Thursday, February 8, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook February Edition

Participating in the Simple Woman's Daybook for February
hosted by Peggy Hostetler 

For Today
February 8, 2018

Looking out my window... 
This afternoon

I am thinking... maybe that flu shot I got a few months ago actually works. 

I am thankful... my six year old grandson does not have the flu. His mom and dad took him to the ER when he spiked a 104 temperature and nothing was making it go down. Turns out he has strep. But no sore throat.

One of my favorite things... is working and playing with Photoshop (Elements) whenever I get the chance. 

I am creating... rather hope to create works of art with the Apple pencil I got for my birthday. I downloaded the Procreate app on my iPad Pro and have been experimenting with that a bit with the pencil. 

I am reading... the New Testament using a one-year reading plan.
Also reading various daily devotionals:
One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp
The Red Letter Words of Jesus by Jack Countryman
The Story - 365 Devotional
Not A Fan Daily Devotional by Kyle Idleman
Also reading Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman
On my fiction shelf, both physical and digital, are a stack of books I hope to get to ASAP.
Getting ready to start reading Into The Water by Paula Hawkins--a birthday gift from niece Sarah

I'm watching... The new season of The X-Files, but looks like most of the shows we do watch are on hold until after the Olympics

I'm listening to... tunes on my iPod whenever I'm alone in the car

I am hoping... that I along with my loved ones will escape the dreaded flu

I am learning... how to use the Procreate app. It is similar to Photoshop. There's a learning curve. Going to take some time to figure it out so I can have some fun with it.

In my kitchen... nothing cooking--we had Subway for supper tonight. But here's a slow cooker soup recipe that I make now and then that's really good:

2   cans condensed creamy chicken mushroom soup
2   cans chicken broth
2   12.5 oz. cans Chunk Chicken Breast (with Rib Meat in Water, Fully Cooked--I use Wal-Mart Great Value Brand)
1    9-to-10 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables 
1    tsp. seasoned pepper or garlic-pepper seasoning (I use the garlic pepper)
1 and 1/2 cups dried egg noodles (these are added after soup is cooked--see directions)(I use Mueller's Hearty Homestyle Egg Noodles)

In a slow cooker, gradually stir in the 2 cans of chicken broth into the condensed soup. Stir or whisk until smooth. 
Stir in chicken (I use a fork and chunk it up in the can first--don't drain), vegetables, and seasoned pepper.

Cover. Cook on low heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.

If using low-heat setting, turn to high-setting. Stir in noodles. Cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes more until
noodles are just tender.

Once the soup is cooked, I turn off the cooker, stir the soup,  and let it sit (without the lid usually) so the soup can thicken. 
It's better when it's thickened a bit. 
You can also substitute 10 oz. frozen broccoli for the mixed vegetable. (I've never tried it but might be good)

In the school room... sickness (flu/strep) keeping kids home

Board room... from my Pinterest board Inspirational

Post Script... a neat shop on Etsy:
Photography, Home Decor, Jewelry, Gifts
Photo art by Maren Misner

Shared Quote... 

A moment from my day... 
I'm never there. However, I have started riding my stationary bike again. Yay me.

Closing Notes...


If you enjoyed reading my daybook and would like to create one of your own, HERE is the link to the format, guidelines and complete list of prompts.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour." - John Boswel

