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Simple Woman’s Daybook: Getting Things Done and Goldie

FOR TODAY…NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Outside my window…

Horizontal rain gusting—yes, gusting—through the air, manically waving spruce trees, the mournful sound of the buoy in the distance…Typical Kodiak weather in the fall.

 

I am thinking…

My tutoring and my writing and my workouts, and my volunteering need to work together.

Somehow.

Not doing so well with balance right now.

 

I am thankful…

For some online tools that will help me find that balance.

Above that, Friends

Above that, Family

Above all: The open arms of Jesus, no matter how out-of-balance I am.

 

In the kitchen…

A bunch of dirty dishes…see my “thinking” entry. It’s a frozen pizza kinda night.

 

I am wearing…

Jeans (what else?)

Marbled purple camisole under a gauzy pink shirt.

My blue sweater…see my “outside the window” entry for today.

 

I am creating…

A suspense novel. Thinking Simple Woman Daybook will get the words flowing again until I can create—

A new blog (which will include the Daybook.)

 

I am going…

Nowhere, until time to tutor…horizontal rain does not encourage going anywhere, I gotta say.

 

I am wondering…

Who now has my husband’s luggage? After more than a week, the airline has officially called it missing.  My writer’s curiosity is piqued.

 

I am reading…

Getting Things Done by David Allen–Learning a lot.

Poisontown by Creston Mapes–This main character needs to get it together. He’s still just kinda tugging at the strings rather than seriously working to unknot what is going on in this town. So far.

 

I am hoping…

That a phonics boot-camp will boost my tutoring students. A couple hours a day during Christmas break, when they’re not having homework to focus on.

 

I am looking forward to…

Thanksgiving. To me, it is the perfect holiday, a blend of Christianity and patriotism

 

I am learning…

Getting Things Done by David Allen came to me at the perfect time. How to be in the ready position like a martial artist, ready to neither underreact nor overreact to the things on your to-do list or in your inbox. How to use the list to free your mind so you can focus your creativity on only on the task at hand. How to cease thrashing around and actually, well, get things done.

 

Around the house…

I was going to wax poetic about the dogs following me upstairs to my writing room, silent and loyal in their support of my writing.

But no, they’ve abandoned me to sleep in the hallway. LOL.

 

I am pondering…

What I should be doing next…Finish Getting Things Done, I suppose. So I can get my daily plan of action under control. Writing, I suppose. I need to get the ideas from my extended synopsis embedded into my plot line. Those dirty dishes, I suppose.

Sigh.

 

A favorite quote for today…

“In karate there is an image that’s used to define the position of perfect readiness: ‘mind like water.’ Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water react? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or underreact…Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does.”

From Getting Things Done by David Allen

 

One of my favorite things…

Our cuddly dog, Nikki, owner of the world’s softest ears.

 

A few plans for the rest of the week…

Take action on my phonics boot camp idea. Finish Allen’s book.

 

A peek into my day…

Goldie

Goldie…My writing partner. Before he wantonly abandoned me to go take a nap. 

Blessings,

Voni

 

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Simple Woman’s Daybook for 10-27-11

Before this week’s Simple Woman’s Daybook entry, I have some leftover business from yesterday’s flash fiction: Recipe Stories–Spaghetti Sauce. I promised you a recipe, so here it is, the recipe Betty and Kara made to make marinara sauce. (You would not believe how difficult it is to find a recipe for marinara that doesn’t use canned tomatoes. Don’t worry, though—instructions for how to use canned tomatoes are included in the recipe for those of us from

And now…A SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK FOR TODAY,  October 27, 2011

† Outside my window…

…Light gray skies, soggy ground, Gently swaying spruce trees. Gently being the key word.

† I am thinking…

…about the people who own the business whose roof blew off in fierce winds Tuesday. The roof slammed into a transformer and cutting electricity, phone, cable, and internet for most of Kodiak Island. We at least had electricity in our neighborhood, and my cell phone worked. But I know the life of the business owners is probably a little frazzled right now.

 
† I am thankful for…

…a school system that allows my homeschooled daughter to participate in activities, and even classes, as we deem fit.

