Thursday, 6 May 2021

My Favourite Things

 

 

A few of the things in life that make my heart go pitty pat. Maybe they will do the same thing for yours. ♥♥♥      

 

Vanilla ice cream in sugar cones  . . . 

 

White dishes  . . . 

 

White gloves, although one seldom has the occasion to wear them anymore  . . . 

 

Forget me nots  . . .

 

Candle light  . . . 

 

Pearls  . . . 

 

Polka dots  . . . 

 

Fred Astaire movies  . . . what a dancer he was  . . . 

 

Cardigans . . .  I need to really learn how to knit  . . . 

 

The Bridge of Sighs . . . Cambridge

 

Bette Davis  . . . 



1950's fashions  . . . 


Fantasia, 1940. The Waltz of the Flowers, Nutcracker Suite . . . 

 

Lion Cubs, beautiful creatures  . . . 

 

Deer . . .  three timid yearlings just went through the yard  . . . 

 

Peekaboo . . . 

 
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Kicking up your heels  . . . 

 

Watching the sun set  . . . 

 

Greek walls  . . .  

 

Wild flower bouquets  . . . 

 

The sound of crashing waves  . . .  

 

European Robins  . . . 

 

Daisies  . . .  I'll give you a daisy a day dear  . . .  I'll give you a daisy a day.  I'll love you until the rivers run still, and the four winds we know blow away  . . . 

 

The moon and the stars  . . . 

 

Stamps  . . . 

 

Garden fairies  . . . 

 

Cushion covers . . . 

 

Greengate . . . 

 

Ruffles  . . .  

 

Butterflies . . .  so pretty  . . . 

And those are my favourite things for this week.  I best get on. I have a ton of things to do today.  I will probably not be posting tomorrow on either blog, so I will be back with you on Saturday (fingers crossed!).  

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *.˛.We overthink happiness,
There is something good in every moment,
Find it and keep your focus there.
~Kirsten Butler •。★★ 。* 。 

 

I'm sharing everything lemon on The English Kitchen  . . . from savory to sweet. Some of my favorites.  

 

Happy Birthday to my second oldest grandson Jonathan who turns 15 today!  Grammy loves you Jon! I hope that you have a brilliant day! 

To each of you, have a beautiful day.  Whatever you get up to, don't forget  . . . 

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And I do too! 

 


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Wednesday this and that . . .


 Apparently I offended people the other day when I was talking about my having bought something online that ended up coming from the far east, and having suggested that the older man who had been living my place was probably not the cleanest. If I did I apologize.  Anyone who knows me or has been reading me for sometime knows that I try hard not to be offensive. 

I have nothing against Chinese people or any other race of people.  My sister in law and nieces are Japanese and I love them to pieces. My point was meant to be buyer beware.  I admittedly do not have a lot of experience in buying clothing that comes from these online places.  That was the first clothing order I had ever gotten, and now I am worried because I ordered two more things from two more places.  Obviously what is one size here in North America is not the same over there. 

Neither are Santa figures, or cat toys quite the same. Obviously I have super high standards of what I expect in return for money spent.

  Also, in my experience, and I speak from my experience alone, I have never met a man who did a cleaning job as thoroughly or as well as I would do it.  I did not suggest that the old man was dirty, just that he maybe could have been cleaner. That is not to say that all men are incapable of meeting my standards.  I am sure that there are many who would even do better.  Maybe I am just a super-picky person when it comes to cleanliness and cleaning. Me bad.

So anyways, if I offended you, I am sorry.

 

I spent most of yesterday in the new place. I took over some more stuff and unpacked most of what was there.  I started to unpack some of my nine boxes.  I did three of them. Then I had to just leave them and come home.  My legs were so tired, etc. and sore, not to mention my feet.  No place to sit so I had been standing and walking back and forth for hours. Not easy with arthritis.  I will not make the same mistake today.

My three boxes . . .  heart breaking. Almost everything in them was smashed to smithereens. All of my Emma Bridgewater mugs. My antique lady pig cookie jar. The tea cup and saucer my sister gave me forty years ago, all my beautiful props that I had purchased in the last few months before I ended up having to move, my fairytale plates by Scott Gustafson, my glass picture frames, etc. Three boxes of broken glass, ceramics and china.  I was crying.

I know its just stuff, and I shouldn't let it bother me.  I have already had to let go of so much . . . the thought went through my mind  . . . how much more am I going to have to let go of . . .  

All of my hurt and anguish over what's happened to me these past months just came out in a flood of tears.  I am only human I guess, and while I try to put a brave face on most of the time, sometimes I give in to the sorrow of it all.

Then I pull up my big girl panties and just get on with it. As mom always said, there is no point in crying over spilt milk.  I have far greater things ahead of me than any I have left behind. Its that simple. And I have been incredibly blessed through it all.

 

I have a huge list of things to do today.  First I want to take most of what is still left here over there and unpack some more.  I need to go to the Post Office because they were supposed to call me about how I am going to get my mail.  I should have gotten my modem yesterday, but of course I have been unable to check my post at the new place.  I was into the Post Office on Monday as I had not been given a key to the communal post box on the street and I was expecting the modem on Tuesday.
 
They didn't seem to know what the protocol was when I was in there on Monday. They said they would talk to the man who delivers the mail there and then call me. They didn't.  So I will have to go back and ask again. I have things now directing to that place.

Also I might go back into Home Hardware and pick up this tiny rocking chair they had. It wasn't very expensive and I know that I can't sit in it, only a small child could sit in it . . .  but a small doll could sit in it and I need a bit of whimsey I think.  Who can't use a bit of whimsy in their life!!


