Sunday, 14 August 2016

Thank you!


I wanted to thank everyone for all of their Birthday Greetings from yesterday!  I had a perfectly lovely day!  I heard from most of my babies and my mother remembered to call.  She had forgotten, but she said her memory machine downstairs reminded her!  (Thanks sis!)  The Mission President and his wife telephoned me and sang Happy Birthday to me, which was really nice!  So did the  Missionary Sisters.  I even got a free bouquet of flowers from the grocery shop worth £2!  (Morrisons.  I popped in to get a couple of things for the BBQ and it spit a voucher out to me for a free Bouquet at the til thanks to my Match and More card!  Quelle surprise!)  And I got to talk to my sister on the computer also.

I had a lovely facetime with our Anthony and his two boys in the early afternoon.  So much fun!  The boys and I were talking about eating pancakes with our toes.  (Their father had said that Luke had sticky toes.)  We had a great laugh and they sang happy birthday to me as well!

BONUS!!!  It didn't rain for the BBQ!


They brought all of the meat and buns and nibbles with them.  Elder Nilson from Sweden did an exemplar job of BBQing for us all.   He will be going home this coming week, having finished his Mission here in the England Manchester Mission!  He is such a fine young man.  We love all of our Missionaries and although we are excited for him getting to go home, we will miss his sweet and gentle spirit!  Interestingly enough his father served in the EMM many moons before and actually also served in the Chester Area, and there were still a few people here that knew him!

That's Elder Van Dyken (Australia) and Sister Johnson from Utah!  Two really nice young people!  We love having them in our home.  Elder Van Dyken is one of the zone leaders here in the Chester area.


Elder Longavatu from Tahiti,  a Sweet Sister from Wales Utah (She is serving in Wrexham and this was the first time we met and I am so annoyed with myself for forgetting her name!),  Sister Fernandez who will be leaving us this transfer also.  Elder Honora from Brazil and Sister Steele from South Africa!  I just happened to have some Biltong to share with her.  She was so excited!  They all tried it actually and enjoyed.   Elder Longavatu was revelling in his countries first ever medal wins in the Olympics!

And of course the star of the show, Mitzie!  Oh she did so love having them all here and was quite tired after they went, but she also really, really scared me. 

After all the youngsters had left, Todd was out cleaning up the BBQ.  He always does that right away.   Some fat from the burgers had gotten underneath and he had squirted some bleach on it.  I just happened to be out there and caught Mitzie drinking it.   Talk about panic stations.  I don't think she got very much of it, but I made her drink a ton of milk and water to dilute it and I was on close watch the rest of the evening just in case, which meant I didn't sleep much last night.  She seems perfectly okay.  I think we need to get pet insurance because it brought home to me just how much in dire straights we would be if anything untoward happened as we would not have been able to pay . . .

Praise God she was alright!  Prayers were answered.  I made Todd give her a blessing.  He thought it was a tad bit silly blessing a dog, but I told him that God cares about Dogs too and I would be feeling a whole lot better if she had a blessing, even if she didn't exactly understand what he was doing.

My day ended with a lovely telephone call from my friend Valerie.  All told, I had the perfect day.  I had over 200 Birthday Greetings on Facebook.  I have tried ever so hard to answer each and every one, but I think I lost it around 150 or so.   I may have some time to catch up this  morning before church, I don't know.  I am going to TRY anyways!  I reckon if someone could go to the trouble of posting a Birthday Greeting to me, I need to at least attempt to thank them!

So I better dash!  It was the perfect day for sure.   I am truly blessed!

God bless you all!

A thought to carry with you . . . 

There is nothing either good or bad
but thinking makes it so.
~Hamlet, Act ll

Spiritual Enlightenment

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Buttermilk Scone Muffins.  Delish!

I hope you have a perfectly lovely Sunday filled with oodles of goodness and blessings!  Don't forget!

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And I do too!


  1. Good morning Marie. I m so pleased that your day went stupendously well. Now for a blessed Sabbath. I am pleased that Mitzy seems okay after such a misadventure. Enjoy the glow from your birthday and enjoy today.

    Do let me know how the calligraphy goes. I have lost all my decent pens (guess when?). I had one that was made fro writing music and I loved that nib. Today I went knitting and forgot everyones names too.

  2. Well deserved!!!
    Lots of feel good moments:)

  3. She seems no worse for the wear at all Suzan! It did make me think we need pet insurance however and so we will be looking into that! I'll keep you posted on the Calligraphy! xoxo

    Thanks Monique! And you were a part of it! ;-) xoxo

  4. How wonderful your birthday day really was. I am delighted that it went so well.....and no rain ! what a fright that was with Mitzie but I don't think dogs are that daft that they would drink enough to make themselves truly I'll. Insurance for pets is so very expensive Marie please give it a lot of a lot of insurances I'm sure if they can they would wriggle out of paying up and would put the blame at your feet if you had had her insured saying it was up to you to check these things were not in her reach.....they are good I think maybe if a pet breaks a leg or has some disastrous illness but even then they only pay a certain amount. I looked into how much it would cost to insure Masy and tried to work out how much I would be paying out over the years and decided I wouldn't do it but instead put £3 a week...if I a Mady insurance box with prayers that that would cover any extra she might ever need. I paid £99 the first time she had her boosters that lasts for life so she now has had 4 lots that has now covered and more the injections and a nurse check up once a year....
    Anyway think we'll....I'm away to watch ...songs of praise with Mary. Peter is making a surprise dinner tonight so will be along in under an hour...hope your day has been a good one. The sun is shining down here this afternoon and it's quite warm now !...God Bless xxx

  5. You are probably right Sybil. Its probably a better idea to put it into a box labeled Insurance for Mitzie. Great idea! I am sitting here wondering what your surprise dinner was! I am a curious person I am! Love and hugs. xoxo


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