Sunday, 21 January 2018

Remembering . . .

I had a pair of saddleshoes when I was in Grade one.  They were my pride and joy. I am not sure why, because they are not particularly attractive are they? 


This is me wearing them at the end of the year Awards Ceremony at the end of Grade One.  I am the second from the left.  I remember that teacher, Miss Beizek was here name and I thought she was so pretty and glamorous.  The tall girl with the short hair next to me was my best friend. Susan Warburton.  We were pretty unseperable.  I was pretty devastated when her father got posted to Germany at the end of Grade 3.  I thought I would never survive losing her.  We wrote back an forth for years and years and years.  She came to my first wedding, and we are still in touch on facebook.  I guess, other than my sister she is the friend I have had the longest! 

My parents had a bedroom set, pretty much just like this!  Same type of wood veneer, blonde . . .  bookcase headboard, tall boy dresser, and long dresser with a matching mirror.  They didn't have the night tables however.  I remember thinking it was very modern and sophisticated and it probably was for that time.  My mom was very thrifty and when she bought furniture, it was expected to last a very long time.  They were still sleeping in this bed when I left home to get married in the 1970's.  I think the tall dresser is still in the spare bedroom actually. The tall dresser was my father's dresser.  I used to love opening the top drawer.  It smelled of butterscotch, leather and cork grease.  He loved butterscotch wafers and he always had a tub of them in his top drawer, and he played the clarinet, hence the cork grease.  This was the drawer he kept his belts and wallet, etc. in . . .  hence the leather. It was pretty much forbidden to go into my parents bedroom, but we did sneak in now and then and have a look and a smell . . . 

My mother had the long low dresser . . .  filled with whispers of silk and smelling faintly of her perfume and cosmetics.  What I loved most was looking in her jewelry box . . .  she had some lovely pieces, nothing too expensive, but great jewelry nonetheless.  Black diamonds, black enamel, gold, rhinestones . . . . my mom was always very elegant.   


Even when they were only out for an afternoon of sight seeing.

This was she and I in Germany. I might be about 2 in this picture, and she is expecting my sister.  I think it was taken outside a German War Bunker.  I love the way she is holding me.  So protectively.  I am looking forward to calling her later today. 

My mom has always been a big fan of Avon cosmetics.  In fact at one time she used to sell them.  As a child I loved the lipstick samples. My mother had tons of them.  I bet she still has some of them tucked away somewhere.  My mother collected Avon perfume jars and stuff for years and years and years. 

She had a whole set of this, but I think she gave it away.  I could be mistaken however  . . .  but she had perfume bottles that looked like victorian ladies and all sorts.  I remember a bottle of aftershave for my dad that looked like a car. 


Did you have cream sachet that was in one of these?
My sister and I did! 

All of these things are considered highly collectable now. 

One year my sister and I got a portable record player to share.  We thought it was fabulous!  We did not have many records and I am sure we drove our parents crazy listening to the ones we did have, over and over again.  Some that come to mind are Freda Payne singing "Band of Gold", Free's "All Right Now",  Three Dog Night "Liar", and George Harrison, "It Don't Come Easy,"  . . .  Lonely Girl by Eddie Holman . . . that is just a few.  We spent hours listening to the ones we did have and new all the words to all the songs, could sing them backwards and forwards and inside out. 

Did you want to be a Charlie's  Angel?  

The closest we ever got was trying on my mother's Farah Fawcett wig. But, I did wear bell bottom jeans, and have a belt with a peace buckle and . . .  


I had a bazillion of colors of these thick yarn hair ties.  They graced all my teenage pony tails and pig tails.  And I had a lot of those brightly coloured nylon kerchiefs also.  Did you? 


My mother had one of these that we were not allowed to use.  In Grade 12 my boyfriend gave me an electric blow hair dryer for Christmas and it caught on fire. Scary stuff!  Those things still pretty much look the same as they did back then, except maybe they are a lot more powerful these days and you can change the temperature of them, plus they come with styling brushes. 

Did you wear this and feel very sophisticated? 


Did you play this with your friends?
We played this for hours and we also spent hours bouncing
our India Rubber Balls against the side walls of the house.

My mother still has hers.


