Colonel Mustard or Miss Peacock….

Thankfully, there was no murder as there typically is in the case of ‘Clue’. However, there was a mysterious disappearance of our food. It was the sweets that we had baked the night before, and left on the dining room table.

The only time it was really mysterious was the first time.  My dad and I got up at at 6:30 to go to work, so nobody else was up at the time.  Both of us noticed as we passed through the kitchen that the pile of sugar cookies(like 100 cookies….it was a pretty big pile!) that had been made the night before had significantly decreased, in a rather strange way.  My mom deals with insomnia sometimes, so we thought she must have gotten up in the night, and decided to do something with them.  It seemed like a logical conclusion at the time.

When my mom woke up, she thought we had done something with them.  Hm….Well, there goes our theory.

After some examining, my mom found cookie crumbs on the floor pretty much everywhere (that doesn’t say a whole lot for my observance skills!).  Our English Mastiff, Buttercup, had consumed all those cookies!  Surprisingly, she didn’t seem to have even a bellyache, let alone other effects that I’d rather not go into…. She just laid there, innocently looking up at us from the doggie mat as if she hadn’t done anything.  She ONLY ate fifty 6-inch diameter cookies!!!

In her defense, they had been left on the corner of the dining room table.  And we had(notice- that is no longer a practice of ours) been leaving her out on her mat instead of putting her in the kennel, because she loves her mat.  Our Lab, on the other hand, loves her kennel.  To each their fuzzy own!

A couple weeks later, when we had forgotten to have Buttercup go to her kennel, my dad and I woke up to the few(and I mean few) remains of 7 double-chocolate banana muffins that had been in the *middle* of the dining room table.  The tablecloth was just slightly messed up from her exertions to get the muffins, if you can imagine.  Sigh….We were a little more concerned about her health because chocolate is really NOT good for dogs….and she got some of the muffin cups mixed up with the muffins and ate those too.  But this dog has an apparently strong stomach!

Now, we tease her about getting big hips(the mental picture is rather amusing, is it not?), and keep anything tasty off the dining room table!  Lessons learned….hopefully.

Just to bring my almost non-existent ‘Clue’ theme to an end….It was Buttercup, in the dining room, with….her mouth.

I hope you are having a lovely day, thanks for reading!

Serendipity?

Do you know the word serendipity?  I had heard it before, but was reminded of it’s existence while watching an Audrey Hepburn film that I received for Christmas- ‘Paris When It Sizzles’.  It was a very good movie- there were some surprising themes in my opinion, for it being an Audrey Hepburn movie, but over all I enjoyed it quite a bit.  Anyway, the scene where the word in question is brought up, Mr. Benson defines the word for the audience (the quote is below, courtesy of cswap.com).  Except….he took poetic license. The ‘official’ definition from Webster’s New World Dictionary is as follows:

Serendipity: n. a seeming gift for finding good things accidentally –serendipitous adj.

So in my mind, he kind of twists it around. It seems that Mr. Benson makes it sound like you can find ‘pleasure, excitement and happiness’ in anything, if you look for it. Serendipity is more like fate….destiny….a horse (sorry, I’ve seen ‘Tangled’, and couldn’t help it!)….etc., but only good things coming from it.

I almost prefer Mr. Benson’s way of looking at it- it’s more in the ‘attitude’, than in the ‘accident’.  My preferred word(s) for “accidental” good things happening is actually providential blessing.  For example, the other night when my dad and I were shopping at Goodwill, I found a $10 bill in one of the pairs of pants I tried on!  My apologies to whomever lost their money….  With that money though, we were able to buy a coat for a lady we knew of that didn’t possess a winter coat!  Now, we could’ve spent our money on that, no problem.  But, I still like to view it providential blessing, rather than ‘serendipity’.  Nothing God does is by accident, ever. (James 1:17) I will however say that I like Mr. Benson’s idea of having a good attitude about ‘anything that occurs.  No matter how unexpected.’, (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) and I will probably watch the movie ‘Paris When It Sizzles’ again, but this time with a better understanding of the word ‘serendipity’….isn’t it a fun word to say? 🙂  Expanding one’s vocabulary is always something I enjoy.  Whether or not you care about the definition of a word you may or may not have heard before, I hope that you are having a wonderful week!

-Do you know the word serendipity? he asks.   She shakes her head.

– What does it mean?  (Miss Simpson)
– Why, Miss Simpson, I’m surprised. It means opening your eyes
each morning and looking at the bright new day
and going absolutely ape! (Mr. Benson)

– Serendipity? (Miss S.)
– Right.  (Mr. B.)

– Are you making it up?  (Miss S.)
– No, serendipity’s a real word. Actually, it means the ability to find pleasure, excitement and happiness
in anything that occurs. No matter how unexpected. (Mr. B.)

-Serendipity!  (Miss S.)

Some of My Favorite Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Error of opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it” -Thomas Jefferson

“Don’t worry about kissing before marriage, it’ll work itself out….”  -Uncle Chris

“You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.” -Unknown

“Nothing is worth living for, unless it’s worth dying for.” -Elizabeth Elliot

“This unexpected inquiry put me into such a difficulty that I began saying in the absurdest way that….”  -Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Chapter 22

“He who is no fool gives what he can not keep, to gain that which he can not lose.” -Jim Elliot

“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”  Kay, Men in Black

“Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.”  -Unknown

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!” -Charles Spurgeon

“The best books of men are soon exhausted–
they are cisterns, and not springing fountains.
You enjoy them very much at the first acquaintance,
and you think you could hear them a hundred times over-
but you could not- you soon find them wearisome.
Very speedily a man eats too much honey:
even children at length are cloyed with sweets.

All human books grow stale after a time-
but with the Word of God the desire to study it increases,
while the more you know of it the less you think you know.

The Book grows upon you: as you dive into its depths
you have a fuller perception of the infinity which remains
to be explored. You are still sighing to enjoy more of that
which it is your bliss to taste.”  -Charles Spurgeon

I hope you enjoyed them! 🙂