I Think I’d Rather Be – a Poem About COVID-19

A little poem I just wrote down. I hope it cheers, gives hope, encourages faith, and creates a smile or two.

I Think I’d Rather Be (about COVID-19)

I think I’d rather be a squirrel
Eating nuts with my tail in a swirl,
Where COVID-19’s not in a whirl.
I’d rather be a squirrel.

I think I’d rather be a bird
Simply nesting where nothing’s stirred.
Where COVID-19’s not the word.
I’d rather be a bird.

I think I’d rather be a horse
Frolicking in a meadow of course,
Where COVID-19’s not a force.
I’d rather be a horse.

I think I’d rather be a bee
With my hive in the hole of a tree
Where COVID-19’s not on a spree.
I’d rather be a bee.

Don’t think I’d rather be bat,
Looking around for a scrumptious gnat,
Where COVID-19’s where it’s at.
Wouldn’t rather be a bat.

I guess I’d rather just be me
Praying with God on bended knee,
Casting COVID-19 “into the sea”.
I’d rather just be me.

 

Marianne Coyne
April 27, 2020

 

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. Stay healthy, safe, laugh, think happy thoughts, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Artist and Author

 

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread – Make-at-Home Cookies Everyone Will Love


The fragrance of butter and brown sugar will have you eating these right out of the oven – but let them cool a bit to experience all the wonderful texture and flavor.

I was wondering what to bake next, after that delicious Blueberry Dutch Baby. If you didn’t see that post you can check it our here. Then, I remembered a recipe my mother-in-law used to make and shared with me decades ago. I haven’t made it in quite some time, so I decided to give it a go. I don’t know where she got it from, but I’m glad she passed it along to me because it’s a staple favorite and sure to please everyone in your family.

It’s on-hand ingredients and short prep time make this cookie a fun activity that the kids can help with; and the melt-in-your mouth, light crispy texture is divine! They’re fragile right out of the oven, so let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before gently transferring them to a cooling rack. Then enjoy! I promise they won’t last long. So let’s get to the recipe.

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread

Makes about 24-30 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups rolled oats

Directions:

1. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy.

2. Measure flour by dipping method, spooning, or by sifting. (I spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Don’t shake down.)

3. Blend flour, baking soda, and rolled oats in a separate medium sized bowl.

4. Add flour mixture in parts to the butter mixture, blending well with each addition. Mix just until well blended.

5. Shape cookie dough into loaf shape and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to an hour, or just until dough is firm enough to slice or roll out.

6. Thinly slice dough loaf. I sliced 1/4″ cookies, but you can go a bit thinner if desired.

7. Bake in preheated 350 degree-F oven for 10 – 12 minutes, just until golden. I baked these for about 11 minutes and they were perfect. Depending on your oven.

8. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes until firm enough to transfer to cooling rack.

9. Enjoy the purely divine buttery flavor and melt-in-your mouth light crisp texture and make more!

Note: These cookies can spread, so make sure you space them on the cookie sheet. I refrigerated my dough for only 15-20 minutes, so they did spread quite a bit.

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Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today.  I hope you try this recipe and let me know how you liked it. Give thanks, laugh, love, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Artist and Author

 

Blueberry Dutch Baby Recipe from The Vermont Country Store


Blueberry Dutch Baby

Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you’re safe and sound today.

Looking for something easy and delicious to make for dessert or any time? Today, let’s look at something perfect that will make time in the home (and with the kids) fun and yummy. I’d like to share a delicious recipe I recently found from The Vermont Country Store. If you haven’t heard of them, check them out. This warm and inviting recipe was found in their on-line magazine, Our Vermont, Spring 2020 issue, page 6, in their article “Crack On”, which shares many delicious egg recipes.

Their Blueberry Dutch Baby truly takes almost no time to whip up, and I used frozen blueberries. I christened the 8″ cast iron skillet that I bought on clearance over a year ago at the grocery store. But if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, I’m sure a pie plate would work just fine.

