Monday, 20 November 2017

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 from the past week which brought untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.
Of course the biggest and best small and wonderful thing was Todd's blood test for his PSA levels coming back normal.  Six months and the cancer is still at bay!  We were both doing the happy dance over this one!  Colour us very happy indeed!  
This had me doing the happy dance one day also.  Hot new release on the Amazon Kindle store. Number one, for a little while anyways!  I felt like a winner.  
And then there was this.  Best selling "English, Scottish & Welsh" cookbooks . . . . never thought I would see my book sitting alongside of a bakeoff book.  Colour me amazed at this one. I cried a tiny bit. 
Plus I have had four five* reviews on the American site, and two on the British site, and one on the Canadian site.  All five*.  So that makes me happy. That anyone would want to buy it at all makes me very happy!  This has been a special blessing in my life.  Writing this book is what got me through and kept me busy while Todd was having his cancer treatments.  If you bought the book, thank you so very much. You did me a great honor.  If you bought the book and then took the time to leave a review on the Amazon sites, thanks, thanks, thanks.  You did me an even greater honor!  So very much appreciated.  Every review helps to raise the visibility of the book, and I am so very grateful to all of you who did for taking the time. 
I am not sure what the occasion was, but I am thinking perhaps this might have been a Santa Claus Parade.  Cam and Maryn.  It looks quite cold wherever they are.   I know to some people these might just be pictures of kids and not so special, but to me they are really special.  I have only ever seen Maryn in person 3 times in her life and I have never  seen Cameron in person. Any photo of any of my grandchildren thrills me to no end.  I hate having to live so far away from them, but it is the way it has to be for now and maybe for always.  When any of my kids posts or sends me a photo of my grandchildren I am over the moon.  These are the only glimpses I have into their lives.  I used to day dream through the years about how wonderful  my relationship with my grandchildren was going to be. Hasn't happened and its my own fault for living so far away. 
I do wish things were different and that I had more contact with all of my grandchildren but I know that people have busy lives, with jobs, school, and all sorts.  I am just so very grateful for any little glimpse into them.  These tiny glimpses are a great blessing in my life. 
Provisionally, a great deal of interest is being shown in my premise for a second book to follow on from the first.  In fact they liked it a great deal.  So fingers crossed this leads to something.  A lot will depend on the sales of the first I guess.  So lets keep praying that it does well.

Pinch me, I am an author. 
I know I cannot be compared to some  . . .  like SB, or Jane Austin,  or Emily Dickenson . . .  but I have managed something that very few writers manage to do at all, and that is a huge blessing that I will take.  A massive achievement, and I owe a great deal of thanks to each of you for it.  You who come here each day and take even a tiny bit of interest in what I write, and what I cook.  Your coming here over the years has brought such a great lot of joy into my life.  You are  not invisible to me. You are real people and I consider you all friends.  Your love and support has meant the world to me. The fact that you come back day after day, has encouraged me and helped me to believe in my dreams, so a huge thank YOU to each of you wherever you might be. 
You come here every day and read my drivel, no matter what it is.  You are to be highly commended for your loyalty and, if I were the Queen, I would be bestowing great honours on you. You would all have OBE's and Damehoods.  I am not the Queen however and so the best I can do is to just say, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

You have lifted me on days I needed lifting, and you
probably never even knew it.

And with that I better leave you with a thought for the day.  I have to go for a blood test this morning, very early, and I think also a BP check. Here's hoping that the medication has been doing its job and that my kidney's haven't been damaged in the process. That is the problem with drugs. 

They sometimes create even worse problems. 
My fingers, knees, toes, legs, arms, etc. are all crossed!
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 *.˛.°  Walk away from the game that says 
you have to be something more before 
you are wanted or chosen.
Know that you are enough, right now.
~Unknown    •。★★ 。* 。  


BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - 1 Nephi 20:1-22 
What have you learnt from the reading today? How have you been refined by the Lord? What have you gained from the experience?  

