FOR TODAY, July 29th, 2014
Outside my window ...
The heat wave has broken, and whilst it is still warm, the mornings and evenings are nice and pleasant and just cool enough to enjoy! My kind of weather!
I am thinking ...
"And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." D&C 84:88
Thiswas a revelation given to Joseph Smith when the Saints were living in Kirtland, Ohio, in September of 1832. I love the wording of this. I love the thought that God has me covered and his angels round about me. In a world that is ever increasingly going crazy, it helps me to feel safe and loved.
I am thankful ...
For the scriptures which I read and study . . . and which help to bolster my courage, and inspire my days and ways.
In the kitchen ...
In the kitchen today Summer Blueberry Tarts! Tasty and pretty too! Also very simple to make. I am also giving away a set of these . . .
Clong from Dreamfarm! They sent me a pair to try out and a pair to give away. I will send them anywhere, but you have to comment in order to be in for a chance to win them, so go on over and have a gander and tell me that you've been. It could be YOU who wins! You never know!
On my "To Cook" list ...
These Cream Puff Doughnuts from Spoon Fork Bacon look pretty amazing!
I am creating ...
I love,LOVE this grocery bag with the drawstring top from Studio Clip. It's in japanese, but there are diagrams which looks pretty easy to follow.
I love this gadget holder from Buzz Feed. It's made from an old hand lotion bottle. I would never have thought of something like this! I just love how very inventive people are!
I adore pin cushions and I just love this easy to make no sew cupcake pin cushion I found on Creative Paper Trail.
Tin Can Stilts from Lolly Jane! I can remember making these when I was a girl. So much fun!
I am going ...
We are going to the theatre with some friends on Wednesday which should be good. Then the Missionary Elders are coming for their tea on Friday. I am having both sets early in August as we have the student arriving on the 11th and I want her well settled in and a routine in place before we start having company.
I am wondering ...
August 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War – a turning point in world history.
In collaboration with 14-18 NOW, Liverpool will host one of the UK's landmark commemorative events - a poignant and spectacular piece of street theatre which will once again see giant visitors embark on an emotional journey around the city. It all happened last weekend. How amazing it must have been to see these huge giants walking around the city!! I love Liverpool anyways. When I was a child I was afraid of Giants. I am not sure how I would have felt in amongst them, even knowing they were mechanical. It would have been a bit eerie I think, but amazing. I am wondering at the technology that was used to do this. You can read more about it here. Those people in the red suits are called the Lilliputians. They help to work the giants. Pretty amazing stuff!
I am reading ...
Tapestry of Fortunes, by Elizabeth Berg
In this book four very different women delve into their pasts in order to share their futures, fates and fortunes.
Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can’t she take her own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move—all the portentous signs seem to point in that direction. She downsizes her life, sells her suburban Minnesota home and lets go of many of her possessions. She moves into a beautiful old house in Saint Paul, complete with a garden, chef’s kitchen, and three housemates: Lise, the home’s owner and a divorced mother at odds with her twenty-year-old daughter; Joni, a top-notch sous chef at a first-rate restaurant with a grade A jerk of a boss; and Renie, the youngest and most mercurial of the group, who is trying to rectify a teenage mistake. These women embark on a journey together in an attempt to connect with parts of themselves long denied. For Cece, that means finding Dennis Halsinger. Despite being “the one who got away,” Dennis has never been far from Cece’s thoughts.
I have only just started it, but you all know how much I love the writing of Elizabeth Berg.
I am hoping ...
I see great improvement in my thumb after two weeks. I am hoping that it continues. It is only clicking a little bit now, and although it still has a way to go I am able to use it again in small degrees! Call me happy with that!
Makes me smile ...
This is a picture I took last week of Sister Brimley and Sister Wagner! Sister Brimley has been with us for quite a while now. I think we were her first area on her mission. She is leaving us today to go to Kendal in the Lake District. These young ladies are such choice girls. They always make me smile. It is hard to see any one of them move on to a new area. I always hate it when the missionaries move on. You come to love each and every one of them. But I know it's for their own good that they serve in a lot of different places and for the good of the Gospel, which also makes me smile.
I am learning ...
I am trying to teach myself to know the difference between being hungry, being bored or being just plain glutonous. It's a hard lesson to learn when you love food.
Around the house ...
Repurpose with a purpose. 50 surprisingly new ways to make something new out of something old. I love the idea of repurposing. We have become such a throwaway society. We need to stop that if we can.
I love the colourful site of this sofa table made with old pallets. Found on I'm Making it Myself. I love the brightness of it and the inventiveness as well!
I love the rustic look of this kitchen island. You need a big kitchen for that however. Doesn't stop me from liking it though!
What a novel way to use baskets! I just may do something like this. From BHG, of course!
I am pondering ...
All of the conflict in the world at the moment makes my heart ache. I really feel for Israel. It is difficult to be surrounded by enemies who want you dead and will not compromise on that. I also feel for the innocents of Gaza who are being slaughtered. They are being used as human shields by Hamas in my opinion. Why else put missile launchers in hospitals and schools? They do it on purpose because they hope that Israel will not respond in bombing them, and if Israel does it will turn the tide of world opinion against them. The real enemy here is Hamas, not the Palestinians or the Israeli's. There are no winners here.
A favourite quote for the day ...
Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given.
All we need is love.
One of my favourite things ...
A peek into my day ...
I often go out and gaze at the pond. There is always something new happening in it. You can see a reflection on it now from the netting that Todd was forced to put around it to keep out the cats. You can also see Goldie peering out from beneath some of the greenery. That is our only pure gold fish and the oldest one we have remaining. I love the lily pads and flowers. I think we need to clear a few of them away though. Although in this heat we have been having it does help to give the fish some much needed shade and respite!
And that's my day book for this week!
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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small*´¯`.¸¸.☆
⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆
Wherever you go and whatever you do I hope there's a wonderful day planned for you!
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