Monday, August 31, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook - August 31st Edition

For Today...

Outside my window... a cool fall-like morning. Blue skies, crisp air, still and quiet.
I am thankful... for my lazy afternoon yesterday. Boy, did I need that! It was a nice weekend.
From the kitchen... probably not a whole lot this week. State Fair tonight, leftovers tomorrow night, gnocchi on Wednesday, and then the hubby's gone for the weekend - so I can make WHATEVER I want! Ooooo - the options....
I am wearing... my plaid flannel pj pants, a red tank top, and a red sweater coat - it's been a COLD morning!
I am creating... a Bed and Breakfast idea binder... Yep - starting the research!
I am going... to the State Fair tonight! I used to hate State Fairs... I can't believe I'm excited to go! (And I'm going to eat mac and cheese on a stick. Yum.)
I am reading... "So You Want to be a Innkeeper" and a Dean Koontz book in those rare moments when I can read for fun.
I am hoping... for at least one more day at the pool before it closes for the year!
I am hearing... the neighbor's air conditioner. It's 48 degrees outside. I don't get it.
One of my favorite things... having fresh flowers on the dining room table. Thanks, babe!
A few plans for the rest of the week... a visit from Em and Elly, the State Fair, work, book group, open sanctuary, lunch with a friend, the Minnehaha Bluegrass Festival, maybe some Renaissance Festival? Maybe some pool time?
Here is picture thought I am sharing... my little friends. The bird feeder has been hopping this weekend - sometimes with 8 birds at a time! (Even a downy woodpecker stopped by!) Don't you love the little guy staring right at the camera - I think he thinks he's a STAR!
Things I am thankful for today:

1. Waking up early and getting some work done!
2. A visit from Em and Elly!
3. Elly's giggle.
4. The beauty of Em being such a good mom.
5. Elly and my dog are starting to be friends...
6. State Fair!
7. Mac and cheese on a stick - yum. Fried pickles - I've had much better. Tom Thumb mini-donuts - the best!
8. People-watching.
9. Getting home in time for a normal bed time. Perfect.
10. Good shoes. I love coming home and not having sore feet!


Diane said...

I read this Dean Koontz book over the this the one you are reading? It's a great book for dog lovers, except for the inevitable ending.

Remembering Trixie: A Big Little Life

A BIG LITTLE LIFE: A MEMOIR OF A JOYFUL DOG, on sale August 25th, tells tells the story of unexpectedly falling in love with a dog named Trixie. She weighed only sixty-something pounds, Dean occasionally called her Short-stuff, and she lived less than twelve years. In this big world, she was a little thing, but in all the ways that mattered, including the effect she had on those who loved her, she lived a big life.

"Trixie was joyful, affectionate, comical, intelligent, remarkably well behaved. She was also more self-possessed and dignified than I had ever realized a dog could be” says Dean. “Already and unexpectedly, she has changed me as a person and as a writer. I am only beginning to understand the nature of those changes and where they will lead me."

A service dog with Canine Companions for Independence, Trixie retired at three to become an assistance dog of another kind. She taught Dean to trust his instincts, persuaded him to cut down to a fifty-hour work week, and, perhaps most importantly, renewed in him a sense of wonder that will remain with him for the rest of his life.

Dogs live most life

in Quiet Heart.

Humans live mostly next door

in Desperate Heart.

Now and then will do you good

to live in our zip code.

Jill said...

let me know how the mac and cheese on a stick is - I'm curious :) have fun!

Emily said...

I can't stop thinking about your B&B. It's SUCH a great idea! I love your enthusiasm for it (and I doubt we even covered half of it today amidst Elly-watching). I'm excited to hear more on Saturday. XO

Emily said...

#4. You made me cry. It means a lot to me that you said that. Thank you. XO

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