Ten Things of Thankful #56

I’m writing this ridiculously early – Wednesday evening, in fact – because we have a dear friend due to be staying for the weekend, and I might not be around much. But I cannot let this go; this week, the one HUGE thankful which happened, which is also Ten Things and utterly wonderful and *twinklysparklyperfect* in every way…needs to be shared.

The light is dimming, the balcony door is open, and a gentle, night breeze is wafting in, bringing with it the muted sounds of occasional traffic, and the muffled thuds and calls of some kids playing football in the park across the street. The remnants of sunset are sketched across a sky which is rapidly fading from forget-me-not blue to the paler, greyer colour of a favourite blue top which has been washed too many times.Β  Husby is tinkering quietly at the table with (whatever it is men do when they tinker) and I sit here fresh and clean and, aching in the good way from pilates, bathed in the glow from my screen, utterly content. And every so often, just to check it’s still real and still glorious, I turn my head and look towards the end of the sofa, where there is a HUGE card, containing messages of friendship and love from around the world.

Receiving this was quite literally the BEST moment of my entire week. Perhaps of my entire month. My heart has not stopped being full, and I still can’t quite believe the lengths to which these dear people went to show me they care. I love them all. So let me tell you about it, and share the *twinklysparklyINCREDIBLYGLITTERYgoodness*

Perfect Glitterbomb2It was a tired end of the day, and I had given up and gone to bed for a pre-dinner nap, when the intercom buzzed. It couldn’t be the pizza already (it was an unexpected but wonderful night in together, and neither of us could be bothered to cook) but I hauled myself out of bed to answer, and learned it was a delivery man. Lovely man, in his brown uniform with his little “Can you sign here, please?” machine which only ever generates half a signature – little did he know that he was bearing a gift which had TRAVELLED, and which contained more love than I thought it possible to pack into one place.

For me? From AMERICA?! (my eyes got huge) I hastened him away and returned to my bed, intrigued. The parcel was from Sandy, but one layer in, I got to a BIG sign, telling me “STOP! READ THIS!” – a card was attached beneath, requesting that I please read it before proceeding. And then the card (beautiful, shinysparkly geometric patterns) told me that there were nine people who *desperately* wanted to know how this went, so would I pretty please vlog myself opening it. My heart began to beat faster…what on earth could this be? Who were the Nine, and what were they up to?

So I vlogged myself opening the most incredible, wonderful, been-around-the-world, all-from-love package, complete with the wrappings each person used, and stuffed with “2lb of glitter”, INCREDIBLE box of one, giant ‘Thank You’ card, and an overwhelming amount of love and glitter. And then Youtube had a ‘moment’ and deleted the entire thing. So what you get is my second attempt. I’m so sorry it isn’t the first…the first one was *perfect* but also very long (there was no WAY this one was going to come in at under three minutes!). ENJOY! And then come back here for my thankfuls…because for these, I am truly, utterly, HUGELY thankful. And you (and they) should know.

It began in Singapore, then went to California, then to Missouri; Indiana; Massachusetts; Rhode Island (where it got wet, and also got flown into the air by a hawk, who thought it was WAY cool and wanted to join in); Maryland; Virginia; and finally to Florida before being glittered a million and sent to me.

TToT Magic ParcelSo here, in order of travel, are my Thankfuls:

1. Michelle. Thank you, firstly for the poem! It made me giggle and I was delighted by just how very pertinent it was. I love our little morning (my morning) catch-ups on Facebook, and the way it sets me up for going off into the working day. Thank you always for your prayers and your support. You’re a very caring person, and I have huge respect for your stoicism, your take on life, your poetry, and your determination to always seek the good, even when the good is so hard to find. I also love our VidChats, and your sweet, quirky ways, and seeing the top of your head and hearing you laugh. And I’m always appreciative of how sensitive you are to the needs of others and the lengths you go to, to accommodate them.

2. Kristi (K2). I heard from a little bird that this was YOUR idea! I shall have to wait for you to confirm whether or not this is the case, but I am *always* thankful for your kindness, your staunch encouragement, your inspiration (and your insistence that I inspire you), and your gentle determination that I should learn to view myself more kindly. I also really enjoy getting to see your eye for beauty in the photographs you take, and I’ve enjoyed being spurred on with the running, by seeing your involvement in the many runs you seem to have done.

