Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday This and That . . .

My sweetheart bought me roses this week. I love that on our 18th Valentines Day together, he is still thoughtful enough to do that.  He still makes my heart go pitty pat. He is the Yin to my Yang and the other half of me that I spent a whole lifetime looking for.  We go together like peas and carrots!  

Unless we are doing something together
like organising the craft room.


I know and recognise then that I drive him up the wall just as much as he does me.  Our ideas of just what constitutes a "keepable"  differ greatly.  Boy do we differ on that!  I was quite busy doing what I have to do when I noticed he was sorting through books.  My radar went up.  Books.  I love my books.  He said they were "his" books, and admittedly most of them were, but he was making two piles.  One to keep and one to giveaway and there were some of my books mixed in amongst them, and he was putting them into the giveaway pile.  I just couldn't continue with what I was doing. My annoying (to him) need to rescue kicked in and I was "helping" him all of a sudden. Just in case he inadvertently got rid of something I wanted to keep.

He was not amused.

So I went back to what I was doing and then after he had put them out onto the stairs to take down, I remembered I had to go downstairs for something and had a peek at the pile on my way down.  I don't think I really fooled him any, not at all.  Yin to my yang . . . unless we are talking about books. It is then that all bets are off.  I don't expect him to appreciate the value of a well beaten batter anymore than he expects me to appreciate the value of a civil war book.  On these things we differ greatly! 

Nevertheless we got through an hour or two without actually maiming each other and lived to tell the tale!  It was such a beautiful sunny day here yesterday and one can almost feel the impending arrival of Spring . . .  just around the corner . . . already the buds on the Camelia bush outside the front door are swelling and some are tipped with Pink.  On the first of April, it will have been eight years since we made our journey back to Chester and I remember the beautiful pink blooms that were sitting by our front door to bid us a fond welcome, and they have been doing so every Spring since . . . 

I have been pondering the merits of doing a tutorial for making a pincushion for in my new book.  I want to put a few crafts in amongst the recipes and my seasonal ponderings.  My mind is not made up entirely . . . .  this is a pin cushion I made from a small china cup that I found in a charity shop a few years back. I am quite in love with it.  I was going to sell it, but then couldn't part with it  . . .  

I fell in love with the cup itself, and then the paper roses and rose button which adorn the top  . . .  and the butterfly pins I made using paper scraps and long pins.  They say you should surround yourself and keep only the things you love . . .  and this I love. 

But I think a tutorial would be good, what say you?

I was quite a bit disappointed by someone this week.  They had promised quite a while back that they would review my book and then put it off and put it off, for one reason or another, so I had approached them again in the new year to see if they were still interested, and they said although they were busy doing this or that, they would.  So I arranged to have a book sent to them.  I thought it would be a good thing.  Afterwards they proceeded to stick it to me, which I really should have expected because it was true to form and the way they have approached my blessing in having been able to write a book all along. After all of that they proceeded to tell me that they no longer do book reviews on the blog but would be happy to do a review on Amazon.  Surely the time to have told me that would have been before I went to the trouble of having a book sent out to them.  And then on Amazon, they stuck it to me . . . oh yes, they gave me five stars, but nevertheless they stuck it to me by undermining the whole premise of the book with their words.   Here is just an exerpt . . .  

"The recipes are eclectic, and despite the subtitle of the book being “an Anglophile’s love note to English cuisine”, you will find a variety of recipes in the book, not just English, but a predominance of North American recipes from Marie’s homeland of Canada, and beyond." 

I was really disappointed.  Very disappointed . . . and hurt, but I should have expected nothing less than this from her.  This undermines totally the concept of it being an Angophile's love note to British Cuisine. And she did it anonymously, without putting her name to the deed. Now anyone who might have been interested in the book because of its English connection will think twice, because well . . .  why buy this book if it holds a predominance of North American recipes . . .  if what you are wanting is British ones???  This person had the power and influence to really do me a favour with this review and bring it to the attention of a great number of people in a very positive way, but she chose not to, which probably says a lot more about her than it does me.  I need to cut this person out of my life . . .  but that old concept of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer keeps coming up in my mind and so I don't.  There is a part of me that would love to call her out on what a poisonous thing that was to do to me, and very mean  . . .  but the nicer part of me says, just let sleeping dogs lie . . . 

