Sunday’s Grateful List

Today I am grateful for feeling well again. The last few weeks have been pretty ordinary. I had the flu and needed two lots of antibiotics and then on Thursday I managed to pick up a vomiting bug from somewhere. For a short period of time my world shrank again. It reminded me of how important the little things are when you can’t get out and enjoy the bigger world. So this week I am grateful for things close to home.

I am grateful for having my own bathroom to use and not having to share it with the rest of my family ( I am sure they were grateful for that too).

I am grateful for being able to stay in my pajamas all day.

I am grateful that I have a good washing machine and dryer.

I am grateful for sips of lemonade and dry biscuits.

I am grateful for the feel of a beautiful warm shower on achy bones.

I am grateful for the feel of crisp clean sheets and freshly washed hair.

I am grateful for air-conditioning.

I am grateful for caring snuffly dogs.

I am grateful for my beautiful family and how beautifully they have looked after me and their ability to carry on life without me.

Hopefully this week will be better and I can start feeling normal again.

Until next time

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Wednesdays Grateful List

Today I am grateful for the lovely week away David I have had in Adelaide.

Today I am grateful that David was safe the first few days that he rode in Adelaide with Bubba’s Bikelab . Brian Cooke runs this business and is a very professional and safe rider and coach.

While David rode I did a couple of lovely walks along The Torrens.

On the Sunday David and I drove to Hahndorf and enjoyed looking around this beautiful little town. We had the obligatory German Sausage at the Hahndorf Pub.

On Monday I went out to Glenelg – a beachside suburb 1/2 hour away from Central Adelaide.

David and I had dinner on Sunday night at a fabulous restaurant called 2KW . The view, the food and the service were fabulous.

Today I am grateful once the rest of our little band of friends came down to Adelaide. I had some lovely girl friends to do things with and David then rode with some of the boys he rides with in Brisbane. The boys who planned the trip did an amazing job. The riding was challenging but the rides were not all day affairs so we were all able to meet up and have lunch together. The places the boys had organized for lunch were not only very pretty places but the food that we all ate was absolutely amazing!

We started our time together by visiting the Lane Winery and the Bird in the Hand Winery with Kylie and Lionel.

On Wednesday the girls had planned a lovely walk in the Hills but the temperature was predicted to be 41 degrees. We changed our plans and did a Adelaide Market Tour instead. It was a fabulous morning. The Company was called Australian Food Tours and if you are in Adelaide I would highly recommend doing one. We tried ants, beautiful South Australian cheeses, divine tomatoes, scrumptious coffee and very cool Kangaroo Island Gin.

Ants that tasted crunchy and lemony

On Thursday the race finished at Victor Harbour and so we planned to have lunch in Port Elliot and then drive down to Victor Harbour to see the end of the race. We had not actually seen any of the race even though it was Thursday. I had been a cycling groupie and sat at the Hilton having coffee and I had managed to see (but not photograph because I was too much of a chicken ) – Peter Sagan, Caleb Ewan, Matthew Heyman, Alex Edmondson and Phil Legget . We had a walk, lunch and a swim at Port Elliot before driving down to the course and watching the riders race by on their way to Victor Harbour. It was a beautiful way to spend the day. Port Elliot is a very pretty seaside town.

On Friday we continued our amazing food tour of Adelaide and it’s surrounding wineries by having a wonderful lunch at Darry’s Verandah Restaurant in the McClaren Vale . We visited the Cellar Door and then went on and had a degustation lunch. Once again the experience was amazing.

On Saturday the girls visited Maggie Beers in The Barossa and then went on for another lunch at Hentley Farm . Once again we had an amazing day.

Amongst all this eating and drinking the boys actually did do some riding!

What a wonderful week we all had. I am grateful for the wonderful weather, the great accommodation, the delicious food , the incredible planning and most of all the wonderful people we shared all this with.

Until next time

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Saturday’s Grateful List.

Today I am grateful for this amazing video.

Until next time

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Friday’s Grateful List

Good morning all.

I have been trying to write a blog post all week about our trip to Adelaide. For some reason I cannot upload photos. I am trying to resolve this issue.

