Saturday, 31 May 2014

Mother Teresa Quote

Mother Teresa Quote

Today we each have been given a gift, opportunity, a new beginning

 ~ a new day to make of it what we can.

In a sermon Pastor Juanita Laverty recalled a blessing she received in a card on her wedding day.  It was much like the quote by Mother Teresa.  The blessing Juanita received went something like this 

Bloom where God has planted you

My prayer for each of you is that you will use today to bring peace and love into your own life and into the lives of those around you.

Grandma Snyder

©201302015 twosnydergirls 

Friday, 30 May 2014


The Best Kept Secret 

Walking to the Library on the computer
What do you do when the you need a quiet cup of coffee, a comfortable chair, a few moments to read a newspaper and your are babysitting your grandchildren who are busy, noisy, and demanding ~ “What can we do Grandpa I’m bored”.

In a previous post I talked about going to McDonalds however that is loud and if you are lucky you walk away with children who have exhausted themselves physically – you do get a break don’t get me wrong.  What we wanted today was to relax ourselves and our grandchildren.

What about the Library?

Only if I get to play on the computer!

Ok deal!

Off we go to our local library.

Child in library

Now from experience we can tell you that our granddaughter starts on the computer and within 10 minutes the book lined shelves have enticed them away and we always find them reading quietly by themselves.

Child reading a book at the library
We have never once been told “I am bored” or “I want to go home” when we go to the library in fact it is always Grandpa and Grandma who say it is time to leave and we always leave with books to take home.

Child checking a book out of library

Now here is the great part.  Once home the girls curl up in a comfortable spot and continue their adventure into books.

Our local library allows you to bring food and drink in so we arrive with our coffee and we get to spend an easy 45 minutes of quiet time.

A win/win situation and we hope we are:
  • Ensuring the longevity of publicly funded libraries through our support 
  • Teaching our granddaughters that books also come with hard covers, paper pages and can be read long after the batteries on the electronic reader have worn out.

Child reading a book

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Dandelion Therapy in my lawn

Dandelion Therapy 

Pulling dandelions is the therapy I am talking about and this year 2014 I am changing my approach to dealing with dandelions in my lawn.

flowering and going to seed
Don't get me wrong dandelions do have nutritional benefits and for those you should Google dandelion therapy there are many great sites.

Wikipedia informed me that my lawn dandelions are a cousin to my favourite flower the sunflower – they are both part of the Asteraceae family and I thought for a long time that was the end of their similarity.

Dandelions in the lawn

I deliberately plant sunflowers in my flower beds, whereas my dandelions grow hither and yon in my lawn and other places.  I do not agree with herbicides because they kill off more than the weeds – I like honey!  This has meant that each year from spring to fall I am out there digging up dandelions.

Dandelions going to seed
We have tried to pay our grandchildren .25 cents a root and this works for about 10 minutes and then they give up wanting to spend their dollars at the Ice Cream Parlor and of course grandma is just too happy to go for ice cream.  That was not sarcasm I love ice cream.

So what am I doing different this year?  I am setting aside 30 minutes every day that it is not raining and I take my cushion, trowel and compost bucket to the lawn where with each dandelion that I pull I give thanks for a blessing that I have received that day and/or I offer up intercessory prayer for a friend, the world or other prayer request.

The first day after 30 minutes I got up put everything away and came inside now on day 7 as I approach the lawn I am already giving thanks.  Sitting among the grass and dandelions  alone with my thoughts under the canopy of sky I appreciate the opportunity this amazing flower has provided me.

I still do not want dandelions in my lawn but call me crazy I can see the similarity to their cousin the sunflower  – they both bring me joy!

What  part of gardening do you find therapeutic?

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Florence Nightingale


May 12, 1820 to August 13, 1910

I met Florence Nightingale when I was ten years old, she was the heroine in a book I was given for my birthday.  I was so taken by her story that she became the basis for that year’s public speaking topic and as a young adult a role model for me as I trained to become a nurse.
This is the book that I read and click here to link to Amazon

Florence Nightingale was born May 12th, 1820, and 194 years later her example continues to influence and motivate young women and men.
Florence was born into a family of privilege with a tradition of taking on issues of social justice, her maternal grandfather was the abolitionist William Smith.  

As a woman she was expected to marry well and Florence believing that God had a different purpose for her life she repeatedly propositioned her parents to allow her to become a nurse.  In 1851 they gave their permission and Florence spent three months training in Germany before becoming a hospital nurse in England.

The unsanitary conditions under which wounded British soldier’s in the Crimean War were having to endure resulted in the British minister of war seeking Florence’s helping.  Thus the “Lady-with-the-Lamp” was born as Florence Nightingale supervised a team of 38 nurses in Turkey.   

A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom,
And flit from room to room

On England’s annals through the long
Hereafter of her speech and song
That lights its rays shall cast
From portals of the past

A Lady with a Lamp shall stand
In the great history of the land,
A noble type of good
Heroic womanhood.
~ Longfellow

Upon her return to England Florence established the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas' Hospital in London where she trained nurses and influenced the operations of hospitals in the human and sanitary care of the sick and injured.  
 In 2014 we can still see Florence Nightingales influence in the training of nurses and the guiding principles that under pin the operation of our hospitals.

In the mid 1950's Florence Nightingales story set a young girl on her path to become a nurse and later a social worker.  Let’s continue to tell Florence Nightingales story and motivate future generations of care givers both young women and young men.

If you would like to read more about Florence Nightingale please visit these websites:

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

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