Monday, September 20, 2010

Marvelous Monday - The Simple Things

It's Marvelous Monday again, and today I am thankful for the simple things in life:

.... like the fact that I've been able to walk for half an hour every day with my Mum this week, enjoying the late summer farmland while getting back into a regular exercise routine.

Walking past the vineyards, we spot how the grapes are ripening so quickly this year.
Soon the air will be filled with their sweet fragrance that will surround us as we walk by.

.... like the beautiful birthday flowers from my husband that lasted and lasted, filling me with cheer whenever I saw their beautiful colours.

I still have 2 carnations left two weeks later!

.... like the colourful jars of relish and salsa I was able to can with our very own delicious garden produce.

I especially enjoy making this relish which is made to my late Grandmother's recipe.  Reminds me of cheddar cheese sandwiches on crusty bread, made with a skim of home-made relish - the food of my childhood.

....and like the simple pleasure of enjoying a relaxing meal beside the water, watching the sail boats go by.

Mr. Magnolia and I enjoyed a leisurely meal at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course
on Sunday.  The clubhouse provided an amazing view of the Niagara River where it enters into Lake Ontario, immediately across the river from Old Fort Niagara, New York.

Sometimes, we just need the simple things in life to remind us of the important things in life .... like taking care of our health, spending time with our loved ones, and finding time for rest and restoration.


  1. Lovely post. The simple things ARE the best and so easy to ignore! Shame on us!

  2. I love to read there are still people who love the simple things like walking with your mother.I wish I could......
    Love from Holland

  3. Thank you for this post. I too often overlook the simple things and yearn for the ones I don't have available to me.

    Your photos are terrific.

  4. My mind is going. There have been so many birthdays here lately. Did I miss yours? Did I say Happy Birthday already and forget? The migraines and my memory keep me constantly in a state of... fog. Happy belated birthday if I haven't said it already. I think that sitting and looking at water is very restful and comforting. I don't know why, but it just is. That picture is lovely. Makes me want to pull up a chair, drink a glass of something cold (tea perhaps?) and relax into it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is a beautiful post, Ro. Really, the simple things are what most of our life is about, huh? I mean, most of life is lived in the relative routineness of ordinary family life, so we had best learn to find joy in that relative ordinariness.

    One of my favorites quotes is: Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

    A happy belated birthday to you.


  6. The simple things are life. I love your pictures. Sweet Hubz to bring such lovely flowers. they do bring joy into a room. Happy Birthday late....

    Carol-the gardener



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