Sunday 31 January 2021

Sunday this and that . . .


I am a little bit later getting started this morning. I was up plenty early but I wanted to watch church in the UK, so I did that first and now here I am.  Looking at this photograph I remembered a sweet book that was gifted to me by a friend a while back by Joan Walsh Anglund, "What Colour is Love."  Unfortunately it was one of the things I had to leave behind.  Everytime I think of something like that my heart aches a tiny bit. I suppose it is only natural.  I have to then remind myself its only stuff and then put it aside.

I have gained so much more that what I left behind in a myriad of different ways. Far more important things. 

I have begun to think that I can have a  life again.  A home of my own, maybe even a pet to call my own. There was a house for sale just a few doors down from my sister's and yesterday I dared to think it could be mine and so I made enquiries, but alas, it was already contracted to somebody else. It would have been perfect and in just the right spot, I thought.  But God has other plans and so I must trust in them, which is as it should be.   There is a perfect place for me and when it is right, all will fall into place and in the meantime I can save more up for it. 

I am a little bit excited/nervous about going to see this car tomorrow. Its about five years old, but it is a good size for me, not too big, not too small. Its red, which isn't really a colour I would have picked for myself, but the price is right, and my father thinks it is a good car so we shall see. It would be good to have a second car in the drive to rely on.  My sister and Dan have had a few problems with their car lately so it could come in really handy on those days when their car is down but Cindy needs to go to work or other things. It would feel good to be able to give back to those who have given me so much already. 
I have not owned my very own car in over 20 years.  I did have a good used one before I went to the UK that my mom had gotten for me. When I moved over there, she sold it to my Uncle Harold, who was able to drive it for quite a few more years. Here is hoping this one will last me a good few years also. At the age of 65 I am not sure how many more years I will be up for driving, but dad is still driving at 87 so who knows! Being able to drive and take yourself places helps to keep you independant.

Sometimes I think that I would like to have another dog. Dogs are such friendly and loyal creatures, but they do require walking and I am not sure I could keep up with walking a dog. Cats are a bit more independant and you do need to have a litter box indoors for them, but they also make good companions and pets. I am quite taken with all of the cats here. Gary talks all the time and has such an expressive face.  Pumpkin can be a bit mean to the other cats, but she was here first I guess. She also has a pretty little face, and mom loved her.   Jazzy is a bundle of energy, which is quite natural for a kitten.  She has recovered well from her operation.  You would never think anything had happened. It is a struggle to get her to take it easy!  The last few mornings she has come into my bedroom to say hello soon after I have woken up. Mostly she just plays with my toes under the covers. 

My sister Cindy is geting ready to exhibit some of her artwork in the town library for the month of February.  She doesn't think she is very good but I think she is really talented.  I could not do what she does.  All I do is draw silly little drawings and colour them in.  What she does is real art, and I think it is all pretty amazing. Maybe one day I will be able to buy one of her paintings to put in my new home when I get one. 

I can actually pick and choose what I want to put on my walls when I get my own place.  That is something new for me. I have never really truly been just me in my own place.  I expect I will be lonely, its only natural. That's why it will be important for me to have a pet of some kind, even if it is a pet rock. (LOL I hope it is much more than a pet rock!)  But I can choose what I put on my walls and everything.  I can spoil myself if I want to. I can have only things that spark joy for . . .  me!  

I really love primitive art.  I might try to do myself some paintings based on Grandma Moses or some such. My own stuff and then if I like it, frame it and hang it up. We willhave to wait and see what happens. 

I picked up my prescriptions yesterday. From what I can tell I must have been approved for Pharmacare because I did not have to pay the full amount for any of them. I did get a discount, so that is good. In the UK everyone over the age of 60 gets free prescriptions, and even under the age of 60 all prescriptions cost the same amount of money.  If you are on any kind of benefits, you also get them free. What an incredible blessing that was.  But even so, being able to have a discount here is still a blessing that I am very grateful for. And once I have paid my deductable then I won't have to pay any more.  At least that is how I think it works. Its all new to me! 

