I put the gift of mindful doodling book and pens that I received for Christmas to one side! I wasn't in the right frame of mind to be mindful... As I worked my way across the desk - it was easier to start at one side and just go through stuff as I came to it! - I came to my jar of thanksgiving which was standing on my desk for some reason.
I have decided to stop filling it with little notes of thanksgiving, but I did take all of the little notes out and read them. There were four that I thought you might like to see as they are pertinent to you all - and to what happened yesterday.
They had faded, and sort of curled up - so I had to tape them down to photograph them! The messages that I wrote were still pertinent though. I don't suppose that you can read them all as some of them are rather faded. They say:-
I am grateful to have made it through 2014 and I look forward to 2015.
I share this one because it applies again just with new dates!
So grateful for the kindness and support of bloggers about losing all my posts.
I really was so grateful for that and I still haven't repaired all the posts. Another job for this year!
I am grateful for bloggers and blogging!
I am still grateful. You are all still so great!
I am grateful that the 5 on Friday changes went down OK.
They did and it has been going well. Five On Friday will return this Friday for a new year. Thank you for making it such a great success.
You know that I say thank you and I hope that I am thankful, and you can see from these faded little notes that I really am and continue to be.
So although my jar of notes has ended after two years I will still be thankful and grateful for things. I have found that I tend to record things here on my blog and often in those Five On Friday posts, and as I am about to in just a moment. Just a different and more practical, for me, way of doing things.
The jar has been run through the dishwasher - how did it get so dusty inside! - and will now be used for something else.
It is all part of my onwards and upwards movement!
Now for one of those grateful and thankful moments!
Thank you all for your comments on my two posts yesterday and for all of the supportive and kind things that you had to say. It was a real help to return from seeing Man and then from my walk to read your kind comments and to feel your support. Thank you!
Man is fine and I did a second post yesterday - if you only saw the first one - with an update.
I have also answered all of your comments in the comments as I wanted to say thank you or reply to you all.
Hubby went to see Man last night and sorted out the leak. It was nothing to do with the hot water tap, despite Man's protestations that it was! There was a small drip coming from the washing machine connection... It has been tightened up and should now be OK. So the immediate situation is resolved. The longer term one? Well, that still hangs in the air like a bad smell and I have no idea what will happen next. We will see.
Anyway, we all live to fight another day and we will keep going and see what happens. Having broken into telling you about this I might write some more, or not, I make no promises either way, but we will see.
I also wanted to say that I am so sorry for all of those of you who mentioned, or have written on your own blogs, or, like me have kept it quiet, anyone in fact, who is or has had to deal with a similar situation. It is so tough isn't it. I am in a way lucky in that we are only having to deal with the top slice of the sandwich of family life, I cannot imagine how hard it must be to have children and parents to care for. That isn't to say that I don't wish that I had that bottom slice, because I will always wish that I had it. Even if I am happily getting on with my life.
What I mean is that I don't know your situation, and all of our situations are different, but there are similarities and I understand a little of that and I am sorry that you are having to handle it.
Thank you, I am grateful and on we continue together!