Saturday, 9 March 2013

Outside my window...
The absence of light

I am thinking...
This has to be the year that I put my house in order as so much has changed that I need to spend time sorting out my unwanted items.

I am thankful...
for the wonderful people in my life who are and have been so very supportive through an extremely difficult time

In the kitchen...
the smell of ironing

I am wearing... 
skinny leg jeans, so comfortable, ssort of zebra type print top and long cardigan

I am creating...
space in my mind to come up with ideas for enamelling

I am going...
downstairs any minute now to chill and watch TV

I am wondering...
if I will ever be de-cluttered as I always seem to be doing

I am reading...

I am hoping...
it will be a blessed year

I am looking forward to...
tomorrow, I like Sundays, church in the morning when the youngsters are taking the morning service. I'm playing guitar as they sing Jesus' love is very wonderful. I don't play very well but we get by

I am learning...
patience and that I need to wait on the Lord ... be of good courage and he will strengthen thine heart, wait I say on the Lord (Psalm 27:14)

Around the house...
The sound of silence as grandchildren are in bed and asleep

I am pondering...
what hymns to choose for the service I will be leading in a couple of weeks time

One of my favorite things...
always having my grandchildren around me

A few plans for the rest of the week ...
Prayer meeting Monday, Finance meeting Tuesday and Bible study if the meeting finishes early enough - it doesn't usually but I can pray. New house group starts Wednesday, babysitting Thursday, Kid's Club and Source Youth Club Friday, Shrewsbury at Enamel Guild Saturday, Church and my little studio Sunday - quite a busy week so no wonder I never get to de-clutter.

A peek into my day… three gorgeous grandchildren creating


Saturday, 8 September 2012


Outside my window...
As usual by the time I get to put anything on here it is late at night so, outside my window is dark with only the street light shining through.

I am thinking...
  I would like to retire and be able to read my bible during the day instead of going to work,  and I would like to enamel more often at my little craft studio

I am thankful...
  for the sunshine we are having despite being at work during the day.  Although today I was in my studio with a group of women teaching a beginners workshop in enamelling and it was a fun day

In the kitchen...
  chicken and asparagus although not very exciting

I am wearing...
  jeans and a navy blouse

I am creating...
  enamelled pieces for my studio shop

I am going...
to babysit my adorable grandchildren early in the morning

I am wondering...
how I can de-clutter my home more, it is long overdue.  I don't like throwing things away just in case they come in for something ....... (they never do!)

I am reading...
  Just finished reading Romans

I am hoping...
   it will not be too busy at school next week (I am a school secretary) as this week was manic to say the least

I am looking forward to...
   tomorrow, I like Sundays

I am learning...
   to take things easy, especially as I was ill for 5 weeks during the school holidays and am only just beginning to fee lbetter.

Around the house...

I am pondering...
  the situation with human trafficking.  So many young girls(and boys) being abused mentally and physically and taken from their families to live in the most apalling conditions.  Let's pray they are set free.  

One of my favorite things...
   being around family and friends.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Babysitting tomorrow, prayer meeting Monday, Bible study Tuesday, rest and relax rest of week (if only)

A peek into my day… enamel workshop with some lovely ladies


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Outside my window: darkness - but the street light is shining through the window.

From the learning rooms: Reading about Deborah and Barak let me see that we all face our own battles and that the Lord is right there with us, oftentimes going ahead of us into the battle.

I am thankful for: all that the Lord teaches me and has taught me in my walk with Him.

From the kitchen: never much doing in the kitchen, I never seem to have time to cook.

I am creating: enamelled jewellery at my little craft unit.

Around the house: ironing basket is getting full.

A few plans for the rest of the week: grandchildren coming over tomorrow, hair appointment Friday, Saturday looking after grandchildren for a few hours, church Sunday.