3. Dyanne. I have to say (again), your handwriting is *beautiful* and I’m very impressed by that. And as to ‘thank you’ not being enough – back atcha! There truly aren’t the words to express how thankful I am to have your friendship, or how grateful I am that you have come to my rescue so many times, with support and care and songs about ants, and have done your utmost to stop me drowning when life has been almost too much. You truly are one of my most vital Lifeboat people, and I heart you HUGE. There is no-one I enjoy stalking more from my Idaho Potato-Farmer van-with-the-tinted-windows-and-candy. And I *do* like your cat. No pretense. I think she’s utterly adorable and am very pleased to enjoy her from a safe distance.

4. Christine…you were IN MY HOUSE! I still can’t get over your incredible secret-keeping skills. Seriously…I had NO IDEA! You know that yours is one of the first I fell in bloglove with, and I have only ever been thrilled to pieces that from my dorky fangirling beginnings, you were generous enough to accommodate me as a friend, and when I think back to the things in between, until now, when I’ve met you in person, hugged you and sat across from you, incredulous that it was *really happening*…my dear friend, you mean *so* much to me; you offer such hope and such humour and are always ready to encourage and offer sound advice. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

5. Zoe (and Skips). I feel like you ‘get’ me, and to an extent, I you. I adore that we have WhatsApp now, and how wonderfully enriched my days are when I hear from you. I love that you made my whole family laugh hysterically. I still *adore* how you say “schnookered” beyond any logical explanation, and I am super-hugely-enormously thankful that not only do you Bard with me, you also take time to share your thoughts, your theories and your wisdom with me. And you should know that when you return that goofy ol’ hardwired heart…that’s SoulDeep.

6. Clark. Mr Y-Chrome in black-and-white, who once purported not to be able to write Feels, but then surprised and honoured me with HUGE Feels on the intro to the post I wrote you…you are quite simply a star. A constant, guiding force, you with your doctrine and your uncanny ability to think through a situation, understand the possibilities, and then explain them to me in a way which makes sense. Add to that a quite carefully hidden (but awfully sweet and thoroughly appreciated) dose of my being ‘a Younger One you Look Out For’, and I can only say how entirely happy I am to know you, and to bear the name of Downspring.

7. Sarah. I *love* the kiss, and certainly take it as part-owed for the one when we FOR REAL meet. Which we will. Because you’re awesome and I think we’re friends for life now you sent me that photo of your ankles (that was the deal, right?). Added to which, you’re still my hero for not only meeting Glennon, but for ever-so-sweetly name-dropping me to her (I’m still in shock she knew who I was…) and for sending me photos of the two of you together, which absolutely MADE MY DAY and made me go all *squeeeee*ish and so full-to-the-brim that you included me in that. I also think you’re wonderful for bringing me new words – I love that – and for always being kind, but never afraid to challenge. I do enjoy your attitude – you seem ready to take on anything, and you inspire me, in that regard. I am HUGELY excited for when we meet for real πŸ™‚

8. Kristi. Dude! I’ve been sat here ten minutes with a blank space next to your name because there aren’t the words. You were one of the first people I felt safe with in this ol Blogosphere, and in addition to being a *fabulous* writer (and now, WOW – orator (seriously, look at Kristi’s vid for Listen To Your Mother…it’s MINDBLOWINGLY good)), you have a seriously strong grasp of all the aspects of the sensible, the ever-so-slightly-nuts, the pissed off, the despairing, the joyful and all the things and seasons in between that you’ve supported me and been there with me through. You have saved me, more than you know, and you have been my rescuer in some of my darkest moments, and for that, I cannot thank you enough. And I LOVE that you wrote huge all over the blank page (seriously, WHY leave it?! – those rule-followers are nuts!) and that you’re such fun to know, as well (I’m still getting mileage out of the builder joke you showed us), and that you snark and share wonderful moments and that you utterly always belong in this. I do love you and you are my favourite (cos I’ve decided it’s okay to have several favourites because you’re each my favourite in a different way, which makes it only kind of the same, but also absolutely stand-out-alone) and thank you HUGE for you.

