A Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY ~ Friday 25th May 2012 

Outside my window...
Even before I opened my eyes this morning I heard the cars swishing past...we're in for a wet one today. I think the sun is having a duvet day. It's still quite dark outside as I type, so thankfully I know where the keys are and don't need to put on a lamp in order to see. For one reason the blinds are open and I don't want to frighten anyone walking past...I'm still in my bed....shocking I know. 
The trees with being soaked in rain have such an intense colour from deep greens to burgundy, reds, oranges and yellow. Some branches are bare now due to a fairly windy day earlier this week. I do love to see all the colours but I'm beginning to tire of collecting the leaves when they fall into the pool, garden or onto the patio! I can't see or hear any birds which is unusual. Perhaps they are having a duvet day too?
There’s a brightly patterned umbrella rushing passing. All else is still.
I am thinking...there's going to be one damp pooch after our walk this morning. Mufftypup is so low to the ground it's impossible to keep her undercarriage dry. If you want to see what she looks like after a wet walk just click here. But she knows the routine by now though...once walked it's straight into the sink for her foot bath with a belly rub included on such mornings. Thankfully like a lot of females she likes a manicure/pedicure pamper...it's just the cold wet feet afterwards that she's not too keen on. Normally there's a mad dash about the house as she tries to dry them but thankfully the she also loves the hairdryer. Hey, I've told you before she's a diva! She has standards ^..^

I am thankful...for all my senses. 
My eyes that enable me to see my family, so many wonderful things nature shows us, to read, to be able to draw, paint or to make, cook or bake.....this is just the tip of the iceberg... I can't imagine how devastating it would be to lose my eyesight.
My ears that I can hear my daughter talking on the phone from across the world, or my son ask when dinners ready. My OH's voice is so familiar it's almost as familiar as my own, it fits very comfortably and the sound of the door handle turning calling out they're greeting when they arrive home. The birds singing, the wind howling when I'm safe inside, rain pitterpatting, the waves hitting the shore, music, church bells....the list could go on and on....
Smell....mmm...fresh bread or baking, freshly cut grass, crisp cotton linen freshly washed and dried outside.
My son's bathroom wafting downstairs when he's about to go out, my new shampoo, Christmas, and here's a strange one...mufftypup's paws! Yep odd I know but there you are...I'm just odd!
Taste...now where do I start...obviously chocolate! My cup of tea especially that first one in the morning, fresh toothpaste, my OH's kiss (here we go again ~ odd), a good glass of Shiraz, apple juice (just to balance it out) iced water on a hot day, spices and herbs, victory V lozengers (but apparently they aren't made in the UK anymore) blueberries....I'd better stop here because we could be here until Christmas...oh sticky toffee pudding (a Christmas treat)...enough!
Touch again the list could be endless but maybe I'll leave this one for you to complete because if you're still reading this...it could get very weird. 
But there you have it...my senses. I'd hate to be without any one of them, so I'm grateful to have all five and hope I keep them for a long time.

In the kitchen...there are masses of milk in the fridge. With my son being away this week it just seems to be stacking up. I'll be making up a batch of  crepe mixture which will be perfect for over the weekend. I purchased a bunch of protea flowers yesterday so they are sitting looking pretty in my large white jug vase.
I bought them ready to accompany my protea card, which I was hoping to photograph today but with the light being poor and the bouncing camera  (yep I dropped it again) I'm not sure that's do-able?

I am wearing...a duvet! I'm thinking of joining the sun and birds in a duvet day ;D

I am creating...I'm still working on my notelets. I visited the printers again yesterday so have quite a collection done. Now all I need is the cello wrappers ~ I need to source today. Also I need to photograph them all for my new Etsy shop. So everything is moving forward but just not finished yet. I think today will be a drawing day...still so many designs in my head wanting to escape onto paper. I'm not sure the light will be good enough for my poor eyes...zentangles can be quite a challenge for the eyes at anytime.

I am going...I'm not too sure as I think I may have the dreaded lurgy lurking in the depths of my chesticles! There's a cough arrived uninvited overnight which doesn't sound too healthy. Maybe I'll be going to the Doctors?

I am wondering...if I'll ever visit the Chelsea Flower Show? It's on my list so you never know. Never say never eh? 
I am reading...'Mr Wroe's Virgins' by Jane Rogers (I started to read it but it's for the next book club meeting so I better allocate some serious reading time soon ~ eek!) 
My reading seems to have taken a back seat since I started drawing...well there's only so many hours in the day. If only I didn't need to sleep I could fit in so much more!

I am hoping...that I can set up my Etsy shop soon and have my art launched out in the big scary world. If I manage to sell anything I hope they go to good homes ;D

I am looking forward to...last time I wrote my journal I mentioned I was waiting for news of a new baby's arrival...still waiting I'm afraid! I'm also arranging my blog's first freebie 'giveaway' in the next week or so...so watch this space as they say.

Around the house...A snoozy dog is snuggled up, snoring gently as she dreams no doubt about a juicy piece of chicken. She's oblivious to the wet weather but that won't stop her once she wakes, she'll still want her walk. There's the customary chair with yesterdays clothes flung over it...doesn't every bedroom have one? A sparkling kitchen floor that will have pawprints and footprints all over it soon no doubt!
A favourite quote for today... Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

One of my favourite things...Whilst I'm cosy inside the house, listening and watching the rain outside. Although if I'm wearing the right gear sometimes I do enjoy walking in it. It's a good job I don't mind I suppose...having to walk a dog in any weather. I still haven't tired of seeing rain...which must still be from my time living in the Middle East and missing it so much.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Work, rest and play but not necessarily in that order : D
A peek into my day... I spotted this just at the side of the house yesterday morning. Hmm...see another drawing coming on :D

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Have fun : D