Ten Things of Thankful #74

There are LOTS of things I’m thankful for, and which I’d love to share with you and celebrate together, but for some reason (maybe because I still have the tail-end of this cold (which has royally mucked up my week, and YES I’m fishing for sympathy, dammit!)) I can’t think of ANY kind of way to begin.

Okay…back to basics for my brain. I’m gonna take it a day at a time.

FRIDAY

Husby and I spent the day in Cardiff. It was rainy and cold and awesome. We laughed and chatted our way through the entire day. We might even have made up silly songs. There were castles and hot drinks and sweet treats and a meal out. There was dressing up and photographs and new hats and a controversial new coat, and wandering around old haunts. There were surprises (like the homeless guy who gave me a Krispy Kreme because someone had presented him with a trayful and he was sharing with whoever walked past), there were heartbreak moments (like when I grudgingly acknowledged that I couldn’t single-handedly help ALL the homeless people we saw), there were *heartsqueeze* moments (like when I whispered “This was where we had our first kiss” and he grinned and whispered back I know…I was thinking that.”), there were frustrated moments (like when I stepped in a puddle and got my shoe all soaking). We were home late and tired and happy. Cardiff was AWESOME.

And there was an INCREDIBLE bookshop:

Here a BookSATURDAY

I can barely remember it…I know I went to visit my Grandad (yay me! I DID IT!) and we had a short but lovely chat, and I also caught up with my Aunty, who was there. It was good. I heard all about how my cousins are doing at their various endeavours, and I shared…probably a little of what I’ve been up to. I told him about the Jessica book, and he smiled quite hard about that. I feel like there was more to Saturday, but honestly, I’ve no idea what.

SUNDAY

I caught up with a friend at church who I’ve been guiltily avoiding because I was *meant* to go and see her and I totally bailed. In fact, I just remembered I forgot to go and see her this very evening. So I will have to avoid her again and also I SUCK, but it’s fixable. I need to do lots of apologising. *sigh* Perhaps for her I am a lesson in patience.

Then in the afternoon I went with my mum to see my Nana (her mum) and…whilst I was all for scoring Better Granddaughter points, it was pretty harrowing and left me shaken in my middlest middle. I never noticed before how smartly she always used to dress, but she really did used to take care of her appearance. So to see her quite vacant, and raggle-taggle, rocking at a table, holding a water-and-oil toy in her hand, and just…banging the table-top…because she’d been in pain and the doctors had only figured it out this week (because she can’t communicate, because Alzheimer’s)…and that she’d been in such pain that she needed her medication early on this day…and that the pain was causing her to rock and bang and be vacant. That terrified me. And I would gladly have turned tail and run, but for the fact that when I leaned over her and kissed her cheek and told her I was there, her face lit up with a HUGE smile, and she said “Ohhh!” with such a pleased-sounding tone of voice. So I stayed and helped her to eat her tea. And I fed her when she couldn’t manage. And she was vacant and she rocked and occasionally noticed things and was happyish. And gradually the banging and rocking settled down a bit.

But I still couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

Then I started to get a cold.

MONDAY

Thankful that my teammates were so cool with me ringing in sick. AND that my supervisors were understanding about me doing it wrong. AND that I slept and slept and slept. And then later I wrote about my Christmas List, because a lot of people have been, and mine’s a bit different and maybe important and I kind of wanted to share it.

TUESDAY

Thankful for beginning to feel better, and for more laughs with friends in the evening. Also HUGELY, most beautifully thankful to my dear friend Apfel (artist TJ Lubrano) who informed me that I had won a prize in her ‘Inktober’ giveaway, so there are going to be three stunningly beautiful prints from her incredible (or should that be INKredible?) portfolio heading my way VERY soon, and my day was made SO much better by not only the good news, but also the emailing back and forth and the friendship.

WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday I had to take the work van to the garage after the day’s work. Fortunately my colleague also had to bring her van, so I wasn’t all by my lonesome. UNfortunately, the garage people informed us it would take over an hour before they were done. Fortunately we were within walking distance of the shops. UNfortunately it rained a LOT upon our heads. Fortunately we took shelter in a shop and chatted and enjoyed each others company. UNfortunately the homeless guy (who I think is often around my suburb) didn’t have a shop to go in. Fortunately by the time I’d bought him a coffee and a cake (cos he looked cold and it was peeing rain and my heart started tugging at my conscience) he’d found a friend, and the friend (and he) were both lovely blokes who were very pleased that my colleague and I had stopped and noticed him. UNfortunately, he wasn’t the only homeless guy out in the rain, and again, I did nothing for the others because I was searching for shelter. Fortunately it led to my colleague and I having a lovely long and involved chat about homelessness and helping other people and families and babies and infertility and all the things in between, whilst we had a cup of tea and enjoyed the ambiance of late-night Starbucks. UNfortunately it was still raining when we left. Fortunately we got the vans back with no bother. UNfortunately it took FOR EVER to get back to the hospital through rush hour traffic and I missed pilates. Fortunately I’ll get the time back at some point.

THURSDAY

I over-slept and TOTALLY missed my alarm and woke up at the time that I should have been IN work on a NORMAL day. This wasn’t a normal day. This was a million-miles-away-clinic day. One I was meant to be going early-early to. Fortunately my supervisor was REALLY understanding when I rang in and grovelled my apologies and then rushed as QUICKASPOSSIBLE to get there and get going, and discovered that the team had already sorted out my clinic list and bag ready to go. Then somehow I fell through a magical wormhole and the journey was perfect, and I was only 15 minutes late. SOME HOW! But it was a mad, manic day and meant that I flubbed being able to promote the NEXT #KickCancersAss piece, which went to Pattie, and turned out to be a wonderfully goosebumpy horror story, courtesy of a dose of muse from Sandy.

Using Writing Keep FightingWhich brings us back to FRIDAY,

In which I am thankful for walks to and from netball with my friend, and good chats. I am thankful for hats and coats and being warm. I am thankful that the predicted rainstorms came to naught. I am thankful the work-week is OVER. I am thankful that Husby just made me a cup of tea, even though he’s now caught my cold.

And interwoven through the entire week, like sequins sewn into a tapestry, are the bright, diamond moments where my soul has connected with the people I love, whatever the method of connection, and light and happiness from knowing those people and caring about them and knowing they care back…that’s the good stuff of life, right there. And I have it in glorious, burgeoning abundance and it is WONDERFUL.

So yeah. I’m HUGELY thankful. At least Ten Things-worth of it.

YOUR TURN πŸ˜€ (and don’t forget the sympathy *coughs pathetically and makes whimpery ‘weak and feeble’ eyes*

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79 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful #74

  1. Oh Lizzi. So sorry you caught a cold. They can be so annoying and drag on and on..sigh! It sounds like it was a great week still with family and friends. Good for you with going to see your loved ones. They sound really supportive of you! I think i want some tea now after reading this. πŸ™‚

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    • Heheh I hope that if you had tea, it was wonderfully relaxing. I’ve just got home from work and oBOY do I need a nap in a minute. It’s been a very long, challenging day.

      It was a great week, last week, and I hope to find that this week is equally wonderful πŸ™‚ Hope you have a lovely week, too.

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  2. You were exhausted me and I’ve had a house full of company. Include four people under the age of 6 and battling relatives. But I am glad you recognize both the UNfortunate and the fortunate in those sliver linings.

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  3. Hi, I am praying for your nanna too. My grandmother had dementia when she died. She did not remember my daughter, her great granddaughter, even though we introduced her several times. It is okay though; she loved to play with the little girl and hug her tight. even though she would look spacey a few minutes later not remembering us well. I am glad your grandmother still recognizes you somewhat. I will pray for her. Sorry you had a cold and had a bad start to your work day this week. Even in our most difficult times, God sees us through. You always seem to find thankfulness so easily.

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    • I try to find thankfulness – sometimes it’s easier than others. Fortunately this week it was very easy πŸ™‚ I’m mostly better now, which is great.

      Thanks for the prayers for my Nana. It’s so upsetting to see someone you love unable to recognise the people who used to mean so much to them. I’m glad your grandmother still enjoyed playing with your daughter, though – that’s awesome.