Did you play with these?  Clackers.  Dangerous things.  They could sure crack your knuckles hard if you missed.  I never ever was able to quite get the hang of them.  They would be banned now.  Health and safety. 

Brut after shave, and Jo Namath  

I used all of these things.  Or at least most of them.  My hair smelled Terrific, and I had Loves Baby Soft perfume, and I shaved my legs and underams with a flicker razer.   Kissing potion, lol . . . 

We were so media driven.

A frozen TV Dinner was a real treat, especially if they came with dessert.  I liked the turkey and the fried chicken ones.  We also loved the Bird's Eye chicken pot pies with the white gravy, peas and carrots. 


Did you do this?  If you mixed a bit of iodine in it, it worked even better, or so we thought.

Yardly blue eye shadow.  I did . . . 


I got turned on to Shakespeare, or at least Romeo and Juliette.  This is still my all time favourite version of it.  I remember sitting in the theatre and crying all the way through it because the boy I had a crush on had taken another girl to it. I was feeling very heart broken.   His name was Dougie MacDonald and I thought he looked like Doctor McCoy from Star Trek.  We were in the High School Band together.  He played percussion and I played clarinet.  I remember hanging around after band practice so we could walk home together . . .  we went the same direction.  I am sure he was cringing the whole time.  What a goober I was   . . . 

She was so beautiful . . . 


They were beautiful . . . 

I was never beautiful.
Most people were only average, so
I was not alone in this.

But I had dreams of being swept off my feet by a Romeo.
Did you? 

I need to go get ready for church, but its been fun remembering all this stuff.

A thought to get you going  . . . 

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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed, 
is always to try just one more time.
~Thomas Edison   •。★★ 。* 。 



In The English Kitchen today,  Breakfast Waffle Quesadillas.  Delicious of course!  I served them with guacamole, sour cream and salsa! 

Have a lovely Sunday!  Don't forget!

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

How to spend a day . . .

I woke up with a headache yesterday morning (and this morning for that matter).  Its been like that all too often lately, disturbed night's sleep from a headache that just doesn't want to go off.  I'm sure it is my blood pressure. Time to go back to the Doctor, methinks, for another adjustment. 


This little lady greets me with enthusiasm every morning. We have a routine.  I put her out for her morning constitution, she comes in and cleans her teeth with her dentastix.  I only give her half of a medium one these days.  She is happy with that and one pack lasts twice as long.  Its win/win.  Plus it is only half the calories and as she is a dog who likes her treats, I make sure that no one of them is too much, when spread out over the day.  As soon as she finishes that she is mithering me for her breakfast, so I usually get that ready wile she is eating her dentasix.  Who's the boss around here?  Well, it clearly is not me! 

After that it is prayers and scripture reading for me, which I usually do with her tucked in beside me. Some days it takes me longer than others, it all depends.  On what I don't know . . . 

By the time I finish them, she is usually wanting her treat ball.  (See what I mean)  It is a ball that looks like this. 

She finds it quite exciting, no matter what I put into it.  Sometimes it is just a few dry cheerios, sometimes it is an inch of cheese stick, cut up into bits, or a piece of hotdog cut into bits, but mostly it is just a few dry cheerios.  She loves it.  She noses it all around downstairs waiting for the treat to fall out of the hold so she can eat it. It is exercise for her mind and a bit for her body.  In any case she now asks me for it.  It can be a bit hard to find it sometimes because I never know where it ends up, but she has gotten remarkably good at leading me directly to it.  Its that popular with her.  

As you can see the first bits of my morning are
mostly about her.


Now that she is occupied with her ball, I can get a drink for myself and check my e-mails.  Two years ago I decided that I was going to try to keep them below a 100 saved in my inbox each day and I have done really well at that.  I get tons of bunkum every day.  Seriously.  I have to cull my box several times a day.  Mostly people wanting something for nothing.  I don't mind serious inquiries however . . .  someone wanting the answer to a question about one of my recipes or the like.  I am happy to help out, but I am not interested in helping you get your millions that are trapped in an account in Africa thank you very much, no matter how many millions you offer me in exchange, nor do I have anything to fill your chinese merchandise ships with.  (How stupid do they think people are?)  Or sorting out accounts in banks I don't even use, credit cards I don't have, fixing my full e-mail account because e-mails have been stopped (well, yours got through buster!) etc.  It an take a few minutes to click delete, delete, delete.  I'll bet 90% of my e-mails are actually garbage and/or unsolicited.

