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December 1st Blessing List


Hi there! Mr Squirrel and I want to give you a very warm welcome to Friday’s blessing list! He’s a very good-looking little chap and posed nicely for his picture. I think he deserves to be the featured photo on this week’s Friday’s Favourites!

And here’s another extra – taken just this morning. The sun came up in a blaze of golden glory. I grabbed my camera, ran outside, (yes in my pjs!) and captured the magic seconds before the sun disappeared behind the clouds.

Such beauty in nature! And it happens every day – what a gift! I’m counting it along with these:

1. Wonder

I’ve had a movie gift card tucked away in my purse since last Christmas and I finally used it this week. Sarah and I, along with some friends, saw the movie Wonder. It’s based on the book by R. J. Palacio. It’s a heart-warming movie, with a beautiful message of kindness and friendship. It has its comic moments too. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in years.  And now I really want to re-read the book.


2. Audio-books

I love listening to audio-books when I’m doing household chores. I discovered this series a few years ago and  listen to it every year. Dr Chrissi Hart (who has a lovely English accent) reads every single book in the Narnia tales. And does an awesome job! And on top of that? It’s free! Check it out here

3. Baking

Baking is one of the household chores I do as I listen to audiobooks. But I love to bake so I’m not sure I’d classify it as a chore. 🙂 I recently tried a new recipe for Ginger Crinkles – a favourite cookie around here. I’ve tried lots of recipes but this is one of the best – Jamie Deen’s Old-fashioned Ginger Crinkles  Spicy, chewy and so good! Just in time for Christmas baking. Do you bake for Christmas? What are your family’s favourites?

4. Grand-daughter time

Josie got off the school-bus at our house for the very first time last week. What fun! We had a snack and then played a game. I bought this Memory game at the Missions store. After I explained the rules, she proceeded to win the game hands down!  Smart little cookie! and pretty too. Here she is with John, all dressed up for a Father-Daughter Princess Ball in aid of A21.

A proud daddy and an excited little girl!

They had such fun!

5. 1st Birthday

Cian, our youngest grandchild, and the fourth of the 2016 babies, turned one year old yesterday!

I had fun creating this watercolour birthday card for him!


Happy birthday sweetheart!! Wish we were with you to celebrate your special day! ❤


So glad you joined me this week! Thanks for coming by!

Many blessings,

with love,

For more Friday Blessing lists, visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story
books, Friday's Favourites


Rain and wind outside.

Coziness inside.

A good time for reading.

In the current bookpile:

1. Kristen Lavransdatter ~ by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset.

Kristen Lavransdatter

A trilogy of historical novels

set in 14th century Norway.

A beloved re-read.

2. Journey Through The Night by Anne DeVries


I read it in one weekend,

now 19 yr old daughter is reading it

and husband is in line.

Thanks to Ann and Caleb V for the recommendation.

Check out Caleb’s list of best books for more.

3. The Library a picture book by Sarah Stewart

the libraryElizabeth Brown doesn’t like to play with dolls and she doesn’t like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can’t even use her front door anymore. . .As a fellow bibliophile, I have deep sympathy for Elizabeth and the problem of too many books 🙂

Linger over the charming illustrations by David Small.

HT  Nan at Letters from A Hill Farm and Book Psmith – thanks!

4. David Rocco’s Dolce Vita

David Rocco's Dolce Vita

I’ve never watched the show but the book is a lovely read.

Gorgeous photography

Classic Italian recipes

First on my list to try ~ a Bolognese sauce with cream.

cozy supperfire crackling in the woodstove

lamplight flickering

a simple supper



What could be better?

with love,


~ Tagged ~

 by Ellen at The Happy Wonderer

1. Three characters you wish were real so you could meet them.

  1. Maa Ramotswe – warm, wise and witty.
  2. Winnie the Pooh – he makes me laugh!
  3. Frodo – and Sam, Merry and Pippin – you can’t have one without the others – I’d like to sit in a pub and have a pint with them – even though I don’t like beer. I want to hear the stories and the songs and laugh together ‘til the wee hours of the morning.

2. Three characters you would like to be.

One of my all time beloved book characters – Lucy Penvensie. Who wouldn’t want to step inside a wardrobe to a magical world, dance with nyads, have tea with fauns and beavers, ride on Aslan’s back and be crowned “Her Majesty, Queen Lucy the Valiant”, grow up and then become a little girl again, ready for more adventures??


Heidi – I’ve always wanted to run barefoot in the Alpine meadows, eat bread and cheese and yes – even drinking goat milk seemed desirable when I was a little girl. Having tasted the real thing, I will stick to the cheese.

little white horse

Maria Merryweather in the The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It won the Carnegie Medal for children’s literature in 1947.  One of my favourite books – highly recommended. The movie is coming out this year. I hope it’s worthy of the book but I have my doubts …

Three characters who scare you.

  1. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in A Christmas Carol by Dickens – the “silent phantom clad in a hooded black robe”  makes me shiver.
  2. Uriah Heep in David Copperfield by Dickens  – so creepy he makes my skin crawl.
  3. The terrifying Cossacks in With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz. I had to skip over some of the brutal and barbaric bits but this trilogy is a family favourite!

That was fun! Thanks Ellen!


3 book loving friends

MissM – have you done this yet?? How about you Tonia? And Diane at Circle of Quiet – only if you’d like – I’d really like to know what characters you’d chose.

And anyone else who’d like to play along – let me know!

books, spring

In honour of . . .

April – National Poetry Month

child's calendar

One of my  favourite poetry books

A Child’s Calendar – Poems by John Updike and Illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman

From the book jacket …

“…From the short, frozen days of January, through the long green days of June, to the first light snowflakes of December, here are poems for all twelve months of the year. Each celebrates the familiar but nonetheless wondrous qualities that make a time of the year unique. Vibrant paintings follow the members of a busy, contented family and their friends through the seasons, capturing their affections for one another along with the snowy quiet of winter, the newness of spring, the still heat of summer, and the crispness of autumn…”


It’s spring! Farewell
To chills and colds!
The blushing, girlish
World unfolds

Each flower, leaf
And blades of turf-
Small love-notes sent
From air to earth.

The sky’s a herd
Of prancing sheep,
The birds and fields
Abandon sleep,

And jonquils, tulips,
Bloom bright upon
The wide-eyed hills.

All things renew
All things begin
At church, they bring
The lilies in.