Ten Things of Thankful #80

First and foremost, I am thankful to have the INTERNET BACK so I can write this!

Not that I was completely cut off, last weekend – I did have my phone, but the idea of trying to create the linkie HTML and write a blog post from my phone (and I know some of you have done in the past, and quite honestly you have my utter respect) is too overwhelming to entertain, so I bowed out, for the first time EVER since the hop began. We also had Husby’s parents with us, so I barely made it round to anyone who WAS part of the ‘hidden’ 79th edition of the TToT, so  perhaps not having the internet was a bit of a blessing in disguise.

Alas, I am sniffly and have a cold, so my brain is fuddled and my words are not nearly as delectable as those I managed yesterday (…I say ‘yesterday’ like it wasn’t the wee hours of the morning, but it was awesome to write) but I am HERE, and I am MUCHO THANKFUL for many, many things. Bear with me as I combine two weeks-worth of tens into one ginormo-lovely post.

Glitterbombs – Poor Husby has been quite envious! I’ve told him that he is WELCOME to go him forth and make friends online, and eventually start little, wonderful traditions of sending glitterbombs back and forth, but he seems to want the mail without putting in any of the effort (to which attitude I roll my eyes and thumb my nose) – I have been DELUGED with glitter from across the Atlantic, and it has delighted my heart NO END! Frist was Kitty, who sent me some gratitudinal-related gifts and (I kid you not) AN ENTIRE TUB of glitter dumped into the parcel.Then there was Erin, who sent me Beachy goodness, some shells, and some hilarious post-it notes. Then there was my dear Sunset, who sent me a mug with the Jessica book cover on it (which she created) and some Ghirardelli chocolates (which I’ve heard raved about, and now know the raves to be right, AND I know how to pronounce the name). THEN there was my Darling American – Sandy – who sent me two beautiful shirts from the Sevenly company (cos when you buy from them, you’re buying the world better). And there were gorgeous cards from Helena and Kristi. I am BLOWN AWAY by the generosity of the friends I have made in this here Blogosphere.

Christmas Glitterbombs

Family – I popped in and saw my Grandad and one of my aunties. I spent Christmas Eve afternoon with Niece and Neff and Sis and Husby and Mum and WonderAunty. I rang my Dad on Christmas day. I am WINNING at family. My favourite was snuggling with Niece, who was a bit poorly. She was grouchy but floppy with a temperature, and quite happy to be wrapped around with hugs.

Friends – Did I mention the glitterbombs? I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed messaging back and forth with various online AND IRL friends, and in spite of everyone doing their own thing over Christmas, have kept in touch, am IN loops,and very happy to be there. I also managed a very short (TOO SHORT, damnit) time with my Soulie, whilst feeling horribly poorly from the damn cold.

Juxtaposition – I am miserable with this cold. It keeps coming and going and it’s making me feel wretched. But I’m not confined to a couch. I haven’t got a cast on my foot. I’m able to engage with things for long enough to not be bored out of my brain. If you have a kind heart and a moment to spare, send something fun to Kitty, because she’s  IN that unenviable position,post-surgery, and could do with some cheering up or distraction.

CatharsisI WROTE. And BOY was it good to write. And to FEEL like writing. And then I wrote my next chapter of Anitra, for lovely Mandi, as part of #KickCancersAss,and then I wrote the whatever-it-is from yesterday. And somewhere along the way was a poem. WORDS ARE BACK! LOVING IT.

Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Compassion – At the midnight service at church,on Christmas Eve, a young man came in and plonked himself down at the end of our row of chairs, before passing out, dead drunk. Halfway through the service, he slumped down behind my Mum as she stood,singing, and drew up his legs and snuggled in to sleep more soundly. We all exchanged incredulous looks and moved quietly along so he could continue to sleep – he CLEARLY needed it. At the end of the service, though, we couldn’t wake him up, and a nurse was located amongst the congregation, and then an ambulance was called.

At some point while I waited outside to flag down the ambulance, a tiny, black car screeched up to the parking bay in front of  the church, all the doors flew open, and a group of people disgorged and ran in. It was the lad’s family, who had been frantic with worry, not sure where he was, and who had rung his mobile, and been (finally) answered by the churchwarden, who told them where they could find him. The ambulance guys checked him over and said he was okay to go home. It may have been a bit of unexpected drama, but thank GOODNESS he somehow, for whatever reason, chose to drag himself into church to pass out. Had he been outside, he might have ended up with hypothermia, and his family would have spent a terrifying Christmas Eve, not knowing his whereabouts. As it was, he was warm, safe and looked after.

