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All hail the TripView app! I find myself giving thanks whenever I use the app and I badly needed to use it on Friday evening.

I was dropping a relative home and had to use the notorious Pennant Hills road to get there. Friday evening traffic on Pennant Hills road – enough said! A 15 minute trip turned out to be a 40 minute trip as we sat through four changes at one set of lights in particular. Cars kept filling up the major intersection we had to traverse and it became frustrating.

On reaching the house, another relative suggested I take the train rather than sit through however long it would take to get back and then drive to the city and no doubt be late for a social engagement I was attending.

I checked the trusty TripView app to find I would need two trains to get to the city but I would get there half an hour earlier than anticipated. Needless to say, I took the option.

Prior to the app, I would have been anxiously wondering if I should risk driving through the traffic and if it would get me there on time or whether I would still make it on time if I took the train instead.

Those who have been reading my ‘Gratitude’ posts will recall the Ányone for Coffee’ post in which my girlfriend asked me to have coffee with her. I recall said girlfriend wondering aloud on how we managed before we had mobile/cell phones to contact our friends instantly for an impromptu get-together such as that. Another technological advancement that we can be grateful for!

I give my utmost thanks to the creator of the TripView app!

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Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity. ~Jacques Ellul

Disclaimer: The above photos are from the internet. My sincere thanks go to the photographers.

We have been having computer problems so I haven’t had a chance to post for a few days.

Are modern gadgets a blessing or a curse? How do you feel about any in particular?

Day 7 – Cupcake heaven

 

A girlfriend and I had planned to meet up for coffee yesterday. I had told her I could only meet her around 3 pm and all she stipulated was that we meet at the local garden nursery.

She texted in the morning and asked if we could have coffee at her place instead, as she was reluctant to go out with the possibility of rain. I had been looking forward to browsing through the nursery myself but to sweeten the deal, she offered to make cupcakes.

My girlfriend is an excellent cook so I did not need much persuading. I was however blown away by her cakes, especially the butterfly cakes with crème fraiche. Yummm! Needless to say, they were delicious and to prove it, I took a photo.

My advice is to cultivate friends who can cook butterfly cupcakes.

All jokes aside, I give thanks for friends who want to have coffee with me and who are fully prepared to set aside time to cook for their cake-deprived pals.

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A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. ~Frank Crane

While it sounds as though I am always out drinking coffee with friends, I assure you, it is not as often as we would wish. Friends are precious and it is imperative that we care for and support each other and coffee time, is one way of keeping in touch and showing that we care.

How do you spend time with good friends? I would love to hear from you.

Day 6 – Tackling Tasks

This may sound bizarre but I had a great day tackling tasks that sit on the back burner and only get attention when we have the time.

I put a few of my favourite CDs on and enthusiastically got going. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a mountain of tasks but it gave me great satisfaction to tick some of them off the list. It was also delightful to see my handiwork after labouring for hours.

I also enjoyed the fact that I did not need to rush out for appointments or necessary groceries or gifts or so many other reasons. It was simply wonderful to have time to devote myself fully to the tasks at hand and WITHOUT interruption. That’s my gratitude for the day. Yay!

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When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. ~ Tecumseh

I’m still in a glow over the tasks I completed. Have you got a similar story to relate? I would love to hear it.

 

Day 5 – Coffee anyone?

Today’s gratitude post is an easy one. I had to go to our local shopping centre to do a number of errands, after stopping off at a workshop. On completing all my tasks, I stood in a checkout queue and pondered if I should head home immediately or stop for a takeaway coffee. Just then, my phone buzzed and I was delighted to see it was a girl friend. She asked me if I was free and would consider coming in for a coffee. I laughed and told her it was a wonderful coincidence as I was already in the area and would love to join her.

I had had an emotional morning so this impromptu and unexpected get-together gave me a lift. We enjoyed a chat, some cake and coffee.

What a beautiful way to honour International Women’s Day! Here’s to friendship and coffee!

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There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit better. ~Unknown

Disclaimer: Thank you to the photographer and the barista who created the above image.

Hmmm …coffee! Have you any coffee moments to share? I would love to hear them.

After receiving a tick from my dental hygienist last week, I certainly did not expect another ‘good’ report to follow. It appears, the single orthotic my well-renowned podiatrist prescribed for my right foot has made a huge difference in my walk and stance and the fact that I don’t need physiotherapy as often as I have been having, is testament to the success of the device. It has been such a success that my podiatrist does not need to see me for two years. I therefore, have valid reason to give thanks to Peter Sneddon of Beecroft.

I’m on a roll! My list of followers has just this minute reached (ta da!) 95 and I’m absolutely delighted. I hasten to say that it is small potatoes compared to others who have ‘thousands’ of followers but just to have 95 people who like my writing and have opted to follow me, is a great pat-on-the-back for me. I had lost count of my followers and just on a whim, decided to check the tally. Thank you to WordPress for keeping the log.

How about that? When I least expected it, I discovered that I had two good news to share.

(C) Wendy Robinson

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward

Disclaimer: My thanks go to Charles Schultz Inc for the Charlie Brown image.

I hope you’ve received some good health or any type of report yourself. Would you care to share?

 

 

 

Gratitude – Day 3

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But if I know you

I know what you’ll do

You’ll love me at once

The way you did once upon a dream

tumblr_n0x0upus8p1tqsbpbo1_250Aficionados of Disney will recognise the above as the theme song in Sleeping Beauty and I am prepared to confess, the story is my favourite of all the Disney fairytale classics.

A major cinema group in our State is running a festival of the Disney fairytale Princesses for several weeks and a relative and I planned on seeing Sleeping Beauty on the large screen. It did not disappoint and we both enjoyed every minute of it.

Oh, and yes, there were teary moments and I recalled, too late, that I had not replaced the last pack of tissues in my bag and my relative also did not have any herself. Murphy’s Law?? Fortunately, the coffee serviette helped.

This is Day 3 of my gratitude journal and I give thanks that cinemas are still prepared to run the classics on the large screen for us all to enjoy.

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Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. ~Walt Disney

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Disclaimer: My thanks go to the graphic designers, artists and photographers of the above images.

Do you have a favourite Disney movie and if so, I would love to hear about it?

Gratitude ~ Days 1 & 2

dental_01I have decided to do a daily, short and succinct, ‘gratitude’ post, and the seed for this idea came about because so many nice things have happened to me lately. Don’t get me wrong, there are still issues to deal with on a daily basis but the fact that something wonderful and unexpected occurs and surprises me most days, is worthy of giving thanks for. They do not have to be significant or noteworthy; they can be humble and small but enough to trigger my appreciation of them. I am challenging myself to record my gratitude for 100 days.

I’ll begin with Thursday and Friday (I am making an exception and giving thanks for two days for this occasion).

Thursday: I went to get my annual dental checkup and was delighted and grateful when my hygienist told me everything was good and that my next checkup will be around the same time next year. There is always the dreaded possibility it could be every six months, so I was relieved when she assured me that I only needed to return in a year’s time.  

untitledFriday: I received a lovely email from my friend Stephanie (Bold, Blind, Beauty) and she boosted my ever-vulnerable ego by complimenting me on my written work (Stephanie also went theimagesh9p05915 extra mile by praising a friend’s musical work on my last post). I will admit, I do question my writing abilities from time to time, so her email arrived just when I needed reassurance, comfort and support. Thank you Stephanie!

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We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~ Cynthia Ozick

Disclaimer: My thanks go to the various photographers for the above images.

If you have any news to share about anything you’re grateful for, please share it with us.

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