Tuesday 27 September 2022

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. 


I was all turned around yesterday morning and you got my Tuesday post on a Monday!  So now you are getting my Monday post on a Tuesday.  Every time I do something like that, I scare myself a little bit.  Thoughts of memory loss, etc. Mom had dementia and so I worry about getting it myself. Its only natural I guess, but more and more I lose words these days.  I can see what it is that I am wanting to say but the word won't come out.  It does eventually though. Whew!   Sometimes my sister and I are both sitting there in the car trying to remember what it is we are trying to say! haha


At the age of 88 (89 in January) our father has a really quick mind. There is nothing missing there. If there is, I can't see it and haven't noticed it.  He might be slowing down physically, and he might not be able to hear so well, but his brain works very well.  He plays Solitaire on his computer for an hour or so every day and he reads tons of books, so that probably helps to keep things ticking in the brain. 

I need to read more.

Looking at photos of all the trees that came down and all the damage that was done on my son Doug's property I am so grateful that nobody was hurt and that their home was not damaged in Hurricane Fiona. So many people lost so much here in the Maritimes.  I am not sure if my son has had his power restored yet or not.  It will take a while for people to sort themselves out after this one.  Many people have been devastated by this storm and it will take months, maybe even years to recover.  My heart breaks at the loss, and another hurricane is making its way up.  Ian.   My heart and prayers are with all of those who are and will be affected.

I have not heard if my youngest daughter and her family have been affected by it or not. They live in one of the areas here in NS that would have been hard hit.  I am just assuming no news is good news there, also with my youngest son.

My son in NB was alright. They got high winds but were safe.


I am looking forward to General Conference this coming weekend.  Twice a year our church leaders speak to our church as a whole and I have always found it to be an inspirational and uplifting experience. I refer to the talks that are given often in the ensuing months afterwards.  I have been preparing myself spiritually this past week and this week to be ready to take it all in.  These have been a really difficult few years for all of us in a variety of ways.  A bit of inspiration is always welcome. The conferences are available for all to watch and listen to. You can find out more on the church website. Come listen to a prophet's voice.  I always love the music as well. It is just time well spent.


Family. We all have one.  Some of us are more blessed in that area than others, I know.  I am very grateful for mine.  I have always been able to count on them. We may have been a bit dysfunctional in some ways when we were growing up, but we matter to each other.  I would not give any of them up for anything. I love each one so much and they are important to me.  The best gift God ever gave me was my family.

The blessing that these two are in my life. I chose well.  They are as unique from each other as unique can be. Cinnamon is aloof and yet at the very same time incredibly affectionate when she wants to be. She is the braver of the two. Nutmeg runs and hides at the first sign of anything different.  He might be twice the size of Cinnamon, but he is a big chicken when it comes to bravery. He is very affectionate, however.  He is never too far from me.  In the evening he lays right next to me on the sofa and looks up and back at me often wanting a scratch behind the ears.  I love them both so much and would not be without them.


My garage door is fixed.  Hooray!  They came yesterday to have a look at it and the guy burnt the motor out testing it. He said it was ready to burn out anyways.  No matter, I have a new motor on it now and it is a lot quieter and works wonderfully.  I can now use my garage again without worries.


I am so grateful for my cozy home and the life I am living.  At times I do get lonely, (Not very often. I am a person who has always enjoyed my own company.) and I do feel sad sometimes that I don't have anyone human to share it with, but I love my little home. I am not at all unaware of the blessing that it is, and I do not take it for granted.  When I think of how far I have come in the last two years I am overwhelmed with gratitude to my Heavenly Father and the angels He set around me to help me through this time. I know that all of our lives are filled with their own trials and tribulations and life itself is a series of ups and downs.  I am grateful for my faith which gives me the strength to keep going through it all.  My faith has seen me through a lot and will yet.

Hot cocoa. I'm enjoying one now.  Love these cooler mornings.

And with that I best leave you with a thought for the day  . . . 

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 *Use your voice for kindness,
your ears for compassion,
your hands for charity,
your mind for truth,
and your heart for love.
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I recently took an online cooking course by Marco Pierre White, a Micheline Star Chef via the BBC Maestro program.  I am offering the prize of a free course through BBC Maestro to one lucky person. They have a multitude of courses available on everything from wine tasting to vegetarian cooking, writing, film making etc.  This is a great opportunity and all you have to do for a chance to win it is to leave a comment on my post here

I really enjoyed the course I took.

I hope you have a lovely day. I think my sister and I are off to the farm market this morning!  Whatever you get up to, don't forget! 

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And I do too! 


  1. Farm markets are full of delicious food at this time of year. Enjoy your visit with your sister. Rain here yesterday and overnight and more today. It is also a lot cooler, finally took my hummingbird feeder in for the year, haven't seen them around for a few days.

    1. We had a great time Linda. I brought my feeder in also. I had not seen any in about a week so I thought it was safe to bring it in! oxox

  2. We will do a bit of prep as to Ian, but likely just gobs of rain coming...so many awful things have happened this year to folks just from weather events!! Sign of the times likely. You are indeed fortunate to have your family that has much to do with you (not many get 100% in that dept these days).
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. I hope you made out alright in Ian Elizabeth! I was praying! xoxo

  3. Sometimes I have trouble keeping track of what day it is, too. Glad your dad is doing well. Have fun at the farmer's market ith Cindy. It's a coolish, rainy day here. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. Thanks very much Elaine! I think when you no longer work outside the home it is even harder sometimes to remember what day it is! Love and hugs, xoxo


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