Sunday, 16 August 2015

And so it goes . . .

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What a fab time we had yesterday with the other Missionaries in Chester.  The sun was shining, although the breeze was rather nippy, and there was a real carnival feel about the city.

But then again, that is Chester on a sunny Saturday!   Chester city is amazing anyways, but on a Saturday it is even more amazing.

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Todd said to me, you are bold.   I said to him, you only get out of life what you put into it and I want today to be the best experience it can be.   It's not going to happen if I just stand here and watch.  And so I said hello to people, asked them about their interest in family history, spoke about the things we had in common.   Most people were quite friendly, some were totally uninterested, a few tried to spin my wheels with the intent of argument, but on the whole it was a good experience and the way I look at it is this . . .  at the end of the day . . .  I may well be judged more by what I chose not to do or say, than by what I did do or say.

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There was an Operatic Tenor set up not too far from where we were set up  . . .  he was very loud, and quite good . . .  until he began singing Les Mis . . .  he should never have done that.   He murdered it, but other than that he was quite good.  It made for a pleasant atmosphere.   When he took breaks, the girls sang and harmonized on hymns which they did very well.  They are very brave and bold, these youngsters are.  I so admire them.

Sister Johansen brought sandwiches and cakes for them, and drinks.   She is such a fine lady.  I love her to bits.  The worst thing about her is that she will be going home in a little less than a year.  I will miss her.  She is a friend to me.  We connect.  I like that.

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I love this quote from Dr. Seuss.  It's very true isn't it  I remember sitting in church one Sunday looking at everyone around me and thinking to myself.  We are a most peculiar people  . . . . but that's one of the things I love most about us!  I love that we walk a bit out of step with the world around us.  It makes us stand out and I don't think that is altogether a bad thing.  It's nice to be different.  It's nice to walk to the beat of a different drum.

I have always walked to the beat of a different drum.  It's part of what makes me special.  I am no crowd follower me.  I did try to follow the crowd at one point, when I was a teenager, but I failed at it abysmally.    I'm glad I did.  Who knows where I could have ended up if I hadn't.

I like being me.

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I think if you treat each day as if something magical is going to happen and look for the miraculous, it happens.    The oddest thing happened last evening about 8:30 . . . .

I went into the kitchen to put something in the sink and I heard a cat meowing.   I looked out the window and there was this white cat with it's paws on our back door step, looking up at the window meowing away.   I think he thought he lived here or something.   Todd opened the door and I think as soon as he saw Todd he realized he wasn't home and he skedaddled . . . .  and I did hold Mitzie back so she wouldn't chase it.   But it was a really unusual occurance.

Like two mornings ago . . . . when I went in the kitchen and that little black and white neighborhood nuisance was sitting on the step just outside the open door.   Mitzie isn't doing her job properly if they are feeling that comfortable . . . just sayin'

Speaking of Mitzie . . .

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It's time for a little snuffle and a snuggle.

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

Courage does not always roar . . . 
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
that comes at the end of the day,
saying  . . . 
I will try again tomorrow.


Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . . Cheesecake Cream Topped Summer Berries!

Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!  Hope it is a happy one.  Don't forget . . .

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And I do too!  (However could I not love you?  You're totally, like . . . Loveable!)


  1. Marie Todd is correct. You are brave and I love how you stand up for your faith. God bless.

  2. We used to have a neighbor with several outdoor cats. One of the would always sleep in the sunshine on my back step. I was glad he found some warmth as they never took him in during the cold winter months. A very hot day here today ! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday !

  3. Mitzi can't do her job properly if she is in the house! Open the door and let her run the cats off - probably won't come back!

  4. I just mentioned this on another blogs..pets are called pets because you take on their responsibility and love..

    keep them at your home;)

    If your neighbour doesn't have a cat or a dog..there's a reason;)

    I sound harsh don't I?

    One more thing..sounds like I am people moved onto our street..he used to live in that same house..moved..just bought it back..

    they had a party last night..we are all on 1/2 acre..acre lots.. he is perhaps 3 lots down..two across..

    the music for his party was coming from a boombox I guess.The street had cars lined up on his side.. I was inside and could hear every song..some I liked:) Most not..but I kept think abour his neigbor across the street suffering from cancer.. the older gentleman next door to him..and thought OMG.. selfish or what?
    At 11 PM the music stopped..either someone complained..or he had told himself that's when the music would stop.
    Honestly... how unkind was he ?Who does that?
    He has an important job.. etc.. ugh.
    PS You are right..we are al so weirdly uniquely different:)
    Me for one.

  5. Thanks Suzan, if I am not willing to stand up for what I believe then there isn't much point in believing what I believe eh? God bless you too! xoxo

    I could never understand why some people have pets and then leave them out in the cold in the winter. My ex boss was like that with all their cats. I used to have to feed them and everything. They were out in all weathers. I always felt so sorry for them. If you don't want to care for an animal you shouldn't have one! xoxo

    The door was open when the black one was on the back stoop Dee, Mitzie was just looking at it. I think she's probably more afraid of the cats than the cats are afraid of her! xoxo

    I agree whole heartedly Monique! Oh, we have a neighbor who has a huge outdoor party every August! It's always on a Saturday night and it goes on to all hours. Loud, loud, obnoxious, etc. You just think it's quieting down and it starts again. Problem is they are the type of people if you complained you'd come home one day and find your windows smashed in! Some people are just very selfish and inconsiderate!! When my boss's daughter got married a few years back their dance/ball went on all night until 6:30 am. The music was very loud and I am sure nobody got any sleep that night. I know Todd and I didn't because we were guarding the house. They did warn all the neighbors in writing however, so I guess they thought that made it okay. It's never okay to be that loud and noisy after a certain hour. I don't care who you are or how much money you have. Getting off my soap box now! xoxo


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