Sunday, 11 November 2012

Thankfulness 2

(This week, 10 on the 10th yesterday means my 'Share-a-Page Friday' becomes 'Share-a-Page Sunday', but better late than never, hey....)

The stamping is still a bit dodgy (really not easy to get a clean impression when you're stamping on your lap, and even that isn't level 'cos you can't put equal weight on both feet!) and some of the photos have printed out a bit faint or smeared or just not really true to the colour, but I'm still not bothered - the project is far more about noticing those reasons to be thankful and recording the memories than about achieving any kind of crafty perfection. Already, at less than halfway through, I'm loving flipping back through the pages to remind myself of some of the many blessings I enjoy - especially when the frustrations and helplessness of this darn broken foot start building up again!

So let's take a look at days 3-9:


Someone can be a good friend even when they live the other side of the world - I'm so thankful for email, for postal services, and particularly on this day for Skype :) And I'm thankful for Amy!


The Doctor has been rushing around like mad, holding together things at home while working as hard as ever at his job which is always intensely demanding. Cooking the meals has been a big burden for him, so I was so grateful for The Mother's invitation to Sunday lunch. It gave him a break, and meant we could have a full cooked roast dinner for the first time in a while. (The Doctor could do one, but lacks the time and inclination to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen at the weekend!)


I was so thrilled to be able to see the fireworks from just outside my front door this year! And I was thankful for my new zoom lens, which enabled me to get a few nice photos, too :)


I love our church Christmas choir, and it's always exciting when the rehearsals start up in November :) We're doing some great songs this year!


I wanted to include a few quotations about thankfulness through my project, and I'll have a few spare pages to use in the notebooks, so I popped the first quotation page here: It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.


I managed to teach my papercrafts class on Wednesday - hooray! We've just had a 2-week half term but I had to miss the class before that, so will have to add an extra at the end of term; I could really do without missing any more therefore, as they'd be tricky to fit in. Plus it felt good to be getting back to 'normal' life in this one small way :)


I'm so thankful for our NHS. Sure, they don't always get it right (for example, thinking I only had a sprained ankle when I'd actually broken my foot too....) but on the whole I've been well looked after, and free healthcare is a wonderful thing. I saw an excellent physiotherapist on Thursday and have been given lots of helpful advice and some little exercises to get the ankle moving and starting to gain back a bit of strength.


I managed to get to a show on Friday evening, thanks in part to a very good taxi driver who took me right to the door of the theatre and helped me in. I wouldn't have been able to go though if the theatre hadn't been very helpful and supportive, changing my original ticket (middle of a row upstairs and near the back) for an excellent seat (near the entrance, no stairs, end of a row, and a much, much better view!) at a discounted rate because of my 'access problems'. I was so thrilled to go, because one of the parts was played by an 8-year-old girl, the daughter of a friend of mine, who I've known since she was born, including teaching her once a week throughout last year. She's absolutely adorable, and, it turns out, really quite talented, too! It was such a lovely evening :)

I'm also thankful that my computer seems to be allowing me to schedule this post right now... It's still being temperamental so I'm not managing to comment on many blogs, but I'm doing my best to at least call by and see what you're up to before the pesky thing shuts itself down again! (Everything's carefully backed up, by the way, just in case.....)

This post was brought to you by Cathy Zielske's 30 Days of Thankful

21 comments:

Amy said...

Your album is looking really lovely and I think you have some great items/things to be thankful for.

Gosh I have big teeth!

Did you manage to get another album?

Jane said...

a sunday roast is always something to be thankful for, especially when someone else cooks it!!

Cheri said...

You do, indeed, have a lot to be thankful for! So glad the theater was so accommodating.

Missus Wookie said...

Hoping the spare pages comment means your minions managed to find another album. Looks good and yes it is good to look back and remember our blessings. Hope the ankle continues to improve!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

The albums looks wonderful. So glad to hear you've been able to do a few 'normal' things again!

Melissa said...

Such wonderful things you have to be thankful for! I'm so glad to read you've been able to get out a little & your pages are turning out fantastic!

scrappyjacky said...

The album looks great....and lots of lovely things to be thankful for as well.

Alison said...

It's good to know you're having a little bit of 'normal' in your life !
Alison xx

alexa said...

I love the look of your thankfulness book, and the great variety of pages you have - and also cheering to see you are out and about and connecting sgain ... :).

Abi said...

Lovely post and beautiful book. The stamping is neater than I could do on my knees I can tell you! How nice that you and Amy can Skype! I can't wait to meet you all in person at the bloggers retreat! x

Miriam said...

Hello Mel, catching up with you this evening. Loving the Thankful album. I am hoping to get some pages posted this week! I love the way you wrote up your October collage. The post about the books to keep has brought back some happy memories for me.
Hope you will feel even better this week x

Jo said...

Your album is looking beautiful and you've had some lovely things to be thankful for x

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

I just love the look of your gratitude journal, Mel. I'm inspired to do something similar, even though I won't have a chance to do it in November. But hey, any month is a good month for gratitude, right?

Louise said...

lots of lovely reasons to be thankful x

The Mann Fam said...

Thanks for sharing your thankful album. It's coming along nicely. Lots of good reminders of things I can be thankful for, too.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Bravo for keeping up! And I know how wonderful a home cooked meal can be when you are feeling incapacitated.
Rinda

Scrappi Sandi said...

What a great project! I all for counting blessings! :D

Denise said...

What a lovely post - you have such a great way of writing and I hope you are feeling ok xx

Beverly said...

I love your album design. Good medical care is definitely a blessing :) Love that the theater and taxi driver were so accomadating but really think it's glorious that you made the effort, I'm sure it meant a great deal to the young actress and her family.

Karen said...

This is coming together very nicely, and you have some wonderful journaling here.

Gail said...

What a great looking album Mel. I'm so happy to hear you've been getting out and about and have started physio. I know I'm about a month late reading this so I hope you are doing even better now.