Thursday, 22 March 2018

My Favourite Things . . . 
These are some of the things in life that I enjoy and which make me happy, inspire me, or put a smile on my face. Maybe some of them are yours too.  Lets share! 

Jim Jams Hazelnut Chocolate Spread. For when you just gotta have some. It has 83% less sugar than the regular one (without saying its name) and it is just as tasty in my books. Once in a blue moon I like it spread on my sugar free Maria biscuits. Todd can sit there munching on his Tunnocks Marshmallow tea cakes, and I have a few Maria's spread with Jim Jams and everybody's happy!


I love LOVE Grey's Anatomy. (Thank you Prime!) I never got to watch it when it first started, so I am way behind on the seasons (just on season 2 now) but I just love this show. I love the characters and everything about it.  I am not a Doctor or a Nurse and so I can watch it without being bugged by anything that might bug a real Doctor or Nurse.  Ariana says she can't stand it because there are no nurses and it looks like the Surgeons are doing all the work and we all know that Nurses do most of the work.  Doesn't matter to me.  Not a nurse, so don't care, lol.   

Lavender. I adore Lavender. When I was a girl I loved Yardley's Lavender perfume. I still do although I don't wear it.  I like my bedroom to smell like Lavender though. One day I am going to visit the Lavender fields here in the UK and witness their beauty for myself.


Thatched Cottages.  I love thatched cottages.  I would love to have a thatched cottage. They look so romantic and shakespeare - ee. with the climbing roses and beams . . . they just are so charming. 

Men in Kilts. 


Let me amend that  . . .  ahem . . .  certain  men in  kilts. I guess not all kilts are created equal. lol.

Cuckoo Clocks.  I prefer the ones which are all carved in wood, rather than the colourful ones. When we were in Germany we saw some amazing ones.  We visited the World's largest Cuckoo Clock and we bought a Cuckoo Clock, ourselves, which sadly no longer works. It played music every hour on the hour with a different tune each hour. The novelty does wear off, and most of the time the music was turned off, but it still hangs on our wall because it is pretty to look at. It is a battery operated one because they are cheaper, but in retrospect we should have bought a geared one. 

I may be alone here, but I always liked Goofy.  In face I preferred him over Mickey.  Goofy seemed more human.  I never could quite figure out what he was, a dog or a man?  Whatever, I liked him.  


Tea Pots, my favourite being the good old fashioned Brown Betty.  I have one in my doll house, but sadly not in real life.  I like to look at fancy tea pots and there are some really unusual ones out there, but when it comes to having one, I prefer simple.  I think the Brown Betty is perfection in a tea pot.  

Dark Chocolate and Ginger.  Flavour perfection. 


The Waltons. Still watch it. Still love it.  So does Todd.  When I was a girl I wanted a house full of kids like the Waltons.  I had five.which was two short.  Would have loved to have ten. So would have Todd. 

Pizza. I love the stuff.  I first tasted pizza when I was in high school, and they were making and selling pizza at Winter Carnival.  It was love at first bite.  Then my highschool boyfriend introduced us to Kraft Pizza mix.  Woa!  A pizza you could make at home, quick and easy! Show me where to sign up!  They don't do that type of thing over here.  I did buy a boxed pizza dough mix once, but it was YUCKKY!  Tasted too much like baking soda or something.  Now I make them from scratch because (as much as Todd dislikes pizza) sometimes you just got to have a pizza, and I like homemade from scratch best of all.  

Truth and Honesty.  We live in a world sugar coated with lies. It is hard to find the truth sometimes and there is not a lot of honesty about.  We read blogs and look at instagram, and we see only what people want us to see.  A lot of it highly edited, colourized and distorted.  Its not real and it can cause people to feel like they are always falling short, creating envy and covetedness. I really want realism.  I think you can show people the reality and they can still enjoy seeing it.  There was one particular blog in particular that I used to visit all the time. They posted food and decorating tips, etc.  Then I noticed that all the photos were looking really too brightly coloured, and it was turning into a travel blog rather than a food and decorating blog.  I noticed it most when they went to places I had gone, and I saw that the colours were all totally distorted.  I felt cheated and lied to.  We are being lied to all the time.  Packaging and contents get smaller, prices stay the same  . . . politicians talk out of both sides of their mouth.  Models are airbrushed beyond believability.  13 year olds selling wrinkle creams.  I present things pretty much as you see them. I do edit a bit, cutting down the size of the photos and cutting away some of the background, but I don't change colours, or erase things. I might be more popular if I did, but I don't.  I pride myself on reality, truth and honesty. Even down to my profile picture.  

This is still my all-time favourite tea cosy, from Jane Brocket's book, The Gentle Art of Knitting. 

I think this might be the first abstract work of art that I have fallen in love with. Cosy 2 by Hennie van Lande.  She is a Dutch painter. I am usually not that into abstract, but my sister has me looking at it now with different eyes.  I like this, I really do.  I have a long ways to go though before I actually fall in love with abstract art. 

Window Seats.  Have always wanted to have a bay window with a window seat, so I could sit in there and watch the world walk by. 

And those are my favourite things for this week.
A thought to carry with you  . . .  
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Today's Reading - Mosiah 24:1-15 
Question What have you learnt from the reading today? What do you think the people learned from having their burdens made light, rather than taken away?  
Thoughts - This talk is such a good one for today - President Monson - 'I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee'. In it he includes this poem:

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow. 

