Friday, 19 December 2014

The Little Things

Fa~la~la~la~la Friday! Enjoy!

To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never; to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.
William Henry Channing 1810-1884

The Little Things
It really is the little things
That mean the most of all...
The "let me help you with that" things 
That may seem very small
The "I'll be glad to do it" things
That make your cares much lighter,
The "laugh with me, it's funny" things
That make your outlook brighter...
The "never mind the trouble" things,
The "yes, I understand,"
The interest and encouragement
In everything you've planned
It really is the little things,
The friendly word or smile,
That add such happiness to life
And make it more worth while.
~Mary Dawson Hughes~

Let's all remember not to pack away the joys and blessings of Christmas with the decorations we all need the spirit and love all year long
As seen on the journey home on Facebook

Logan's first Christmas

Logan's first birthday

Cheers my darlings at Christmas and always

Life is always so much better with someone to share it with

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“There's more, much more, to Christmas than candlelight and cheer; It's the spirit of sweet Friendship that brightens all year. It's thoughtfulness and kindness, It's hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men!”
~ Calvin Coolidge

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˛_██_*"Hope is like snow.. it beautifies all it covers。
˛ (´• ̮•)*˛° with magical possibilities."~.¸¸.☆ ❉
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Mary Engelbreit Christmas Card

Beautiful collage from Candy corner on Facebook

Claire and Marcus in front of their Christmas tree
(the children of my niece Danielle and her husband Darren)
and the beautiful grand angels of my Sister and her husband

My sweet cousins Brian and Darlene at Christmas past

Stars in the Window at Elizabeth R's on Dougall Avenue

Elizabeth R's on Dougall Avenue

I have sent out this card in years past

Beautiful decorations around the world.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

As We Grow Older
Our Christmas List gets smaller
And we find out that the things
We really want can't be bought ...

The best Christmas presents is the presence of those we love to share good times with and a lovely meal 
and celebrations.

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Kindness always Matters...
"One kind word can warm three winter months. "~Japanese Proverb

December's gifts, custom, ceremony, celebration, consecration~come to us wrapped up, not in tissue and ribbons, but in cherished memories. This is the month of miracles.
The oil that burns for eight days, the royal son born in the stable, the inexplicable return of Light of the longest, darkest night of the year. Where there is Love, there is always miracles. And where there are miracles, there is great joy. Gratefully we weave the golden thread of Joy into our tapestry of contentment. At last we embrace the miracle of aunthenticity, changing forever how we view ourselves. Our daily round. Our dreams and our destinies. Days we once called common now are holy.

From the book
Simple Abundance
A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.

"Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace."

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future disolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know 
how desolate the landscape can be
Between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
that passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out of the window forever.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters 
and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the ground of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend. 

Naomi Shihab Nye

Christmas goodies

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
but 10 extra pounds 
on my hips, thighs and rear.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Blessings

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Card designed for me by my dear friend Nia
Thank you 

Logan's special double CC for the year 2014

His first trip to Canada and his new life began in China
August 2014
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Faith makes all things possible
Love makes all things easy
Hope make all things work.

Each Christmas finds me longing
For Christmases now past,
And I am back in childhood
As long as memories last.
~Carice Williams

Flowers from my husband and a little tree for Logan
and special Christmas napkins

Run run as fast as you can
you cannot catch me I am the gingerbread man

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tea Ceremonies

Zen Buddhism has been an influence in the development of the tea ceremony. The elements of the Japanese tea ceremony is the harmony of nature and self cultivation, and enjoying tea in a formal and informal setting.

as seen on Geisha Moments on facebook

I am having a cup of Christmas tea.....................
and thinking of all of you 

((❉ A warm cup of kindness.

Sending you all a warm cup of kindness and special wishes for a glorious day

Today will be a day for fun and giggles
I feel it in my fingers I feel it in my bones
So if you really love me come on and let it show

What truly matters on Christmas (and every day)... family, friends, gratitude, grace, and all things from the heart.

