Monday, 12 June 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.

Its no small thing really, but we did it!  Well Todd did it.  I was just along for the ride and supporting him through the battle  One cannot imagine the relief and joy that you feel when you sit in a room and hear a specialist say, its been beaten back when it comes to cancer, or any serious illness, unless you have experienced it.  You go in hoping for the best, prepared (or as much as you can be prepared) for the worst and then BANG!  You're flying and you're on cloud nine!  ELATED doesn't begin to cover it.  Of course Todd had to have felt even better than I did.  I cried when they told us he had it and I cried when they told us it was gone.  We are so grateful for all the prayers and love and positivity that was sent our way throughout these past months.  It meant the world to us.  Todd did not do this alone.  We did not do this alone.  Along with our faith in God, and His arm, you all helped the pair of us every step of the way and it was so very much appreciated. 


They're back!  Yes Series 3 of Poldark is back!  We haven't watched the first episode yet. It started last night, but we have recorded it and guess what we will be watching tonight!  I love this show.  I just hope that Ross behaves himself better in this series than he did in part of the last series.  There is nothing like a swashbuckling romantic period drama to put the Sun back in a Sunday evening!  Yay!

A day filled to overflowing with the tender mercies of the Lord.  As discouraged as I was feeling yesterday morning, I ended up having a day that was filled to overflowing with the tender mercies of the Lord.  Not one but two of the Missionaries we served with contacted me on messenger and I had lovely conversations with both of them. Just out of the blue. It was so nice.

Remember when we were serving with this crew of Missionaries.  We love all the Missionaries, but this group was quite special to my heart  (I know they all are!)  Well, Elder Singsam and Elder Lolesi both contacted me via the FB messaging yesterday and I had a lovely conversation with each of them. Completely independant of how I was feeling, somehow the Lord prompted them to get in touch. What a blessing that was for me.  I got to feel of their lovely spirits all over again. They did not know they were lifting me yesterday, but they were.  So grateful for that.

And then there was each of you.  I felt your love and your support.  Even as I was writing, I was feeling it. You, my dear invisible friends.  You mean the world to me and I am so thankful for your listening ears/eyes and the way you reach out to me. You lift me as well, whether you know it or not . . . You do.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Also the Ibuprofen.  It has helped.
Thank you beautiful
person. You know
who you 

I took one last night and this morning I was able to get up with less pain in my knee and I have taken another one this morning.  We will see how it goes, but so far it is looking good.  I am going to try to get to the chemist today and pick up some freezer gel packs and a knee brace.  Here's hoping!

Warm gingerbread cake and ice cream.  There was still some gingerbread left and we both enjoyed a piece of it last night with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Naughty me, I know  . . .  but it was really good.  Just the ticket.  I had forgotten how good gingerbread and ice cream tasted together.  What a treat! 

I also got to talk to my sister yesterday for a short time.  We had not spoken in a while.  Its hard to get our schedules to co-incide, especially now that the warmer weather is here and she is out and about more. It was nice, really nice.  They have baby chipmunks!  There is an adult chipmunk that they have always fed, and the other day they saw babies!  Two of them I guess.  I hope she can get a picture of them!  I bet they are really cute.

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And of course these two.  They are a constant source of joy in my life.  It is going to be hard to leave Mitzie when we go to Scotland.  I know she will be well taken care of, that's a certainty and she loves Tina who she will be staying with.  I just hope she doesn't think we have abandoned her.  Fingers crossed.  In any case she will be thrilled when we get back, I know.

This is the hotel we will be staying at.  The Ben Doran in Tyndrum.  It looks lovely and a lovely location. Everything we have read about it sounds good, all the reviews.   Four star apparently.

One of the places we will be going is Rannoch Moor, which is where the Battle of Culloden was fought.  It will be interesting.  Also Loch Ness. Also Loch Lomond, the Isle of Mull,  Oban, and the Kelpies and Royal Yacht Britannia at Edinburgh.  I hope I can manage it all.  In any case it will just be nice to have a break and hopefully we will both come back feeling fighting fit and refreshed.

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

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Spiritual Enlightenment 

 In the English Kitchen today . . .  Quick and Easy Cheese Steak Sandwiches.

Have a beautiful week.  I hope its filled to overflowing with small and wonderful things.  Don't forget along the way  . . .

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  1. Good morning darling Marie. I have had along day and as I was driving home from the nursing home the sky had a beautiful rainbow. It grew slowly from the outside to the middle. It was stunning reminder of God's awesome majesty. I then came home and took my blood sugar and wished I had not. It was/is sky high. BUmmer.

