Ten Things of Thankful #75

Come in, come in, my Lovelies – step aboard this magical ride and sit yourselves down. That’s it; seatbelts on and buckle up. We’re going BACK IN TIME!

No, really. Because as I write this, it’s WEDNESDAY EVENING (I know, right? Week’s barely half over – what can I POSSIBLY have to be thankful for so EARLY?!) but I have an entirely plausible excuse valid reason for doing this. And that’s that I’m not here.

Well, I am HERE, I’m just not…yaknow…*here*

Let me explain:

What with one thing and another, and the everything and in-between of being a single parent and raising two such rambunctious young hooligans delightfully-behaved youngsters as Niece and Neff, my dear Sis tends to find herself busy ALLTHETIME and as a consequence, she and I don’t get to spend a lot of quality sister time together. So when I heard that she had an evening to herself, sans kiddies, I jumped at the chance of meeting up with her and invited myself round for dinner. I did at least offer to bring dessert (lebkuchen, if I can get my arse in gear and make them tomorrow night (Thursday, or…a few days ago, as you read this – don’t you *love* time travel?)). (Things #1 and #2 (FURTHER TO THING #2 – LEBKUCHEN HAPPENED – THEY’RE INCREDIBLE! COME BACK SATURDAY FOR THE RECIPE)

Then there was today, when I arrived home to a fascinating package from ‘murica, which contained a Get Well Soon card (how did she KNOW?!) and a beautiful picture drawn by a gorgeous five year-old Indianan, and some fabulous shells collected from their recent holiday in Florida. So Christine pretty much made herself my favourite of the afternoon, because the shells delighted my heart, and I *loved* reading her card (which wasn’t REALLY a get-well-soon card, but a USING a get-well-soon-card-card and then I get to save it til I’m sick and give it to myself again). (Thing #3)

Florida shells[The posting of this photo on Facebook and the ensuing conversation then led to my being messaged by a bona fide Princess, who is going to send me some shells from California in exchange for some shells from England, and who also let me know that I won a giveaway she was hosting, so YAY! (Thing #4)]

Then there were various chats with various other friends; the exchanging of jokes, hair-dying stories, plans for writing, explanations of current writings, all manner of things under the sun, whether profane, mundane or profound – all delightful connections and moments enjoyed thoroughly. (Thing #5)

Further back, further back – there was the weekend, when it was my Sis’s birthday party and we all watched a movie, ate good food, played pass-the-parcel and I got thoroughly jumped on, pummeled to pieces and otherwise thoroughly (and incredibly rambunctiously) loved by Niece and Neff. I discovered that the perfect way to make a seven year-old boy dissolve into giggles of delight and hilarity is to whisper, very gently into his ear, the word “Boobies!”, and then I discovered (related) that at the ripe old age of 31, I am NOT beyond being told off by my mum. Or my sister. Or my WonderAunty. Or all of them, all at once, as Niece and Neff go completely wild and beat me up and scream and shout and be silly and somehow it’s *my* fault *makes innocent face*. Still, fun was had by all, and it was a gorgeous party. (Thing #6).

Previous to that was the sheer, incredible JOY of finally receiving a copy of JESSICA in the post. It’s not a copy that I get to keep, because magical special things are happening to this one before it returns to our favourite Dilettante, but I can tell ya – I HUGELY underestimated just how amazing it would feel to hold an Actual, In Fact BOOK in my hand, with my name on the cover as a contributing author, and to see my words IN TYPE, published, inside it. For fiction what I made up with my head. (Thing #7 (which counts x 1000))

Jessica MINE YESUH-MAY-ZING. I thoroughly recommend it, and to all my aspiring book-writer friends out there (most notably my gorgeous BlogWife, Beth, whose novel is getting excitingly close to its final stages) – KEEP GOING! And one day I hope I shall join you as sole author of my OWN book (Mandi, I promise I will do my very, very best).

Then there was my BlogWife herself, who plotted and schemed with me to pull off a fabulous glitterbomb surprise over in the states, and who stunned me completely by taking actual, in fact time out of her weekend to make the glitterbomb happen FOR REAL. And that humbled and amazed me quite a lot, and really underlined for me that yes – friendships online can be REAL, and they REALLY CAN make a difference and are TANGIBLE. So I was rather bowled over by that, and HUGELY thankful (#8).

