Sunday, 22 March 2020

A bit of this and that . . .

Brene Brown 

I've been waiting three days to be able to get in and edit my grocery order which is arriving tomorrow. I think this will be the last one we get, and we are darn lucky to get that one. Yesterday you could only edit orders for yesterday and today.  So I went in early this morning, thinking that I could edit my order for tomorrow,  but no dice.  I wanted to add bin bags and laundry soap and flour to make bread. I have been unable to do so.  You cannot buy flour anywhere online. No mills are selling any. All sold out.  I can't book a new delivery slot for groceries either not even three weeks ahead. I had paid for a year of free delivery slots.  Money wasted. All sold out.  

So here we are, a senior couple, with no family to bring any in, not able to get out to do any shopping (not that there is much to choose from on empty shelves anyways judging by what I have seen on tv.) Thankfully we do have a bit laid by. No fresh veg or meat, but I do have tinned.  We do have a kind neighbor who is willing and able to do whatever. We are the lucky ones.  We will just have to make do with what we have for as long as we can.  There are many who have far less. 

I will apologise in advance for what you 
are about to see.  The bad language. 

You may have to click on it to make it large enough to read.  I despair to think that we have raised generations of children with attitudes like this.  I really hope this is a rare bird.  I wish I could report it as a hate crime and have it traced.  But evil always hides behind the cloak of anonymity.  Sometimes I really get afraid for the type of world my grandchildren are growing up in. I really do.  This is pure and utter hate spewed here.  I know people are afraid but  . . .  this is so totally unnecessary.  It is actually quite frightening to think that there are people like this among us. Of course I did not publish the comment.  I wish I had the means or knowledge to report it. 

In the meantime the birds are nesting and singing lovely songs to cheer the heart. I spied a sparrow on the roof of our shed the other day with a whole ball of nesting material.  I cannot wait to see the baby birds when they come.  They are so cute.  Baby anything is cute  . . . fledglings . . . 

Yesterday was one of these days.  The wind was very cold, but if you stood still in the sunshine, and outside of the wind, the sun is gathering warmth.  It won't be long now. I said to Todd, we are luckier than most.  We have a lovely back garden that we can sit out in and enjoy some fresh air without having to worry about coming into close contact with people. That will be nice once the warmer weather comes.  And we have some fresh berries to look forward to as well as the weeks progress. 


My son is tapping his maple trees.  I am not sure how much he gets from them.  Is there anything as gorgeous as the flavour of Maple syrup?  I think not.  It is a flavour love I come by quite naturally. My father has always adored Maple Walnut anything and I do too.  I have not had a scoop of Maple Walnut Ice Cream in years now.  We used to sometimes get a treat of those little maple leaf shaped candies when I was a child.  Maple sugar  . . .  so yummy.  Have you ever visited a sugar bush to see the trees being tapped and the sap boiling down into sugar.  It is a great experience.  Sometimes if there is snow they will treat the children to some snow candy, which is basically thick hot syrup poured onto the snow in droplets so that it forms small suckable candies. 

For many of us these next several months will be a season of "Trust."  We will be relying on our trust greatly.  We are having to trust our Governments like never before.  We are having to trust our faith and our God.  We are having to trust in the goodness of our fellow men.   We are having to trust that none of our faith and trust has been misplaced, and to trust that in the long run . . .  Good will prevail. 

Something such as what we are all living through at the moment is a great opportunity for us to sit back and assess, to reflect on what is really important in this life, and the things that truly matter most.  It is the small things to be sure.  The things we mostly take for granted.  Lets appreciate them for what they are.  Blessings.

I have seen a great outpouring of love, despite what I have shared about with that nasty comment above.  People calling, checking in to make sure we are safe and alright, do we need anything, can they help us in any way.  Yesterday that kind woman who helped Todd the other day put a card through the letterbox with a note.  Just thinking of you.  Hoping and wishing that he was alright. So kind.  So kind  . . .

Do not be taken in during this time by people with offers of things to be too good to be true or other deceptions. There are plenty of scammers about, and they love nothing but situations such as this so that they can take advantage of vulnerable people.  Be aware.

My brother posted this update on his FB page and it did make me smile. He has a great sense of humor.  I do feel that we need to be aware.  My father is very vulnerable to things like this.  My sister has warned him hopefully.  Older people are too trusting in many ways. 

My friend Jeanie who lives in the Lake District was out on a walk in their neighborhood yesterday with her husband and heard screaming and  then two young men wearing hoodies went running past, almost knocking them over.  Two young men had been robbing an elderly woman.  Thankfully they were filmed doing so and were later arrested.  Hooray!

Be vigilant. Be careful. There will always be those on the prowl to deceive, to hurt, to take what isn't theirs to take.  Praise God that there will also always be, and in far in greater abundance,those who work in the  opposite way and are ready to watch and to help and to care. 

Don't listen to or take to heart a lot of the health advice that is being bandied about on Facebook and other social media.  Rely only on trusted sources for information such as the World Health Organization, Federal Government sites, etc.  They will not lie to us.  

Be grateful to all of the health care professionals and others who  are working hard on the front lines to keep us all safe and healthy.  Help them to do their jobs.  Support them as best as you can and however you can. 

Know that things are bound to get worse before they start to get better, but know that eventually they will get better.

Pray, pray, pray  . . .  for our Health care and other essential workers, for our Governments, for our countries, for our communities, our families, our neighbours, ourselves.  And never give up hope. 


