Monday, 13 July 2020

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.    
I had enough sour dough discard to bake the sour dough sandwich bread from the cookbook Hope's Table by Hope Helmuth.  She's a Mennonite and has the blog  Hopeful Things.  the bread turned out beautiful.  Sour Dough Sandwich Bread. It has a lovely texture and Todd can eat it. (Dentures make it difficult for him to eat regular sour dough.) 
I know I shouldn't have done it on a Sunday but wanted to wash the bed linen's while the sun was shining. We had a rare for July dry day yesterday so changed the beds so I could wash and hang out the sheets.  Otherwise they end up being draped over the doors all over the house for days until dried. Plus they smell so much nicer when done outdoors.  Back to the rain this morning however. 
Summer fruits.  This weekend we have enjoyed strawberries (not tired of them yet!), cherries and blueberries. Bring on the raspberries and blackberries!  Our bushes are loaded with ripening fruit if the slugs don't get them first! 
The way the light plays through the windows this time of year, bathing everything in gold . . . 

No holidays away this year.  Holidays spent at home doing things together as a family like washing the truck. So grateful for a son who shares snippets of his life and the boys with me. 

Making pancakes at the weekend.  Family traditions continuing down through the generations. This makes me happy. They're busy making memories.  

This girl of mine who makes the effort to talk to me every single day.  I hope she knows it means the world to me. When my girls were small I hoped that one day we would be more than just mother/daughter, that we would be friends like I was with my own mother.  I am grateful for this easy friendship I have with this lovely daughter of mine. 
This picture just made me smile  . . . . sometimes knowing when to be quiet is the best and safest thing. 
I was deeply saddened this morning to read of the death of John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston of Breast Cancer at the age of only 57. They had been married 29 years I believe. Having lost their oldest son a few years back, this must be such a sad and heartbreaking time for him.  I have always liked John Travolta.  Since his early sweat-hog days on Welcome Back Kotter. I think he is a very talented man and he seems very genuine and nice. Of course I could be wrong, but  . . .  what do I know.  Anyways, I just feel sad for him and his family.  
A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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If you feel like you  are losing everything,
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I downsized one of my favourite casseroles this weekend. Amish Country Casserole.  Turned out great!  Delicious! 
Hope your week ahead is filled with small and wonderful things.  Along the way, don't forget!  

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And I do too!     Stay safe! 



  1. That bread looks so yummy!! Reminds me to get back to work on making sourdough starter here...heh, lots to learn yet in the gluten free dept!! Love how the casserole looks too!! I am so happy for you that you have a couple of very good kids!! So lovely to be loved!!
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth! The bread was amazing! xoxo

  2. Marie I had no idea re K Preston:( Didn't even know she was ill:(I did hear of Lisa Marie Presley's son..:( Oh what a sad summer.
    You ahve turned into an awesome bread baker Marie..Kudos..I know for years you wanted to be:)It's done.Fait accompli. cute..Big and Little:)

    1. Sad summer, sad year. It makes me afraid to think of what might come next. xoxo PS - thanks for the kudos! I am getting there!

  3. Like you I'm thankful for a daughter that calls every day to check on me. She never misses and always makes me smile. It is wonderful to have a daughter that is also a friend. She's the best !

    1. I take my blessings where I find them Pam, as I know you do too! Your positivity is a blessing to many! xoxo

  4. The bread does looks yummy! I keep talking about making bread and this makes me want to do it even more. Summer fruit is the best.
    I do love sheets and etc. that have been dried outside. I haven't done this for years but remember the smell. I remember draping them all over to dry too.
    I love that you talk with your daughter everyday. I feel sad sometimes, that I don't hear a lot from my daughters. I have one that calls usually weekly and one son that tries to do that too. The other 4 don't call much at all. They think that Facebook posts and etc. is enough communication. Sometimes, they text a little bit. I just like to hear their voices. I'm sad they don't call more.
    I love the Tradition of weekend pancakes. The photo of the boys is adorable.
    I too felt sad about Kelly Preston's death. I liked her acting too.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!


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