I think you’ll enjoy perusing through Our Vermont as much as I did, with their beautiful photographs and interesting articles. It allowed my imagination to venture on a delightful journey during this travel ban. I especially enjoyed the article about Maple Syrup traditions. And speaking of maple syrup, of which I am a total fan, try drizzling it on a slice of this pancake-style confection. There’s some extra yummy for you!

You know, in spite of the inconvenience and trauma that this time has brought our families and the world, I’m hoping its used to regain the art of family life – engaging and enjoying those we love in a way that we’ve allowed ourselves to be cheated from by our modern society. Perfecting, once again, the art of communication, love, warmth, cooking and baking, doing things together; creating and sharing the idea that united we thrive.

For those who may be alone during this time, remember to reach out to family and/or friends, and do things for yourself that promote thriving in mind and body – try something new (like this recipe), do some yoga stretches, step outside for some fresh air, pick up a good book, and look for joy, because it’s right where you are.

That’s it for today. I hope you’re inspired to try this recipe and more. Let me know what you think. My family loved this special treat and I’m looking forward to trying another recipe soon.

God bless you, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Artist and Author

The Lord is My Shepherd, Even During a Pandemic

  Happy Sunday, everyone. I was gleaning over some things I had written in the past. Not written for the blog, but just for my own purposes, and I came across this expanded version of Psalm 23. I think most everyone including myself has heard of this beautiful Psalm, so much so that it’s been taken for granted. One day, some years ago, I decided to research the original Hebrew words of this song of worship and discovered its amazing power.

While we sit in the confinement of this pandemic, it may be a good time to share the Shepherd’s amazing power, grace, and light in this expanded version. No matter who you are, I believe it will encourage you to seek, revel in, and reap His phenomenal Love for you. So, get your spiritual sickle ready and begin to harvest hope in the midst…

Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd, my keeper and my friend; I lack nothing, and I only increase.

He encourages me with His hand to lie down, and to rest in a lush, tender, flourishing, and pleasant place.  He protectively and gently carries me as a gentle flow and places me in a peaceful home, where I am satisfied, and my thirst is quenched.  It is here my soul – my mind and emotions – are healed and restored.

He gently carries me as a flowing stream along His good, right, and prosperous paths, so that I will know – have undeniable knowledge of – His loving and good character.  Even though I journey through a world of threats and shadows, I DO NOT FEAR because Your spiritual weapons protect me, and You are always with me to give me support.

You set in order, you arrange, my prosperity in front of ALL– every person and thing in the physical and spiritual world, who wish to afflict me.  You satisfy my highest good with richness and fruitfulness.  You lovingly and generously give me more than enough.  Surely, without a doubt, Your best of all beautiful, kind, joyful, loving, and prosperous things, and Your favor – loving-kindness, mercy, and goodness – follow me ALL the days of my Life…now and forever…AMEN! 

I hope this has enriched you today. It is not by accident that you and I have happened to come across this delightful and encouraging affirmation. It’s a true testimony of what life is when we put our trust, our confidence in the One who unconditionally loves us. And that unconditional love sparks in us a desire to walk closer to, thinking and acting more like the Spirit – the Eternal Being. Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane. Be blessed and thrive in every area of your life, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Staying Indoors – Perfect Time for Some Leisurely Reading

Good day, everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Staying in doesn’t have to be boring. Reading is a great way to leisurely take your mind off of what’s going on right now. Here are a couple of good reads that won’t take up too much time, yet give you full and entertaining stories.


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Artist and part-time grocery store employee, Catherine Donahue, is frustrated and disheartened after an unexpected change disrupts her already frazzled life. She had faith things would get better, yet now they seem to be worse. With emotions already heightened, she rediscovers a long-ago cherished gift hidden under the chaos of her once organized drawers, that invokes a secret memory, transporting her back twenty-three years to a college, a powwow, and Sam – a young Mohawk, who made a single weekend last a lifetime. But life gives Catherine another turn as she acquires a commission to paint the cover of an author’s new historical romance novel, drawing her deeper into the nostalgic emotions she’s been recently experiencing toward her past love. Will this new adventure keep her stuck in the past, or will it be a second chance at love?


