Monday, 28 October 2013

Small and Wonderful Things

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"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard 

A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life.   It's the small things in life which truly mean the most.  Simple abundance . . . it's the best.

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Pirates in the family.   This is our Bruce with his partner Sara and their Baxter, dressed for a birthday party for one of the nephews.  Just for fun I went to a pirate name generator.   Sara's pirate name is Mae "Toothy Grin" "The Plunderer of Lion Bay!" Bruces's was George"Silver Tooth" Scoby "The Soul of Jewel Creek!"  I don't know what any of that has to do with their real names! But I thought it would be fun.  I did not try to Piratize Baxter!

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I think Baxter is one of the cutest dogs, next to Mitzie of course!  (She's cuter, but then again I am a tad bit biased!)  He is a Daschund/Terrier cross, which means he has the longish body of the Daschund and the hair of a terrier.  A very cute mix I think.

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What do you think??? It would be pretty hard not to love that little face.

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This photograph of the Duke and Duchesse of Cambridge with wee Prince George made my heart melt.  I hope that my parents looked at me with that kind of love in their faces when I was a baby.  I think it is just precious.

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Small peanuts to some, but pretty large to me.  This fabulous machine is my pride and joy at the moment!  I really am such a lucky woman.   I won that yellow Kitchen Aid Blender from Sainsbury's  Magazine  back when I was living down in Brenchley, last year I won a National Award from the British Turkey Association, this year this lovely machine from  Gourmandize UK/Ireland . . . what's next???  The lottery??? I dunno.  I already think I'm a pretty lucky woman.  Lovely husband and family, fairly decent health, the Gospel in my life, all of you . . . what more could anyone possibly want or have!  My cup runneth over!

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I think "Uncle Bruce" is all of the grandkids' favourite Uncle.   They all seem to love spending time with him and he seems to love spending time with them.

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I noticed when I was home that Maryn particularly was very fond of him.   That is so nice.  I did not have an Uncle like that when I was a child.  I think he will be a great father.

All of my son's are great fathers.   It is a wonderful reward as a parent yourself, to see your own children grow up and be good parents.  It makes you feel that, despite all the wrongs you may have committed . . . you must have done some things right!

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In my heart I always wanted to be this grandmother.  The one that the grandchildren came to and wanted to do things with and cuddle with.   Reality has meant that I am forced to live quite far away from my grandbabies, and that was my choice . . .  I know that.  It wasn't supposed to be forever, only for a couple of years, but life has a way of getting in the way of the way you would like things to be.  Instead I have to be this kind of grandmother in my heart and try to make up for the time and distance apart in other ways.   I have spent the weekend, crocheting and glittering and cutting and gluing and writing, and little bits of my heart have been spread through it all.  I hope that my grandbabies will be able to feel of that love in some way.

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Warm socks on a cold day.  I got to get me some.  Mine are all thirteen years old and the ones I brought over here with me when I first arrived to live here in the UK on October 31st 2000.  It is hard to believe that thirteen years have gone by already.  I hope the next thirteen years don't pass by as quickly as these did!  

A thought to carry with you through today . . .

When you get older, you realize
it's a lot less about your place in the world
but your place in you.
It's not how everyone views you,
but how you view yourself."
~Natalie Portman

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . a delicious Pear and Apple Spice Cake!

Have a fabulous Monday.  May it be filled with lots of small and wonderful things!

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