Monday 29 June 2020

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.   

The way the things you need to see, hear, read pop up at just the right time to encourage you. There is no such thing as co-incidence. 


Family. It truly is everything. I really love mine.  

The many kindnesses of others.  Over the past week or so I have gotten two lovely gifts in the post.  On the right is a pot holder my friend Diana picked up for me when she was last in Italy.  It was a real surprise and cheered my heart. On the left masks made for us by my friend Susan.   
The fact that two people I have never even blessed 
to meet in person could be so kind to me
cheers my heart to no end.
Thank you! 💖 


 Give me the splendid, silent sun 
with all his beams full-dazzling. 
~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass 

 So grateful for the sunny weather we have had over these many months of lockdown.  They have made it a lot easier to remain positive.  It is back to wind and cold now, but summer is only beginning. 

Strong roots make for a person who can withstand the storms of life, even when it feels as if they are on their own. Our parents imparted their very best to each of us. We have strong roots, roots strong enough to withstand the winds and storms of life.  

The ability to feed my mind with good things.  Good books that uplift and inspire.  Likewise television and films.  What you choose to bring into your mind is who you become, and it really is a choice we make. I like to feed my mind and spirit with things that uplift and that inspire. 


 Daisies. They are a reminder to me that it is the simple things in life which often are the most beautiful and meaningful.  Daisies  . . .  such a simple flower, but each one perfect and beautiful in its own right. 

Knowing this to be true.  You can't outgive a giver  . . . 


Not sure why, but this made me think of my sister. We've been through a lot together and apart, but mostly together.  So grateful for a sister. (and a brother too!)

Faith and hope. I don't know where I would be without those two things . . .  

The ability to take things that don't match or seem to go together and somehow create something which works and is beautiful in its own right. 


Those two oldest sons of mine.  They are always there for me in their own unique ways.  I spent some time talking with Anthony on Saturday and that was good and then yesterday Doug facetimed me and we got to spend some time together.  He always makes sure I get to talk to each boy and his wife. She was making marmalade. It took me back to those hot and steamy days in the kitchen on hot summer days when I would be preserving some of the taste of summer for the coming winter months ahead. 

Patterns of light  . . . this was a series of videos done by David A Bednar.  In them he talks about the Light of Christ, the ability to discern divine light from other lights, and how to recognise revelation. I am grateful for the patterns of light in my life.  I may not always see them, and I may have difficulty finding light at times, but I have a reassurance in my heart that they are always there and sometimes that is enough. 

And with that I will leave you with a thought for today  . . . 

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The life in front of you is
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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Pizza Muffins.  I small batched these delicious muffins. Ready to enjoy on their own, or with a salad or soup for a nice light lunch. 

I hope your week ahead is filled with an abundance of small and wonderful things.  Don't forget  . . . 

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And I do too!  




  1. Your sons♥THose two are so nice:)
    Love your offerings too:)Have a lovely day marie!

    1. Thanks Monique. I have been blessed with some really good children! I know you have been also. xoxo

  2. There is truly so much to be thankful for even in these days of pandomenic. I agree about family being important. Mine are my life too and don't know what I'd do without them. Faith will carry us through the darkest of days. I've had cause to know that. Another thing I don't know wha I'd do with out it. We too have been having some wonderful sunny days, that make everything a little brighter.

    1. Thanks Pam. Somehow when the sun shines everything seems just more tolerable! xoxo

  3. So many small and wonderful things in this beautiful world of ours. Wednesday, July 1st we celebrate Canada. And that is a big and wonderful thing. Such a lucky girl to have been born and raised in Canada. England would be my second choice. My Dad's family descended from United Empire Loyalists. Those pizza muffins are a great way to get your pizza fix. I'm going to try them. Take gentle care, Marie. Hugs and love, Elaine

    1. I miss days like Canada Day and the 4th Elaine! They don't really celebrate anything similar over here. I, too, feel blessed for having been born in Canada. God willing one day I will be able to return! Love and hugs to you! xoxo PS - Watch the post. ;-)

  4. Counting our blessings does help with feeling down about circumstances. I'm working hard on being positive and not getting angry about everything. I am turning to the scriptures, music and uplifting books more and that is helping me. I loved all your thoughts too.
    Family is everything and I am so happy you have two sons that do find ways of being with you and sharing their lives.
    I think serving is such a key to happiness. I think that means even just serving out husbands in unusual ways once in a while since we can't be out serving others as much. Except, I do find it fun to call friends and or text them; that has helped me a lot.
    That Pizza muffin looks yummy; I must try that.
    Thanks for the link for Elder Bednar's videos, I will look at them.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!

    1. It can sometimes be really difficult to find the positive and the joy LeAnn. It really can. You will enjoy Elder Bednar's videos! xoxo


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