Thursday, 17 July 2014

Five Things about me . . .

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 Five more things about me! I wonder if I will ever run out of new and interesting things to tell you about me??? I sure hope not!  This is an old photograph of me with my dad.   He had been reading one of my favourite books to me, Heidi and we had both fallen asleep.  I cherish this photo so very much.   It has captured a golden moment in time, which is what a good photograph should do.


 One of my ancestors was Sir John Howard, the first Duke of Norfolk.   He was a very close friend to King Richard the third and died with him at the Battle of Bosworth, during the Wars of the Roses.   He was the great grandfather to Anne Bolyn, which makes him the great great grandfather to Queen Elizabeth.  He was also an Uncle to Catherine Howard who was also married to Henry the Eighth.  King Richard the third's remains were found beneath a car park.  He was the last Yorkist King, being suceeded by the Tudor's.   I never liked history at school, but have learned since leaving school that I actually love history.  It is just my history teachers at school were not that great at making it interesting or exciting.

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These are some sketches I found that I did when I was taking an art course  via the London School of Art some four and a half years ago.   They are from the series Cranford.  I never got to finish my course.   I lost my job and we had to move and it all got lost in the shuffle of both time and location.   To be honest I wasn't really learning anything I didn't already know how to do anyways . . . as a teenager I used to do pencil portraiture.  I did portraits of all my pop idols.  There was one of Elton John which was really quite good.  I gave my folder containing all of that art to my oldest son about 20 years ago.  I think he lost it.   Oh well . . .

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I love pie.  I love any kind of pie.  If it has a crust I am all over it.  It doesn't have to be a sweet pie, a savoury one will do as well.   My favourite has to be lemon pie.  Ice cold from the fridge.  So good.  But then as soon as I said that I thought about a delicious raisin pie . . . sweet and stogged full of raisins . . .  then there is rhubarb custard pie . . .  CHERRY pie!  Apple pie, warm with a slice of good cheddar cheese.  Oh, steak and mushroom pie  . . .  chicken pot pie!  Christmas Tortiere ....   I just plain love PIE!  I can't choose a favourite.   Do you have a favourite?

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I love the smell of freshly cut grass.  If there is a smell which epitomizes summer for me, it is that of freshly cut grass.  It smells so green and somehow sweet.  I do not however like the smell of hay being cut.   It almost makes me feel sick.  It reminds me of the smell of the old feed mill in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.  I did not like that smell at all.  I can remember taking messages to my Uncle Harold who worked in it.    The summer I turned eleven, they were building an addition onto the feed mill.   They had it all framed in and the floor done.   My sister and I could see tons of empty pop bottles up on the floor.   There was a bazillion of them.   Our eyes saw dollar signs.   We just knew we could take them into the Merry's Drug Store and get a fortune for them, maybe even enough for a whole bag of penny candy.   My sister helped me to get up onto the second floor and then I lowered the bottles down to her.  After I had lowered all the bottles we couldn't figure out how to get ME down.   My sister eventually had to go get my father to help me down.   We didn't get to keep the bottles and so our penny candy dreams disappeared in a puff of the reality which was my very angry father!

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My absolute favourite flower of all time is the Sweet Pea.   They smell beautiful.  If you have a bouquet of sweet peas in the house you have something which is very special.   One bouquet will scent practically the whole house.  There is no sweeter scent on the earth.  I have a Yankee candle which is scented of sweet peas and it is my favourite candle.

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They are so beautiful, with each bloom resembling butterfly wings about to flutter away on a summer's breeze.     What is your favourite flower?

And there it is five new things about me.

The first Doctor I saw yesterday was a new one. I had not seen her before.  She said that the x-ray showed nothing more than ordinary osteo-arthritis.  Then I showed her what my thumb was doing and she felt it all over and said that I probably needed a shot in it, but she didn't do shots.   So I had to go to the reception and make a new appointment.  Fortunately I was able to get one for about half an hour later.   That Doctor thought it was quite severe and didn't think a shot would do much good, although he agreed to give me one just to see if it would work.  He said it would be quite painful, and it was.   If it is not better within 30 days I am to go back.  He thinks it really requires surgery.  Please pray for me that it does get better without surgery.   Thank you so very much.   I can see no improvement this morning, but I am remaining hopeful.

A thought to carry with you through today . . .

"As we light a path for others, we naturally light our own way."
~Mary Anne Radmacher 
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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Lemon French Toast with Fresh Strawberries and Maple Syrup.  So good!

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Have a wonderful Thursday!  'Til next time . . . 



