A Simple Woman's Day Book

FOR TODAY ~ Thursday 7th November 2013

Outside my window...Although the light is fading now there's still clear patches of blue sky edged with grey rolling  low clouds. We woke to a cold, frosty, crisp, tingly morning with the temperature just below freezing. The field had a white thin blanket of frost covering the wide open space. I know there will be lots of mornings like this and far worse perhaps, but it was beautiful so I stopped to appreciated it. 
The birds were eager to queue up at the bird feeders, some more patient than others. It's beginning to get tough for them out there and it's every bird for himself.
My son put up another bird house on one of the trees in the front garden and within hours from when the hammering stopped, three blue tits were fighting for a viewing. We haven't even advertise it on the market yet!
There's plasterboard and general debris outside which has been thrown from the bathroom window, but I'm not going to mention the alterations in today's post. There's been enough said over the last week I think. I'm already feeling that I'm living in a Grand Design programme and that Kevin McCloud will come walking down my driveway at any minute. 
I heard a pheasant in the front field but unfortunately didn't see him. They can be very shy...but I'm hoping he'll overcome that and come to call. After all there's a five star restaurant waiting for him when he does. 
I saw a dog playing on the outskirts of the woods, friskily trying to find all of the rabbits when suddenly I thought there must be another dog with him....a much bigger dog but then I realised he had flushed out a deer. A young stag in fact. It was fantastic to see it gallop and leap across the field coming straight towards the house. I grabbed my camera and took a few photos. He appeared to be moving in slow motion. It was just so incredible to watch, but I only managed to get one photo in the end that was in focus. It's in a my peek into my day at the end of this post if you want to have a look. 
Well it's totally dark now with just the flickering lights on the other side of the river bank, so I'll move on.

I am thinking...about my 'to do' list that grows like a triffod each day. If only my plants would be so prolific! 

I am thankful...that I can make choices. From simple things...to more complex. What to eat, drink, where to live, spending time with whomever, even down to what to wear. I'm lucky and am truly blessed.  

In the kitchen...there's a Victoria Sponge cake...well half of one actually. I've been busy baking cakes this week due to the builders, slater, sparkie (electrician) and plumber visiting. This is the third cake that I've baked this week...but they've all been well received and seemed to disappear within minutes so at least they are appreciated. 

I am wearing...a black thermal vest, fluffy black jumper, a leopard pashmina, jeans and my Ugg slippers. So we're all cosy here.

I am creating...idea's at the moment. There's no logic to them, but it's good that my creative mind is still active. I did wonder for a while if I had left it somewhere. 

I am going...to see a big West End show soon. I can't wait and no doubt I'll be telling you all about it.

I am wondering...how I ever got started in a morning without listening to the Chris Evan's morning breakfast show on BBC Radio 2. I've never heard anyone so awake and full of beans at such an early hour. I'm a morning person but even I find him incredibly full of energy. It's a good start to the morning. 

I'm reading...Brochures and magazines mainly for ideas on refurbishments, fittings, decor and fixtures. 
I'm also still reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult but only for a few minutes each night before my eyes close...much to my annoyance. 

I am hoping...that I can get back to drawing or painting soon. I really miss it so much. Everything else seems to take priority but I'm going to try to change this. Even if I have to go to a class in order to achieve it.
I am looking forward to...a forthcoming weekend away. It will be great to escape for a few days.

Around the house...
Hmm...I said I wasn't going to mention the renovations in this post, but it's pretty hard to ignore it at the moment. There are dustsheets from the front door right the way through to the top of the house. I don't want to even look in some of the rooms, but I think today and tomorrow should be the worst. Then we'll can start to get organised and work on all the good stuff. Hopefully seeing the plan come to fruition. 

My favourite quote of the day...

One of my favourite things...is my sat nav or should I say satellite navigation system. Although as many of you know, I've lived here before, at times it doesn't feel like it. I've had trouble finding my way around the city and beyond. I've found streets that I have known but didn't know how to find them until I suddenly am driving along. All flying by the seat of my pants really, but not anymore. I'm plugged in and raring to go...

A few plans for the rest of the week: Well the week is almost over as it's now Friday, so I'll let you know the plan for over the weekend. My daughter is coming to stay which is fantastic because we haven't seen her for a few weeks. She's been so busy working lately, it'll be great to have her come to chill and be spoilt by Mum ;D 

A peek into my day...here's the deer that I mentioned above...

 So that's it for this week; I hope you enjoyed your visit to my Daybook. 
Don't forget to pop over to The Simple Woman's Daybook and check out the other day book entries.
 I hope to see you again soon...Have a wonderful weekend.
Have fun and hopefully the sun will shine for you!!!

~ ♥ ~