Doug and the boys have sent me a package for Mother's Day.  All those years in the UK, I never got anything for Mother's Day except online wishes.  The cost of sending things was just too high. I am looking forward to seeing what they have sent me. Its exciting!  I don't really expect anything for Mother's Day, not really, so this is a real surprise, and very thoughtful.

Plus when I was unpacking yesterday I found a note from Tina to me tucked into one of the boxes.  A tender mercy, just at the time when I needed it.  Its funny how that goes.  I don't know why we are so surprised when things like that happen. We shouldn't be. He is always there, collecting our tears in His bottle.  It was like my Heavenly Father was reaching out to me, patting me on the shoulder and saying, there  . . . there . . . 

Another plus  . . .  none of the lead crystal my mother bought me through the years was broken. 

I have bought some single flat sheets to hang in the windows until I can get curtains.  Maybe I will like them so much I will never get curtains. You never know! 

Despite there being only two real windows in the place, it is surprisingly bright in there!  I was greatly encouraged by that. 

Only a few things left to get.  A carpet for the living area, a television, and some lamps. 


 

Call me crazy, but I kind of like this.  Its really colorful.  But I will have to think on it for a bit. It is on sale now, but I don't know.  Is it too bright?  Dare I move out of the "safe" zone?  Express my inner child?  The more I look at it, the more it grows on me. 

Lets face it, it would go with just about any color at all!  

I will need to get a mat to put by the front door.  It is ceramic tile in that small area and could be slippery when wet, but I have time before next winter rolls around. I think I am going to use some of my yarn and knit a bunch of slippers to have in a small basket by the front door for people to wear.  Also I need to get a small runner to pop into the kitchen for the floor in there as apparently the floors in these slab homes can get a bit cold in the Winter, but I have summer to get through yet!

I think eventually I will get a small sofa bed for the spare bedroom.  Its not a very large room and I will not have overnight guests that often.  If I get a sofa bed then it can operate as a sewing/painting/office room most of the time. Perhaps eventually I can also get a small tv for in there, so when the grandchildren are there, they can play video games or whatever in there, or maybe not. We'll see what happens. 

 

And I guess that's about all I have to say today so I will leave you with a thought for today . . . 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *God says don't worry about the future.
He is the author of your story and 
he's already written the final chapter.
~Max Lucado  •。★★ 。* 。



 

There is Sheet Pan Cooking for Two in the English Kitchen today. No fuss, no muss, easy and delicious!

Have a beautiful Wednesday.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Whatever you get up to, don't forget! 

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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

The Simple Woman's Daybook

 

 

FOR TODAY, May 4th, 2021

Outside my window ...
Its dull and overcast, but its early yet. Who knows what the day will bring. 

I am thinking ...
This will more than likely be my last Daybook post written from my sister's house. I hope to be living in my new place by Thursday evening.  On Thursday it will be six months exactly since I left the UK. I have had low moments and high moments, but all my moments have been blessings to me, with the lows helping me to appreciate the highs even more.  

I am thankful for ...
All the help I have been given along the way by family and friends, and yes, even strangers.  I have felt the hands and love of God in my life every step of the way. 

In the kitchen ...

 

In The English Kitchen today, Vegetable Chow Mien. Built for two and delicious! 

On my "to Cook" list ... 

 

Seasons and Suppers, Glazed Blueberry Fritters.  Yum yum! 

One of my favourite things ... 

 

Need to get a new copy  . . .

I am wanting to create ... 

 

Saraphir.  Flower Wheel Circles.  Nice!


 

Your Crochet. Frida's Flowers Blanket.  Love the colours in this. So bright and cheery! 

 

Quilting in the Rain, Quilt as you Go Projects.  

 

Angel's Crochet.  Posh microwave soup bowl holders with handles.


 

Radiant Home Studio. How to sew a simple pot holder. 

I am reading ... 

 

The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott 

 From the New York Times bestselling author of THE DRESSMAKER comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to the looms of Lowell, Massachusetts--and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love. 

 Eager to escape life on her family’s farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of “the mill girls.” In spite of the long hours, she discovers a vibrant new life and a true friend—a saucy, strong-willed girl name Lovey Cornell. 

 But conditions at the factory become increasingly dangerous, and Alice finds the courage to represent the workers and their grievances. Although mill owner, Hiram Fiske, pays no heed, Alice attracts the attention of his eldest son, the handsome and reserved Samuel Fiske. Their mutual attraction is intense, tempting Alice to dream of a different future for herself. 

 This dream is shattered when Lovey is found strangled to death. A sensational trial follows, bringing all the unrest that’s brewing to the surface. Alice finds herself torn between her commitment to the girls in the mill and her blossoming relationship with Samuel. 

 Based on the actual murder of a mill girl and the subsequent trial in 1833, THE DARING LADIES OF LOWELL brilliantly captures a transitional moment in America’s history while also exploring the complex nature of love, loyalty, and the enduring power of friendship. 

Looking forward to ...
Getting settled into my new home and life. I discovered yesterday that the gentleman living directly across from me is the father of one of my best friends from my childhood.

Dreaming About ... 

 

Braided carpets  . . . 

 

Candles  . . . 

 

Orchards in blossom . . .  can't wait . . . 


 

Summer breezes  . . . . 


 

Poetry  . . . 

Something to watch ... 

 

The Chosen . . .  its amazing.

A Quote for the day ... 
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Don't worry about the people who aren't happy for you.
They probably aren't happy for themselves either.
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Makes me smile ... 

 

Corners of my kingdom ... 

 
The way we were  . . .  a family enjoying sunshine at the turn of the century near Paradise lake.  I love old photographs  . . . 

A thought to carry with you ... 
 
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 *One small positive thought in the morning
can change your whole day.•。★★ 。* 。
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And that's my daybook for this week  . . .  
  

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆

  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆   
 

  




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Have a beautiful day and don't forget!  


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And I do too!