Monday, January 12, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook: 12th January

For Monday 12th January

Outside My Window ... half light showing a wet, rainy morning. Temperatures rose yesterday and last week's snow and ice has melted.

I am thinking ... what colour to paint the living room (and hall, stairs and landing as our living room is open plan). Too many shades of creamy-beige neutrals to choose from.

From the learning rooms ... Angel did an online careers questionnaire at school last week. It suggested dancer, gym coach, PE teacher, physiotherapist and a few other health-related careers. All of which she has already considered and dismissed for some reason or other.

I am thankful for ... the opportunity to do some much needed work on our house this year.

From the kitchen ... banana shakes for breakfast; shipwreck stew for dinner; lemon cake to bake.

I am wearing ... blue jeans, blue hooded tops, blue hand knitted socks, beaten metal disc necklace.

I am creating ... pink, stripy socks.

I am going ... to try again with the Weight Watchers online points tracker. Last week it crashed on me and I gave up in disgust. Only five days free trial left!

I am reading ... 40 books for the 4 x 10 Book Challenge. Still haven't finished compiling my reading list, though.

I am hoping ... it stops raining as I want to walk to Homebase and buy some paint testers.

I am hearing ... Little Cherub talking to her toys.

Around the house ... cleaning to do. I have cooking, shopping and laundry pretty much cracked, but cleaning is my bugbear.

One of my favorite things ... watching Little Cherub with Angel and Star - her "big girls".

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week ... term time routine for the girls - school, dance and gym all in full swing; parents' meeting about a school summer trip Star is hoping to go on; tapas with Tevye on Friday evening.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing ... my new mug

Check out The Simple Woman for links to other Daybooks and instructions if you want to do one of your own.


Chez Nous said...

I love your mug! Wherever did you find it? I, too, had problems with Weight Watchers online and sent my error message to customer service. They said they were just overwhelmed this week and I can imagine - the line at the meeting I went to on Wednesday was out the door! It's that "everyone has a New Year's resolution to lose weight" time.

I found a great way to tget my daily dose of olive oil. I know you can roast vegetables with it, or saute with it, but this way is even more delicious. I minced some garlic and placed it in a small shallow dish, added a dash of dried Italian seasoning (if you can't find this, send me an e-mail and I'd be happy to send you some), a bit of salt and freshly-grown pepper and then stirred it around a bit. Voila! an instant dipping sauce for some crusty bread. I used a 2-point chunk of multi-grain bread and it was delicious. You could probably make it ahead and let the flavors infuse for a little bit.

Have a great week,

Anonymous said...

Very cool mug. Thanks for sharing your daybook.

Jerralea said...

I enjoyed your daybook. Your mug is totally awesome!

What is shipwreck stew? Sounds interesting!

Margaret in Minnesota said...

I love that mug! I'd buy it but then I'd have to change the name of my blog. :)

Jennifer said...

I think you've mentioned that beaten metal necklace before, it must be a favorite! :) And hand knit socks? Seriously? That is awesome! Were they difficult? I've never tackled socks before.

Jennifer said...

I think you've mentioned that beaten metal necklace before, it must be a favorite! :) And hand knit socks? Seriously? That is awesome! Were they difficult? I've never tackled socks before.

The Bookworm said...

Jennifer ... the necklace is nothing special, but is one of two I have that go particularly well with V-necks. The other is a mother of pearl disc. I wear one or the other more days than not.

Hand knit socks are easier than you would think. Once you get used to knitting in the round they are very straightforward. If you can knit and do simple ribbing for the top, you can do socks.

The Bookworm said...

Jerralea ... here is the recipe for shipwreck stew. It makes a very simple and tasty crockpot dinner.

The Bookworm said...

Pamela, thanks for the tip about the olive oil. I'm glad it wasn't just me that couldn't get the WW site to work properly. I'm doing better this week :).

I'm putting up a separate post about the mug.