Friday, 29 November 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: week 47-48/2013

I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations including beautiful moments with your loved ones, delicious food and just a relaxed time.


1) I am thankful for my good health. I had a small health scare which was ruled out this week and I was so relieved when I heard the good news.

2) Aaaaah, this song is just too good to be true! I have been in love with ZZ Top's "Rough Boy" for what seems to be an eternity but it sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. It is one of the songs that I could play on repeat the whole day.


3) I am happy that so many of you congratulated me on my first blog anniversary. I am even more thankful that those who did like my idea of a little blog hop at the end of the year. Of course I would love you all to join me so please follow the link to my post where you can learn more about it and be part of it. That would be awesome!!

4) I am thankful for underwear, especially for chemises. When I was younger I never wore a chemise in winter but that has changed the last few years and now I take them out in autumn. It might not be the sexiest thing to wear but I matured enough to realise that freezing for beauty's sake is reserved for the youngsters and hipsters ;-)

5) I am thankful for my life. It is far from perfect but it is my life and I love it.

6) I am happy that the time for Christmas markets starts again. I love to visit my favourite Christmas market. This is such a special time of the year and I am so much looking forward to our first visit which will hopefully take place this weekend.

7) I am thankful for Glühwein (hot spiced wine). I had my first Glühwein of the season this week and enjoyed it so much.

8) I love twinkly lights and the beginning of the advent season. On Sunday we will light the first candle of our advent wreath and I will be relishing this time. Since I already have all of my Christmas presents I can relax and consciously take in the quietness of the advent season.

9) I am thankful for good food. I love to eat and to enjoy good quality food. There are so many wonderful things in the world to eat and I am very thankful to be privileged enough to try and eat so many delicious things.

10) I am thankful for good movies. A good movie makes me forget my worries for a while.











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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thank you, body!

Some weeks ago I had a regular check-up at the gynaecologist. He saw something unusual on the ultrasonic scan and requested me to come back again this week to see whether or not I would need to have surgery.

Since then I have really been worried. First of all because of the possibility to need surgery because that would just suck.

But I was even more worried about what would happen to Sunny while I would be in the hospital. We have never been separated for more than a few hours and recently one night. He is very fixated upon me because I have been the main carer for him since he was born. My husband works long hours and is frequently away for business so Sunny is just used to the fact that I am always around. He already had a hard time when I was away for one night some weeks ago. So I was worried how he would handle it if I had to go to the hospital for several days.

I have been consumed with many bad thoughts with regard to my health for quite a while now. I started to worry about what would happen if I had a fatal disease. I know, but I just cannot stop it. I am really worried something will happen to me and that I will not be able to be there for my child in the future. Of course I am also worried that something bad will happen to Sunny or my husband.

How do you stop these thoughts? At some point when my chest tightens and anxiety tries to take over I just have to tell myself that I need to stop worrying and pondering about these things STAT. But the worries return eventually.

I was so very glad and relieved today when my gynaecologist told me that I do not need surgery. It took a lot of pressure off my chest.

So tonight I want to thank my body for being so supportive and for being healthy (I hope I am not jinxing anything now! Therefore, I am knocking heavily on wood!). I will keep on doing what I can to stay healthy. I know how important it is that I stay healthy for Sunny - and for me, of course!








PS: Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! Enjoy yourselves and your families, indulge in good food and just be present in the moment.

Monday, 25 November 2013

One year of blogging - my blogiversary!

Dear all,

Today is my blogiversary. It has been exactly one year right this very minute since I spontaneously decided to start my own blog.

I am still trying to find some kind of routine in blogging, still trying to be a reliable blogging friend, still trying to connect to my fellow bloggers and readers as good and as often as possible while not neglecting other duties I have. But I also started to let go of the pressure I put on myself with regard to blogging.

I must say that blogging has given me so much and that I do not regret joining the legion of bloggers around the globe at all. I found a caring and funny community that I would be very sad to miss. I found lovely friends that mean a lot to me. I found laughter and tears and heartbreak and joy and happiness.