† From the learning rooms…

…Orchestra, algebra, Joseph Ellis’s Founding Brothers, homeschool discussion time. (Same as last week, but she should finish Founding Brothers today)

† From the kitchen…
…garlic chicken fried rice for dinner tonight. Oops. Better go get out the chicken when I’m done here. Hot dog sandwich for lunch. Don’t judge me for my random hot dog cravings! Wait a minute. Writer’s group tonight. I’ll have to start cooking a little early if we’re going to have garlic chicken fried rice. Plus I need to print the recipe from the allrecipes website.
† I am wearing…
…Blue jeans and blue shirt-sweater—the kind that has a built-in camisole.

† I am creating…
…A character study based on a Black-eyed Susan flower for my writer’s group. We each took a photograph that someone brought in, and our assignment was to  We do such interesting things. I am also going to finish my chapter 2 revisions on my novel.

† I am going…
…to look up the websites for my new writer’s group friends today..

† I am reading…

…Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s not Christian reading by a long shot, but the insight to his writing is incredible and inspiring.
† I am hoping…

…to get dishes done in record time and put new sheets on the bed, and maybe finish laundry completely. All while taking care of my writer’s group assignment, finishing chapter 2 revisions on my novel, posting to my blog, checking out my friends’ blogs, running my daughter back and forth, having homeschool discussion time, calling my sister, and setting up a homeschool teen discussion group.

† I am hearing…
…quiet. Uh-oh. Going to check on the pup….Okay. Sleeping is good.

† Around the house…
…See what I am hoping above. Yeah right.

† One of my favorite things…
…Long talks with Cindy over lunch. Thanks, my friend.

† A few plans for the rest of the week:
…Homeschool discussion time.

† Here is picture thought I am sharing…

(Yeah. I love books. We call this our crawl space, because the Realtor did so in the listing when we bought the house, but it’s actually heated and has electricity and we store our numerous, double-stacked bookshelves down there.)

Take some time to linger over the simple things of life with us at the Simple Woman Daybook fun at http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

 Blessings, Voni

Simple Woman’s Daybook for 10-20-11

A Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today… Thursday, October 20, 2011

 

 

 

Outside my window… rain blowing at a steep angle, low, gray skies, tarps blowing in the wind. Neighbors won’t be using their weather-worn picnic bench today.

I am thinking… that Safeway’s Tuscan Tomato Bisque soup was the best thing I’ve tasted in a long time.

I am thankful for… My hubby being home today, cooking breakfast, lunch, dinner, and chili for the weekend. (In other words,  I’m thankful for the extra writing time!)

I am wearing… Blue Kodiak sweatshirt, light blue jeans, wet socks  (The pup decided the water bowl was a puddle to splash in.)

I am remembering… Writer’s group tonight.

I am going… to finish (re)writing chapter one,  maybe two  today. Depends on how long the pup stays asleep under my chair.

I am hoping… that dd gets a lot of schoolwork done today.

On my mind… what does Biola require for entry auditions into their orchestra program?

One of my favorite things… my daughter’s desire to play violin at the college level.

From the learning rooms… Mucho, mucho algebra

Pondering these words… “Mom, I want to have a goal for school…graduating early.”  Wow. My little girl ain’t little!

I am reading… Still working on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and Brandilyn Collins’ Eyes of Elisha.

 From the kitchen… My husband’s getting spaghetti ready for tonight, and chili ready for this weekend, and beans and ham ready for next week.

Around the house… You have to ask? Laundry, of course.

A few plans for the rest of the week… Finish revising my novel, through chapter five.

Blessings! ~Voni

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Simple Woman’s Daybook 10-13-11

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A Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today… Thursday, October 13, 2011

Outside my window… Bright, crisp clouds set alight by the sun rising over the ocean.

I am thinking…Dear Daughter’s doing much better in math than she ever has. Doing well, I even deign to say.

I am thankful for… the silliness of our three dogs, particularly the terrier and the pup, who is taking her nap under my computer chair. A nap at 9:30 in the morning is what happens when you get Mom and Dad up at 5:00. Unfortunately, the morning nap is for the pup, not for the humans. Never mind. She just got up and started playing again.

I am wearing… my Hawaii volcano t-shirt, jeans, and boots.

I am remembering… 21 years ago today when I married the man of my dreams. He’s both gentle and strong, both bright and thoughtful, both intelligent and funny.

I am going… nowhere today. Home, home, home. Nice, since I believe that old saw “Home is where the heart is.”

I am hoping… that this meme will prime the pump and I will get two chapters written on my novel today. So close to done with the whole thing that it hurts.