    I love the look of the hotel and the places you will visit. You both deserve a break. I am glad to hear the brufen has helped.

    God bless you always.

  2. Hi Marie. So pleased your day turned out good. I know how much you love your missionaries, they were certainly a blessing from God yesterday!

    Todd being better will make your holiday even more enjoyable, although I'm not sure you'll come back feeling fit and refreshed. You've got that many fabulous things to see and do you'll need another holiday to get over it!!

    I'm pleased you're getting some relief with the ibuprofen, but don't take it long term as it can effect your stomach. Tell the doctor it helps and he may be able to give you another type of anti inflammatory.

    I've had a quiet weekend in preparation for the busy week ahead. We've both got appointments tomorrow and then out for dinner with George's eldest son, his wife and in-laws. Wednesday George's friend is coming over. Thursday I'm off to Manchester to see my daughter. Friday we're back to London to mind Christian on Saturday and Monday as his nanny can't do those two days. We'll be coming home on Tuesday to recover!!

    Lots of love xxx

  3. Great advice from Kate..perhaps another anti-inflammatory may be better..but nip that sucker of a pain in the butt!! Not bud..and go enjoy SCOTLAND:):)
    And enjoy today:)

  4. Marie, I've never commented on your blog, but I've been reading it for a while. So happy to hear the news about Todd! Now you go and enjoy your vacation!

  5. Oh dear Suzan, I have not checked my sugar in a while. I am sure it must be sky high sometimes. I really need to start behaving better when it comes to that! I've been cooking like crazy today trying to cook ahead for the blog while I am away. The pain is still there, but a bit more bearable I guess. I did get out and pick up a few things I needed at the shops. The temptation is to do too much when you start to feel a bit better and I have to remember not to do that! God bless. xoxo

    Thanks Katie, you sure have a busy weekend ahead. I am not surprised that you will need to come home and recover afterwards! Enjoy! Love and hugs. xoxo

    Thanks Monique! I am really looking forward to Scotland. I did look at your post and am so thrilled you got to meet Susan. I will comment a bit later. Love and hugs! xoxo

    THanks Sally, I am always so pleased when another reader makes their presence known! I feel like I have made a new friend. I hope you will comment again! We are beyond happy with Todd's successful treatments! We can take our holiday with a clear mind and heart! xoxo

  6. Hello Marie - like Sally, I have not commented either, but enjoy reading your blog. I have many of the same interests you talk about. I live in Utah, USA. I am so pleased you are feeling better. I love your positive attitude and the smiles that come through in your writing. I have one line of ancestors from Scotland, so I love reading all I can about that lovely place. Someday I hope to visit, and I will be soon through your eyes.

    Hope you have a Happy Day!

  7. Hi Cheryl! So nice to meet you too! Thank you so much for commenting! I have Scottish ancestry also with the name McNayr. We've been able to trace back to a Boyd McNAyr born near Glasgow in 1760. I want to go to,Scotland again sometime when I can do some research at the library there! Xoxo

  8. Yay Marie! I'm so glad that things are looking up for you and ur Todd. It won't be long before ur enjoying ur holiday too! xoxo

  9. Oh Marie, you are going to have such a great time in are visiting my fav.island Mull not sure how much of the island you will see perhaps you will sail from Oban to Craignure and ,,,do,,the bottom half of the island or if your lucky you might sail into Tobbermory if you do get there you may pass through Dervaig I have stayed there a few times when I had friends in the village and then of course my dear friends Jane and Meme that I have told you about they lived between Dervaig and was Meme's house and she has gifted it now to her nephew...when Peter and I were up last year we went to see the Kelpies they are nothing short of miraculous you will never see anything like them again!!....oh you are going to have such fun...wish I was coming with you........I am glad that your knee pain has subsided a bit it would be good if you could buy a knee brace, when I was troubled with arthritis the hospital put on a brace thing that was many years ago before they were generally known about. It really does help....I think it is wonderful how our Lord works there you were feeling so low and what does he do.....send the friendly missionary's to visit with you...Yes he knows our every need. Thank you Lord. Night night Marie, Todd and Mitzie, God Bless. Xxxx

  10. I sure hope that I am able to get as much out of it as possible Jan! thanks! xoxo

    I am quite excited about seeing all these things Sybil! At least I hope that I will be able to. Have not gotten the knee brace yet. I will keep looking. Yes, God is very good and He always knows just what we need! Love and hugs! xoxo


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