Tuesday 12 November 2013

Being Thankful

Tonight I find myself home alone. This is unusual, I spend very little time alone now. I seem to have forgotten what to do. Oh I have eleventy million purposeful things to do, carpets that need hoovering, laundry that needs ironed and put away, walls that need painting. I'm fairly sure you could add to the list. But lazily, I sit, quietly musing on my life, as we seem to be escaping from the explosion in the WTF factory that has characterised our recent life. This seems to be making me quite reflective, or more likely, I actually have time to think about stuff but touch wood, at present my life is smooth (you know I've just knackered my good run now, with my smugness, dontcha?)

Let me share with you, auntiegwens reasons to be thankful (did you hear part 3 in your head?, no? just me that's of an age then)

This weekend I will be staying HERE . I am off to Edinburgh to visit my beautiful son, whom I haven't seen since I dropped him off at uni at the beginning of September. I am so looking forward to this, I have missed him madly.

The Eldest Beautiful Daughter is happily ensconced in Dusseldorf and is working, Glory be to God, a proper job. This means I now have another good place to go and visit and get another fix of my lovely girl.

The younger beautiful daughter has stopped making it her mission in life to win the gobshite Olympics. She is either behaving herself or is getting much, much better at hiding her gobshitery.

I am now the proud owner of my very first pair of reading glasses. I can read again, I could before but the person sitting opposite me had to hold my menu up for me. Now I can read, all by my very own self. There will be no stopping me, I expect I will be in charge of the world soon.

There are loads of other little glorious things that are making me cheerful too, things I would be mocked mightily for by the children, in no particular order...

Fat Boy Slims " Eat, sleep, rave, repeat", how cheap my shopping is at Aldi, my twinkly solar lights working with a tiny bit of winter sun,


It's only 6 weeks to Christmas, I properly love Christmas, I know I said the C word, don't give out to me, I'm middle aged, I have to take my kicks where I can get them, I am carrying on with the C stuff, you've been warned

My giddy excitement that Frances from Bake Off is switching on our Christmas lights in Market Harborough and that there is going to be real live reindeers at M H late night shopping evening, REAL LIVE REINDEERS,

Okay, I'll stop now

Life over the last 3 years has changed a lot for me, I have experienced my greatest joys, the deepest sorrows and the most overwhelming sense of frustration and powerlessness. I have learned to share, take turns and play nice. So for the life I have, from the bottom of my heart, I am truly grateful.

Deo Gratias


Gigi said...

Life has a way of lifting you way, way, way up and then knocking you down, down, down. If you can appreciate and be grateful for what you have at that exact moment; whether up or down; then, I think, you have figured out life.

And now that you have - teach it to me.

No, seriously. It makes my little heart happy to hear that you are in a good place. xo

libby said...

I'm so very happy for you....can you feel the 'through the ether' hug I'm sending? xxx

auntiegwen said...

Gigi - sending all the good vibes back your way xxx

Libs - I can, like the warmth of the real you xxx

Nota Bene said...

Aaaah. Marvelous. Happy you're happy and contented

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Glad that life is good for you again! I'm planning my reasons to be cheerful right now to remind myself that I should be too! And I can't say too much right now, but I'm actually looking forward to Christmas too this year! I'm not expecting any live reindeer though :) xx

Ayak said...

It's so easy to get caught up in all the problems and stress and forget about the good stuff isn't it? Sometimes I think just being alive is something to rejoice :-)

Working Mum said...

I think you have to stop and smell the roses every now and then. It makes the horrible times a bit more bearable.

Now, about the reading glasses, I'm holding out as long as possible, should I give in?

auntiegwen said...

NB - meh moments passed now, back to being my grumpy usual self

LFBS - AND you've got a good frock to wear now :)

Ayak - you have no idea how true that statement is ringing for me now

WM - oh get the glasses, I really, really missed being able to read newspapers/magazines, Andrew made the font bigger on my kindle so still had books but did miss the papers & mags

Mrs Worthington said...

Auntie Gwen - i miss you! so very glad to hear you had time for using. Btw did you et the last paragraph out of a cracker ;)

Trish said...

Ah what lovely news - two children settled, one no longer wanting to win the 'goshite olympics' (that made me laugh) and Frances turning on your Christmas lights. Bloody brilliant.

auntiegwen said...

Mrs W - aawh bless you, I'll come visit you any time you like, not a soul would miss me here :) and stop mocking my inner Pollyanna, she's not often found ;)

Trish - it's this Friday if you want to come with me :) x

Curry Queen said...

An explosion in a WTF factory really made me laugh as did the gobshite Olympics. Have nicked the lformer (as you will know by now - although duly credited) !!

auntiegwen said...

CQ - no worries, I pinched it from mr auntiegwens :)

Lady Liberty said...

what a lovely post! made me laugh - (although I'm not as upbeat as you are about Christmas!)
I'm also counting my blessings at the moment -

sandiart said...

Hello Lovely Auntie G, I am a crappy crap blogger of late, and beyond, sigh!...so good to catch up with you and such happenings in your world. All seems to be settling nicely (apart from your kitchen benches)am very happy and full hearted for you, may it long last xoxo
p.s. your kiddies are rather gorgeous x

Family Affairs said...

We seem to always be in tandem somehow - I am busy writing about having too much time to myself - loved your post - very pleased all is calm and crisp and even...Lx

auntiegwen said...

LL - oh tick around here long enough and I'll infect you with my Christmas cheer :)

Sandi - well hulloooo my dearie, hope all is well in the land down under xxxx

Lu - didn't last long x