I heard another example, too, of compassion for others – Kitty’s neighbour was going to be alone at Christmas, so they had her round to join them for dinner. In spite of the cast and the hassle and the stress. Because it was a good thing to do. Because we’re  all in this life together, and sometimes each other is the most part of what we have.

Food – It was Christmas. I cooked. We ate. We ate DAMN WELL. Wow! I’m kind of looking forward to things returning to normal! But YUM! My biggest ‘wins’ have been mince pies, Lebkuchen, Cranberry, mixed-seed and honey bread, and a ‘Murder By Chocolate’ dessert.

Naps – OHMIGOSH YES! SO, so, sososooooo thankful for these. And plenty of them!

Worldly goods – More to come on this, soon, but SO much this. Because when it was raining and cold and dark and miserable, on Boxing Day, and we’d finished serving afternoon tea to the homeless and lonely of the city, and had packed up, we got into my car and drove back to our flat, together, where we sat on our computers and drank hot cups of tea and ate food from packed cupboards. We did NOT nap on the floor of the hall where the Community Cafe was held, before shouldering our worldly goods, snugging our coats around us and head out into the rain, alone,  to hope to find someplace dry to stay for the night.

1627  (3.1 – which states in a footnote that if your #9 counts as all ten, really, then you get a free pass for a nominal, numeric Tenth,as long as the number is a prime in excess of 1000)

LATE ENTRY – I was sat, on Saturday morning, on my sofa, feeling like death warmed up, and grouching because of having been told in no uncertain terms that BOXING WITH A COLD IS NOT OKAY (*sadface*) and was feeling all wintery and cold in my heart because I want summer back and I want not to be ill and snuffly and snotty, when not one, but TWO wonderful letters came through my door with the post – a perfectly-timed glitterbomb (with THEE stickiest glitter EVER) from Kristi, and a lovely Christmas card and letter from Christine (who, by the way, has gorrrrrrrrgeous handwriting – SRSLY!) and now my heart feels a bit lighter and happier in spite of the snuffly head 🙂 ❤

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72 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful #80

  1. So sorry to hear you’re sick again, friend. Was it the same kind of sickly you felt when you last wrote??

    And thank you for this: “Because we’re all in this life together, and sometimes each other is the most part of what we have.” Plus ginormous blessings for the reminder that even in the muck of it (especially there) there are moments of brilliance and love.

    May you continue to feel them.
    And may 2015 be kind to us all.

    With heart & hope,
    Dani

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    • Hey Dani 🙂 Yes – it’s the same, if not THE VERY SAME cold I had before, which might just not have gone away, rather gathering its resources for another go. I’m not keen on this one, and I don’t seem to be kicking it very quickly. More sleep would help, if I would go for it, so it’s probably my own fault as much as anything.

      Glad you like my ‘all in this together’. We are 🙂

      Hope you have a glorious 2015, or at least, see it in in STYLE 🙂

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  2. The young man asleep on the pew sums up much of my Christmas. Always Christmas makes me aware of the pain and suffering in the world, but this year more than ever. It humbles me as I think “there but for the grace of God go I” as I see the need all around my comfy little world. Happily, it moves me to offer up some of that grace as well.

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    • Could be any of us, right? We’re all incredibly fortunate in this little TToT community, in spite of all our challenges and broken bits and traumas. It does make me pleased that the people here care so much about others, and about making the world a better place for everyone. I’m glad you shared this thought, May 🙂

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    • I think over all I DID have a good Christmas, thanks 🙂 It was mostly exactly the kind I had hoped for, and no-one gets EVERYTHING they expect, do they? I’m almost better from the cold, just in time for work tomorrow (thank goodness) so YAY!

      Naps are awesome. I’ll get one tomorrow on my lunch break, I hope 🙂

      Hope your Christmas was a good one.

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  3. Oh dear – so sorry you are feeling crappy and snotty and full of phlegm and sneezes. Since Sackgirl and Mr G and I have all had fever and coughing and hurty heads and lost voices, I know how miserable it is to spend Christmas feeling yucky, but we were not anywhere near as brave as you, and did not get off our sofas to help other people who had less and needed it – so well done you for being caring and brave and – well, being you.
    I hope your Christmas was all your wanted it to be. xx

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    • It was ENJOYABLE, and that was all I needed it to be. I stayed at home, in my flat, and not only was it okay, it was NICE. It was perfect 🙂

      I was lucky – the cold arrived AFTER the boxing-day jaunt, so I was mostly completely fine whilst helping. Thank goodness! I hope I didn’t pass my cold along, that’s all!

