Monday, 20 August 2018

Sigh . . .

After laboriously putting in a bazillion e-mail addresses this morning,  I discovered I can only add 100 maximum readers to my blog, so that won't work.  Maybe I just need to learn how to block certain readers?  Hmmm . . .  food for thought here.  So, I guess the news for today is my blog won't be going private until I find a way to up the allowable readership, or at least until I discover the emails of the people I want to keep from reading it.  Life is a huge learning curve.  Sorry for all the hassle!

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Sunday thoughts . . .

We had a lovely day at the Temple yesterday.  We went with Elder and Sister Boyer and our friend Brenda, leaving here about 8 am. It was an easy drive up and we made it in plenty of time for the 10 am session.  It was just so nice to be there and to feel of that special spirit which is always present.   I love to be in the Celestial room afterwards  . . .  

It is the most beautiful room in the Temple, which is saying a lot as every room is beautiful.  I love the stained glass windows . . .  they are of yellow hues and panes which look like Jack Frost has been busy with his paint brush.  You get the feeling of being on a wind swept Winter moor, or at least I do anyways . . . they take your breath away. 

Afterwards we started the journey home and stopped for lunch on the way. It was just nice to be together and to feel of that special spirit together and then in the special glow which attends you on the way home.  We listened to a special talk by Brother Brad R Wilcox which was also nice and a wonderful distraction for me as I am a very nervous Motor Way passenger.  

We are always exhausted when we get home.  I think we were in bed by 8:30 last night.  In any case after that lovely day in the Temple, this is what was waiting when we got home . . . 

"I sent you my mail since I wanted to continue following your blog
after so many years that I do but you ignored me proving that you
are not the person you want to show to others. Thanks a lot. I DO 

As most of you know I told you last week that I was going to be making my Blog private soon, and I said that if you wanted to still follow and read, you would have to send me your e-mail address.  I also said that if you left it in a comment, that I would not publish it.  I also said that I would not be able to respond to each message or comment as I just did not have the time.  I received 10 pages of people wanting to keep reading.  That's a lot of people and I am certainly very grateful for each and every one of them.  I am only one person however and I am just not capable of responding personally to each message.  I run two blogs full time as well as a Twitter Page, Instagram Page and a Facebook Page, plus I have other duties to fulfill in my personal life/home/etc.  I try as hard as I can to respond to each and every comment which I get on both blogs, and all of my pages.  This takes hours each day and I am not complaining . . . I would never complain about that.  I am very grateful for each of them.  
I remember one morning when Ariana was living with us.  She came downstairs to have her breakfast before leaving for work and she asked me what I was doing.  It was about six in the morning.  I told her that I was responding to comments etc. and that I responded to each one. She told me I was crazy.  I told her that if people could take the time to comment, I could take the time to respond, and I meant it.  I make every effort to reply whenever possible, to each and every comment on all of my blogs and my social media accounts.  

But I am only human. And I only have two hands and I only
have so many hours in the day.

I did check through all of the messages/e-mails I received last evening . . .  all ten pages of them, but I couldn't find a message from this person, or at least not one that I could visibly say was from her.  Which really says nothing because not everyone uses the same name for commenting as they do or their e-mails.  She could have been one of them. I just don't know.  I do know this however . . .  I have dutifully collected the e-mails that have been sent and the messages and the comments which have e-mail addresses in them of the people who want to continue reading.  I am sorry that I could not respond individually to each one.  Trust me that I have received them and that I will enter them into the approved reader list.  

That message I received on Instagram is a part of the reason I am choosing to go Private.  It is the tip of a dirty iceberg, which I will explain after I have gone totally private. It is not that I think that anything I write is more important than anything, anyone else writes.  It is just that I want to take a rest from the negativity that comes from putting yourself out there . . . just for a season.  I may not remain private forever, I just need a break from negativity for a while.  

When you put your thoughts out into the www, the nicest thing happens, you meet all kinds of nice people who are like-minded and that is the wonderful side. There is also a dark side and, that is that people think that they can say/do things to you that they would never say/do to your face or in person. It is very easy to hide behind a computer screen and keyboard and say/do whatever you want, both to and about other people.

