Monday, July 21, 2008

Simple Woman's Daybook


For Today...

Outside my Window...

It is a beautiful sunny day here in Denver. It is July so it is hot.


I am thinking...

about Sweetheart and missing him.


I am thankful for...

such a blessed life. Though the events of this summer have not been what I would have chosen, He is faithful.

From the kitchen...

I tried to fix my runny jam via these instructions. We'll see how they turn out! I am enjoying my leftovers for lunch today from this Pioneer Woman Cooks recipe. It will probably be dinner as well! Last night I blanched and peeled the half bushel of tomatoes. They FILLED this bowl up completely. I'll make them into tomato sauce as time allows and will try out my pressure canner for the first time. Hope it doesn't blow!!! (I'll be waiting to try it out AFTER the boys are in bed tonight just to be safe.)

I am creating...

a huge mess in the kitchen! I've run the dishwasher WAY too many times this week with all the canning stuff.

I am going...

to need to run out and get a few groceries including lemon juice for the tomato sauces. We'll go after naps when it will hopefully be a bit cooler out.

I am wearing...

a long black skirt, a white tank, and my apron of the day with my hair in a barrette. I am barefoot, wishing I was still pregnant, and hanging out in the kitchen as usual.

I am reading...

Mrs. Sharp's Traditions: Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations Of Comfort & Joy, Ball's Blue Book of Preserving, and West From Home, a collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder's letters to Almanzo during a trip she took to San Fransisco to visit their daughter, Rose.

I am hoping...

to get all those tomatoes canned!

I am hearing...

the London Symphony Orchestra play Franz Schubert's Entracte No. 3 from Rosamunde.

Around the house...

are jars--lots of jars!!!!

One of my favorite things...

is red gingham fabric. Random, I know, but there are little touches of it all over the kitchen including the little quote book I received from Quill Cottage's Art Swap. It was made by Nancy. It is adorable and I will post pictures once I have a camera. I bought some more gingham so that I can dress up the jars I'm canning once they're done. I also picked up some ticking with roses and a pretty beige and rose calico as well. Just trying to make the everyday a little more special.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...

I have Bunco with my dear, sweet friends tomorrow night. I was sick last month so I am really looking forward to seeing them all. (Thanks Mom for babysitting!) Sweetheart returns on Thursday. Otherwise, our calendar is W-I-D-E open. Wanna get together? :)

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Alas, no camera this week. If you click on the Mrs. Sharp's link you can look inside the book at the wonderful illustrations and pages. I love this book!

Hop on over here for more Daybooks. (I think this wins the award for most links I've ever put in one post!)

6 comments:

Shan said...

Dearest,

Oh, how I love my Mrs. Sharp's Traditions!! I will give my daughter a copy for Christmas...shhhhh. It is such a lovely book for inspiring us to make everyday special.

I too have had the never set-up jam situation and was able to re-process. It sounds like you have done the same and it will hopefully come out alright...if not, strawberry topping for ice cream!!

Isn't it hot?! I have been praying for a little rain...just a little, as it is sooo dry out here on the farm.

Well, I too am going to get busy and can a few things, so I best get to all of my jars!

Yours ever so kindredly,
Shan
Honey Hill Farm

Amy said...

I love bunco, too. Check out my website devoted to bunco. It has lots of free stuff and party ideas. Suggestions for improvement welcome.:) Thanks!

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

I'm so with you on the red gingham fabric! It always makes me smile...

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing your day Kimberly - I enjoy Mrs. Sharp also, and have been making a mess in our kitchen too! It must be that time of year!

topaztook said...

I love both of those books!

Flower said...

I just walked through my house and thought, "I need some help" because there are jars, from canning, sitting everywhere. And the baby has been here...joy...but I hadn't gotten around to picking up...and we have had company this week. The laundry is needing to be done...guess I better get to doing something! :))
Have a good Sunday!

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