Monday, January 04, 2010

Simple Woman #70

For Today . . . January 4, 2010 (my first entry for this year!)

Outside my window . . . the weather has moderated a bit,  -15 degrees C today - still chilly but the kids at school had fun playing outside, the snow is deep - yesterday I sank in over the tops of my snowmobile boots while putting some compost into the garden area.  The forecast is for moderating and -5 by the weekend.  

I am thankful . . . for a new year - full of new possibilities and opportunities, full of God's goodness and gifts.

And I also am thankful . . .  for an early morning phone call to sub today!  And by the end of the day, 3 more days of subbing were booked :)) 

I am praying . . .  for my nephew as he begins his last semester of mechanical engineering at university.  I know the workload will be heavy and I pray he will have stamina and energy, the knowledge he needs and the confidence to tackle each day and the tasks that need to be completed that day.  

I am thinking . . .  about doing a monthly layout for January.  I am really excited to be doing Project 12 with Heather, Roslyn and other talented scrapbookers.  

I am creating . . . still have the January 1st entry to do in my December Daily album and then I can show it to you!  Hopefully that will happen later this week :)

I am celebrating . . . Bob's birthday on the 7th - it's a big one ending in 9!

From the kitchen . . . Turkey Vegetable Stirfry over Brown Rice, Rhubarb Fluff and Lemon-Ginger Tea.

I am wearing . . . brown cords, white long sleeved tshirt and a brown vest - a typical winter work outfit for me.

I am reading . . . Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman, still - trying to finish it to return to the library later this week.  I sure wouldn't have picked this book on my own!

I am hoping . . .  to host a little birthday gathering some time this week.

I am hearing . . . Highly Favoured by Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and the Watoto Children's Choir (from the Compassion Art album).  This is an amazing song!  Go here to preview the album - and then go and find one to add to your collection.  

Around the house and yard . . .we still have the Christmas tree up - it never comes down before Bob's birthday (which is also Ukrainian Christmas - a big celebration in our community).    And there are some snow drifts on the driveway - there was a big windstorm here on New Year's Day and Bob had to shovel a path open so we could get out.

One of my favourite things . . . going to the deep freeze and getting out fruit and vegetables that I put away last summer.  Today it was rhubarb - and I also found a container of chili from a few months ago so Wednesday's supper is on deck.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .  2 more days of subbing, a birthday to celebrate, 2 birthday cards to make and send, small group Bible study and some pyjamas to sew.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing . .  . Silas helped me open a gift on New Year's Day and Jonathan captured this moment.  I love his surprise!  He is so into opening gifts and loves to rip the paper off - it's so cute!  By the time he was done here, there were shreds of brown packing paper all over.  He took handfuls of the stuff and let it drift down all around him.  What good times we have had with our grandchildren in the past year!!


  1. Love the expression on Silas's face! I'm sure Christmas this year was more fun than ever with all those little ones.
    It sounds like your new year is off to a great start with work, play and family. Enjoy the birthday festivities and give Dad a big hug and kiss from the three of us. We'll be there to celebrate next year. ;)

  2. Awesome picture!!! I am going to do that project 12 too!! Thanks for emailing it to me!! I'm so in!

  3. I love these Simple Woman lists! I think that will be a goal in the New Year to try and do one of these lists--perhaps more than one, but we'll keep it simple! :o) Great picture of Silas too!