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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Hello May!


Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~ Abe Lincoln


Hello friends! How is everyone doing? I hope you all enjoyed Mother's Day. 

It is the month of May and we just finished a week of celebrations although we couldn't go any where or do anything because of all the restrictions in place.
May is usually a busy month for us because we have three birthdays, two anniversaries, and Mother's Day going on. But we chose to make the best of it and we plan to celebrate later when the restaurants are open again. Hopefully that will be soon.

Hubby had to work on Mother's Day; first time ever! But our son who lives here on PEI was able to come over and spend the afternoon with me. It was the first time we had seen each in three months. So it was very nice.

I just had a long bout of flu so dear hubby insisted that I NOT BAKE him anything for his birthday. He made it very clear! The bakeries are not open either so I couldn't get him anything from a bakery.

Well, I was determined to make him something. {I don't always do as I'm told.} I am determined, not stubborn! But yes, I can be stubborn too but sometimes that can be a good thing, especially if you call it gumption. *giggles*
He doesn't care for cake that much and I have always made him apple pie for his birthday because it is his favourite. Alas, I cannot peel an apple {or potatoes} any longer because of my hands. So, what to do? I was determined to make him something. I mean, it's just wrong not to have something special for one's birthday, isn't it? 

Nothing is impossible to a determined woman. ~ Louisa May Alcott

So, I decided, I would make him his favourite cinnamon rolls and stack them on a plate like a cake, drizzled with icing. I could at least do that!

When he arrived home from work on Friday which was his birthday, he brought home a chocolate birthday cake that one of his co-workers had surprised him with. It was shared with the staff but there was still half a cake left when Hubby brought it home. I figured enough sugar had been consumed that day so I didn't drizzle the icing on the cinnamon rolls after all. He enjoyed them just the way they were.

My Anniversary roses. 


Hubby couldn't get my favourite roses because the flower shops are closed so he had to take what he could get at the grocery store. He chose the fuchsia because they reminded him of my wedding outfit. They look more red in the photo but they really are fuchsia.

So, I set a little tea out with my hubby's cinnamon rolls. 
Or what is left of them! Personally, I prefer cake but it was his birthday.

On the table accompanying the posies are three different Royal Albert Old English Rose teacups. Two I found in antique shops several years ago. The heavily gilded one on the far right was gifted to me by my beloved Auntie P from her collection when she downsized. 

I love that although they are all the same pattern, they are different.

When your day seems topsy turvy 
and as stormy as can be,
There is nothing quite as tranquil 
as a nice hot cup of tea. ~ unknown
I love the brushed gold trim!

Once again, I must apologize for the dark pictures. It began raining right after I set the table. ugh!

The teapot was the last one Hubby gifted me with for Christmas a few years ago. I am no longer collecting unless I see something that captures my heart and then I will give one away to make room for the new one. This one is New Country Roses made by Royal Albert and it is a lovely shade of pink.

Don't you just love pretty china? Right now, with everything that is taking place, it is lovely to be able to set out some beautiful china pieces. Makes one feel a little pampered and we really could use some pampering right now, couldn't we?

May has been a cold month so far and it plays havoc with my body. I pray the warm weather  begins to move in soon. It's funny how down everyone seems when the weather is cold and raining as it has been here lately. Hubby went to the grocery store on the weekend and he was  humming a song while in the pharmacy. The druggist behind the counter then started humming the same song. Then they looked at each other and started to laugh. The druggist said Hubby was the first one to come in humming that day. That's my Hubby! Always happy, and bringing a little joy wherever he goes! 

I said all of that to say, that the past few months have been difficult in so many ways. There have been tragedies both in my own life and in the lives of others. The weather is not cooperating and the cost of everything, including groceries, has gone up. It's down right depressing! But, if you have someone in your life who loves you, if you have food in your fridge, and you have a roof over your head, then it's not that bad after all, is it? It can always be worse!
Your attitude goes a long way in keeping your spirits up and planting joy in your heart. So, keep the faith, keep looking up, keep counting your blessings, and keep smiling, even if you don't feel like it. Put on some music and sing along. Get some exercise and take one day at a time. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel; there always is.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melanie Beattie

Thank you dear friends for visiting today and God bless you! 

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

18 comments :

  1. What a beautiful post my friend! I'm glad you've been able to celebrate some of the special days and how nice to see your son for Mother's day. We have lots of birthdays and anniversaries this month too but we will make the best of each one. And I am very blessed to have a good husband to share my life with too. I'm so sorry you've been sick. Take care and try to keep resting as much as possible! Hugs, Diane

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  2. Sandi, this whole year has just been strange so far. IT is one will not forget. So sorry you had the flu. But those cinnamon rolls....yum. I am sure your husband appreciated the loving gesture. It is just beginning to get warm here in Alabama.( which is strange) But it iwll be in the 80s tomorrow so I am glad to report that. Here everything is opening back up slowly. I am thinking of going to get a pedicure today. Wearing a mask of course. I have a hair appt next week. Those little things are encouraging to me.