9. Sandy. My Darling ‘Merican, with your EPIC glitteriness (my house is still sparkling and I LOVE IT…don’t even care! I’m keeping it because it reminds me of this and of you and of my friends and the amazing lengths you all went to to show me your appreciation and care) and your kismet, and the way I’m so happy we belong. Because we do, and I’m now and shall always be thankful for that. I think you were the first person who really did with me, what I have done with others – that is to say, to rock up unannounced and decide to be friends. And I am honoured and humbled and beyond happy that you did. But you know that. And now we are SisterWives, too…which makes me ALSO very happy. But I think happiest is that I know I am safe with you, and that you understand and are patient and that it’s okay it’s taken so long to feel I can say I love you out loud and properly and meaningfully, without getting all *how I get* about these things…those are huge thankfuls, and I know that you’re truly in my corner and amongst those who are generously helping me to become a more acceptable human. And whatever else, there will always be #KissingTheFrog and that night we spent together…

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  2. I do believe this is my favorite TToT post of all time. It made me feel all warm and squiggly inside and I THANK YOU for the love and friendship, my little ant friend.

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    • I think it’s mine, too πŸ™‚ The card made me feel A MILLION warm and squiggly inside and it all shone out of me for HOURS. I was glowy for *ages*. You’re always welcome, and thank YOU for the love and friendship too πŸ™‚ YAY! to ant friends πŸ™‚

      (I still love that your name here looks like ‘Dyannedillion’ – it makes me think of you as all sunshiney and yellow)

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  3. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am safely ensconced in my parents’ home where I am napping and eating, napping and eating. I am truly thrilled to pieces that the card made you as happy as you did. Thank you so much for videoing!

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  4. I love the crap out of this post! You definitely need to vlog more, I LOVE your red hair, your huge smile and the loverly way you say “glitt-ah” it’s FANTASTIC! and I love how you ignored the bell for your dinner and said “I don’t even ca-ah” LOVE. I need to get back in the swing of the vidchat, I miss your singsong voice!
    Great package! p.s. I knew about this from when I met Zoe weeks ago! mwu-ahahahah but if we got drunk together, I probably wouldn’t have been able to hold the secret, so IMPRESSED by that!

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    • YOU KNEW AS WELLLLLLL?!?!?!?!? JOY MARIA IGNATIUS CHRISTI HOW COULD YOU?!?!?!*

      *completely utterly shocked face*

      Wow!

      Buuuuut you make me smile and I still think you’re awesome and way cool and I don’t have it in me to be mad at you cos I like ya too much. Even though you made fun of my accent.

      So…when I’m in America we now have to have cake together and also get drunk together? Yes? (Still impressed at Christine….)

      *If I don’t know someone’s middle name, in a moment where a ‘yelling at so-and-so’ really SHOULD be a middle name moment, I just give them a name. And this was a quadruple naming moment, dude…you KNEW!

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  5. I finally (!!!!) have a moment to watch this and read this all the way through and have to tell you that my face almost maybe hurts a little from the gigantic smile that’s on it. I love your video and your adorable new red streak in your hair and your voice and your happiness at the package. I saw your comment to K2 and cannot remember now whose idea it originally was (was it in the emails???) – it was either K2’s or Michelle’s I think. I think Michelle’s is on mind because it was most def her who said “I’ll start it” and then, then, the whole NOBODY (fucking Rogers and rule followers!!!) NOBODY wrote on the left of the card??? Like for realz??? So obvi , I had to fill it although I had visions of it being a little awesome drawing map thing but then well, life, and stuff but obvi had to fill it!!! And did leave Sandy ample space so whatever, it probably never would have occurred to her, either, to write on the LEFT (like driving on it I guess) if I hadn’t defiled it FRIST, so whatever. Anyway this – you happy – made me so happy tonight, just watching, and also got me a little back to why I blog in the first place, so thank you for that ’cause I’ve been wondering why why recently, and THIS THIS is why. Connections, love, friendships that know no nos and that Christine was there and didn’t eff up our secret and that the card flew into the air at Clark’s. All of it. That it got to you, full of glitter and happy, and made you smile and happy. That’s my thankful this weekend. Seeing your face, so beautiful and happy.