Then it is time for this.  I check my facebook to see if anything has happened during the night I need to be aware of.  I check all of the kids accounts and my family, then I switch it off.  Then I do my daily tweet and instagram post for the food blog, an they get switched off and then . . .  its time to talk to you!  Pretty much my favourite part of my morning, and it's not even 7 am yet.  On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays I don't actually know what I am going to write about.  It will hit me as I sit down and that's what I go with.  Always go with your first instincts.  They are usually correct.  So today you are getting how I spend my days. Lucky you!  😉   I will do that until Todd wakes up, and if I finish up on the computer earlier than normal I will do a bit of journaling.   That didn't happen yesterday because Todd had to get up early because . . . 

You know who had the dog groomers.

I usually get washed and dressed, etc. after Todd gets up.  I don't want to make too much noise in the bathroom until I know he is awake.  I am such a considerate gal. 


After they left I decided I was going to bake Todd an apple pie.  He loves apple pies and is always dreaming about his mother's apple pies.  I only ever rarely bake a pie, let alone an apple pie, so yesterday I thought I would bake him a treat and I did.  He also loves apple crumble, so I did a Dutch Apple Pie which gives you both.  Once you have everything ready to go, it goes together quickly and always turns out a treat.  This is a photo of it before I put it in the oven.   While it was baking I did a quick tidy up around here.  I keep on top of it so that usually doesn't take too long and I didn't have any laundry to do so, once the pie came out and was cooling I decided to go upstairs and stare at my paints . . . 

I got a set of new half pans for Christmas. WInsor & Newton, professional watercolours, so the hues are really lovely.  I had been going up and looking at them every day for a few weeks now. 


I did do this one day from a photograph I had taken of my little bird egg cups with an egg in it . . .  I was not completely happy with it. Not happy at all  . . .  but that is life . . . 

I got some new brushes also, but they are very, very long.
Look at how long they are next to the one I use most of the time.
It looks like a dwarf.  I have not used the new ones
yet, at all . . . 


So this is what I worked on yesteray.  Its going to be a book mark. Its just on a scrap of paper.  I kind of life how it has turned out.  I want to put some words on that bottom area, but am looking for just the right quote.  I guess I totally haven't lost my mojo after all.   While I was painting, I was also chatting with my sister on the iPad.  I think its called multi-tasking. There was a time I could chat with two or three people at a time, but I can't handle that anymore.  Just one at a time is all I can manage.   

It was my Dad's birthday earlier this week.  He turned 84, and is still going strong.  My sister did a special supper for him, and my mom got him a cake.   They are the poster children for good divorce, my parents.  They are very good friends.  That makes it so much easier for us, their children.  It was hard at first, but once things settled, things worked out well.  Its too bad most divorces did not work in that way. We never felt that we had to choose between one or the other.  We simply had two parents who loved us and we loved them.  That is as it should be. 


By then Todd was home and I got busy making us a late lunch/early supper.  Nothing fancy and not even as fancy as this.  Just chicken burgers and oven chips.  Except I burnt the buns under the grill and had to scrape away half of the bun. Not a problem because we shouldn't be eating too much bread, right?  No cheese, but plenty of lettuce and tomato and only half as many oven chips.  Todd always eats his burgers no matter what with a knife and fork.  I am a bohemian and I like to use my hands.  Isn't that a part of the pleasure of eating a burger?   

After I cleared up we had Mitzie cuddles for a while and then it was time for her afternoon walk.  Todd had noticed when he got her home that she had the wrong lead, but when he went to take her for her walk he realised she also had the wrong collar.  The collar here belonged to Lola and she is no Lola.  Both were red with white polka dots, so easily mixed up with hers.  So we had to make a quick call to the groomer because we didn't want Lola being too distressed, and to be honest we wanted Mitzie's back.  The groomer said he would drop them off after work last night and do an exchange.

I did my English Kitchen post, which meant sorting through the photos, editing them, writing it up, setting it up to post this morning etc.  Todd read while I was doing this and enjoyed his apple pie as he was doing so. 

