Thursday, 11 February 2016

Raindrops on Roses . . . .

These are a few of my favourite things  . . .

I just adore Peanut Butter.  It's one of my absolute weaknesses.   I have never made my own.  My Peanut Butter of choice is Skippy.  I am not overly fond of British Peanut Butter.  (Sorry folks!)  I like Skippy.  It's creamier, probably because it is more full of fat.  I don't know . . .  I only know I prefer it.  When I was a child we used to get Squirrel Peanut Butter.  It was the only one with a real peanut on top.  At one time Peanut Butter came in drinking glass jars!  They were decorated with diamonds, hearts, clubs and spades in black and red.  My mom collected a whole set and still has them.


Susan Branch.  I have loved her artwork since the late 1970's/early 80's when she started doing illustrated recipes in Country Living Magazine.  I have collected her art, books and calendars, etc. ever since.  I follow her blog.   It's compelling reading.   I love all that she writes about, and all that she paints/illustrates.  She seems like a very nice and genuine person, approachable.  I admire woman who can make it in the art world and make a living at it, really  . . . Susan Branch, Mary Englebreit, Holly Hobbie, Tascha Tudor, Marjolein Bastin,  and a few others whose names escape me at the moment.  (It's my brain really . . . it doesn't work like it used to do!)

Another woman I greatly admire is Ellen Degeneres.  I think she is very funny.  She makes me laugh.  She, too, seems very approachable, and very nice.  Her generosity astounds me.   That is why we are here.   When we are given talents and abundance, it is not just for our own enjoyment.  We are meant to share them with others, and this woman does.  She seems to be very compassionate and giving.  She is good people.  You cannot fake being a good person.  It always shows, eventually.  Always.

I like genuine and good people.


The Holy Scriptures.  I love the Book of Mormon, no more and no less than I love the Bible.   I will be the first one to tell you that I have not sat down and read the Book of Mormon in one go from the front cover to the back cover, but I have never done that with the Bible either.  They just don't appeal to me in that way . . .  like a novel does.  But I have studied both, from cover to cover and I have discovered gems of knowledge and inspiration within those covers.   And that is the difference.  The study.  The delving into the Word of God, and I firmly believe that both are the Word of God.  I have favourite scriptures from both books.  Passages of verse which bring me comfort and inspiration.  The Scriptures have helped to bring me into a closer relationship with my Saviour and my Heavenly Father.  There is a difference between merely reading the scriptures and feasting on the scriptures.  Feasting upon the word of God brings untold blessings . . .  understanding, and yes  . . .  comfort in times of trouble.  To me they are like the Driver's Manual to life.

I love Country Music.  It was not always so.  I was very much a pop music enthusiast when I was at school.   Something happened when I was 18 however.  I started going to Vocational Training and our bus driver was a Country Music lover.  That is all he played on the bus.  It began to grow on me.  I started to love what I thought I had hated.  Country music gets to the heart.   I love it.  Sadly it is not a music you hear much of over here in the UK, although it is very popular in Ireland.  I have to watch it on You Tube and I am probably way behind on who is who in the Country Music Industry nowadays.  I have my favourites . . .  Clint Black,  Kenny Chesney, Reba MacIntyre, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Loretta Lynn, Keith Whitley, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Martina McBridge, Allison Kraus, Patty Loveless, Ricky Scraggs,  Pasty Cline, Alan Jackson . . .  tons of favourites.  I just love country music and could listen to it 24/7.   I especially love Blue Grass and Gospel.

I love Butterflies.  When I was a girl there were lots of butterflies.  There doesn't seem to be as many nowadays.  I was thrilled a few years back when I noticed these in my garden . . .

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Peacock Butterflies.  They are so beautiful.   I have seen quite a few of these now, and alot of the Cabbage Whites . . .  and these  . . .

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 They're all beautiful.    It's as if flowers have been given wings to fly . . .

Writing.  Stories, poetry, letters, blogs, journals . . .  I love writing.  Of course today it is more typing than actual writing.   It is all about getting my thoughts out and down onto paper.  I love stringing words together in interesting ways.  I guess I am just a very creative person in that way.  It doesn't really matter to me if people read them . . .  that's  not why I do it.  I do it because I can't not do it.


Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.   I love watching people dance, and especially traditional, ballet, tap and ball room dance.  Not so much modern dance, although I am sure that a lot of people do like it.   I am a traditionalist at heart I think.   I haven't danced in years.  My ex and I took Ballroom Dance classes once upon a time, and I did square dancing when I was first separated which was something which I had always wanted to do.  Todd has two left feet, or so he says, and I believe him.  I love to watch dancing though and so . . .  I do.  I love those telly programs Dancing with the Stars, and  such.  It's amazing to see how these people improve from week to week.  I love the skating one they had on a few years ago which involved dancing on ice . . .  but they don't seem to do it anymore.  It brought together two of my loves Dancing and Figure Skating.

 and that is just a few of my favourite things  . . . what are some of yours?  I really want to know!

