Monday, 26 October 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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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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!


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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.

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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!

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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!!


6 comments:

Suze said...

Good morning Marie,

I am home and in some ways it feels like I never left. However, I did have a great time and a good rest.

Your Sunday sounds so peace filled and gentle. I love gentle Sundays and they happen oh so rarely. Last week I didn't see the news at all and the news filled me with sadness and concern.

God bless your day. Lots of love,

Suzan

Marie Rayner said...

Happy Homecoming Suzan! I try not to watch the news. it is always depressing! Love and hugs. xoxo

Tracy said...

Hi, Marie!! So glad to catch up with you, Willow I was MIA for a couple weeks...days just very full lately. And when are they not?! ;o) Wonderful idea--that veggie lodge--YUM! Glad to hear your sister is diabetes-free. Hope she can keep that way, and with diet, etc. You be taking good care there... Happy Autumn Days, dear friend ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

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

Like you I have only met wonderful people on blogger. Glad to have met you too. Hope your week is off to a great start !

La Table De Nana said...

We change our time next week..

planning gingerbread things as I type..I just feel like it this year..

Kiddies are growing up so fast!

Marie Rayner said...

Tracy, so good to see a comment from you and that all is well! Happy Autumn Days to you too! Love and hugs! Xoxo

You are one of my treasures Paam! Xoxo

Oh, how I wish I had grandkids nearby to do ginger reads for Monique! I guess I'll have to spoil the missionaries in their stead! Xoxo