Ten Things of Thankful #5

Shhhhhhh! This will have to be a very quiet Ten Things of Thankful, at least for now! Niece and Neff are asleep here tonight on an ‘Aunty Lizzi Sleepover’ and (don’t tell Sis) they only went to sleep at 8.15 after a special evening out to the allotment to do watering, followed by a bath, followed by a story and two songs each. I’m very keen for them to stay asleep because, well, let’s face it – they’re 3 and 5 and you know what that’s like when it’s meant to be sound-o!

1. Still absolutely loving my fish tank! I’m really excited about getting the first of my fish in a week or so once the system’s matured.

2. I’m loving having Niece and Neff to stay. We’ve had no meltdowns, no problems, and so far it’s gone swimmingly. They both helped (a little) to cook tea, and showed off reasonably good table manners as we ate. Neff was particularly pleased that ‘his’ recipe worked out so well, and they both ate it, which was wonderful.

3. As a point of facilitation, I am *SO* thankful that Husby helped me cut the cut-off of blackout blind in half and fix it onto the back of the curtains in their room. It was major, major effort, as Niece and Neff kept bouncing on the beds to try to see what we were doing, and were generally doing a fantastic job of being small, interested, in-the-way people. And Husby pitched right in there with the how-to and the operating-at-height and made it happen.

4. I’m grateful for the gorgeous sunshine which made me so toasty warm today and dried out the freshly laundered sheets within hours. They smell all fresh-air-and-sunshine-y, which was scrumptious to tuck the children up in for bed.

5. The pizza recipe Neff created ‘by himself’. It was absolutely gorgeous. He’s on a non-dairy kick, and I wanted to make sure that his pizza wasn’t too dried up, so I added finely grated carrot to the sauce, and it was juicy and de-lish! (Husby, Niece and I did have cheese on ours. Also scrummy)

Dairy-free pizza

For the base
400g self raising flour
2 tblsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp Bouillion (or one crumbled stock cube)
Water to mix

Pizza sauce
3 tblsp tomato puree
2 tblsp tomato ketchup
2 medium carrots, finely grated
1/4 cup of water to mix*

Chopped ham
Chopped salami
Pineapple pieces
(cheese optional)

Mix the dried ingredients and add enough water to make a stiff dough. Roll out and place on a pizza tray (the ones with holes in) and bake in the oven until the top is just going blond, then remove, turn over, and add the sauce then the toppings and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes, or until getting ‘cooked looking’ on top.

*I usually add water (but not carrot) so the sauce is the consistency of pasta sauce, and spreads well, but the carrot got in the way, so in the end I made it too runny and had to thicken it up a little with extra flour. This might be an idea anyway because the carrot makes the sauce really thick, and I think without the flour helping to bond it while cooking, it may all slide off. Mix 2 tsp flour in with the water you add to the sauce.

6. I discovered that my attitude to gratitude can change for the better, my attitude to giving can be adapted to suit, and my competitive nature is sated when one of my friends wins something I’m also competing for. A good week for personal growth.

7. I’m grateful that in a world turned into a global village by the internet, courier companies exist who don’t charge every penny they can, enabling the sending and receiving of gifts. Husby and I received a gorgeous painting from my great uncle in New Zealand. It’s absolutely stunning and I’m still in love with it, not only because it’s original art (I’m a little bit of a snob that way – I *love* my originals) but because it’s absolutely, blindingly stunning. Simple and beautiful and it appeals on every aesthetic level I can think of.

8. Helping out pays dividends – I’m involved in two sets of work with youngsters at my church – I’m the creche leader, and a helper with the youth-group for the 11-16 year olds. There’s been a push this year on appreciating all the volunteers, so a few weeks ago Husby and I got invited to a stunningly swish, delicious meal as a thank-you for the creche stuff, and tomorrow evening we go to a BBQ to say thanks for our help with the youth group. Such a generous, lovely (tasty) way of being thanked for the hard work we and the others on our teams put in.

