotten dark and all I see is the branches of the trees out back against the night sky.
I am thinking...
about how happy (and thankful) I am that Friday is here!  I am looking forward to some free time this weekend.
I am thankful...
for simple things I am appreciating today, like writing letters, and feeling the chill in the air this morning.
In the kitchen...
a chicken is roasting in the oven, smelling wonderful.
I am wearing...
a comfy, cotton purple shirt and my favorite jeans.
I am creating...
a plan for my weekend art project.
I am going...
for a second helping of cookies n' cream ice cream! haha, I can't help it.  I had forgotten how good it is.
I am reading...
I am hoping...
to do a little crocheting after dinner :)
I am looking forward to...
hopefully a slow, easy-going weekend.
I am learning...
how much a quote or scripture of meaning can influence your attitude and your day.
I am pondering...
just how much I love to laugh.  Laughter really makes life worth living.
A favorite quote for today...
Or actually a favorite movie line, from a truly beautiful and classic film, "It's a Wonderful Life".
"What is it you want Mary?  What do you want?  You want the moon?  Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.  Hey.  That's a pretty good idea.  I'll give you the moon, Mary".
One of my favorite things...
When after a long time of quiet, the house is suddenly full of noises of life and laughter.
A peek into my day...
A beautiful decoration of tulips for the Spring that is inspiring me!  With all this non-wintry weather here in the South, it might as well be Spring... so I'm already getting excited for Spring to be here, and having fun looking for ideas!  Are you excited for Spring?
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Thankyou for reading my daybook thoughts for today.
Have a beautiful weekend!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Market Days and A Lovely Weekend!

This month feels like it is going by so fast!  Here we are in another brand new week after a weekend that went by just as quickly... I hope your weekend was lovely!!

On Saturday my family and I had such a fun day.  For the rest of the weekend we were busy, but I always feel so blessed to have a day to be relaxed and free amongst the busy-ness. . .
We drove to one of our favorite little towns I have written about before, but this time was different because they were having their monthly market days! 

It was so neat, white booths set up in the center of the town with all types of things for sale and even things to test.... salsa, barbeque, jewelry, hand-made clothes, works of carpentry, and everything you can imagine.  They even had a booth where you could let your dog play in a pin with other dogs and let them get a snack. 
We had such a great time walking through the maze of booths set up with the neatest creations laid out by the merchants.

One of the first we walked up to after parking was a jewelry booth (there was so much beautiful jewelry everywhere!)... the lady running it had such unique and beautiful things, like butterfly wings encased as pendants.  Aren't all those colors amazing?
Probably the most interesting pieces she was selling were a variety of these flower necklaces.  They were made out of real flowers!!  She was saying that she put some type of soy lacquer or encasing on them and she dipped them in that to harden and preserve them then makes jewelry from them.  How neat.  I was in awe, and especially in love with that peach colored blossom.

Aside from crafts and foods, we saw a lot of plants and potted flowers for sale.  I had to take at least one photograph of these beautiful flowers... I believe these were bougainvilleas.  God's colors are so amazing.

After walking around the area where the market days event was going on, we just walked around the town and enjoyed the beauty like we always enjoy doing when we drive down there... the weather felt so good.  Although I've missed having true winter or snow, I enjoyed the cool breeze that felt so wonderful as we walked along.  Just like a Spring day.

I'm in love with the trees like this one, scattered through the town, giving shade on sunny days.

A neat landmark in the town, one of the first buildings built there, the founder's business I believe.

And the best part of every trip, our favorite outdoor restaurant.  We set on a level we never have before.  I can't think of a more calming, relaxing, gorgeous place to eat lunch :)

I took a photo of the menu to share for fun because the way they describe some of the meals makes me laugh... but most of the time they're true, like for what I ordered, hehe.   But trust me, it's the best Turkey sandwich you'll ever eat. 

 Sweet tea with lemon and chips and salsa under the trees.  Doesn't get much more heavenly than that.

Except coming home that night and making this strawberry and mousse white cake.  It was sooo good, and especially when a few pieces were cut out it made me think of the Fourth of July.

I sure am thankful for such a lovely Saturday this past weekend!

How was your weekend?!

Blessings and a wonderful day to you!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

...go where you can hear a wooden screen door slam shut.

Do you ever have those days where you wake up knowing that you are going to have to do something or work on something you would rather not?  You would rather be doing anything else, be anywhere but here.

Today is one of those days for me.  I have to work on a pretty tedious project/assignment that is going to take me all day and then some and I am not looking forward to it.  Of course, much worse things could be happening and I am thankful for the blessing of being given this day of life at all, but even when an obligation or something like it is not necessarily awful it can still be hard to get through it... usually I start daydreaming instead.

