Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday This and That . . .


My sweetheart bought me roses this week. I love that on our 18th Valentines Day together, he is still thoughtful enough to do that.  He still makes my heart go pitty pat. He is the Yin to my Yang and the other half of me that I spent a whole lifetime looking for.  We go together like peas and carrots!  

Unless we are doing something together
like organising the craft room.

  

I know and recognise then that I drive him up the wall just as much as he does me.  Our ideas of just what constitutes a "keepable"  differ greatly.  Boy do we differ on that!  I was quite busy doing what I have to do when I noticed he was sorting through books.  My radar went up.  Books.  I love my books.  He said they were "his" books, and admittedly most of them were, but he was making two piles.  One to keep and one to giveaway and there were some of my books mixed in amongst them, and he was putting them into the giveaway pile.  I just couldn't continue with what I was doing. My annoying (to him) need to rescue kicked in and I was "helping" him all of a sudden. Just in case he inadvertently got rid of something I wanted to keep.

He was not amused.


So I went back to what I was doing and then after he had put them out onto the stairs to take down, I remembered I had to go downstairs for something and had a peek at the pile on my way down.  I don't think I really fooled him any, not at all.  Yin to my yang . . . unless we are talking about books. It is then that all bets are off.  I don't expect him to appreciate the value of a well beaten batter anymore than he expects me to appreciate the value of a civil war book.  On these things we differ greatly! 


Nevertheless we got through an hour or two without actually maiming each other and lived to tell the tale!  It was such a beautiful sunny day here yesterday and one can almost feel the impending arrival of Spring . . .  just around the corner . . . already the buds on the Camelia bush outside the front door are swelling and some are tipped with Pink.  On the first of April, it will have been eight years since we made our journey back to Chester and I remember the beautiful pink blooms that were sitting by our front door to bid us a fond welcome, and they have been doing so every Spring since . . . 

  
I have been pondering the merits of doing a tutorial for making a pincushion for in my new book.  I want to put a few crafts in amongst the recipes and my seasonal ponderings.  My mind is not made up entirely . . . .  this is a pin cushion I made from a small china cup that I found in a charity shop a few years back. I am quite in love with it.  I was going to sell it, but then couldn't part with it  . . .  


I fell in love with the cup itself, and then the paper roses and rose button which adorn the top  . . .  and the butterfly pins I made using paper scraps and long pins.  They say you should surround yourself and keep only the things you love . . .  and this I love. 

But I think a tutorial would be good, what say you?


I was quite a bit disappointed by someone this week.  They had promised quite a while back that they would review my book and then put it off and put it off, for one reason or another, so I had approached them again in the new year to see if they were still interested, and they said although they were busy doing this or that, they would.  So I arranged to have a book sent to them.  I thought it would be a good thing.  Afterwards they proceeded to stick it to me, which I really should have expected because it was true to form and the way they have approached my blessing in having been able to write a book all along. After all of that they proceeded to tell me that they no longer do book reviews on the blog but would be happy to do a review on Amazon.  Surely the time to have told me that would have been before I went to the trouble of having a book sent out to them.  And then on Amazon, they stuck it to me . . . oh yes, they gave me five stars, but nevertheless they stuck it to me by undermining the whole premise of the book with their words.   Here is just an exerpt . . .  

"The recipes are eclectic, and despite the subtitle of the book being “an Anglophile’s love note to English cuisine”, you will find a variety of recipes in the book, not just English, but a predominance of North American recipes from Marie’s homeland of Canada, and beyond." 

I was really disappointed.  Very disappointed . . . and hurt, but I should have expected nothing less than this from her.  This undermines totally the concept of it being an Angophile's love note to British Cuisine. And she did it anonymously, without putting her name to the deed. Now anyone who might have been interested in the book because of its English connection will think twice, because well . . .  why buy this book if it holds a predominance of North American recipes . . .  if what you are wanting is British ones???  This person had the power and influence to really do me a favour with this review and bring it to the attention of a great number of people in a very positive way, but she chose not to, which probably says a lot more about her than it does me.  I need to cut this person out of my life . . .  but that old concept of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer keeps coming up in my mind and so I don't.  There is a part of me that would love to call her out on what a poisonous thing that was to do to me, and very mean  . . .  but the nicer part of me says, just let sleeping dogs lie . . . 

People who feel the need to bring others down in order to lift themselves up
really leave a sour taste in my mouth.
Its just nasty.
And I don't like it. I don't like it at all.

