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Simple Daybook: The Pile Project


Outside my window…

The weather is turning, but hasn't quite mind up its make. Just when I think it is time to pull out warmer clothes, we get temperatures edging the 90s. It's like summer decided that since it was so late in coming it is going to wear out its welcome. I've never seen a weirder year in weather.

I am thinking…

We would rather be ruined than changed;

We would rather die in our dread

Than climb the cross of the moment

And let our illusions die.

~W.H. Auden

I am thankful for…

Goats milk. (It's actually pretty good!) This dairy free thing is very interesting- I hadn't any idea just how many things have cow's milk in them. It's pretty much limited me to home cooked meals, because eating out is a shot-in-the-dark. So grateful that this change is making for a much happier Josiah, and, if I was honest, a much happier tummy for me.

From the kitchen…

Ugh. Don't go there. This is truly the thorn in my side lately. I don't have the gumption for it, and I really need to find some. I can't eat the same four things in rotation (although that is what I've been doing since the dairy allergy thing) and neither can my family. But with all the stuff that has been going on, meal prep has not been getting its due. It is one of my highest priorities this week. I have got to find recipes we can all have that taste good, which is becoming increasingly difficult!

I am wearing…

Jeans, a grey tee, and my Birkenstocks. It feels nice to be back in "uniform", so to speak. It has been a very, very long time…it's nice to say hello to some of my old favorites.


I am creating…

I have made a concerted effort to get back to scrapbooking. I don't have much to show for it yet (other than my gleeful smile at running my hands through the buttons and posies and products I had completely forgotten about over the last year), but soon, soon. I pulled out all the gabillion mini albums I have, some of which are woefully incomplete. I figure that's a good place to start. They look lovely just sitting there, don't they?


I am reading…

Quite a stack. Another thing that has been missing much from my life is pleasantly back in place…this is a pretty random pile: a biography, a memoir, two books on special needs and diet, and (somewhat random) a book on canning. I'd love to learn how to do it but don't see it happening any time soon. Right now I just drool over the recipes and dream.

I am hoping…

That some questions get answered soon.

I am hearing…

Adele, Etta James, Norah Jones, Sara Barilles, Corinne Bailey. Mellow, creative, smile-inducing music, perfect for scrapping!


Around the house…

Piles, piles, everywhere. Well, sorta. This last week was particularly intense with James' finals, so everything kind of took to the back burner…the laundry, of course. Paperwork. The garage looks a bit of the disaster zone because everything has been landing there in the mad dash (but nowhere near what it used to look like). The ironing. The thing is, everything is do-able and I should be back to 'normal' (ha!) by tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest, which is so nice. The daily rhythms have made such a huge difference, even in the chaotic times.

One of my favorite things…

Addressing the pile of invitations to James' graduation. I am so proud of him, and it is always fun to use my 'grown up' handwriting for a wee bit. I should do more lettering in my art play, but I forget to.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Ruthless eradication of piles so that our fresh start is truly fresh. Thinking about and considering a lot of things on a couple of fronts.

More daybooks can be found here.

5 responses to “Simple Daybook: The Pile Project”

  1. Jen Avatar

    What a nice daybook. I don’t scrap, but my best friend does. Have a nice week!

  2. Doylene Brents Avatar

    I love your pictures. It sounds like you have a great day planed. I love goats milk. It’s very healthy. Have a great day. Doylene

  3. Samantha Widlund Avatar

    I am so very much longing for a scrap day! I’m going to try to get more posted about my 60 Day Challenge this week – it’s a pretty simple/do your own thing type of challenge =)

  4. Garrett Carbaugh Avatar

    mind up its make??? are you still going nuts without the dairy? 😛

  5. Sandi Avatar

    Always enjoy your daybooks.
    I am slowly working my way in the same directions diet wise. I have always put my babies on goat milk till two just for the nutrition (more absorbable too) and staying away for cow till they are older….so Eli loves his goat milk. Isaac on the other hand has dealt with stomach aches for awhile. Since he has not drank cow’s milk…no tummie aches. He still eats some cow cheese and yoghurt. I actually made my first batch of goat yoghurt yesterday. I am also on the hunt to get rid of ALL perservatives, dies and additives from our diet. We were pretty good about this anyway so it hasn’t been too bad. We have only had to let go of a few things. The worst is finding a bowl of ice cream (which now that I think about it is dairy anyway) that isn’t full of additives and color without breaking the bank. Guess I will have to learn to make goat ice cream too :o)
    I’m struggling with cooking to on these restrictions. I don’t like to cook in the first place! I am grateful to find out what is causing the tummy aches though. The rest of the diet I’m exploring (The Autism and ADHD Diet) calls for no wheat or dairy….help me Rhonda! Not sure if we will go that far unless it brings about miracles around here.

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