Monday, 4 January 2016

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.

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Baxter and Lucy seem to be getting on really well.   I have often wondered what would happen if we got another dog.  Someone to keep Mitzie company when we are out and about.   Would she resent the extra presence or would she enjoy it?   I am not sure.   In any case Bax and Luce are doing just fine.

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And that is as it should be . . .

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In the meantime this little lady is missing Tatiana.   She adored Tatiana and snuggled up to her every chance she could get.   A dog knows those who love dogs.

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It has been a long time since I have made a hot dog for someone and had such a reaction.  That is bliss people.   One of the things Tatiana wanted me to make for her when she was here was a hot dog.

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And I did and they were thoroughly enjoyed.   She had four in two days, lol.  I Love  LOVE it when my efforts are so appreciated!

And this lady has eaten hotdogs in NYC.   I feel chuffed that mine sent her to heaven.

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Love this photo of Todd.  He was feeling very dapper here, and looking very dapper I might add.  He does make me smile, every day.  In so very many ways.  We have an easy companionship which brings us both much joy.  Unless we are in the car . . .

Then I turn into the harassenger and he the harassed.  I do try to bite my tongue.  I am just a very nervous passenger and it doesn't get better with time, if anything it gets worse.   That is no small thing and not very wonderful.  Todd would agree.

"For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; 
To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, 
to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands." 
~Christina Rossetti

I love my sister very much.  There are weeks we talk every day and others where we hardly talk at all.  Each time we get together though it is a beautiful experience for me.  She has been my best friend all of her life.  When my mother first brought her home from the hospital, I asked her to take her back.   But she didn't.  I am grateful for that because she has been enriching  my life ever since.  I am not sure if she knows how very important she is to me.   I hope that she does and I hope also that she knows how very much I love her.  She brings a warmth to my heart that nobody else can.


Each one of you and the lovely comments you leave.   I hope you know how much they mean to me!  Thank you so very much!

I have blood tests this morning.  I think I will fail these ones.  I have been somewhat naughty over the holidays.  Time to purge and get back on the band wagon!  Must do better.  Will do better.

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

"To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, 
to smile without hostility at people and institutions, 
to compensate for the shortage of love in the world 
with more love in small, private matters; 
to be more faithful in our work, 
to show greater patience, 
to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: 
all these are things we can do." 
~I Hermann Hesse

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Crispy Mash Hash . . .  for two.  Delicious.

May the week ahead of you be filled with loads of small and wonderful things! Don't forget . . .

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And I do too!


  1. Hugs and love Marie. I have blood tests this week too and I understand your concerns. The kicker is that I have been very good this year but I know my levels are up.

    On to happier things. I think dogs together can be great friends but I have learned the hard way that cats are different critters indeed. But the expenses mount up quickly too.

    Lots of love for a God filled day.

  2. Hi, Marie! Slowly emerging from jet lag fog and Christmas glow... Great to catch up with you here! I'm wondering where the old year went, and amazed we're turned to a new week, a new year... Looking forward to sharing another life-rich & creative year with you here. Wishing you & yours all the VERY best in 2016 and more...and much good health too! ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  3. Hello, Marie! Love reading your post. I get jealous how happy your family is. Wishing you and your family happy new year and more blessing in life.

  4. Oh yes, Suzan, dogs and cats can be quite expensive when they are not well. I am hoping that things will turn a corner for us soon and we will be able to afford to get pet insurance again! God bless you! xoxo

    Welcome back Tracy! So excited to hear about your holiday to America. Hoping it went well! Hoping also that 2016 will bring plenty of creativity to us both! Love and huggles to all of the B family! xoxo

    Thanks Abigail. I do hope you aren't too jealous. We have sad and low times in our family also. No family is perfect! ((((hugs)))) Happy New Year to you. Hoping 2016 brings you loads of blessings. xoxo

  5. You sound so joyful and it suits you:)!

  6. I'm in the same boat as you Marie with bad blood tests. But we did enjoy the holidays (and the yummy food) didn't we!

  7. Thanks Monique! I would rather have smile lines than frown lines! xoxo

    We sure did Sandy! Happy New Year! xoxo

  8. Hi, Marie! I can feel happiness all over your post. Wishing you, your family a great year 2016.


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