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Simple Saturday with Craigy Boy

Simple Saturday with Craigy Boy

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Have you ever read the "Anne of Green Gables" series by Lucy Maud Montgomery?

They recount the adventures of a feisty and precocious red-headed orphan who is taken in by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. She has a vivid imagination, an eagerness to please and drives people to distraction with her incessant chatter.  We are kindred spirits Anne Shirley and I.

In the second book of the series, Anne of Avonlea, a slightly more mature Anne contemplates:

 

“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”

 

The first time I read this I wrote it down on a piece of paper and would glance at it from time to time as a reminder to not become so occupied and consumed by the hectic pace of modern day living that I would forget to cherish life's simple pleasures.  Whilst clearing out my bedside drawers on Friday I came across that very piece of paper in the front of my address book and two thoughts crossed my mind:

1) that my handwriting has only continued to decline in the intervening years

2) here was a message I needed to imprint upon heart and mind once again

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The truth of the matter, dear Warriors, is that I am one of life's discontented. I am always on the look out for something bigger and better, for action, excitement and adventure!  According to my mum, my brother Barry could play for hours and hours on his tod whereas I required a constant stream of entertainment. I do not know if my parents even considered having a third child but I'm convinced that any such notion would have been precipitately abandoned quite soon after my arrival.

Prior to being reunited with my scrawled words of wisdom on Friday morning, a very busy, activity-filled weekend awaited Craigy Boy and I involving meals out, a trip to the cinema, shopping in Milton Keynes and so on and so forth. That innocuous little note stopped me dead in my event-planning tracks. And I'm so very glad that it did because that is how Simple Saturday was born. We didn't do anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting but what we did do was remind ourselves how splendid, wonderful and exciting it is to delight in the simple pleasures of life.

Click on the video below for a sample of our Simple Saturday together.  I hope you enjoy it.  :)

Ginger Warrior, over and out.

P.S. Are you good at appreciating life's simpler pleasures? What are some of your favourite simple pleasures?  Gardening?  Going for a walk?  Watching the sun set?  I would love to know!

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  1. Simpler things in life, sitting with a glass of wine with the warm summer sun shining down on you, and the smell of fresh cut grass after Sheena’s cut it……..no me am enjoying the wine and the smell

  2. YAY! Another Anne of Green of Gables fan :-) I have all the books and the TV series on DVD. LOVE IT!! I wanted to be Anne and dreamed of having carrot red hair and living in a white wooden house. Actually, I still want to be Anne! xxx

  3. I am not sure where you done wild and crazy red head came from, but I dern sure like to tune in to your comings and goings…That Craigy boy of yours is mighty fine, and seems real nice:) Loved your little adventures on a simple saturday… So fancied to have stumbled upon your worrior site!!! Cant wait fer more

  4. What a fun little outing for you and Craig!! Funny you posted this today, I have been thinking so much of simple pleasures as of late, and truly I feel they are Gods way of sending little hugs to us. Honestly, if you look for the simple pleasures daily, you will notice how wonderful life is and find moments of pure joy, no doubt. One of my favorites right now is watching my little 16 month old son drink out of a straw. HIs lips perfectly puckered, and his long dark eyelashes touching down on his deliciously chubby cheeks. I am telling you, HEAVEN!! I have really been trying to focus on the small and simple things that are tender mercies from a Father in Heaven. A few more are, the sound of my heater kicking on and sitting over it with a blanket to get all toasty. Listening to my girls play together and being friends:) Looking at the details of a plant growing in the garden and its perfect little details. One more for the good measure, fresh air to breathe on a quiet walk around the neighborhood, it is so cleansing for the mind and the soul. Oh wait, and the little posts that you do here…they boost my spirits every day:) Thanks my dear warrior.

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