Why would God take away all these opportunities for growth, when that is his purpose for us?  I am grateful for His mercy in strengthening, comforting and blessing us, His children, throughout our times of burden. I am greatful for the Lord's words, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and that are heavy laden, and i will give you rest."  I know that this is true.  I know that real rest is to be only found in Him. 
Tomorrow's Reading  (Day 127) - Mosiah 24:16-25:14 
Question - Why do you think we need to give thanks? How can we lift our voices to praise God?

In The English Kitchen today . . .  Ham & Mac Bake.  Simple and delicious.

Have a great Thursday!  Don't forget!

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  1. Hi Marie, I absolutely adore Nutella but never buy it now, literally because I can just sit and eat a whole jar with a spoon!! Maybe I should try Jim Jams, or not!

    I love everything Scottish, not just men in kilts. We're going to Dunoon in May with Fred and Joyce on the coach, so excited!

    Off to Clatterbridge today for my hospital appointment. Enjoy your day, lot's of love xxx

    1. Oh, I love all things Scottish also Kate! How exciting that you have another trip to look forward to! yay! Hope your trip to the hospital is very uneventful! Love and hugs. xoxo

  2. We have so many things in common. But ohhhhh! Chocolate ginger. <3 And yes, CERTAIN men in kilts like our Jamie! <3

    1. Love “our” Jamie. A different kind of “ginger.” Lol xoxo

  3. I agree with you about kilts, and about being cheated and lied to. I hate 'grocery shrinkage'. You pay the same or more, but get less. On the other hand, as far as blogs and pictures are concerned, blogs are kind of a person's art form, and I look at it like painters painting what they want in the picture, rather than what is actually there. Leave out the ugly building, add a tree, whatever. Add some color to make it pop. It's kind of the same thing, in my mind, unless they are representing it as an accurate portrayal of something. Hope I'm making sense here. :)

    1. I do see what you mean, and I do appreciate an artistic slant on things, but the one I am speaking about in particular is way over the top! I don’t mind at all things artfully placed, etc. It’s the outrageous colours I object to. They almost hurt your eyes.

  4. I love art blogs and IG.. No hiding there:) What you see is usually what you get..the homes ..well so white HomeGoods and Marshall's ..redo a room in every decor piece bought that day..doesn't work for me;)
    I love..
    I can't find the feed beautiful.. older homes..lots of things ..treasures:)
    I do appreciate good photos though and Love Kim Klassens looks..all Lightroomed..All the dark tones are all LR PS..
    You can't get away from it.

    1. I love Aiken House and Gardens. It’s beautiful and very country! I love your photos. I appreciate beauty. Susan ?Branch. Love. I just don’t like fake fake, know what I mean? Xoxo

  5. For some reason I can't get into the medical shows. I think it is because I was a nurse and maybe it brings back memories of my ICU days. I do love the lavendar colors and I have a candle that is suppose to help with relaxing.
    I do love English novels and so I think Thatched roof homes are unique and romantic looking. I'm smiling at the kilt photos; so funny.
    I do love the Cuckoo clocks. There is a German type village in Washington and it had so many wonderful clocks. I like the wooden carved ones too.
    Yup! Goofy was a fun one.
    Love anything chocoloate; so I could go for this one.
    Watching the Walton's with homemade pizza would be awesome!
    Honesty in writing is so important and I love your open and awesome posts.
    I think real is even more important in our world of today. I try to be positive in my writing and don't want it to appear like I don't have any struggles because I do.
    I love window seats.
    I loved the talk and poem by President Monson. The poem is a great message to us all.
    Sending loving thoughts, love and hugs your way!

    1. I always love your posts LeAnn! Your heartfelt thoughts and honesty always touch me. You are a beautiful soul. xoxo

  6. I have bay windows in my dining room but a radiator sits there. So I bought a maple table and chairs that a neighbor was selling to put there. It's my favorite spot to sit and eat something or look out when the sun is shining. My daughter thinks it looks stupid there bc my dining room table isn't far from it. I don't care I like it there..I think it's fine..didn't stop her seating there either. Extension slides out on the ends..his kids didn't want it til I bought it. That's the stubborn coming out. Lol.

    My parents are starting to feel better..eating soup to cereal. I got their Easter ham on sale so they were happy. Told them I'll be back soon to get their house ready for Easter.

    You have been making so many yummy things lately Marie..minus the mustard. Lol.

    I just look at food blogs mainly..some health ones too..making your own cleaning supplies.

    Hope you have a great day!xo

    1. Thanks Jan. I think you are an awesome person! Every bit. xoxo

  7. Hi Marie~

    So many wonderful things to look at today! I will just tell you that I love them all...except chocolate covered ginger...I've never had it, but it sounds delightful.

    I could eat a whole jar of hazel nut spread, so I don't buy it very often. Bob is allergic to tree nuts, so it would be all mine... :0)

    Just last night, before I saw your post, I was looking at thatched roofs and dreaming of living in one of those gorgeous cottages...funny how that happens! I love them, I hope one day to visit Europe so that I can at least see one in person. I'm one of those people that get a headache with lavender, although I love to smell it growing outside, just not inside. Several of my kids are the same way. And from coo-coo clocks to Goofy, I love it all!

    It was my mother's 90th birthday today, so my sister and I brought her a hamburger and fries (her favorite meal) and ate lunch with her. She was adorable, all decked out with a cute little pink crown that said, Happy Birthday on it. We also gave her a big bunch of balloons, she has always loved balloons, so it made her day.

    Thank you for get well wishes, I am feeling better, prayers really do work! Love you, have a great day today!

    Hugs and Love,

    1. Happy Birthday to your mom Barb! I bet it was such a sweet, tender, special time. I loved reading about it. My mom will be 86 on her birthday in July. Oh how I wish I could be there. Love you too! Am happy you are feeling better! xoxo


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