I would like to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who cares enough for us to come back to see how we are doing. Thank you to everyone who follows this blogs and reads everything that I post and to those who only come here to read occasionally. Thank you to everyone who comments and to those who read quietly. Thank you for celebrating with us, cheering for us and crying with us. This is for you:



In order to celebrate my blogiversary I have one wish: I would like to have my very own, small and humble blog hop.

At the end of last year I posted my wrap-up of the year 2012. I am going to do it again this year and I would love you to join me!

I thought about the perfect timing for a long time (knowing that everyone is very busy with family and celebrations at the end of the year) and decided that the blog hop will go live on December 27 at 0:00 and will be open until December 31 at 23:59 (my time zone). So you will have plenty of time to link up your posts.

Because it will be the holiday season and, therefore, in order for you to be able to prepare your posts in advance without any hurry or stress and with a lot of lead time I am posting the questions for you already today. Edited to add: I was asked several times now if all questions should be answered or only a few. The plan is to answer all the questions (which is why I am posting them today already so you have enough time to come up with the answers until the end of December). But really: If you want to skip some just feel free to do so. There is no must, but answering all of them would be nice.

So, without further ado, here they are:

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Gained or lost weight?

Predominant feeling in 2013?

Predominant feeling for 2014?

Something you did for the first time in 2013?

Something you did again in 2013 after a long pause?

Something you unfortunately did not do in 2013?

Word of the year?

City of the year?

Hair longer or shorter?

More or less money spent?

Highest mobile phone bill?

Hospital stays?

(Fallen) In love?

Most called person?

Whom did you spend the most beautiful time with?

What did you spend most of your time with?

Song of the year?

Book of the year?

TV show/movie of the year?

Insight of the year?

Three things you totally could have done without?

Most beautiful event?

More short-sighted or more far-sighted than 2013? 

The most dangerous thing you did?

The most expensive thing you bought?

The most delicious meal or food you ate?

The best party?

The most important thing you wanted to convince somebody of?

The most beautiful present you gave to somebody?

The most beautiful present that somebody gave you?

The most beautiful sentence someone said to you?

The most beautiful sentence you said to someone? 

How will you celebrate New Year's Eve?

What will you have for dinner?

What drinks will be in your glasses to clink?

Will you ignite any fireworks? 
- I think there are states in the US where it is not allowed to ignite private fireworks on New Year's Eve so for all of you who are not allowed (or other countries where this is not allowed): What is a special tradition you normally do on New Year's Eve every year? Will you do it this year, too?

What are you going to wear? Comfy or glamorous?

Did you have any resolutions for 2013? And how about 2014?

What are your wishes for the new year?

In one word: 2013 was...

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Please, don't let me be the only one to participate in this blog hop! Please join me! Come and celebrate my blogoversary with me! I would be happy if you shared the link around, too!

Now I just hope that I will be able to figure out how a blog hop and inLinkz even work until then! ;-) I am also planning on creating a button for it, another challenge...

THANK YOU for a beautiful year!

Love,







PS: Some statistics to keep for me (because this will change and it will be fun to see how):

* Total page views so far: 30.562

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- United States
- Germany
- Russian Federation
- United Kingdom
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- The dark side of being undiagnosed
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The Week In Pictures: calendar week 47/2013

We had a rather quiet week, did not have many appointments and were at home a lot because the weather was cold, the sky was grey and it rained a lot. 


When we drove home from an appointment on Monday the moon was breathtaking: it was big and red and beautiful. Sadly, I only had my iPhone with me so I could not capture it in its full beauty.

Sunny's homework this week was to put two chestnuts in one field each.

Wrapped up in thick winter clothes we were able to attend hippo therapy this week again. Hopefully we will be able to do it as long as possible. We had a long break last winter and I hope it will not be the same this year.

On Sunday we were on a family outing: we went to the airport...

... and to the main station with Sunny. One of his favourite books at the moment is about trains...

... and he was so excited to see the exact same things from his book in reality.



Friday, 22 November 2013

Twenty-five Things of Thankful: week 45-47/2013 - Celebrate good times, come on! :-)

I did not participate in last week's TToT because I was too busy with a project and it was my own fault that I could not do anything else and that made me really angry. You can read more about that here.