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Fifteen-year-old Annie Salvatore loves the opportunities and excitement of growing up in early twentieth century America. It’s her dream of falling in love and escaping the tradition of an arranged marriage just as her mother did in Italy. But sometimes life doesn’t give us what we want in the package we had envisioned. Undertones of an arranged marriage are overshadowed by the love and duty Annie feels toward her family. But as the years pass, Annie discovers that the love in her heart is not enough without strength. Through life’s joys and woes, Annie presses closer toward God. He gently teaches her heart to forgive and to love more deeply. In surrendering her heart to His strength, Annie discovers the ability to conquer. Step back in time, slip into Annie’s shoes and walk her journey, as it leads her to make the decision that will alter her family’s life and fill it with the true promise of Christmas. Based on a true story of faith, courage, sadness and joy. A life-changing and heartwarming story.

 

To check out more e-book novellas and short stories for young and old, click here and enjoy!

Be blessed during this time and always, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Fabric YoYos in a Pretty Round – revisited for Cloistered Days

Hello everyone! Looking for a craft to do to keep your day inspired while we’re hunkered in? I am republishing a previous post for these Corono-cloistered days and thought this would be a perfect craft to share and inspire you and maybe even the kids can try, as well. If you’ve never made fabric yo-yos before, then you’re in for a treat, and here is a link to the Spruce Crafts blog, where you can find easy instructions. So, enjoy and be inspired with the following post, check out the instructional link, raid your stash of fabric scraps, get a needle and thread and have some fun!

(Originally published September 12, 2019)

Happy Friday, everyone and welcome to some leisure time. Pour yourself a cup of tea (or coffee), sit back and relax while I share one of my fabric projects.

This pretty table topper idea is similar to one I saw on Pinterest and made with fabric yoyos. While it was my first time making them, I was very happy with how they turned out. I had my friend, K, in mind while making it, as she loves the color yellow. And I was able to enjoy it for a while on my own table until it was time to visit her. It was part of her birthday gift. I also gave her a very pretty vintage, yellow bone china tea cup and saucer, but forgot to take a photo of it.


The yoyos were quite therapeutic to sew by hand and I enjoyed the whole process. I used fabric remnants I had for quite some time, waiting for just the right project.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit today. I’ll be sharing more with you soon. Please feel free to stroll around the lane or visit past posts you may have missed. I enjoy hearing from you, so don’t be shy about leaving a comment. Maybe this has inspired you to make your own table topper. I hope so.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

The Song of Mary Magdalene – revisited

Happy Wednesday, everyone, and thank you for visiting Leisure Lane today. During this Easter week, I am revisiting some past posts that I hope will be of inspiration and enjoyment to you, while most of us are cloistered in our homes. This one was originally posted April 20, 2017.  The beautiful truth of Jesus is timeless and nothing can prevent its beauty and good news – not even Covid-19, whose name must bow to the name of Yeshua (Jesus). So, during this time, let us remember the One who came and saved us from all things detrimental to our spirits, minds, and body. While we have more time, let us move closer to the One who loves us and wishes our return into His rest. The Father is willingly available to all who call upon Him in truth and love. Stay calm, use wisdom, let someone know you love them today, and be blessed!

The Song of Mary Magdalene

How can you ask me, “Who is this man?”
How can you see him and not understand?
Have you not heard his words, have you not seen my plight?
Can’t you see in his eyes the Eternal One’s light?

How can you ask me why I feel love?
Can’t you see, he’s the Son of the Father above?
Forgive me for saying your cause is unfair,
And I see in your faces unkindness and dare.

Look into my eyes.  Can’t you see it so clear?
My soul was once filled with burdens and fear,
But now I have peace, where once there was none.
I cannot explain it; I’m complete, yet undone.

I will not carry your angst and your doubt.
Not now, that I’m free from within and without.
And your questions of uncertainty and unbelief
Can never remove my resolve and relief.

