Thursday, 20 September 2018

My Favourite Things . . .

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A few of the things in life that make my heart go pitty pat. Maybe they will do the same thing for yours. ♥♥♥  


Antique stoves. I would never be able to fit one into my kitchen, but I sure would love to have one. One of my friends many years ago bought a house that came with an antique stove and it worked.  I used to covet that stove.  Mind you the house also came with a ghost. Not sure I would have enjoyed that aspect of having a stove like that! 



Mismatched plates and old china.  I once had an old set of china that I had bought in a charity shop that had soup plates.  They were white with pink roses on them. My friend Mable and I used to take turns hosting a dinner for four each month and I remember buying these dishes up to use for that purpose. I only ever had every day dishes that could shoulder a lot of wear and tear. With five children and being a stay at home mom there wasn't a lot of money in the budget for the niceities of life like fancy dishes!  I didn't care because I was doing what I loved! 


   

Being able to stay home with my kids and in the home was always one of my favourite things.  My mom had worked since I was about ten and I couldn't join afterschool clubs and stuff because I always had to go home and take care of my sister and brother and get supper started, etc. I didn't really mind. I liked being in charge, but at the same time when I had my own children I didn't want to put that same burden on any of them, if that makes sense.  Having said that I did make a few forays into the workplace and they were always disastrous. We lost far more than we gained. One thing I did do through the years was mind other people's children in my home and clean houses and offices after hours. I also did typing from home, so I was always bringing in some sort of extra income when I could. I think often the value of a stay at home mom is demeaned.  Personally, if you can afford to do it, I think children benefit from having a mother in the home. It doesn't come without its own sacrifices however so you really need to weigh them out and decide if it is worth it.


Rocking chairs.  I have always loved rocking chairs.  I would love to have one still. Maybe one day. 


  

Cottages with thatched roofs. They are so very charming.  They don't come cheap however and they are expensive to maintain.  You have to have them re-thatched every so often, which really costs as you can imagine.  Lovely to look at however. 


Floral slipcovers.  Some day  . . . 

  

Floral carpets. I love them. 



Decoupage furniture  . . .  beautiful . . .  


   


Primitive art like the art of Grandma Moses. I love it.  



Nativity sets. I love them.  I have a couple. To me the Nativity is the most beautiful part of Christmas. 

   


Cast iron and brass bedsteads  . . .  love them.  





Kneading bread dough  . . .  there is something quite comforting in the mindless process of kneading dough.  You can just lose yourself in another world  . . . 


  

Anything that sparkles  . . .  I'm like a crow  . . . 


Pink roses  . . .  I love roses, but I think the pink ones are my all time favourites  . . . 



 
Eyelit lace  . . . 



French Country Hen Lamps  . . . 


 

 I think they are just beautiful, and they come in all kinds of colours, etc.  


  

Honey Roasted Peanuts  . . . 


  

Susan Branch Books.  I have almost all of them.  I have been collecting for years. They never lose their charm . . . 



Old Fashioned Glazed Sour Cream Donuts.  They are my favourites of all the donuts. 

And those are my favourite things for this week. What are some of yours? 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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•。★★ 。* 。
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 *.
The world is filled 
with nice people.
Be one. 
~Unknown  •。★★ 。* 。 


Quick Chicken Chowmein 

Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Quick & Easy Chicken Chow Mein for two.  yummy!


Have a fabulous Thursday!  Don't forget!


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And I do too! 
 

 
 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

What I know for sure . . .

 
 
 
Life is full of ups and downs, wins and losses, sweet and sour, dark and light. You don't get to be my age without having learned a few truths. This is some of what I know for sure  . . . 
 
 
 
We all have regrets.  Nobody gets to this stage of their life without having some woulda, coulda, shoulda's.  We . . . . NOT one of us . . .  are perfect, and we don't live perfect lives. We're not meant to. That's not what life is all about. We are meant to make mistakes.  That's how we grow and learn and become. 
 
Only a fool trips on what is behind him.

 
There are lots of things in my life that, if I had the opportunity to live my life over again, I wouldn't do next time around, or that I wouldn't choose next time around  . . .  or things I would do differently had I that chance.  But, in life there are no do-overs.  We live. We make mistakes.  We make poor choices. We stumble. We fall.  This is not unique. It happens to all of us to one varying degree or another at some point.  Anyone who thinks that it will never happen to them is deluding themselves. Sometimes you don't realise you are living a regret, in fact most-times . . .  until you are in the future and looking back on it.  
 
Regrets are sad and mournful things.  Regrets are clouds that hide the sunshine in our lives. Regrets are not meant to be held onto, or carried with us.  A heavy bucket of regrets . . .  can only weigh us down. Have them, yes . . . acknowledge them, yes . . . but then let them go. Don't let them paint/colour/destroy your future. 
  
 
 
One special thing about our regrets is that they are a window into learning more about ourselves, and an opportunity for change. What do we regret?  Is there anything we can do to make it right? Some things we can make right and we should try to do so,  others we can't. One thing is for sure . . .  we can move forward, adopting the changes we can make and living a life which reflects the lessons we have learned along the way.  I promise you the load becomes much lighter to bear the more we start to live our lives with purpose, in the present  . . . and with gratitude for the journey we have taken, and the lessons we have learned along the way. 
 
 
 
Forgiveness is a great eraser.  We do need to forgive others and we especially need to be able to forgive ourselves. Know that any one of us is doing the very best we know how to do at any given time in our lives, and that when we know better we do better. Nobody can, or should ask any more from us than that, and if they do . . .  then that will be their regret to carry, not yours.   
 