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    • *grins* …as opposed to the fake, miserable one, you mean? πŸ˜‰ But yes – I’m SO happy to have had such a great week to share, in spite of all its pitfalls. And YES to spreading glitter and happiness and love and friendship and all those good things which make the world a better place. And laughter…and smiles…and those things, too, which heal us πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m so glad you visited your grandfather! And your grandmother, although I completely understand why you wanted to get out of there fast. Your day with husby made me smile – I love heartsqueeze moments. I’m thankful that you are feeling better – the world’s a better place when Lizzi is well!

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    • Thanks Dana – I’m glad to BE better. I have really NOT enjoyed being ill, and now that I’m firmly into my new medication regimen (sadly more than just laughter, although that’s also excellent medicine) I’m feeling a lot happier in myself, and the world seems brighter in general, which is HUGE.

      I’m glad our day made you smile. We spent such a lovely time, and it was so needed.

      And yes…visiting the grandparents…*sigh* I know I’ll visit them both again, but I wish they were both going to be pleasant visits.

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  6. Okay so apparently I got so excited to link up that I never commented.

    Now Cardiff.. I have lots of places I want to see there…… Specifically Doctor Who places!

    Ah yes laughter is truly the best medication!

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    • Hee hee! That’s SO something I’d do!

      Cardiff was wonderful, but it wasn’t until I was there and Stephanie started talking to me on (Instagram or FB – I forget which) that I learned it was the location for Dr Who…I haven’t got a telly, so all these series and the associated trivia just passes me by πŸ™‚

      Laughter is WONDERFUL medicine.

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  7. Sorry to hear you were sick this week and sorry to hear about your nana (but wonderful that she was happy to see you). It does sound like you had many great moment this week. I swear you’ve posted a picture of that bookstore before – but possibly I’m imagining it. And so lovely that you and hubs had the same thought at the same moment in Cardiff.

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    • I put that pic on Instagram…perhaps you saw it there? I just jazzied it up for this post. Which reminds me – I should Pin it πŸ˜€

      You’re right – I should be trying to find the silver linings in my visit with my Nana – she WAS pleased to see me, even though everything else. So there’s that, definitely. That’s worth focussing on πŸ™‚

      And yup – loads of lovely moments, thanks πŸ™‚ I’m happy to be able to share them.

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    • Heheh thanks Lisa – I really DO have a wonderful life, don’t I. I should try to remember that more often, especially when it feels all dark and uncomfortable and difficult – there is SO much to be thankful for πŸ™‚

      The book store was INCREDIBLE. I wanted to spend more time there but in the end we had to rush a little because…I’m not sure why. I think Husby was getting a bit antsy at that point in time. BUT it was beautiful while we were there.

      I hope your comfy, cosy bed welcomed you with open arms and snuggled you in and gave you a blissful night’s sleep πŸ™‚ Hope the rest of your weekend is lovely.

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    • More than you know, Michelle, my friends have MADE this week for me. Especially Beth. I’m very lucky and so, incredibly incredibly blessed to have such friendships with people locally and not-locally, and I cherish each one πŸ™‚

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  9. You do have my sympathy for having a cold. It’s no fun to try to get anything done when you aren’t feeling well.
    Good for you for visiting your grandparents. You never know how much the visit might mean. My mom used to go visit a woman in a nursing home. The woman would spend most of the time just making screaming noises. My mom thought the woman didn’t really recognize that my mom was even there, but one time, the woman stopped her screaming, looked directly at my mom, and clear as a bell said, “I love you.” You just never know when a moment of clarity might come. Even though she might not act like you remember, deep down inside, her spirit is the same. It doesn’t mean it’s easy, though.

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    • Oh wow! That gave me shivers. I have a story a little like that, about my other grandma (who died years ago, from Alzheimer’s)…I think I’ve shared it before somewhere, but again – it was that sudden, astonishing moment of clarity from someone who’s been completely blotto for a long time…amazing. And thank you for reminding me that it CAN happen, and that the visit will still have made a difference, and perhaps the understanding will have trickled in *somewhere*. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the sympathy – the tail end of the cold, even though I DO feel hugely better than I was before, has left me just…adunno – fighting uphill, I guess.

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  10. Some excellent connections this week! I am so glad you delivered the beer to your grandfather and that you sat with your grandmother even if it was hard. It would have been hard for me, too. The trip to Cardiff sounds amazing!