9. I’m so grateful that I’m feeling less anxious about the whole infertility thing. It’s been coming on for a while now, but particularly since Monday night (which was pretty bad, as I was mired in the whole ‘grief’ thing) I’ve been reasonably at peace. I’ve been able to look at pregnant women and think ‘good for them’. I’ve smiled at babies. I’ve smiled at parents enjoying spending time with their children. It hasn’t felt like falling off a cliff or dying inside or red-hot-pokers to the heart. I prayed that I’d begin to feel better, and whether this is an answer or a self-fulfilling thingummy (or a bit of both) I’m hugely pleased that I am freer now to get on with living life and finding Good to do, without that emotional burden tearing me up every day. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it sucks, but at the moment, this week, I can see a life beyond ‘can’t have children’, and that life is good.

10. I discovered I have more learning to do, as I am pretty ignorant of the parts of speech! For someone who loves writing as much as I do, this is a fairly poor state of affairs and needs to be rectified. If anyone can recommend a straightforward, elegantly written book which explains this, you can be in my Ten Things on Sunday!

Sneaky little extra – as of the end of this post, Niece and Neff are still peacefully in dreamland…yay!
[Edit <30sec later "Dangit! Spoke too soon"]

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28 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful #5

  1. Ah but you will, because it's all about how each individual interacts with it – it's endlessly interesting and each person who looks into it, stops and says 'hey! this is a *thing*' sheds more light on how it works.


  2. Well that lowers my anxiety a smidgen. I really do butcher the English language, in my opinion.

    I read the blog yes… but have yet to delve deeper into the doctrine itself, which reminds me I've yet to stop over there! I honestly don't think I would add anything fascinating prospectively lol


  3. I've placed a request with the Birthday Fairy for the Elements of Style.

    I'm a fan of made-up words and of artistically used grammar, and I've not noticed anything over at yours which has particularly made me cringe – we're ok for now πŸ˜€

    Thanks for the good wishes, Jak. Life throws so much at us all that we have to weather, yet somehow we pull through (usually in time for the next crisis, sometimes even with a break in between)

    Do you read the Wakefield Doctrine? We'd be pleased to have you in a hangout – your perspective would be fascinating.


  4. Oh My Nuts! You have to go stark-raving mad when reading my blog with all its made up words, crappy grammar, and poor sentence structure lol The only book I've read on the topic is William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White's The Elements of Style. They would be rolling over in their graves if they saw my blog. That is if they are dead, which I've no idea. If alive they would politely (or not so politely) demand I stop writing forever.

    Hopefully someone was able to point you in the right direction for a good book on the matter!

    Sounds like you had a great time with the niece and neff. Not sure about the whole diary-free pizza, though. I love my cheese! I'm sure it is a lot healthier than almost everything I eat, however πŸ™‚

    It's great you are climbing out of the state of mind you began the week with. I know it was a rough few days. It happens, and will again, but as time goes on I hope it becomes worlds easier to see the goodness/happiness when it does occur; rebounding quickly.

    I still haven't used those Hangouts, I hope they have been fun (even if frustrating)!

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink


  5. Didn't it go well πŸ™‚

    And isn't that the luxury of the internet, fo' shizzle!

    The hangout was fun but frustrating. We gotta fix whatever went on with that audio feed :/


  6. Thank you. I'm having such a frustrating time waiting for the fish! So excited.

    I hope the feeling will last. I'm not sure it will, and I'm expecting it to fluctuate, but I guess I'm ok with that and prepared for it.


  7. It's better with cheese, believe me, it just works well both ways πŸ™‚ Let me know how you found it if you go ahead πŸ™‚

    We all have our hurts, don't we, and the grass so often seems greener, except I think we're all secretly staring across a Mobius strip…


  8. winding down on the weekend… another 'cellent bloghop, yo.

    (no! I would talk like that, if I were in person! lol*)

    *although I don't know how ol my l tends to be…

    thanks for the help in understanding the hangout thing…


  9. Your fish tank is really cool!

    I love sun-dried laundry, too!!

    I am so happy to hear that you feel a little bit better about your intertility situation! I hope that feeling will last! But you sound quite positive about it which is great! xoxo


  10. XmlSplit-3-Trial I am glad that you feel better about your infertility situation, even if it is just for this week, take it! I can relate a little, I couldn't look at typical kids for a long time but it got better and better.

