Monday, 12 September 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.


Seeing all the back to school photos of everyone's children/grandchildren on FB.   Such an exciting time of year for the kiddies, and they all looked so sweet.  I got to see most of the grandchildren and talk to some of them before and on the day.  I am so grateful for kids that make the effort to include me or at least keep me in the loop.   Small blessings that I will never take for granted.

So grateful that my honeybun wasn't hurt, nor was anyone else, irregardless to their claims otherwise.   Grateful also that we are able to get the car fixed.  We managed to buy a second hand bumper online that is being shipped to us all the way from Manchester.  It's red, but what the hey, I said to Todd maybe it will make the car more noticeable so nobody slams into us again!  It should arrive today and then we will look for someone to put it on for us.   Our landlord thinks that he and Billy can do it, so we will give them a call when it arrives.  Speaking of our landlord, he was out walking his dog on Saturday and his dog did his business as they do.  He was bending down to pick it up and the person whose house it was at started shouting vulgar and four abuse at him.  He looked up at the person and said I am cleaning it up and who do you think you are talking to me like that.  The man and his son came out of the house and put a beating on him, kicked him four times in the head.  They had to call the ambulance, etc. and he was in hospital all day.   There are some really ignorant people in this world.  Thank goodness Dennis wasn't hurt badly.  The shock alone of such an occurance is bad enough.


The love of friends, both near and far.   I love all of my friends, even the invisible ones.  They are such an important part of my life and that includes all of you.   You lift me up when I am down and you rejoice with me in the good, cry with me in the bad, etc.   Men don't seem to need friends as much as women do for some reason.  I could be without a man, but I could never be without my friends, although having said that my Todd is my best friend ever and I would not want to be without him.


He had a very happy birthday.  My mom called him which thrilled him.  We had a couple of friends over for lunch.  The Missionaries called him and sang Happy Birthday to him over the phone, and he even got some cards in the post.    Gone are the days he celebrates getting older alone.  After we got married I promised him that he would never have to celebrate anything alone ever again, and so far I have been able to keep that promise!

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They're still blooming  . . . .

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And so are these, although the hydrangea are now looking decidedly tired  . . . summer's on the wane  . . .


They're soooooo tasty.  We've been enjoying them so much!

Ahem  . . .  same  . . . incredibly tasty.

And with that I better leave you with a thought to carry through the day  . . .

Exterior beauty without
the depth of a kind soul
is merely a decoration.

Spiritual Enlightenment

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  a delicious Tomato Pie.  This is scrumdiddlyumptious!

I wish for you a week filled with abundance. Please know that . . .

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And I do too!


  1. Your story of the landlord is a scary one. People are just full of rage these days and you never know what may happen next. Hope your car is soon fixed and that the week ahead is a good one for you !

  2. Oh wow..the landlord story:( Scary indeed..unfortunately happens more frequently than we think people bursting a vein over nothing:(
    I love the back to school thigies too:)

    So lucky you found a bumper!!

  3. Thanks Monique and Pam! It is a scary story. You have to be so careful today because there are so many dangerous people out there with very short wicks! I blame the violence on the television and video games. People see violence as a solution to any disagreement. Thankfully we don't have much of a gun culture over here or it could have been a different story yet again. People are just so angry these days and have no manners anymore! The bumper has landed and it is in good nick. So all we have to do now is get it applied! Love and hugs to you both! xoxo

  4. Oh dear, your poor landlord, what a thing to happen to him, I'm glad he has recovered from the physical wounds but I expect it might take a while for the mental scars to ease. What happened to his dog..?...I agree with you about friends. I don't have a great many friends but those I have are very precious, I have lots of wonderful aqua instances but they are not quite the same as my friends..I value them all though each and every one of being Monday my best friend Pam came over as she has every Monday for the last 23 years ( since we both stopped working) unless we were on holiday or something.i value Pam very very much, we have such laughs together. Mary is of course another friend but not quite the same as Pam, although I've known Mary must be 40 years plus.....the friend I have known longest although we havnt met since we left school we always keep in touch since I ...found.....her again after a long break Phil and I went to school together at age 5 so believe it or not that's 66 years !!! I wonder how long you have known your oldest friend ?.....have a lovely day....I. Off tomorrow to meet a new friend from Texas Maggie and I met on the Internet when we both blogged and now we play WORDS every's been wonderful being able to ..... See....her thre or four times a week.....Thanks Marie for getting me thinking about my friends !!!

  5. Another fun post to read! I am so happy that your car was able to be fixed and that Todd was OK. I think the red bumper will be rather unique and fun.
    I am sickened by your Landlord getting beat up; what is the world coming too. More evil and meanness than ever before; so sad.
    I too love my friends and include you as one of the dearest. You brighten my day so much when I can read your thoughts. I really hope to meet you in some moment of time.
    Happy Birthday to that awesome Hubby of yours; I love this fun photo of him. The flowers area lovely! Blessings and hugs for you!

  6. How wonderful Sybil! That you found your oldest friend. My oldest friend is a gal named Susan Warburton and we met in Kindergarten, so we have been friends for 56 years. It was the highlight of my life to be able to find her again on FB a couple years ago! Love and hugs! xoxo

    Thanks LeAnn! I was sorry to read of your MLS friend passing. Shocking and sad, but thanks for the Gospel knowledge we have that this life is just a blip and she passed while in the service of the Lord. I can't think of a better way. ((((hugs)))) xoxo


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