Thursday, 24 August 2017

My Favourite Things . . .


These are some of my favourite things, maybe they are some of yours as well! 

Not a great photograph.  I snapped it with my camera. Plums!!  I adore plums.  We didn't think we had any this year, but we took a walk down to the back of the garden last evening and lo and behold, we have what is for our tree a bumper crop!  They were all around the bottom of the tree for some reason.  Anyways, hooray for plums and for bumper (for us) crops!  What will I make!  My mind is all ablush with ideas!

I love this ring, so, so, SO much!  Its so dainty and pretty and every time I look at it I think of the Saviour.  I think of the Saviour all the time anyways, but this makes me "Focus" on Him and what He did for me every time I look at it.  (My wedding ring finger is bare because I need my rings re-sizing and we don't have the £150 it is going to cost to have it done at the moment.)  I am reminded of that poem I carry a cross in my pocket  . . . 

I carry a cross in my pocket,
A simple reminder to me
That I am a Christian,
No matter where I may be.

This little cross isn’t magic,
Nor is it a good luck charm.
It isn’t meant to protect me
From every physical harm.

It’s not for identification
For all the world to see.
It’s simply an understanding
Between my Savior and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or a key,
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.

It reminds me too, to be thankful
For my blessings every day,
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do or say.

It’s also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to His care.

So, I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding none but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life,
If only I’ll let Him be.
~Vera Mae Thomas

Which leads me to another favourite thing . . .  poetry.  I adore poetry.   I have my favourites.  I have always loved reading poetry.  I think that even more so than books, they are a glimpse into the human heart and mind . . . I love writing poetry as well.  Some of it serious and some of it not . . . I'd show you some but I am afraid someone would steal it and make millions on it.  lol

Garden gifts  . . .  a friend stopped by the other day with a lovely bag of fresh beetroot and potatoes plucked from their garden.  Oh boy . . .  does anything tasted better than fresh picked veg?  I think not! 
Oh yes, I'm going to say it again, I love The Gilmore Girls.  We are now watching it from the beginning again for the third time.  Totally love it. Never get bored of it. Never.  That and The Big Bang Theory.  Colour us obsessed.  Did you know that the GG's has a facebook page?  I didn't until this morning.  I hope, hope, HOPE they do another series of a year in the life of the GG because I want more!  Yes, I am greedy like that. 
Bubblegum, or at least its flavour.  I don't necessarily like chewing it.  But I do love the way it tastes.  That's probably why I have always enjoyed bubblegum ice cream, which is a flavour they don't have over here  . . .  sigh  . . .  Hubba Bubba was always my favourite.  I am not sure, but I don't think they have bubble gum over here, not that I have ever seen anyways.  I could be wrong! 
There are several of my favourite things here . . .  my gorgeous granddaughter Maryn and a rainbow.  Looks like she is surfing on a rainbow.  I love this photo so much.  Those pony tails, the enthusiasm. It delights me. 
I saw this and two words came into my mind  . . .  "SAY CHEESE!"  Little Cam, just one of my favourite grandsons.  I have 6 favourite grandsons as you know.  I have yet to meet him in person, but one day  . . . 
I just love to crochet.  I had not picked up a hook in many years until I did my flower blanket a few years ago and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the mindlessness of crochet.  Unlike knitting, I can just sit there and do it while I am watching the television, without counting (for the most part).  I love stringing colour combinations together.  Its just very soothing  . . . 

Winding yarn into balls.  I could sit and do that for hours also.  It is a mindless thing as well, and yet very satisfying. I love looking at all the coloured balls when I am done.  I need to keep them in a large flat bowl so I can look at them more often.   
Having lunch with friends.  I am going out to lunch today with my good friend Carolyn.  We have not seen each other to really sit down and have a good chin wag in a while. We've seen each other but only in passing.  I love Carolyn.  We served in Relief Society together. She was the RS president and I was one of her counselors for several years, plus we were also Visiting Teaching partners for  couple of years.  We get along so well and have so much in common.  I can't wait to catch up with all her news.  She has just finished two weeks with the British Pageant.  She loves acting and writing.  I love acting and writing.  We both have daughters with learning disabilities.  We both love cooking. The list goes on and on . . . I love lunching with friends. 
The music of Abba.  I love it.  I could listen to it for hours.  It always makes me smile and want to dance!