People who feel the need to bring others down in order to lift themselves up
really leave a sour taste in my mouth.
Its just nasty.
And I don't like it. I don't like it at all.


 I am the administer of our church Ward's Facebook page. As such I have the responsability of making any announcements that need making, etc.  One of my responsabilities it to post the Chapel Cleaning list each quarter and then post reminders to all those involved each week so that the jobs get done.  I made a big booboo last week and somehow got the list mixed up and reminded people a week early, which meant that this week I had nobody to do the jobs.  I apologised to those involved and then Todd and I set our minds to the fact that we would just have to do the whole chapel ourselves.  We are going this morning to do that, but thankfully a few others have stepped in to take on some of the jobs as well, so we will not be doing it alone. Thank goodness!  Whew!  I don't think I will be making that mistake again!  That would have been horrendous to do the whole chapel all by ourselves, but we would have done so if we had to.  I am so grateful for good people who are always willing to step up and lend a hand! 

Deeply saddened this week by the news of another mass shooting at a high school in America.  I am sure you are all aware of it.  It makes me so sad that we live in a day and an age where there are people who feel that it is okay to just take a gun and kill other people like that.  Its horrendous.  I read somewhere that he went to McDonald's afterwards.  After killing 17 people and terrorizing countless others.  It defies comprehension.  But even amidst the horror of such an act, there are heros that outshine the heinousness . . . and help to solidify our belief in the prevailing goodness of humanity.

Assistant Football Coach and security guard, Aaron Feis,  selflessly shielded students from the shooter and in doing so was shot and killed himself. In a split decision he had a choice to save the children or save himself.  He died a hero and we will never know how many lives he saved in doing so.

In every tragedy, we must look for the helpers.  They are always there. 
Angels at large  . . . 


And with that I will leave you with a thought for today  . . .   

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No book of mormon corner until Monday.  I am running late and need to get going. Sorry! 


In The English Kitchen today  . . . Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies, and also a milkshake and a tutorial on the differences between condensed and evaporated milks.

Have a great Saturday!  Don't forget! 

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  1. What pretty roses Marie! I don't blame you for not wanting to lose any cookbooks! I don't like my stuff touched either esp if it disappears after!
    I had a relative and her boyfriend stay here for a couple months to help them out. Big Mistake! Instead they helped themselves and made a mess upstairs! Half the time I fell asleep downstairs, to darn trusting! That's why I can't sleep now, I'm pissed at myself for helping them out! So now I'm beating myself up over it! But I won't let this go!
    Sorry that you got crapped on too! I believe in carma.sp?

    I read that the US has the highest rate of guns and UK has the lowest rate. Something definitely needs to be done to stop this sickening stuff from happening! It breaks my heart!

    Those cookies look good too, but I've been craving fruit.
    Love and big hugs!xo

    1. My problem Jan is I like ALL food, lol. I adore fruit too. The police in the Uk are not armed except in special circumstances. But more and more the circumstances are warranting it. Like you, I do believe Karma will settle all things in the end. If you try to always do the right thing, then there can be no regrets. Xoxo

  2. know my thoughts;)
    Unbelievable? No.
    Nothing surprsies me and in his case even less.
    I am sorry for you.
    More for her.
    One should rejoice in other people's success..

    1. I was wrong to trust her Monique, but I did. I think that my stupidity in doing so makes it worse. It makes it hard for me to rejoice in her success, which bothers me more than anything because I like to believe the best of everyone. Sadly sometimes I am wrong! Beautiful sunny day here today! The sun is holding a bit more warmth! Xoxo

  3. Oh Marie I'm sorry that happened to you...loved your quote!

    1. To be honest Di, I kind of half expected it because of past dealings, but I thought maybe I was wrong. Xo

  4. I am sorry that anon person wrote that about your wonderful book. However it is only one amongst the lots of true and good coments...I'm not you !! But if I were, I would ignore it this time but keep anything else close to your chest so she dosnt get to know anything xx......have I missed something ? Have you got another book to write ? would be interesting to have little bits and pieces of crafts included....I wonder if you felt the Earthquake earlier this afternoon ?...we felt it quite strongly here in first Mary thought it was the wind there was a noise then we both felt the floor under our chairs move...we both thought something was under the house ! My friend Val was the first to recognise it as an earthquake....then we heard it on the TV apparently it was felt far and wide but was centred near Swansea.....night night. God bless. Xxx

