Monday, 9 March 2015

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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Waking up to the dawn chorus.   With the advent of spring those feathered songbirds are at it again.  There is no more beautiful alarm clock on earth. 

The first birds begin to sing about an hour before sunrise. If you listen carefully, you may notice that there is a regular sequence, with some species habitually starting before others. Among the earliest to rise are skylarks, song thrushes, robins and blackbirds, and as they do eat worms there may be some truth to the old saying!

When we were down South there was a male song thrush that sat on the chimney Brest of the cottage next to ours each morning.  Listening to his variety of songs and melodies, silhouetted as he was against the brightening Eastern skies, was a real treat.

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This is nesting season, and birdsong is never prettier than it is during nesting season.  This is the voice of spring as male birds set out to attract a mate.  With a huge back garden surrounded on three sides by hedges we have an abundance of the winged set to keep us company and usher in our days.

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"If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise."
~Jeannette Walls

This is the view out my front window this morning.  My computer is just in front of it and so I watch the sky as the first of day's light begins to appear across the roof tops of the houses across the street from us.  At first just a glimmer of light . . .  it slowly and quietly sneaks up on me . . .  rolling back the dark curtain of night inch by inch and moment by moment until . . .  daylight arrives and embraces me in totality.   Seriously, there is nothing more beautiful and soul enriching than watching the sunrise each morning.  I am glad I am a morning person.

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Our lesson in Relief Society yesterday was on the gift of Repentance.  I am so grateful for the Gospel in my life.   Let's face it . . .  I am not perfect.  You are not perfect.   We all make mistakes and have regrets . . .  there are things, if given the chance, I would do over and do differently, but in life  . . . but  there are no do-overs, only do-betters  . . . and new beginnings . . .  and Repentance gives us the opportunity to begin again.  It is life changing in a way that nothing else is.   True repentance helps to lighten the load . . . what a relief it is to be able to let go of the things that would burden me down.

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." ~Matthew11:29


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Last night we watched the final episode of Call the Midwife, Series 5.   It was pretty special as they always are.  I won't spoil it for any North Americans by talking about it in too much detail except to say I had wondered how they would make up for Jenny leaving at the end of Series 4.  I somehow thought it would not be the same without her, but nothing could have been further from the truth.  This show just goes from strength to strength.   I do not think there was even one episode that I did not blubber through.   I cannot wait for Series 6.   It is rare that you find quality television such as this that makes you feel so good while you watch it.  The music, the times . . .  the sweetness, the characters, the heart.  It's all good.  OH I will miss it so until the next series begins, but  . . .  I have the dvd's which will help. Time to save up now for the dvd's of this latest series.

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We have a Home Teacher who is very diligent in his care and his calling.  He's also a very good friend.   He was Todd's best man when we got married, and has been a good friend to both of us through the years.  He stopped by last night to see how Todd was getting on after the loss of his son.  (It will be two weeks on Tuesday.).  It is hard to lose a child, and even harder when you have been pushed out of that child's life to the point where no contact has been or is wanted.  Divorce is a horrible thing.   Having been told he was not welcome at the funeral has been quite heart wrenching I know, although he doesn't say much about it.   Having such good Home Teacher who takes the time to come and talk and, most importantly  . . .  listen . . .  is a blessing, a real blessing.

I am so grateful for all the programs of our church which have been inspired and designed with God's plan of happiness for His children in mind.  When they are done the way they should be done  . . . they make a huge difference.

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Being able to watch this little lady enjoy some freedom in the back garden over the weekend.  It was dry enough that we could let her enjoy the grassed area and enjoy it she did.  She had almost a whole winter's worth of smells and sniffs to catch up on!   Her enthusiasm for everything just cheers my heart to no end.   Everyone should have a Mitzie in their lives.

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Each one of you!  Knowing that I can come here each morning and share my life, heart and thoughts with you is a pretty special thing.  You've always been so kind to me and supportive and I see you all as friends.  I really do.  I think sometimes our Invisible Friends are the best friends of all!

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

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"Time stands still best
in moments that look
suspiciously like ordinary life."
~Brian Andrews
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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Chunky Puy Lentil and Veggie Soup.


Happy Monday! I hope your week gets off to a very good start! May it be filled to overflowing with small and wonderful things! Don't forget.
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And I do too!


11 comments:

Sybil said...

Morning Marie, what a frosty one it is down here. I hadn't expected that at all. The poor plants have just started to sprout new leaves etc I hope that they are hardy enough to withstand the frost on them this morning... I am so pleased that Todd friend came to visit I hope that Todd was able to speak to him from his heart. we have something similar in our church we all have a Pastoral Carer. Indeed I am one for a few people in church and contact them usually be phone to just let them know I am here for them when they need me etc. As I have said before I think it is quite a big thing for me to do as I find it very difficult to actually mix and chat...people don;t think I am like that, but they only see me whith the smile in place LOL...I am quite happy to sit and listen and put in the odd word but that is as far as it goes !!
But I do think listning is somethig that I can do and some are not so good at that !!!
Hope you havea lovely day and that the sun shines...no sign of it here very grey and now misty as well....take care and love to Todd and Mitzie x

Marie Rayner said...

Sybil, I think that the finest quality a friend can have is to be a good listener. I am quite shy also and not that good at communicating verbally. I get all tongue tied. I am much better with the written word, but I am good listening£ It's grey here today and cool, they say it is supposed to rain quite heavily. Such is March! Love and hugs to you and Masy! xoxo

Suze said...

Good morning Marie. I wish you and Todd the happiest of spring days.

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Suzan! I hope you are well! xoxo

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

I love to watch the sun rise every day too and where I sit with my computer faces windows too. They are at the back of my house, not the front though. Hope you have a great start to this new week. Happy Monday !

La Table De Nana said...

I cannot cannot cannot wait for CTM..
Jacques loves the show as much as I do..he gets tears too..On minus 20 F mornings he would get up ealy to light the fire..and he would watch CTM on his computer:)

My son-in-law the police sargent loves it too!
Have a beautiful day..Like your sunrise!

kate hazlehurst said...

Hi Marie, oh call the midwife was amazing! I agree with you that this series was the best yet. Can't wait for the next one. Hope Todd felt comforted by your teacher friend. It's a horrible time he's going thru. Lots of love to you both. Kate xxx

Ps sorry if this comment comes up twice, it keeps happening and I don't know why!

Marie Rayner said...

Pam, sounds like we are both very blessed women! Hope you have a lovely week too! xoxo

Monique, this last series is just wonderful, but then they are all pretty wonderful!! Todd loves it as well. I think it just appeals to everyone with a tender heart. Love you! xoxo

Thanks Kate. You love and thoughts mean a lot to me. I think the commenting thing on blogger is a bit messed up anyways, as I never put down to have word verification, but it seems to do it automatically now! xoxo

Valerie H. said...

A wonderful post Marie! Thank you! Love and hugs to you and Todd and of course Ms. Mitze the pup! xoxo
PS. Kyle is in his own apartment now and I'm cleaning his old room so I can move my crafts in. Yes!!!

Marie Rayner said...

Hooray for having a craft room now Valerie! You will prob miss Kyle at first, but you will get to really spoil him when he visits! Xoxo

Valerie H. said...

I'm sure you are right about that Marie! xoxo