Todd and Mitzie  . . .  Mitzie and Todd.  That is one of my favourite combinations of things . . .  either way.  Love them both to bits.  Wouldn't want to be without either one.  Daren't think of the possibility. 
They both fill my life with endless joys.
I have always loved making these dolls.  I have not made one in a while.  I think I should make some more soon.  Any doll. I haven't made a Raggedy or any kind of doll in a while.  I always enjoyed it.  I need to do it again soon . . . 

I guess I just love creating something new with 
my hands, be it a cake,
a loaf, or even,
a doll

And that best be it for today as the time is marching on and I have a lot yet to do this morning.  I will leave you with another one of my favourite things  . . .  a thought to carry with you.

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 *.˛.° The simple and shortest ethical precept is  . . . 
to be served as little as possible,
and to serve others as much as possible.
~Leo Tolstoy   •。★★ 。* 。*。*˚ 
One of my favourite Mormon Messages, entitled Lift

In The English Kitchen today . . .  Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes.  Sized just for two and ready and on the table in about half an hour, I kid you now.  Delicious!

Have a wonderful Thursday! Hope its filled with some of your favourite things!  Don't forget!

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wednesday prattling . . .


We sit here now at a time I like to think of as the crowning of the year . . . the nights are now beginning to draw in . . . the days getting that little bit shorter with each day that passes . . . soon now we will notice that the leaves at the tops of the trees are beginning to change colour . . . it will only be slight at first . . . a change as soft as a whisper, so soft that you will ask yourself . . . can it be???

 And then . . . your heart will say . . . yes . . . summer is on the wane.

This is the time of year that our gardens 
are still pretty, but,  beginning
to fade a bit
 . . . 

Lush and green and bursting with colour from all sides. The roses all a-bloom . . . their tender petals unfurled and sweet with scent . . . soon to drop and be replaced by rose-hips, bright and gay with ripe colour . . . rose-hip jam? I have always wanted to make some . . . but never have. Could this be the year . . . one never knows. It all depends on what whimsey befalls me . . .

The wheat and corn grow in the field . . . looking like sun-flecked seas beneath cloudless summer skies . . . little ripples breaking upon the surface with even the slightest breeze . . . while scarlet wild poppies, petals wide . . . dip and rise upon the restless tide . . . of summer's end . . .


Evening sunlight rests upon the river . . . it never looks the same at any other time of year. Dragonflies flit about the reeds in an aerial dance, whilst in nearby peaceful pastures herds graze by quiet watermeads . . . and in and out between the islets, a swam in quiet dance, with queenly grace moves to nest amongst the rushes, where willows . . . interlace . . .

Where once the branch seemed as if t'was dead . . . heavy now with apples ripening, green fruit flushed red and golden where the thrushes sing. Once laid with frost, then scattered and tossed with a miraculous shower of rosy-tinted bud . . . a heavy bough awaits . . . the harvest time . . . twill soon be upon us . . .


If t'were always summertime . . . weary we should grow of changeless weather . . . the unflading glow of sunshine, the endless bloom of roses fair. The flowers which bloom down garden ways, would lack the power they have to call forth from our hearts . . . words of joy . . . and praise.

Tis the expectation of summer sunshine and flowers, that make them all the sweeter . . . that delight us with it's golden hours.

The winter wait . . . the hope in spring . . . serve to make these golden days twice as sweet, for hidden in the recesses of our hearts . . . the knowledge lays that . . . time is on the wing . . .

"Thou crownest the year with thy goodness . . . and the little hills rejoice on every side. The folds shall be full of sheep; the valleys also shall stand so thick with corn that they shall laugh and sing." ~Psalm 65:11-13 

'Tis a very gloomy day out there this morning  . . . very gray and overcast with skies that look about to let go in a deluge any minute!  There was no watching of the Eclipse here in the UK the other day, it was very overcast anyways and I don't think we were experiencing a full one here, so television was the best way for us to enjoy it anyways.  I can remember there being a full one in Nova Scotia when I was a child and my mother giving us old picture negatives to look at it through.  I believe that was the same Eclipse that Carly Simon wrote of in her song "You're so Vain."

My Birthday present arrived yesterday and I am really pleased with it. Its very delicate and a beautiful reminder to me of the Saviour every second of every day.  I love it!  Next time I will get a crown to put on the other hand to remind myself I'm a Princess! ☺

And with that I will leave you with a thought for the day . . . 

