Poem, Tool Kit and New Cake Recipe

02 May

I have posted a poem by Naomi Shibab Nye before. I love her work. Here for your delectation is

Valentine For Ernest Mann – Naomi Shibab Nye

You can’t order a poem like you order a taco.
Walk up to the counter, say, “I’ll take two”
and expect it to be handed back to you
on a shiny plate.
Still, I like your spirit.
Anyone who says, “Here’s my address,
write me a poem,” deserves something in reply.
So I’ll tell a secret instead:
poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes,
they are sleeping. They are the shadows
drifting across our ceilings the moment 
before we wake up. What we have to do
is live in a way that lets us find them.
Once I knew a man who gave his wife
two skunks for a valentine.
He couldn’t understand why she was crying.
“I thought they had such beautiful eyes.”
And he was serious. He was a serious man
who lived in a serious way. Nothing was ugly
just because the world said so. He really
liked those skunks. So, he re-invented them
as valentines and they became beautiful.
At least, to him. And the poems that had been hiding
in the eyes of skunks for centuries 
crawled out and curled up at his feet.
Maybe if we re-invent whatever our lives give us
we find poems. Check your garage, the off sock
in your drawer, the person you almost like, but not quite.
And let me know.
Click here for her beautiful and moving poem, Kindness.
2   The lovely Mr Smith came home with a present for me today, something I have been coveting for some time – a tool box of my own! Just look!
My very own tool box

My very own tool box

3   In today’s Guardian was a recipe that I couldn’t resist and I made it  this afternoon for a shared lunch tomorrow. In fact, I then made another for us as it smelled just so good! It tastes wonderful too. I will post the recipe soon.  The original is made with Hazelnuts. Mine is with Almonds.

Almond, Cinnamon and Sour Cream Cake

Almond, Cinnamon and Sour Cream Cake


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13 responses to “Poem, Tool Kit and New Cake Recipe

  1. valeriedavies

    May 7, 2015 at 9:36 am

    yes, please may we have the recipe soon !!!!

  2. Grannymar

    May 4, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Am I allowed to covet your tool kit? Time to update and get rid of the heavy multi layer metal one I have with an old mish- mash of items. The cake looks yummy, but since it has sour cream… I’ll have to give it a miss.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Sorry about the cake…. My tool kit was from B&Q and was half price! If you have a B&Q it would be worth looking. It all folds in half and it surprisingly light and very neat! 🙂

      • Grannymar

        May 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

        I just did a search for that tool kit and found my local store has it! Very good value!

        • Grannymar

          May 4, 2015 at 2:48 pm

          Your tool kit is safe. I got the last one at my local branch!

          • mybeautfulthings

            May 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

            I’m delighted! Well done to get the last one! 🙂

  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    May 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I got my Mom a tool kit for her birthday one year…and it was one of her things she kept forever!
    now, you have me wanting one of my own…Trying to keep fingers out of it…will be a problem…if I know my husband and son!…

  4. Sharon -

    May 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Great poem and I love your tool kit. Sharon x


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