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Day 55 – The Little Things

Isn’t it funny how little things can have such a huge impact on our lives?

There are tons of little things that affect us and here is a selection of the little things that happened to us today…

Little things that make you happy

– We woke up this morning and the sun was shining which really lifted our spirits because it’s been raining for days. A little thing that brightened our day

Little things that make you laugh

– Frans went swimming in the sea and he found this old hat. It had become home to hundreds of little things who had made a whole new home out of it. As he brought it out, a gentleman walked past and said a little thing ‘I wonder what happened to the guy’ 🙂

Little things that drive you nuts

– We came back from the pool and heard a little ‘beep’. 30 seconds later we heard another one. And then another. Turns out the battery is going flat in the smoke detector but it can’t be fixed until tomorrow morning as it’s connected to the fire system in the whole building. It’s a little noise, but it’s causing big irritation

Little things that make you smile

– A piece of Key Lime Pie – the bestest, most scrumptioustest pie on earth 🙂

Little things that quench your thirst

– Watermelon – sweet, juicy and delicious

Little things that warm your heart

– There was a youngster surfing all by himself this morning. A group of boys were surfing close to him and the lone youngster kept on looking at them wistfully, just wanting to join in. He fell off his board when a particularly big wave hit and one of the other boys held his board for him until he got his footing back. Simple kindness and inclusion – just amazing.

Little things that help you

– It’s been quite humid today and the fan we got from Walmart for a mere $17 has kept us nice and cool

Watch out for the ‘little things’ that happen all around you every day. They really can make a big difference.


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Day 7 – Diet, exercise and…gardening gloves

I keep on pinching myself and asking God why He’s given us this wonderful pocket of time away. What are we supposed to do with it? What’s it for?

This morning as I asked those questions again and I got my answer.

For the longest time I have imagined what I’d like my life to look like on a daily basis. I know when I’d like to wake up, what I’d like to do first thing. What I’d like to spend my days doing. What circumstances I’d like to live in and with whom I’d like to spend my days. I know what I’d like to achieve and what contribution I’d like to make. And I’ve dreamed about that for a long time.

  • This place we’re staying in is quite similar to what I’ve asked for.
  • I’m staying here with the love of my life – my husband.
  • I’m free to spend the day creating, writing and thinking.

So, the thought that kept on going round my mind this morning was:

“I’ve put you in circumstances that are close to what you’ve asked for and now I want to see what you do with it. I want to know if you will keep your word and do what you said you would, when you were here”

Phew… Shape up, or ship out!

I love challenges like this! They motivate me to action. So, I’ve spoken to Frans and we’ve been thinking about how we are choosing to rise to the challenge. I already…

  • Wake up at a certain time
  • Spend quiet time
  • Write the blog/work
  • Have started exercising
  • Am getting enough sleep

We’ve been looking at how we want to eat, when and how often we’ll exercise etc. We’ve chosen to start a new way of eating tomorrow and have put an exercise plan in place.

We want to be honour God’s trust in us and we’ll be relying on Him to help us do it.


4th ‘Florida Essential’

Wherever it’s hot, there’s bound to be lots of insects! Florida is no exception, so almost every window in the place has a very fine mesh screen attached to it, so that you can have the doors open, but most of the little insects can’t get in to BITE you!

Bug screens


My sweetheart and I

My favourite…  picture of the day


Question of the day

How are you taking responsibility for the life you’ve been given?

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Day 4 – Ebony, Ivory and orange tape

Ebony and Ivory, live together in perfect harmony, side by side on my piano keyboard, oh LORD, so do we!!
There are many different types of skin in the world. Mine is the type that is full of freckles, goes red in the sun and takes about a year to change colour after that. Frans, on the other hand, has skin that just has to see a glimpse of a lightbulb, and he goes brown instantly.
He has delighted in showing off the difference in our skin colours over the years and even though I’ve had just over a month to tan already (and he’s now having to wear a t-shirt in order to stop tanning) – this is the result.

Ebony & Ivory

As you can see, we were on the beach when this was taken. One of the biggest blessings about being here is that the sea is just outside our window.
We ate supper last night and then went for a wander, to see what we could see. Here’s a selection for you:

Frans’ collage

The tall grass that grows on the dunes

Turtle nest

We saw these on the beach one day and asked about them. 3 out of 5 of South Florida’s turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Because of pollution, destruction of their natural habitat, demand for turtle meat and the upsurge in artificial lighting, all of these turtles are on the endangered list. So, whenever the tracks of the Mama turtle are seen emerging from the sea and into the plants, someone from a wildlife preserve comes and marks the area, so that people can be aware of the nest and not disturb it.
Everyone along the coast is given information and asked to help the turtles survive.
For instance, one of the major factors in their decline is that when the little turtles emerge, they crawl toward the brightest light source they can see. This would normally be the moon reflecting on the water, but on a developed beach the lights attract them and they crawl in the wrong direction and die. So, we’re all asked to keep out outside lighting really low during hatching season.

And…a sea louse (we think)

Sea louse

Last of the outdoor photos is this sequence of photos of the beautiful sky we look at every day.


Full moon over the sea


What a beautiful, beautiful world we live in!


3rd ‘Florida Essential’

It is seriously hot here and it’s going to get even hotter as Summer progresses. So, we alternate between using the fan and the aircon -absolutely essential!

Fan/Aircon – which is better? F I G H T! 🙂


You can take the girl out of Britain but you can’t stop her drinking tea!

My favourite…  beverage of the day

Coffee & tea


Question of the day

What is your idea of the perfect place to live? Do you like the mountains? Would you prefer the sea? Or is the view from a penthouse in a major city more your thing? Let me know – it would be so cool to hear what everyone thinks.

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow