Tuesday 9 December 2014

Small and Wonderful Things

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"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.  

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I am feeling much better.  It was a rough couple of days.  I still have a very tight cough, which makes me almost choke each time I cough.  I may have to go to the Doctor and get something for it, but for now my cold seems to be almost better.  Very happy for that.

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Visits to Santa.  I can't believe how big Gabriel and Luke are getting!  They look so very grown up in their matching trousers and sweaters, shirts.  I think Red is their colour.  They look like they are enjoying their visit with Santa Claus.  Two very handsome boys.

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Their dad always looked good in red . . . I think Anthony was about eighteen months old here.   I remember that little red suit.  It cost me a bomb.   I used to belong to a children's clothing of the month club and each month I would get sent a nice outfit.  That one was particularly nice with a jacket, pants and a shirt.   I thought he was quite handsome in it.  He's still quite handsome.

Still no job.  It looks like the job interview he went on fell through, so please continue to keep him in your prayers.  This little family needs a break soon.

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Visits to the creche at the Cathedral in town.  I am grateful that they are being taught about Jesus and the true reason for the season.   That does this Grandmother's heart good.

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Having a daughter who is really fit.  That is our Amanda in the pink and black shorts.  She plays ultimate Frisbee and is on a team.  She's very atheletic.   She always has been.  She likes to stay in shape.

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Not only does she work full time as an RN in a prestigious Children's Hospital, but she is a great mum to Maryn and Cameron and a good wife to Tom.    She also manages to find time to stay in great shape.  I don't know how she does it all.   I think Tom must be a great help and support to her.  She is very blessed to have that in a husband.  This mother's heart is greatful for Tom and all the love and support he shows and gives my daughter and grandchildren.

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I could not have picked a better husband for her if I had chosen him myself.  I truly hope that one day I will get to know him a lot better.

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My latest Needle-felting creation. It's a penguin!  I think I'll call him Percy.  He would make a great Christmas Tree ornament.   

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This is my sister's latest creation.  It's a skunk.   I love that we can share this hobby together, even though we are thousands of miles in space apart.   Praise God for modern technology!  We have always shared a mutual love of creating and crafting things.   Some of my most pleasant hours have been spent in creating things together with my sister.

I need to get one of those brush mats.  My mat is a piece of sponge.   Something to put on my wish list.

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Once more getting to pen my morning thoughts and muses via "tree-light."   That makes me happy and brings a sense of contentment to my heart.  I am so blessed to live in a country in which I can celebrate the Saviours birth with abandonment and with light.   So many in this world do not have that same priviledge.  May I never take such freedoms for granted.

I am sorry that I left you all in the dark for a couple of days.  I really was feeling very lousy.   I am feeling much better now.   I need to show Todd how to post messages on here so that if anything bad really ever happens he can let you all know.  There is nothing more distressing than having an invisible friend disappear.

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A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

Happy, happy Christmas,
that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days,
recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth,
and transport the traveler back
to his own fireside and quiet home!
~Charles Dickens

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Stogged full of lovely dried fruits, a Traditional Old Time Bread Pudding is baking in The English Kitchen today. 

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Only a little over two weeks til Christmas!  It's coming upon us rather quickly!
Have a fabulous Tuesday!  We have the boiler man coming to service our boiler today.


  1. Look after yourself please.

    Thank you for updating us.

    God please.

  2. So sorry to hear that you were so ill. I do hope you are on the mend now. Take good care !

  3. Glad you are feeling better!
    Cute pics of family:) And I am lovin your felting!

  4. I'm so happy to hear you are feeling better today. Take good care of yourself, cause you are really missed.
    These felt miniatures are so cute!

  5. Glad to hear you a doing somewhat better. Those coughs seem to hang on forever....that's what I am going through right now - Yuck. Love seeing pictures of your family and those cute felted animals. Love the penguin!

  6. Thank you Suzan, I really felt quite ill and sitting up at the computer made me feel very dizzy. I do need to teach Todd how to do this. xxoo

    Thank you Pam. I am feeling much better now. Still a bit weak though. I guess as you get older it hits you harder! xxoo

    Thanks Monique! Wait til you see my sister's next creation! ADORABLE! She's a real artiste! xxoo

    Thanks Helen. I missed you too! xxoo

    Marsha, the cough is the worst bit. I hope yours goes away soon! I hope mine does too!! xxoo

  7. Marie, the needle felting is gorgeous! It's something I've always wanted to try (I even have a kit sitting in my cupboard.) Perhaps someday I'll have both time and a teacher.

  8. I am so pleased that you are feeling so much better. These coughs take such a lot out of you and they can go on for ages and I dont think there is a lot anyone can do about them...even buying and taking all teh cough mixtures in teh chemist shop never seem to help much...what does "your nurse" say has she any tips for you. I can harldy believe Christams is so close. I did get most of my cards done over last couple of days and did Mary's lot today..so feel a wee bit further on Just away to e mail you
    keep warm and cosy xxx

  9. Take good care of yourself and get rid of that cough. See, the upside is that you can sit and rest more watching Christmas movies and listening to music of the season. :-)

    I enjoyed the pictures. Anthony looks so much like you! Wow! So cute.

    You are doing so well with needle felting. I haven't done it yet myself even though I bought instructions for making a sheep with a clay face and wool coat that I haven't even attempted to do. Maybe that will change in the new year. ;-)

    Get well dear friend! Lots of love sent to you! xoxoxo

  10. Sandy! You must give it a go! Its very theraputic, all that stabbing, lol. You can do it while you watch the telly, although you do have to pay attention a bit as those needles sure pack a punch if you miss and hit your fingers! Ouch!! xoxo

    The cough is very tiresome Sybil. The nurse just said take paracetamol. There is not much they can do for a cold as you say. I have not gotten any cards done at all. I am way behind. xxoo

    Thanks Valerie, the sheep with the clay face and wool coat sounds gorgeous! You really need to make it. I am sure it will be fabulous! I can't wait to see it! Lots of love to you too! xoxo

  11. I am so sorry you haven't been feeling well; but happy you are feeling a little bit better.
    I love the pictures of your grandchildren and children. You should be so proud of them all. I will keep your son and family in my prayers.
    I love that you have fun doing things with your sister. I have always wanted a sister so keep enjoying those precious moments.
    Blessings, love and hugs!

  12. We may not always see eye to eye LeAnn, but we have chosen to agree to disagree on certain things. I love my sister with all my heart and cherish her to bits! xoxo


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