      Poor you all, being ill too. It sucks bigtime (DON’T put onions in your feet! Or if you must, then let me know if it really works…) but I hope your Christmas was still good.

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  4. I’m sorry about the boogery germs, but mayhaps that was your body’s way of telling you to get more REST 🙂 who knows. Hope it’s completely gone soon! You’re keeping up with your ‘good things’ from that post, giving tea to the homeless and helping the sleepy (in church) are great and wonderful things! I love that ‘we’re all in this together’ because that’s how I feel. I’m not afraid of the homeless, I see some snobs–I mean PEOPLE in my town’s Facebook page complaining about the homeless in our town and saying something about the police doing something about them. Uh, what exactly? Put them in jail for needing help? Why don’t you HELP them?? Anyway. Good for you, you’re a good SHININGSTAR egg and a blessed soul. THIS is why you have many friends and glitterbombs abound! You deserve it and more! Glad to hear you had a good Christmas and you’re WINNING at family! Sometimes that’s an amazing accomplishment in itself! You can’t pick your family, just live with them. Or leave and visit sometimes. Like my dad always said, you can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friends’ nose. I don’t know WHY he always said that, but it was one of his things.
    I have been TERRIBLE about keeping in touch, and I don’t know if there was a vidchat Friday, but my dear Godmother was in town from California so I had to go see her while she’s here. This past 7 days feels like 1 day tops. Crazy time of year! I miss you guys!!! So thankful for you and this group, not sure if I’ve ever said that hahahahaha

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    • Heheh I think you’ve said, my wonderful friend. I am thankful you’re part of it.

      Sounds like you had an awesome time with your Godmother, and you did the right thing to spend time with her. I don’t know if there was a vidchat because I was IN BED ASLEEP by then – dying of my cold. Which is (I hope) on its way out, thanks 🙂 – it has been HORRID.

      Your dad sounds bonkers. Perhaps it’s hereditary 😉 It’s a good saying though, and it makes sense (in a roundabout kind of way) I’m lucky with my family as they are now – I get on with them all.

      I think one of the most awful things I’ve seen was spikes on park benches so homeless people couldn’t sleep there. Or the guy who was arrested for feeding the homeless. It just breaks my heart that people are so incredibly callous towards ‘The Homeless’; not even seeing them as people with stories and lives and challenges and triumphs and hearts which are as full and as empty and as complex as everyone else’s….THIS is why Jesus said that the greedy people wouldn’t get to heaven – they become entitled and stop viewing people as people when they have less. I think, anyway. GAH. IT MAKES ME SO DAMN ANGRY 😦

      Gonna stop before I soapbox. I need to write more about the people I met, though.

      And like I said to Sandy – I don’t ‘deserve’ because I think it’s an atrocious word, but I am SO happy and thrilled beyond belief that people chose to send me things. It glowed up my heart summink lovely 🙂

      Joy, my shiny-souled friend, I do adore you 🙂

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  5. What a lovely list this week! It sounds like you have been overwhelmed (but not in a bad way) with affection from our part of the world. Well deserved, I’d say.

    I’m glad that the young man landed in a good place. It hurts to think it might have turned out otherwise and the story would have an unhappy ending. We have far too many of those.

    Food and naps. Naps and food. Two of my favorite things!

    I’m very glad your week was a good one :).

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    • It was. There were lots of high points before this weekend hit and I got swamped with illness. The glitterbombs were VITAL then, because they made a huge difference to how I felt in my heart, in spite of feeling so crappy physically.

      Food and naps…they rank high for me, but I think friends and family are higher up 🙂 I’ve had them all in abundance though, and that’s wonderful 🙂

      I’m SO glad about that young man. Goodness me, it would have made for a terrifyingly awful Christmas otherwise, for that poor family!

      I don’t deserve – I’m just grateful and SO thrilled to pieces that people chose to do those wonderful things for me. HUGELY happy-fied by that. Aannnnnnnd seeing as I can’t READ ON YOUR BLOG how your week has gone, I’m going to take the new leap of EMAILING YOU TO ASK 😀 Gosh, talk about having to get creative to keep up with you now 😉

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  6. I am no good at Christmas cards and letters. Never quite got the time to send them, no matter my intentions. I thought with my new at-home employment status this year I’d be all over it. Wrong!
    So Valentine’s cards it is. Perhaps one will find its way to you…
    Your list here is so full of the season’s joy and I could not be happier for you! Sorry you and Niece are sick – that is a definite bummer. But it doesn’t seem to have kept you from enjoying time with family and having a lovely holiday. WOOT!