8 simple ways to destress your holidays

*´¨)*"The color of springtime is in the flowers;
.¸.•*¸.• ´¨).• ¨)the color of winter is in the imagination."
(¸.•´*(¸.•´*.~Terri Guillemets (.¸. •

This was sent to me by my sweet friend Havi.
Thank you for your lovely emails.
They always brighten my day


When I was little,
I used to believe in the concept of one best friend,
and then I started to become a woman.

And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up,
God would show you the best in many friends.

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your m

Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and their activities.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.

One friend will say, "Let's cry together,"
another, "Let's fight together,"
another, "Let's walk away together."

One friend will meet your spiritual need,
another your shoe fetish,
another your love for movies,

another will be with you in your season of confusion,
& another will be your clarifier,
another the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life,
on whatever the occasion,
on whatever the day,
or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,
or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself ..
those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman,
but for many, it's wrapped up in several..
one from 7th grade,
one from high school,
several from the college years,
a couple from old jobs,
on some days your mother,
on some days your neighbo
on others, your sister,
and on some days, your daughter.

So whether they've been your friend for 20 minutes or 20 years,
pass this on to the women that God has placed in your life
to make a difference.

-Author Unknown

Monday, 15 December 2014

Memories of Detroit

Downtown Shoppers
Detroit News Photo, Circa 1935

If ever there was a shopper's heaven it was downtown Detroit
during its retailing heyday.  Each offering its own unique temptations, such fondly remembered destinations as Crowley's, Winkelmans, Kerrie's, Sanders Confectionery, Vernors, S. S. Kresge and Woolworths lined Woodward Avenue.  The shopping district was dominated by J.L. Hudson's hulking emporium, a self-contained city that at any given time has up to 75,000 customers and clerks transacting a variety of wares and services.  By the late 1920's shoppers had made the intersection of Woodward at State the busiest pedestrian crossing in America and the New York Times described Detroit as "the most prosperous slice of average humanity that now exists for ever has existed."

Card from the Detroit Historical Society.

Oh the wonderful memories of Detroit Michigan
live on forever

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Just take my hand, lead, dance with me...and I will simply follow the blueness of the water, the white waves rolling free...where the earth beneath my feet and stars make my heart whole long and priceless moments of shared solitude…” 

 Oksana Rus

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.

Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” 
― Yoko Ono
 "What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace." ~ Agnes M. Pharoas

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Sunday, 14 December 2014
I love the way Robert Downey Jr Sings

A hero is someone who has given his or her life for something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell

You don't only become a Father the day your child is born but also with every moment shared throughout your lives.

One single grateful thought raised to Heaven is the most perfect prayer. G. E. Lessing

This coat that Sophia is wearing used to be her mom's, Ashley wore this coat when she was 4years old:)


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Aunt Ruth always decorates Grandma's room so lovely with 
all the things we all buy for Grandma

Grandma's bulletin board
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Grandma's bulletin board

A church that lights up

And her stocking was hung by her door with great care
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

I love the Christmas tree at the nursing home
all pink and purple and silver sparkles and fairies

O Holy night

3 sparkling trees

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” ~ Cesare Pavese
Everyone is in a festive shopping Christmas mood

Starbucks at Indigo a customer of their does this 
arrangement for them for each season as a gift
I love the owl

I don't get out to Russell Woods much any more
but when I do it is certainly
Tra La La for my Fah la la for the joy of seeing those I miss so 
very much each day.
Everyone spoils me silly out there but I must say
LaSalle spoils me silly too


A beautiful song by Enya 
Father in Heaven

A Christmas Wish:
We wish you the joy of Christmas,
The spirit's sweet repose,
We wish you the Peace of Christmas,
To mark the old year's close,
We wish you the Hope of Christmas,
To cheer you on your way,
And a heart of Faith and Goodness,
To greet each coming day.

Author Unknown.  A verse on the newsletter from Grandma's nursing home.