It is almost 9pm and it is still boiling hot. The kids are in bed, the husband has gone out with friends and I am grabbing this pocket of time to dash off my gratitude for the week. I would love to linger and share endless details (as I often do), but am too uncomfortable to type for long.
The heat got the best of me this afternoon and I started to get cranky about every little thing that was going wring – problems with our phone line, dog not eating still, husband returning to work and then confirming he is needed back in Sydney for the next two weeks.
Something about heat that makes small things blow up bigger. Hard to chill out and take things in stride when you are uncomfortable and rapidly dehydrating.
So before my gratitude evaporates as well I am glad to claim a pocket of time to share them. All week I have been in the moment of gratitude. Heat cannot take that from me even if I struggle to express it.
I am grateful for:
The single air-conditioner we have creating a safe haven of cool, bringing our family close in one room to play Monopoly Jr and Trouble.
Being safe from the threat of bush fires – my heart goes out to those in danger or dealing with fires currently.
The dog who has joined our family and made it necessary to move the games up to the coffee table from the floor (oh how she chose to destroy monopoly and bring the 7 year old to tears).
The successful hip replacement operation for my mother who was home today thanks to a great surgeon – up and walking on day 1 and home on day 2. A new lease on life and freer movement.
The bounty of summer fruits I brought into our home this week – indulging in nectarines, plums, grapes and mangoes.
The iceblocks in our freezer – and agreeing to a 2 pop minimum for all our sanity. We are freezing juices as well – anything frozen is better than the rest of our food and drink stash.
Friends with pools who invite us over – my kids especially are grateful for this today and always.
Finally trying frozen grapes – sigh, so refreshing we ate the lot in 2 days.
Buying a laptop before our trip – I suffered in my office on day 1 of the heat and then remembered I was now on a laptop and why had I not moved into the air-conditioned living room! No longer at the mercy of the summer heat in my home office (the hottest spot in the whole house usually uninhabitable from 2pm for half the year).
Our car hanging on – it was dying before we went away and we did not think the aircon would cope with this heat. So far so good as we test drive cars this week hoping to find the right one and have it in our driveway before our old faithful car completely dies. A race against time.
What are you grateful for this week?
Find your simple,
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