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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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LaVonne Bilby - September 6, 2020

Thanks again Bruce, for lighting up our weekend. I would love to win a copy of The Library Book. Thank you for your generosity. Love Covehead Beach! I’m glad you got that refreshing swim in, while enjoying the splendour that God has given us (nature, wind (!), sun, surf, birds). Thanks for sharing Music Travel Love’s video- new to me and they are a delight. Blessings on your week.

Marion Sawatzki - September 6, 2020

Great blog again, Bruce. I would love to win The Library Book. Have a nice long weekend!
Cheers, Marion

Marian Brophy - September 6, 2020

We do look forward each week to the arrival of the PEI PRESERVE CO blog. Thank you, grace and peace and joy be yours in abundance, Marian

Derinda Lyall - September 5, 2020

So look forward to your Blog to start my week-end. I love to read and even more so during this worrying time. Being from England we were used to swimming in the cold sea, so refreshing. Would love to receive the book. Love seeing photos of Millie and your beautiful property.
Hope to visit again when all is safe.
Define a Lyall

Barbara VE - September 5, 2020

It is indeed a wonderful world. But I do like chords that resolve. And a big thank you for providing the golf cart ride awhile back so that we good enjoy the the gardens.

Susan B - September 5, 2020

Great blog Bruce !! Thank you.
Love the talk about the books and the quotes. I hadn’t listed to Louis in awhile and I needed to hear that song.
Have a great week, Susan B

Sharon Kalich - September 5, 2020

Your blog grounds me every Saturday….gives me hope and warm fuzzies. Have you ever thought of writing a book on your reflections? Your comment about the natural wind dermabrasion was classic! What a wit!
I would love a copy of The Library Book too. You are so generous and thoughtful to offer it to one of us.
To my muse in PEI and thanks for the Millie pics at the end. So precious.

Dorothy Peters - September 5, 2020

would love to read The Library Book, by Susan Orlean,

Linda - September 5, 2020

Loved, loved, loved The Library Book! Glad you enjoyed it too. Happy September.

Jennifer Sarkkinen - September 5, 2020

Interestingly, as I read about Seneca, I read that his older brother, Gallio, met the Apostle Paul, recorded in the Bible in Acts 18!
Just thought it interesting! 😊

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