Monday, 22 October 2018

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 caught the wild geese flying over head on their journey south a few days back.  It is hard to put into words what the sound of that does to my heart.  It is haunting and at the same time soul-enriching.  It says that all is okay and everything is in its place.  It is a sound that has embroidered all the autumns of my lifetime  . . . it is a sound that has embroidered all the autumns before I was born and will still embroider autumns long after I am gone.  Home, home, it cries . . .  home, home. It is one of the eternal songs of autumn . . . . life going on as it always has and always will . . . . harsh and exciting, it announces my place in a beautiful and vibrant world.  

We had our Stake Conference at church this past weekend.  Leaders at the local and stake level spoke to us for 2 hours on Saturday evening and 2 hours on Sunday morning.  It is always a great chance to see friends you haven't seen in a while and have a bit of a catch up with each other.  We saw the Browns who we hadn't seen since our Mission, which was really lovely. The talks we listened to were really special however, and inspiring and uplifting. Poor Todd couldn't hear them for the most part on Saturday evening as he had forgotten to wear his hearing aids.  My friend Lesley's husband is deaf and it is always exciting to see the signer signing the talks for him, with enthusiasm and great gestures. (Lesley is in another church Ward so we don't get to see that very often.)  Some people find it a bit distracting, but I don't.  I just think it is amazing that we live in a world where everyone can know and "hear" what is going on!

Being able to help out a friend.  That always lifts me and helps me to feel like I have done something productive and meaningful. There is nothing better for bringing joy into your life than reaching out to help another in need. 

Answered prayer  . . .  my prayers are always answered, one way or another.  I love that I can trust in that. I might not always like the answers, but anwers always come. 

A life filled with enough.  Enough to eat. Enough to drink.  Clothes on my back to keep me warm. A roof over my head.  Relatively good health. Enough love and loving. My faith, the word of God, inspiration, peace . . . calm . . . life is good.  


I've said it before and I will probably say it again.  I really love our bedroom.  Its my favourite room in the house, and the only room which is exactly as I want it to be.  

A home filled with laughter.  With Todd, with Mitzie.  Enjoying a good conversation filled with laughs over the telephone with my mom and sister.  It really buoys me up! 

Toasted crumpets. snuggles and something good to watch on the telly.  Home sweet home.  

And those are my small and wonderful's for this week. 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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Scriptures are like packets of light,
that illuminate our minds
and give place to guidance
and inspiration from on high.
~Richard G Scott   •。★★ 。* 。 

Bavarian Sauerkraut 

We celebrated Octoberfest at the weekend with a tasty German meal of Bavarian Sauerkraut, Bockwurst and boiled potatoes.  It was delicious! 

I hope the week ahead for you  is filled with lots of small and simple things!  Don't forget!

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And I do too!



Sunday, 21 October 2018

Uh Oh . . .

I didn't get to sleep last night til about 1:30 and then overslept this morning, so I don't have time to do a post today. I know you will forgive me.  It doesn't happen very often.  In the meantime here is a cute photo of a snow baby.  Have a great Sunday!  See you tomorrow! xoxo

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Saturday Stories of Positivity . . .

Saturday . . . the end of the week. Most people's first of a two day off weekend. Time to relax and do not a lot if anything at all. Time to have a bit of a lie in, extra kip, an indulgent breakfast, and to catch up on all of the news of the previous week.  I think a little good news helps to cheer anyone's day!

Here are my Saturday Stories for October 20th, 2018.  


As a means of combatting loneliness, a major grocery chain is launching a string of new meeting places that will encourage people to talk to strangers. 20 different Sainsbury’s supermarkets across the UK are offering “Talking Tables”, a pilot program for their cafés. The tables will serve as meeting places for people who may need human connection or conversation.

According to the supermarket, the tables will either have a sign that will identify itself as an meeting place for interested participants, or it will serve as a designated spot for charity-led community support groups and social ambassadors to host scheduled talks and activities.