And then (in not unrelated news) there was my latest #KickCancersAss piece (for Beth (who all of a sudden seems to be taking over my post)) which was meant to be a poem, but somehow turned into a drawing, and fortunately my lovely BW was cool enough to roll with it, and generous enough to be pleased when I suddenly changed the plan I had originally agreed to. (Thing #9)

Finally there has been a jumble of items which can (collectively) add up to one BIG GINORMOUS tenth Thing: I got better enough from my cold to return to boxing; I met with my pilates teacher (she of the beautiful soul) and she put some information my way about how Husby and I could reduce our utilities expenditure; I had a fabulous week curating at SisterWives (where I’m a contributor and one of the founding members, doncherknow) and shared a gorgeous couple of submissions on parenting; I had a piece of my own published over at the Mom Cafe, which went a little into where my heart’s been at lately; I’ve been having some of THEE most delightful email conversations with my lovely, sparkly artist friend TJ Lubrano; and I have plans for this weekend to go to the BEACH with Niece and Neff and Husby, and have a car picnic and find shells (and hopefully no more death!); and there is WRITING TO DO!

BOOOOOOOOM! (most definitely Thing #10)

Your turn πŸ™‚ What’s been sparkling all up in your world this week?

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  2. Congrats on getting your copy of Jessica. Those were some pretty seashells and love mail too from merika. I have this game i play with my oldest gran son. We say guess what and he says “chicken butt” and laughs crazily. I have no idea how the “chicken butt” game started, but I suspect my hubby is a fault. If we dare say the word, “butt,” he will say don’t say that word, Nanna says it is a bad word. *Nanna is my husband’s ex.

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    • HEHEHEHEHE kids are so hilarious to play word games with, especially if they’re slightly off-colour or verboten.

      It’s always fun to get mail which isn’t a bill or something boring.

      What are the shells like where you are? Do you have a beach nearby?


  3. This upcoming week may be Thanksgiving here, but it sure sounds like you had a wonderful week full of Thanksgiving there. I just love how you express your joy. I can’t think about glitter without thinking of you.

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    • Hehehe that’s awesome πŸ˜€ I love that I have a reputation for glitter now. That’s BRILLIANT.

      I try to express joy so people can join in with me – it’s so nice to share in that way. Lots of bits of my week were just DELIGHTFUL, and wonderful, and I’m so glad I got to have them πŸ™‚


    • Heheh thanks. I just wish I got to keep this copy! But I know that mine are on their way. This one is a promotional one, but STILL SOO COOL!

      And yep – the last weekend was AWESOME and I’m really glad I wrote this post nice and early on in the week πŸ™‚


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    • I hope you give them some liquid with it!

      I spent the whole day with Niece and Neff today, and it was GORGEOUS. We had so much fun. Neff has a perturbing habit of wearing the ocean though…to the point where I have to tip it out of his boots.


  5. So nice that you and your sister got an evening together. Sounds lovely. And as far as you being “bad aunty” – I can’t imagine a better Aunt that you – minus boobie mutterings – sounds like an equally wonderful time.

    Yay to holding your name in print. Well done. Every congratulations.

    And well, time travel. I’m in awe. Thought, isn’t it’s just a jump to the left?

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    • Second star to the right, and straight on til morning…

      It was necessary this week – I really would have had NO chance to get this up on Thursday OR Friday, in between all the cooking and seeing people. I’m glad this is a bit of a movable feast in that way.

      Thanks for the congrats – I can’t believe how exciting it was! FAR more exciting than I initially ever thought it would be,

      And…yeah I’m mostly a good aunty. Sometimes a bad influence but perhaps that’s my prerogative πŸ˜‰


  6. Can’t wait to try it out at the Office! (“Hey, fellow real estate, you look a little down. I have a friend in England who told me there is a way to cheer anyone right up…. no, lets wait for your clients to get here! Get ready to laugh!”)

    v cool on the bookificationing! like, ‘take that real-world-what-thinks-you-can-keep-us-clarks-on-the-outside-looking-in’
    ..you are a credit to our people, I am proud to know you

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  7. We may need to do a shell swap. Not only is there a river (dry and drought-ridden) that runs through my city, but having an excuse to run to the real ocean beach would be all the glittery feelings.

