28 October 2011
Gathering Gratefuls - Finding Balance....
It's been a licorice allsorts kind of week, layers of terrific mixed in with the 'not so'.
When I look back over the past seven days though and weigh up all that's transpired, the balance definitely favours the fact that I am truly blessed and that there is much to be grateful for indeed.
Let's travel around this montage of my life to have a peek into some of my happy-making elements.
#1 Our Home. I've chosen this photo to give my friend Denalee another glimpse of my yard as per her email request. It shows our fledgling Jacarandas kicking up their lilac skirts and the Agapanthus just starting to burst forth. If you look carefully you will also see some towels hanging on the line - I'm truly grateful for sunny days and gentle breezes to allow me to have a house full of clean linen and towels....it's the simple things remember.
#2 Zen. My friend here George sits in my colour-filled dressing room and reminds me each morning to try to find balance in my day. I'll admit that this isn't an easy task for me but when I pop on the 'happy' beads that he's holding I seem to get it right somehow.
#3 Swirls Of Pink. I'd be surprised if you weren't aware of why this is a special colour during this month in particular and this grevillea found in our front garden, with its swirling ribbons of pink is a great reminder for me of the many brave and fabulous women who are not only fighting their own personal battles with breast cancer but also the ribbons of love and care that are wound around them by family, friends and fabulous support networks & carers.
#4 The Beach Beckons. This little montage with the fuschia hibiscus and the photo of Captain V heading out on his longboard sits on the hallstand in our foyer. This weekend I'm planning on not only frolicking with my gorgeous little niece in the ocean, but also cheering on Captain V's youngest as he partakes in his very first Noosa Triathlon - a big deal in these parts.
He's only 9 and asked with such enthusiasm if he could do it this year we had to say "Yes!".
We'll be waving him on from 6:30AM Saturday and I'll let you know how he goes.
#5 Luke. This is the face that greets me every time I step outside and he makes me laugh every single day.
My faithful companion and bundle of giggle-making became the 'Dogfather' on Thursday afternoon as Captain V and I lay in the downstairs hammock debriefing our respective days.
Luke was fairly peeved that we were cutting into his walk time and became very vocal about it whilst staring us out. I half expected him to lift his paw to his chin Marlon Brando style and issue an ultimatum. He had me in fits of laughter, the kind where nothing comes out except tears and you have to work really hard not to pee....love that dog!
#6 Healthy Eats. A couple of weeks ago I started to renew our herb and vege garden and although it's a bit scrappy at the moment, everything that's been planted is thriving. I'm looking forward to partaking in these butter lettuces soon, perhaps with a sprinkling of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and basil for a fresh lunch....scrummy!
So for these things and many, many more I am truly grateful.
Please scoot over and say hello to my enlightening friend Maxabella who will be gathering a scrummy pile of lists just like this over this coming weekend.
Hugs to you!