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Miracles Do Happen

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

I just love that Einstein quote.  I don’t remember when I first heard it, but I have quoted it to my children and now my grandchildren for years.

If you have been reading my blogs for a few weeks/months you will know that I believe that anything can happen, and that we are all complicit in what does happen.  So I greet everyday as if it were a miracle as indeed it is.

Sunrise

The sunrise this morning was spectacular.  So my day started with a miracle.  Unfortunately, the photo I took seems to have been inadvertently deleted and so I am using an earlier one taken at the beach.

“Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you.”
Max Lucado

I have just arrived home (10.45 pm) from my regular Wednesday afternoon/evening with my son and his family.  We were given a beautiful sunset so my day started with a miracle and ended with one too.

Sunsets are the prelude to another beautiful day. And whatever happens the sun will rise tomorrow.
Judith Baxter

It’s so late that I will have to pay lip service only to A Post A Day for today and do better tomorrow.

A Perfect Day

“Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you.”
Max Lucado,  author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. 1955

Sunrise

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

In today’s post Chris at Bridges Burning wrote about her perfect day and then posed the question – What would be your perfect day?

A perfect day for me could include embrace many things

  • A walk in the sunshine
  • A walk in the rain – I am English so I am used to the gentle rain but here it is not always gentle.  Gale force southerlies are forecast for tonight.  Oh well it has been a lovely day.
  • Meeting with friends for coffee, lunch, dinner or just a drink and a chat
  • Waking up to the sound of the rain on the roof and knowing that I don’t have to be at work by 9am.  I can stay where I am if I choose with my book, Lotte and my first cup of tea.  Well I choose how I will spend the rest of my life!
  • Having something to look forward to.  Meeting with friends as above, a movie, a Night at the Met etc etc
  • Spending time with my children and their children
  • Seeing the smiles on their faces when my grandchildren see me.  Even though they are all teenagers, they still love their Granma
  • Finding a new (easy) recipe to try
  • Discovering a new friend in the blogosphere
  • Choosing some new plants in the garden centre.

So taking the above items as a guide, today was pretty close to perfect for me

  • Lotte and I walked in the sunshine twice today.  Once just the two of us and then later, with a friend
  • I had uninterrupted time with my daughter over coffee this morning.  She is so busy I have to make an appointment, but it is a good time for a mother/daughter bonding.
  • I had lunch with a friend at a restaurant at the beach
  • I found some new plants at the garden centre for my many tubs that really do need attention
  • I found a recipe for Chicken with Mustard Creme Fraiche and I am about to make it for us for tonight.
Chicken with Mustard Crème Fraiche

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp oil or butter
  • 4 med. (150g) Chicken Breasts fillets
  • 125g mushrooms, sliced (1 1/2 cups sliced)
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 250g pottle creme fraiche
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 Tbsp French or Dijion mustard

Method

1. Heat half the oil or butter in a frying pan and when hot, place the Chicken Breasts fillets skin side down first. Cover with a lid and cook over a moderate heat for 5 minutes.

2. Turn over and cook a further 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Set aside on a plate and keep covered.

3. Add the remaining oil or butter to the pan and when hot, stir in the mushrooms and onion and cook over a moderate heat, stirring regularly until the vegetables are softened.

4. Stir in the mustard, creme fraiche and bring to a gentle simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, cover and heat through for a further 1-2 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper.

Serve with vegetables.

So another (almost) perfect day comes to a close in Brooklyn, Wellington.  I hope your day was as good as mine.  What would make a day perfect for you?

Sunset on beach

“Sunsets are the prelude to another beautiful day. And whatever happens the sun will rise tomorrow.”
Judith Baxter, blogger, friend, mother, grandmother 1938 –

Sunsets and Sunrises

Sunset

Ducks on the lake at sunset

“Sunsets are the prelude to another beautiful day.  And whatever happens the sun will rise tomorrow.”
Judith Baxter

We know that whatever has happened in our lives today the sun will set and then tomorrow the sun will rise again bringing a brand new day with its promise.  This is immutable a constant in our lives and cannot be changed.

We might want this day to last for longer than 24 hours because we are enjoying it so much or we might not want tomorrow to come because we dread what it might/will bring.  But we cannot stop time; we cannot stop one day moving into the next.  We can only hope that each new day will bring some joy into our lives.

As the song says :

“Sunrise sunset sunrise sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze.
Sunrise sunset sunrise sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears.”

And would we want it any other way?  In this ever changing world these two things, sunset and sunrise are immutable.  We can rely on these things happening even when everything else in our lives seem to be off-key or out of balance.

I love the quote from Max Lucado, author, preacher  1955 –

“Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you.”

It applies equally to sunsets.

This post was inspired by the Island Traveler.  Read his post on sunsets here.
His photographs are magical and his accompanying words are worth reading.