On my mind… what is the dog chewing on now?

One of my favorite things… The marbled blues of the ocean.

From the learning rooms… printing out LAST SEMESTER’S papers.

Pondering these words… He was so weary after a whole month of concentrated wretchedness, and gloomy excitement that he longed to rest, if only for a moment, in some other world, whatever that world it might be…” —  Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

            To live in concentrated wretchedness and gloomy excitement is a silly choice to make, don’t you think, when there is a living Savior?

 I am reading… I’m alternating between Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and Brandilyn Collins’ Eyes of Elisha. Collins has a way with really vivid imagery. I’m thinking of the scene where the main character was attacked in her home, and her husband finds her in the corner of the bathroom surrounded by scissors, tweezers, anything she could find as a weapon.

 From the kitchen… Ugh. Have to think of what to have for dinner tonight. Chili’s probably a good plan, since I have writer’s group this evening.

Around the house… Laundry, dishes, vacumming and dusting. In other words, I need to clean the house.

A few plans for the rest of the week… to buy a new dog kennel for a growing pup. We love our Nikki!

As you can see, it’s a good thing Nikki’s so cute! We love her!

Take some time to linger over the simple things of life with us at the Simple Woman Daybook fun at:

http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

 Blessings,

Voni

Simple Woman’s Daybook 10-6-11

     A SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK

FOR TODAY,  October 6, 2011

 
† Outside my window…

…dark. It is only 5:13 AM. But the pup’s being quiet.

† I am thinking…

…about the 99 cent book I’m going to buy. After I download the Kindle for PC app. It’s “Oxygen” by Randy Ingermason—sale goes off tomorrow!
† I am thankful for…

…the softness of the new pup. If she weren’t so cute, we wouldn’t have gotten her. God was pretty wise, considering all the late nights, early mornings, biting, chewing, barking, etc. that you get when you get a pup. But it’s worth it when they become your friend for life.

† From the learning rooms…

…Orchestra, algebra X 2, Founding Brothers,  

† From the kitchen…
…It’s 5:20 AM, and I’m supposed to think about cooking? Well, planning ahead is a good thing. So, how about quesadillas tonight?

† I am wearing…
…my robe.

† I am creating…
…My  novel. Need to work out the attack scene where the bad guy attacks the female protagonist. He can’t hurt her fingers, he can’t break her leg. Concussion? Hmmm.

† I am going…
…to write, write, write today.

† I am reading…

…“Eyes of Elisha” by Brandilyn Collins. Anyone who loves suspense should definitely read it, too.

† I am hoping…

…to get Chapter 15 of my novel written today. Maybe Chapter 16?

† I am hearing…
…Quiet. Except for the pup. Rich is doing his Bible Study, and all the other animals are quietly waiting for me to quit writing and feed them.

† Around the house…
…Laundry, laundry, laundry. It never stops calling my name.

† One of my favorite things…
…Kodiak’s misty rain. Gear up and go!

† A few plans for the rest of the week:
…To do the four-mile Walk At Home workout. Want to make sure to get upper body this week.

† Here is picture thought I am sharing…

My family enjoying the outdoors in our Alaskan island home.

(I’m the one in the fringed shirt, Rich is in the middle, and Leah’s in the boots.)

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Take some time to linger over the simple things of life with us at the Simple Woman Daybook fun at http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

Blessings, Voni

Simple Woman’s Daybook for 6-24-11

     A SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK FOR TODAY,
    
June 24, 2011

     (including a mini-review of the Thoenes’ novel, Shiloh Autumn)

 

† Outside my window…

My front window is a bay window that looks out onto our cul-de-sac, a happy place where kids can run around and play and ride their bikes without parents worrying. I love it when they use our driveway as a hill. They get on their bikes at the top and –bang– into our garage door at the bottom. Sounds of fun.

† I am thinking…

…about my blog’s switch over to WordPress. A couple of pieces I need to read for a friend. I need to trim my dog’s hair. She’s cute as a button, but a little more nervous and crazy than usual when the hair is over her eyes. Gee, I wonder why?


† I am thankful for…

…the trustworthy people of all our US military, but especially the Coast Guard today.


† From the learning rooms…

…She’s working on her novel today.

 

† From the kitchen…
…Salsa chicken. Hmmm. Wonder if I can find a recipe for Spanish rice to go with it? Gotta love the internet!