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    • Fortunately not – it waited until AFTER all the festivities were done, to wipe me out completely, and thank GOODNESS for a long weekend with nothing planned, because I am GOOD FOR NOTHING! Thank goodness I wrote this list before I went under! Gosh! So much to be thankful for 🙂

      Valentines cards…now there’s a nice idea 🙂 I like Valentine’s day because it is the small, bright sparkle in the midst of an otherwise dreary couple of months.

      Yaknow what, I think having ‘extra’ time is like having ‘extra’ storage/surface space – it exists, therefore it gets FILLED. This is why they say “If you want something done, ask a busy person”.

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      • Yes, a little stepping stone through the rest of winter. And I really think it should be for showing love for anyone and everyone who is important to you – not just for in-love couples. Bleah. Stupid idea, if you ask me.
        Extra time is exactly like that and you should always find someone busy to get shit done, definitely. Hope the weekend gives you all the time to rest and get over the germ!

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  7. Did niece give you her cold? Or the other way around? I always name my colds after who gave it to me.
    Glad the story of the man at church turned out well! He was in the right place at the right time.
    Christmas goodies! Yum! And so glad it’s only once a year, otherwise, I wouldn’t fit through the door.
    Are mince pies the same as mincemeat?

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    • The mince pies contain the mincemeat. They’re very good. If you’ve not baked them yet, Ms Whizzy-Pastry-Chef, you should definitely try them once. They’re scrumptious.

      I know what you mean about being thankful Christmas is only once a year. Oy!!!

      And yes, that young man was being looked after. Good to know it happens and people are safe.

      I think this is possibly a Neff cold, cos I had it BEFORE Niece had hers….mine’s kind of lingered from the cold I had before, so in fact it might even be a Husby cold…both the kids have had two, but mine just hasn’t really ever GONE…I think it’s a Husby cold. Blech. I would like it GONE though!

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  8. Due to no internet for the past 4 months, I have definitely blogged from my phone at least twice. T’is exhausting. So thanks for recognizing 😅

    Your story about the man on Christmas Eve warmed me up. In general, you just make me want to blog again. I love love love your soul. 💖

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    • *takes hat off* Carly I am in AWE that you blogged from your phone. Having just stood and BAWLED about a spilt drink (though to be fair, I’m pretty ill atm) I just KNOW I wouldn’t cope with it. Not even a little bit. My resistance to that kind of frustration is WAY too low.

      The man on Christmas Eve…oh I hope he’s alright! I should think he had a bad headache and got thoroughly told off. Poor boy! I’m just glad he was safe. It was incredibly funny when he slumped down behind my mum, halfway through a carol…

      BLOG AGAIN! Definitely! You should 🙂 Are you now WITH internet?

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      • EVERYTHING is far more horrible when sick! I’m amazed you blogged at all!

        That scene in the church sounds like something from a movie. Sounds like your mum kept her cool pretty well 🙂 Also, is it weird that I picture any midnight service held in England to be beyond absolutely magically beautiful? That’s how I feel it must be, but I have a rather large imagination station.
        No internet still. Husband and I are both unemployed now, so once we get some money again, we shall ignore each other completely for the sake of the internets we have missed. Oh to be paid to blog…

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        • Oh damn. We were without the internet for a few days last week, and it was excruciating. I hope you get it back soon (and, yaknow, JOBS and things…) Ack!

          I think midnight services in England probably run the range of everything, much the same as everywhere else. It was pretty cool. Our girlie curate did a fab sermon based around shoes, which (for obvious reasons) I rather loved.

          I blogged yesterday before I was too, too sick. THANK GOODNESS! Because if I had waited until today, there is NO WAY I could have managed it.

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  9. even with the non-internetedness of the days learning to this 800 lb gorilla of a holiday, it sounds like you fared well. and that is what I see in the sharing of Posts (insights into a number of different worlds) and the give and take of comments… very nicely done!

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  12. I hope you are still entertaining the idea of glitterbombs after the new year… as I told you … a new years package is more in the future… Im still finishing… I am so late this year… Im okay with it… Hope you feel better sweetie! SNIFF!!!!!!!!!! (big wet, congested, messy sniff!)

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    • YES I am. Definitely. I just tried to find you a skull staff. To no avail (you’ll be relieved to know). YAY for brightening up those bleak months.