A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Abbeys.  Oaty almost shortbread like biscuit/cookies dipped in chocolate. 

Have a wonderful Sunday.  Be safe and know you are loved  . . . 

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And I do too!   






  1. The person who left that nasty comment isn't dead yet. Just think of all the trials and tribulations he/she might have to go through. That person will grow old as surely as we all do and will be singing a different tune. Who knows what our world will be like in 50 or 60 years? I listened to a young man give a similar rant in a shopping mall merely because his way had been impeded by an elderly person using a walker. His girlfriend (I presume) tried to hush him up but he would have no part of that. I wonder how he treats his parents or grandparents? I am going to make some blueberry muffins. Since my diagnosis of diabetes almost a month ago, I have managed to reduce my blood sugars to near normal. So...I have decided to allow a treat once in a while, hence making muffins. I will freeze some so my husband doesn't have to eat them all at once. We have enough provisions to sit tight for at least the next week and probably much longer. Your experience ordering food must be very frustrating. It does get tedious, doesn't it? Did you get any painting done yesterday? Take gentle care. Enjoy your Sunday. Ignore those who have no heart. Hugs and love, Elaine

    1. It just makes me really sad seeing young people behave in this way. You are right a treat once in a while never hurts anyone! I did a bit of painting yesterday, but not a lot. I am hoping that I will have time to do more today! I had wanted to order some flour, laundry soap and a few bits. Dog food. Mitzie tends to get an upset tummy when she has too much people food, so I like to keep things as normal for her as I can. I am hoping that our Government is soon able to sort things like this out. You cannot find flour anywhere at the moment. Love and hugs. xoxo

  2. Appalled by that comment..:( Geesh.. Unimaginable.
    Take care..take care take care..

    1. You take care also dear friend. Who could believe that we would be living in the times that we are. Its like a bad movie! xoxo

  3. We should be able to do without a grocery order for quite awhile now.

    Does your church not have anyone who can bring things for you? Our church has been trying to do that for the older members.

    I am not surprised at all by the comment...that is a very scared & bitter person. If they do live to old age, they will be very alone & miserable. It's hard to think what kind of childhood they had to be so angry & afraid right now. But you should let it go...their words are lies....the boomers are not hated bey every race or younger generation....only by those young people who were not loved & well cared for themselves.

    I'm watching for the robins to come back & build a nest in my red bud tree. I have an amazing view from my front window.And I will get to enjoy it with my 2 yr old grandson this time.

    I'm so glad you have a garden to enjoy. I think spring is going to help most of us through this. I would hate to be going into fall.

    What a good joke with the scam call. I sometimes just hand my phone to my grandson & let him talk. I get at least one, sometimes three or four of these calls every single day. It is such a huge nuisance! If I feel like it, I keep them on the line to waste their time. I've had them curse at me too.

    Stay safe!

    1. For sure our church is ready and willing to do whatever it can for those who can't get out and about. And I might just have to eventually humble myself and ask eventually. For the time being we are okay. Young people are so good with these scammers. My father has been caught out several times. Despicable people. You stay safe also! xoxo

  4. Hi Marie, don't let that comment bother you - I've seen it on several other blogs for some time. It's just some awful thing making the rounds. Not personal. Your blog is a sunny place, thank you for that.

    1. You have to wonder what it is that motivates such actions Mary! It does scare me that there are people like that in the world! xoxo

  5. It is very hard to look at adversity as an opportunity...but if we can find ways around things, in the long run, we may actually like the new ways better!! As to on Amazon, there are lots of alternate flours, like nut flours. I find Almond flour is the best one for the more wheat flour like results...and of course, there is good ole tapioca flour, which I avoid like the plague as it hurts my gut worse than gluten. But this is the time we should be inventive with our recipes...maybe you will even come up with a new book of them during this time...though we all hope it does not last forever!! The toilet paper mess is unreal. I have made some little wipes for #1 for myself so that will save about half the TP here. So far tis so we age our tissues become more fragile and I often find TP is just too scratchy. So I am thinking to continue you this for the rest of my life. Right now I have some large plastic jars with for for used...and I put some vinegar water in that one to store till I have enough to wash. Bought some new lingerie will be devoted for this. I ordered a metal chamber pot as they used to be called, for the used wipes when the pot gets here. I am HOPEFUL we do not need to make some for #2...but if we do...I have plenty of flannel around...even lots of scraps. My NC daughter told me tonight that one of her friends is making the wipes out of flannel to sell now!! THERE, take that, merchants...hopefully in future you will get even less of our money!! There is an awful lot of price gouging going on...but our forefathers and mothers were resourceful people...we come from strong people, Marie!! Let us find solutions!! Hang in there!!
    Hugs, Elizabeth xoxo

    1. Oh yes, there are always people trying to make a big profit out of other's misfortunes. It is promising that there have not been any new cases in China. But Italy is heartbreaking and when I see the irresponability of our youth in this country, it beggars belief. Just stay home. Period. You stay safe and healthy Elizabeth. Love and hugs, xoxo

  6. Oh, sweet friend, this was a good one to read for some warning and for seeing hate but on the other hand much goodness. It is scary how the younger generation is right now. In many ways, I feel strongly that this pandemic is to help humble people and for sure increase the missionary work after it is over. I do think it all is in preparation for the 2nd coming. I will look forward to that one and pray for it. It could be in our lifetime but much to go through. However, we have the promise that God will look after his righteous people. Hopefully, this brings out the best in us all.
    Blessings and hugs for you two!


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