Monday, 27 October 2014

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.    


























The Pirate Family Profile pic has been put back on on FB for Halloween.  I have always loved this photo of our Bruce, his Sara and their Baxter!  I think Baxter is the cutest Shark Puppy ever.  I sure would love to see him running around in that outfit!





















 I saw this on Facebook and fell in love with it.  It's all so true.     I think it is the Greeks that have four distinct words for "Love."   Agape, which means "love: esp. brotherly love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God."  Eros, which is passionate love of a physical nature.  Phylia which means "affectionate regard, friendship," usually "between equals." And then Storge which means "love, affection" and "especially of parents and children."

I maintain that Lve is an "action" word, and if you did all of the above, you would certainly be practicing it!


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When I was chatting with my middle son Doug on facetime on Saturday he showed me the bread he had rising in the kitchen.  Here it is all baked!  I love this photograph.  It embodies home to me . . .  a well worn kitchen floor and  home baked bread cooling on the table right next to a toy truck.  I love that my son is a family man and that he bakes bread.   What I love most of all is that he shared this experience with me.  I am grateful for his thoughtfulness.  I am looking forward to some Halloween pics later this week!  ☺

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A grateful heart.   


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I got my music back. It was gone and now it's back.  Whew!  I love my play list.  I hope you do too.  If you don't, you can easily turn it off.  Just click it off by hitting the two pause bars near the beginning of it up top.    I know music is not everone's cup of tea.   I love it though . . .

A thought to carry with you through today  . . . 

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"Love has nothing to do with 
what you are expecting to get 
only with what you are expecting to give 
which is everything."
 ~Katharine Hepburn 




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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  a delicious Alsatian Tart!  It's not as difficult to make as one would suppose!

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Have a fabulous Monday! May the week ahead be filled to overflowing with small and wonderful things!


7 comments:

Suze said...

Have a very happy Monday Marie.

This afternoon we had a small storm and some rain, wonderful rain.

Marie Rayner said...

Suzan, I sure wish that I could ship some of the rain that we get over to you! xx

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Isn't FaceTime wonderful. That bread looks so good. How great your son makes his own. Takes after his mom no doubt. Hope you have a great start to this new week. Happy Monday!

La Table De Nana said...

I love that shot of the bread and it's surroundings too..Everything you wrote about your son ..are things I appreciate..makes me happy .

Marie Rayner said...

I love facetime Pam! It's a great way to connect. Actually he takes after his dad with the bread making. My ex always baked our bread and he was good at it! Happy Monday to you too! xx

Makes me happy too Monique! xx

Brenda Evans said...

That bread looks wonderful - I made pumpkin bread yesterday and it's awsome if I do say so. That little BAxter is adorable. Love the music as you know - it's beautiful. Have a great day!

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Brenda! Hope your day was a great one too! xx