This week there is something to celebrate: it is the 25th TToT blog hop (which is unbelievable - how does the time always fly so fast! It feels like we just started this!) and we are celebrating it hugely! Just check out our special picture at the end of this post! Isn't that just awesome?!

In order to celebrate it I will try to find 25 things to be thankful for tonight. Since I left out last week I will add those things on this week's list and hopefully find five more.

So let's see what the last two weeks brought with regard to thankfulness.


1) I am extremely thankful that I am part of this awesome blog hop!

2) I am extremely thankful for all the other co-hosts and participants of this blog hop! Lately I have failed very often to get back to comments or to visit all the other blogs that linked up because I was too busy but still most of them read my list and reach out to me nevertheless and that means so much to me. So THANK YOU for sticking with me! I will try my best to do better again. 

3) I have never been a big The Cure fan but their album "Disintegration" really got me hooked. I love almost every song of it. This is one of my absolute favourites: "Pictures of you"

I was trying to find the official video but thanks to the "beloved" GEMA almost everything was blocked for Germany once again. Aaargh! So this is not the full version of the album (it is much longer) but it has to be sufficient.


4) I am really, really thankful to witness the world rushing to help the people of the Philippines. People all over the globe are donating money, NGO's are sending personnel to help, countries are giving food, water and other goods essential for survival in a joint effort. I love to see how we all stand together in times of a major crisis like this.

5) I am thankful that we could attend the St. Martin's lantern parade of Sunny's former kindergarten last week although he is in school now. The school is not having one but since Sunny loved it so much in the past I asked them if we could accompany them and they were so glad to have us. We had a wonderful time and Sunny enjoyed himself so much!

6) I am glad that I already have most of my Christmas presents. I love it when the time before Christmas is relaxed and stress-free and not having to worry and rush for presents helps a lot with regard to that!

7) I am happy that we went to the cinema last week. We have not been there for weeks since my husband has been away for business a lot lately and I really missed it.

8) I bought a vintage lambskin coat from the 70's last week on ebay and it is so gorgeous! I wanted to have one for years but I would never buy a new one (1 - too expensive and 2 - I would not want any lamb to die for a new coat, but I am okay with a 40 years old vintage one). It is warm, cozy and just beautiful! Happy happy happy!

9) I am thankful for electric light in the house since it already gets dark at around 16:00 lately and dark rooms make me feel very uncomfortable.

10) We had another good and fruitful discussion with the authorities on the private issue I mentioned some weeks ago. I am thankful that it went quite well. The atmosphere in our home has been really tense because of our problem lately so I am glad this will help to improve the atmosphere for the weekend.

11) I am happy that we put up our bird house last week so that the birds can come and find food at our place during the winter months. Sunny misses all the birds of the summer and so he loves watching the remaining birds fly back and forth when they come here to eat!

12) I am thankful for our tea machine that we bought last year for Christmas. Since we have it I have been enjoying a lovely cup of tea for breakfast each morning and when I am not at home but somewhere else I really miss my tea. The flavours are sooo yummy!

13) I am thankful that my project is finally finished. So glad that I can cross it off my list!

14) We had a rough night yesterday because Sunny's nose was stuffed. He woke up at around 21:15 and was whiney and needy and clingy. I went to bed with him and tried to console him. He was very uneasy the whole night but today he seems to be doing much better. I hope that he will not get a cold or bronchitis or anything else. Fingers crossed. And I enjoyed it so much how he needed me last night, how we slept together in my bed, his tiny, soft, warm body cuddled against mine, his head right next to mine on my pillow. Pure love! <3

15) I am really glad for the bus transfer and especially all the kind and cautious drivers that take Sunny to school each day. I decided to thank each of them during the month of December with small, homemade bags of my sugar roasted almonds and a little thank you note. I never did that before but I thought about it today and came to realise that they really deserve it.

