Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today...

Outside my window... It's bright and sunny and the trees are full of waiting buds. I have a cherry and a quince tree out there, and if the weather stays kind, any day now they will be full of blossoms.

I am thinking... That I am blessed to have this beautiful room to work and play in, and that I am doubly blessed to have a loving, supporting husband who helped make it all possible.

From the learning rooms... I need to start my lessons, but we've spent the past week deep-cleaning everything, from the garage out, so everything has been put on hold.

I am thankful for... A chance to deep-clean everything, all the space left behind, and for being healed enough to let go of the clutter in my life.

From the kitchen... Yesterday was my birthday, so my husband made me tiramasu, entirely from scratch. Total yum! Here in a little bit I'll go make the weekly batch of granola.

I am wearing... A denim jumper, black tunic, a green calico apron, yellow headband, and my usual around the house shoes

I am reading... Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac, for the 18th Century Romance Novel group on Ravely. It's also counting toward my 52 books in 52 weeks group total.

I am hoping... That is doesn't snow on the valley floor in the next few days. As much as we need it on the mountains, it's a dangerous time of year for the fruit trees.

I am creating...The first embroidered square for the Geeks Cottage Tea Cup Quilt. Ten embroidered teacups with flowers, set with pastel calico trims, interspersed with pastel calico nine-patch blocks (unless I decide to try something else),two paper pieced teapots, and 5 more embroidered blocks with sci-fi quotes about tea. "Computer: Tea, Earl Gray, Hot." The blocks are the Tea Party series by Crabapple Hill Studio, the first block I'm working on is Linda. The paper pieced teapot can be found here.

I am hearing... Songs from the Labrynth by Sting. It's gentle and lovely to hear.

Around the house... We got the sewing room organied, at least the first pass. Now I have a stack of things to put in my binders, three teddy bears to sew up for the hospital, and a pile of scraps to cut up for a charm quilt, all of which was unearthed from my closet.

One of my favorite things... is all of the wonderful light in this room, streaming in through the lace curtains. Just lovely.

A few plans for the rest of the week... More waymarking...Some medical tests on belated birthday breakfast on Tuesday...finishing organizing the kitchen cabinets.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Three, actually. All three are from Jackson and Perkins. Now I just have to decide which I want for my birthday.:

The Perfect Moment hybrid tea rose

The Diana, Princess of Wales rose

The Peace rose

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