Monday, 18 January 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Wet and muddy with patches of ice here and there.

One of my simple pleasures:
A lovely cup of coffee - black, no sugar please - and a good book.

On my bedside table:
The Stripping of the Altars and The Book of Common Prayer, You're Coming With Me Lad: Tales of a Yorkshire Bobby and my Bible.

On my TV:

  • A History of Christianity with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch.
  • History of Britain with Simon Schama. There's more info. on Wikipedia, if you're interested. I'm up to 'Revolutions' 1649–1689. Britain after Charles I's execution, when Britain was led by Oliver Cromwell. This was really a miserable period in history - Oliver Cromwell wasn't the most jolly of chaps, and he did some fairly atrocious things.

On the menu for tonight:

On my To Do List:
Catching up with chores after the weekend.
Hopefully some reading.
Some washing and ironing.
Taking the girls to dancing.

New Recipe I tried last week:
Chocolate brownies, which were a partial success.
Beef and carrot casserole with cheesy dumplings from the recipe book From My Mother's Kitchen.

In the craft basket:
Nothing at the minute.

Looking forward to:
Getting to church tomorrow, I missed yesterday.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
To get scum off your bath, sprinkle washing powder (laundry powder) onto a cloth and use it as a gentle scourer. The scum should come off easily without scratching the surface of the bath.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
2010 - Living in the Future by Angela. I want this book! It's a book written in 1972 in which some chap predicts what life would be like in 2010. Angela links to a website devoted to the book. She also writes about her day in 1972. Ahh, it makes me all nostalgic...well I wasn't born until 1973, but anyway...penny sweets, long hot summers, our Vauxhall Viva, my Dad's big moustache...LOL!

And also, Simple Arithmetic by Monix. I have such a time with Chatterbox's maths because it isn't taught in the same way that I was taught...and I find it so confusing that it was good to read that someone else finds it rather befuddling too.

Favourite photo from last week:

Not one of mine:

Lesson learned the past few days:

Can I say 'lesson learned' when it's something I keep falling down on? Guarding my tongue (or my typing on the internet) is an ongoing lesson. And also not reading things on the internet I know are going to wind me up! Let it go Sarah, let it go! :)

Onwards and upwards one hopes...

On my Prayer List:
My dear friend who has cancer and is being put onto an aggressive cancer treatment. However, she is a walking miracle confounding doctors, they cannot imagine how she has carried on with her life. She is an inspiration - but does suffer so needs lots of prayer.
My Dad who has been made redundant and who finishes in March.
My family, my church and my friends.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." Matthew 19:21 (NIV)

Hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.


  1. oh, I want to respond to so much...but the part about letting go and "lesson learned" is hitting home today with me. I wrote on my blog about it, but...even now I'm really struggling. Okay, seriously struggling. I think I did the right thing though, now it is just letting go.

  2. Lol, I was cross all day over something and nothing I read on the internet. Grrrr, I could flame that person right now! But instead I'm going to let it go...and think upon nice things like kittens and flowers.


  3. LOL that picture is too funny.

    Hope your thoughts of kittens and flowers have lightened your mood :)