Thursday 29 June 2023

My Favorite Things . . .


Sharing today a few things that I really love to do, eat, experience, enjoy  . . .  maybe you will enjoy them too.

My new birdbath.  Its so pretty. Not overly large or deep, but so far Chippie is enjoying it. Hopefully some birds will too!

Cinnamon enjoying Chippie from a safe distance. I know she would like to enjoy him/her closer up, but that's not happening anytime soon if I can help it!

Nutmeg isn't bothered.  He seems to know he hasn't a chance at catching Chippie, so he is very nonchalant about it all.

I have two chippies at the moment. I wonder how long that will last.  I think one is a baby.


Chocolate Croissants  . . .  but with lots of chocolate inside.


The Fairies Oak by Bruce Kendall.  When I was a little girl I believed such things were real. I don't know when my belief was suspended . . . I guess you just reach an age where you know Santa isn't real and neither is the rest of that stuff  . . .  its a pity, that  . . .

Hand signs  . . . signs that are hands  . . . 


Boiled sweets.  Rhubarb and Custard are a favorite.


Anything decorated with lemons  . . .  especially pottery  . . . 


The Unwinding, a prescription by Jackie Morris  . . . 


Drift wood  . . .  touched and beaten smooth  by the sea  . . . 


British pancakes  . . .  crepes . . . 


Wild flowers  . . . . 


Butterfly lights  . . .  so pretty  . . . 


Pretty foxes  . . . 


Fresh carrots  . . . 


Fresh berry season  . . . 


Old quilts . . .


Daisies  . . . 


An English Cottage  . . . 

Foxgloves  . . . . 


Wedgewood . . .  I was in their shop in London one time. Beautiful stuff, tres expensive!


New potatoes, freshly dug  . . .  they have a beautiful flavor  . . . 

And those are my favorite things for this week.  I guess I just like everything and find joy in most things!

I saw a photograph of my ex and his wife on a page on Facebook and it triggered feelings in me that I didn't like. Everyone was saying what a sweet couple, etc. and I did not see a sweet couple. I saw a man who had marginalized and abused me for 22 years, and who manipulated and coerced and stole half my family away from me, and the woman who helped, aided and abetted him. 

Clearly I am still struggling with forgiveness.  And so I started listening to this talk by Kevin R Duncan again.  I don't want these things to still affect me in this way. The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness

I once listened to it twice a day for over six months and thought I had made great headway.

I do not struggle with them being together.  If they are happy with each other that's great.  I couldn't care less about that.  I struggle with the things that were done to me by them, and the ramifications of their actions that I still have to live with. The alienation of two of my children, and via that, three grandchildren. I so want to be able to forgive that. To not have that affect me anymore. To be able to let it go . . . 

Sigh  . . . and so I pray daily to be able to forgive and to be able to let go . . .

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Strawberry Spoon Cake. This is the perfect summer dessert, sized just for two.

I hope you have a beautiful day. It rained buckets here yesterday, off and on. Nice to see as we really need it.  I feel for those who are still affected by fires and the smoke from fires. We here in the heart of the Valley are truly blessed. Mom always said it was God's country. I think she was right. We have our own little Eden here.  Be happy. Be blessed. Don't forget!

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And I do too!    



  1. Lovely birdbath. Chippy has just returned to the garden, feral cats kept them away for a year or so. Love old quilts, foxgloves just don't seem to grow for me, had gorgeous ones in England. Enjoy the day.

    1. It is hard to know why things like foxgloves grow well in one place and not in others. My garden in England thrived on neglect! xoxo

  2. Some things only GOD can forgive...but we can forgive so that it frees us from the pain...except of course, that pain can always arise at any time. I hope you will not go to whatever place you saw that reason to keep putting salt in a wound. An unhealed wound. Which of course, it will always be to some can one recoup lost time? Not on this earth...however a better life awaits and THERE, at long last, I expect all such things to no longer matter!! I am sorry you ran across something like this. Hidden sins are only hidden for a time...there is an end date on that.
    Elizabeth, hugs xoxo

    1. I thought I had made great headway with forgiving. I think so and then something will just trigger those old feelings of anger and hurt, but mostly grief at the loss of family. It is not that I still want him. I do not in the least. It is the loss of my children and grandchildren I think. How does one get over the grief from that. Maybe you never do. xoxo

  3. Forgiveness is tough for everyone … at least you’re trying. Your favorites are my favorites also. Have a beautiful, peaceful summer day. Bestest wishes to you, V.

    1. Thanks very much V! I am trying very hard. Some days I do better than others! xoxo

  4. I'm struggling with forgiveness too, Marie. Forgiveness might come easier if the pain would just go away. Love all your favourites, too. Your birdbath is so pretty. Love and hugs, Elaine (in Toronto)

    1. You are right Elaine. The pain of loss is a huge part of how I feel. I don't know if I will ever come to terms with it. Thank you! Love and hugs, xoxo

  5. Cutie BB:) Oh I hate that re FB.I KNOW some people..and can't believe the things they post lol.So untrue.I know the truth..and I wonder why they are doing this? And why does it bother me lol..

    1. I am not one that lives my life out on facebook like some. Normally I wouldn't have even seen it, but on this day, there it was and it slapped me in the face, lol. It shouldn't bother me, but it does. I miss my children so much. xoxo


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