So now I have gotten my eyes tested, even the diabetic test which they weren't doing in the UK because of Covid.  I have gotten myself some new eye glasses.  I have gotten my Driver's license exchanged.  I have gotten all of my prescriptions sorted. In a day or so I should (should being the operative word here) have a car, so slowly but surely things are falling into place. God is good.

It is a bit of an odd place to find yourself.  When I think back on the last 20 years there were some really, really nice things about them.  Am I supposed to throw all of that away just because I shared them with a rotten scoundrel.  What do I do with all of the good? I feel guilty when I go to talk about when I visited Austria, or some such.  Or when I served on my mission. Or a myriad of other things.  Does the darkness of Todd's transgressions taint everything in such a way as my whole life for the past twenty years should be discounted?  It is a hard one to fathom, and I am struggling with that.  

A great deal makes sense now however.  Like how he would never get up and bear his Testimony at church during Fast and Testimony meetings. Like how I never wanted him to give me a Priesthood blessing, instead preferring to get one from somebody else. (I could never understand that, but I just always wanted someone else.) Like how he was never fully, totally in the Gospel, drinking decaff tea and coffee and justifying it because it was decaff. How I was always more willing to serve others and go teaching than he was. 
Little things like that. He must have been a tortured soul in many ways, waiting for the shoe to drop. It must have been a great burden on him knowing he was living a lie, whilst I was completely oblivious to the deception. Knowing that must have tainted all of his joy. Maybe he spent he last twenty years feeling like he was living on borrowed time?   Or maybe not.  Maybe he thought he would never get found out? I will never know for sure. That's probably best.

But I just can't erase 20 years, or all of the pockets of joy during that time. It is not like a tap that you can just turn off.  It is a bit of a conundrum for me, because for the most part, I was really very happy during all of that time.  Ignorance truly is bliss. I really "get" that now.

In another couple of days it will be Groundhog Day.  Will the groundhog see his shadow? Its a sunny day today, albeit it quite chilly. Six weeks of Winter is six weeks of Winter, or will it be more?  Time will tell and so will, the groundhog! 

Oh a mystery.  These piles of dirt keep showing up on my sister's lawn. Even through the snow. We are baffled as to what is causing them.  Could it be Moles?  We have not seen any, but do you really see Moles?  I do't know!

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

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Every day is a day
you've never seen before.
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In the English Kitchen today, a Traditional Lasagna.  Is it lasagna or lasagne?  I don't know, but I can promise you one thing, it is delicious!

Have a great Sunday. Don't forget! 

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Saturday 30 January 2021

Friday Finds on a Saturday



A few of the things I find each week that pique my interest and inspire me to want to do, create, become, etc. Maybe they will also inspire you!   

Sorry for my absence yesterday. I was sitting in Outpatients by 6 am waiting to get my precriptions looked at.  Thankfully I was successful and now have working prescriptions in Canada.  Yay! 


   Key Lime Cake with a Cream Cheese Frosting, from She's Got Flavor.    Sigh  . . .  It sure looks good, but I probably shouldn't be eating stuff like this.  But a girl can dream can't she? 


Homemade Flower Pot Heater.    With it being Winter season and it's storms, power outage possibilities etc., this is a fab idea!  From  Living Green and Frugally


Quilter at Work sign.  Free pattern from  Sew Happy Me. 


Fold up take along tote.  From Angela Yosten.   A free pattern.  It's so cute! 


Cloth Paper Dolls!  So sweet!  Free pattern.   The Pursuit of Sanity


Take Along Games from Dane Made It.  A complete tutorial.  Great for long car trips to keep the kids busy, or for days when you have the grandkids over and want a bit of quiet time together. 