So instead of my Adelaide blog post this is my thought for today:

Angry people want you to see how powerful they are… loving people want you to see how powerful You are.

Chief Red

Have a lovely Australia Day.

Until next time.

Jen

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18 reasons to have hope in 2018

18 reasons to have hope in 2018 | World Vision

Hope is infectious, even healing. But in a world that’s often dark, what is there to be hopeful for? Here are 18 reasons to have hope right now in 2018 – and how to pray.

Hope shines a light in the darkness. It’s infectious, even healing. But what is there to be hopeful for? Here are 18 reasons to have hope in 2018.

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Tuesday’s Grateful List

Today I am grateful for getting up early.

Today I am grateful that I love to exercise early.

Today I am grateful for all the hellos I received when walking. It seems to me the earlier I walk the more friendly people are. I am so grateful for all the nods, smiles and hellos from people walking past me.

Today I am grateful for all the activities I notice early in the morning. This morning there was

  • a young man doing yoga poses – he was standing on his head with no support and was so strong.
  • A single standup paddle boarder who was way out in the ocean. I watched him for a while and he was using the ocean swell to work his way back into shore.

  • A photographer who was also observing people and taking photos of not only the ocean but interesting people on the foreshore.

Today I am grateful for seeing the sun rise over the ocean. I never seem to tire of this occurrence.

Until next time

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New Year’s Day Grateful List

Today I am grateful that I have woken feeling refreshed on New Years Day.

Today I am grateful to be well and happy at the start of 2018.

Today I am grateful to be using today to start my 2018 journal. 


Today I am grateful to have my new Year of ME Planner and that I am reviewing 2017 and starting to plan 2018.

I am so grateful to be able to do this every year and I love looking back at the things I achieved in the previous year and setting my intentions for the coming year.

My thoughts while doing this today are:

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I wish you all a magical 2018 filled with love, friendship and happiness.

Until next time

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Friday’s Grateful List

Today I am grateful for all the beautiful graduation photos I have seen on Facebook in the last few weeks. 

Many of my friends have got children graduating from University courses this month.

I have loved seeing the photos of proud graduates.

There are many young people who have got there OP results this week and I am sure some are thrilled and some are disappointed. The photos I have seen this week are a good reminder that in the scheme of life an OP is just a number on a given day. There are many pathways to get into university and many pathways to achieve one’s goals.

I didn’t need a score at the end of my school time. I got a certificate, then I got a degree and then I got a Graduate Diploma.

There are so many pathways to achieve what you want to achieve in life.

I wish all those people who have a dream or a passion all the best today and I hope whatever pathway to get to that dream looks like,  I hope that it is wonderful.

Until next time

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Thursday’s Grateful List

Today I am grateful to be able to sit quietly and enjoy my own company.

Today I am grateful that this morning I was able to sit and enjoy a coffee at Burleigh.

Today I am grateful to be able to sit and watch three kids that spent 10 minutes chasing after a lizard among the rocks on the beach. They were having so much fun and there wasn’t an phone in sight!

Today I am grateful to be able to observe an older couple – one with snowy white hair and a snowy white beard ( he could have been Santa Claus) sitting at the tables of Burleigh together. They had obviously packed an early morning breakfast and were sitting enjoying the view and each other’s company.

Today I am grateful to be able to observe three girl friends sitting chatting after an early run watching the surf and sharing a coffee.

Until next time

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Wednesday’s Grateful List

Today I am grateful for being able to smell.

Today I am grateful for the smell of bacon and eggs cooking for an early morning breakfast.

Today I am grateful for the smell of the salty ocean.

Today I am grateful for the smell of an early morning coffee.

Today I am grateful for the smell of a cake coming out of the oven freshly baked.

Today I am grateful for the smell of freshly laundered sheets as I am climbing into them with clean pajamas.

Today I am grateful for the smell of onion with butter cooking on the stove top.

Today I am grateful for the smell of my favourite candle burning in the evening .

Today I am grateful for the smell of new books.

Today I am grateful for the smell of freshly cut grass.

Today I am grateful for the smell of the air after rain.

Today I am grateful for the smell of freshly turned earth.

Today I am grateful for the smell of freshly cut roses.

Until next time

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