Monday, 26 November 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. 

Inviting as much light into my life as possible.  I have noticed that when I listen to wholesome music, read good books, watch uplifting and inspiring things on the television, I am happier and life is better.  I can't explain it.  I only know for sure that living a light centred life brings me joy. 
Lately Todd and I have been trying to do this every day. We are reading one book called Watch and Be Ready by Brent L Top, and of course our scriptures.  Its really nice to be able to share insights and thoughts with each other on the things we are reading.  
The feeling of those little fingers wrapping themselves around your big fingers.  Its instinctual I know, but it still feels good.  I miss my babies  . . . 
Baking and puttering about in the kitchen.  I have always loved preparing good and delicious things for my family to eat.  It doesn't matter if it is a whole crowd of people one person. Feeding the people I love makes me happy. 
On a clear night being able to look up at the sky and see all the stars. (Admittedly I have not seen stars like this in a long time.)  Knowing that wherever they are in the world that the people I love are and can look up and see the same star lit sky.  Feeling a part of something larger than life. Knowing that I am not and need not ever feel alone. 
Its massively unconditional.  They just love.  No matter how, no matter when.  Always and forever.  Whether you are having a bad day or a good day, they are always there, tail wagging, wet nose nudging, soft eyes adoring.  I love our Mitzie to pieces.  She is a light in both of our lives.  

I love listening to and being able to listen to music.  I have many tastes in music.  All are mood dependant. Sometimes I like to listen to classical, other times it might be piano music, or the Beatles, possibley Spanish guitar, Country Blue Grass, Gospel and Worship, easy listening,  golden oldies, etc.  Music is a huge part of my life. 
It feels so good to snuggle down into a warm bed at the end of the day, with the sheets tucked in just right.  We have added extra ones these past few weeks as the weather has been gradually getting colder . . .  moving to our winter flannel sheets.  So cosy. So comforting. So warm. 
I have always been a dreamer . . .  had dreams . . . hopes . . .  inspirations.  It is really lovely to have some of them come true.  You have to have a dream in order to have a dream come true.  Never stop dreaming about possibilities.  Having hope. Looking forward. 

Having one, being one  . . .  all I ever wanted to be was a mother, from the time I was a small child.  It is the one role in life which has brought me the most satisfaction and joy, and also the most pain. If I had to do it all over again, the one thing I would never change is having my children, all of them, no matter what.  I love my mother so very much.  It pains me to feel her slipping away from us bit by bit.  But she is happy and content and well cared for.  And I can still her her voice and talk to herm ad feel her love for me. That means everything to me.   

You who come here . . .  day after day, no matter what I write. The ones who make yourselves known and the ones who don't.  The fact that anyone comes and reads at all still blows my mind.  Thank you. 
A thought to carry with you  . . . 
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Sometimes you don't realise the 
weight of something you've been carrying,
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 Sticky Sausages with Cream & Mustard Mash 
Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Sticky Bangers with Cream & Mustard Mash.  Todd was in man-food heaven.

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!



  1. Hi Marie, gorgeous 'small and wonderfuls' today. You're so right about the mother love though, so much joy, so much pain. My mum died nearly nineteen years ago and I still miss her terribly, but I still talk to her and ask her advice. Sometimes I imagine my daughter doing this to me after I've gone and it breaks my heart. I look like my mum too, and sometimes when I look in the mirror she is looking back at me, its a strange sensation!!

    We're off to Scotland tomorrow, going to Edinburgh for a few days and then Pitlochry. I'll try and keep up with you but if I can't I'll catch up next week.

    Have a lovely week, lot's of love xxx

    1. I hope you have a lovely time in Scotland Kate! Bring your woolies! xoxo

  2. Another grateful post:) Good for you!!You inspire others to see light too;)

  3. I love music too...all sorts, but right now Christmas music is on here at my house. I love Christmas and the music is one of my favorite parts of the season. There is all kinds, but the festive songs are best. Hope you have a wonderful start to this new week! Happy Monday

    1. We have been listening to Mormon Channel Music, which we get on our TV Pam, and it is non-stop Christmas music now! We love it! xoxo

  4. Hi Marie~

    Beautiful thoughts today! We all need light! That is a subject that can be very deep many references to it in the scriptures, and so many books written about it, it must be very important!

    Brent Top is my second cousin! He is truly a wonderful person, and has written some very interesting and beautiful books. I love reading out-loud. There is just something about hearing someone's voice telling a story that brings it to life.

    Music is my life-line to sanity!! I listen to so many different genres that people would think I was 10 different people! I'm not listening to Christmas music yet...I don't do that until December...just a little quirk of mine.

    I don't think there is anything like a baby's little fingers wrapped around your own, especially if you are it's mother. I can very vividly remember each of my little babies, wrapping their sweet little fingers around my own. I can also remember a time when I was a teenager, a not so nice teenager, who used to give my mother a run for her money at times. I remember one evening, when I was being nice, my mother sat beside me and held my hand. She had beautiful long fingers and perfectly manicured nails. I can remember her just holding my hand...saying nothing, just holding my hand, It's a priceless memory for me, especially now. When she passed away, I held her hand for as long as I could, just to remember the feel of her. Before the funeral, I painted her beautiful nails...they looked so pretty, I know she loved them.

    I can't even think about losing my sweet little (big) Cole dog. He truly can comfort me when no one else can. He is my constant companion and sweetest little friend.

    I am a very vivid dreamer as well...sometimes too vivid! But, sometimes, those dreams are wonderful and I try to remember every single detail!

    Well, I think it's time for me to go and snuggle under my warm blankets! I've put on my down comforter and I love crawling under it on these cold nights!

    Love you - OXOX

    Hugs and Love,

    1. (((((hugs))))) I can't imagine my mom not being here Barb, but I know that at the age of 86 with her mind failing, it will be more sooner than later. I love your memories of your mum. Cool that Brent Top is your second cousin! He's a great writer and so insightful! Love you my sweet friend and think of you daily! xoxo

  5. I do love reading your small and wonderful things post. This was lovely. I really loved your thought of having a light centered life. All of those things you do to live that kind of life is right on. My husband and I listened to this book on CD and had a delightful discussion about it. We learned so much from it on being prepared.
    I love babies too. We don’t have any really little ones around us right now. I will hope for some more Great Grands in the next few years. I do love their little finger grasps.
    We love our Sammy so much and he bring a great deal of joy into our life. I too love their uncontional love for us.
    I really enjoy listening to music too. In fact, I started listening to Christmas Music before Thanksgiving. I love the old time songs. I really love the oldies of my youth because they bring back memories. I do love all kinds of music too.
    It is time for warm blankets, cozy fires and hot chocolate. I enjoy dreaming of different things, also.
    Keep on enjoying that precious mother of yours. I know those calls are cherished.
    I love being a mother too and that was all I wanted to do. We have had some struggles with our chlidren through the years that have been painful too. It’s mainly been with two of the in laws. However, right now; it’s improved.
    Have a wonderful week my dear friend; I love your posts. Sending happy thoughts and hugs your way!

    1. Family, they bring us so much joy and yet at the same time they have the capacity to bring us a lot of pain also LeAnn! I feel both daily. I love that we are so much alike, but I am not surprised that we are! Love you to bits! xoxo


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