I first started blogging because I wanted to leave a sort of diary for my children about my life, thoughts, and general goings on. It evolved into something much more than that. Turned out my children were not all that interested, and who can blame them! I certainly don't.  But I made these wonderful friendships and I enjoyed writing my thoughts down each day and it ended up being so much more than what it was originally intended to be.   And I know that it is a double edged sword.  I accept that. Not everyone is always going to like what you say, do, or write . . .  you have to expect a bit of sour with the sweet. I am okay with that also . . .  the sour makes the sweet . . .  well . . .  sweeter! Its like magic.  It is just lately I have been experiencing a lot of the sour and some of the sour has been uncomfortably close to home, and so I decided to go private for a while, and to save my thoughts for only those who actually do care about what I think/say/write.  And for those who have a healthy respect for others.  That is all.

This will be the last post I make until I can get all of the e-mails/messages sorted and entered.  As you can imagine it is going to take a bit of time but it will be worth it. The way I understand it, the first time you visit after I switch it around, you will be prompted to enter your e-mail address to continue and be able to read.  After that it should become automatic.  I am holding my breath and hoping it all turns out. Fingers crossed!  I'll be starting the change tomorrow. I think. My food blog will continue to post as per normal.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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Silence and smile are two powerful tools.
Smile is the way to solve many problems,
and silence is the way to avoid many problems.
~Unknow•。★★ 。* 。 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Simple Panna Cotta with mixed berries.  Delicious and very easy to make.

Have a wonderful Sunday! I will catch you on the flip side, and in the meantime, don't forget!

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And I do too! 

Friday, 17 August 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!   
Whistle & Ivy.  I love this cute lilttle mushroom pouch.  You know how much I love red and white toadstools! A free pattern.  
Bunny Mummy.  Sailboat Appliques.  Wouldn't these make a great bunting?  Free. 
Universal Yarn.  Washclothes using cotton yarn. Knitted. Free pattern.  

Lia Griffith. Pompom snowmen!  Love this idea! 

Hobby Craft. How to make a pompom wreath.  The options are endless.  You can tailor these to any occasion.

I could find no source for this, but they re cute. I think they are curtain rings which have been wrapped in fabric strips and then decorated for hanging.  I love all the ideas.


Polka Dot Chair.  Back to School work station. 

Handmade Charlotte. How to turn fall leaves into art.  7 different ways.  

Budget Saavy Diva.  Beach Scene Pudding Cups.  Cute! 

I couldn't find a source for this.  Tie dye runners using sharpie pens and alcohol.

Crate and Kids Blog. How to make ice candles.  

Creative Marmara, inspiration only.  I love bees.

First Grade A La Carte.  Post It Clip Boards.  

Again no source, but I like these. Burlap yoyo's, with button, checkers centre.  For hanging.


Dip Died Candles.  Again no source, but easy to figure out from these pictures. 

Sugar Beans. Wrapped Hangers.  

Flamingo Toes. Handkerchief Valances.  

DIY Dish Towels.  The Farm Chicks.   

Yards and Yards.  Free Headband Pattern.  

Mommy Evolution.  I wouldn't mind re-visiting some of these myself.  

Love, LOVE this! 


Taste of Home.  This could come in handy. 

Canning Homemade.  Bush's Baked Beans.  

Chicken Scratch NY.  What you need to know.  The Pros and Cons. 

And those are my finds for this week!

NOTE - I am going to the Temple very early tomorrow morning so I won't be posting.  Didn't want any of you to worry! 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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Something will grow
from all you are going through.
And it will be you.
~unknown  •。★★ 。* 。 


In the kitchen today  . . .  Creamy Parmesan Chicken Casserole.  I threw it together for the pot luck lunch yesterday. It turned out amazing! 

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

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And I do too! 

Thursday, 16 August 2018

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. ♥♥♥

The ultimate comfort food.  Tomato Soup and a grilled cheese. When all else fails and you can't think of anything to make for supper . . .  when you are wanting a warm hug . . . when you are feeling a bit low and just want something to help make you feel better . . .  when you are feeling lazy but are starved . . . I could go on and on, but a nice hot bowl of tomato soup with a toasty grilled cheese is the best.  I have my favourites. It has to be Heinz Tomato Soup.  I like that better than Campbells . . .  and yes, this is the place where singles cheese, wrapped in plastic works the best. You can try to gourmet it up as much as you like, but the truth remains . . . its the simple things . . .  tinned soup and plastic cheese which work best, and bring the most comfort.

