Pearls Slipping Off A String

July 17, 2013 | My Jottings

“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”

~L.M. Montgomery — Anne of Avonlea


I love that quote above. I love the Anne of Green Gables books. And I sort of feel like that’s the way our days are going lately — nothing splendid or exciting is happening, but if we look carefully, there are many simple pleasures bestowed upon us as the quiet summer days pass, and they seem very much like pearls slipping off a string.

By necessity, I am doing only the bare minimum. I get our gals ready for their jobs each morning, make simple meals for everyone, let Edith and Mildred outside when needed, and do a lot of resting. I found a wonderful site online called which has given me good and heartening information about how long recovery from a total knee replacement can take. It has given me the permission I need to ice and elevate, ice and elevate, take a nap once in a while, do my paperwork in bed, make no plans.

So as I heal, much, much more slowly than I had hoped, and not as comfortably either, I find solace in being at home. I gaze at Lake Superior out of all the front windows you see above. I soak in the color and beauty of the flowers Sara planted around our house. I watch an occasional British series in the evenings with Michael. I do my Gideon Bible study and am surprised at the richness found in the book of Judges. I listen to a couple of new CDs we have — Audrey Assad and Amy’s newest. And I’m learning patience, one day at a time.

The pearls are slipping off the string.

And they are lovely.


  1. Roberta says:

    A whole lot of learning going on there! A whole lot of appreciation of life,
    that I am coming to as well! “Pearls” are an apt metaphor!

  2. Just Julie says:

    It’s wonderful to be in community with people (even if from afar) who are learning appreciation of life, Roberta. God bless your day and thank you for stopping by here…. xoxo

  3. Pat says:

    What a beautiful quote, Julie. I love the Anne books and also the James Herriot. Have read both series multiple times. I love the picture of your house. Can’t think of a nicer place to recover from a knee surgery, ha ha!

  4. Just Julie says:

    I have read these series several times too, Pat. They’re like a refuge to me. Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend…. xo

  5. Shari C. says:

    Hi Julie!
    What a pretty photo of your home! I can picture you there,
    having a quiet day, spending time healing, reading and enjoying the view… may God bless these days for you, with unexpected joys!
    Sara and I so enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables books, too.
    What a great quote! Love reading your “pearls” of wisdom 🙂

  6. Just Julie says:

    Hi Shari! Thank you for the welcome thoughts and prayers, my friend. Have a blessed weekend! xo

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