If you remain hardened with hearts made of stone,
Your spirits shall live in the darkness alone.
But I’ll remain joyful while I live on this earth,
And look toward the day…that glorious day,

When my Lord and my spirit unite in rebirth.

Marianne Coyne©2017

Good day to you all.  Welcome to Leisure Lane and thank you for taking the time to visit, while I share a bit of Easter lingering.

The above began to come to me this morning at 1:30 a.m.  I know, I know…my sleep deprivation is another story…but inspiration knows no time or boundaries.  I finished it after breakfast.  I hope sharing it with you brings some extra joy to your day.  I should have more creations to share with you soon.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  Above image of Amber Rose Revah as Mary Magdalene

 

 

Resurrection Inspiration – revisited

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Leading up to Easter, I would like to republish another post – this one from April 2017. I hope it inspires you to look beyond the veil from the temporal to the eternal, giving hope and gladness as we cloister ourselves in the womb of healing during this trying season. I hope it gives you a glimpse into what faith can accomplish when offered with a willing and open heart. This is a moment in the earth when we get to reset the world’s communal thought pattern to one of Life in the Eternal Being – and, Oh, what an amazing and holy course it could put us on. Stay healthy and calm, use wisdom, remain in His grace, and enjoy.

No One Knew the Mystery of Jesus

No one knew the mystery of the Father.
No one knew the mystery of Love.
How He gave His heart
And took our part,
That mystery of Devotion from above…

No one knew the mystery of Sorrow.
No one knew the mystery of Bliss,
As He hung upon a tree
For the sake of you and me,
That mystery of Triumph with a holy kiss.

No one knew the mystery of Jesus.
No one knew the mystery of Eternity;
How God in man
Could unfold a plan,
That mystery of perfect harmony.

Now the time for mysteries is over.
For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.
Simply seek and you will find,
As you renew your precious mind
To the mind of the Love and the Father above…

Forever, and ever….Amen!

Marianne Coyne©2017

I hope that this poem/song inspired you today to live a resurrected life of joy, well-being and love.  Happy Easter to everyone, may God bless you all, and until next time…may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Hope or Faith – revisited for these times

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Today I am republishing a post from October, 2013. A timeless piece. Stay safe, use wisdom, keep positive, and enjoy.

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“You never hope for a thing you already possess…

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Hope is a beautiful delusion…
The Senses declare, “It cannot be,” but FAITH shouts above the turmoil, “It is!”
Faith counts the thing done before God has acted.”  E. W. Kenyon

“Whatever you ask (claim, demand) in prayer,
believe you receive (take for your own), and you shall have what you say.”  Jesus of Nazareth
Mark 11:24

Hope is the morning song of a sparrow.
Hope is the glimmer of light that excites the edge of a storm cloud.
Hope is the bend in the road.
Hope is the prayer wafting to heaven.
Faith is the Amen!

This is something really taking root in my soul garden.  I hope 😉 this speaks to someone today, and strengthens your resolve once and for all.  May you be blessed, my dear friends, who are so precious to me, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  The above “Hope” prayer is from the series, “Soul Survivor”, by Marianne Coyne ©2004.  All rights reserved.  The above photos by Marianne Coyne.

Floral Vintage Hanky

Floral Vintage Handkerchief mug

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you’re enjoying a lovely day. Spring is right around the corner (though we’ve been having it all winter here).

I’d like to share my newest design, Floral Vintage Handkerchief, in my LeisureLane1 Redbubble shop. It was one of my mother’s hankies posed with a matching flower and a lovely hand crocheted pouch, which I keep some of her hankies in. It’s a lovely design for all of us romantic/shabby chic lovers, and a perfect design to welcome in a new season.

Set of 4 coasters

It’s available on other products as well. To see these products and more, click images or here.

Thank you for stopping by today. A reminder, I may be having a giveaway of one of my designed products some time in the spring – I’ll keep you posted. Remember to say the things you desire in your life, even if they’re not manifested at this time. Keep looking forward and expecting all the good and wholeness God desires for you in every area of your life – mind, body, and estate, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Artist on LeisureLane1
Author on Amazon

 

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