52 lists – things I am grateful for

It’s Thanksgiving today. Of all the different holidays out there, I really wish this was one that we celebrated in Australia. It’s such a lovely idea to focus a whole day on being thankful.

Here’s some things that I am personally thankful for:

-Ian. He’s been my partner in crime since 1996 and every year with him gets better and better.

– My parents. They made me the person I am today.

– Leigh. She’s always been a wonderful sister. And now I get to watch her be a wonderful mother. Plus I’m spending my whole day with her tomorrow and I can’t wait!

– All the little babes in my life. Especially Antigone who is my favourite of them all. That girly deserves a medal for being such a joy giver.

– Roahl Dahl who is gone from this world, but who left us with the nuttiest, wackiest, most magical children’s stories.

– Bloggers. Unlike in mainstream media, bloggers are writers without borders and so I trust them, I learn from them, am inspired by them and feel happy because of them.

– Cold avocado. It’s like nature’s icecream.

– People with fanciful ideas. Ideas are beautiful.

– People who dress with pizazz. They are like moving art!

– Freshly baked cookies.

– Getting to spend the whole of this coming weekend in the City!!!!

– The lovely sunshine we’ve had lately. Summer has certainly said hello! I feel like my Vitamin D levels are nicely topped up. 

– Donna and Mel and their big personalities. They are like kindred spirits in excitement levels.

– Sheela and Alissa, who tell witty tales with punchy one liners and make me laugh.

– The girls I work with. There’s been a lot of banter and hi jinx lately and they make my torturous organisation bearable.

– That I don’t have a disfigured face. And for Emma, who made me think about this :)

What are you thankful for today?

Floating dandelions

Long gangly legs

As well as foxes, I’m also smitten with flamingos at the moment. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to love these birds when I was a kid and now I’m intrigued again. It’s the colour, the gangly legs and the height that gets me.

Here’s a few illustrations I love.

From Pinterest

Long legs

From Calamari Unknown on Etsy

Flamingo twoFrom Sofie Rolfsdotter on Etsy

Flamingo 3

From Pinterest

Flamingo four

From Furbish Studio


By Shannon Kirsten on Etsy

Flamingo 6

And then there is my gorgeous Niecey, who in her tights from the Awesome Aunties Etsy shop, looks quite Flamingo-esque herself.


Back to reality

After four amazing weeks in Europe, followed by one week, mostly spent in bed, I feel normal today. Our jet lag finally seems to have lifted. Our influenza seems to have (mostly) gone. It’s back to reality. Not that I care much for reality. You know how some people are happy to come home after travel? Those people who find it wonderful to lay their head on their own pillow at last? I am not one of those people. I never want to come back.

But given how close the bushfires were to our property in recent weeks, I was at least glad to see for myself that my home was still standing. When we arrived back from the airport last week, I ran around the house to be welcomed by every room!

It’s now time to catch up with friends, both in real life and online. It’s time to sort through hundreds of photos and to return to work.

I am lucky to have had an amazing holiday. And I’m blessed to have a wonderful life to come back to.

See you soon.
Neen (who is already planning and saving for our next trip…..)