Saturday, 23 April 2016

Saturday this and that . . .

  


Two men trod the way of life;
The first, wth downcast eye;
The second with an eager face
Uplifted to the sky.
He who gazed upon the ground
said, "Life is dull and gray,"
Bue he who looked into the stars
Went singing on his way . . . 
~Unknown

 We've had a busy old week this week, and the weather seems to have turned for the good finally, giving us several warmer sunnier days in a row with no rain.  (Dare I say that out loud?)  Its been so nice with all the sunshine and being able to hang out the wash for drying and having the garden dry up a bit.



 This little lady has been really enjoying the drier garden also, after having been kept out of it for the past six months or so.

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She's been enjoying the freedom to run about and sniff to her heart's content.  It makes her so happy and when she is happy we are happy!



 It's been a week of great celebration here in the UK with the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations taking place.  I have always been a Royalist and looked up to the Queen.  When we were children, my brother, sister and I thought that the photograph of the Queen on our money was our mother.  There was a very strong resemblance between the two when they were both younger, and of course my mother did nothing to dispell our fantasies, lol.

 

It is nice to see that even Royals celebrate the generations with this fabulous photograph of not only four generations of family but also one reigning monarch and three reigning monarchs to come!  What a fabulous photograph!


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 Almost as good as our generational photograph which was taken four years ago as my daughter Eileen's wedding.  I just wish it had been clearer.  Maryn looks so young there, but then again . . .  she was only two.  And mom was only 80!  As blurry as this photograph is I am glad that someone took it as this will probably be the only time we will ever get all four generations of this family together in one photograph.
 
 

 Of course there has been a lot on the television to celebrate this most auspicious occasion, although Todd and I have missed most of it.  There have been many comings and goings this week.  We knew the missionary work would really take off once the Johansen's left and it has.

That's a good thing because we finally now feel like we are doing what we are supposed to be doing, and what we have wanted to be doing all along.

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We have had meetings and done visits and helped out the younger Missionaries a lot this week.  It's been great!  We've really enjoyed it.   Yesterday we were able to bring a lady to the chapel to give her a tour of it and we shared a film together, along with popcorn.   I think she enjoyed it!

We share our happiness with each other  . . . 
and it becomes greater.
We share our troubles with each other . . . 
and they become smaller.
We share one another's griefs and burdens  . . .  
and their weight becomes 
possible to bear.
~unknown  

  

We even managed to squeeze in a lunch with friends.   We had Tony and Tina over on Thursday and had a wonderful visit together.   They always come bearing gifts . . .  this time a bar of milky chocolate with toasted coconut flakes (had never tasted that before), some mango flavoured jelly (I love mango), and a decorative tin because Tina knows I love to use these things as props! (So thoughtful!)  I had done some chicken for our lunch but it didn't turn out like I wanted it to (never use your friends as guinea pigs) so Todd had to run down to the KFC at the last minute to grab a bucket!    They thought the chicken was delicious so I had to confess.   I told Tina it was a recipe using 14 different secret herbs and spices from the Colonel.  We did have a great laugh over that!

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Oh, and I finally heard from my Art Licenser.  They are taking my work to the big Surtex show in NYC in a couple of weeks time.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  I could really use a break in this area!  I have everything crossed . . .  fingers, toes, ankles, eyes, lol

So all in all its been a great week filled with lots of comings and goings, lots of sunshine, plenty of smiles, lots of caring, and plenty of love and joy.

I'm planning on taking today off to finish up a few bits.  I'll let you know how I get on with that idea, lol.

In the meantime here is a thought for today  . . .

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 Laughter is the sun
that drives winter
from the human face.
~Victor Hugo
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Spiritual Enlightenment

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Leona's Crumb Cake.  This is really good.

I hope your Saturday is filled with lots of sunshine, laughter, love and happiness!  Don't forget!

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And I do too!

8 comments:

Sybil said...

This is a great surprise, I have actually managed to see today's blog...at the first ...go....today, ( normally it takes me at least three times to get the days blog) great photo that of all the generations, don't think you have shared that one before. It's amazing how fast the years fly by...I'm glad you are enjoying all the extra work but do take care and don't go overdoing things, Tod is not getting any younger.....none of us are LOL.....certainly looks like a lovely day ahead the sun is out and behind the glass window it's nice and warm, we will be going along to Chippenham in a wee while, that's our usual Saturday morning trip with Peter. Won't be long now till Thursday when we will be in Barcelona, we are looking forward to our four days...almost five as we arrive there around 10.15 Thursday. And don't leave till 2.30 Monday...Lyn bought us a guide book so I have been avidly reading it, hoping that some facts stick in my brain ! Have also downloaded a google translate app. So if we are stuck we can at least use the translator !!.....hope that you are blessed today with this nice sunshine....take care though as they are saying there's a cold wind..

Billie Jo said...

Good morning from across the pond!
I so enjoyed visiting here today with you.
I love the photos you posted with your Royal family!
I have always held a deep interest in them.
Your family photo is lovely!
Have a cozy day. : )

La Table De Nana said...

NYC..:) yay!! Finally..I know you will knock their socks off:)

Like you did with the KFC..what quick thinking..what went wrong w/ your chicken? I cannot even imagie..lol w/ all your great chicken recipes!!

C'est la vie..little surprises..she does know you w/ the pretty red tin:)
Love that pic of you at the wedding!

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

Glad you've had such a good week. There has been lots about the Queens birthday on our TV too. I do love crumb cake so I'm off now to look at your recipe. Happy Saturday !

Marie Rayner said...

Oh Sybil, so good to hear from you! I am glad you finally got in. You will have a lovely time in Barcelona. We have given up the idea of going to Cornwall at present. It just isn't going to work for us. Bad timing, but oh well, maybe next year! If we do go on our own, we will be sure to stop by at yours! What a goal to work towards! It is sunny and dry here, but yes, quite cool! xoxo

Thanks Billie Jo! I do love the Royals! I love my family too! We are distantly related to the Royals, but not so as they would know it! haha Hope your Saturday is a good one! xoxo

Thanks Monique! I have everything crossed but am trying not to get my hopes up too much! We shall see! Oh, my chicken, for some reason it really shrunk and looked strange. It tasted okay but I didn't want to serve anything that looked odd. Its okay though as Mitzie will eat it. ;-) All the meat on the drum sticks looked like balls on the ends of bones? Strange that! xoxo

I hope you give the cake a go Pam and like it! Happy Saturday! xoxo

shortybear said...

glad you had a good week

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Shortybear, I hope that you did too! xoxo

Val said...

GOOD LUCK with the art-licensing! I hope something comes of it this time.

The plum tree pic in one if your last few posts is so pretty too. I'd never seen one before.