Battle Hymn of the Republic

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn of the Republic

(From the archives)

Memorial Day was introduced to honor the men and women who died while serving the in the United States Armed Forces. We want to make sure that message is not forgotten this weekend.


1) This recording was made live at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, during Sen. Robert Kennedy’s funeral. (Hear it here.) While both of Bobby’s older brothers were decorated war heroes, he served too — enlisting in the Navy in 1943. Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.) I am not. There are several in the family who are, and several more who are serving now, one being my youngest son.

2) Memorial Day also kicks off the summer season. What’s your favorite picnic food? any kind of salad: potato salad, pasta salad etc

3) Name a scent that reminds you of someone special in your life. lilac

4) When was the last time you had your hair cut or trimmed? a few weeks ago

5) Crazy Sam runs on Dunkin’. Are you loyal to a particular brand of coffee? I don’t drink coffee

6) If money was no object, what home improvement would you like to make this summer? I would like to turn our deck into a three season room

7) What was the last thing you bought purely for your own enjoyment? scrapbook stuff for my new planner, can’t wait for that to arrive so I can put my creative juices back to work!

8) When was the last time you rode a bike? last Summer, time to get it back out and ready for this Summer’s riding adventures

9) Sam worries that many of her song selections reflect her decidedly Baby Boomer sensibilities. Is there a song or a performer that you’d like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer Colbie Caillat


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Jodi over at Beacon of Hope has come up with this fun meme after the host at Friday’s Feast went MIA. Join in if you want! GET YOUR APPETITE ON and PLAY ALONG! Just copy and paste the questions to your blog and PLEASE leave a comment that you played along so others can go and check out your answers. These are so much fun to go back and read later!

Food 4 Thought Friday!

A little feast without the calories!!

Breakfast ~ Post a picture of the current wallpaper on your phone.

Lunch ~ Who do you aspire most to be like?

Dinner ~ What do you think the secret to happiness is?

Midnight Snack ~ Name three things you would like to change about yourself right now.

Recipe of the Week ~ (instead of your recipe for life what is it just for the week?)


Breakfast ~ Post a picture of the current wallpaper on your phone.
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Lunch ~ Who do you aspire most to be like?My Lord and Saviour

Dinner ~ What do you think the secret to happiness is? Being content with what you have

Midnight Snack ~ Name three things you would like to change about yourself right now.
1. My weight – after having a horrible start to the year 2013, I have totally fell off the “staying fit/working out”. I need to get myself back into a work out routine, so I can rid myself of this horrible weight I gained.

2. To be a better wife. I feel like I have not been living up to what I should be as a wife. My husband deserves much better!

3. To put more effort into my house. I have been slacking the last few years, ever since I closed my daycare. I was more on top of keeping the house clean and orderly. With it just being me and the hubby, I just don’t really care….. and that is sad, and so not me! Time to kick my butt in gear!

Recipe of the Week ~ (instead of your recipe for life what is it just for the week?) Saying no is a good thing, so you don’t over extend yourself. I have learned the hard way.


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The winner for the American Sniper DVD is:

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Congrats, Juan! I have sent you an email.


The Simple Woman’s Daybook is back at it’s original home, The Simple Woman’s blog. REMEMBER if you are linking up you will need to change your link from the old one to the new one. Thank you!
(If you are new to the daybook you can go to this link to read over the guidelines.)

For Today… May 18th, 2015

Outside my window… The sunrise peeking through the trees. And the need for me to get out there with the weed whacker and tackle those weeds!!
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I am thinking… that I just don’t get people who have to attack you when you voice your own feelings over things. Everyone has their own opinions on certain topics (controversial ones), I generally don’t get into debates as I am usually the one in the “wrong”. Its ok for everyone else to state their opinion on things, but when I put in my two cents I get attacked. I should have known better than to post a statement on my blog (that said post has now been made private). But I digress, I will refrain from now on, on certain subjects!

I am thankful… for my handy man hubby!

I am wearing… as of right now, blue shorts and an old tank top, as I will be painting in a little bit

I am creating… same crochet projects, and fun things for my craft room!

I am going… to try and find a decent patio table that won’t break the budget.

I am wondering… who the winner will be for my giveway for the American Sniper DVD. I will find as soon as I am finished with this post!

I am reading… When Grace Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I am hoping… for a nice weekend! Generally on the long holiday weekend it has rained in the past.

I am learning… to just take things one day at a time!

In my garden… not much is happening

In my kitchen…
Menu for the week: (I didn’t make the lasagna last week, so back on the menu it goes!
Monday ~ lasagna, garlic bread and a salad
Tuesday ~ sloppy joes, potato salad and fruit
Wednesday ~ leftovers
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ leftovers
Saturday ~ something on the grill, not sure what yet

A favorite quote for today…
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A peek into one of my days…This is a typical day in my house, the pup lounging at the end of the chaise
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One of my favorite things…the smell of fresh cut grass! After a week long of nothing but rain, we were finally able to get out and cut the grass. It was so long, and took forever to cut (even with our small yard!)

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Monday ~ laundry and housework, painting in my craft room as my hubby got my side units finished
Tuesday ~ working in my craft room
Wednesday ~ work
Thursday ~ work
Friday ~ grocery shopping, light housework, maybe some yard work if its nice outside, then girls night
Saturday ~ its the start of the long holiday weekend (Memorial Day), hoping to do things outside
Sunday ~ church, lunch, a bike ride maybe

From the board room…From my For the Home board. I want do make this, without the number on it, and have it on my back deck.

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photo credit

To read more Daybooks, please stop by THE SIMPLE WOMAN blog.

******* I won’t be posting a Daybook for next week, with it being a Holiday I am taking the week off. *******


Weekend rewind. If you want to play along, grab the above button and tell me all about your weekend!

Friday ~ Grocery shopping in the morning, ran to JoAnn’s to pick up some batting to finish my hope chest recovering project. Worked on that, and loved how it turned out! (the pillows I worked on earlier in the week) I need to get the hardware back on it.
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Saturday ~ I made some orange twist donuts for John and I. They turned out yummy! I can’t figure out how I can get these to raise, but not a loaf of bread!
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Went to Christopher’s work to pick up his external hard drive so I could redownload a show. Made potato salad, cut up fruit, made dinner. The rest of the evening I binged watch the rest of Homeland. I now need to decide if I am going to get Showtime in the Fall!

Sunday ~ church in the morning, lunch at my favorite place (Bud n Stanley’s), home for a nap, worked on this post and a few other blog posts.

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