This little Bumble Bee Cardigan is just the sweetest!  I love it!  From Knitted Bliss


Kitchen Organization Ideas.  Found on My Life and Kids


How to Organize Your Fridge and Keep it that Way.  From the Imperfect Homemaker


Recycled Tin Can Cutlery Holder.   How ingenius!  Home D'Zine ZA


The next holiday up is Valentines Day and here is a craft for that.   Cute Valentine How Do I Love Thee Printable  from EAB Designs


I love LOVE paper Dolls and I found this printable one on  Cool Mom Picks.  


Stitch Books.  How I make My Fibre Books, a complete tutorial on A Million Little Stitches


Mediterranean Diet, a meal plan which can save your life.   From Authority Nutrition. This is a detailed meal plan for the Mediterranean diet. Foods to eat, foods to avoid and a sample Mediterranean menu for one week.   Every little helps! 


A Love Banner for Valentines Day.  From A Pretty Life In The Suburbs.  There are also a lot of other  Valentines Ideas there as well!   


A wooden spool wreath that you can use a lot of your paper scraps on.  How very pretty and unique!  From The Darice Craft Blog


 Washi Tape Light Switch Covers.   Found on Tinker With This



 Painting a Porcelain Tea Pot.  How very beautiful.  From Invisibly.  



Painted Dishtowels no sew.  From Hello GlowI love these.  Look at that cute pom pom edging.  I Love pom poms. 


10 easy ways you can add cottage style to create a home you love! Cottage living provides a casual, comfortable style that's truly fuss-free.  From Town N Country Living


Raid the Craftroom and make something beautiful.  What a lovely pillow cover.  Created from a forgotten piece of needlework, some material scraps, etc.  From Living The Gentle Domestic Life


  What a beautiful pillow cover.   Simple embroidered bottom, nice trims.  Buttons!  Ricrac!  All the things that I love rolled into one.  Pattern from Crabapple Hill Studio.   (And there's more to choose from!  One for each season!)  


Waffle Crochet Dish Cloths.  Love these.  From Ravelry.   A free download.  


A Tutorial on how to make a Papier Mache Doll.  From Juna Art.  A lot of work, in another language, but great photos. 

And that's my finds for this week.  I hope you found something useful here!

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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"Take the first step in faith. 
You don't have to 
see the whole staircase, 
just the first step."  
~Martin Luther King JR. 
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In The English Kitchen today, Homemade Bourbon Biscuits. Quite simply delicious. 

Things are starting to fall into place. Step by step. Now all I have to do is find a place to live and get a car. My father has a line on a car for me that I am going to investigate but the place to live may take a while longer. I will get there.

Have a lovely Saturday and don't forget! 

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Thursday 28 January 2021

My Favourite Things . . . 

These are a few of my favourite things. Maybe some of them are your favourites too. It is a good to take your mind off things that are bringing you down and to dwell on the good more often than not. You can admire without wanting. What can I say, I like to look at pretty things!    


  Decorative Tins.  I love them. I used to have a magnificent collection of them when we had our house in New Brunswick. There was space over the tops of my cupboards and I had them lined up around them to decorate my kitchen.  They looked really nice. 


Old Cookie Jars. This is mine.  I got her many years ago at a yard sale. I packed her in one of the nine boxes my church sent over for me. I hope she made it without being broken, but if she did, well, that's life.  Anyways, I love old cookie jars.


Hoosier Cabinets. I would love to have one of these.  I think they are amazing.  


Barns.  Old. New.  Everything in between. I could spend hours looking at them.  When we used to travel through New Hampshire I was fascinated by the barns attached to the houses, which must have been totally practical in the winter!  


Roast Chicken.  I think I love it even more than turkey. I could eat a roast chicken every week and be perfectly content. You can get a good three or more meals from a large roasted chicken.  I love it roasted the first day, with gravy and mashed potatoes, and then sandwiches or a casserole the second day and then a lovely pot of soup from the bones.   You cannot beat a tasty roast chicken for eating pleasure!  