    I love the way clean sheet smell when you dry them with wind and sunshine as opposed the drier. That's how I used to do it back in my country, I miss that.
    I'll have to try the dairy free pizza, sounds great!


  11. You'd be welcome to join πŸ™‚ It was super fun.

    I hope that the ups will continue and the troughs can just be ignored for a while. Would be nice.

    And yes, totally lovely to be acknowledged. And fed. And let to drink wine πŸ˜‰


  12. I loved Eats Shoots and Leaves, though I know a lot of people got really cross because the author was seen as effectively contributing to the 'grammar nazi' movement, but as a person who flinches when she sees a misplaces apostrophe, I thought it was great and right on the money. I'll check the other out, thanks πŸ™‚


  13. Sounds like you have had a glorious week, all in all. I want to be invited to the next sleepover at Aunt Lizzi's!

    So glad you're feeling better. I'm sure there will be ups and downs, but hopefully the ups will overcome.

    And isn't it wonderful to be acknowledged for giving of your time? It's not WHY we volunteer, but it still feels good to be recognized, especially when it involves food!


  14. ok…lol work today… (on the road, will stop in for Comment-breaks), then tonight the Combined Wakefield Doctrine Saturday Night Drive/ Wakefield Doctrine Video Midnight Snackation!*

    *think I can say Wakefield Doctrine more frequently? lol


  15. I know! Aren't they good (though Christine's on vaycay (as I saw it posted someplace the other day) so I linked her in πŸ™‚ Janine's all done too, just not linked up yet!



  16. holy smoke! Christine and Kristi are already here!! damn it! just getting started, should be online in about an hour. tell everyone else not to use up all the Things Thankful!
    I'll be back.

    PS anyone have a 6 letter word for shopping list?


  17. They've been very fun to have around. I keep hearing that it's the 'best second Lizzi sleepover ever', which is very cute.

    Your niece sounds adorable – it's so nice when they look after little girls at such a (relatively) young age and go into the 'mommy' role.

    It's been a good week, which is great. Looking forward to reading about yours, having missed you on FTSF!


  18. Oh enjoy your niece and nephew and we actually almost had our niece sleep over tonight with our girls. She is 8 years old and a little mommy to our girls. I love her so and truly know what you mean about having fun when she does sleep over. But does sound like you do have quite a bit to be thankful for and even though we skipped FTSF today and I didn't post up on a Friday in what seems like forever, I am so in for tomorrow morning to linkup with you. And very much love ending my week on this wonderful and positive note. So, I truly thank you as always for that!! πŸ™‚


  19. You sure are! This is a sneaky, secret, advance (and now totally busted) post, because it's not quite midnight yet here!

    I was really pleased that the cheese topping could be optional (like you, I ADORE cheese, and my Explorer Friend and I recently gave it up to try to make ourselves healthier, cos it was becoming a 'thing', y'know?)

    It's so much nicer being able to not feel crap about the whole babies thing. In the same way that forgiveness helps you carry on with life when someone's wronged you, whatever this is, is helping me carry on my life when life's wronged us.

    The appreciation really helps. Who'm I kidding? The free food helps most πŸ˜‰

    I KNOW! It's gonna be a loooooong week!

    The painting, ahhh it's so great! So intricate! And Belizian art would be SUPER! But don't hurt yourself making it so πŸ˜‰ (though it would be awwwwesome)

    Looking forward to your link up in the morning πŸ™‚


  20. Am I getting first comment here??? Lol hope so.

    I would never think about dairy free pizza. I LOVE cheese so that's not for me.I can't believe I didn't comment on that painting its gorgeous. i shall search for a Belizean one for you or a post card. Or something that says Belize. Oh my sister's husband makes carving .. IDEAS IDEAS

    I am happy to hear that you are feeling a bit better about your situation and especially that you're smiling more at babies πŸ™‚

    Also its nice to be involved in community work and even nicer when you get to enjoy a little appreciation even though you did it out of the goodness of your heart.

    I can't wait to see the tank with fish. i think the kiddo will be more excited when they come over next time and they're home.

    Wow this a long comment πŸ™‚
    Will be linking up manana. Its not even 5 here ..


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