Monday, 26 October 2015
Small and wonderful things . . .
"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.
Two very handsome grandsons! This is Gabriel and Luke enjoying their summer this year. Love my grandkiddos. Hate that I am missing them all growing up. Love that they are happy and healthy.
My Daughter in Law posted this on my facebook page. I love that she is thoughtful enough to think of me. This is from the Green Giant Facebook page. A healthy alternative to a Gingerbread House? Possibly, but it would only last one day. I suppose it would make a SUPER talking piece as the centre of a buffet table for the holidays! But I don't think it will ever take the place of a Gingerbread house. Thinking of the gingerbread houses I baked and decorated while my kids were growing up. The youngsters always really enjoyed them. They were a lot of work, but brought a lot of joy and were somewhat of a tradition.
It was Stake Conference this past weekend for our church. Our church is divided into areas, with a leadership for that area, and each area is divided into stakes. Then there are Wards/Congregations at a local level. A stake embraces many Wards. Our Ward is part of the Chester England Stake, and is in fact the Chester Ward. Twice a year our Stake Leadership speaks to us at a conference, which runs over two days. All the Wards within the Stake gather together to listen/watch them. I always enjoy Stake Conference. I am always able to take some wisdom from them and apply it to my life. There seems to be a general theme which seems to be running through both our General and our Stake Conference these past few conferences . . . a hastening of the work. I have gotten the distinct impression that the times are running down and I must make sure my lamp is filled with oil.
So happy to learn that my beloved sister is not yet diabetic, but only pre-diabetic, which means she has time to work on things. She is very fit and a healthy eater for the most part anyways, so I am not overly concerned. She got the good genes. So did my brother. I am the baddy, but it's my own fault for not having taken better care of myself.
We had a lovely day yesterday. After church I made us some lunch and then we put classical music on the stereo. I called my mum and spoke to her. Afterwards Todd and I enjoyed a nice afternoon, just talking, listening to the music, reading scriptures, etc. Then we went to visit our good friend Doreen for a bit. She has a bad chest infection. I told Billy he needs to get her into see a Doctor today as she needs to be on anti-biotics. At 86, you shouldn't mess about with things like that. Then we came home, had some supper and enjoyed a quiet evening together. Because of the clock/time change (they went back Saturday night) I was tired and ready for bed by 8:30! AND it was dark by about 5:30!
Having an attitude of gratitude. This makes life infinitely better. I am so happy that I am able to live my life with gratitude. I hope that I always will.
Each one of you bless my life in numerous ways. You are all special to me. I always tell my mum, I have only ever met lovely people through blogging and on the internet. Perhaps I am just lucky.
What a nice thought. Yes, I am lucky.
And I AM going to sort the music out today. Something on it has messed up. Sorry about that!
In The English Kitchen today . . . . Macaroni, Cheese and Tomato Bake.
I hope your week gets off to a good start, and that the days ahead of you are filled with a ton of small and wonderful things . . . Don't forget!
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And I do too!!