Vegetables.  I have never met a vegetable I did not like.  I could eat them happily three times a day.  Raw, roasted, boiled, steamed.  I just love vegetables.  On their own, combined, etc. I could not live without vegetables. 



Likewise fruits.  I do have my ultra favourites when it comes to fruit and some I am just so/so with, but for the most part I really like fruit as well.



 I am a huge fan of NICE television.  Little House on the Prairie.  The Waltons. Road to Avonlea. Andy Griffith, etc. I love it all and would be happy just watching things like this forever.  No violence, sex or swearing.  It is television with good morals, and I quite enjoy it. 


Victorian Wooden Penny Peg Dolls.  I love them.  But then again, I just love dolls in general. My sister used to make Victorian Peg dolls to sell and they were gorgeous.  I wish she still did.  


Warm socks and a raging fire on a cold Winter's day  . . . 


Tea Cosies.  I love tea cosies, even though I don't really drink tea.  This one is a free pattern from Red Heart.   


Winter candles . . .  candles are not quite the same in summertime. It stays light too late.  In Winter you have the early nights, twilight afternoons that show candlelight off to its best.  Snuggle snuggle. 


Redwork embroidery.  This combines my love of all things red and white with my love of embroidery.  Two loves together.  You can't get much better!  


Bird houses.  I love bird houses and would have a garden filled with them if I could.  I love painting them also.   I had bird house curtain tie backs in my bedroom once upon a time.  I loved those  . . .
 Whirligigs.  I adore whirligigs.  If I could, I would have a garden filled with them also!  Simple or complicated.  I love them all.  


I quite simply adore Hot Dogs.  I know that they are filled with ucky stuff, I don't care.  It doesn't bother me.  I love Hot Dogs.  With mustard and relish and onions.  I am not a lover of ketchup with bread, so I won't have that on my hot dog, however  . . .  if I am just eating the frankfurter, I love LOVE dipping it in ketchup. 


Old mirrors  . . .  aged, crazed and mottled.  They make me think about all the people who might have gazed into them through the years . . . if they could talk what could an old mirror tell us . . . 


Cast Iron bed steads  . . .  especially if they are painted . . .  and wooden floor boards . . .  painted as well.  Love them both.  


Children's faces.  They are not afraid to express how they are feeling.  Filled with wonder and joy.  


Maxine.  She says what we would all love to be able to say out loud.  


Pretty stockings.  These are thigh highs.  I prefer full-ons, like leotard type, but these are just so darned pretty.  Stockings with flowers on them.  Beautiful. 


I love LOVE this chair.  Now that's a conversation piece if ever I saw one.  Can you imagine, and I would think that it would fit in any colour scheme! Not sure how comfy it would be, but I just adore it. 


I love this hair. I think it is just beautiful. Silver . . .  


Shirley Temple Movies.  Even the few that she was in as she got older.  They are simple and sweet.  I think two of my favourites are Heidi and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. 
I find them easy to watch and enjoy.
There is not a lot of background music
drowning out the dialogue. 


The Illustrations of Joan Walsh Anglund.  Her characters are so sweet. 


Embroidered Handkerchiefs.  I know people don't use them anymore, but that doesn't stop me from loving them. 


Wool Blankets.  They keep you very warm.  


Hand Embroidered Pillow Slips.  I love these too.   I love embroidering them and I love using them. 


Classic 1950's television sitcoms.  I love Lucy.  Father Knows Best.  The Donna Reid Show. Leave it to Beaver. etc.  Love them all and never get tired of them.  


Vintage Chrome Dining Sets.  I would snap it up in a minute if I could find one.   I had one when I was first married a long time ago.  It was my parent's old one that I had had recovered. My sister also had a really nice one when she was first married.  Oh so long ago . . . 

And those are my favourite things for this week.  What are some of yours?

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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If you can't be kind
. . . be quiet.  •。★★ 。* 。  

In The English Kitchen today, Slow Cooker Beef Tacos.  Deliciously simple! 

Have a great Thursday!  Don't forget along the way of your day!
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