  

 I am the administer of our church Ward's Facebook page. As such I have the responsability of making any announcements that need making, etc.  One of my responsabilities it to post the Chapel Cleaning list each quarter and then post reminders to all those involved each week so that the jobs get done.  I made a big booboo last week and somehow got the list mixed up and reminded people a week early, which meant that this week I had nobody to do the jobs.  I apologised to those involved and then Todd and I set our minds to the fact that we would just have to do the whole chapel ourselves.  We are going this morning to do that, but thankfully a few others have stepped in to take on some of the jobs as well, so we will not be doing it alone. Thank goodness!  Whew!  I don't think I will be making that mistake again!  That would have been horrendous to do the whole chapel all by ourselves, but we would have done so if we had to.  I am so grateful for good people who are always willing to step up and lend a hand! 


Deeply saddened this week by the news of another mass shooting at a high school in America.  I am sure you are all aware of it.  It makes me so sad that we live in a day and an age where there are people who feel that it is okay to just take a gun and kill other people like that.  Its horrendous.  I read somewhere that he went to McDonald's afterwards.  After killing 17 people and terrorizing countless others.  It defies comprehension.  But even amidst the horror of such an act, there are heros that outshine the heinousness . . . and help to solidify our belief in the prevailing goodness of humanity.



Assistant Football Coach and security guard, Aaron Feis,  selflessly shielded students from the shooter and in doing so was shot and killed himself. In a split decision he had a choice to save the children or save himself.  He died a hero and we will never know how many lives he saved in doing so.

In every tragedy, we must look for the helpers.  They are always there. 
Angels at large  . . . 

 

And with that I will leave you with a thought for today  . . .   

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If you light a path for somebody,
it will also brighten your path.
~Buddah    •。★★ 。* 。 


No book of mormon corner until Monday.  I am running late and need to get going. Sorry! 

 

In The English Kitchen today  . . . Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies, and also a milkshake and a tutorial on the differences between condensed and evaporated milks.

Have a great Saturday!  Don't forget! 

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And I do too! 
 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Friday Finds . . .

 
 

A few of the things  I find each week that pique my interest, bring me joy, inspire me to learn, create, do, become . . . Maybe they will do the same for you! 


I love Tea Cosies and I love Counted Cross Stitch, this is for a class to make this sweet tea socy and tea cup pin cushion. I don' tknow how much it costs, but the link is here at The Victoria Sampler.


In the meantime, here is a pattern for a Summer Bunting one, that is tres inexpensive at Love Knitting.  I think this is cute and quirky.  I can see it in white with really colourful buntings!  


 I love this sweet baby cardigan, also from Love Knitting.  That's a great site for inexpensive nice knitting patterns. 


A great infogram on the timings of Boiled Eggs.  Perfect!

  

I couldn't find a source for this, but isn't it cute?  It would make a great Christmas Ornie for a guitar enthusiast! 


I am so going to try these tasty Irish Apple Scones from a site called Irish Expressions.  Watch this space! 

  

How to paint a simple beach scene using acrylics. From Birch and Button


Sparrow on a branch window decoration. Lubie Tworzy.  


Leelah Loves.  Hanging Tin Can Planters.  Cute!  


Paper Umbrella Tutorial from Deko King.  How very Spring! 


Quilted Christmas Tree Angel from Jan Made. 


No source, just inspiration! 

  

Cloth Paper Scissors. Making a Colour Journal. 


A very pretty necklace created from Vintage Linens, from Mary Stanley. I cannot imagine  doing this to vintage linens myself, seems a bit sacriligious, but to each their own and they are very pretty! 

  

Crochet Heart Corner Book Mark from Knitted Patterns.


Again no source.  Just a bit of "Pie" Candy.  (Like how I did that, lol)  Seriously who has the time.  But pretty to look at! 

  

Twig and Toadstool.  Acorn Birdsnest.  Cute! 


 A bit of help with the cleaning from Clean Mama Net.  


How to draw side profiles from Erika Bonezzi on Instagram. 


Club 31 Women.  Simple steps to hosting a tea party.  

And those are my finds for this week.  I hope you found some inspiration here!

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

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One glance at a book and you
hear the voice of another person,
perhaps someone dead for 1000 years.
To read is to voyage through time.
~Carl Sagan    •。★★ 。* 。 


 

BOOK OF MORMON CORNER 
Today's Reading - 
Mosiah 6:1-7:7 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? What Christ like attributes did King Benjamin possess? 
 
Thoughts - King Benjamin was a great leader. Although he was a King he didn't exalt himself above his people, he laboured WITH them. He led by his example and clearly he taught his son to do likewise as Mosiah followed in his footsteps. This reminds me of President Uchtdorf's talk, 'The greatest among you'. He also set everything in order, we know that this is following a heavenly pattern. 
 
Tomorrow's Reading (Day 103) -  Mosiah 7:8-17 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? What does it mean to speak with boldness? 
 
 
 
In the kitchen today, a delicious one dish meal . . .  Curried Chicken Casserole.  Scrumptious!
 
Have a wonderful Friday.  Don't forget! 
 
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Thursday, 15 February 2018

My Favourite Things . . .