      I need to feel better soon. I just had a kitchen accident and Joe tried to help, made it worse, and I fell COMPLETELY to pieces!

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  13. Glad you enjoyed your Christmas and look forward to a Happy New Year. That guy in church. A happy ending incident that I am sure pulled at the heartstrings and taught a Christmas lesson to the congregation. “Whatsoever you do to the least. . . . ” Here’s some virtual glitter from me. **{{{{{******{{{{{{*****}}}}}}*****

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    • It might have taught a lesson. Most people left before we got to the bones of dealing with him. I hope he was okay. But yes – definitely a happier ending than the possible alternatives! Oy!

      And quite 🙂 😀

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  14. I love the idea of glitterbombs. So fun! I love the winning at family part – well, all of it, actually – but I thought I did pretty well at that this Christmas, too. Haha.
    Have a wonderful day! Will try to get up a blog post later on today. 🙂

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    • Ohhh you won at family? WELL DONE YOU! I hope you blog it so I can hear more 🙂

      I’m gonna go and collapse into bed with my cold. THANK GOODNESS I have nothing better to do #SilverLinings (great big huge shiny ones)

      I might have to send you a glitterbomb at some point…be warned – they’re messy!

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  15. December winter is made so much easier by Christmas mail, isn’t it? I love, love, love getting all of those cards and letters. Glad mine finally arrived.

    Were you going to go boxing on Boxing Day? You may give Americans the wrong idea about what that day is. 😉

    Glad you got so much family time in over the week. You won’t ever regret it!

    Sorry you are feeling under the weather. Colds are just miserable nuisances. Hope you are feeling much better and back to your normal self in record time.

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    • Boxing day Boxing wasn’t an option, as the gym wasn’t open 🙂 We went to the Community Cafe instead.

      Family time is wonderful, and no, I won’t regret it. Another small dose coming up tomorrow night, if I’m better enough for it. THANK GOODNESS for time off for bank hols, so I can be sick and not miss work.

      I’m planning on sending more glitterbombs in January. December is wonderful and sparkly and lovely, but I think that January and February are so bleak by comparison! That’s my plan – New Year glitterbombs 😀 (thanks for not booby-trapping mine! Kristi C sent “implied glitter” too 😉 )

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  16. I am so sorry you’re feeling under the weather, but all that love mail must help. I just painted my nails in a silver glitter for the remainder of the holidays and I totally “get” your love of sparkle. I think you are an incredible lady and I know the homeless and less fortunate in your hometown must be grateful for YOU. How lovely it was for you to take them tea. I’ve bookmarked the Seven website – what a cool concept! Love that Sandy and miss her like crazy so I’m glad to hear about her here. Feel better! Xoxo

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    • I spent an hour or so of the afternoon talking with a chap whose story I am going to tell more fully. It broke my heart. He was SO awesome. And there was a guy with bandannas and a skull on a staff (with a Santa-hat on). And there were some distinctly *odd* people, but everyone was happy and well fed. It was a good event and I’m glad I helped out a little. They do it every year, for three days over Christmas, and just being a tiny part of it was great.

      YAY to sparkles.

      And yes – the glittery love mail really DOES help. If only it could ‘disappear’ my headache!

      Sevenly is BRILLIANT. And Sandy is BRILLIANT, too 🙂

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  17. A wonderous and joyful post Lizzi. Anti boxing germs be damned! lol
    A lovely reminder of the everyday that often gets lost among the holiday lights and celebration….the comfort of friendship, the caring for family and those less fortunate and the magic that is having the world at our fingertips:)

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    • It IS. Right? I mean, it *IS* still sparkly and wonderful and full of delightful joy, even if I feel like death warmed up and have been told I’m not to go boxing today *sighhhh* I had my sadface on, but, in perfect cosmic timing, I just got two glitterbombs in the post, so YAY! I must add them to my list.

      I’m glad it made you happy to read, Apfel 🙂 Did you add your list to the linkie?

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  18. Oh you precious friend!!! What a beautiful post of thankfuls! You are so sweet to include me…

    Keep your heart LIT love. Soooo much light. Ahhhh….can feel it right here on my couch.

    I love you.

    On my #$@%*& phone or I would say more.

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    • Bless your boots, Kitty, my dear! I appreciate your phone comment (maybe THAT’S why I needed to approve you again?!) because phones are a pain in the arse for blogging with, in my experience.

      Keeping lit and also keeping chock full of meds.

      I showed the kitty to my Mum and WonderAunty on Christmas day when they popped over – they thought it was adorable 😀

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