What I learnt - The furnace of affliction is very real. I have been through furnaces of affliction, both with the Lord, and without Him. Both ways are uncomfortable experiences, but when I have gone through it with the Lord I have grown, I have become stronger.  I learn to trust Him that He won't break me, nor does He want to. When I go through it in my way, relying on myself, my understanding, my power . . . I am kicking against the trial and trying to find a quick way back to normality again. There is little end result in the way of growth, but I do learn/remember that God's ways are better.

This analogy is one I think of often during refining moments. It reminds me that Heavenly Father is working on me at this very moment, that my perspective is limited but I'm in His loving hands and I can trust what He's doing ❤

 'Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.' 

Tomorrow's Reading (Day 32) -1 Nephi 21:1-21 
Question: What have you learnt from the reading today? How has temple work blessed your life? 


In the English Kitchen today.  Escalloped Macaroni.  A delicious combination of macaroni, tomatoes, cheese and milk.  Old fashioned, yes, this is wonderful comfort food, and one of my absolute favourites.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday and that the week ahead is filled with a multitude of small and wonderful blessings.  Along the way, don't forget!

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Grandmother's apron . . .

I was going through my box of patterns in my craft room yesterday morning and I came across my apron patterns. They brought a smile to my face, and I found myself wondering if my girls would ever want aprons. I have always loved aprons. When I got married the first time at the tender age of 19, I was gifted with several aprons . . . some plain and utilitarian and other's quite pretty and obviously for dress-up company occasions. I wish I still had them . . . 

I have a few aprons now. Some are the type that cover your whole body from the neck to the knees . . . and they are great, especially if you are a messy cook. I have two absolute favourites though. A red one with white pindots that my mother in law made for me and gave me for Christmas many years ago and a blue and white checked one, a gift from a treasured friend down south . . . 


 Aprons did fall out of vogue for a number of years, deemed as being un-cool I suppose . . . but there has been a new resurgence of love for them in recent years. Although there were many years I never wore one, I have always loved them . . . and it's nice to see the new interest in them these days. 

I especially love the old fashioned ones . . . the ones that remind me of my grandmother and in my mind's eye I can still see her as she puttered about in her kitchen, her dress . . . be it worn or be it for good . . . always carefully covered with her apron. She moved about with purpose and with care . . . her dress rustling as her hands moved about with her business to hand . . . washing dishes, beating batters, rolling out cookies, moving the broom across the floor . . . 

Along with the memory of her puttering . . . comes the memory of the smell in her kitchen . . . woodsmoke, the old oilcloth lineolum floor . . . molasses cookies . . . the smell of love. That is the memory which touches me the most . . . the smell of love. My mother has a lock of my grandmother's hair . . . carefully wrapped in tissue paper and hidden in the recesses of her jewel box. I wish I had a lock of my mother's hair . . . I wonder would she give me one . . . I shall have to ask. 

The strings were tied, it was freshly washed,
and maybe even pressed.
For Grandma, it was everyday
to choose one when she dressed.
The simple apron that it was,
you would never think about;
the things she used it for,
that made it look worn out.

She may have used it to hold
some wildflowers that she'd found.
Or to hide a crying child's face
when a stranger came around.
Imagine all the little tears
that were wiped with just that cloth.
Or it became a potholder
to serve some chicken broth. 

She probably carried kindling
to stoke the kitchen fire.
To hold a load of laundry,
or to wipe the clothesline wire.
When canning all her vegetables,
it was used to wipe her brow.
You never know, she might have used it
to shoo flies from the cow. 

She might have carried eggs in
from the chicken coop outside.
Whatever chore she used it for,
she did them all with pride.
When Grandma went to heaven,
God said she now could rest.
I'm sure the apron that she chose,
was her Sunday best.

