Forgetting and Forgiving

Here is a verse of an Irish Blessing.  If you’ve ever read Irish blessings before, you know that the Irish have a remarkable way with words.

Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

It’s interesting about forgetting…there are some things and people most of us have forgotten in the true sense of the word.  But I think that most of us can say that friends who’ve done us harm, or real troubles that have plagued us at one time or another still remain on file somewhere in our consciousness – pulled out to review at the most inopportune moments.

So perhaps the best way to forget is to forgive.  Forgiveness covers a multitude of ailments, don’t you think?  And forgiveness isn’t saying, “It’s okay”, but rather it’s a maturing in the understanding that ‘stuff’ happens; that people aren’t Christ-like until they realize that being that way is an actual possibility and decide to embark on that journey; and that misunderstandings are as common as reality shows.

It’s the releasing ourselves of all the icky feelings that accompany a less than pleasant memory.  It’s the ability to put the past behind, and allow ourselves to invite all the possibilities that good emotions can bring to the well-being of our minds, bodies, and every aspect of our lives in this present moment.

We can’t always completely put something out of our memory, and perhaps we shouldn’t want to – after all, memory has it’s place and purpose in our lives.  But when forgiveness takes place one’s breath becomes deeper, one’s mind becomes clearer, and one’s body becomes healthier.

And where do we begin?  With learning the art of forgiving ourselves.  From the most minor mistakes to the most disastrous.  If we love ourselves, we must forgive ourselves…and that gives us clear sight to see the world around us, and is the beginning of a whole new and wonderful life.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Above image from the oil painting: Resign, Refresh, Restore by Marianne Coyne

More Sweet Vintage

IMG_2236Good day, friends…

I hope you are experiencing a bit cooler temps than we are here.  It was 113 yesterday! And if you aren’t then I pray you all remain as cool as possible, and enjoy what is left of the summer.

It seems heaven is having fun blessing me with a couple of more cottage warming blessings.  As I was dropping off more boxes filled with donations to my local charity shop, I stayed inside for a while to cool off, and these delightful beauties called my name.  This dresser topper’s hand embroidered baskets of abundant flowers echo my feelings of abundant blessings.

IMG_2237The colors are so pretty, and the crochet edging simply delights me.  All the loving care that went into these will not be underestimated by me.

IMG_2239The scallop sides add a graceful touch, don’t you think?

IMG_2235And this little beauty, is the exact color of two crocheted edged squared linens I bought once at a garage sale.  So it will match perfectly with them, especially with my autumn decor.

These were such fun and pleasant little surprises, which I am so grateful for.  And all they need is a little gentle washing and blocking again so they can shine their best.

Thank you for letting me share these with you today.  I must get to my continued packing and organizing.  I will be very busy with all of this for the next few weeks, so if I miss coming by your blogs, know that I am thinking of you, and will be visiting you as soon as I can.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Love Grows Here


Good day to all,

It’s so nice to see your shining light, gracing my corner of the world on Leisure Lane.  I hope you are all well.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I am moving.  So to update you, the date has been finalized, and I’ll be transferring to my new place the end of this month.  I’ll be quite busy preparing, so I may or may not be able to post much, so please bear with ♥

I’ve been making some stops at our local charity/thrift store, donating some things as I clear away some of the old to make way for the new.  But I usually take a quick look around to see what treasures they may have acquired (I have to remind myself NOT to purchase back my own things ;) ).

My recent trip presented me with the above sweetness.  Isn’t she a beauty?  So lovingly cross stitched…and the sentiment is perfect; something I want to surround myself with – Love Grows Here.  I haven’t decided what I want to do with it yet…a pillow, or hem and crochet the edges, or simply framed.  I may frame it for now until I decide.

IMG_2234Every time I look at it, I’ll enjoy the colors, and appreciate the time that each little stitch required.

I hope you enjoyed your stroll by here today.  Remember to grow love wherever you are…seed it, water it, and shine your smiles upon it.  Then give it into the hands of the Eternal One, and watch it bloom, coloring your Life in so many wonderful ways.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


New Find for New Beginnings

IMG_2231Good day, Friends,

I’m so glad you are joining me today because I’d like to show you this lovely vintage table runner I found at my local thrift store.  As you may know, I am making some changes in my life.  At the moment I’m not sure where or when, but nevertheless, changes are on the horizon.  So I’ve been cleaning and clearing out some things in my apartment.  When I brought some items to the thrift store, I noticed this perfectly cheerful, hand embroidered vintage table runner.

