Wednesday - Friday: A lovely few days.
I have new Tupperware cups from the op shop, the 4 at the front of the pic bought for a gold coin (?!), so bright and gorgeous.
I bought a set in my early twenties, I love them, they are soooo hardy, you wouldn't think they are 15 years old and used non stop. I have managed to misplace two somewhere along the way so these new (bargain priced) replacements are a welcome addition.
I am so grateful for my job where I work 2 days a week. I've been there 10 weeks now and I've been asked to stay on next year too which is really quite fantastic. I can even see the ocean in the distance from my treatment room :-)
I am grateful for my reliable car, it is such a trusty little vehicle.
I am grateful for friendship: cups of tea, walks, laughs, shared interests and even a hot, yummy, very filling lunch at the pub today of fish, chips and salt/pepper squid :-)
PS. I bought something this week which I really want to tell you about. I just need a bit more time before I share but soon though, I promise.
Sat: I am grateful for amazing volunteers in my town who teach sport to the kids and grateful for friendly faces and birthday parties for little friends.
My flowers are opening.
Sun: We stopped to smell the ginormous rose on our walk!
Monday & Tuesday: I am grateful for lovely friends.
The Man of the House and I spent 2 huge days working on our home, it's looking awesome, inside and out.
Sammie knows how to find a shady spot to rest whilst keeping close to the action.
Tuesday: I love my local friends. I will probably say that a lot in this series but friends are so important.
Wednesday: I was pleased to receive a phone call to say that my kids had won a school holiday colouring contest through the local library. They were stoked with their prizes. Thank you so much to the staff at the library!
I love our library for so many reasons. It was a lifesaver when the kids were little; a place to visit on a rainy day, baby rhyme and song sessions and a super duper toy library (free!) that we still use regularly, plus a yummy hot chocolate on occasion. These days I love it mostly because of the OneCard system...I order my books online and I receive a text to say when they are available to collect, too easy.
Thursday: An emotional day for me, teary and a bit all over the shop; feeling extra sensitive. It was interesting to notice. Weather wise, it was warm and super windy which made me feel a little flustered at times. I bought myself some flowers, just a little reminder to myself that I am lovely and that I can nurture myself, as well as be nurtured by others, when I need it or when I feel like I am beginning to feel depleted. I had a nap and an early night! I look forward to my lillies opening up :-)
Today was a lot better but I was still feeling tired, I ended up having another nap after volunteering at school and doing errands. I will tuck myself into bed very soon.
Perhaps because yesterday was a little rough, I have felt a lot more appreciation in general.
I am so grateful for the awesome people in my life.
I am grateful for week long monopoly games, we leave the game set up to return to when we have the time or inclination :-)
I am grateful that my contract for 2 days work providing Reiki in community health has been renewed until the end of the term, yay! It's not for everyone and that's okay but it feels so good to receive so much positive feedback and to know that the people who benefit from complimentary health therapies, in addition to mainstream medicine and psychology, really benefit.
Friday: A walk at sunset with the kids. We counted 13 cats, some peaking out at us from windows, some relaxing in their front yards and one super smoochy ginger who wanted to be friends. Our record is 15...cats love dusk and so do I.
Saturday: Awesome cloud formations in the mid north on my way to visit some of my favourite people.
Sunday: I am grateful for local, friendly faces.
Monday: I am grateful for our school!
Relaxing with a cup of tea after work with this guy. Could he be any more handsome?
My new painting is up in the kitchen!! There are a few spots I could continue to fiddle with, a couple of mistakes, but I am going to say...it is DONE. I am really happy with it overall.
PS. Can you see that my kitchen table has purple legs? Two tones of purple to be exact. Apparently it was from a sunday school and I loved it as soon as I saw it.
I love journalling and I often write snippets of gratitude once or twice a week, to reflect on and tune in to all the good stuff in my life.
So....I am going to try and do a daily gratitude series on my blog. Maybe some text, maybe a photo. I won't promise to blog everyday but I will make a note in my journal or take a photograph...DAILY....and then post them on here.
If you want to play along, please comment, drop me a line, start your own blog (You know who you are!!) or personal journal.
So here goes...
Friday 7th: The beginning of a weekend away for me...friendship, hot tea, delicious food, fresh flowers, good conversation and a warm and comfy bed.
Saturday 8th: Art workshop with my lovely friend, learning from Tracy Verdugo. I was so out of my comfort zone, I felt very awkward and inexperienced, I was the only one there who had virtually zero acrylic painting experience. It reminded me a little of when I did Singing with the Stars...shitting myself most of the time on the inside haha but knowing I wanted to be there and do my best. So, yeh, I attended and experimented... with a beginners mind and a good dose of courage and did the best I could.
And again, friendship and hospitality, laughter, good conversation, a different warm bed and a full belly of delicious homemade food! I seriously get spoiled when I am away staying with friends in Adelaide.
Sunday 9th Oct: Day 2 of the art workshop and I found I relaxed...a little. ;-)
Here is pic of Tracy's layers on day 2.
And mine coming along....
Below is Tracy finishing hers off as an under the sea scene..."Night dive".
She makes it look easy! You can check out her website here
I had to stop to take a photo or two of the sunset on my drive home.
Monday 10th: Family time! I had missed those little faces...and the big one too.
Tuesday 11th: Celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary! Some art with The Man of the House (he is so good at painting...like naturally...with ease! Grrrr, haha) and then Cafe Capella's in Moonta for tea...it is always consistently good there. I have never been disappointed.
A brisk walk after tea before it all unravelled, haha. Cafe Capella begins dinner at 5pm which is perfect for dining out with kids but it still requires a bit of patience...during or after!
My painting is looking good...nearly finished, another sess or two and I'll be done. Tracy's method involves lots of layering, symbols, mark making, using acrylics and ink which react with water and playing with colour & texture. I am so glad I attended.
Ok, I'll be back soon for more gratitude.
Here is a beautiful song I heard on the radio, it makes me cry but alot of things do these days :-) I adore his deep voice.