    Congrats on the book. I’ve been quietly watching from the sidelines and feel all kinds of warm snugglies when you talk about it.

    Learning how to be more energy efficient is a plus! I am drooling over those yummy things still scrolling on my newsfeed.

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    • We should SO do a shell swap! That would be amazing. You must go! I’m going to the beach tomorrow, and I’m gonna make it a bit of a shell mission πŸ˜€ WHOOT! Love it.

      Thanks for the book congrats – it’s been such a thrilling experience to go from being invited to contribute to actually SEEING IT FOR REAL. It’s incredible and I’m still not really over it yet.

      Economising is always good – and THE RECIPE’S UP if you want it. I should link it here. Didn’t think of that.


  8. Yay for being an absolutely wonderful PUBLISHED author!! This is so totally exciting, and if I didn’t get the chills up and down my spine from just LOOKING at the “Jessica”-cover, I’d totally get it (yes, I am a great, old chicken). Oh, and glitter-bombs are awesome, as long as they don’t happen in my living room πŸ™‚

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    • Ahhh but half the fun of glitterbombing someone is that they FORGET, you see – they try to remember that they should open my mail carefully, and then they DON’T and it goes EVERYWHERE. And I try to encourage people to open their mail on vlog, so I can see INCREDIBLY funny things like that time Chris got punk’d by the butterfly I sent her, or the time Sandy’s husband threw my glitter at her.

      Aaaaaaand yeah if you’re not good with scary books, Jessica might not be for you. It’s pretty creepy. If you want to read some of my work which is just LOVELY (even if I do say so myself), head to Kristi’s blog today πŸ˜€


  9. You’ll get your book done…all things in due time. Trust me on this one – it will come to fruition when the moment is exactly right. it will come.
    A beautiful and happy week, it sounds. Your package arrived last night – I had quite forgotten about it.

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  11. Hooray for a fabulous week and time at the beach with Niece and Neff. Have a fabulous time, BBFFFL!!

    Oh, and I KNOW one day you will have your own book with your very awesome name on it. You will find your inspiration to finish your story and I will definitely buy it because it is very awesome.

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  12. you know you are a rock star…. niece and neff thinks so – hubby and I were rock stars too..still are I think..since my neices and neffs were born each year they all received a Santa letter with each a special personal message. one year I wrote in niece 2 how funny she was… oh boy niece 3 was really upset and was furious because after-all she was the funniest LOL

    Congrats on the book you must be so proud and deserve to be too.

    the cookies look amazing – make me some please! LOL !


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    • Heheh I promise, the cookies are SO VERY GOOD! The recipe’s live now if you fancy giving them a try. You won’t regret it if you do.

      I’m not proud…humbled, grateful and very honoured to be part of it πŸ™‚ And thrilled to pieces.

      And WOW your #3 niece really got caught on that one! I’m sure you found something that she was the ‘-est’ at, too! We always got told my WonderAunty that we were the ‘favourite eldest niece’ or the ‘favourite youngest niece’, which I suppose was true, if only by default.

      I’,m ever-so glad of such positive opinions as my Niece and Neff hold of me πŸ™‚


  13. I can only imagine how exciting it must be to hold a book in your hand with your name on the cover. I should send you mine so you could sign it for me and send it back :). I can say I knew you when. I had to laugh out loud at “Boobies!” just picturing the entire thing….Neff giggling uncontrollably and you being scolded by just about everybody. Makes for a good morning chuckle. You sure packed a whole bunch of stuff into this post. So many little big things. I am happy to see you so happy!

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    • It was all good, and all I can say (today) is thank goodness for time travel.

      I’m glad that this post was a good read, and that it made you chuckle. The party and the larking around (and even the being told off) was super fun and I enjoyed it a LOT. I needed it – it reminded me of how life’s *meant* to be πŸ™‚

      And yes – send me yours and I’ll definitely sign it, even though it feels ridiculous to even offer, because…it’s crazy! πŸ™‚


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  15. Aww, so much good this past week, including sister time and truly smiled thinking and hoping my girls are also still this close when they grow up. Sorry I have been MIA from the TToT, but the weeks have been kicking my butt so to speak and the weekends are supposed to be downtime, but between all the activities I do to try to catch up, sometimes I am more tired Monday morning then when Saturday began. Such is life, but hope to join in again soon πŸ˜‰

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    • Janine, no need for apologies, my friend – sometimes life just gets like that, and there’s nothing to be done except try to ride out the storm and still be somewhere near the surface on the other side.

