Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Yesterday was quite the eventful day.  Rather than wait for hours at a rather unappealing DMV here in the valley, we drove to Prescott.  It was a longer drive, but the total time required was projected to be about the same.  However, while, via telephone, Lauren was told that no appointments were needed, we learned differently upon arrival and took the next available time slot.

Gabrielle was first up and got her permit,
passing her test with flying colors.

Then we needed to kill some time, so we headed to Gurley Street Grill
for lunch.  The boys ordered the same thing, (enormous BBQ Burgers)
and finished them off at the same time.  (Twins much?)

We then headed back to the DMV for Lauren's 3:00 road test.
Also passed with flying colors.

Later the girls had a rehearsal so they made their maiden,
no-parent-along, voyage.
We made a bit of a to-do about it.

Piotr was going to follow them but decided to watch them
out the window instead.

There they go!

What a long, but fun and productive day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... sun.  We're above 90 for the rest of the week, so the windows are closed, blinds twisted to block heat and the curtains are drawn.  When so many are opening up and airing out, we're closing up and pulling in.

I am thinking... about how nicely the sale of this house has fallen into place.  2 weeks on the market, nice family, an older parent who will be blessed by the extra downstairs bedroom and zero-entry shower.  The inspection came back very clean with only one thing for us to do - that we were working on anyway.  What a blessing!  Now, if we can firm up our TN property by next Monday that will be quite the bonus.

I am thankful... for our decision to close up May.  Our calender is overflowing with this, that, and the other.  Knowing that May is no longer available for incoming obligations, gatherings, and commitments is quite the sanity saver.  (And April and June aren't far behind!)

In the kitchen... Lauren's buttery rolls going into the oven.  Sinfully delish.

I am creating... an embroidered name sign for a little boy.

I am going... to move to Buckeye in May!  Our temporary housing awaits and we are so thankful to such an amazingly generous friend.

I am wondering... what the Lord's got in mind.  An angel in upper management at FedEx is trying to get us a moving package.  I'm just praying we get the final yeah/neigh sooner rather than later.

I am reading... Emma.  I'm enjoying some fluff prior to a serious dig into Shakespeare in the next few weeks.

I am praying... for a young father and his three little boys.  His wife died last week after cancer coming and going for a few years.  To read the emails, see the photos - the deterioration of everything except her infectiously joyful smile . . . there are just so many lessons there . . . and much long-term prayer needed for her remaining family.

I am looking forward to... HEAVEN!

I am learning... about parenting.  The sessions from the Sound of a Trumpet conference are now available.  If you're interested, I highly recommend Mission Possible, and the Women's Session at the link here.

Around the house... offspring head back to studies after some post-lunch putzing.

I am pondering... what to do about the barometric-pressure migraine setting in.

A favourite quote for today...

"A good leader knows when to intelligently disregard regulations."

One of my favorite things... Devotions for Lent.

A few plans for the rest of the week... a 2-bird/1-stone field trip to the DMV for a license (Lauren) and a permit (Gabrielle), World Tour Wednesday, some nice company for dinner Friday, lunch after church on Sunday.

A peek into my day... no peeks. Peeks will come later this week!  :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

DLP Update

A little time was spent this week catching up on my Documented Life Project challenges.  It's meant for a full blown art journal/planner, but, artistically I'm not there yet.  That, and my Barnes & Noble Punctuate! planner is just too perfect a size fit for me right now.  So instead, I use the challenges as prompts to simply design the pages in the planner I use.

This is from Week 13.  We were to have someone else draw something on our page and we were to finish it.

Gabrielle was available so I gave her the short and vague instruction to draw something somewhere on the 2-page spread.  From there I pulled paint across the pages, then did some doodling.  Now that I look at it, I need to color in the flower tips, etc.

See the smiley face with the text bubble saying, "Hi"?  That's what she gave me to work with.

Week 14 had us do something with our name.  That may be fine when you're working in a 5x8 book, but my personal sized planner (3.5 x 6.5) is not big enough to support the name, "Jacqueline" and STILL have room to write appointments, to-do's, etc.

Instead, I used my ASL name sign, "q".

The initial got repeated and I just doodled in the loop.  Nothing fancy, but it was still fun.

This week?  Monochrome!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Oily Information Overload?

I've seen a few posts, comments, and conversations lately, all in regards to having lost a piece of essential oil information. So, I thought I'd share a tour of how I keep all my information together.

First - The oils in current use are in the cases, and any back-ups I have are in the Ziploc bag.  When I run out of a case oil, I get the replacement out of the bag.  

You only have to run out of something you desperately need once to learn there must be a back-up and replacement system firmly in place.  (For instance, a full household with extended family visiting, 1/3 with coughing crud, 1/3 with chicken pox, and 1/3 praying to not develop either is NOT the time to run out of ingredients for Thieves!)

This is my medical assistant.  He's a full-sized Day Runner that I found at Goodwill for a few dollars.  His full zip-closure and handles make him super easy to use.

Inside the cover I keep a pad of post-its, a pen, and a card reminding me when to use my Essential Rewards points.

Then you get to the large tabbed sections.  Behind the first tab is the sheet where I keep a post-it listing what I need to order.  As I run low on oils, or want to splurge if able, I jot them down here.  When it's time to order, I simply retrieve my shopping list, stick it on the computer screen frame, and I'm ready to order.