~Tina Trivett
(the poetry of Tina Trivet

(my Great Uncle Darius and Aunt Janet)

The primary purpose of an apron is to keep one's clothing free of food stains and smell. If it has pocket the apron is also useful for keeping tools to hand, and . . . in the heat of a moment, it can be used as a 'glove' for holding hot pans. My great great Aunt Janet, always wore an apron and a 'dust' kerchief on her head. My Aunt Freda told me once about how aunt Janet had always kept her money pinned inside of her apron . . . so an apron, it seems . . . can also be used as a bank . . .

In the days before electric washing machines, when outer garments were very infrequently washed, the apron was very important in helping to keep one's clothing clean. Easy to launder, they could be washed out by hand every few days. Aprons were not just confined to cooks either . . . early in the 20th century, schoolteachers, children, shopkeepers and secretaries still wore aprons or "pinafores" in different styles over their everyday clothing. 

(Ida McNayr Smith, my two-times Great Grandmother)

In the 20's and 30's aprons took on a different style . . . following the silhouette of the dress beneath . . . very long with no waistline. The Concise Household Encyclopedia of 1933 reflects both the value of the apron and the division of labour within the household:

"Domestic servants require a stock of aprons. Plain white linen is used for nurses, for cooking and general morning wear, and fancy lawn of muslin for parlourmaids, often lace-trimmed or embroidered for afternoon-duty."

By the 1940's aprons became very fashionable with home cooks wearing aprons which had cinched waistlines and they were often trimmed with coloured cotton rick-rack, buttons and decorative pockets of contrasting colour . . . 

I may make my girls each an apron this year . . . it all depends on how my time goes. We'll have to wait and see. Perhaps they might come to love them as I do. One never knows for sure about these things . . .  or maybe I will make one for Maryn, and get her a tiny bake set. The wheels are turning!

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

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"Gratitude. . .can turn a meal into a feast, 
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
~ Melody Beattie
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Spiritual Enlightenment 


BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - 1 Nephi 19:7-24 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? How do you show the Lord that you don't see Him as a thing of naught?
What I learnt - In these passages I believe that Nephi is talking about the days during and after the Saviour's Crucifixion, and the Jews/Israel who turned their back on Him, and rejected Him, despite all that they had seen Him do, and however much they had believed Him to be the Messiah prior to this. Their punishment would be that they would be hated among all nations, and this did actually happen, and they were scattered amongst all nations.  He also foretells of the gathering of Israel, which I believe is going on right now. We are Israel, and we are being gathered, so long as we are discerning enough to hear the cry of repentance and turn our hearts and minds towards Him. When you turn away from the Saviour, life becomes harder to manage. I truly believe this.

I show the Lord I don't see Him as a thing of naught every time I -
▪ remember Him 
▪ look to His example 
▪ read His words 
▪ follow His teachings & keep His commandments 
▪ use His Atonement 
▪ serve others 
▪ "talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ & preach of Christ" so that others can look to Him. 
But mostly I feel it's the righteous desires of my heart, along with my efforts to keep trying to put His will and way before my own, that really show I don't see Him as a thing of naught. I love my Saviour and I want so much to be like Him. 

Tomorrow's Reading (Day 31) - 1 Nephi 20:1-22 
Question: What have you learnt from the reading today? How have you been refined by the Lord? What have you gained from the experience? 


In The English Kitchen today . . . Cranberry, Pecan and White Chocolate Flapjacks.  Scrumptious!

Have a wonderful Sabbath Day.  We are off early to church as we have an appointment with our new Bishop prior to our Sacrament Meeting.  Its that time of year!  Don't forget along the way of your day . . . 

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday thoughts . . .

When I was a much younger woman, I lived for a time in Western Canada. Tornadoes were always a big fear of mine. Whenever we had a big storm, there was always the danger that one would touch down, and indeed I have had to live through more than one large Tornado threat, although, thankfully,  have never been in an area that was directly hit. One time, following a particularly long and furious storm, I walked out into my back garden afterwards to assess the damage.  As I stepped out onto my back porch, I was confronted with the biggest, most beautiful rainbow I had ever seen. It's colours were so vivid and brilliant . . . oranges, reds, purples, blues, greens and yellows . . . Even more stunning, was the fact that immediately below this brilliant rainbow, there was another rainbow, every bit as brilliant and beautiful as the other. 

