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17. I'm grateful for relaxing nights with friends over for dinner.
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16. I'm grateful for my husband's enthusiasm

Pictures of our veggie garden, cut for size )

Wish us luck! And if you see anything drastically wrong THAT CAN BE FIXED please feel free to comment! (If it can't be fixed then tell us in four months when I'm bemoaning the lack of success, right now I's rather not have my parade rained on :-P)

Next step, properly erecting the bird netting!
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13. I'm grateful that we're financially secure enough for the occasional unplanned spend.
14. Considering how truly dreadful I feel today I'm grateful I have sick leave.
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This morning I got to sleep in until 9am. Seamus and I both had the day off. We breakfasted together and then hit the garden. We recently bought a bulk lot of mixed vegetable seedlings, so this morning we planted most of them out in containers while listening to the whirring of helicopters overheard and highlights from Mozart's operas playing on our stereo. We now have tomatoes, capsicums, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, butter beans, chillis, basil, lettuce, carrots, silverbeet and onion in the back yard. We're very raw beginners, but I'm sure out of that we'll manage to grow SOMETHING!

Planting out took a few hours and we got quite dirty as we were using a mixture of cheap potting mix, very expensive potting mix and the compost in the bottom tray of our worm farm. Our timing was great, just as we finished the last of the fiddly jobs the rain that had been spitting on and off turned into a downpour, so we ran inside and watched with glee as our seedlings got a soaking.

We washed our hands thoroughly and I got on with baking our bread for the week while Seamus prepared lunch. We had a "couch picnic" which included pate, goat's cheese, crackers, olives and the mulled wine jelly I made a few weeks ago. After lunch we sat at the table and talked about anything and everything while we prepared the box of artichokes we'd bout at the Farmer's Market for pickling and cut up old fruit for the food dehydrator (which is the best toy EVER.)

After that we went upstairs for a few hours and ended up falling asleep. We woke at 6:30pm and I got dinner together while Seamus attacked the weeds in the front yard. I'm rather proud of the meal I made; baked salmon on a bed of pureed potato, parsnip, pumpkin and garlic, with a small green side salad. We decided we'd had such a lovely day it warranted champagne and got out the last of the bottles we were given for our engagement, a 2003 Chandon blanc de blanc, yum.

Now I'm still sipping said champagne while Seamus does the dishes, then we'll either play some chess or watch Love's Labours Lost in which case I'll make popcorn.

Yay! Seamus just voted for Shakespeare, so popcorn it is!

All in all, I have to say:

12. I'm grateful for the best Cup Day I've ever had.
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9. I'm grateful for cosy conversations with good friends

10. I'm grateful for the rain watering my garden

11. (About some politics at work) I'm grateful I'm well out of it!
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8. I'm grateful I have the next two days off work!
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7. I'm grateful for friendship-produced acts of kindness
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7. I'm grateful that in the past two days I've had at least 24 hour's sleep and seem to hve recovered my sleep debt!
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6. I'm grateful that while reducing and coming off my medication the only side effects so far have been physical and manageable, no paranoia, anxiety or deppression.
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5. I'm grateful for simple tastes. Last night we had home made chips with soft boiled egg for dinner and today for brunch we had an omlette with bacon, potato, sun dried tomato, feta, spinach and herbs from the garden. I'm glad we've stopped eating in front of the television and enjoy the connection and conversation while we eat.
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4. I'm grateful for my aunt Diana, who upon following my facebook sent me books on self sufficiency by John Seymour and Jackie French. I'm grateful she is so thoughtful.
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After all my good intentions I missed day number 2!

I realised just as I was drifting off to sleep and decided that I'd put it in this morning. And now I have two things to go in at once:

2. I'm grateful for beautiful sunny days when I have a day off
3. I'm grateful that my husband, upon finding out I'd woken with a bad headache, went downstairs and made me a cooked breakfast and tea the way I like it then served them to me in bed.


Oct. 21st, 2010 06:12 pm
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I'm going to attempt to post one thing a day that I am grateful for or makes me happy. I'm pretty sure this has been done before (and a google search brought up some alarming examples linked to "The Secret") but I figure as long as I steer clear of thinking that doing this will produce a magical flying pony just cos I want one I'll be okay.

So, without further ado:

1. I'm grateful for my parents' love.


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