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  3. Last year I was hoping so much for the new year. We were going to travel and I was going to have surgery on both knees. I could never have guessed this year would turn out the way it has. We all have to make changes and do things differently to celebrate our special moments. I think the cinnamon rolls look great without the icing. Loved the post you made.

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  4. Hi Sandi!Thank you for this adorable post!Such encouragement...I needed it...Amazing teacups and teapot.Beautiful roses too.Blessings!

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  5. I am so happy for the happy spirit you shared with us...yes, attitude makes all the difference in a dark day or a bright day. Certainly, when sorrows come our way, or sickness or disappointments, it is easy and understandable to be sad or a little down. I've been fighting the "gloomies" here lately too. I think we are all ready for some positive changes in the "world situation". Praying for your health to fully recover and that you will regain strength a little more each day. You are blessed to have your hubby in your life to cheer you and to help you. Love the roses! Happy Anniversary! And they go perfectly with your china! Those cinnamon rolls look wonderful! That is something I should try to make sometime. I love them and I think everyone else around me does too! God bless you and I pray for better days ahead for you. (((hugs)))

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  6. Hi Sandi - Are you, by chance, on Instagram? I have been posting a teacup a day from my collection there since the first of April and, knowing your love of teacups as well, thought you might enjoy seeing them. I will be posting more in the days to come....just waiting for some fresh local flowers to bloom and add to the photos....it seems I have more of a teacup collection than I thought! (I'm at "peibistro" on Instagram)- Barbara

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  7. Your RA roses blend together beautifully!

    Cinnamon rolls seem to be making its round on blogland this month. Last week, Kitty featured cinnamon rolls and this week, it's your yummy version!

    Since the temperatures haven't been consistently warm, my outdoor walks have consisted mainly of checking the mailbox. Even though they've started re-opening some of the stores (like garden centres), I'll probably still stay at home. I'm just looking forward to when we can form a "bubble" with another self-isolating household so I can have my parents over at my place.

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  8. Your roses in the bouquet are stunning, and your tea cups with the red or pink roses are so pretty. Let's keep the faith and get through this mess together.

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  9. Awe, those roses are beautiful and I sure could use one of those yummy cinnamon rolls with my coffee this morning. Happy Anniversary. I pray you are feeling much, much better dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  10. What a uplifting post, dear Sandi!! Happy Birthday to your hubby and Happy Anniversary to both of you 💕!! Your cinnamon rolls look like a special treat. I love those teacups, all different, but of the same pattern. Your roses are gorgeous. Your hubby is a sweetheart and such a cheerful guy. I hope that the warm weather will help you to feel better. Love and blessings to you, dear friend.

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  11. I have been following you for years, Sandi, but have never commented. Your posts are always beautiful and uplifting! We were fortunate enough to spend a day on PEI last October and I will forever cherish those memories. I pray your health improves...you are a blessing to many.

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  12. Lovely post! Making do---is something we have been out-of-practice on. I don't think anyone realizes how spoiled and demanding we as a nation have become. You are absolutely correct, what ever you have now---it could be worse. We've been busy in the yard, too busy to be posting/reading all the blogs, but rain is forecasted for tomorrow, so I get a 'body' reprieve. We need posts like yours that aren't all---things are perfectly normal...order this from here, thank you for being an ad-free blog, and yourself!

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  13. I'd say your roses are beautiful. We have very pretty flowers in our grocery stores. They often last longer than from florist. Happy happy days....

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  14. Happy (belated) anniversary. And it sounds as though your hub's enjoyed a nice birthday, too. Glad you showed your gumption - I am in agreement with you on that one needs something special on one's birthday. ♥

    Your roses and china - breathtaking. What a lovely trio, pot and flowers working in harmony so perfectly together.

    God bless you, too.

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  15. Hi Sandi,

    I'm so sorry you had the flu, horrible. The cinnamon rolls look so good.

    I'm happy you got to spend time with your son. Three months is long.

    April is our busy month, many, many birthdays. Disappointing not be able to be with loved ones.

    Cindy

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  16. Dearest Lady Sandi,
    I have followed you via email for a long time now, a few years, in fact! I am inspiredo by your beautiful writings and photos of your lovely teatimes and family life! God Bless You! Lady Roxanne of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia USA Mom of 3, Nanny to 4 Grand Princesses!

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  17. The post is a beautiful one. Thank you.

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  18. Sandi, love this post! Not surprising, since I love all your posts! :-) I hope you are all staying safe and well and continuing to find joy in these troubled times. Your "I am no longer collecting unless I see something that captures my heart and then I will give one away to make room for the new one" is exactly what I do as well. Otherwise, we'd be overrun, wouldn't we? :D

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi