A Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY ~ Tuesday 10th July 2012

Outside my window...unfortunately it's dark(ish) still. I can't quite make out what the sky has planned for the day, at the moment...the trees are dark silhouettes against the sky . I suspect it's going to be a damp day because there doesn't appear to be any colour to anything. If I look towards the garden path I can see it's wet and remember that at 3.30am this morning, I heard the gentle pitter patter of rain. 
Spring definitely came to call over the last two days, which was wonderful...so we know its approaching and hopefully will stay soon. 
There's the sound of the magpies...they're still chorkling...nothing stops them. There's also the screechy call of the whattlebird, which is a large, noisy honeyeater. We have a cheeky one who visits late every afternoon. He dive bombs our pool for his evening bathtime! I love birds visiting, but feel slightly put out when I've just spent two hours cleaning it. But we share this planet. :D
Other than that it's pretty quiet and still...waiting for the day to begin.
I am thinking...oh don't even go there...it's frightening even for me, plus I don't think you'd have the time!  


I am thankful...for heat and light being readily available whenever we need it. Many in the world don't have that luxury. I'm grateful I do.


In the kitchen...no goodies today. I haven't baked for so long. Really what have I been up to??? They'll be mutiny I tell yey...Oooh Ahhh Captain Sparrow :D (whoops...sorry I apologise ~ I have no idea where that came from! See aren't you glad I didn't complete the question about what I'm thinking about....it's scary let me tell you!


I am wearing...I'm still in bed...so mind you're own business! ;D

I am creating...today I'm hoping to try and doodle another design. It's already drafted up and I had hoped to get to it earlier. I've not done any drawing since last Thursday, so I'm feeling a little techy. Nothing that a few hours drawing can't solve though.

I am going...to try and organise something for my OH's birthday. It's tomorrow! Eek! 
Unfortunately, what I had in mind hasn't worked out. All the tickets are sold out ~ I'll not say for what because I'm wait listed and you never know by some miracle I may get lucky. 


I am wondering...where all the missing socks go to? Here's Robert Arthur Miller poem...he also mulls over this conundrum....
My missing socks
There's something in life that I'd like to know, 
where in the world does that missing sock go.  
You have them all when they go in with the clothes, 
but where they end up no one really knows.  
When it's time for folding when the dryer is done, 
you look for a match but can only find one.  
You look in the dryer you spin it around, 
but still there is no missing socks found.
Is there a sock monster
what does he do,
and what is the reason
he takes one and not two.

I'm reading...The Seamstress by María Dueñas. I'm now half way through this book, so thankfully I think I should be on track for our August book club meeting. My reading seems to be taking a back seat just now, but it's a good read so far....


Maria Duenas' million copy best-selling tale of adventure, tragedy, love and war, "The Seamstress". Spain, on the brink of civil war, 1936. In love for the first time, Sira Quiroga leaves Madrid, along with everything she knows and cares about, to run away to Tangiers, Morocco with her lover Ramiro. She entrusts him with all her inheritance only to be left by him - pregnant, penniless and in trouble with the authorities. At her lowest ebb Sira falls back on the one skill she possesses: sewing. Moving to Tetouan, Sira survives by sewing beautiful clothes for the English mistress of one of the most powerful men in Morocco and for her German friends. As the women unguardedly gossip about their husbands and lovers, Sira is placed in a position very valuable to the British secret service, and she is soon forced to move to Madrid where great danger lies. A grand and epic story that tells the story of Spain's civil war, Madrid in the Second World War and reveals a world of war, glamour, espionage and passion. "A wonderful novel with intrigue, love, mystery and tender, audacious and clean-cut characters". (Mario Vargas Llosa). "A magnificent novel that flawlessly brings together history and intrigue". (Juan Gomez-Jurado, author of "The Moses Expedition"). Maria Duenas holds a PhD in English Philology and is currently a professor at the University of Murcia. She has also taught at American universities, is the author of several academic articles, and has participated in various educational, cultural and editorial projects. She is currently writing her second novel.
 
I am hoping...that everyone who is supposed to be in their summer season, actually gets to feel it before their autumn arrives. I'm hearing so many horrific tales about the wet weather, no sunshine, floods etc that I hope things settle down and everyone gets to experience some of summer's delights.
I am looking forward to...possibly a snowy white Christmas deep within a woodland setting, with the log fire burning, beautiful food wafting from the kitchen, laughter and my beloved family around me sharing all the delights Christmas can unfold. 
 
Around the house...I'm trying not to look at my chaise longe here in the bedroom that looks like it will surely tipp over if I put another item of clothing over the end. That's the trouble with Melbourne weather....layers are always needed but no more so than when the season's are about to change. There's thick fleeces, jumpers, t-shirts and numerous trackies and jeans....all in various states of being worn. It's one of life's dilemma's don't you think....when you have clothes that are not clean but not dirty enough to wash....what do you do with your's? Mine obviously gravitate to the chair and wait.
  
A favourite quote for today...'A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty' ~ Winston Churchill



One of my favourite things...Is breakfast...so I'm away to start the day!
 
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... Well it was a peek into Sunday if I'm truthful. Warning....look away any vegetarians. I have to confess that we are 'meatatarians' in this house.
This was Sunday lunch although the Lamb Shanks took four hours to marinade and two to cook, so as you can see by the candlelight...hardly lunch. I was going to write a post (I may still) about the recipe because it was delicious. I just snapped this photo because I was trying to keep the hungry hounds at bay...my OH and son were drooling at this stage. 



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Have a fabulous week and hopefully the sun will shine where you are : D