  1. Love that photo of you and your Dad...showing so much trust and love ...I am sorry to read about the thumb..if the injection dosn't work..what kind of operation are they suggesting/thinking of doing Marie ? Praying that it won't come to that though...also that it does not spread to much...
    I love pies as well...but my Fav. are always savoury ones...steak pies/cornish pasties/cheese'n' onion/ anything really !! sweet one would be like you lemon least my Sister Sarah's...but never have that now I'm afraid, everyone loved her lemon merangue pie...
    Well I am away this morning to the new leg place in Bristol. The transport will come any time after 8,30 although appointment is not till 11am. will hopefully come home with a nice new refurbished leg !! wish the same coudl be done to my body LOL
    Have a lovely day..dull still here bit warm..sun will be out a bit later I am sure xx

  2. Your poor little thumb kin I hope it feels better for the shot.

    Love the photo of you and your dad snuggled together.

    God bless your day.

  3. Oh Sybil, if only we could get refurbished bodies. I think I would go for the Angelina Jolie Model! I wish! Good lucky with your appointment. It is gorgeously sunny here today. I see salads for lunch and dinner! Poor Todd!

    Thanks Suzan. My dad and I were inseperable when I was small. I have so many fond memories. God bless your day too.


  4. I do hope the injection helps with your thumb. Arthritis is not a pleasant thing. I did some painting two days in a row and then had to give my fingers a rest. Still I can use them with out a lot of pain. I think it was something about gripping the brush. My grip certainly isn't what it used to be. Hope you have a happy Thursday!

  5. I hope the shot helps you Marie. I know how painful that finger can be snapping like that all the time. But if you have to have surgery - fear not - it's not a big deal - it takes about 20 mins and it's over although it is surgery and you have to go through all the same hoopla. My finger was like brand new after surgery. Never has given me any more problems. Love the picture - that's a great memory.

  6. I hope the shot helps you Marie. I know how painful that finger can be snapping like that all the time. But if you have to have surgery - fear not - it's not a big deal - it takes about 20 mins and it's over although it is surgery and you have to go through all the same hoopla. My finger was like brand new after surgery. Never has given me any more problems. Love the picture - that's a great memory.

  7. Oh I would have that first photo out in a frame..I love it.
    I have one of my dad and my sister in the water and he never looked so happy:)
    My parents lost that little girl.
    I can imagine how their lives changed in a moment:(
    Poor them.
    Your sweet peas are glorious!
    Mine are all pink..all! I sweet peas.. a you.
    And mine are not prolific like yours yet..
    You deserve them.
    My fingers and thumbs are crssed for the healing of your thumb.

  8. I will try to remain positive about it Brenda and hope that if I do need surgery, it comes out as well as yours did!

    Getting older is a bit pain sometimes Pam! But it happens to us all. Nobody has invented a "turn back the clock" machine yet!

    Oh MOnique, I never thought of framing it, but you are right! I really should! Thanks for suggesting it! Thanks for your crossed fingers and thumbs! xxoo

  9. So Sorry that the shot didn't provide some relief to your thumb. :-(

    As usual I enjoyed reading your 5 things! The tender picture of you and your father wins the prize. What a great shot that was taken of a sweet moment in time.
    I love the sweet peas too. My favorite flowers are Hydrangeas and Double Peonies. As for pie, I probably would choose Cherry pie as my favorite.
    Interesting ancestry you have Marie. Amazing isn't it?
    The glass bottle story made me chuckle as I could imagine the excitement to get some pennies for candy. LOTS of it! Glad your Father was there to get you down. Haaa! I hope you are having a nice day with Todd and Mitzie! Loved the picture of her with the Missionaries yesterday. :-D She's so cute!

  10. Oh, what a beautiful picture of dad and you, Marie. My favorite flower-- jasmines. Oh to lie on a bed of jasmines! My favorite smell--besides that of jasmines ofcourse, would be of the earth under my feet soaked by the summer rain.

  11. PS. I forgot to mention that I used to do pencil portraitures when I was a teenager too. Isn't that funny??? I still have some of them.

  12. Valerie! Twins from different mothers, twins from different mothers! You would love our front garden. It is overflowing with Hydrangea! So beautiful this time of year too! I LOVE DOUBLE PEONIES as well. I keep saying we are going to get some but we haven't yet. I would love to see your pencil portraitures! I will e-mail today or tomorrow! xxoo

    Anna, thank you so much. Jasmine does smell very lovely and I, too, love the smell of damp earth after the rain. xxoo

  13. Hi, Marie!

    I have been trying to post comments here and at Monique's blog and for some reason my comments haven't been appearing. One just showed up at Monique's, though, so I'm trying my luck here now too. :)

    I love the photo of you and your dad. And the thumb-injection sounds horrible. I hope this weekend and next week are good to you. ♥


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