Wednesday 30 October 2019

Values . . . .


If you can hear the whispering about you
and never yield to deal in whispers too,
If you can bravely smile
when loved ones doubt you,
And never doubt, in turn,
what loved ones do; 


If you can keep a sweet 
and gentle spirit in spite of fame, 
fortune, rank or place
And though you win 
your goal or only merit,
you can win with praise 
or lose with equal grace.  


If you can meet with unbelief, believing,
And hallow in your heart a simple creed.
 If you can meet deception, undeceiving 
and learn to look to God for all you need,
If you can be what a girl should be to mothers,
And be unto the others as 
you 'd have the others be unto you . . .
no more and yet no less.   


 If you can keep within your heart 
the power to say that firm,
unconquerable "no"
If you can brave a present 
shadowed hour
 rather than yield to
build a future woe. 

If you can love, 
yet not let loving master,
but keep yourself within 
your own self's clasp
And not let dreaming 
lead you to disaster.
Nor petty fascination 
lose your grip. 

 If you can lock your heart on confidence, 
nor even needlessly in turn confide.
If you can put behind you 
all pretenses of mock humility or foolish pride;
If you can keep the simple homely 
virtue of walking right with God,
Then have no fear that 
anything in all the world can hurt you,
And, which is more, you'll be a woman, dear.
~J P McEvay, If  


  I found this piece in a old book this morning and loved it and thought that I would share it with all of you.  These are things that are so lacking in today's society . . .  tender virtues, once taught in the home and re-enforced in school . . . that are now deemed old fashioned and out of touch, but boy . . . would they make a difference in life and in the world were they to come back in vogue.  I guess I am just a simple person with simple values. 


Sometimes I have a really difficult time understanding the world that we are living in.  I see a photo of a beautiful woman, such as the one above but  . . . then I see all those tattoos and I find myself questioning why anyone would want to do that to themselves when they were already perfect?  Its not like a t-shirt or a sweater that you can just take off when you get tired of it.  Its forever.  

Not that I have anything against tattoos. My sister has a sleeve and its quite pretty.  Its the fact that this person has their whole body tattooed.  That I have a problem comprehending.  And they're not even beautiful ones. Skulls  . . .  huge words  . . . evil looking snakes.  It just boggles my mind.

I think we are living in a "look at me" world.  A world where millions of voices are screaming look at me, look at what I am, what I've done, what I have, etc. but its not like its even that they want you to look at them because they are extolling virtues that are worthy of extolling.  And yet our world is crumbling around our ears.  We're destroying our planet almost faster than we can hope to repair it.  People are dying, hurting, suffering  . . . in unimaginable ways.  And yet, we hold  people up on pedastles that are famous for simply being famous . . .  whose only redeeming quality might be that they are easy on the eyes and have lots of money. 

We live in a world where people cultivate followers rather than compassion  . . .  sometimes I guess it just makes me sad . . . 

Oh, I was finally able to get in touch with a chiropracter.  It took me most of yesterday, but I now have an appointment. Its not until Monday, so I have to be patient until then I guess.  I sure hope that he can help me! In the meantime I am going to risk going out of the house today. 

I had Todd book me into a hair salon for a trim and style.  I need a new photo for the new site I am writing on and my hair is a bit of a mess to be honest. I haven't had it cut or styled or anything in about 7 years or so. I guess I am worth it.  I did tell my boss that I was not very photogenic, so he can't say he wasn't warned.  I just hate having my photo taken, but if I have to have it done, then my hair might as well look half decent.  

I am thinking longish layers with a light fringe in front.  Nothing I can't just blow dry and straighten and go.  I am hair lazy. If its work then I can't be bothered.  Its that simple.  And with that I best leave you with a thought for today  . . .  I hope I can sit in the chair long enough to have my hair cut.  I will just have to do what I have to do.

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Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Muffins 

Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Muffins.  In The English Kitchen today .  I baked them at the weekend and they turned out really nice.  The original recipe made 24 and I cut it in half. Now I am wising I hadn't lol, but my hips are grateful that I did. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  Don't forget! 