I had never seen anything like this before . . . or since. I immediately had to run back into the house and tell everyone to "Come and See!" We were all amazed and almost numb to see such a beautiful sight!  It only actually lasted moments in reality, but has stayed forever in my memory and mind. This thing of great beauty touched not only my own life, but those I had shared it with, and probably hundreds of others who just happened to be looking at the same after-the-storm sky as I . . .

It is not every day we are invited to witness a wondrous thing such as this. These moments are all too rare and fleeting. Just over two thousand years ago . . . a similar invitation was given to two hardworking brothers who were fishing upon the Sea of Galilee . . . casting out their nets. As Christ walked along the shore, they called out to Him, asking . . . "Rabbi where dwellest thou?" and He replied . . . "Come and See." 

(source) Youngsong Kim

 This same invitation is one that He still extends to all who would come within sight of Him. It is our choice to accept or decline. What happens after we "come and see," is no less miraculous or life changing, as it is to see and experience the beauty of a double rainbow . . . an invitation that can help to deliver us from the time constraints, worldly pursuits, pride, chores and other pressures which may prevent us from experiencing and witnessing all the beauty and joy that this life holds for those who would choose to walk His path and follow Him.

We all have nets . . . and we fill them with different things . . . things which drag us down and prevent us from reaching our full potential . . . which keep us from having a full and meaningful relationship with the Saviour. Today, won't you "Come and see?" You may be amazed at what you discover about yourself . . . and about His love for you. Leave your nets behind and walk His way. You may not hear the soft rhythm of sandled feet, but if you begin each day with a prayer in your hearts, I believe you will hear the soft whispered assurance that you do not travel this day alone.

And some days that assurance is needed much more than on others . . .


These past few weeks of waiting, knowing that Todd was going to be having his post/post blood test for cancer have been really playing on my mine, and I know Todd's also. I have tried to remain positive and for the most part I've been successful . . . but underneath it all no matter how hard I have tried, there has been an undercurrent of dread. You just can't help it.  Cancer colours your life in a way that is very difficult to explain to someone who has never experienced it.  Once it has touched your life, it stays with you forever . . .  because you carry with you forever . . . because you know that it can come back, and when it does it is usually worse than it was the first time around. It is the unwanted visitor that returns with a vengeance.  I cannot explain the relief that was felt yesterday when Todd got the results of his latest PSA blood test.  All is still well.  We both exhaled palpable sighs of relief.  And I am sure, for all that I love him, his was deeper than mine.

We both just felt, really, really, really blessed.
And we get to do it again in another six month's time.

Thanks so much for all of your prayers!
We could feel them!


I think I will bake some cookies today.  We have a lot to do . . . polish up our lesson for tomorrow. Its not easy teaching a class with your husband. We both have such different ways of going about it. He has an analytical mind and I have a feeling driven mind, so we kind of have to balance the two together and come out with a lesson that is interesting and inspiring and that actually teaches people what they are there to learn.  Plus we have a person in the class who likes to take over and overwhelm everyone else.  We have been racking our brains all week, trying to figure out a way to deal with that in a caring manner that won't hurt anyone's feelings.  Plus today we have to do the fish tank, etc.  I also like to make sure my house is spickety span for Sunday.  