The smell of cinnamon.  I adore the smell of cinnamon.  Tatiana brought me some Cinnamon scented shower gel and skin milk from Greece and I am in love with it.  It just smells heavenly!  I like smelling like cinnamon.  Who knew?  Not me!  I am a convert now! It really is gorgeous. You can keep your Jo Malone!   I want to smell like cinnamon! 

Well dressed pillows.  Yes, I have a thing for pillow cases.  Plain or fancy, with or without ties, pleated, trimmed, ruffled, embroidered, you name it. I love Pillow Cases!


Butler's Sinks. I love them.  They had one at the manor.  What do I love about them?  They are large and they are deep and have plenty of room to play around in. You can have a dish pan in them and there is still room for other things.  They are deep enough that nobody can see much if you do happen to have dirty dishes in them.  They look nice.  You can sit a dog in them, or a baby and give them a comfortable bath.  Heck, some of them are large and deep enough that you could sit in them yourself and have a  bath, albeit a bit uncomfortably for sure! 

Painted wooden furniture.  When Grandmother's furniture got old and beat up, she didn't get rid of it, she painted it to spruce it up. There is something very familial and wonderful about painted wooden furniture. 


Teaspoon and Tablespoon sets. I have several and I love them.  Some have singing birds on them, some are just plain . . .  my sister sent me a really pretty set of smidgen ones. In my opinion you can never have too many sets of teaspoons and tablespoons. 

Vintage Brides.  Art depicting them.  Photographs of them . . . there is so much charm and love in a vintage Bride.  Did you not want a Bride Doll when you were a child?  I did.  I would have done anything to have a Bride Doll. 


Seriously, what's not charming about this? 

Pearls and sparkle  . . .  sparkle and pearls.  I love sparkle. I love pearls.  Both on their own are two of my favourite things, but put them together and plop them on a flower sprigged shoe and I have fallen deeply in love. Not that I would ever wear anything like this.  You need pretty feet to pull of something like this, but there is nothing at all to prevent you from admiring it. Bunions be darned! 

Don't get me started!!! 


Tiara's and Crowns.  Crowns and Tiara's.  Love them.  If I had a tiara I would wear it about the house . . .  well, maybe not, but the little girl in me would want to. 

I would wear one of these.  Honestly. 


Have you ever seen anything so sweet? 

Ruffles and Frills  . . .  frills and ruffles . . .  and roses . . .  sigh  . . . 

Did you used to love this?
I did. 


Vanity's and Vanity sets.  There was one in our bedroom in the cottage we lived in down South, a vanity that is.  I could never bring myself to use it. I felt like I was trespassing.  Oh, that reminds me. When I was a girl, one year for Christmas my sister and I got bendy fashion dolls.  They were jointed had elastic bands in the arms, etc. which meant you could pose them.  She came with a vanity set and a bed.  The vanity had a puffy stool with a lid that popped off so you could store all the little bits inside when you weren't playing with them. There was little pretend hair brushes and lipsticks, etc.  I loved it. 

Pink Crystal . . . 


This combines two of my loves  . . .  aprons and hanging out laundry . . .  sigh  . . . 


 Wind Chimes, although they are usually not very popular with the neighbours . . . 

To each their own . . . 

Deviled Egg Plates.  I have one like this.  I love it, but it has an odd number of egg beds/holes.  Which I find very strange? Or is one always reserved for the cook?  Cook's taster?  

I have a real soft spot in my heart for Raggedy Ann . . . my high school sweet heart gave me my first and only ever one. It used to be at my mom's.  I wonder what ever happened to it . . . 


Red, white and blue floral arrangements.  I love them. 

 This  . . .  if I had the money I would buy this in a heartbeat. It is cute and charming and I love the colours of the shingles and the trim and that door  . . .  sigh  . . . 

And those are my favourite things for this week. What are some of yours?

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

The inspiration you seek
is already within you.
Be still and listen.
~Rumi  •。★★ 。* 。 


 In the English Kitchen today  . . .  Enfrijolatas Bake.  Simple and delicious! 

Have a brilliant Thursday!  We have a pot luck at th chapel today.  Looking forward to that.  No matter what  you get up to, don't forget!

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And I do too!