      My sister and I went through years and years and years of really hating each other, growing up, so be careful what you wish for. We had to put a lot of work into our relationship to come out friends, but we both know that it was totally worthwhile πŸ™‚

      I hope you manage to relax and catch up this weekend.


  16. Sister time is good time! After all these other ladies are done sending you their shells, and the weather here warms up (April/May) I will send you some shells, and maybe even some seaglass if I can score some, from the Jersey Shore.

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    • Ohhh that would be AMAZING! I would love that, and would definitely send you some English shells back. I’m already utterly fascinated by how different the shells are from different places. I think I’m going to have to get some kind of suitable storage/display system so that I can keep track of where the shells have all come from!

      Seaglass is beautiful, isn’t it πŸ™‚

      And yes – absolutely. I loved reading that you got your dose of sister-time not so long ago.

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  17. I treasure my moments with my sister. Sounds like you are the “Foment-er of Fun” when it comes to Niece and Neff. Congrats on all your writing accomplishments and enjoy your time at the BEACH. We’ll be going there over the Thanksgiving week. Yay.

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    • Ohhh BRILLIANT! I’m so glad you’re getting back to your beach. It’s meant to rain on us tomorrow, so it might end up being a bit of a wet, wellie-boot walk, but I’m sure we’ll still all have fun and find shells and amazing things to watch and be fascinated by.

      And yeah…I have a tendency for being a bit of an instigator. Niece and Neff LOVE it, and I…well, I get into trouble πŸ™‚

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    • Keep your eyes peeled cos I think Helena has a plan in the pipeline for a giveaway. I’ll let you know if I see it going on and it looks like you missed it.

      Last weekend was utterly, utterly joyfully completely awesome. I kept stopping and checking to see that it was really real. It was soooo good.

      And yeah, *giggles* BOOBIES!!!


  18. I’m pretty sure I’ll never get frist again. You’re such a popular author now. I’m so glad I can say, “I knew her when…” πŸ™‚

    How exciting to have that book in your hands!!!

    I am so glad you were able to have a fun night with your sister. We all need some time to chill and laugh and talk and just spend some relaxed time with the people we love.

    One reason I love blog reading is the opportunity to see how people live differently from me. Even if it’s as simple as the foods they eat. Like lebkuchen. Never heard of such a thing, but they look yummy!

    Hope your weekend goes as well as your week did.

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    • To be fair, I’d never heard of snickerdoodles til I met you, so there’s that. I also haven’t made them, either. BUT. I recommend the Lebkuchen, and the recipe’s on my FB, or you can grab it here tomorrow πŸ™‚ It is fascinating though, to see how different people live their lives, and what things they take absolutely for granted which would never be present elsewhere in the world.

      My evening with my Sis was SO EXACTLY the thing we both needed. It was utterly glorious and every part enjoyable to the MAX. It was perfect.

      And YES! The BOOK! So, so, so very exciting! I’m still loving it.

      You’ll get frist again someday, I’m sure. I don’t think this was due to me being any kind of popular author – this was cos Erin was stalking the TToT for AS SOON AS IT WENT LIVE πŸ˜‰ And yep – I hope that one day you get to brag that brag and introduce me to your friends as you do it. I can imagine it now – “We first met, very eventually, on a bridge over a motorway, having driven past one another on opposite sides of the road about six times…”


  19. Kid time? Sister time? Dessert? A fer’real book in you hands AND a surprise glitterbomb with sea shells?? One AWESOME awesome week you!!! Also, Beth has my personal permission to be all over your posts any time…
    *you are gonna LOVE my TToT this week I think maybe possibly okay hopefully*

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  20. Lots of fun, I giggled at your ‘boobies’ post, too! Kids need a Fun Auntie to giggle w/stuff about, they’re blessed to have ye. I’m so excited about Jessica, I keep marking pages w/quotes I want to tweet and then the little papers fall out of the book! hahahaha I should get those little sticky notes, “Post-It” notes to stick to the pages. Welp, I’m sure I could prattle on forever, as you know, but my kids are quiet so I’m going back to the BOOK!!!!! I did start my TToT and if I’m not at 10, I’m darn close! I will be linking up again. Finally!