IMG_2232The colors are exactly my cup of tea, and isn’t the crochet edging divine?  It had nary a spot and was as crisp and clean as could be.  It felt and looked like it had been lovingly taken care of and starched.  I apologize for the wrinkles in it.  They occurred in my car while folded from all the heat and humidity.  But wrinkles can be ironed out – at least on linens ;)

I have very rarely seen items like this in this particular shop, and so I feel like this is a God present for my new beginnings, and I am delightfully grateful!!  ♥ ♥ ♥

While I’m showing you some pretty things, here are the other cups I bought some time back at my local Tuesday Morning. If you missed the post with the first cup, you can view it here.



Love the colors and this also has the flowers inside the cup for cheery sipping.

IMG_2182Although I’m not a wide mug person, I couldn’t resist this pretty thing with the blue toile look.  Both of these cups are made in England, and are such fun for me.

Thank you for strolling by today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit.  I love hearing from you, so don’t be shy, and say ‘hello’.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

If Only Once…A new Poem

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If Only Once

There is no sleep,
I cannot rest.
My soul is sore within my breast,
And hidden so that none should know
Her sadness and forbidden woe.

How oft I wished she knew the mirth
That should have lightened her at birth,
And never felt the rough of life
That pushed her into endless strife.

How oft I wished she never felt
The cold, grim hearts with tongues like belts,
That flicked her back ‘till it was raw,
Then mocked at all the pain they saw.

If only once my soul could fly
And leer at evil in the eye,
And push their backs against the wall –
Poor excuses, tongues, and all!

But, nay, my only solace be
That my sweet soul hides within me.
Behind an ever growing wall
Where only God can hear her call.

Marianne Coyne©August 4, 2015

I couldn’t sleep last night until this was released.  May your day be a good one, and …

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  The above image is by Marianne Coyne

Great Recipes and Congratulations!

Hello friends,

Taking a stroll today to visit a very talented woman and blogger, Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and wishing her Congratulations on her little crazy quilt publication. 

And while your there, you may want to check out this scrumptious Lord Baltimore Cake recipe from Fannie Farmer.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Winds of Change

0b5d34550ab441d965d17faa39546c8bHello Friends,

Well, it seems it’s time for me to make a residential move.  At least that’s what’s been hinted to me.  My apartment complex has been doing renovations, but they won’t renovate an apartment that’s occupied.  And I didn’t know that it was mandatory.  So to give me a little push out of the nest, they decided to raise my rent all they way up to market value.

On the bright side, one of my elderly neighbors who lives in the next building over, left for Tennessee to be near her son and his new wife.  Having a friend leave is not the bright side, but her apartment is now renovated and almost ready for leasing.  It’s a much better location than the other few available apartments, so I applied for it.  Yes, I had to fill out another application to transfer apartments.  And I’d rather live in hers if I have to make this kind of change.  So hopefully I can transfer there.

This all happened very suddenly on Thursday.  So I’m taking one step at a time in the process as not to overwhelm myself.  I’m trying not to think too far ahead of the game (wow, that’s really hard), but rather stay in faith that God is with me, and all will be well.

I’m looking at it as somewhat of a new beginning, and keeping positive about the whole thing.  That’s really the only choice I have in this circumstance, and it seems like a good idea.  I must admit, though, that I’m not consistent with it as much as I’d like to be, but I’m doing the best I can.  Truth be told, the apartments really did need renovating.  I just wish they had chosen some bright and cheery colors instead of the depressing burnt umber (basically almost black) color for the floors and cabinets. I’m just not into this modern Urban style.  But no one consulted my expertise ;) before the renovations occurred, so I get what I get.  However, I’ve decided to make it my own little cottage in spite of that…in fact, I may even give it a name, like real cottages have. Or I may just leave everything packed in boxes until my next move.  I haven’t decided yet.  I’ll keep you posted.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  The above image was taken from

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