Thursday, 13 December 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. ♥♥♥    

Pizza . . .  hot for supper, cold for breakfast.  Any way, any time.  I just adore pizza. Used to love making the Chef Boy Ardee ones or the Kraft ones from the box when I was a teenager.  My ex and I when we were first married used to make one in the evening and have it as a bed time snack.  My how times have changed.  I could never eat half a pizza myself for one thing, and I could never eat it as a bedtime snack for another!  Not without keeping myself up all night with indigestion!   

The Royal Variety Performance.  Every December a special variety concert in aid of Charity is broadcast on the telly and its always fabulous.  With stars and acts from around the world, it is most entertaining.  Someone from the Royal family is always in attendance.  


This year it was the Duke and Duchesse of Sussex.  Just lovely.  I wonder what she thought of it all  . . . 

Especially getting to meet "Take That."  I doubt she really knew who they are.  ONLY the best pop group next to the Beatles ever, that's who! 


They were the highlight of the show for me.  (I am such a groupie, lol)  I actually enjoyed the whole show. If you would like to watch their closing, you can do so here.   I thought it was fabulous!  This is one of my favourite songs of theirs.  Oh heck, I could listen to them for hours.  Brilliant performers. 

I love LOVE this.  I wish I could find the pattern.  I would try to do it. (Not sure my eyes would cooperate, but I would try anyways.)  I love Home Sweet Home anything.  Especially if it looks vintage.


Counted Cross Stitch Samplers.  I love them.  I did quite a few in my lifetime. I have some of them, although they are not framed.  I thought of sending them to my children, but don't know if they would want them or not.  

Christmas China.  If I won the lottery I would buy a set.  I can't justify having dishes just for Christmas now however, but I do like to look!  This one is especially pretty. 


Decorated mantles.  I have done mine.  I need to take a photograph of it. 


Kissing salt and pepper shakers  . . .  well, any salt and pepper shakers for that matter!  

Anything with cherries or strawberries on them . . . love, love, LOVE! 


Canopy Beds  . . .  

Bath tub trays  . . . 


Tea and cake, cake and tea . . . . 

Kitchsy (sp) type of fabrics, florals, pinks. blues   . . . 

Snow men and Chickadees . . . 


Christmas Doors  . . . 

Stockings all hung  . . . 


Glass Baubles . . . 

Nativity scenes, no matter how simple  . . .  


Lace caps  . . . 

These little vintage German Rubber Dolls.  My sister and I each got  a box with about six of them in it for Christmas one year.  I wish I still had mine. 

And I am running out of time so I need to close off now.  We are giving our Fish and tank away today so we need to get that and them ready to go.  Our filter broke and we can't afford to replace it, so  its bye bye fishies.  They are going to a good home.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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In the end we only regret
the chances we didn't take.  
~Unknown    •。★★ 。* 。 

Black Cherry Sauced Turkey Steaks 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Black Cherry Sauced Turkey Steaks.  Given in quantities for one and easily multipliable. 

Hope your day is filled with lots of your favourite things.  Don't forget! 
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And I do too!    


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

You-er than you . . .

“Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.” ~Mary Lou Cook

Popeye the sailor man knew who he was, and made no apologies for that man. “I yams whats I yams and that’s all whats I yams.” He was always making that simple statement. He had almost no hair on his head . . . squinty eyes . . . a very protruding chin . . . odd shaped arms . . . a ridiculous laugh . . . but, at the end of the day, he was Olive Oil’s sweetie pie when push came to shove. She accepted him for who he was. I think that was partly because he was confident in who he was as well. He accepted himself as who he was, made the most of all that he had to work with and, most important of all, loved himself. 

Then there’s Olive Oyle. I could never understand what the big attraction was when I was a child. Skinny as a bean pole with that odd nose that looked like a peanut stuck into the middle of her face . . . her hair severely drawn back . . . flat chested. She was hardly the picture of feminine allure . . . but she had men fighting over her . . . regularly. I think I finally get it though. She, too, accepted herself for what and who she was, made the most of it and then celebrated and loved herself.

Together . . . they made beautiful music.

I think that is the secret to true beauty . . . to love and accept oneself. To make peace with all the lumps and bumps . . . the freckles and the wrinkles . . . the parts that sag in the middle and the parts that stick out where they shouldn’t stick out . . . hair that is either too curly or too straight . . . boobs that are always either too big or too small . . .

The list goes on and on. How can we expect others to love us and accept us when we cannot love and accept ourselves?

A great poet and teacher has said , “Here in this body are the sacred rivers: here are the sun and moon as well as all the pilgrimage places. I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.” ~Saraha 

Sometimes it’s really hard to love yourself. We know things about ourselves that nobody else does. We know all our secret thoughts, our secret wishes . . . we are privy to things we’d never ever want anyone else to know . . . 

We need to accept though, that we are not perfect, nor can we ever be perfect. But . . . we are who we are . . . each one of us being unique and special in our own right. It’s our uniqueness that sets us apart and makes us beautiful. We can and should love ourselves . . . not tomorrow, or the day after that . . . or when we lose 10 pounds, or have enough money to have our hair done, wear the right makeup or buy the right clothes . . . but . . . today

We, each of us, have a spirit that is unique only to us . . . a part of us that is divine . . . created by a Heavenly Father who loves us individually . . . a beautiful creation . . . the part of us that can shine regardless of those big hips or skinny legs. This is the part of us that glows, that shows and evokes our genuine beauty . . . the beauty that truly matters . . . the beauty from within. 

I have never been a real beauty in the sense of the physical word, but I have felt beautiful, and I feel beautiful and I know that I am beautiful . . . My beauty comes from within. My Todd would probably never win a Mr. Universe contest, and I can’t remember the last time I saw women lining up just to catch a glimpse of him . . . but when I look into his beautiful blue eyes I melt. The eyes are the windows to the soul and this man has a beautiful soul. I think we make each other melt, which is a good thing. 

I really hope that you will, each one of you, today . . . take a few minutes to celebrate and love yourself. Find that little bit of heaven that is within. Be gentle and kind and remember who you really are . . . the daughter or son of a Heavenly Father who created your spirit . . . a divine presence that exists within. How could that ever be bad . . .

It’s not . . . it’s beautiful . . . and it’s real . . . and it’s you

 We just did stuff around the house yesterday, organizing for Christmas. I got all my decorations out and up now. I will take some photos when and if I can get a camera that works.  I did take some with my phone yesterday, but they aren't great.   Last night we sat down and watched "Christmas In Connecticut".  These old films, traditional Christmas films never get old to me.  I fall in love with them every time I watch them, no matter how many times I have seen them in the past.  Todd was sitting here watching it without his glasses on.  Its like a Christmas miracle.   He could even read the writing on the bottom of the television screen yesterday when he was watching the news.  His left eye is rubbish, but the one they operated on is making up for it!  Thanks for all of your prayers!

This is not a great photograph but I just had to show you this.  I got this sweet postcard and mitten garland from Monique a few days ago and I am so in love with it!  She always makes the prettiest things . . . and I am so grateful that she thinks enough of me to want to send me something like this.  It is a precious, precious gift.  Thank YOU Monique! You are very dear to me!

Precious gifts are ones that come tied up in heart strings!!
They are the best kind of gift! 

A thought to carry with you . . .   

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As you take the normal opportunities of your life
and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you
but also the world within you.
~Dieter F Uchtdorf  •。★★ 。* 。 

Honey Dill Glazed Turnips & Carrots 

Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Honey Dill Glazed Turnips & Carrots!  Scrummy yummy, and such an easy make! 

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  I hope the sun shines and you get all the things done that you want to get done. May your day be filled with all the people and things that you love and may you never forget  . . . 

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And I do too!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, December 11th 2018

Outside my window ...
It is cold and dark, but dry. Its hard to believe that Christmas is just two weeks away from today. This year has flown by at the speed of light! 

Thankful for ... 
Todds operation went well yesterday.  Thank you for all your prayers!! He was booked in at 7:30, assessed and then had the op about 10:00 am. We were back home about 11:30.  He still has that ink arrow on his forehead. I am going to try to get it off today with some nail polish remover, of course taking care not to get any in his eye. There were six people in the queue for the operation. They waited until everyone had been assessed and then they did them like a conveyor belt. Most were on their own. Only Todd and one other man had someone with them. I don't know how they could cope without help. Todd couldn't see at all and was really grateful that I was there to help guide him out of the hospital to the cab we had waiting. He said he could never have done it on his own. Today he can take the patch off, clean his eye, put in drops and hopefully will see an improvement.  Fingers crossed!

I am thinking ...
How very grateful I am for the NHS. We like to complain about it, but had we lived in say America for instance, without health insurance this operation would have cost us a bomb. Here Todd had it for free and we were both given a hot drink and some biscuits afterwards! 

In the kitchen ... 
Honey & Basil Hot Chicken Sandwiches 
Today  it is quick and easy, Honey & Basil Hot Chicken Sandwiches.  Deliciously simple! 

On my "To cook" list ...
Huffington Post.  Heroin Chicken.  It comes with a warning that it is extremely addictive!  We'll see about that! 

Good to know ... 
Earth Friendly Tips.  Who knew?  

I am creating ... 

Mother Natured.  DIY Mini Leaf Envelopes.  For fairies. 

Design Mom.  Plaster of Paris Votive candle holders. DIY. 

I see I do I make.  Chair sockettes. Crochet. Helps to keep scratches off the floor. 

Start Knitting.  Free pattern for a Polar Bear Hat.  

Freebie Gallery.  Winter Sampler.   

Oh My Goodness ... 

Danish Butter Cookies  . . .  have I no willpower?  I think not when it comes to these  . . . 

I am reading ... 


Selected to Live, by Johanna Ruth Dobshiner 

The dramatic story of a Jewish childhood ravaged by the Nazis. A young girl is the shocked witness to the destruction of her family and makes a thrilling and miraculous escape from the same fate. By the time she was barely a teenager, Johanna-Ruth Dobschiner was already an adept fugitive, one step ahead of her Nazi pursuers as she went underground, moving from one sympathetic Dutch family to another until the end of the war. On her travels she encounters a Christian community, and through them she discovers Jesus and realises that she has been selected to live in more ways than one...First published by Marshall Pickering in 1969.  
You will probably have to pick up a second hand copy of this, but trust me when I say it is worth the hunt. Or you might find it in the library.  Excellent!  

Looking Forward to ... 
It is the Church Ward Christmas party on Saturday. A lot depends on how Todd is feeling. He might not want to go. 

Dreaming about ...  

The perfect centrepiece  . . .  


Swiss dots   . . .  

Pretty pockets  . . .  


Pies cooling on windowsills . . .  those were the days  . . .  

A comfy place to warm the toes  . . .  

Something to watch ... 

Dumplin on Netflix.  Loved it.   

Makes me smile ... 

Cosy nights in . . .  

A quote for the day  ... 

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Brave girl,
promise me you won't shrink yourself,
in order to make others feel comfortable.
~unknown  •。★★ 。* 。•。★★ 。* 。  

Corners of my kingdom ... 

 Bibury is a charming, typically Cotswold, village just a short drive from "The Capital of the Cotswolds", Cirencester. Bibury was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as "the most beautiful village in England".  The cottages of Arlington Row are often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country.

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!  Don't forget!  

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And I do too!