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    • Well, quite honestly over the past year and however long it is, you’ve been my thankful for so many weekends, when you’ve kept me going and been there in the background cheering me on in some of those awful and also some of the not-awful times that it’s about time *I* get a turn at being YOUR thankful πŸ™‚ ❀

      And I dunno – I never did think to ask Sandy whether she would've thunk of drawing on the left had you not gotten there FRIST ( πŸ˜‰ ) but I have a feeling she's a scott, soo….both the others followed the lines. Well the other three, in fact (cuz…I'm thinking Sarah's one, too). It makes total sense that it would have been one or the other of the rogers who started this very tribalwonderful statement of affection and appreciation, and I LOVE it πŸ™‚

      I *love* the drawings and all the writingeverywhere and all the FUN and snark and just really really obvious enjoyment you took from taking that page, and I think it's utterly fabulous and perfect and wonderful and didn't need to be any more or anything other than what it is, cos life is life and it STILL made me super, super happy.

      I'm glad the video made you smile so very much. And I'm glad it a little helped you to remember why blogging, because *definitely* this…definitely πŸ˜€

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  6. This just made me smile. You have built such a wonderful community here and the moments you describe here just really bring home that friendships built online can be real, important and large parts of your life.

    That send you glitter.

    After first shipping it around the world.

    Awesome.

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  7. Such a thoughtful gift, and it’s amazing that it made so many stops around the world before getting to you! You’ve created a wonderful community here Lizzi and seeing everyone show you how appreciated you are for it makes me smile.

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  8. Next time you beautiful ladies send a wonderful gift like this. Let it swing through Reno, NV, USA. We have a paw print to add πŸ™‚

    Lizzi, we could listen to all 7:55 mins of your video every day πŸ™‚ Yep, Phoenix and I sat right here with the speakers on and our eyes sparkling with every glitter drop πŸ™‚

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  9. Dude, what have I told you about making me cry? Nothing? Oh. Well, nevermind then.

    First, let me just say that Christine is a rock! I don’t know that I would have been able to keep that secret. I bow down to her superhuman secret keeping strength.

    Every single moment of this video is priceless. The absolute joy on your face says it all. Mission accomplished! This is a testament to what you have created here in this space and share with so many. I don’t know that you realize the gift you give to all of us every single week. Well, maybe you do now.

    You know my feelings about our friendship. You have been there for me and I know in my heart I can count on you to be solid and honest when I ask you for help, which is a difficult thing for me to do. You will always be safe with me. And I will forever L-word you, Empire Gal.

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    • *happysighs* Ahh Sandy…I even feel a little teary myself (or it could be the gin…) but yes, I know. And you can count on me. Always. And thank you for being safe for me. I *HUGELY* appreciate that.

      I’m so glad you love the video – I’m very sad that the original one went wonky and you all only got my second attempt, but really, there was about ten minutes of me hugging all the wrappings and babbling about glitter. But I was (and am) so, SO happy, and still completely blown away by this. And no, I still don’t feel remotely as though what I’ve done is deserving of such sheer wonder and joy as this, but it’s so lovely to know that you guys appreciate this little hop and my part in it *this* much. But really, we ALL make it what it is. Promise.

      Christine is INCREDIBLE. Wow. I could not have done that!

      (Do you need to tell me now? πŸ˜‰ )

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  11. (no!! over here!!…) (“well, sure it does seem like voices from the air… stop reading out loud to yourself and that will decrease..) surely, no lasting damage, other than a slight headache and an increased affinity for rabbit holes and the possibility of endless possibilities.
    you have inspired them/us to the point that a project (the results of being scattered about your house) is possible… and, and! not that you needed it, validation of the success of your efforts (and your original dream) of creating and nurturing a community of people who live and act (at least in these pages) as you have always known people are capable of.

    …good work

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    • Chasing that rabbit gives me bumps! I don’t like it. No lasting damage though, no, but LOTS of happy.

      Thank you. Validation, but more than that, the friendship and strength of bond that it bore this…THAT is so much more. And wonderfuller, and perfectly underpins the community in such a way as to almost make the thankfuls an aside… ❀

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  12. Awesome package and must say made me smile to see all the love here from great friends. Will be joining, but it is a post about my anniversary, which we celebrated on Wednesday as I am trying to take the weekends easier with summer right now.