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

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 *.˛.°There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the
mark of weakness, but of power.
They speak more eloquently than
ten thousand tongues.  They are the messengers
of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition,
and of unspeakable love.
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BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - 1 Nephi 18:21-19:6 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? Why is it important to be honest with ourselves about our weaknesses?
What I learnt -I love step one of the addiction recovery manual. Step 1 is about honesty but it is also about being able to "admit that you, of yourself, are powerless". Honesty opens the door to humility and change. Nephi was aware of his weaknesses, as was Moroni who received an answer from the Lord in Ether 12:27 which says "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I love the phrase "His grace is sufficient". 
Honesty and humility allow us to access the atonement, where can receive the Saviour's grace, or in other words, His strength and His ability to overcome weakness which he did throughout his perfect life. There is a brilliant ensign article called "it isn't a sin to be weak" by Wendy Ulrich, which was recommended to me. It completely changed the way I view my weaknesses and I like this quote from it,  "We cannot simply repent of being weak—nor does weakness itself make us unclean. We cannot grow spiritually unless we reject sin, but we also do not grow spiritually unless we accept our state of human weakness, respond to it with humility and faith, and learn through our weakness to trust in God. When Moroni fretted about the weakness of his writing, God did not tell him to repent. Instead, the Lord taught him to be humble and to have faith in Christ. As we are meek and faithful, God offers grace—not forgiveness—as the remedy for weakness. Grace is an enabling power from God to do what we cannot do on our own - the appropriate godly remedy by which He can “make weak things become strong.” 
I like verse 21 & 22. After Nephi had prayed 'the winds did cease, and the storm did cease, and there was a great calm'. Now they were able to sail again towards the promise land. There can be a big difference between how I feel when I start to pray, to how I feel at the end of my prayers. When I'm experiencing 'a storm' and I choose to pray to Heavenly Father, He calms my heart and my mind. I don't feel overcome by or stuck in the storm anymore. This calmness helps me feel ready to 'sail again', to move onwards in the right direction.
Tomorrow's reading (Day 30) - 1 Nephi 19:7-24 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? How do you show the Lord that you don't see Him as a thing of naught?


Baking in the kitchen today  . . .  Breakfast Stollen Slices.  Sooo simple.  Soooo good.

Have a wonderful Saturday.  No matter what you get up to, don't forget!

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Friday, 17 November 2017

My Friday Finds . . .

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!  

These Crisp Sugar Cookies look dangerous!  From Taste of Home.

I could not find a source for these lovely cards.  I think they are adorable.  I don't think they would be really hard to make.


Fairy Face Designs, Minimalist Tree Table Runner.  I love this. 

I also love this sweet pillow from A Quilting Life.  

The Sewing Directory, How to use a buttonhold food.  I have never learned how to do this! There is no time like the present!  

This would be a challenging project, but so cute.  From Sweet Potato 3, on Ravelry.  Not free, but not expensive either.  

Monsters Pajama Case, also not free but so cute.  From Love Knitting.  Crochet.  These would be fab gifts for kids, any time of year.  And you could also give them a set of pajamas to go into it.

Toilet Paper Roll Santas.  From Krokotak.  So cute and easy too!  


From Create Craft Love.  Snow Globe Wreath. This is adorable. A complete tutorial.

I Think We Could Be Friends.  35 Elf on the Shelf ideas using things form the dollar store. I wish they had had an Elf On the Shelf when my kids were growing up! 

Sorry, I couldn't resist sharing.  I think those are chocolate chips, lol. People have wonderful  minds, don't they? 


No source, just inspiration.  Using rubber stamps to make designs on cookie dough.  I may give this a try!


Did you know you can make a chocolate mold for anything using brown sugar?  I could not find a source for this either, but I am assuming you just brush the brown sugar off once it has set. 

Again, no source, but looks very simple to do.  I can't wait for Easter!  Can you see this with some little chocolate eggs, bunnies, etc.?


Six Clever Sisters, "No Sew"felt poinsetta napkin rings. 

And I'm afraid that is it for this week!  For some reason Pinterest (which I use to find these clever things) is not sending me to links that open up today, so I am having to go onto Google and search there from pictures I find on Pinterest and that is taking me twice as long.  Sorry about that!  I updated my Mozilla yesterday so I wonder if it has anything to do with that?