Monday, 27 September 2010


Outside my window: darkness - a very late night as I've been to sugar craft classes.
From the learning rooms: That I need to slow down, take thought to what I cram into the week and not forget to spend time with the Lord.
I am thankful for: my sweet mam. She's in hospital at the moment, has gallstones and they need to get them out so I'm praying all will be well.
From the kitchen: nothing doing as ever, no smells of cooking I just never seem to have the time. I am reading: Hosea and have learned so much especially about the need to break up the fallow ground in my life.
I am creating: space - a clown made of icing sugar. He is looking more like an alien but when finished I will try and get a pic to show you the result. If you pop over to my daily honeycombs you'll see my very first sugar craft attempt at a bear, Egbeart. Sadly Egbeart is no more, his leg fell off and he was not well.
Around the house: not a lot happing on that front.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Well Ihave a meeting after work tomorrow night so it will be a late one, I think I'm free Wednesday and Thursday and then helping at youth club Friday.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Anyday but Monday

I think Simply Jean is going to just be an any day post as I never seem able to get something done on Mondays so for Thursday

Outside my window: it is overcast with a light drizzle, so different after yesterdays beautiful sunshine.
From the learning rooms: Well that an 84 year old mam can still teach a daughter how to make pastry. When I visited mam we baked pies for my son but I wasn't rolling the pastry correctly, mam said 'roll away from you then turn' I was just rolling back and forth a few times before turning. Never too old to learn something new.

I am thankful for: answered prayer, for my family. I love spending time with them and it was great going to spend 2 weeks in my home town and seeing everyone.

From the kitchen: nothing today but I am definitely considering baking again as I don't do baking but I made biscuits for my grandchildren when I was at mams so look out kitchen here I come.

I am reading: Several books at the moment one on prayer and the other on the pentecostal blessing, also the book of Revelation which I love reading.

I am creating: space - yes space, I am going to have a good sort out and get rid of everything I don't need as I am surrounded by clutter ...
Around the house: De clutter - which goes along with the creating space.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Babysitting tonight as it's Marc and Sams 7th wedding anniversary. Silver Art clay workshop with a friend on Friday. A weekend of just relaxing as I am shattered after a day out with 3 grandchildren all on my own but we had a great time and it was worth the being shattered.

A picture thought I am sharing: I thought I'd share another family pic with you. Again this one was taken last year at the beach when I visited mam and the family but as I've just come back from sharing another 2 weeks up there and didn't take any pics I decided to show you this one of my sister Brenda, brother Michael and Mam and me ofcourse. Believe it or not the dolphin was a rubbish bin - don't ask me why we were taken by a rubbish bin!!!!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Is it that long since I last wrote

Outside my window: it is dark and wet - dark because it is very late and wet well yes, it's been raining!! and I can't believe it's that long since I last wrote.

From the learning rooms: Reading about the tabernacle of God at the moment and the entrances. When Christ died on the cross and the veil in the temple was rent from top to bottom we were given entrance into the holy of holies.

I am thankful for: my family. I love spending time with them and it was great going out for a meal last week to celebrate my son's 30th birthday. My grandchildren enjoyed it too.

From the kitchen: trying to be healthy and eat healthier food so salad stuff in the fridge but oh for some chocolate - lettuce, tomato and chocolate maybe!! hmm perhaps not.

I am reading: Amos and a small book about the tabernacle called House of Gold.

I am creating: confusion in my mind - so much to do and not enough time to do it.

Around the house: the usual washing dishes, no dishwasher for me, these hands that do dishes are as soft as your face with mild green fairy liquid.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Try and go for some walks. See my grandchildren. Bible study tomorrow night.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Outside my window: is a world of white, it snowed quite some time yesterday but the roads are passable so it's not too bad and the sun is shining so I imagine the snow will go soon.

From the learning rooms: always learning, I think perhaps patience at the moment and to just take one day at a time.

I am thankful for: my mam. She has been really poorly lately and had to have major surgery but the Lord has answered prayer and she is getting stronger each day. It was a lot for an 84 year to go through but we are praying now that she gets home soon.

From the kitchen: nothing as I'm upstairs, although my tummy says it's lunchtime so I will go and take a look at what's on the menu.

I am reading: my Bible and trying to get in The Time Traveler's Wife, a book my sister got me for Christmas. It's a strange one but sounds interesting.

I am creating: clutter. I just seem to be moving things around at the moment from either one room to the other or in my studio and rather than having a semblance of order, clutter seems to be emerging.

.Around the house: I'd rather not - too much washing and ironing to do.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Helping at church youth club tonight, up at the studio tomorrow, speaking at church Sunday night then back to work Monday .

A picture thought
I am sharing - My mam and I taken at the beach in Sunderland last year.

I went up home for a couple of days and my sister and brother in law took mam and I to the beach. It was a beautiful, warm days and we had a great time