A Simple Woman's Day Book for April 19, 2013

A Simple Woman's Day Book for April 19, 2013

Outside my window... it is sunny and blue skies again.  It keeps going back and forth from sun to snow to sun to snow.  I am fine with the moisture, but I'd really prefer rain showers to snow showers at this point.  But, that's a Montana spring for ya...

I am thinking....there is too much to do and never enough time to do it in.  I guess that's okay, but I am having a hard time deciding on priorities.

I am thankful for...Matt.  I know he's been in this category before, but I really, really am thankful for him.  Especially since my arthritis has been so inflamed this past week and as a result I've been both weepier and grumpier than normal--and he just takes it as it comes and waits on me when I'm in no mood to getup and encourages me to go walking which he knows helps and rubs my back when I wake up all stiff and on and on.  He's the best.

From the kitchen... we had eggplant daiyasan for dinner (and then I had it again for lunch) when we spotted 3 eggplants in the $1 Grab Bag section at the Natural Grocer.  I love that $1 bin.  I mean, really three organic eggplants for $1.  That is crazy.  I don't even bother looking at the produce section until I have checked there first.  We've gotten all sorts of great deals.  I don't know what was "wrong" with these eggplants.  They were superb.

I am wearing... a new dress I got at a clothes swap we had on Monday.  I'm calling it my prairie dress because that is what it reminds me of.  It is long and full and floral...and has pockets!

I am creating... a tie and its not going well.  I am surprised, too.  I thought it would be a piece of cake.  Oh well, my dad will just have to love it with all its flaws.  It was his birthday on Monday and he'll be passing through town today so that I can give it to him.

I am going... to have a sewing/crafting weekend with my mother next weekend.  I am really looking forward to her visit.  I always learn so much from working with her and we have a really nice time together.  I wonder what I should work on...

I am reading...three books at the moment.  The Mammoth Hunters by Jean Auel which is part of the Earth's Children series.  The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood which I've read oh, probably three or four times before, but that I find disturbingly awesome.  The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA's Portrait of Food in Pre-WWII America by Mark Kurlansky which is a bit dense, but very, very interesting.

On my mind... is reading, reading, reading.  See, I decided to read the Earth's Children series by Jean Auel.  I can remember my mom reading it when I was a young girl.  I had read the first book, The Clan of the Cave Bear, once, but that was where I stopped.  So, now I am trying to read them all.  I own them...I figure I might as well read them if they are going to be taking up space on my shelves.  And now I am hooked and all I want to do is read, read, read.  Its hard to make myself stop to go to bed or because my lunch break is over.  I'm really enjoying it.  I am on the third book with three more to go.  This is why I don't read series books very often...too much of a time investment because they have a tendency to hook me and make me want to finish as soon as possible.
Around the house... things are finally getting back to the way I like them.  I had a house guest for a week and allowed myself to get lax in my picking up, washing dishes, doing laundry routine.  It was great to have her stay though...worth a little chaos to pick up afterwards.  That said, I still haven't stripped the guest bed yet even though its been vacant since Monday.

One of my favorite things... watching birds go about their incredible little lives.  We watched a downy woodpecker moving about on the thinnest of branches in search of food yesterday.  He was very sharp looking--his bright red head in brilliant contrast to his black and white body.  We stared up into the tree until our necks were aching and the little thing flew away.

A few plans for the rest of the week... meeting with Derek tonight so he can pick out some new tie-dyes, Matt's compost talk tomorrow at the community garden, a benefit film showing of Chasing Ice Saturday evening,  working Sunday evening, and hopefully some time in between all that for birding at Riverfront Park (I heard there were snow goose sightings) and maybe a little sewing.

A small window into my life...
The wee downy woodpecker who brought delight to my day yesterday as I strolled through the neighborhood with Matt.
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  1. Nice picture. The downy woodpecker is one of my favorite birds, and they frequently visit my yard. I hope your arthritis has subsided. You have a nice blog. Cheers!

    1. Thanks! They sure are neat-o to watch aren't they?! And this time of year they look even more crisp and striking, I think. I am feeling quite a bit better--thanks for the well wishes. Really looking forward to the walk home in the sunshine today. Thanks for popping by and saying hi! I hope you have a wonderful day!


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