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    • OOOOooooooh lookit you with the new account! I like πŸ˜€

      And yes – lovely things happened, even though some of them were difficult lovely things. Worthwhile, yaknow?

      He did like the beer πŸ™‚

      Cardiff was SO awesome πŸ˜€ The rain was NOT awesome, but that was all that wasn’t.

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    • Yes – I feel SO much more lively and capable this weekend than I did for most of the week. It’s fabulous πŸ˜€

      And thanks – it was definitely a week of some wonderful, amazing, incredible things πŸ™‚

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  11. Poor, poor Lizzi! I am so sorry you caught a nasty bug and not feeling well. I could tell by your voice in your voice message that your were froggy. Poor, poor Lizzi!

    Now. What an amazing list! The trip with Husby sounds perfectly imperfect and I smiled so huge at the first kiss moment. And that bookstore! Heavenly!
    I am terribly proud of you for making the time to see your grands. I know it can be uncomfortable seeing someone you remember a certain way not in that certain way any longer. It was difficult for me to see my grandmother in the end but I’m so thankful I took the time to spend with her while she was still here.
    TJ Lubrano is an amazing artist, you lucky devil! I’m sure you will treasure those pieces. I know I would.
    You are such a good soul and I’m so pleased to read a list filled with such joy. It doesn’t hurt that my name is included in it either ;).

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    • I feel like I should add an extra Thing for your list, in my list, because reading that was just wonderful this morning, and definitely one of the (many, MANY) things which made my today a really lovely one πŸ™‚ And what can I say – you bring me joy and happiness so your name absolutely belongs up there. I hope people are still enjoying the story! I’ve not been back to check yet today.

      TJ’s AMAZING (and she’s got a sale on at the moment…did I mention that?) and yes – those pieces are going to be very treasured. I am really looking forward to getting my post very soon!

      Thank you – it was a very horrible visit in many ways, with my Nana. I wanted to run away lots, and not see her like that. I felt very awkward and unhelpful and incapable of making a difference. But I guess that’s just how these things go, in the end. Seeing my Grandad was much better, and much lovelier. I shall be keener to see him again, than her, sad to say. But I WILL do it – because it’s important.

      The day out in Cardiff was *just* what we needed. There was a beautiful day of real connection between us, in spite of the rain and the damp and that I was trying to get the castle onto Instagram….we had fun and we held hands lots and it was lovely and special and important.

      And yeah – I was WAY croaky! Thank you for all the generous sympathy πŸ™‚ I’m mostly better now, which is a HUGE relief.

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  12. My favorite is the Fortunately and UNfortunately list. I must remember that exercise. I too can get overwhelmed with all of the unfortunatelys in life and want to fix them all which just leaves me sitting in a corner wallowing. Well done you for caring for the homeless guy in front of you. You did good enough by him.

    I love the jacket. For me anything in a charity shop is controversy free.

    Cardiff sounds like a beautifully wonderfully romantic day. I’m glad you had it.

    I just want to give your whole list a hug, so there’s that…

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    • Hehehe I don’t mind you hugging my list. And I FORGOT TO MENTION MY HAT! I got a hat….of COURSE I got a hat πŸ˜€ I just wish I’d had the time to try on lots more and send them to you to see.

      Cardiff was a wonderfully romantic city for us – I think mostly because of the memories it held for us, but also because we were in such a good place ‘us’-wise, which is still newish and wonderful. I loved it.

      The coat is FABULOUS, and definitely a ‘rescue’ or a ‘recycle’ or whatever you’d like to call it which makes it okay πŸ˜€

      Heheh and thanks – feel free to borrow the idea. I think I got it from a kids’ book I used to read to the children at the nursery. Something about pirates.

      And alright – I did a bit of my bit, and I helped that ONE.

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  13. What a bummer oversleeping exactly on the day you needed to be at work early, but I’m glad you made it in time! I know I said that before, but I’m a little bit jealous that you went to “Torchwood-Town” πŸ™‚ I hope you and your hubby had the best time!

    I so hear you that it was a shock seeing your grandma like that. It’s always horrible to watch people you love to waste away. It was the same with my grandpa. Growing up, he was this big, strong man (a blacksmith by trade), and in the last months he could not muster the energy to stay awake throughout a conversation. It was hard on us and much harder on him.