 
 
Somebody came to see me last night.  I was so pleased and I got to spoil her for a few minutes, and her mama too.  Ariana had inadvertantly locked herself out of her house and so she dropped in on us to wait while Jose made a quick trip back from work to drop off his key to her.  I so enjoyed the interlude very much.  Grace is growing like a weed and has such a beautiful little smile, which I know you can't see here, but trust me, it is there.  I love that Ariana feels like she can come to us and trust us and I love that this wee baby is a part of our lives.  Its all so very special.  I got to bounce her on my lap and coo to her and just enjoy holding her. (Grace, not Ariana, lol)  Mitzie is very curious about this baby.  She sniffs  but then wants all the attention to come back to her.  With Mitzie, its ME ME ME! lol  I expect that as Grace grows older and will actually play, then things will change. 
 
  
 
We have a gusty windy day out there today and indeed it was the same yesterday.  I looked out at one point to see our patio umbrella, being lifted up and carried across the garden just like Mary Poppin's umbrella.  It is put away safely now.  I expect more pears have blown down and we will need to go pick the ones that are left.  No time for me to do anything with them today however as the gas man is coming to service our boiler, which is in the kitchen. I can't  take the risk of being stuck in the middle of cooking/doing something when he comes. 
 
Oh and thanks for your prayers.  The scan came back and my sister doesn't have a DVT, it was probably just an allergic reaction to a bug bite or something.  Whew!  Thank God for that! 
 
Oh, and not being able to take a shower and wash my hair that way bites.  My hair is too long and gets far too tangled.  It took me ages last night to comb it all out.  I have ordered myself a boot to put on over my foot so I can take a shower.  I hope it works.  I don't think I could handle 6 weeks of not being able to shower!  I know, I know  . . . in the olden days they did it all at the sink, but I am spoilt. 
 
   
 
A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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•。★★ 。* 。
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 *.˛.
I've heard your prayers.
I've seen your tears.
I haven't forgotten about you.
Trust my timing.
My timing is perfect.
~God     •。★★ 。* 。  
 
Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Dip 
 

Have a wonderful Wednesday. Don't forget . . . 

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And I do too!


 


 


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

 


FOR TODAY, September 18, 2018 


Outside my window ...
Its very windy and there looks to be some nasty weather in the offing.  That's September here in the UK. Its hit and  miss weatherwise. I would never plan a trip here for September. We can't complain however, as we have had a beautiful summer! 


I am thinking ...
I am thinking about my toe.  Its not as painful today as I thought it was going to be.  The most painful part of it all was getting the injections into the toe for the freezing. I thought I was going to go through the roof when that happened. They had to inject it twice because as they started to cut out the nail, I could feel it, so they added more anesthetic.  Having said that, the two podietrists who were doing the procedure were very nice, and helpful and did their best to make me at ease. I go back next Monday for a dressing change.  I was not at all uncomfortable through the night last night and slept well, today I am off to the Docs for my flu shot.

Also, my sister has developed a DVT in one of  her legs so I would ask for prayers for her that they can resolve this problem quickly and easily,  without any complications.  Thank you so much! (I hope she doesn't mind me asking!)

In the kitchen ...

Spiced Pear Chutney 
Spiced Pear Chutney, made with some of the pears from our tree.  It turned out lovely! 


On my "To Cook" list ...

Lemon Meltaways from Saving Room for Dessert.  Just the name makes me want to bake them.


Good to Know ...

The definitive check list on when to clean everything in your house.  Love this.  From Good Housekeeping.  


I am creating ... 
Rock This Revival. How to draw 15 effortless flowers.

 
Happiest Camper.  5 minute washcloth soap holders.  


Tracy Lynn Crafts.  Pan handle pot holders that are also pinch pot holders. Genius!

 
Crazy Little Projects.  On the go Tic Tac Toe. 


Diane Again, making envelopes from Scrap Book Papers.  


 

Creativities.  Rose Granny Squares.  So pretty.


Oh my goodness ...


A very rare treat.  Jelly Beans. I love them, especially the ones that taste like popcorn, and the watermelon ones.

I am reading ... 

  

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, by Ruth Hogan
Once a a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago.

Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain.
But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.

Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back...

Looking forward to ...
The Ladies Dinner in November. Every November all the ladies in our Ward, or at least all who wish to attend, get together at a restaurant in Wales and enjoy a meal together.  Its always a lot of fun!

Dreaming About ... 


Teacup Figurines  . . . 

  

Red and White Kitchen  . . . 


A bedroom under the eaves  . . . 

  

Sweet Elm dolls  . . .  so sweet. 


Vintage Prom  . . . 

Something to watch  ... 

  

We watched this yesterday and it was a nice movie. A bit preachy in parts, but overall we enjoyed it. There was no swearing or sex or violence.  

Makes Me smile ... 
  

I love the sound of rustling leaves . . .  as a child we had some big pines outside our house and I loved to lay in bed and listen to the wind blowing through them.  Made me feel like Heidi. 

A Quote for the day  ... 
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              ( ¸. ❀⁀ ⋱‿✿“` * .¸.* ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.. 
When you can't find the sunshine,
Be the sunshine. ~ ღϠ₡ღ¸. ✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.

What's the worst that could happen?

Corners of my Kingdom ... 


 Castle Tower, Lake Vyrnwy, Wales

And that's my daybook for this week!



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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆

  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆ 




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Have a beautiful day!  Don't forget!  

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And I do too!