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    • Oh YAY! I’m so happy you’re gonna be linking up with us. Dance for the 7GV and get out of a couple if you want. And I caught your tweet and I LOVE those lines you’re finding, though the phrase ‘marking pages’ makes me worry because I am scared of desecrating books…cos BOOKS! But post-its are cool. I’m just glad you love it so much πŸ˜€

      BOOBIES! I think that’s funny for everyone, to be honest.

      And yes – I think they’ll appreciate.


  21. Beth did take over. But she’s so great. I absolutely LOVE that you were completely inappropriate with your boobies whispers. I love that image, and I think it is furtherly hilarious that you got told off.

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    • She really is. I’d let her take over my whole blog πŸ˜€ In fact, I should definitely do that one day πŸ™‚ Well, ask her, at least, and see if she fancies it. I don’t think I could just tell her to πŸ™‚

      Now then, my friend – as one who is going to HAVE a seven year-old boy in an astonishingly short few years time, let me tell you this – the obsession with body parts and body functions is a SUREFIRE WINNER in the humour department. Gets them EVERY TIME.

      And nerts to you for thinking it funny that I got told off πŸ˜‰ :p


  22. *waves* hiiiiii from the girl taking over your blog! hahaha that was unexpected and fun to find my name all over this post. πŸ™‚ And are you kidding me? I LURVE MY DRAWING SO SO MUCH. Do you realize you’ve drawn an elephant, a tree, and an ocean wave for me? Alllllll my favorite things, my lovely blogwife. And they’re all gorgeous, beautiful pieces of art and talent and kindness and……LIZZINESS.

    I’m so happy you’ve had a great week, and I love that you getting time with yer sis. That’s super special.

    So proud of you for your part in Jessica! How SUPERDUPEREXCITING!!!!! you author, you.


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    • Heheh it’s a little bit-part which Helena’s been kind enough to let me in on, but honestly, I’m the one making THEE MOST FUSS about it (well, from where I can see, anyhow) because I’m SO VERY PSYCHED. It’s glorious. And yeah – I’m kind of almost inspired to crack on with my own writing so that I get JUST my name there one day. I’ll follow in your footsteps πŸ™‚

      My sis and i had a FAB TIME. She got tired and kicked me out, but not after she introduced me to the madness that is Takeshi’s Castle, and my IQ dropped about 10 points because it’s SO funny and SO silly. There was an extraordinary amount of lebkuchen gluttony, and MUCH silliness and laughter. It was delightful and I really needed it. I think she did, too.

      As to you, my dear, unexpected hijacker – I THOUGHT about that tree today, but I forgot about the wave. So YAY! I’m super-pleased and feel quite content that we’ve traded artworks πŸ™‚ Yours is up on my living room wall where I see it every day πŸ™‚

      *waves back, then hugs back* πŸ˜€


  23. I know you were really shocked I was first!

    Wow. A surprise box! Shells! Corroborating glitterbombs! So much love for these items!

    I have no idea why everyone yelled at you. I would do the exact same thing. In fact I have done so but with the word BUTT!

    I was actually over on Sisterwives today reading. Words just don’t seem adequate.

    I will be hoping over to read your piece on Mom cafe next!

    It seems Beth is holding up as your blog wife in more ways then one! hahaha!

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    • Heheh I wasn’t, you know – you’ve been champing at the bit for an hour or more to get into this – it’s AWESOME πŸ˜€

      I KNOW – SO MANY SURPRISES this week, and it’s been beautiful. Aaaaand cos I wrote this wednesday I need to go back and see what the yelling was about. I can’t remember any more πŸ™‚

      Sisterwives is an amazing, incredible place and I love it. I love my fellow sisterwives and I love what we’re doing there πŸ™‚

      And Beth…is nothing short of incredible πŸ˜€ She’s an amazing, best evah, EVAH BlogWife.


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