Weekly gratitude list

Another busy week!  Another 7 days gone by and copious amounts of tea downed!

This time of year is always so busy and I try very hard to take a step back at times and soak up the festivity and not the stress!  Sometimes easier said than done but I’m working on it.

I love Fridays because there is an awesome link up that takes place with Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://www.thebethnextdoor.com/  called What’s up weekend?  Bloggers share their gratitude lists and it is a great way to start the weekend as we look back on the positives of the past week.

My list this week:

  1. Good news regarding my Mother-in-law. Dr is happy with how the op went and she isn’t having to have chemo.  We are so relieved and grateful!
  2. Getting a last minute hairdressing appointment over the weekend.
  3. New Christmas CD’s.
  4. Hubby and I did some gardening on Sunday – a good workout and back garden is looking tidier!
  5. Monday was a super long day and we decided on a spontaneous date night! Went to the movies to see “Bad Mom’s Christmas” and then to Cattle Baron for dinner.
  6. Pizza.  I had it twice this week 😉
  7. Awesome workout on Wednesday after work
  8. Fun department lunch on Thursday.
  9. Slightly cooler weather after the super hot days last week.
  10. My Garmin watch – loving it soooooooo much 🙂

What is on your gratitude list today?









Tis the season…..to enjoy yourself!

I’m now feeling more festive by the day.

Decorations are up and last night I ate mince pies off a Christmas themed plate.  I felt a definite sense of smugness at this.

I’ve put a Christmas CD in the car.

A few more gifts to buy (and wrap).

And I go on leave in a weeks time (cannot wait!!) 🙂

I love this time of year and yet I know it can be super busy for so many of us.  All the running around trying to tick things off an endless to-do list.

Monday was a seriously busy day and I knew that after work we should go to gym.  Then do grocery shopping.  And have something healthy for dinner.

When the work day got to the end I decided to shake things up!  As I climbed into the car I told hubby that gym can wait.  He happily agreed 🙂  We decided on a spontaneous date night and it was fabulous.

We went to the movies and watched “Bad Moms Christmas”.  It was really funny – days later I’m still chuckling at random parts of the movie 🙂  The cast is brilliant and I found the Mom’s Mothers hilarious!  Cheryl Hines is sooooooo funny!

Then we had dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.  Chatting away over delicious food I felt relaxed and it just added to my festive feeling.  It was a perfect date night with my ❤

This time of year is often so busy and I’m determined not to get sucked into a whirlwind of stress.  I just want to enjoy this special season and fit lots of laughter and relaxation into the next few weeks.

How do you relax during the holiday season?


Happy Friday

I’ve relied on a great deal of tea to get through this week!  It has been a mad rush from last Friday already and I feel in desperate need of this weekend.  My MIL is out of hospital – her op went well but she gave us a scare on Saturday and Sunday.  We are just relieved she is out and can now heal at home.  Work has been very busy and I started early last Friday morning so hubby and I could have the 2nd visiting hour for that day.  I had a deadline which I managed to tick off my list and then rushed out so I could be in time for a 3:00pm visit.  We cancelled a braai with friends over the weekend and were constantly on alert each time our phones rang as FIL kept us updated in between visits to the hospital.

It was a stressful time and this week just felt like a juggling act of note.  Needless to say, I’m tired and so glad Friday has arrived.

Each Friday Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://www.thebethnextdoor.com/  host a link up called What’s up weekend?  Bloggers take stock of what made them happy during the week and it is a wonderful way to start the weekend as we share our gratitude lists.

So here is mine.

  • MIL getting stronger every day.  So relieved her op went well and despite having a scare over the weekend she is recovering well so far.
  • New Garmin watch which hubby bought me for our anniversary.  Yes it is weeks away but I couldn’t wait.
  • Ran my first 5k at the gym
  • Clean home
  • New Christmas tree which is up and decorated.


  • My new Christmas decoration – loving Rudolph 😊


  • Feeling festive.



  • Finished another book. 1 more until I’ve read 40 this year!
  • It is Friday and long last.
  • A relaxing weekend to look forward to.

What are you grateful for today?


Footloose and festive

When I was younger my Mom would bring the tree and decorations out on the 1st December every year.

To me, this time of year was always magical.  I remember an occasion when I was  in primary school and couldn’t understand why we had to wait for December to decorate the tree.  My Mother had to explain (for quite some time) that putting the tree up mid year was not going to happen.

And now as an adult I find that putting up the tree is (oh I shudder to say it out loud for fear of judgement) but….well more of an effort.  There I said wrote it.  For just a moment I considered giving in to being less festive than usual this year.  The past few weeks have been extremely stressful with my Mother-in-law’s illness and nobody would judge us for not hauling out the tree and putting lots of shiny things onto it, would they?

But the feeling passed and the other day we took the tree out.

Then I realised we had lost the feet to said tree.  Was that a sign?  But no, we bought a new tree (and I will make a point of looking after the feet).

I bought tinsel.  Because ours was looking a little threadbare and sad.

And a reindeer.  Because I thought he was adorable.

And I found the Christmas side plates and mugs from last year.

And we put the tree up last night, decorated it and my festive feeling returned.  I don’t think it was ever really lost but it might have gone walkabout (along with our old tree’s feet).

I’m just glad that it came back.  Because sometimes I remember the 8 year old me sulking when I couldn’t have a Christmas tree up in the middle of the year.  The sheer injustice of feeling festive and not being able to decorate something with tinsel.

And it reminds me how special this time of year is.


December mantras and goals

How is that we are in December?  The time for putting up the Christmas tree, feeling festive and bringing out the Boney M CD’s has arrived.

My mantras for December are:

Quote 1

So often it is easy to complain rather than focusing on the good.  This month I want to be mindful and not let simple pleasures go unnoticed.

Quote 2

I hope Beth http://www.thebethnextdoor.com/ doesn’t mind me using one of her November Mantras which I saw last month.  I love this message so much.

November goals recap:

Continue healthy suppers – Yay!  Cutting down on red meat was easier than I thought

Go to gym more often 

Read 3 books so I can reach my goal of 40 books by the end of the year 

Practice patience. Learn to let things go. – An ongoing goal but I feel I am getting there 🙂

Spend more time offline

Take time to appreciate the simple things in life  – Realised I’m doing this when the other evening after a long day I sat outside in our garden and the first thing I noticed was the beautiful Hydrangea flowers. 

Goals for December:

Challenge myself with running.  Ran my first 5k the other day on the treadmill and it felt great!

Continue to be mindful.

Practice patience.  Learn to let things go.