    Enjoy your weekend, Lizzi!

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    • Oh it was absolutely THEE worst day to oversleep. Totally the fault of my cold, and utterly sucky. I was miserable for letting everyone down.

      If it helps, Torchwood-Town was INCREDIBLY wet, but honestly, you would have loved it there. The covered market is fabulous, and the arcades are gorgeous, and there’s a BRILLIANT games shop there you’d love…seriously, if you get the chance to visit, JUMP AT IT. You’d love it. We had a gorgeous time though, thanks πŸ™‚

      And yes – such a shock! I hadn’t seen her for too long – months and months, and I had no idea really that she’d deteriorated that far. It was horrible. I’m sorry to hear about your Grandpa. How cool that he was a blacksmith though! *sigh* losing people is never easy.

      I hope you have a great weekend too πŸ˜€

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful week. So glad you got to visit your grands. My husband’s grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s. We would visit her. Sad. But it did seem to be the hardest on loved ones. And that photo of you with the boxing gloves is so awesome. And for such a good cause. I really want one of myself like that. And a great bookstore. So few of those around here. We had one in town for a few years and it finally had to shut down. 😦 Glad to see that one looks busy.

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    • I only wish that store were closer to me – it was BEAUTIFUL. But alas, it’s in Cardiff and I won’t get to visit there often.

      You should SO get a pic of yourself in boxing gloves πŸ˜€ That’d be awesome.

      I definitely think Alzheimer’s is hardest on the loved ones – I’m sure it’s confusing and upsetting (at first) for the person with it, but I think perhaps they don’t remember very much, so it must be quite peaceful in ways.

      There were lots of things about this week which have been truly AWESOME. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  15. Wow, there is a lifetime packed into that week. The Krispie Kreem donut story was moving. To have so little and still be moved to share. There you go. In one small nutshell, there you have captured a life of meaning.

    Wishing you hugs and an endless supply of soft tissues.

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    • Thanks May πŸ™‚ I needed the tissues at the beginning of the week, I tellya!

      That guy – gosh, it was so kind of him. He said he doesn’t really like sweet stuff – he was just trying to find ANYONE who would take a doughnut from him, bless his heart. He was so kind πŸ™‚ And yes…a stunning, stilling moment πŸ™‚

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  16. ohhh, this week was quite a journey of ups and downs, but I know you’ll always find the good. πŸ™‚

    phooey to colds and viruses. My boys hardly ever get sick, but this is our year for it, I guess. Soy has strep throat AGAIN. UGH. I’ve seen more of our pediatrician the past few months than I’ve seen of him in five years, and that’s not an exaggeration!

    sorry about Nana. 😦 she knows you were there. Bless her boots (as you would say)

    My week was insane as well, but better now in a lot of ways, thanks to getting my left arm – er – my computer back. *STANDS AND CLAPS* I finally wrote that post we were talking about…..although I wish I could’ve gotten better images for it. I played it safe with photobucket, which is not near as badass as my pinterest board…..

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    • So the only thing missing was to LINK your bad-ass Pintrest board for us, within your post…because then we could all enjoy that, tooooo. But yes – it’s a beautiful post and I enjoyed it thoroughly, even though it’s pretty and tame and stuff. But TOTES YAY for you getting your computer back. Middle of NaNo and editing is not even funny a little bit. Still…now you can whizz ahead again with getting all the doings done, you superstar writer, you πŸ™‚

      *grins* Yes. Bless my Nana’s boots. She knew I was there while I was there, and she smiled about it. I expect she’s forgotten me again now.

      Phooey to strep throat and bugs! That really sucks. I hope you don’t catch too many germs from the boys, and I hope they soon build up enough resistance to last the rest of winter un-plagued. You all might need to go and visit Sandy and share her warm temperatures. I saw a thing which said Florida’s warm and everywhere else is FREEZING, which I would hate.

      On that note – SO thankful for the Gulf Stream (which, I assume, is what’s keeping England mild for now).