I think this is a great thing.  We live in communities which are becoming more and more isolated.  Most people don't even know who their neighbors are.  Its also kind of sad in a way that we have come to this point in our society!  Why not just say hello to one of your neighbors today and greet them with a smile!  Lets start a revolution of reaching out to others!

He's 107 years old and he's still cutting hair! Anthony Mancinelli may be a staggering 107 years old, but he is still working full-time as a barber.  The same job that he has been doing  for the last 96 years.  He dropped out of high school at the age of 11 to become a full time barber and has been clipping away ever since. 

When he turned 96, Guinness World Records named him the world’s oldest barber, and over a decade later, he is still going strong. His secrets to longevity are simple. He has never drank or smoked very heavily. He says that he has never exercised much. He does, however, outlast many of his younger friends by standing on his feet for eight hours a day, five days per week. 

 “I only go to the doctor because people tell me to, but even he can’t understand it,” Mancinelli told The New York Times. “I tell him I have no aches, no pains, no nothing. Nothing hurts me.” Mancinelli’s customers and co-workers have constantly expressed their adoration for the centenarian, along with the tourists and celebrities who flock to the Fantastic Cuts salon in New Windsor, New York from all over the world to get a haircut from the world’s oldest barber

He still has a full head of glorious white hair along with all of his teeth, and his hands are still steady on a pair of clipper. He takes no daily medication, and says that he only eats thin spaghetti so he doesn’t “get fat.”  He doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.  What a wonderful example of Longevity to us all!  

I need to start eating thin spaghetti!  I already cut hair.

UK supermarket chain Tesco is set to remove more than 100 further best before dates from its fruit and vegetables, in response to customers saying it helps them reduce food waste. Best before dates will be scrapped on 116 products including apples, oranges, cabbages and asparagus. This follows the supermarket removing the guidance dates from around 70 fruit and veg lines earlier in 2018.

As they say, every little helps! 

A very kind store manager at a Tesco shop in Bradford noticed a man struggling with his son in the shop and invited the boy to get behind the til in what the boy sees as his "Favourite Shop" and start scanning food just like a real til operator.   Dave (the father) was having problems coaxing his son away from behind an empty  cash register point because the lad had decided that he wanted to workfor the store that day. (We've all been there!)  Noticing his struggle, the manager of the shop opened the Til lane so that Jay (the son) could have a go at operating on a real til. Delighted to see his son so focused and engaged, Dave has praised the store's staff for their patience and empathy in helping him to turn a challenging moment into a wonderful memory.

Five year old Blake Mompher was born with Spina Bifida, and uses a wheelchair to get around, but that won't stop him from celebrating Halloween this year with a really cool costume.  His granddad  has made him a custom costume that works in tandem with his wheelchair, a bright yellow school bus that he can use to cruise around the neighborhood  with true Trick or Treating style.  As Blake also loves school buses, this costume is a double winner with him! 

Megs Yunn, who was the director of Volunteer Programs at a Pittsburg local college came to the realisation one day, whilst tutoring and helping a young homeless child with their reading that there are children in sad situations (such as poverty) that have never been to, or had a Birthday Party. Sobbing in the car on her way home as she thought about all the lovely Birthday parties she had given for her own children Ms Yunn decided that she needed to do something for children living in poverty or in shelters who have never felt the excitement and joy of a birthday party.

When Yunn learned that an insurance company was sponsoring a contest for people who wanted to make a difference in their communities, she came up with the idea of Beverly’s Birthdays . . .  a nonprofit organization that would partner with local businesses, schools and social services agencies to throw parties for children in need. She won first place and $2,500, which she used to buy birthday gifts, cake mixes and decorations to get a start. Since that day in February 2012, Beverly’s Birthdays has brought birthday fun to more than 30,000 children in the Pittsburgh area who are poor or homeless. She now has a dedicated and growing group of more than 200 volunteers.

