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What’s Your One Thing + Mastering the Slow Read + Grandparents Dilemma

What’s Your One Thing + Mastering the Slow Read + Grandparents Dilemma

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

Sunrise 6:52 September 5,2020

Thank you for the invite in. Is the kettle ready? Let's have a cuppa...

I finished The Library Book yesterday. Whoohooo #10 here I come. I enjoyed the book, and I love Susan Orlean's writing. One of my favourite sentences was:

"Beyond that was all uncertainty, the way life almost always is. It would remain a story without end, like a suspended chord in the last measure of a song-that singular, dissonant, open sound that makes you ache to hear something more."

Anyone interested in having me send them The Library Book, by Susan Orlean, please leave a comment. Once the draw is made, and the name chosen, I will reach out for your address. Once I have the address, I will happily send it to you. 

Being able to move my brain from busy-ness to focused reading is a challenging task for me. But a pleasurable challenge. One I will master. 

I enjoyed this Ted Talk by Jacqueline Woodson, an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle's Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. 

So now, I move on to number 10 of 20 for my 2020 book reading adventure.

Now on book #10. 

I recently heard Gary Keller interviewed, and I was intrigued by what he had to say. He spoke to a lot of frustrations that I experience. His wisdom came through the words spoken and intrigued me enough to look into his writings. 

So book number 10 is The One Thing by Gary Keller.

From the inside cover flap... 


You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what's the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions--and lots of stress. 


You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. 


In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal* dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life--work, personal, family, and spiritual. 


I look forward to starting the book today. 

"It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death's final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it." ~ Seneca

Shirley and I went for a swim at Covehead Beach yesterday. It was a refreshing dunk in the ocean. Interestingly, I watched a seagull fly very near me overhead with a small lobster flapping while being held in the grips of the gull's beak—the circle of life. And anyone with a dermatological need to have the first layer of the skin removed would have enjoyed the wind. LOL 

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." - Mignon McLaughlin

Over the last few weeks, Adrienne Klassen, our baker and Katherine MacLaine, our graphic designer/photographer, have teamed up to work together on creating wonderful fun recipes using our products. The laughter these two enjoy together can be heard throughout the village. (OK, that was a little poetic license.) 

Be sure to follow on us on Instagram or take a peek at what they are up to on our recipe blog. Every few days, we post new items.  

One of my favourite songs...

Have a WONDER-FULL weekend!

With Love from Prince Edward Island, 

Bruce & Millie


My wife said that my granddaughter has me wrapped around her little finger.

I said, "That's not true. I said 'no' to her just yesterday."

"What did she ask you?"

"She asked me if there was anything I wouldn't give her."

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Dennis Van Bruggen - September 12, 2020

Wonderful blog and interesting and insightful too! I would like to be entered for the chance at “The Library Book” as well, thank you.

Betty A. Plucinski - September 11, 2020

As always an enjoyable read. I, too, would like to be added to the book draw. I thank you. Stay safe & well.

Paula Mueda - September 9, 2020

Enjoyed your blog, as usual, Bruce! Please add my name to the drawing for “The Library Book.” So enjoyed hearing Louis Armstrong doing “What a Wonderful World”; he is so easy to listen to. We are having dreadful fires here in California, with gray/overcast skies for days now — it’s hard to think of our particular world as wonderful right now. While being thankful that we still have a home to live in, our hearts are saddened by the so many who have lost their homes. Hoping you have a beautiful fall season there in PEI.

Audrey Wilde - September 8, 2020

Dear Bruce, I look forward to your blog every week. It’s a wonderful way to relax and end my week. I love to read and as a young girl I did read a lot. It was my way of traveling around the world. My favorite author
was Pearl Buck. I think I read every book she wrote. I still read 1 to 3 books a week. Between reading and working in my flowers there’s not much T.V. I have a group of friends ( 3 of us) who pass our books around. We find some really great books at “Goodwill” . When we’re finished with them I send them to my sister (snail mail) and reads them and passes them on. One of the latest books I’ve read is “Change of Heart” by Jodi Picoult. About a young innocent man sent to prison. Well worth the read .
I would love to have my name put in for the drawing.
Blessings, Audrey

Debbie Carr - September 8, 2020

Hi Bruce and Millie
Love your blog, always so inspiring. I have a mission to read more PEI history. My husband and I spent 3 wonderful days in Grand Tracadie—camping and kayaking. Also did the floating boardwalk in Greenwich. Stay vacations are the best. Would love the Library Book.
Have a great week. Bert and Debbie Carr

Shirley Hansen Del Rio - September 7, 2020

Just seeing the letters PEI makes my heart beat faster. Then I get excited to read Bruce‘s blog and so glad he continues. They are always spot-on to create wonderful emotions and memories of being there – there, especially at the beautiful yellow building that is the Preserve Company and its wonderful restaurant. I just want to plop myself down and live right there! Congratulations to your excellent photographer – you say Katherine? She posts the most fabulous pictures that draw you in immediately. I first met Bruce and Shirley (I am Shirley from California) on my maiden “voyage” to PEI. (Had to do the “Anne of Green Gables” thing with my daughter fulfilling a promise I had made 25 yrs prior to take her one day!!) Little did I know there was so much to see/do in PEI. I now describe it as “if I think of heaven, this is what it would look like.” We loved this place and Bruce and Shirley so much, we (teachers) saved and went back the next year. We drove straight to the Preserve Company to say “we’re back!!“ only to be disappointed the Bruce and Shirley
were out of town. Sad!!! We stocked up on our favorite teas and jams and Dunoon cups
to have a nice surprise upon our return to CA. We dream of returning and WE WILL!!! Only a pandemic stopped us this time! We still “feel” PEI, and Bruce and all, through his wonderful blog and pictures. Thanks a MILLION!! I’d like to add my name to the pot for a book!! . Thank you,
Shirley (and Karina) Del Río Bay Area CA

Pat - September 6, 2020

Bruce, I so look forward to your blog on Saturdays. What A Wonderful World sand by Louis Armstrong was a favorite song of my late husband. He wanted this song played at the funeral home.❤️
Your recipes look wonderful especially the coffee.
I would love a copy of “The Library Book”.

Katharine Preston - September 6, 2020

I can’t thank you enough for your weekly insights. Love your blogs and this one is undoubtedly my fave! Everything resonated with me. I will follow Jacqueline Woodson, what am inspired woman. The music was fabulous! What a great start to my day.

And if you sent The Library Book, well then it would be perfect!

Linda Stephenson - September 6, 2020

Dear Bruce, I love your blog and look forward to it every Saturday. I had forwarded one of them to my daughter who has since subscribed to it! As a retired middle school library media specialist (AKA librarian) from Midwest America, “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean intrigues me and I’d love for you to send me a copy!

Jen Cash - September 6, 2020

Enjoy your blog!

I am working on mastering the slow read and my one thing at this moment in time. . .intentional living. I am on book #3 of 16 I hoping to complete by end of the year. Happy reading!

Thank you for your weekly encouragement and thoughts.

I would be interested in The Library book by Susan Orlean.

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