Todd was really grumpy yesterday.  I am sure he is a bit worried about going to the Doctor today and seeing what his blood PSA test results were.  I am nervous for him. Love him so much and I really hope that things are still alright.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  That is the thing about cancer. They might knock it back, but you spend the rest of your life worrying that it is going to come back.  We just have to take each day as it comes and be grateful for each one.  ♥♥♥

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *.˛.°A single thread of hope,
is still a very powerful thing.
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BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - 1 Nephi 18:5-20
 Question Why do you think the Lord didn't deliver Nephi immediately, like in 1 Nephi 7:16-20? How can this apply to you in your life?

What I learntWhen I have lost the spirit, I lose direction, I lose the drive to do anything, and I wander. And it's not until I repent, that I feel a sense of direction, of purpose and power to stay on the charted course to Heavenly Father. I love the hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing", I love every single word of it, but when I hear, read or think of the last three lines . . . it gets me right in my heart!  

"Let thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. 
Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above." 

Sometimes I get disheartened by my inconsistency, I want to always remember Him, and His ways and submit my will to Him all day, everyday, but often, without even knowing it, I am wandering away once again. But my hope is that this is part of being a fallen natural woman and that as I work on recognising the patterns that lead to wandering for me, and that in the act of spending my life doing this, I am actually giving Him my heart to seal it His.

 I think that sometimes the Lord uses his righteous servants in strange, and seemingly unfair ways, in order to teach other people. Some examples would be 1. Job was righteous and had everything taken away from him so that the Lord could show Satan that Satan had no power over him. 2. Abinadi died a horrible death in order to teach king Noah's people that truth. 3. Nephi had to go through being tied up for days in order for his brothers to see the Lord power and to see how much the Lord helps them when they are nice to Nephi.  I don't think that Nephi did anything wrong in order for him to deserve being tied up for so long. The Lord blesses the righteous who go through such trials eternally.  He said to Joseph Smith,  My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.  It can be really hard and sometimes really faith stretching to go through our trials, but we can always have the hope that in the end we will be delivered, one way or another.  We just have to remain faithful.  I think this is where the enduring to the end comes in!

Tomorrow's reading (Day 29) -1 Nephi 18:21-19:6 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? Why is it important to be honest with ourselves about our weaknesses?


Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Steak & Stilton Hot Pot.  Comfort food!

Have a wonderful Friday.  I hope it is filled with goodness and light!  Don't forget! 

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And I do too! 


PS - Must share the good news!  Todd's PSA Levels were well within the normal range!  Whew!  Thank God for answered prayers! 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

My Favourite things . . .

A few of my favourite things that you might also enjoy.  Lets enjoy them together. 

It feels like bragging, but its not, and I hope you don't think it is, but my book is now out of stock on all the sites, so clearly the publisher under-estimated the sales.  They are re-printing  now and you can pre-order for delivery when it comes back in.  I am thinking this is either a very good thing, or a nightmare, but I am going to be optomistic and think its a good thing!  Thank you all so much for your support!  I have the best readers and friends in the world I think! 

Grandchildren and the first snowfall of the year.  This picture is one of my favourite things at the moment. I am reminded of my own childhood and how very exciting the first snowfall of the year was. Yes, I am like Lorelai Gilmore. I can smell snow and that first snowfall of the year was so exciting and one of my favourite things.  If you are an adult and think that its not, just try to channel your inner child! 

Nyakers Pepparkakor from Costco.  Not only is there the tin (I LOVE TINS) but there are those addictive,  betcha can't eat just one, crisp ginger biscuits inside.  I adore these biscuits.  The only problem with them, is that you really CAN'T eat just one, and I don't need to be eating any. 😍  

Really good Balsamic Vinegar.  I could eat it with a spoon. If its a really good Balsamic its not sharp or acidic. Its delicious!  I love dipping bread into it.  Good french bread.  And if you also have a good extra virgin olive oil, you can dip it into both and it's magnifico!


