Saturday, 9 July 2016

Saturday this and that . . .


 Yes, July has two birthdays in my immediate family, three if you count my niece Alison, but today is my Mom's birthday!  She is 85 today.    I wish so much that I could be there to help her celebrate it.    I love my mother so very much.  She means the world to me.

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We were all there for her 80th Birthday.   That was the summer my oldest daughter got married.  We had a huge party for her at the Big Scoop in Middleton and we took up a whole side of the restaurant.  Good times!

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It seems so long ago now.   In any case I wish for my mom a very happy day today.  I know she will have a special day as my sister will make sure of that!  Happy Birthday Mom!  I love you!

I  love you for 
all the times you 
picked me up when I
was down.
For all the times you
traded your warm smile
for my frown.
For all the times
you brushed my hair,
and tucked me into bed.
Or needed something 
for yourself,
and put me first instead.
For all the dreams
that we have shared,
The tears and laughter too,
I love you , Mom,
with all my heart.
There's noone quite like you . . .  


My baby Bruce is getting married today.  I snafooed this picture off FB day before yesterday of his Stag night.  I have no idea of what they did or what they got up to, but he sure looks happy.    I hope for him a beautiful day filled to overflowing with joy.  It breaks my heart that I cannot be there.  It is what it is.

I will probably be a bit blue and tender all day, but  . . . .

It's to be expected.  I think I will need to keep myself very busy.


I did this painting this week.  Springtime on the Hop Farm.


I did this yesterday afternoon.


 Yesterday we also experienced an incredible act of kindness on the part of another.  So very unexpected.  Todd went in to town to pick up some bread, milk and sugar.  He has a free bus pass so it doesn't cost him anything to go into town.   When he got to the til, our bank card wouldn't work.  (Sad face)  He tried twice, but no go.  So he told the cashier he would have to go to the bank machine and see what was up, and could she hold the bag for him until he got back.   He went to the bank machine and sure enough . . .  we had only several pounds in the bank and the bread,  milk and sugar had come to just a bit over that.  So he turned around to go back to tell the cashier that he wouldn't be able to have it and a lady  was coming towards him with his bag and she told him that she had paid for it, and she didn't want any recompense.   It is not often that one is the recipient of such a random act of kindness.

God bless you, whoever you are.  An angel from heaven.

It does the heart good to know that there are some really good people in the world, especially when our news is filled with shootings and other sad stuff.  A ray of light in the dark this was.  A beautiful ray of light.  God is Good.

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Jaffa Cake Muffins.  Not new, I know . . . but worth repeating.

I hope you have an absoluely lovely Saturday.   Don't forget  . . . and I know I will have to remind myself of this fact more than once today  . . .

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And I do too!


  1. That is an incredible kindness.

    You'll be in my thoughts today. . . .I know you ache to be there, or 2-3 places at once. ♥

  2. I am so pleased that you were rescued yesterday. This is a long weekend for you and I am glad there was a little specialness yesterday. You are in my thoughts and I pray especially for you. I am home in between Joseph shows. Everyone wanted tickets and now many are sick so instead of wasting money mum and I are seeing it twice in row. I have been to the shop and bought snacks for the after party and flowers for Pip. Somehow I have to muster the energy to make the 50km round trip for times five and six today. God bless us all. Please say a quick prayer for our Joseph. The young man has come down with a horrible cold and is struggling on.

  3. God's mercies are new every morning. There are so many good people in the world, we just don't hear about them they way we do hear about the bad stuff. Prayers for peace in our world.

  4. Perfect story♥

    Thinking of you Marie..your little artwork..resonates.
    Our hearts do leak sometimes..

    I am certain he is thinking of you and wishing you there.
    Keep busy.

  5. Thank you Val. xoxo

    Thanks very much Suzan. I hope your Joseph will be okay. oxox

    Thanks Pam. I pray for the world also. xoxo

  6. Staying as busy as I can Monique. Thank you for your thoughts. I have been chatting with my older daughter on FB, but she doesn't seem to want to tell me anything. Perhaps nobody wants me to know what's up. I wrote my son a nice message this morning, which was read, but not acknowledged. I don't feel very good or very nice at the moment, but this too shall pass. xoxo

  7. Lots of love Marie. My day is now over and I am about to watch the last of the tour. Hugs and prayers.

    Our Joseph did pretty darn well.

  8. I pray your sweet Mom has a very Happy Birthday. I loved the photos of her and the one of your daughter's wedding. I am sad you couldn't be at your son's wedding. Bless you sweet girl; I am sending you extra love and hugs today. You are such a dear one and I know your heart aches on this one.
    I really love the story of an act of kindness for Todd and you. I love these kinds of experiences. I wish we could see a lot more of these daily acts of love.
    Sending lots of love and hugs your way dear friend~

  9. Those are the types of experiences that restore your faith in humanity LeAnn! God bless you! xoxo


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