Monday, June 20, 2016

I've Found my Happy Place

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
There are two days in every week that we should not worry about, 
two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension. 
One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said – yesterday is gone!
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with its impossible adversaries, its burden, its hopeful promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our control. 
Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise.
And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn. 
This leaves only one day – today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we can break down. 
It is not the experience of today that drives people mad – it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
Let us, therefore, live one day at a time!
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I've always liked this quote and it pretty much sums up what I figured out to be my happy place for blogging. Live one day at a time with a grateful heart for the many blessings that come my way and post bout things I love once a week to keep in touch with my esteemed blogging sisters.
Thank you to to all who enjoy Mosaic Monday and have left kind and encouraging comments that I'm considered a good host. They are humbling, and much appreciated. 
As I stated in my last post though, it's time to move on and hand over the meme to another blogger if anyone is interested.
The pond is always a place of activity, whether from the frogs calling or the 30 plus goldfish jostling each other at feeding time. A neighbour brought over a couple dozen toad tadpoles that were caught in his pool cover but they're either hiding or became lunch for Kermit and his pals.
 The herb planter is filling in nicely...
and most of the garlic scapes from the garden were ready to snip. I'm going to try a pesto recipe from FaceBook with them which looks quite tasty.
This doesn't look like much but it's the tip from a branch on the blue spruce in the backyard. I watched a grackle go around the bottom of the tree and pull a bunch off, leaving them on the ground. Don't know what that's about. lol
My husband and I picked strawberries this morning at 8 am before the temperature soared to almost 90F with chance of a thunderstorm. In need of a knee replacement, he did pretty good crawling along the straw-lined path with his knee brace on.
After seeing a fresh strawberry pie on my friend Beth's FB, I knew a pie was in order for us too. Mine is a baked rendition with a crumble topping and I even made my own pastry in the blender.  Usually I have a Pillsbury box of pie dough in the fridge, it's so easy to use!
Most days afternoon tea is in the teahouse by our pond and I'll leave you with a picture of Topaz who likes to sit out there with us. Today, however I'll stay indoors where it's cool, I have a maple tea brewing in the teapot and it's about ready for me.
Happy Gardening, take time for tea.


  1. Hello Judith, the quotation is very wise. If only we would remember to fight the battles of just one day a time!
    Here it's 11 p.m. and the day is soon over. I'm off to bed, but before that I must say that your strawberry pie looks heavenly and Topaz looks very endearing, with his tail between the wooden boards. :) Such a cutie!
    Have a lovely new week! Hugs!

  2. Words to live by, for sure.

    It is a glorious day here and I had a fruity iced tea which was perfect.

    I too wear a knee brace and I am delaying surgery. Maybe not much longer.

    Have a great week.

  3. Mmm... those fresh strawberries look divine! When I lived in Southampton my mom, sister, and I always picked fresh strawberries and it's one of the sweetest memories I have while living in Canada. We don't have anything like that here which makes the time gone by even more special.

    And that pie...yes, please! I am sure it was absolutely delicious.

    Have a wonderful week and happy summer! Hugs!

  4. Beautiful and thoughtful words. I hope you enjoyed your tea!

  5. I have read that quote before and it sure is full of wisdom. Strawberries won't be ready at the local u-pick for another couple weeks and I'm hoping they'll be ready so our visiting grandkids can experience picking them. Once a week blogging is pretty well all I'm doing now too. I find it hard to keep up visiting everyone especially now that summer is here and I'm extra busy. I wish you a beautiful summer Judith.

  6. Hi Judith, I love the quote. So very true, but easier said than done! I am wondering if your pie is from Beth Howard's pie book? She has a baked strawberry pie in the book and I've made it and it's very good. My pie did not last long; the boys took what was left home with them; then I made a rhubarb/apple crisp. My rhubarb has not produced well this year. All I have been able to make are one pie and the crisp. Usually I have more than I can possibly use. I did fertilize and apply compost so hopefully it'll be better in the future. I enjoyed seeing the frog, lilies, and fish in your pond. We got 4 new fish today (total of 7 now). A friend said he started with 5 and now has 40 and wanted to give some away. We had lots of tadpoles, probably 100 or more, a few weeks ago. They are all gone now. I'm assuming the fish ate them. I hope this is a good week for you and Glenn! Enjoy those strawberries!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  7. Hello Judith, I love the quote too, wise words. I have always blogged when I felt like blogging and I am glad you decided what is best for you. Your garden, pond and strawberries all look beautiful. The pie looks delicious. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  8. I hope you get someone to take over Mosaic Monday, hosting a meme is such a lot of work. I'm slowing down on my blogging and just posting whenever I feel like it, and it seems like others are doing the same over the summer months. That's too bad about Bloglovin', I belong but don't follow blogs that way as I prefer my own blogroll that updates whenever a blog I have added. Enjoy tea in the garden, we all need to sit back and enjoy the gardens more.

  9. This post is PERFECT...from the quote and words of wisdom about living the moment, in the present...right down to "the end"...:)JP

  10. Living in the present is such a wonderful thing - but it's often difficult to do. Great advice.
    Your strawberry pie looks delicious - a great reward for picking all those berries with a bum knee.
    Hope you enjoyed your maple tea!

  11. A lovely post and photos . Happy Summer , hope you get to see the rare Strawberry moon tonight , we hope to if the clouds stay thin and sparse. Thanks for sharing , Have a good evening !