Mitzie went for her walk and I gave her her supper when she got back and we decided we were going to watch some telly.  We have just started watching Brittania on Now TV.  (Its a way of having sky without paying the enormous sky fees.  You can pay for it monthly, for a small fee and only pay for the months that you actually have something on it you want to watch.)  Its quite a good show.  There is some swearing in it (of course) and some violence, but otherwise it is quite fascinating. Britannia is a drama set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army - determined and terrified in equal measure - returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia - a mysterious land ruled by warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld. Or so they say.  So far so good and we are enjoying it.  We have watched two episodes.  The first one was a bit harder to follow because they were setting up all of the characters and scenes, this second one we watched yesterday was a lot easier to follow now we know what's what!

After that Peter Lee stopped by.  He wanted me to show him how he could send private messages on Facebook, so I did and we had a nice little visit  afterwards.  He seems to be coping well since Audrey's passing.  I know he misses her dreadfully, the whole last two years of her life he was her constant caregiver, first at home and then in the hospital and care home.  He was faultless in all that he did for her.  We all talked about the new Presidency in the church, and shared our thoughts on this.   All of us had been a bit shocked and somewhat disappointed that Dieter F Uchtdorf had been let go and put back into the Apostles and replaced in the Presidency, but at the same time we could see the need for someone who is strong in the law of the land being in the Presidency.  We live in perilous and socially challenging times.  President Oaks was a Supreme Court Judge.  He certainly knows his eggs from his onions.  He is a good man and we know he has been called of God to do what he is doing now.  It is nice to have friends we can talk to about things like this.   

We have set a date to go to a film.  On Monday the three of us are going to see Darkest Hour.  I am looking forward to that.   

The dog groomer called and said he was running really late so was it okay if he brought Mitzie's collar/lead over after work today.  We said yes, of course.

After that I decided to have my shower and put on my jimjams, so did Todd. We, then, settled in for an evening of relaxation.  We listened to some music, watched a bit of telly and I made us some toast.  Todd had his with marmite.  👀  I had mine, one slice with cheese spread and one slice with peanut butter, nectar of the Gods. Whole wheat. No butter on mine, just those.  I made us each a Horlicks before bed and then we had family prayer and went to bed.  It always takes me a bit longer to fall asleep than Todd and so I watched an episode of Friends on my iPad and then half of the first episode in the latest series of Grace & Frankie.

I had this headache off and on all night and crazy dreams.  It was like I was dreaming all night, the same dream.   I would wake up and then go back to sleep and continue dreaming it.  Some nights are just like that.  Last night before we went to sleep we made a date to go out to breakfast this morning.  If you are going to go out and splurge on a meal, breakfast is just the ticket.  It's cheaper than dinner and once in a blue moon the full English is just what you need, and so much tastier when someone else cooks it.   

And that's how you spend a day. 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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  Be patient with yourself,
nothing in nature blooms all year.
~Unknown   •。★★ 。* 。

Spiritual Enlightenment 


BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - Jacob 5:19-34 
Question - What is the fruit? Why do you think it is so important to the Lord?

My Thoughts - Verses 21-22. I always love reading these verses. They became two of my favourites in the book of Mormon after hearing a sacrament talk on them a few years ago. When it talks about being placed in poor ground, it made me think of the different situations people find themselves in, maybe poverty, or as refugees, in abusive homes and families, experiencing the death of loved ones, etc. Even in our ordinary daily experiences we can all feel like 'poor ground'  . . . hurt, upset, loneliness, depression, stress, financial worries, too much to do and carry etc. I could go on. I love how the lord of the vineyard answers the servant when he questions 'why did you put the tree here when you knew it was poor ground?' and the lord's answer . . .  'counsel me not. I knew it was a poor spot of ground . . . wherefore I have nourished it this long time . . .  it have brought forth much fruit.' We can trust Him. Completely. Trust that He knows us. Trust that He knows where we are and what He is doing with us. He is working to bring about His purposes. Even if we don't see or feel this ourselves. No matter what our circumstance or experience is, we can receive His nourishment and we can bring forth good fruit. Which means our lives and our works will be good and right . . .  and patterned after His.

