What pleases me?
I’m pretty easy to please – family, grandchildren, kindness, support, encouragement, reading, blogging, riding my bike, walking, travelling and sometimes even cooking!
What pleases you?
If you please, let me share a few of my recent small pleasures
Pleased to belong to an online bookclub
One of the best things to happen this past year has been getting involved with a group of bloggers/readers and forming an online bookclub. We meet over Zoom every few weeks for an hour or so, and have been working our way through the works of the Bronte sisters. We don’t read the book in one go, instead we read a set number of chapters, then meet and discuss the issues raised. We don’t read ahead and we are all enjoying this s l o w way of reading, it has heightened our enjoyment no end!
At the end of each book we have a cooking session, making something from the period of the book we’ve just read. We are all in our own kitchens, on our computers, zooming our progress and chatting away. It’s fabulous!
This week we made Fat Rascals from Jane Eyre, and they were delicious! A bit like a rock cake/scone.
I was pleased to be able to travel to Canberra to see my daughter and her family and this meant I was lucky to have a special little helper, little Miss E who is almost 3. She loved getting her hands into the mixture, helping Granny and then eating the end product! She took it all very seriously, as you can see.
Here is Jo’s post about our baking session with the recipe for Fat Rascals, plus some of the history of them.
What an absolute pleasure!
Pleased to get some news
My brother-in-law has been dealt a blow recently with a diagnosis requiring swift attention and subsequent surgery. I have been waiting for news from my sister and finally she was contacted that all went well and he is recovering.
Due to them being in Melbourne, in another lockdown, she is unable to visit him during his hospital stay which is really harsh. We are doing all we can to provide support from afar, as we can’t visit their state due to border closures.
I think it’s fair to say I’m not pleased with the continuing spread of COVID!
I am really pleased to hear things have gone well, but we are all aware there is a long way to go for him and wish him a speedy recovery.
Pleased with on-line connections
I love the connections I’ve made over the years simply through my blogging. I have friends all over the world, just like when I had pen pals in days gone by.
As well as my online bookclub, I have a regular meetings with my women’s circle where we discuss the big questions of life and share our highs and lows. It’s been a great way to stay connected in these difficult days/years when we can’t travel with any certainty, like we could just a few years ago.
Another blogging friend, Denyse (who hosts #lifethisweek every Monday), recently posted me some bright and colourful handmade bookmarks. What a lovely surprise and a very kind gesture from someone I’m still to meet in real life.
My friend Sue wrote a lovely post about connections and friendship, and she mentioned Denyse too, The Importance of Friendship
Please and thank you reminders
- Please stay home if you are under stay at home orders
- Please wear a mask when you have to
- Please respect those who are trying to help us out of this mess of Covid
- Please remember no-one is perfect
- Please smile, even if you have a mask on – your eyes crinkle and smile
- Please let this all be over soon
- Please be kind to others – you really don’t know what they are going through
- Please take a moment to listen properly to someone who wants to talk
- Please tell those you love how special they are to you, before it gets too late
- Please take care of yourself, you are very important!
- Thank you to my family for making me smile every day
- Thank you to everyone who is doing all they can to knock this virus on its head
- Thank you to my friends for their support and encouragement
- Thank you to my body
- Thank you to my community for accepting me as I am
- Thank you for all I have in my life
- Thank you for engaging with me
- Thank you to teachers, doctors, nurses and all essential workers
- Thank you for the internet
- Thank you for the life I live
My mother gets credit for the please and thank yous, as it’s one of her trademarks, especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. As in ‘what’s the magic word?’
How about you?
If it pleases you, feel free to click on Denyse’s link up and see what others have shared and maybe join in!
I’d love to know what pleases you, let me know in the comments below. What pleases me these days, is much simpler than it would have been a few years ago.
Getting older has a way of helping to clarify what is important, doesn’t it?
Thanks for your visit, you’re always most welcome in my world.
This week’s prompt for Denyse’s #lifethisweek is Please
Recent posts you may have missed:
- The Gift of Health #WOTY
- Books make the world go around #WOYBS
- Update: Travelling to the other side of the world for a month with only carry-on
- Do you remember what you were doing 30 years ago?
- A Red Centre landscape for #SundayStills
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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