      Big ol journeys this week, both geographically and emotionally, but I’m ending on several HUGE ‘ups’ and thanks, because you’re one of them πŸ™‚

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  17. This is one of your BEST lists! It’s so hard to see aging relatives deteriorate before your eyes, so I’m glad you visited your grandfather before that happened and that you visited your grandmother after that happened.
    You have such cool places to visit! Castles and other places that are hundreds and hundreds and HUNDREDS of years old. What a sweet trip, in spite of the rain.
    Colds are miserable and it was TOTALLY the cold’s fault that you overslept and were late to work at the faraway place.
    In spite of everything, the week was good!

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    • It was DEFINITELY totally the cold’s fault. It has RUINED me this week. So bad! I’m just super-pleased that I was able to get back to netball yesterday and boxing and cycling today and I feel FAR less frowsty and frustrated about life.

      It was indeed a very good, glorious week of some stunningly awesome moments. And they KEEP ROLLING IN! I’ve had at least THREE more veryveryvery good things of Thankful since writing this, which is BRILLIANT.

      We do have AWESOME places to visit, and if you visit me (and I think you should) I will take you to some of them and let you TOUCH HISTORY. It’s something I seriously undervalue because I’m so accustomed to it, but it IS incredible. Christine’s face when I took her to see some 17th century buildings…wow….that will stay with me πŸ™‚

      And YES…I’m glad I visited my grandparents. It was the right thing to do. And it will be again. I need to keep sharp on this.

      YAY WEEK πŸ™‚ Glad you like this list so much. Thank you πŸ˜€

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  18. I hate having a cold – so far this year (knock on wood) I’ve managed to avoid them. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes you can be sooo late leaving the house and still arrive where you’re going at near the same time? I always put it down to traffic patterns – if you’re late heading out you’re traveling with all the other late people so everyone is going a little bit faster.

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    • Yes…there may or may not have been a teeny, tiny bit of veryveryclose to the speed limit in my driving that day, and I’m usually a bit of a speed demon anyway! But I was just SO thankful to get there without being super-late. I don’t mind so much if it’s something unavoidable, but this was totally on me, and that felt awful.

      I really hope you don’t get a cold. It’s knocked me for six! Fingers crossed you stay healthy and unplagued πŸ™‚

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  20. Like sequins in a tapestry. Lovely words. I liked following the ups and downs of your week. It was fun to get a day by day. Love and prayers for your Nana. How heartbreaking they didn’t know she was in pain. And here’s some sparkly, glittery stuff in honor of your compassion. >+……;;’;

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    • Ohhhh PUNCTUATION GLITTER! Do you know, I’ve never thought of doing that! How silly of me! Let me try (also, THANK YOU for honouring me in that way – I do appreciate it)

      .,~;*”*;~,._.,~;*”*;~,._.,~;*”*;~,._.,~;*”*;~,._.,~;*”*;~,._ <<— LOOK! Glittery bounces πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Anyway!

      Thanks for the prayers for my Nana…it tore me up inside to think that she'd been in pain and unable to communicate it until it got sufficiently bad that they figured it out *sigh* I just HATE that disease so much, and I hope that I don't get it. I'm gonna keep writing and hopefully that will keep my brain nice and active so I don't get it. My mum does crosswords every day for the same reason.

      Glad you liked hearing about my week, and YAY – you like the sequins too πŸ˜€ I'm happy about that imagery.

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  21. I love your attitude. Your day out in Cardiff is wonderful. I really like this idea of taking stock at the end of the week. It’s too easy sometimes for the weeks to slip by without recognising the little bits which make up the whole. Right now, I’m thankful that although I slept in this morning, with a bit of meandering, I found your amaing blog. πŸ™‚

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    • I’m completely happy that your meandering landed you here – your other comment already made me warm to you enormously…I love that it’s possible to just wind up somewhere online, quite by accident, and reach out…and find that someone reaches back. That amazes me and makes me feel very sparkly inside.