    1. It wasn's anon to me Sybil, because she told me about it. You have missed something so I will PM you at some point. I didn't feel the earthquake, or if I did I was so busy doing something it didn't register! Although come to think of it, Mitzie did make a funny noise early in the afternoon and I looked because I heard it too, but then just thought, oh, that was a funny noise and went back to my writing. Love you! xoxo

  5. Hi Marie~

    Your roses are beautiful! I love surprises, and flowers, for some reason, always surprise me!

    HEHEHEH! I hear you on the cleaning and organizing thing! Bob and I get along so well, we love being together, until . . . it's time to organize something . . . then things seem to go wrong! Let's just say that it's better to let me do it myself. Your craft room looks cozy, and I love that you have a timer and a CD player in it, it just made me smile. And, I love the pink.

    I have some of those same cookbooks! I used to have so many that I had no where to keep them. I donated a whole, huge box full of them, then I had second thoughts about it...too late! I haven't missed them, thank goodness.

    New book?! Yes! I think you should absolutely put tutorials in your book! Keep us posted! The pincushion is adorable, I don't blame you for keeping it, some things are just too close to our hearts to give away.

    I'm so sorry about your book review. That is a stinky thing to do, she should be ashamed of herself! Just so you know, I love, love your book. I did find a lot of familiar recipes in your book. But, it's because my great-grandparents were from England and they taught my grandmother and she taught my mother, and my mother taught me how to cook, and how to fix things a certain way...the English way. It's the same way for me with Swedish cooking, so many of my grandparents ways are my ways as well. Your cook book is truly my new "go to" book, I love it! I'm with you, keep your enemies close, that way you know what they're up to.

    The shooting in, Florida was so extremely tragic. I just don't understand how anyone could do something like that! Obviously, the boy was insane, and very wicked. It's beyond my sad. Unfortunately, it happens way too often here in the states. The coach is truly a hero, who knows how many lives he saved, he was very loved and will be missed. You are right, they were surrounded by unseen hands, angels were in attendance that day.

    Your thought was perfect! You are a light in my path sweet lady!

    Hugs and Love,

    1. Thanks very much Barb! Love you to bits as well. xoxo

  6. I continue to be fascinated by your writings. I love all your different and often unique thoughts. I do find that we have much in common too.
    Your roses are lovely and I think Todd and you are perfect for each other just like I think my hubby and I are.
    It is funny about the books. I think you will find this funny. I am probably not the best cook but I do enjoy it most of the time. Since my husband retired he has been taking up a lot of the cooking. We eat fairly simple but he has basically taken over my kitchen. He does have a knack at flavoring dishes. The worst is when I do cook he stands by and watches me; it drives me nuts. Most of the time I am busy with my calling and having him doing the cooking is a blessing for me.
    I think that putting tutorials among your recipes would be awesome. You do have some unique things that you have made.
    I feel sad that person that you sent the book too didn't write a correct review. I certainly don't understand why someone would do that.
    To have to clean the whole chapel by yourself would not be a good plan. I am so happy that a few people helped you out. We just recently helped clean our chapel; which I do like to do.
    The tragedy in Florida is so horrific. It really makes me worried about my Grandchildren goingn to school. The sad thing is that a tip was given to the FBI on Jan. 5th that they didn't act upon. Also, this young man had a troubled background and I am sure he didn't get the mental health help he needed. None the less prayers for all those affected are being sent. I do think much of things we are seeing in todays world are part of the prophesied last days.
    Have a wonderful Sabbath Day dear friend; sending hugs your way!
    Thanks for your very sweet comment on my last post. You are such a dear friend that I hope to meet someday.

    1. Thanks LeAnn! Maybe the FBI will be quicker to act on tips that they are sent from now on. It is indeed a great tragedy, but I don't know what the solution is. It is a sign of the latter days with men's hearts waxing cold and children turning against their parents, etc. I think things will get a lot worse before they get better. I am so grateful for the anchor and safe place I find in the Gospel. Love you very much and I do hope we can meet one day! xoxo


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