Right now I'm thinking of how I can't wait for this weekend... we are supposed to spend an entire day taking a trip to another town for some fun and relaxation.
I am also thinking that if I had it my way, I would be baking up a scrumptious cake right now, or going out and enjoying the weather on a walk or a bike ride down the road.  I'm sure Lucie would appreciate that, too.
And perhaps most of all, at times like this I think there is a part in all of us that would really rather just do something free, like relax in a hammock, or lay in the grass and look up at the sky, or go swimming (which you can probably do right now in this part of the South, right in the middle of February)...
All these thoughts are running through my head right now, reminding me of how the best life is the life where you work hard but still enjoy a good deal of laid back, easy-going days with the ones you cherish most.

Which reminds me of a pinterest Southern photo I saw awhile back and loved.  It is simple, but represents a heaven on earth to me, with a front porch and a few simple words.
I remember this and always go back to it, even if only in my mind, when I feel stressed or am busy and overwhelmed.

If you're having a long day (or even if you aren't), do you want to virtually travel to this front porch with me??  We can make good use of those rockin' chairs and watch the world go by, listen to the breeze through the trees and relax our minds.  And don't forget to bring the sweet tea!

Have a beautiful day!

Blessings :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Crochet & Biscuits

I have a couple of things to share today that have absolutely nothing to do with each other... that is of course unless you eat one while doing the other ;)

Crochet and biscuits!

First, the crochet... I am so excited because yesterday afternoon we "had" to make a trip to Hobby Lobby and after being inspired by craftbooks and different blogs, including a blog I really enjoy with absolutely beautiful creations, I decided to pick up a little yarn and crochet hook and try my hand at it!

The color I picked out to start is called "Light periwinkle" I believe, but reminds me of a pretty shade of cornflower blue.  It took me a few minutes, but I got the feel of the hook and I made my first chain-stitch which I guess is the first step to learning!  My Mama was able to teach me how to hold it and start out because she remembered being taught a few basics of crocheting from her aunts when she was a little girl.  Later this evening when I get everything done for the day, I hope to sit down with some tea or cocoa and my yarn and try to learn more of the stitches.

Now for the biscuits!!  It just struck me, but I can't believe that I have never shared a biscuit recipe before!  We went out to dinner the other day and had the most amazing biscuits, and the next night we wished that we had some of them with our dinner at home because they were so good... so I decided to try to make a batch that was similar.  I thumbed through my Southern Recipes book and found this recipe, making one change: adding cheese.  And might I say my family and I all thought that these turned out better than the restaurant biscuits!  These are to die for and literally took less than 5 minutes to mix up and get in the oven.
Buttercup Biscuits
2 sticks butter, softened
1 8ounce container sour cream
2 cups self-rising flour
(and if you want cheese biscuits, add
a 1/2 cup of grated cheddar to mix)
Blend butter and sour cream until creamy. Add flour. Mix.
Drop teaspoon-size balls of dough into muffin pans.
Bake 30-35 minutes. 350 degrees.
*I cut the recipe in half and it made around 10 larger
size biscuits, to give a measure of yield*
Enjoy some of the best biscuits you'll ever put in your mouth,
especially considering they only use 3 ingredients!
I am planning on making these again to add to our supper for tonight and I'm glad, because after writing out that recipe I have quite a craving for them.
Thankyou for reading.
Blessings to you!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Pearls and Crafts on Sunday

It is hard to believe that we are already half a week into February!!  I can't believe it's the second month of the year already, I feel like we were just buying turkeys!

I hope you are having a wonderful month so far though, and a great start to the week.  This past weekend passed in a flash, but was lovely.  I enjoyed the entire weekend, but it was actually in the last few hours that I did something really enjoyable and fun.  Crafting!  Jewelry making, in particular.

Sometimes we pull out our beads and cord and all our jewelry things in our big bead-holder... a.k.a an old egg carton... and will just sit in the dining room when we get free time and see what we put together.  It's so much fun if you love making jewelry or crafts... just sitting down with nothing but a million possibilities and your imagination to put together something beautiful!
This can get a little crazy though, when you start getting ideas and want to pull out everything you've got...
The table starts out looking like this.

And ends up looking like this.

Although I did start a few things out of the spontaneity and fun that I'm going to work on later this week, the one thing I ended up finishing was a simple string of pearls. 

Southern girls love our pearls :)
I love these because they are a brighter, creamier shade of pearl than any I have ever owned.  I can't wait to wear them for the first time this week.   

Making jewelry yesterday evening was nice and relaxing.  And having a "crafting snack", Raisinettes, in the middle of the table for sustenance while we worked wasn't too bad either ;)  That was our Super Bowl party, at least in that part of the house, haha.

How was your weekend?

Have a blessed night!!

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