The next section is the real work-horse of the planner.  Here you find a-z tabs indexing all sorts of information.  At the front of each section there is a sheet cross referencing different places to find things.  For instance, behind the 'P' tab you'll find the following sheet.

This way, if I'm looking for more information about Peppermint, this tells me to also look in the Bug Out Bag article (in the 'B' section), and in the 101 Uses article (in the 'O' section).

Behind each a-z tab index is where all sorts of information about various topics are filed away.   For example . . .

graphic printouts . . .
(By the way, M-Grain is AMAZING.  Nothing short of prescription pain killers combined with something to knock me out has ever helped with sinus-induced migraines until this.)

 articles . . .

recipes . . .

That way, all the information I've collected is in one place, it's highly portable, and I can get to it under any circumstance.  Yes, I have a Pinterest board for oils, a few websites bookmarked, and some articles on my hard drive, but that's not going to be of much help if we're travelling or if the power is out, ya know?

This EO planner lives here in the bathroom closet on the floor level next to the Essential Oils Desk Reference.  The oils themselves life just two shelves up.  That way, everything is in once place ready to be put to work.  In the event of road trip or evacuation, the EODR, the planner, and the cases of oils come with us.

How do you keep all your information in one place?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... dark.  It's night time.

I am thinking... about how not one little section of my life is quiet and calm at the moment.  It's all one big adventure!

I am thankful... for one of Piotr's bosses.  He's trying to be incredibly generous - again.

In the kitchen... yogurt straining in the sink.  Greek yogurt tomorrow morning!

I am creating... just finished my planner spread for this week.  I's actually pretty lame, but will do.

I am going... to pick up the girls from an ensemble rehearsal in a few minutes.

I am wondering... when we'll know about our home loan (held up by a transposed social security number), a possible moving package, and the sale of this house (which is currently being re-stuccoed and painted).  Nothing like having several big things hanging!  ;)

I am reading... some Lent material, and How to Read a Book.

I am hoping... that the above 'wonderings' will be tied up soon.

I am looking forward to... this weekend!  I'll share more next week.

I am learning... faith.  Lots and lots of faith.

Around the house... girls home settling in, boys working on a bedtime snack.

I am pondering... boys.  I just don't understand them.

A favorite quote for today...

Guard your heart my son
But guard your time with greed
Guard the minutes God has givien
For treasures they are indeed
Remember the fragments he has gathered
And let this be your creed
Be no brother to a waster
For time is never free.

Found in a great article here.

One of my favorite things... coffee banana protein smoothies.  1C iced coffee, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 scoop protein powder, slosh of cream, 1 tsp stevia poured into a Vitamix and whirled.  Yum.

A few plans for the rest of the week... World Tour Wednesday, continue showing the house (nice traffic so far, not a ton, but steady), and a weekend surprise!

A peek into my day...

Some Coleto refills arrived today.
The colors and fine point make me giddy.
I know, I'm a geek.
I'm at peace with that.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Missing Persons

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a woman who was kind of creative.  She got lost in the hustle and bustle for a decade or so, but now she's slowly surfacing again.

These are from Faith Hope Love from McKenna Ryan at Pineneedles. She works them in batiks, but I've got a long savoured stash of Daiwabo fat eighths that are doing the job nicely.  Once I've got decent quality muslin I'll sandwich them and quilt them.  I'll get the 'hope' pattern, work that up, and hang them together.


I also stumbled upon a video demo at Rae's.  After watching it, I did my own version.  I don't have a wide variety of supplies, etc., but it was interesting seeing what I could do regardless.

There's still hope!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... mostly sunny, high of 79.  I kept praying that this was simply a fluke and that we'd have winter again, but I don't think it's going to happen.  I caught a glimpse of our Phoebes this morning and they're arrival means, 'spring' is official.

I am thankful... for a family who delights in routine but can still be very flexible, circle the wagons, and crank when life throws us a curve ball.  We've learned that getting a mortgage in TN is far different than getting a mortgage here.  Our particular snaffu means the Anthem house is going on the market in 10 days, so we're in deep-cleaning overdrive at the moment.

In the kitchen... Lauren loading the crockpot with Chicken Parmesean.

I am creating... two new planner page spreads.  I don't like my 'flaps', and this week's theme is 'recycled'.

I am going... to take the girls to a gig tomorrow.

I am reading... I just finished the pile of 1/2 finished books on my night stand.  Time to start something new.

I am hoping... that we can all make it through this 5th-gear stage of life.  Selling homes, buying homes, two trucks/move dates, and Piotr newly assigned to a high-profile project while covering two regions of the country, all on top of concert season.  It's a lot.

I am looking forward to... all the housing situations being settled.  The sale of Anthem, the purchase of TN, great housing for the family currently renting our TN place, etc.

I am learning... about watercolors.  I'm not at all good at it, but one has to start somewhere.

A favorite quote for today... in this day and age where everyone must say something about everything . . .

"It is not necessary to react to everything you notice."

One of my favorite things... going back to bed with a barometric migraine, just to snooze for a few minutes in hopes that drugs will kick in, and waking up 2 hours later feeling so much better.  :)

A few plans for the rest of the week... gig for the girls, World Tour Wednesday, church Sunday.  The rest of the time will be deep cleaning here at home.