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    • It makes me laugh, Michelle, because most of the people are so busy making sure they’re in frame, and that’s so not where you’re at – I always feel slightly like I’m looking at one of those nature webcams, where they put the camera in the nest of birds, and the birds just carry on living and doing their thing, without even thinking of the camera…it’s lovely πŸ™‚

      YAY for our morning catch-ups, and MORE yay for the glitterbomb arriving in one, big, glorious, beautiful piece πŸ™‚

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  13. To “rock up” unannounced – I love this! It’s not at all like “rock out,” is it? It sounds more like some charming colloquialism.
    Whatever you did to the photo is gorgeous – it looks like a greeting card. What a cornucopia of glitter.

    I love you in this video, because that is who I see when we skype. I’m so happy you got such a wonderful package. There will be others…

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    • To ‘rock up’ is to turn up somewhere, with attitude. It’s a good thing πŸ™‚

      I did surprisingly little to the photo – the glitter was *that* gorgeous. I think I might’ve played with a couple of light levels, a tiny bit. (“cornucopia”? YUM! πŸ™‚ )

      I’m glad I come across better when we Skype than I ever do in photos…that’s truly a relief! And the idea of ‘others’ is quite simply, DELIGHTFUL πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀

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      • You’re so funny, the way you find words delicious!

        Yes, as my friends like to say, my intelligence is a well-kept secret. But I do love words. I let that peek out, every once in a while. Shhhhhh.

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        • I find them quite delightful. Truly.

          Just use a word like capricious or effervescent and I’m jelly…

          …but I dream in Times New Roman, so you know how deep words go with me…

          I’m glad you let it peek where I can read it, Precious πŸ™‚

          (not so well-kept, and I revel)

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  14. You have no idea how happy getting that card put together for you made us! Well, maybe you do, if Zoe forwarded the 100 emails it took to get it done. :). It was so fun to do, knowing how excited you would be to receive it. And Kristi is brilliant, coming up with the idea to begin with.
    The secret wasn’t all that hard to keep. I would have had 8 people furious with me if I breathed a word of a hint! And I most certainly didn’t want K2 mad at me! (And I wanted you to see it as the surprise it was supposed to be.). Your astonishment all over your face and voice in the video is the reason we did it. I wouldn’t give that up for the world.
    Enjoy the glitter!

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    • Ohhh I haven’t had time to read them yet, but every time I look at them in my inbox, and see they’re there, waiting, it makes me so happy to know that soon, I have an hour or so of discovering what precisely y’all were up to, and the amazing lengths of co-ordination you went to to make this happen.

      And true – 8 people mad at you is a fairly compelling reason, and thankyouthankyhouthankyou for not giving the game away because this surprise was *SO* incredible and wonderful and amazing and truly, truly, soul-deeply perfect…

      …especially the glitter. But *especially* you all. ❀ ❀ ❀

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      • Ha! Not scary at all! More of a you are the kindest, most even-tempered one of us all. It would be so sad to have you angry or annoyed with me. And really, I can’t see you being angry if I accidentally let it slip.

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        • No, I wouldn’t have been mad–but I am glad that you kept it a secret! That must have been so hard; you must have been smiling inside the whole time, knowing what was coming.

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  15. I loved, loved, LOVED your video! My grin was so wide it actually hurt my face after a while! You are beautiful, your lovely smile is contagious, and your VOICE! As a former radio announcer, I can say with all credibility that you have a delightful, wonderful voice! It was so nice to hear and see you in action, as it were.

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    • You amaze me, Jana, because I really cringe at my voice on recording, but you’re not the first person to have said that, and thank you πŸ™‚

      Ohhh I love that it made you smile so much – making the vlog (twice) and receiving the glitterbomb, and knowing the lengths my dear friends went to for *me*….wow! Wow. My mind is still a bit blown by this, and I’m still surrounded in glitter and LOVING it πŸ™‚

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  16. Guilty as charged, but I have to say that everyone took the initial idea and made it what it turned out to be: the layers of envelopes, the pounds of glitter, the instructions to record the opening, etc. I’m so glad you liked it! You truly do inspire, not only me, but many, many people with your heartfelt, honest writing. Thanks, Lizzi!

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  18. Watching this the other day put a smile on MY face. It was so incredible to see how happy you were after receiving that package. I, too, am thankful to your TToT cohosts for this gift because it’s plainly evident in the video just how happy it made you. You were glowing!

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  19. The nice thing about glitter is that it gets everywhere and is nearly impossible to clean up, which means you get sparkly, happy reminders wherever you go πŸ™‚

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