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

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"Teach your children that they live
in a world of magnificent abundance,
that there is enough for everyone . . . 
and that it is in sharing the most,
not in gathering the most,
that  the most is received.
~Neale Donald Walsch
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Spiritual Enlightenment 

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Barbeque Beef Poutine.  Delish!

HAPPY Thursday.   I hope your day is as special as YOU are.  Don't forget . . .

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And I do too!


  1. Happy Thursday to you Marie,

    When the photo of Ginger Roger showed up I spent quite some time looking at her right foot. A true dancer always makes sure every little thing is in perfect placement. I used to ice dance and roller dance before we had an ice rink. I loved to skate. I wanted to go back but my doctor said no because of the risk of bane breakage. So like you I watch many of those programs.

    Butterflies are such treasures and there are all too few. Mum was ranting at me the other day and I asked her to please be quiet and stop and watch a butterfly in our yard.

    Peanut butter is a staple too but I will only buy local peanuts in my peanut butter and carried home four jars from NZ last year. It is funny how certain foods have to be absolutely just so.
    Beth and Pip went to Cats last night. Beth had bought tickets in the front row and made a dream come true for Pip. There was a spare seat next to Pip and many of the characters came and sat there between their moments. They were able to meet the leading lady afterwards and both came home high on the experience.

    God bless your day.

  2. How great that you took ballroom dancing lessons! I have always been too shy to dance, except for a year of ballet in kindergarten, and the only time I remember "having to" was at my older brother's wedding since I was in the bridal party. The groomsman I was assigned to dance with told me I was dancing too fast and not in rhythm with the music, thinking he was just casually bringing my attention to it, but I was mortified and even more nervous and awkward after that. (I was 25 then, but the memory is still fresh enough 14 years later to make me feel a bit ill.) I truly hate it. One of the things I love, though, is watching people dance. And good dancers--ah! Bliss watching them. I've always loved that picture of Fred and Ginger too and used to have a figurine of her. It might still be packed away somewhere. :)

  3. What a wonderful experience for Pip and Beth Suzan! They will remember for ever Suzan, I am sure! I am so gratful that I am a person who is able to take note of the small gifts each day brings, like butterflies, etc. Love you and hope you have a blessed remainder of the day! xoxo

    Oh Val, that must have really destroyed your confidence. What an awful thing for that groomsman to do. Some people have no charm at all. I say dance, if you think you can or not, and even if you are all alone when you do it. Feel the music and just dance. Life is too short not to dance. Love and hugs! xoxo

  4. I'm sure he thought he was being helpful. I honestly am not someone who feels the urge to dance--alone or with others--it's just not something I feel an instinct for. There will likely be occasions again when I "have" to, so I should eventually take lessons and give it another go, though. :)

  5. P.S.) This kind of dancing--just the spontaneous fun of it--is pure joy to me: :) Every time we go to a ball game, I wait for one of the beer vendors to start dancing like this--last time, it was a young one who led the crowd during the "YMCA" song. It's just pure joy. God bless the people who can do it--and the guys, especially. They make me smile. :)

  6. I am too shy to dance too..I loved ballet till we moved:(
    And I danced at my daughters weddings..I am Elaine from Seinfeld.
    I feel like Val.

    People shouldn't stomp on they didn't let me join choir..I get you have to probably know how to sing and carry a tune..but my desire was HUGE..nope.
    I love the artists you love:)
    Did I tell you about the show Nashville?
    I think you could like it.

  7. You would enjoy ball room dancing lessons Val, I am sure, and it is something which you can do with your husband so you can be "bad" at it together, IN any case it does teach you to dance with each other, which is not a bad thing! Oh, I did enjoy the beer vendor's dance! Spontanaiety is great! Made me smile! Thank you! xoxo

    Oh Monique, ((((hugs)))) you do make me smile. I can picture you now doing the Elaine dance. I don't think you are alone, but what does it matter! I say sing and dance like nobody is watching. Be happy and joyful. Who cares what the world thinks of our moves and our voice! YOU are beautiful no matter what! Oh, I am addicted to Nashville. Todd is not such a fan, so I watch it when he's not home. I am on the last series of Friday Night Lights. *sniff* *sniff* I love it and will hate to see it end. xoxo

  8. What fun favorite things today. My husband loves peanut butter and I after many years of not eating it, I do now. I love dancing. In fact I am hoping we can go to our Stake Valentines dance tomorrow night. It may be wishful thinking. I loved the old dancing movies. I too love country music. I like most of the ones you do but my favorite is Faith Hill. She has such a beautiful range. She can do other kinds of music too. I feel sad she hasn't had anything new for a long time. Just know I loved your thoughts and you are so talented at writing. Sending love and hugs! Have a sweet Valentine celebration.

  9. Thanks LeAnn. I, too, love Faith Hill. Her voice is beautiful. I love what she and Tim McGraw have built together, their family and their dedication to it. I truly admire them. Thanks so much for your comments, always. Happy Valentines to you and Roger! Love and hugs! xoxo


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