“When you strip away the birthday aspect, this is about letting children and their parents know they matter,” said Yunn, who left her job to run the charity, which is funded through donations and grants.

In addition to hosting parties, Beverly’s Birthdays provides “birthday in a bag” kits for families that would like to bake their own cakes, as well as classroom supplies so teachers can recognize students on their big day. She also recently launched the “Birthday Boutique," which is a renovated bread truck where the birthday kids and their friends can “shop” for new outfits, pajamas, shoes, accessories and more. All free.

And those are my stories of positivity for this week.  If you look for rainbows, you will find them!

A thought to carry with you  . . .

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“With everything that has happened to you,
you can either feel sorry for yourself
or treat what has happened as a gift.
Everything is either an opportunity to grow
or an obstacle to keep you from growing.
You get to choose.”
~Wayne W. Dyer  
•。★★ 。* 

Mixed Berry Pudding 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Mixed Berry Pudding.  A delicious dessert which boasts sweet berries on the bottom topped with a light cake and toasted almonds.  Serve warm with either dollops of thick Greek Yogurt or lashings of cream for a dessert they will never forget!

Have a fabulous Saturday!  Don't worry, be happy, share smiles and above all don't forget along the way of your day that

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And I do too!

Friday, 19 October 2018

My 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 discovered a new artist. Her name is Stephnie Lambourne. She is based in Suffolk and you can follow her on instagram.  I love her work. Its very whimsical and makes me smile! 

Regional Hot Dog Secrets revealed along with links to recipes.  Ball Park.  I love le "Hot Dog! "  


Greatest Generation on Tumblr.  A host of vintage ephemera.  

Knits by Sachi.  Knitted Bear and Cat Pins.  Seriously cute! Free pattern instructions.  

Tiny Penguins Knitting Pattern.  Love Knitting.  These would make really cute tree ornaments!  Not free, but not expensive either. 

The Knitting Wool Store, knitted Teddy. He's soooooo cute!  I'm in love!  

How to protect your glass bowls from breaking. Cut cardboard circles the size of each of the smallest bowls. Place into the bottoms of the nested bowls to stack. Match the circle you cut out to each bowl; for example: in this photo, the circle that is the size of the blue 401's opening is the circle placed inside the red bowl and that the blue bowl sits on.  


The Kitchn.  How to make Gluten Free Chick Pea Bread.  It's called Socca. 

No source. Just love. 


Hankie Curtain by Two Girl's Stuff.  LOVE this.  

Milk and Honey Cardigan  by Savory Knitting on Ravelry. Not free, but not expensive.  

Two Cups of Flour.  Apple Pie Cream Filled Donuts.  YUUM!   

Dabbles and Babbles.  Modern Tea Towel Set.   

Daily Crochet.  Kid's Unicorn Purse.  Free. Cute!   

Ravelry.  Jenn Palmer.  Free download.  Uses cotton yarn. 

Creativities. This Pineapple stitch one is awfully cute as well.  

Little Treasures. The amazing crochet of Sophie Diggard.  Beautiful.  Eye candy galore.  

Living Garden Chair. Artist Peter Cook grew this living garden chair using shaping methods, primarily training a living tree through constricting the direction of branch growth. Imagine if we didn't have to cut down trees for these uses!  Just WOW!

Abbeys Kitchen.  Watermelon Fries with Coconut Lime Dip. YUM!  

View from Great Island.  Mayo in 30 seconds.  My friend Julie has been doing this for years and has had a video of it on You Tube.   Couldn't find it so this will do. 

And those are my finds for this week.  I hope something piqued your interest! 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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The best way out 
is always through.
~Robert Frost  •。★★ 。* 。 

Sweet and Sour Peanut Sauce 

In The English Kitchen today  . . . Sweet & Sour Peanut Dipping Sauce.  Its a doddle!

Have a great Friday.  Don't forget along the way of your day! 

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And I do too!