      If you search deeper (though you don’t have to, cos I’ll tell you here) you’ll find that the taking stock and the finding things to be thankful for originated a long time ago when I was in a very dark place, and I needed those things to keep me going to the next day – I decided that if I could find ten things which I could be thankful for each day, even if it was something simple like a pretty leaf or seeing a car I liked the look of, or that I didn’t HATE a few minutes of the day…then it would be worth getting to the next day to find another ten. Then about a year and a half ago, I was back in a terribly dark place, and I decided to resurrect my thankfulness challenge. I started posting them on the blog, and people really REALLY tapped into them, and encouraged me and started doing their own…and the weekly blog hop grew out of that. Now there’s this *awesome* community of people from across the globe who come together at weekends and share their thankful moments (even in the hardest weeks) and celebrate, commiserate and support one another, and boost each other onwards. It’s a truly beautiful thing and if there was any kind of ‘thing’ I could wish to create in this world, which has such impact for good for a (relatively large, when I think of the limitations of my influence as an individual) number of people, THIS would be it.

      sorry…NOVEL there!

      Cardiff was gorgeous, in spite of all the rain, and we really needed that day together, so I’m SO pleased and relieved it was good.

      And you, weebluebirdie…are a dead-end…I followed back to your gravatar page and the breadcrumbs ran out, and now I wonder where you come from and whence you went…here’s hoping you come back and continue the conversation πŸ™‚

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    • Ohhh thank you – I do love trying my best to sparkle the place up a bit, but it does make me all warm and twinkly in my heart to know that you think of me that way πŸ™‚ And THANK YOU – I loved that last paragraph and it made me so happy to think of all the wonderful ‘people moments’ I’ve had this week.

      I’m recovering. Promise. I had breakfast this morning and then a nap and then went boxing and sweated a lot of the vestiges of the cold out of me (so sure you wanted to know that) and chatted with my friends and laughed and ached my muscles…and now I’ve come home for lunch and housework and then a relaxing, pootling kind of afternoon.

      I hope you have a gorgeous weekend, my glamorous friend πŸ™‚

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    • Oh ME TOO! We had sadly only a very short time there, but I DID buy a book, which looks fascinating, about a man’s journey across China in the 1930’s – he wrote the book almost like we write blogs, and it really appealed to me.

      I’m a little better today, thanks πŸ™‚

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  22. Good for you, visiting with the relatives. Even if your grandma didn’t know who you were, it made her happy. Now quit avoiding the person at church. You’re only making things worse. Apologize and move on.
    Glad you are starting to feel better and that you have such kind, understanding co-workers.

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    • I sent a text. I suck. And I told her in the text. Gee I’ve been SO useless this week, in so many ways, and I just feel like I’m full of excuses, which is rubbish 😦

      At least I visited the olds.

      Thanks πŸ™‚

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  23. AW!!! That ending was so BEAUTIFUL!!! I’m sorry Joe has your cold now!! BOO!!! And bless yer boots about being late- I hate when I wake up so late!! It happened just today and Cassidy came in and woke me up in a frantic state and we FLEW through breakfast, lunch packing, hair done, backpack shoved together and OUT the door… I barely had even woken up – (I of course was still in my PJs driving her to school.)

    I hate mornings like that. This has been a horribly long achy weighted day for me. Long week- long night last night… heavy hearted about a ton of things really.

    BUT- reading this just lifted me up a whole lot higher. I swear it brings me SO much joy to see YOUR joy. I love you. Oh, and I have been working on your piece- yesterday. Will finish it up tomorrow and send it for you to take a look!

    πŸ™‚

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    • I sent you a handful of lines, Kitty, but I’ll send some more here. I’m so glad you found this uplifting, and that it lightened your heart even for a little while.

      I’m so sorry it’s been such a tough day for you. WELL DONE for getting Cass to school even though you were in such a rush. You DID IT. And that counts.

      *huggles* Wish I could make it easier for you.

      And YAY about the post if it’s gonna be okay – that’s another thing I’ve sucked at doing anything with…so sorry! I hope it doesn’t cause you too many issues. Can’t wait to see what you did with it though.

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  24. So sorry about the cold hope you’re feeling better soon..I am glad the week is over too. What a great list you wrote being there for your family is sometime all you can do. One act of kindness might be the answer. ..especially for the homeless. πŸ™‚

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    • Perhaps. I felt like I made a difference to THOSE ones, if that makes sense…even if I couldn’t/didn’t help all of them. So there’s that.

      And thanks – I hope I’m better soon, too, but YAY weekend for both of us, and hopefully it will be lovely all round.

