The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 3, 2015

Outside my window . . . it is a bright, flawless day filled with hope, opportunities, and activities.

I am thinking . . . about how long it has been since I published new material here. More than five years during which my life changed in virtually every way imaginable.

I am thankful for . . . every aspect of my life experience. I live a life of gratitude.

I am wearing . . . business attire because it is Monday morning and I am going to begin my workday momentarily.

I am remembering . . . the events that caused me to establish this site more than eight years ago. They are a distant memory, no longer relevant as experiences that inform who I am today.

I am going . . . out of town for business, as I do nearly every week.

I am currently reading . . . “Change of Heart” by Jodi Picoult.

I am hoping . . . that the new content I am planning to publish here finds a receptive, generous, supportive, and appreciative audience.

On my mind . . . are all the topics I want to write about, as time permits.

Noticing that . . . the crepe myrtle tree blooming in my backyard has scattered small k blossoms all over my patio, but they are such a vibrant shade of pink I am actually disappointed to realize that the gardener will be here shortly and he will blow them all away.

Pondering these words . . . “I’m quirky, silly, blunt, and broken. My days are sometimes too dark, and my nights are sometimes too long. I often trip over my own insecurities. I require attention, long for passion, and wish to be desired. I use music to speak when words fail me, even though words are as important to me as the air I breathe. I love hard and with all that I have . . . and even with my faults, I am worth loving.” (Danu Grayson) It is an apt description of me at this point in my life.

Around the house . . . it is quiet, clean, orderly. As I love and need it to be.

One of my favorite things . . . is spending time with family as I did yesterday.

A photo I am sharing today: I snapped this photo from the rear of the seventh deck while on a cruise a couple of years ago. I was fascinated watching the wake the ship left as it sped over the water. Looking into the distance, I saw only water and the horizon in every direction as I stood alone on that deck. The feeling was a combination of exhilaration and terror. It was so beautiful and peaceful, yet unsettling to contemplate how utterly alone we all are. It seemed appropriate for today as I consider the life events and changes that kept me from adding new content to this site, and anticipate writing here again.

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Speaking of Angels (Volume Fifteen)

“Angels assuage our grief, stop us being fearful, and limit our unhappiness. They reassure us that no matter what happens to us, we are always loved, guided, and protected.”

~~ Ambika Wauters, The Angelic Year ~~

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Speaking of Angels (Volume Fourteen)

“Most people never have the opportunity to see an angel, or simply do not look well enough to see them walking among us. This, however, does not mean they don’t exist. Me, I’m one of the lucky few; not only have I seen an angel, I call her my best friend.”

~~ Lori Corkum ~~

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Speaking of Angels (Volume Thirteen)

“Angels answer questions emanating from the depths of our souls, even those hidden inside us yet to be asked.”

~~ Karen Goldman, Angel Voices ~~

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Speaking of Angels (Volume Twelve)

“We are one another’s angels.”

~~ Nevada Barr ~~

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Speaking of Angels (Volume Eleven)

“For what is it that angels do? They bring us good news. They open our eyes to moments of wonder, to lovely possibilities, to exemplary people, to the idea that God is here in our midst. They lift our hearts and give us wings.”

~~ Joan Wester Anderson, Where Angels Walk ~~

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 5, 2010

Outside my window . . . the sun is shining brightly which is a delightful change from the heavy rains we received earlier in the week. I am looking at the beautiful flowers that are blooming in my yard, including red roses. They are stunning.

I am thinking . . . about what a lovely day it is. The lawns, leaves on the trees, and hillsides are a vibrant green from all of the recent rain. I am seeing the world in technicolor!

I am thankful for . . . a day off from work which I am using to complete household chores like laundry and shopping for groceries.

I am wearing . . . shorts and a big, baggy, comfortable sweatshirt. I have several doors and windows open, even though it is only about 60 degrees outside. The weather is too lovely, the air too cool and refreshing to miss this opportunity to get some fresh air into the house. It has been closed up with the furnace churning away for several months now.

I am remembering . . . how much, as a child, I loved these days when we were poised on the precipice of spring. I vividly recall the joy of being able to remain outside playing ball, riding bikes, and generally having fun with my neighborhood pals as the weather warmed and the days gradually grew longer.

I am going . . . to remain at home for the remainder of the day, savoring this beautiful, peaceful, yet productive day.

I am currently reading . . . a wide variety of blogs.

I am hoping . . . that this gorgeous weather holds through the weekend. Let it rain again when it’s time to return to work!

On my mind . . . are the various tasks that I want to complete today so that I can sleep well tonight with a solid sense of accomplish.

Noticing that . . . the trees across the street from my house are loaded with lovely pink blossoms, a few of which gently float through the air each time a car passes by.

Pondering these words . . . “Carve quiet spaces in your life and in the silence you will hear the angels.” (Kathryn Schein)

From the kitchen . . . no smells are emanating yet. The dishes are clean and still in the dishwasher. The counters and stovetop are spotless. I am going to cook dinner later, so all is ready.

Around the house . . . every room is flooded with light and fresh air. It is delightful.

One of my favorite things . . . is spending a day off just as I am this one.

A photo I am sharing today:

This beautiful photo screams "Spring is coming! The earth is coming alive again!" to me.

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Speaking of Angels (Volume Ten)

“Since God and angels exist to manifest and serve him, then what angels do is to reveal, prove, and display God’s love.”

~~ Charlie W. Shedd, Brush of an Angel’s Wing ~~

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