Monday, 17 November 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.  


Butterfly tea sandwiches.  Such a simple thing . . .  such an elegant approach.  I am remembering this the next time I have a tea party.

That reminds me of the time I had a tea party for the missionary sisters.   I need to do that again before Sister Wagner goes home.

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Building memories and sharing my life with this wonderful man God gave me.   Waking up to find three simple little words in my FB message box . . .  "I love you" . . . and knowing they are from him.  I love this man to pieces and back again.   He may not be perfect and I may not be perfect, but we are perfect for each other.

Feeling like I could die tomorrow and be able to say I had a very good life.  Not that I want to die tomorrow, coz I don't . . .  but knowing that I have had a life which has been richly blessed with an abundance of the things that really matter.   That feeling is priceless.


Puppy belly snuffles.

Hot soup on cold days.


Smiles in unexpected places. 

Life is good.  Just knowing that.   That is a small and wonderful thing.  I am blessed.

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Tomato and Bean Soup.  Easy Peasy. 

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


Sybil said...

As always I enjoy every morning me wee visit to you. This morning seems particularily nice as I look at the smiling faces of you and Todd...such love between you seems to be shining through...and of course the daft way's our dogs lie when wanting attention LOL
Have a lovely day ahead...looks a bit wet at the moment but certainly not cold yet,,,take care xxx

Suze said...

I love the tea ideas. i might have to try some when I get home.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Marie Rayner said...

I think our day will be grey and dismal Sybil! Sigh . . . got to take the bad with the good. Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I always enjoy them! xxoo

You have a great day too Suzan and God bless you as well! xxoo

kate hazlehurst said...

You two make such a lovely couple ! What made me happy this weekend was going to Gordale! It was amazing, expensive, but amazing. Some people are so talented the way they can decorate Christmas trees. Have a good week Marie, lots of love xxx

Tracy said...

LOVE those butterfly tea sandwiches and those prettily decorate ones too... *swoon*... This was a lovely count-one's-blessings post. :o) And so nice to catch up with you a bit, as I've not been online as much. We're getting ready to travel in a few days to share Thanksgiving in the US with my family. With holidays approaching, I'm also making a departure from blogland... But I'll still be around to visit and keep in touch. ;o) ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

Marie Rayner said...

Oh Kate! How wonderful! I haven't been to Gordale since they got all of their Christmas things in. I think I'll drag Todd there one day for a treat! You have a good week too! xxoo

Thanks Tracy! I was thinking you might already be gone. You have a wonderful trip! I hope you enjoy all the holidays with your family! xxoo

La Table De Nana said...

I remember your tea party..have a great day and thank you for the soup s too!

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

Hot soup and smiles are wonderful things. I'm going to check out the recipe for the tomato bean soup sounds good ! Hope your Monday is a wonderful one !

Marie Rayner said...

Soup is always good this time of year Monique, yes? Thanks! xxoo

Pan, I hope you try the soup and like it. It's a store cupboard favourite! Have a fab day! xxoo

LeAnn said...

I always enjoy reading your small and wonderful things posts. I really love the sweet picture of you and that dear Todd of yours. You radiate your love for one another in this picture.
Blessings, love and hugs for you both!

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks LeAnn! It's one of my favourite pics too! Xxoo