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He loved us not because we are loveable,
but because He is love.
~C. S. Lewis   •。★★ 。* 。

Spiritual Enlightenment


On The English Kitchen today  . . .  Street Style Beef Tacos, with homemade Avocado Cream and Homemade Flour Tortillas.  Very good.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Don't forget along the way of your day . . . 

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And I do too! 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, August 22, 2017

Outside my window ...
The sun is up and the skies are cloudy, but it looks as if it might clear.  Mind you that could change in five minutes time.  The weather here, at best, is very changeable.

I am thinking ...
So late this morning getting started.  I woke up about an hour later and the hour since has just evaporated!  Hope the rest of my day doesn't disappear so quickly!

In the kitchen ...

 German Casserole.  Have had this sitting in my "to-post folder" since the spring. Can't believe it has taken me this long to post it.  Its delicious.  Leftover potatoes, ham, and onions, layered with kraut and cheese.  It's quick and easy to make and a very tasty use of found ingedients!  Oh yes . . .  there is cheese.

On my "To Cook" list ...

Diane Henry's Potato and Beetroot Gratin.  Someone gifted me with a big bag of potatoes and beetroot from their garden and this looks like a tasty way to use up some of them! From Love Beetroot.  I do so love savoury bakes!

Good to know ...

Every little helps  . . . 

I am creating ...

Amanda Saladin.  A free pattern for a lovely large tote bag.  Maybe not in those colours however . . . 

How to make a rag rug from an old sheet.  From Gemma Cooper on Grillo Designs.  

How to wax fall leaves. From Creative Homemaking.  

DIY Pumpkins from Terra Cotta Pots, from Real Housemoms.  

From Love Knitting.  Pom Pom Christmas Pudding Decorations. Complete Tutorial. Cute!

I am reading ...

Before The Storm, by Diane Chamberlain
Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special.
Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.

Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.

But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.

I have loved every Diane Chamberlain book I have read, and so far I am loving this one too.

I am looking forward to ...
Waking up every morning.  What a blessing! Seriously.  I can't wait to get started on my day as soon as I open my eyes every morning.  I don't languish in bed.  I am up and at 'em!

Dreaming About ...

Visiting Copenhagen one day . . .  On the Luce, has budget tips for doing so . . .

Autumn walks  . . . 


A bumble bee watch  . . . 

Pretty rings  . . . 


Glow in the dark nails  . . .  mystical . . . 

Something to Watch ...

Accused of murder when she was a child, a dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her small Australian town to seek revenge on the locals who did her wrong. 

A quote for the day  ...

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Time stands still best in moments
        that look suspiciously like ordinary life.
                   ~Brian Andreas  •~♥♥♥~•. ~ ღϠ₡ღ¸. ✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ. 

Makes me smile ...

This girl is a squirrel named Jill on Instagram.  A cute squirrel that was rescued during Hurricane Isaac.  Follow her on Instagram.  You won't be sorry.  She's adorable.  

Corners of my Kingdom ...


Afternoon tea at the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester  . . . some day . . . 

And that's my daybook for this week!

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!

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And I do too!!  

Monday, 21 August 2017

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.  