January 1 ~ Wolf Moon ~The first Full Moon of the year is named after howling wolves. In some cultures, it was known as Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule.
January 4 ~ Emoji Me ~ a fitting representation of the weather here in my neck of the woods so far this year/winter
January 4 ~ Handyman Hubby Neil ~ I'm always thankful he knows how to do things around the house ~ We've had crazy electrical malfunctions lately, starting with our brand new ceiling fan that suddenly stopped working ~ trying to figure out why was quite the adventure ~ Long story short, he successfully rerouted a wire that made the fan work again ~ Now if he can just get the ceiling light in an upstairs bedroom to work again ... these two problems are weirdly related ... all part of the agony and the ecstasy of owning an old old house 
January 5 ~ Our gas fireplace has had a workout this month ~ we'd freeze to death without it ~ something else to be grateful for
January 5 ~ Doves on deck
January 5 ~ Ice cream with Peeps at the Lazy Cow Creamery ~ from left: grandson Knox, hubby Neil, daughter Kelly, grandson Elijah, and granddaughter Shelby
January 5 ~ Kelly and Snapchat strike again!
January 8 ~ Knox's favorite perch when he's here at the house, doing his favorite thing (watching videos on You Tube, usually Minecraft related)
January 8 ~ Knox is learning how to play Gin Rummy (with a little help from Granny every now and then)
January 10 ~ January has boasted some spectacular sunsets ~ seems like the sunsets in cold weather are always the most vivid
January 11 ~ Old Glory waving in a brisk southerly wind 
January 11 ~ Knox got a new bike for Christmas ~ he finally got to give it a test drive with a little help from his dad Kerry and a set of training wheels
He did pretty well but the extra set of wheels came in handy
Dad shows him how it's done
January 11 ~ Knox and Shelby playing Go Fish ~ this photo was taken with the Gudak app which mimics those disposable cameras of yore ~ it randomly adds filters which can give the pictures a vintage look
January 13 ~ a dusting of snow 
January 13 ~ Room with a view (of the neighbor's snowy roof) ~ I've been spending some time in the upstairs rooms and the attic trying to get rid of the stuff clogging these spaces ~ it's going to take a while ...
January 13 ~ Neil and phone ~ took this one with the Gudak app ~ gives him that vintage look, yes? (That might not be a special photo filter on second thought)
January 13 ~ Gudak strikes again ~ I love pumpkins ~ bought these last Fall ~ I keep them until they start to get mushy ~ sometimes they'll last until the next Fall
January 13 ~ a moody western sky on a cold afternoon
January 14 ~ I borrowed this selfie my son-in-law Jerry took of his son Elijah and Hobi, their Bluetick Coonhound ~ love this picture!
January 16 ~ Crow's feet ~ he was out there with his friends burrowing in the snow looking for food
January 16 ~ Cardinals appear when angels are near according to folklore ~ I think they like the snow ~ and I know they appreciate the sunflower seeds when the feeder is full
January 16 ~ Kelly's hubby Kerry noticed these amazing snowflakes in her hair during a wintertime family photo shoot 
January 16 ~ Woodpecker on the feeder ~ seems like an awkward way to eat
January 16 ~ Bluejay is no dummy ~ he takes advantage of the seed in the feeder the squirrels conveniently knocked to the ground ... again
January 16 ~ loved watching the snow fall ... snowed all day ...

So. Cold.
January 20 ~ this was probably the most beautiful day all month ... the sky ...
... the sunlight ...
... enjoyed being outside taking gratuitous selfies ...
... couldn't stop taking pics of the gorgeous sky ...
... nothing like a winter sky
January 21 ~ going to Sunday evening worship service
painted in Waterlogue app
Waterlogue app
Waterlogue app 
January 24 ~ filtered through Distressed FX app ~ I love playing with photo filters

January 27 ~ Grandpeeps Elijah and Shelby stayed overnight with us this past weekend while their mom and dad celebrated their wedding anniversary ...

Steak n Shake is one of their favorites ~ enjoyed hanging out with them and watching scary zombie movies
January 30 ~ 
Can't get over how red this cardinal is ~ a welcome pop of color in bleak January
January 30 ~ one more spectacular winter sunset

 January 31 ~ The month ends the same way it began ... with an awesome full moon ~ this blurry picture doesn't even come close to doing it justice ~ I didn't get to witness the Super Full Blue Blood Moon in the wee hours of this morning ~ maybe you were one of the lucky ones who got to see this "lunar trifecta"
"Today's lunar eclipse was the first to coincide with a Blue Moon – a second full moon in one month – in North America in over 150 years. It was also the second "supermoon" of 2018, with the moon appearing slightly bigger and brighter than usual due to its closeness to Earth. And to top it off, the supermoon passed through Earth's shadow this morning, casting a reddish hue on the lunar surface for more than 4 hours."
Pretty amazing, God's creation. It boggles my tiny mind.

"The sun came out,
And the snowman cried.
His tears ran down
on every side.
His tears ran down
Till the spot was cleared.
He cried so hard
That he disappeared."
-  Margaret Hillert, January Thaw