Wednesday 30 September 2020

Just one minute . . .

I was out walking one day and I happened to run into a friend that I had not seen in quite a while. The day was somewhat gloomy, and clouds in the sky threatened to drop a downpour on us at any moment. 

 Immediately as I saw her, a smile broke out onto her face and she greeted me with these cheery words, “Hello, I was thinking about you this morning!” Suddenly it didn’t seem to matter that rain was threatening and the day didn’t seem quite as gloomy anymore.   

I felt all warm and rosy inside. Someone had been thinking about me. As usual, things like this get me to pondering. There’s no such thing as co-incidence you know . . . Only God-incidence. Everything happens for a reason and a purpose. 

This thought came to my mind . . . “Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could stop for a minute once a day, and think about someone else, instead of focusing on our own small world and mundane selves?”  

 It only takes a minute . . . Not long . . . Sixty seconds . . . But if we all did this, there’s no telling what we might be able to achieve. We’ve all got twenty four hours in a day, that’s 1440 minutes. Surely we can, each one of us, spare just one of those minutes to be quiet and think peaceful, loving thoughts of others.  

At the moment is is not possible for most of us to go and visit each other, but we can pick up a phone or write a note, or an e-mail. We all need each other now more than ever methinks.


Its very cool and overcast out there this morning and has been spitting of rain. Its quite windy also with a wind coming from the North.  I just may have to turn the heat on. 

I was really surprised yesterday when my mail arrived. 


In the post here was a little package and note from my friend Linda in New Brunswick, containing an envelope of Summer Savory from my home of Nova Scotia.  The Summer Savory I have is 8 years old, so this could not have come at a better time.  And just before Thanksgiving as well so I can add its special touch to my stuffing this year!  It was so kind of her to think of me.  Thank you so much Linda!

There was also this cute Halloween Card from my friend Val in Colorado. Val's son did his  mission here in the England Manchester Mission and he served here in Chester for a time. He was in our home many, many times.  Then Val and Steve (her husband) came to visit us a few years ago as well. It was so good to finally meet in person.  This card is so sweet. Its a pop up card.  Thank you so much Val!  I dare say it will be the only Halloween we get here in Chester this year! 

All around us areas are going into lockdown.  Flintshire which is the county right at the age of us. Wrexham which is a city next to us. We are now in the depths of our second wave and they say there may even be a third wave. Scary times to say the least. 

I am so very grateful for the upcoming General Conference this weekend and to hear what our church leaders have to share with us. It will be a different one like the one in April, but I am sure it will be very inspiring and uplifting. I am really looking forward to it. 

A gentle reminder to myself this morning of who I can put my trust and faith in. The warmth and glow of the candles is very comforting also, as is the smell. Pumpkin Spice.

I did not sleep very well last night, so I am going to leave you now with a thought for today  . . . 

A photo one for today. 

I hope that it made you smile as much as it did me. I know the first official day of fall was last week, but I am a girl who loves October and since tomorrow is the first day of October, I thought this was sort of fitting. 
In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Spaghetti Pizza for Two.  A delicious smaller sized casserole for the smaller sized family. It lacks none of the flavour of the full size I can assure you.  It is quick, easy and delicious!  
I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday filled with some of the things you love.  Don't forget! 

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And I do too!!