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  1. Good morning, Marie. I've always loved Kipling's poem "If" and this feminine version is charming. We had to memorise "If" in school. You are a brave girl, indeed, to get your hair cut. Me, too! My appointment is Monday. I'm scouring the internet for haircuts for the "older" woman. Yes, that would be me. I'm thinking shoulder length bob with side part and bangs long enough to pull back into a pony tail. It has been at least 7 or 8 years since my last professional haircut. Well, I always remember my mom saying the difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut is 3 days. I think she was talking about a man's haircut, though. So, fingers crossed we will both like our new dos. We'll have to compare notes. Hugs, Elaine

  2. Loved your comment on Susan's latest Post Elaine! You reminded me of the leaf houses my friend (oddly enough named Susan!) used to make in her back yard when I was a child. She had lots of trees in her garden. We met in kindergarten and you know here we are 59 years later still friends! That is almost unheard of in a Military upbringing! I count myself lucky! How wonderful that we are both going to brave having our hair cut! How uncanny it has been the same amount of time for both of us! I love your mom's saying. I, too want layers long enough to be able to pull into a pony tail! Fingers crossed and prayers we are both happy with our cuts! Love and hugs! xoxo

  3. I am a hair girl..always have been.Hated mine.. it was curly..wavy when all my friends had beautiful straight thin hair.Thou shalt not covet..but I did when I bought my first brush blow dryer ..I got into it..And my girls had literally yards of hair that I blew dried diligently too:)
    I go ap 1 week w/ out it's not a deal breaker for me maintaining it.
    I hope it turns out perfectly to your liking!
    A best foot forward kind of thing.
    I LOVE Queer Eye..the difference they make in peoples lives is amazing.Not just looks.. spiritually.. they motivate them..clean up their act..What a fun show.And such nice guys..Fab Five is right.

    Fingers crossed..
    Yes a look at me society..I don't even care anymore about tats.. least of my worries..whatever floats their boats.

    30 yrs ago I flipped when my daughetr got one..How times have changed..
    I have become so desensitized to many things..That's probably not good.
    I actually said shit in public this week at the break of bad news..Imagine.Out loud in the presence of professionals.
    C'est la vie.

  4. PS and then I felt bad after:) Wheh the words slipped out of my face.LOLOL.

    1. Really, spelling it out... Laugh Out Loud ...oops, NOT. Bless you.

  5. Just having my hair cut always makes me feel better, so hopefully you'll feel better today too. Can't wait to see the picture!

  6. I have hair issues with such thin hair...argh...and people who want to give you 15 minutes for a cut...I rarely go...cut my own around my face...but the back is getting to where it needs doing so must find someone!! I agree about tatooing...I would never do that to my skin...but why do such pretty women do that?? Never makes any sense to me. If one had a birthmark or scar and used a tatoo to cover it up...that would be understandable. But not otherwise!!
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. Also have thin hair and balding spots and cowlicks... old age (71) is not fun. Need a quick blow dry, no brush and no more curlers/rollers.

    2. Well, I am 67...same issues for me too!! You are right...growing old is not fun!!

    3. I can so empathise with you both. Same issues here! I wish I could afford hair extensions! I would totally get them! Love you both! xoxo

  7. Hi Marie~

    Beautiful poem, it's so hard to stay strong in your morals and ethics when the world tells you to throw them to the wind!

    Tattoos...I know so many people who have them and love them. I also know so many people who have them and now, want to get rid of them. The photo you posted of the lady with a whole body full of tattoos...she's not perfect. Her photo has been computer modified, she has had breast implants, and I'm sure she's not even that pretty without all the makeup and again, fixed on the computer. I'm pretty sure if you saw her in real life, you wouldn't even recognize her. What scares me is that these people are the new heroes that our youth look up to and want to be's terrifying! I actually feel sorry for her.

    Boy, do I know what you mean about having your picture taken. We just had our family pictures on Saturday, and I cried for days because I was so disappointing at how I looked. My daughter finally had to sit me down and really just let me have it. I feel better now...still don't like the way I look, but i sure love the people in the pictures with me.

    Good luck with the haircut! You will be just beautiful, I can't wait to see it!

    I'm so glad you made an appointment with the chiropractor! I think you will feel so much better when you are done. It might take a couple of trips, but I know it will help.

    Much love to you! XOXOXO

    Hugs and Love,

    1. I am sure you are right about that girl Barb. Probably fake to the hilt! I hate that our young people look up to these plastic people! I am with you with the photos. I allow mine to be taken now because we have none of our grandmother and wish that we did. She hated having her photo taken also. So I suffer having mine done. I had a lot chopped off Barb (hair) and it feels a lot lighter! No photo yet however. Love and hugs to you! xoxo

  8. Oh my sweet friend, this was a great read and I feel just like you. The poem was true of yesteryear and now our world is spiraling out of control. The one hopeful thing I, I think the coming of the Savior isn't that far away. I mean really close. I think our beloved Prophet and Apostles are telling us that.
    I will be excited to see your new hair style and I do hope you were able to sit through it all. I'm happy you are going to a Chiropractor. I do think you will get some relief.
    Please know you will be in my prayers and I will put your name on the prayer roll. Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!

    1. I think you are right LeAnn! Won't be long now. Will I see it. Not sure, but its not long off for sure. Thank you so much for your prayers and putting my name on the Temple roll. I truly appreciate it. Love and hugs, xoxo


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