Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook- July 26th 2011

Every once in a while, I stumble across a fellow blogger's gratitude list, and I've thought "Oh how, neat, I should really start doing this too!"  But for whatever reason, I never have.....I also never realized that these gratitude lists were part of a blog hop hosted by The Simple Woman's Daybook blog by Peggy .  I bought the book "Simple Abundance", by Sarah Breathnach YEARS ago, and I still have it out where I can flip through it daily (actually, it's in the loo...;))  It's one of those books that no matter what page I open it to, the writing is always relevant to where I am currently in my life.  WONDERFUL book.  Anyhow, I digress.  One of the exercises the book recommends is a  daily gratitude list of 5 things you're grateful for.  I got out of the habit a while ago, but it's something I've missed.  For now, the first step I'll take to getting back to it is to join the Simple Woman's Daybook blog hop.  So, here I go;

Outside my window...I hear the morning birds calling, see the garden blooming and neighbors on their morning walks.

I am thinking...that I love looking forward to each new season- I am truly ready for Autumn!

I am thankful...that school begins next week- time to get back on a real schedule!

In the kitchen...There is fresh coffee- soon there will be bagels and cream cheese.....

I am wearing...My Betty Boop pj's, a grey tank top and my glasses

I am creating...a painting of a butterfly, a portrait of a chocolate lab, a journal page for July and lots more ideas are swirling in my head......

I am stay home and paint today

I am wondering...what I should paint next- too many ideas, too little time

I am reading..."What's Nest on my List" by Jill Smolinski

I am hoping...that I won't have a hard time breaking my habit of smoking in a couple of weeks

I am looking forward to...receiving the next Traveling Sketchbook- it's always like Christmas!

I am hearing...the washing machine, a kitten purring, Blue Jays and Towhees calling

Around the house...All is quiet, because I'm only one up!

I am pondering...what color the last zinnia should be in my painting......

One of my favorite things...Weekend barbecues with family and friends

A few plans for the rest of the week: I'm hosting a paint party for 10 second graders- super excited about this!, finishing my painting, hanging out with my kids, grilling with the family, and buying school supplies

Here are some pictures for thought I am sharing...
Spiderman stopping for a little refreshment

One of the snaps I took for last weeks IA challenge: "Wings"- Does anyone know what kind of bug this is?

Mojo enjoying the sunshine- I can't believe how big she has gotten!


Kim Mailhot said...

Hi Stephanie ! I have been doing the Simple Woman's Daybook periodically for a couple of years now. I LOVE THE little vision of our daily life it gives to others and how it makes me pause an apprecate those simple things even more.
I can't believe school is starting there ! Yikers ! We are still three weeks away here in NH.
Happy painting and preparing !
Cheers, Lovely One !

Tammy said...

What a pleasant bit to read this morning. Ilovea glimpse into your day. Thank you for sharing it with us. I think I may stop by that blog and see what it's all about. I too have Simple Abundance. It is insightful and helps keep me grounded when life gets hectic.
I cannot believe school is starting already! What?? Enjoy your last week of "summer vacation".

Shelinwa said...

Hey Stephanie I loved coming to your blog with my first sip of coffee this morning. I too love seeing into your morning. I do a list of 5 things just about every day. I have a bible study group that has a private facebook group that we all go in thier and list our 5 for the day and it is a good safe place. I am gonna go and look at that sight and even look up that book. We are cutting cable today. I think it will be a good thing ...but... criminal minds and HGTV are not on netflix LOL.
Have a good day!!

craftattack said...

I think I must try to get hold of that book! Thanks for sharing those lovely photos! Hugs, Valerie

Regina said...

You are truly blessed. So many wonderful things in your daily life. Thank you letting us have a glimpse into your world. You are an inspiration!!


LuLu Kellogg said...

LOVED seeing the kitties!!!

I have so much to be thankful for and know how much I am truly blessed.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never heard of Simple Abundance or the Simple Woman's Daybook. It was fun taking a peek into your daily routine. I'm not that structured right now. For some reason, just forcing myself into my basement studio is a chore, so not something I truly want to write about. Loved reading about yours though.

Jo Murray said...

We should all be thankful that we have such creative lives... and this great network for sharing. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

amy said...

Hey. I love your cats. Yikes! I love cats!
I enjoy reading the 'thankful' posts. So many of us nag and complain (me) on our blogs, that i always feel super tickled and happy to see a nice one. (hehe, you have a book in your bathroom) What else? Beats me how to answer you directly, but the witch picture on my blog is a different one. I guess i'm taken with writing silence and witch on the lately. I'm a weirdy.
Anyway - i too am Super ready for autumn. Ugh. It's hot. LIke Global warming is totally Real hot.

Be well, hot stuff.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay Stephanie..such a beautiful post...thanks for sharing yur wonderful inspirations. Gorgoeus lovely! Thanks for visiting me too and adding your mega-sparkle! Have a happy day and wkd head!

Theresa said...

Morning Stephanie:) I'm grateful that I can visit your lovely blog! Thanks for sharing all & Cheers to you too!