Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wednesday this and that . . .

What do you see when you look in the mirror?  Are you comfortable with the beautiful visage that looks back at you? I hope so, but in all truth, if you are like me in any case . . .  you don't see the beauty there, but only your flaws. It takes practice to be able to love and accept the way we look.  We never see ourselves as others do, and even the most beautiful woman in the world looks at herself in the mirror and sees more things that are wrong than that which are right. 

In all truth, I have never seen myself at beautiful or attractive, but when I look at younger photos of myself now, I don't think I am half bad . . . 

They say that beauty is wasted on the young. That may well be true. 

I  have had my not wearing makeup years and my wearing makeup years.  I am at the point now where I only wear makeup if I am going out the door.  Most days I only wear a moisturiser and some days not even that. I think I've become quite comfortable with who I am in my own home, and I don't even think about it when  delivery man calls.  I just tell myself . . .  what are the chances I will ever see him again?  And so what! 

Life has taught me that its not so much how we look on the outside that counts,  as who we are on the inside.  If more people worked as hard on being beautiful inside as they do with how they look on the outside, this world would be truly transformed. 

I think people would just be nicer. 

It is only the very rare person who can manage to look as beautiful on the outside at 80 as they did at 20 . . .  reality tells us that most of us don't . . .  but then again, that all depends on what your idea of beauty is.  

I am learning to love and accept myself in my 60's like I never did in my 40's or 50's, or in all truth my 20's and 30's.   I like the sparkle in my eyes, and the way they crinkle when I am smiling.  I've always been told that I have a smile that lights up the room.  I don't think that is such a bad thing to have.  

Thankfully I have always had thick hair. When I was young I used to curse its waves and curls, its unmanageability.  Now I am just happy to have hair and plenty of it.  Oh, admittedly, not so much the chin hairs . . .  but the hair on my head is just great.  I am embracing grey and silver. It looks natural, and I like looking natural.  I could use a good trim, and maybe one day I will get one. 

I don't like my thighs so much, or my belly, arms, well pretty much most of my body, but meh!  Its me.  Why is it only chubby babies are seen as cute!  I don't think there is one of us that wouldn't look at models in commercials and adverts, and envy their beauty and bodies, but I have been told and have read that "They" don't even recognise themselves!  Air brushed, blemish free, and photo shopped to the hilt.  They present an image to the world that is near impossible to achieve.  I would much prefer reality.


Beautiful young people are works of nature.
Beautiful old people are works of art.
~Eleanor Roosevelt  

I love this photograph that my sister took of my mom and dad last Christmas. I think this is beautiful.  They're beautiful.  What I wouldn't give  . . . . 
The Engineer should be here this morning, well today, between 10 and 1 pm, hopefully to fix my oven. If he can't then I think I have been pretty patient, and I want it replaced.  That's what we pay all that insurance for. I need an oven that works properly, and this is getting very frustrating, not to mention costing us money as it is taking three times as long to cook things in it than it should, and even then they aren't done right.  I wanted to get us a chicken, or something to roast for Easter, but I don't want to spend money on something that I can't cook properly, or that will be ruined, or maybe even possibly make us sick!  Perish the thought!  

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

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In order to love who you are,
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Hearty Vegetarian Chilli

 In the English Kitchen today  . . .  Hearty Vegetarian Chili.  I promise you won't miss the meat.  Its delicious! 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Don't forget! 

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And I do too! 


  1. Surely hope the stove is fixed!! That is so terrible for someone so talented at cooking!!
    Heh, mercy me, I am quite old looking...and most of it came in the last year...ah well, tis what is inside that counts eh? I quit makeup a few years ago...asked Hubby if he wanted me to wear it and he stated he did not no need in my opinion. Saves money too!!
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. I think I would look a lot older if I didn't carry all the extra weight Elizabeth! When the pounds come off the wrinkles appear! Todd doesn't care if I wear makeup or not either. It is my own vanity that keeps me putting it on when I go out!! xoxo

  2. Fingers crossed for that stove..What a lovely spot you've grown into..And I remember all thesepersonal photos..such great keepsakes.I love looking at a pic of me as a child..feels loving.
    Now I am living through nostalgia at looking at the Littles pics of the past.Time flies.Good luck today!

    1. Oh yes, they do grow up far too quickly. I wish sometimes that time would stand still. No joy today, they have ordered two new elements and will install them on Tuesday next. No treats for us this weekend! (Unless we buy them!) xoxo

  3. Hi Marie~

    I think we all struggle with the way we look, especially as we get older. But, that said, I do know many people who are embracing their older years. Like you, I only wear full make-up when I am going out. I do put on my eyebrows, and usually put on a little mascara most days. Moisturizer is a must, and a sunscreen in the summer is important for me. I color my hair, because I've been gray and don't like I color every 6 weeks or so, and I wear my hair short, so it's pretty easy.

    You are just beautiful and then! I would definitely recognize that beautiful bride as, Marie! We are so influenced by the media and all of it's hoopla about being thin and looking a certain way, and that's so sad, especially for young people. I'm very much over trying to look like someone else, I'm just me. And, you are right, the models that we see are airbrushed, and changed so much that they don't even look like who they really are. It really does steal their identity.

    That said, what a beautiful photo of your mom and dad! I can see you, in both of them. They really are works of art.

    We all need to be kinder to ourselves, we are after all children of God, and that makes us all special!

    Love your chili recipe! I have been trying to eat a little more plant based, and it just looks delicious!

    So sorry about the stove...there is no good time for a stove to go out. But, you are such a talented cook, I'm sure that you will be able to make a stove-top meal that will be amazing!

    Hope your day has been a good one, mine is just starting...and the sun is shining!! Love you tons!

    Hugs and Love,

    1. I think having the Gospel in your life makes a huge different Barb. I know it does for me. Before I joined the church I had no self confidence at all and was a huge mouse. Now I am doing things I never dreamt that I could do. Knowing who you are and where you came from makes a big difference! Love you my sweet friend. Hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend! xoxo

  4. This was a beautiful post. I needed this. Hugs!!! Your beautiful.

    1. I am happy you found it helpful Mrs Chrissy, and thank you! xoxo

  5. Dearest friend, how I would love to meet you someday. I find you a truly beautiful woman. I look at your photos and see great outside beauty and your inside beauty is spectacular. I assume that you have a light about you because of our truly spiritual nature.
    I loved all your thoughts today and I too wish the people of the world could see one another as I know our Heavenly Parents and Savior do. I wish we lived in a kinder world. I look forward to Zion and the coming of the Savior.
    I have very thin hair and need a hairpiece to feel at least somewhat together. However, soon I am going to let my hair grow gray. It's almost time. I have a story about my mother and her gray hair that maybe I will share sometime. Then there is makeup. I too don't care about whether anyone sees me without it. I just chalk it up to I'm old and who cares anyway.
    I love the photo of your parents and I know that you treasure that one.
    I do hope you get your stove fixed. I'm sure that is very hard for you since you love to cook. Actually, it's unfair that it isn't working. Then there is me, it probably wouldn't matter match because I don't cook as I should. I do a bit more since my daughter and I share cooking days. However, my husband likes to cook and joins in which is fun.
    Well enough of my babbling.
    Sending prayers, loving thoughts and hugs your way!

    1. Thanks LeAnn! Sorry for the late response. I will look forward to your story about your mum. I hope you are enjoying this lovely Easter Weekend. Its my favourite holiday. I am so grateful for this beautiful gift. Love and hugs and blessings to you and Roger! xoxo


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