 Very grateful for the NHS.  You probably noticed me missing yesterday.  That's because I was recovering from Saturday.  Saturday morning I started feeling very unwell.  I had a pressure on my chest and I was sweating and feeling woozy. This continued off and on all day until about six pm, when I finally said to Todd, I think I need to go to Emergency.  So off we went. I was sure I must be having a heart attack, and was feeling quite stressed about that.  I was able to get registered very quickly and taken into the triage area, where they did an ecg and took some bloods, inserted a  canula.  But then we sat waiting. It was 3 1/2 hours before I was actually seen by a Doctor.  I think that is rather a long time when someone is presenting themselves with heart attack symptoms, but perhaps that is just me.  Once I was seen by the Doctor, she decided that I needed a chest x-ray and several more blood tests and ecg's. I was wheeled off for the x-ray and then had more bloods taken, and then all of a sudden they were wheeling me off to "A more comfortable bed," they said.  It wasn't until I got into the Ward that we were told I was there for the night. Poor Todd.  He took himself off home and I got changed into some PJ's and tried to go to sleep, but I had a freight train in the bed next to me. I tried everything.  Wrapping my head in my pillow, etc. but there was nothing that could drown out the sound of the lady next to me's snoring.  It was soooooo loud.  I am surprised anyone was sleeping!  (but it appeared they all were.)  I am a person that can't sleep even if I can hear breathing.  I wear ear plugs at home, but of course I don't normally carry them around with me. (Note to self, always carry a spare set of ear plugs in purse.) I lay there all night.  Hospitals are noisy places, especially if you are in a room next to the ER and you have ambulances arriving all night, etc.  I had a nice big window over my bed and I saw every flash, lol.  They did more tests about 4 am.  and finally about 7 am. I was told that they could find nothing untoward, my ecg's were all normal. My blood tests normal.  They thought I did have a urine infection though because of my urine results and my cholesterol is a bit elevated. (they changed my cholesterol medication a few months back and it obviously isn't doing its job.) I was told I could go home and luckily, Todd was already back and waiting for me in the common room. (He couldn't sleep either!)  So I got dressed and we toddled off home. We tried to go to bed yesterday morning, but neither of us could get much sleep so we basically just lay around in our PJ's feeling like crapola all day yesterday and went to bed early last night, where I got a full night's sleep and he was still sawing a lot when I got up at six this morning!

So grateful however for a medical service which is free and for all the dedicated NHS nurses, doctors, etc. that work their bones off despite being under-staffed and over burdened.  I think they did a fab job.  Sitting there for the 3 1/2 hours that I did, and watching, there was nonstop patients coming in and staff dealing with it.  Everyone was doing their best.  The nurse who took my first bloods was so tired.  I think some fund pumping into the NHS is long overdue. We need more nurses and doctors and beds.  In short, the NHS needs more money.  Having said that, they are doing an excellent job with what they have. (NHS stands for National Health Service.)

Whew, long winded or what!

Lisa and Patrick
My brother's oldest daughter got married on Saturday!  Here they are.  I love this photograph.  You can see that they love each other very much!  I think he has pretty much been the only boyfriend she has ever had.  All our best wishes to this lovely young couple as they begin their lives together!  She's a graphic designer and I think she works for Shopify.  He's a student finishing up a degree or some such in Robotics.  I love that she chose to keep her glasses on for her wedding.  I have never seen a bride do that. Even I took mine off (all three times, lol)  We women are such vain creatures.  Hooray for Lisa for embracing who she is.  A beautiful young woman, even with glasses on. I think she is gorgeous! 

Buddy watching TV

My friend Maxine has the funniest dog.  His name is buddy and he is a rescue dog.  Todd thinks he is somewhat annoying because he barks constantly anytime we go out into the garden, but I think he's adorable, despite the barking. He has personality plus.  He's a total little character.  We do love our pets.

 This is what's looking at me right now.  She is such a sweetie pie.  You should have seen how excited she was when I came home yesterday.  She pratically turned herself inside out.  Todd had given her oatmeal for breakfast, despite me having shown him multiple times exactly what she gets fed each meal.  He said he didn't know what to give her.  Guess I will have to show him again! 
 All the prayers and happy thoughts that were being offered for me Saturday.  I could feel them.  They covered me and brought me peace.  It is hard to feel too upset when you know people are praying for you. 
The power and comfort of Priesthood blessings.  All worthy men in my church hold the Priesthood of God, which is the power of God on the earth, we believe. As such they are worthy to give such things as blessings of comfort and healing, etc. to their families.  A worthy priesthood holder will annoint the head of the person to be blessed with olive oil which has been blessed and set aside expressly for that purpose and the annointing will be sealed by the laying on of hands and a blessing pronounced according the inspiration and will of God.  I am so grateful that I have a worthy Priesthood holder in my home, who can bless me when I am feeling low and in need of extra help.
The thoughtfulness of family and friends, and each of you.  It all blesses my life in countless ways.  I am such a lucky, lucky girl  . . . 

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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 *.˛.° And in the end it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.
~Abraham Lincoln   •。★★ 。* 。 
In The English Kitchen today . . .  Homemade Cherry Pie Filling.  This is really, really good.  I may never buy tinned pie filling again!

Have a beautiful week.  I hope it is filled to overflowing with an abundance of small and wonderful things!  Don't forget!
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And I do too!