Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook - February 2011


FOR TODAY - FEBRUARY 24TH 2011


Outside my window...today the skies are gray and dreary; kind of like I feel. There is an impending snow storm coming. It has been interesting the last couple of months; the weather will be rather pleasant and then the next day the temperatures drop and we are back with more snow.
I am thinking...today of my sweet brother that passed away in July. It would have been his 74th birthday today. I miss him so much; so today I have been grieving. I called his dear wife to see how she was doing and luckily at least for moment, I don't think she knew what the date was. I didn't want to bring it up. Later my dear daughter wished him a Happy Birthday on Face book along with my other daughters made comments. He was one of their favorite uncles and of course I lost it again. Regretfully, headaches usually follow the tears.
I love this quote by by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "We are here in mortality and the only way to go is through; there isn't any around!" Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley added, "the only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache". 
I am thankful for...the gift of each day. Sometimes, it brings a day of laughter and sometimes a day of tears. I will just cherish each day.
From the learning rooms...I learned today that I must be patient with myself. For to often I feel like I don't get any important things done.  I need to actually learn to prioritize my work for the day and then actually follow through by looking at my day timer. If it doesn't happen; I need to just relax. 
From the kitchen...it is leftover night; yum!
I am wearing...blue jeans, blue tee shirt, white socks and blue slippers.
I am creating...a Christ centered home by reading my scriptures everyday and having  morning and evening prayers to my Heavenly Father. I am choosing each day to do one good deed; sometimes for myself; but mostly connecting with those I love.
I am going...visiting teaching with a very sweet partner and we will be visiting two awesome sisters that I desire to create a loving sisterhood with.
I am reading...a new book entitled; "Snow Rising" by Matt Baldwin. I love the sub title; Take the Journey- Make the Change- Know the peace. I will let you know what it is about as I continue reading it.
I just completed, "The Silence of God". The ending was tearful, but sweet. I highly recommend it. It was beautifully written. It contains a woven history of Russia's revolution in the early 1900's. The family was real; but there were fictional characters added.
I am hoping...to get a good nights sleep tonight. For some reason I haven't been sleeping too well the last couple of nights; so I need some sleep.
I am hearing...the news on TV and my husband setting up a new computer for himself. I get the old one which isn't that old; so I am very excited.
Around the house...my dogs are playing. I managed yesterday to actually vacuum my upstairs; I will clean the downstairs tomorrow. I really want to hire someone to vacuum for me because I get a lower backache every time I do this chore. This probably won't happen. However, I know my sweet husband will do it for me if I ask him.  
One of my favorite things... is shopping. I am making some changes in some of our rooms. I have been looking around to decide what might look good in these rooms. One of the rooms is my study. My husband gave me a new desk and it is so awesome; but now I need to find some decorating items for the room. I will post a picture when it is complete. 
A few plans for the rest of the week: Going shopping tonight for a desk chair - Tomorrow, I have a physician appointment. I think I have an ongoing sinus infection or TMJ - Our Temple shift on Saturday. It is always a good day when you are serving in the temple - A sweet Sabbath day to follow on Sunday -
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...two favorite pictures of my brother Mac Millan Gledhill, who passed away on July 10, 2011 

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5 comments:

singing/granny said...

Hi Leann! We seem to have so much in common! I have been feeling sad for a loved one this week too. And like you I would rather not be sad. But sometimes we have to give ourselves permission to miss the ones we love so much. I am glad you are busy with fun things. I would love to refurbish a room or two around here. But I am keeping busy with school for now. I hope your weekend goes well. The temple is a wonderful place to be! Take care! Melody

Marie said...

Beautiful daybook as always Leann. I am sorry about your brother. (((hugs))) Thank goodness for the Gospel and the peace that it brings. I hope you have a lovely weekend and find great comfort and peace in the temple. xxoo

Sue said...

What wonderful pictures of your brother. Good memories are always comforting.

I get headaches when I cry, too, but sometimes we just need to get out that sadness, and this has to be a very difficult birthday for you.

Seems like vsiting teaching is the perfect thing for you to be doing today. Hope you find that peace that comes in serving others...and, of course, in being with other women.

Hugs.

=)

Jenifer said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! :) I enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading more.

I said a prayer for you, on this the day of your brother's birthday. May God comfort you.

Barb said...

Hi LeAnn!

It's always so sad to think about those we lost and loved so much! I know that Mac is watching over you, loving you and missing you too. There is a beautiful song that I used to sing a lot at funerals, it was called "Remember Me". The chorus said ". . . remember me, for I'll be remembering you." I always loved to sing it, because it reminded me that our loved ones are still so close to us, watch over us and remember us with love, and are anxious to see us again. Big Hugs to you! Mac is very handsome, he looks a lot like your boys!

Got my Visiting Teaching done yesterday, now I need to prepare for my lesson tomorrow!

What fun to decorate a new space in your study! I need to do that same thing in my computer room - it really needs a make-over in the worst way!

I just need to say - we were so blessed the other night! My heart absolutely stopped when Amber called and said that she had been in a car accident!! Thank goodness they were all okay, it could have been much worse! Prayers go up, blessings come down!

Still waiting for baby! Hopefully, she can just wait until Tuesday! I can't wait to hold a new baby in my arms! Does it seem like almost three years since we were at your house with Caleb? He was less than 6 weeks old when they filmed Amber and James show! Time certainly does go by quickly!

Hugs and love to you!

Barb

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