Sunday, August 7, 2011

Gratitude #16

I am very lucky to have wonderful friends. The Caloundra crew treated us to a beautiful weekend. They went out of their way to look after me. Thank you.

View from K & K's backyard. Calming waters.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Gratitude #15

Everytime I glimpse these I am thankful for their beauty.

Deep purple iris. Fragrant beauty.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gratitude #14

My gratitude goes to a friend of mine for a lovely afternoon.

Yummy afternoon tea. Beautiful company.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gratitude #13

Oh so many thank yous. We will miss him and all that he does whilst he is on pilgrimage and attending World Youth Day.

My hubby Michael. Bon Voyage.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Gratitude #12

Tonight I give thanks to my darling Miss G who decided to make dinner for us tonight. She took care to 'plate it up' and served it to me like I was in a restaurant. Her enthusiasm whilst preparing and cooking is something I give thanks for too.

Great sausages and salad. Served by Miss G.

Dog New Tricks

I have been teaching myself (through youtube) how to knit continental style. I first learnt to knit as a child and have taken up the needles off and on since. I learnt American style - which is what most of us know where we hold the yarn in our right hand and 'throw' the yarn over the needle to make a stitch.

Continental knitting is done by holding the yarn in your left hand and 'picking' it up with the needle in the right hand to make the stitch. Basically it is a more efficient way of knitting. I'm a pretty quick 'thrower' but I like a challenge and there is the notion that it is easier on the wrists and hands which would certainly help.
I'm picking a purl stitch in the photo!

The funniest thing is that I'm knitting like a kid again and my tension is all over the place!
I'm just getting in lots of practice by knitting squares (loose and wobbly ones).
It's an interesting process relearning a skill. It seems this dog ain't that old yet.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gratitude #11

Little moments of thanks.

My sweet treat. Peanut Brittle.

C25K - Week 3

Yesterday I started week 3 of the program - 
5 minute walm up then 2 repetitions of the following
Jog 90 seconds
Walk 90 seconds
 Jog 3 minutes            
Walk 3 minutes
Then 5 minute cool down.
I was daunted by the 3 minutes - but they weren't that bad. 
I still can't fathom myself running 5 K. Something big to aim for.

My fibromyalgia/fatigue has been bad of late so my morning exercise is pretty much taking all my oomph for the day. Will persevere though - there has to be that time when the exercise gives me energy instead of taking all I have! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Gratitude #10

Everytime. That aaahhh moment.

That first sip of tea. Made by someone else.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gratitude #9

My gratitude for the ones who taught me this fantastic, relaxing, yet productive skill.

The art of knitting. Purling also.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gratitude #8

I am greeted with this sight at the end of my morning jog/walk.

Streaming sunlight. Blinding light.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gratitude #7

I re-aquinted myself with a good friend today.

My beautiful guitar. To make beautiful music.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gratitude #6

I'm thankful for these on those cold winter mornings on the polished floors.

Warm slippers. Blue stains optional.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gratitude #5

I am grateful for this so often. So many nights.

Dinner cooked by my hubby. With leftovers.

You Better Run

I made the effort to lift my two feet off the ground and started to run a little a few weeks back. Then I was sick - 2 lots of tummy bugs and a head cold - and the death to my short lived bout of exercising ensued.
In my angry phase I decided I would start the quest again and looked into some help.
I found Couch to 5K (C25K).
I have completed four sessions of the program - to find out more info check out the founding website here and another good website here.
I downloaded their app and it has been great.
My goal is to compete in the Bridge to Brisbane 5K section.

I hope running can be a tool for my recovery.
I hope I find that love runners seem to have.
I hope I stick with it.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Gratitude #4

I was fortunate to go on my son's school excursion. Beautiful location, fabulous weather and learning to boot.

A day on St Helena. With my baby.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gratitude #3

Something I am grateful for many times everyday.

Puppy Love. X 2.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gratitude #2

So many things to be grateful for on my birthday. Hard to choose!

Cake! Gluten free yumminess.

Birthday Girl

Today I became officially in my forties - not just 40!
I was spoilt beautifully by my family, starting the day with breakfast in bed - poached eggs, my fave. The good food continued all day and my presents have been great.
Some of my special goodies - 
New Thomas Sabo Charm

Framed Family Photo

Gorgeous Gerbras

Adele 21


Gorgeous purple canvas yoga mat cover

yummy shower gels

All in all a lovely day.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gratitude #1

I know this has so been there and done that but have been inspired to take this step towards wellness by posting things I am grateful for.

My new clothes line. In the sun.

Many a New Day

The start of something new. 
A little over a week ago I hit a bottom again. I had a huge cathartic cry in my beautiful new bath. A big teary, desperate conversation with M (my hubby and beloved). A heavy, long sleep.
I got up Monday and got angry. I used the anger to fuel my rise. I didn't stay in bed for the whole week. I didn't even feel too sorry for myself. I had a new conviction to help myself get better. 

My motivation and conviction is waining today. So I will focus on something. My new blog.
The last one was not only about my depression - it was depressing.
I needed to come to a bright place and I needed to not be 'bluehart' anymore.

I am J-M. Hope to hear from you soon.