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  25. If I lived close by I’d make you some chicken soup. Hope you’re feeling better soon. As I was reading about your grandmother I was reminded about mine. Grandma Stirling also had alzheimers and one time I’d gone to my aunts house for dinner and grandma thought I was my cousins boyfriend. It broke my heart to see her like that. I only hope I never end up with alzheimers.

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    • I think I might…it’s in my family history on both sides…I have that sense of impending doom. I just hope that if it happens, I won’t really notice or know much about it.

      Sorry to hear about your experience with your Grandma Stirling – that sounds very sad 😦 It’s awful when they don’t remember.

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  26. GAH another cold??? Or is this the same one and this week has just creeped by so slowly that I’m thinking it’s a new one already? YAYYYYY for you for going to see your grandpa!! BIG yay and big yay for seeing your mom’s mom as well and that she lit up when she knew it was you!
    The last time I was in San Francisco, I went to get breakfast. On my way, I saw a few homeless people and so I waited for the breakfast place to make twelve (thirteen, including the one I ate there) egg sandwiches so that I could pass them out. I was so pleased…until I started passing them out and ran out less than 1/3 of the way back to the hotel, which was in a really business-y area which means that well, yeah. We can’t help them all. I want to though.

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    • Ack, but GOOD FOR YOU for doing it…at least you did THAT much. And each one of those 12 had a fuller tummy because of your good heart. So there’s that. It cuts me up, though, that I can’t (or don’t) do more. But I love HUGE that you did.

      I don’t know if my Nana really knew who I was, only that she thought I was nice. Perhaps. But it was nice that she smiled for me. And YES! I did it! I feel all proud of myself and absolutely foolish for not going before…

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  27. Aww, sounded like a pretty good week minus the cold and your grandmother. I truly am sorry to hear that about her and we lost mine back in 2010 and towards the end, I also had trouble being around her as she was very forgetful barely remembering me or my daughter (I only had Emma back then). Sending you tons of love and hugs for that and more though. Also hoping this weekend is just as good as last if not better! πŸ˜‰

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    • I hope this weekend is better than the last one πŸ™‚ It should be – there’s a birthday party to attend, so that will be nice. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. It’s never nice, is it, to see someone beginning to end. *sigh* So hard.

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  28. Awwwweeeeeeeee! Sooo sweet! like when I whispered β€œThis was where we had our first kiss” and he grinned and whispered back β€œI know…I was thinking that.”

    Awesome looking bookshop…. yay!
    I’m thankful that while I woke up at 1.10 AM as has been the norm lately I got up to find this beautiful post in my Inbox. πŸ˜€

    Hope you feeling better soon.

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      • Oh poor Grandmother, that is heart-breaking. And a little terrorfying. My husband’s grandfather has Alzheimer’s and he breaks my heart. He doesn’t recognize his grandson anymore, he just smiles and nods. I wish there were a way to at least stop it in it’s tracks so he can always at least recognize his son, and communicate what’s going on. I can’t even think about it being hereditary, I just can’t. Glad Granddad is proud of you with the book, he should be!
        Sorry about your late day, I’ve been there. Many times. My 20’s were full of experiences like learning to change clothes and put make-up on my unwashed face WHILE DRIVING, very fast, on the highway to work. Not safe. I’m a pretty awesome driver, if you count the fact that I’m still alive πŸ™‚
        Sorry to report I have not TToT’d, again, I’ve been reading JESSICA! But I WILL make an effort to get the post I stated weeks ago finished and link up next weekend.
        Sorry if you get TWO comments on this, saying almost the same thing, got a weird error and my 1st comment disappeared. No idea if it will show up somewheres πŸ™‚

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        • You don’t ever have to TToT – it’s entirely un-obligationiful. But lovely when you do make it in.

          I only got one comment – goodness knows what happened to the other one, but I still had to moderate this one, which is RIDICULOUS because I KNOW you’ve commented here before and…I guess my blog has taken issue with you, which sucks.

          I hope you manage not to be late any more! That sounds scary! Fortunately I bypass some of that time by not wearing make-up, which keeps things a LOT more simple.

          And Alzheimer’s….is just awful. I know they’re working on treatments and things, but it’s so hard to watch it take someone away 😦

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