The week is ending and as I sit here contemplating all that has happened in the intervening seven days, there is much to be grateful for.
1. On my previous 'Gathering Gratefuls' list, my sparkling friend Bronwyn informed me that lilies were definitely not her thing, but that the magnolias were starting to open in her garden and it was these flowers that brought her much delight.
Fancy then that when I trundled up to see my parents on Saturday, these magnificent blooms were beginning to burst forth in their yard! Of course I grabbed the camera and here they are for you and Bronwyn to revel in together....how amazing is the morning dew on the petals, little teardrops?
It never ceases to amaze me that such glorious blossoms can emerge from spindly sticks and I find their colours to be truly sublime. Mum and Dad have planted five or six foundling trees in a little grove on their property - someone in the future is going to be able to sit beneath their boughs and revel in their beauty, what joy!
2. If you popped in yesterday you would have seen that I have a little travel quiz going, featuring photos from the beginning of my parent's 'Round the World in 90 Days' adventure.
It was a wonderful visit and terrific to share in their excitement. I'm eternally grateful that they not only had a fabulous, enriching experience, but they've returned safely to tell us all about it.
If you're a world traveller or fancy yourself to be a bit of geography buff, I'd be thrilled if you took the quiz.
3. Lately I've been in cahoots working on a special project - I am grateful for the thoughtful input from others - cryptic I know but there's fun to be had and I'll be sharing it soon enough.
4. Work - you may not be aware that I'm pushing my way out of 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'.
It has been a debilitating experience and I have lost a lot of confidence in my 'self'.
Over the past couple of weeks I have been fortunate to have received some relief teaching positions at a local school which will boost the coffers [yay!...well it will be when I get paid] and give me the chance to participate in my own version of a graduated return to work [yahooee!].
Thank you to the school who has employed me - it has been wonderful to be a productive member of the community again - I've even enjoyed a senior chemistry lesson [yes you read that correctly!].
5. Captain V. deserves a special mention this week for his unstinting support, love and guidance - the man is a treasure indeed.
There are lots of other 'little bits', but I think I'll leave you with just these five today.
If you have some time, take a moment to reflect upon what you're truly grateful for and perhaps even leave your own list in Bronwyn's basket of goodies.