I wasn’t sure how to manage this weekend’s TToT…because I’m not here – I’m off having fun with Christine, my wonderful friend from A Fly On Our Chicken Coop Wall.
Because I’m going to be very busy
cleaning the house so Christine doesn’t think I’m a total slob preparing for her visit, I don’t see how I’m going to have time to write this on any other night. Which means this is being written on Monday, edited Tuesday and then panicked about until Friday, by which point I shall be having far too much fun to care.
The first thing (did you notice it on your way in?) is my beaaaauuuuutiful new banner, which I’ve been mulling about changing for a while, now, and Husby helped me with some graphicky magic on a really awesome cloud I Instagrammed the other day.
The second thing is that Husby’s been much better this week. And so have I. Thanks so, so much to everyone who took the time to get in touch and check in and make sure I was alright. Y’all mean the world to me.
Third – I sent some GLITTERBOMBS. And I plan to send more soon. I *love* doing that – can’t tell you how happy it makes my heart to know that for-real packages of *twinklysparklygoodness* are going out across the globe.
Fourth – GUEST BARDS are back, this time with dream team Inion n Mathair – over at the Well Tempered Bards. And they were so incredibly sweet, they sent me a copy of their latest book of poetry (did I tell you that Bards attracts published authors these days?) and I’m really enjoying getting to know them both on Facebook, where they are super-supportive of their writer friends 🙂
The fifth thing is that I got to see my very special Peace Rose was in bloom this week. And I got a pic, cos it’s gorrrgeous. In fact, there were SO MANY beautiful flowers I got to see this week, that pretty much makes up the rest of the ten.
It’s mine and Husby’s fourth anniversary on Thursday. I’m thankful we made it this far (yaknow, what with everything) and that we’re going to revisit the Mexican restaurant where we had our first married meal, on the evening of our wedding.
THAT I’M GOING TO SPEND TIME WITH CHRISTINE. Huge, huge thankful for this, as hers was one of my first blog crushes, and it took me forever and a half to get over being totally intimidated by her awesomeness to actually comment, then chat, then gradually make friends. I wrote one of my first ever fiction pieces (Coffee for real) about a first-time meeting between two bloggers, and it was my anxiety about meeting someone as cool as Christine, which fuelled that piece. Now we’ve vidchatted a bit, and have been bloggy buddies for OVER A YEAR (I can’t quite believe it, still) I think it’s going to go absolutely brilliantly. My only worry – she met Dyanne last week, and they had SUCH a blast. I only hope I can match up!Christine and Dyanne – they had SUCH fun (yes, I stole this pic)
…I’m borrowing Mum and WonderAunty’s garden and we’re going to have the most incredible English Afternoon Tea, right down to the cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and the scones and jam and the Eton mess. And in case that’s not enough, we’re rounding things off with my Sister’s incredible chocolate cake (which has quite spoiled me for any other chocolate cake ever – and those who know me well, know I don’t really like chocolate, so that I loooove this cake is HUGE (in fact the cake is so good, it’s likely one of the main reasons Christine’s coming!))
I’m thankful it was sunny. And that the sun listened to me on Monday night when I wrote this, and shone MERRILY on Friday afternoon, when we had tea in the garden.
I’m thankful that Christine’s poorly knee held up.
I’m thankful I got the chance to guest post for Laura (Mandatory Makeup – an incredulous look at the way our relationship to makeup can affect kids) and Clark this week (maybe – like I say – writing this Monday – ANYTHING COULD HAVE HAPPENED INSTEAD! [Edit – this did happen, and I got to go and play so click here to read the pennies for your thoughts])
I’m thankful I managed to prepare all the food in time for the afternoon tea. And that there were no disasters. Hmm. What other wishes would I like to come true this week – perhaps this is the way to get them – to be incredibly thankful for them BEFORE they happen, in hopes of giving happenstance and serendipity a little ootz into making them occur.
Thankful for you, for not minding that this is silly, and that I’m not here much this weekend – I will TRY to get to you, but if not, forgive me.
[Edit – and a final, for REALZ thankful, that once again I was able to prove useful in bringing a dear friend to the attention of the marvellous folks at Freshly Pressed. For them who know what this means, being able to do this for someone is THEE most amazing, *buzzyhappysparkly* feeling in the Blogosphere – you don’t even KNOW how good it is (unless you’ve done it, in which case YAY! YOU!)]