Meeting new people and making new friends!  I am not as shy as I once thought I was.  Although I am a bit reluctant to go into a crowd of new people and put myself forward, I am also a lot more confident. Now that I am older and don't really care about what other people think of me all that much, I really love meeting new people and learning all about them.  I think people are fascinating!

"I think I pea-d myself!"

Aldi's Kevin the Carrot has returned for another year in their latest Christmas advert.  I think these taking carrots are quite cute.  Actually I love all of the Christmas Adverts that the major supermarket chains put out over here.  This year my favourite one is  . . . . 

The John Lewis one with the Monster under the bed, but I am also very fond of the Paddington Bear one from M & S.   

Who doesn't love Paddington Bear! 

I have always wanted to have my own Paddington Bear. Maybe one day. 


Another bear I have always loved is Rupert the Bear.  Someone sent my sister a Rupert Annual when she was a child, with magic painting pictures and everything.  I truly coveted that book! I really did!  I think I just about wore the pages out in it, and it wasn't even my book.

But then again, as you know, I love humanized

Pinterest.  I spend altogether too much time on there each day, but I am totally fascinated with all that I see.  I will never, ever, EVER be able to explore all that I have pinned thoroughly, but I do so much enjoy perusing and saving.  In all truth a lot of what I have tried to do myself from off there has been an epic failure, but I have also had some amazing successes too.  So its not all bad. 


Another site I really enjoy is Pinterest Fail. #pinterestfail   I can go there when I have an epic failure and know that I am not alone, lol.  You just have to be able to laugh at yourself sometimes in this life.  It beats the alternative any day! 

Enamelware, vintage or otherwise. Maybe I am common, but I would love a whole set for every day, and I do love baking in it.


And I love my huge turkey roasting granitewear tin.  I brought it back over here in my suitcase. When Todd saw me buying it, he said to me, "You are never going to bring that back with you!"  I said, "Watch me, and learn."  By the time I filled it with my clothes and packed everything around it, it took up no more space in my suitcase than the width of it's enamel, and it was not all that heavy either. No flies on me!  

Thanksgiving.  I love it almost as much as Christmas.  I love the American tradition of celebrating it in November.  It helps to usher in the Christmas season perfectly.  


And this year I have much to be thankful for.

I believe in the amazing Power of Prayer.  Todd had his follow up six month blood test earlier this week, and an appointment  next week I think. (I need to check the calendar)  I am praying so hard that the cancer is still at bay and has not returned.  A good friend of ours was diagnosed the day after he retired in July, went into hospital that day and never came out.  He passed away two weeks ago. Totally and utterly devastating for the whole family and for our congregation. He was such a special man. I am praying that all will be well with Todd, and that if it is not, that we both have the strength to deal with whatever comes our way.

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

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BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - 1 Nephi 17:48-18:4
Question What have you learnt from the reading today? How can we build our lives "after the manner which the Lord had shown unto us"?  

What I learnt - I love these verses and how they teach us to build our lives 'not after the manner of men' but 'after the manner which the Lord' shows us. One thought I had is  for us to fully build our lives & our homes upon the Lord's standards in 'for the strength of youth'. As we do this, we will always be prepared & ready to feel the Holy Ghost's influence, and have Him show us what choices & changes we need to make to build ourselves, our families and our homes in the Lord's way. He is the one with the perfect plan of happiness for us, not man. This has been a gentle reminder for me to look to Him, ask Him, listen to Him & follow His instructions. 
Tomorrow's Reading (Day 28) - 1 Nephi 18:5-20
Question Why do you think the Lord didn't deliver Nephi immediately, like in 1 Nephi 7:16-20? How can this apply to you in your life? 

In The English Kitchen today . . .  Ham, Leek & Potato Gratin. Quite simply delicious.

Have a fabulous Thursday!  Hope it is filled with a few of your favourite things!  Don't forget!

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And I do too!