  12. What a wonderful quote, my friend, that you've shared with us! Oh, how true it is!
    Your herbs look like they're doing wel. I must say, I've never heard of garlic scapes, but they look interesting.
    The pie looks scrumptious. I saw Beth's pie and I make one that looks like hers. I've never had a baked strawberry version, but would love to try. I made two pies over the weekend...a blueberry crumble and a buttermilk. Don't we love our pies?! Enjoy your tea time out in your pretty, serene yard!

  13. I love the quote, Judith. So much wisdom in those words.
    Your images of the pond are so refreshing! The days have been hot, but I, and my roses are loving the heat!
    Your pie looks wonderful! I've made shortcake recently, but this pie looks interesting.
    Enjoy your tea, and your day, dear friend.

  14. If I knew how to brew maple tea, I might be able to find MY happy place too!!

  15. There is so much truth in that quote!

    Your herbs look good and so does your garden.

    Glad you have found your happy place with your blog! We'd miss you if you disappeared from blogland!

  16. Wise words to live ours lives by in that quote! So glad you have decided to keep blogging and sharing your beauty with us!

  17. A good quote Judith. And you sound quite at peace with life. The pie looks delicious and Topaz looks like he enjoys the teahouse view as much as you do!

  18. Thanks for sharing this insightful quote, Judith. I'm glad that you found your happy place in Blogland and hope that another blogger will step up and take over Mosaic Monday. Your strawberry pie is perfect with a cup of tea!

    Recently, my parents had a new smoke/heat fire alarm installed. Last night, they noticed that it kept chirping, even after changing the batteries. The annoying chirping finally stopped after they turned on the A/C!

  19. That beautiful planter for your herbs takes my fancy - and so safe from snails on those high legs. Maybe you don't have that problem.

    1. Hi Judith,
      I sent you an email. I hope it arrived safely.

  20. Beautiful photos Judith. I feel like I am sitting next to Yopaz,enjoying your garden! Your pond is pretty.

  21. I also like that quote. Thanks! Surprised you want to pass your blog on to someone else, but hope it is to enjoy more time in the garden sipping tea.

  22. What a wonderful post, my adorable Judith !
    The quote you begin it with, your stunning pictures and your Topaz, so interested in what is happening inside your pond, I love everything, just everything in it, thank you !

    Enjoy your tea, darling friend, sending my dearest love to you

    Dany ♥

  23. What a wonderful quote and so true. You sound very much at peace, Judith. Your pie looks delicious and I am anxiously awaiting our berry season to start. I plan to make lots of strawberry jam this year. My whole family is coming home in July so I can't wait to offer them fresh strawberry jam that Mom made. Your little Topaz looks adorable sitting there watching the goings on in your garden. I love his name! Thanks for your happy post and enjoy your day.


  24. Judith, I love that quote -- about something of which I am in need of constant reminders! I'm glad you have found your happy place. Sweet husband, sweet dog and a sweet spot for afternoon tea in the garden (not to mention that gorgeous pie).

  25. Hi Judith, I like this quote, too -- thank you for sharing. I, too, have been struggling with blogging lately. I can't seem to get back into a regular routine with posting, and this bothers me. However, so much needs doing here and with our families, that blogging has to be put on hold sometimes.

    I think you did a terrific job hosting the Met Monday party, and we all appreciate your time and effort. It's definitely a commitment to host a weekly meme. Love the pictures you're sharing here. The frog is adorable. :-D Our strawberry season is mostly over, and your pictures have me wishing it was not. Your pie looks just delicious, Judith!

    I hope you have a lovely weekend, my friend!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  26. Hi Judith--I enjoyed this wonderful quote and looking at your special garden spots. Your herb planter is very pretty--I think I will look for one like it for next year to keep close to my kitchen door. Your strawberry harvest was bountiful and your pie looks do delicious. I was in NYC last week and a good friend made a strawberry shortcake for me for my birthday that was so wonderful. She used the Pioneer Woman's recipe.
    I know you will find a good host to take over Mosaic Monday. Thank you for being its host after Mary and doing such a wonderful job. I know it must have taken up a lot of your time. It's more fun to just "blog without obligation," as the saying goes --that is where I am right now, too!

  27. Here I am once agin at the end of the list, hoping the you find me. I was disappointed to read that you are passing on Mosaic Monday. I enjoyed the meme so much and made some new friends along the way. The meme gave me a deadline and structure to my blogging because I did not want to miss a single posting, and I didn't miss many.Yet I understand why you need to pass it on. Now I am going to check your other posts to see what else I have missed. I am especially interested in seeing how your garden went. Wonderfully, I suppose. You pond looks great; hoping to get ours cleaned soon.

  28. I love your quote, agree completely and I wish I was better at living to it!!! Your strawberry bonanza is impressive, are those all from your own strawberry patch? Seeing Topaz by your pond reminds me of our Crazy Poodle who loves to drink from our pond with the goldfish nibbling at his dangling ears :)
    Have a great week Judith and enjoy all those lovely comments all richly deserved.
    Wren x

  29. I love the quote ...

    Afternoon tea by your pond sounds ideal.

    All the best Jan

  30. Oh my gosh the freshly home made crumble strawverry pie looks amazing.

    Your sweet pootch is adorable.

    Glad your pond is doing so well - and hopefully you are getting these cooler temps that we are here. SO much more enjoyable!

    Hugs! ♥


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