† I am wearing…
Black jeans, black and gold print shirt.


† I am creating…
…My  novel. Doing work on the characters today, narrating  the story from each main character’s point of view.


† I am going…
…to make a menu for the week. Grrr. Hate doing that. Love having it done.


† I am reading…
Shiloh Autumn by Bodie and Brock Thoene. The historical research for which they are known truly makes their novels real, and this book in particular has very real characters. My favorite passage is from chapter 3:

            “For Trudy, life was a close-up thing. Happiness was never a distant yearning, not a remote thing to seek after. She could hold love in her hands as she kneaded the bread, hear it in the echoing hills around her, see it in the faces of her husband and her children at the supper table. Miracles grew on the beanpoles her in her garden. Here. At home. 

            “As for all those leatherbound volumes? Books defined those things she saw up close and felt and knew to be true about her life. Black print on white paper gave a voice to her inner self, asked questions she had not known to ask, held up a mirror ot reflect her soul.

            “And the soul of Trudy Tucker was a large soul, and deep. It was for this reason that the bookshelves in her parlor were creamed full and still there was not room enough to hold it all.”

 

            Now, Trudy Tucker is someone I’d like to know personally. She and I could sit down for tea, or take a walk, and discuss books to our heart’s content. Lend books back and forth. Be friends. This passage in particular describes the way I like to live my life, if only I could do it as well as Trudy does. The concept of living life close-up is sweet and rings true to me as a Christian woman.

 

† I am hoping…

…to get all done that I want to accomplish today, despite having been up late and awakening early.

† I am hearing…
…Quiet. Leah’s napping after our late night, and dogs are, too.


† Around the house…
…Laundry, laundry, laundry. It never stops calling my name.

† One of my favorite things…
…Pyramid Mountain here on our island. It truly comes to a point, and looks like a pyramid, It’s large enough to entice challenge-seeking hikers, but small enough to make it do-able.

 
† A few plans for the rest of the week:
…To take the dogs to Near Island, where there’s a secluded bay they can play in. Well, the golden retriever can play in the ocean, and the wheaten terrier can run back and forth along the beach figuring out how to get out and play with him without getting wet.

 


Take some time to linger over the simple things of life with us at the Simple Woman Daybook fun at http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

 

 Blessings,

Voni

 

Simple Woman’s Daybook 6-3-11

A SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK

FOR TODAY

June 3, 2011


† Outside my window…

A gray, rainy, windy day on our Alaskan island rain forest. Too bad I didn’t write my daybook yesterday when I could have waxed poetical about the brilliant blue sky, the sounds of the ocean, and the spruce trees reaching up to the heavens.

† I am thinking…

…I have a lot to do today. Just discovered that our library has all the Chaim Potok books, and I can’t wait to read/re-read them, but I’m reading this really great book called Plaguemaker by Tim Downs. BUT, I have a lot to do today…what’s a book lover to do?


† I am thankful for…

…The raspberry bushes Larry gave us that are now growing, apparently happy, in our yard. Maybe we’ll plant blueberries next year.


† From the learning rooms…

…Finishing up the math test and the two essays. Weekly discussion time (love that!). Filling out her report card for the school district.

 

† From the kitchen…
…Good question. Let’s see. Tonight might be eat-out night, since Leah’s got cross-country practice, and we have our weekly shopping trip.


† I am wearing…
Jeans, blue short-sleeve top, unbuttoned blue denim long-sleeve shirt, fuzzy pink socks.


† I am creating…
…A novel. Can’t wait to get back to work on it, since I’m also creating a loving home of beauty. (I’m getting organized, but “creating a loving home of beauty” sounds better, right?)

† I am going…
…to the Learning Center at the school today. Weekly shopping later on with hubby, and maybe Leah, too.


† I am reading…
Plaugemaker by Tim Downs. A novel about fleas? Try it! This is chair-gripping stuff!

† I am hoping…

…to finish my morning routine shortly.

† I am hearing…
…ocean sounds, sounds of the wind…or I would be if I were outside on this rainy day.


† Around the house…
…Laundry, laundry, laundry. It never stops calling my name.

† One of my favorite things…
…my new baking stone! Thanks, Honey. I love you, too.


† A few plans for the rest of the week:
…To try making a pizza on my new baking stone.



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