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A few of the things I really love in life, maybe some of them are yours also. Lets share together!    
Daydreaming.  I have always been a daydreamer.  My imagination fueled my childhood and made it more interesting and exciting and daydreaming got me through the most mundane of my duties when I was working at the Manor. I always had my head in the clouds per se when I was doing something that didn't require a lot of thought, like dusting the bazillion artifacts that needed dusting in the conservatory and kitchen, and polishing the brass and silver.  Lottery tickets have always come with lots of dreaming attached and I get my money's worth just in dreams alone.  
  
Actually it was nice to discover that there are scientifically proven benefits to the art of daydreaming.   I now feel vindicated!  
Window crystals.  I only have a few, but I love the ones I have.  I am like Pollyanna.  They make rainbows around my lounge and delight me!  
  
Puffins.  I have never seen one in person, but they delight me.Puffins are unmistakable birds with their black back and white underparts, distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and their tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs.  I think they are really cute.


Did you know a baby Puffin is called a Puffling?
I know, cute!

  

Hand embroidered tea towels. I love them.  I don't like using them though because I am afraid of destroying them, especially with a man in the house.  Men don't seem to be able differentiate between what is an heirloom and what is a rag. Its the same with kitchen scissors . . . kitchen scissors belong in the kitchen, not out in the garden doing whatever you feel like doing with them.  I think I have cured Todd of that however, because, every time he takes the kitchen scissors in the garden and starts to dull them on wire or summat, I buy a new pair.  So there! 


Yo-yo's.  I Love quilted yo-yo's.  I love to use them to embellish things.  I think they are so quaint and old fashioned looking.   I once saw a whole pillow top made from quilted yo-yo's that was quite darling! 

  

Paper umbrellas . . . I have always been fascinated with them.  I think they are very pretty. 

  

Italian Miniature Mosaics, especially in the form of jewelry.  I think they are quite beautiful and so very intricate.  This one is filled with colour.  One of my favourite parts in the V&A museum in London is the section on miniature mosaics. I also love the decorative tin can section, ohh, and the toys. 

  

I think I just love the Victoria and Albert Museum, full stop! 

  

Ginger anything. In teas. In cakes. In savoury dishes. In cookies. In sauces. In fizzy drinks. I just love ginger, full stop. 


Bundt Cakes. I love bundt cakes.  I am a huge fan of the shape. Large, small or inbetween.  A bundt cake is a party waiting to happen. 

  

Crazy Quilts. With no rhyme or reason to them, just a haphazard layout of different fabrics and embroidery stitches, and embellishments. They tell me a story. I think about the different garments the scraps might have come from, and the hands that so lovingly pieced them all together. 


Depression Glass. I love the stuff.  My grandmother had left me some when I was a little girl.  A set of drinking glasses and a pitcher. My Aunt was keeping them safe for me, but they all got broken. No matter . . .  they would have probably gotten broken in my house anyways.  

  

Vintage Milk Glass jewelry.  My Great Grandmother had left me a vintage milk glass necklace.  I am not sure why she left it to me.  I had it my whole life and it disappeared in the Divorce along with a whole lot of my other treasures like my little white bible  I don't know what happened to any of it and I try not to think about it.  I did love that necklace though  . . . 



Anything to do with tea and tea parties.  The pots and the cosies, the cups and the saucers, the finger sandwiches, the tiny cakes. I love it all. 

  

Okay, I admit it, I put my hand up . . .  I loved the Spice Girls and I still do.  I knew all the words to all of their songs and I had all of their albums.  While I am at it, I also loved Girls Aloud, The Backstreet Boys and yes . . .  Boyzone. 

And there you have it, my favourite things for this week! 

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

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The food you eat can be either the
safest and most powerful form of medicine,
or the slowest form of poison.
~Ann Wigmore •。★★ 。* 。 

  

 

BOOK OF MORMON CORNER
Today's Reading - Mosiah 5:1-15 
Question - What happened before the people entered into a covenant? What was the covenant?  
 
ThoughtsThe people believed the words of King Benjamin, they felt the Spirit turn their belief into knowledge, which then led them to a change in their desires. They mention that their faith brought them to knowledge which brought them joy. 
 
I think it's interesting that they became willing to make covenants. To DO His will and to BE obedient to His commands. Doing and becoming to come to know Jesus Christ. And in keeping this covenant we are sealed HIS, with the promise of everlasting salvation and eternal life! 
 
Tomorrow's Reading (Day 102) -  Mosiah 6:1-7:7 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? What Christ like attributes did King Benjamin possess? 
 
 
 
In The English Kitchen today . . .  Beef & Vegetable Soup.  Hearty, delicious and healthy!  I love a good soup, don't you?
 
Have a wonderful Thursday!  I hope your day is blessed with lots of good things!  Don't forget! 
 
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And I do too!