Tomorrow's reading (Day 82) (Monday) -  Jacob 5:35-48 
Question - What went wrong in the vineyard? How does the Lord react? 


In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Dutch Apple Pie.  Scrumptiously tasty!

Have a wonderful Saturday.  Don't forget! 
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Friday, 19 January 2018

My Friday Finds . . .

A few of the things  I find each week that pique my interest, bring me joy, inspire me to learn, create, do, become . . . Maybe they will do the same for you! 
I love any kind of vignette done in a tin.  This looks to be a Christmas card done in an altoid tin.  I could not find a source for it, but I love, LOVE it. Its that mini world thing that I love so much. I think it came from Art From The Heart, but I could not find it.

While She Naps.  Josephine Doll.  Free Pattern.  I love the bright colours.  
Very Nice Stuffed Mice, a free pattern from Ann Wood.   
Sew Style and Home, Sleepy Kitty with a tutu and sleeping bag.  Again, free.  
Indulge with Mimi, Earl Grey Macarons with  a Lemon Swiss Buttercream, and free heart template. 
Quilting Land, a free quilt pattern for the Green Acres Quilt.  Love the colours in this.  
Paper Praises by Katie Harley, free download booklet on Bible Art Journaling.  Love it.

Just because  . . .  sigh  . . . . 
Unicorns in the Kitchen.  Persian One Pot Tomato Rice.  This looks really good. 
DIY Natural, Homemade Cleaning Wipes. These are great!  

Cutsey Crafts.  Felt Butterflies. 

How to make Liquid Laundry Soap from Soap Nuts.  Found on My Plastic Free Life.  This is a great page for anyone who is looking to use less plastic.

Ravelry.  I love this knitted cowl.  Not sure how hard it would be. 

Ten common writing mistakes.  I need to study up on these.


Simple but cute Valentine Card.  From Winter Wonderland.  Could not find this specific card on the page, but it looks fairly simple. 

Origami Heart Envelope video tutorial. Trahu DIY.   This is soooooooo sweet and looks really easy to do! 

DIY SUgar Cubes for Afternoon Tea.  From The View from Great Island.  Love this girl.  

Granny square Baby Blanket. Free pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs.  

Easy Knit Dishcloth, free pattern from Typically Simple.  

And there you have it.  My finds for this week.  I do hope you found something of interest!

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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Grief I have learned is really just love.
Its all the love you want to give but cannot.
All that unspent love gathers up
in the corners of your eyes,
the lump in your throat,
and in that hollow place of your chest.
Grief is just love with no place to go.
~Jamie Anderson   •。★★ 。* 。 

I have often heard it said that grief is the price you pay for love.


BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - Jacob 5: 1-18 
 Question -  What have you learnt from the reading today? In what ways does the Lord nourish you? 
My Thoughts - "No matter if a tree grows to more than a thousand feet in height, each leaf, each day, must return to its roots for nourishment.” Rosemary Nelson
The master of the vineyard is in charge. His soul purpose is to save the tree in his vinyard, so that it does not perish. He wants it to bring good fruit. He plucks off the withering branches and replaces them with branches from other wild olive trees to preserve this tree. We must never forget the work and glory of our master is our immortality and eternal life. Trusting in Him and submitting to allow His will to make that purpose happen for us individually is vital, so that we don't decay, wither away and die spiritually. 
 I read this quote yesterday 'Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from, this eternal truth. Our heavenly father intends for us to make it. That is his work and his glory.' It was a nice reminder, and I find the same message of truth in these verses. The master of the vineyard says 'it grieveth me that i should lose this tree' and so he digs, prunes, grafts, nourishes, watches, burns, plucks - he works continually to save the tree he loves. This teaches me of the Lord's never ending efforts to help all of His children to return to Him.
I also love verses 15 and 16 'the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Come, let US go down into the vineyard, that WE may labour in the vineyard.' I have opportunities everyday to accept the call from the Lord to labour WITH HIM in the vineyard. This gives me nourishment and helps me grow.
Tomorrow's Reading (day 81) -  Jacob 5:19-34 
Question - What is the fruit? Why do you think it is so important to the Lord? 
Baking in the kitchen today, a delicious Almond Cake.  I love this cake. 
Have a great Friday!  No matter what you get up to, don't forget!
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And I do too!