16) I am thankful for good customer service. I bought a very expensive purse in August this year and some weeks ago I noticed that one of the seams of the lining inside was damaged and started to fray since it was badly sewn together. Because it was so expensive I filed a complaint and sent the bag to the customer service of the manufacturer. This week I got another, brand new bag sent to me by mail. Since it is my favourite purse I am really happy it was exchanged.

17) I am thankful that Sunny will participate in this year's nativity play again. Last year he was an angel and this year he will be a tiny sheep. Love it!

18) I am thankful that we have not had any snow yet.

19) I am thankful for a pantry full of food, a roof over our heads, the possibility to heat the house, access to water, warm beds... all those amenities that we take for granted but that are not self-evident. We are very privileged and should not forget that.

20) I am thankful that Sunny still naps. Period.

21) I am happy that my Christmas cards arrived in the mail today. I am prepared for the holiday season to come!

22) I am thankful to learn that even models are people like you and I ;-) This video shifts perspective in the direction of reality again.


23) My mom broke her foot last week and I am glad that it was only her foot; that it was no complicated fracture, that the cast will be off by Christmas and that she is doing fairly well.

24) I am glad for blood donations. I am a blood donor myself and it makes me feel so good every time I do it. Also, you never know when you might need blood yourself. When Sunny had major surgery some years ago he needed a lot of blood and that made me aware once again how important blood donations are. It is so easy to help others with simple things like that. It does not cost anything, it does not hurt... perfect.


If you made it this far: wow! Thank you for taking the time to read it all! Now on to the last thing on my list: 

25) I am happy that my blog will be one year old on Monday! I have planned something special for my first blogoversary so - pretty please - come back for it! :-)









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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Struggling to find words

Yesterday, a friend on Facebook shared an article which I opened and then read in shock, horror and disbelief. You can find it here.

Three kids have died because their parents did what was recommended in this awful book.

I did not know this book even exists. I did not know there were people out there who had written an entire book about breaking a child's will, about making a child compliant with physical punishment. A book that is based on the belief that children are evil and wily with only one goal: to make your life hard and to be the superior part in a parent-kid relationshiop. So you have to show them who the boss is by breaking their spirit. And, mind you, this already starts back when you have an infant! The "best" part about it is that it is obviously widely used by some so-called "Christians". It is handed out in churches. Yeah, so much for altruism....

I do not believe in spanking (or any other form of physical punishment for that matter). I have never spanked my son and I never would. Because I do not believe that spanking leads to more understanding of what went wrong and why a child has to be punished. I believe that spanking only leads to fear and angst in a child. Spanking might lead to obedient children (or it might go completely wrong). I do not want my child to be afraid of me. And I do not want it to be obedient. I want to have a relationship with my child that is based on love, understanding, and trust.

It is my firm belief that a child needs to be taught about their mistakes with love, compassion and methods that they can understand, depending on the developmental age and stage the child is in.

The concept of violence is completely unknown to Sunny. He never defends himself when he is attacked. If another child takes away one of his toys he backs off immediately, looks for something else to play with - and goes to get the toy again when the other child abandons it. Never ever would he fight for a toy, let alone hit, punch, pull anyone's hair deliberately. If I punished him physically for a mistake he did I am sure he would not even understand why I spanked him. He would probably just be afraid afterwards to get spanked again. But I do not think he would even understand that he was physically punished because he did something wrong.

A child is not here to be the devil, to make my life hard. It is not their goal to show me who the boss is. A child is a child, it still has so much to learn and it is just natural that mistakes happen. Believing that a child's only intention is to deliberately cause hell on earth for you is ridiculous and shows a complete lack of any understanding about the development of a child. Punishing a child like that is cruel, disgusting, and just wrong. Period.


You can read more about the Pearl's and their methods of how to systematically break a child here and here. I am sure you will find more appalling things if you do a simple google search.

If you think this - and other books of that kind - should be banned from being sold on amazon you can sign a petition here.

You can also put a banner on your blog. I will add it as soon as I finished this blog post.


I know this blog post is not eloquently written. First, because I am really struggling to find words. Second, because it is even more difficult to do this in a foreign language. But I hope that I could get my point across - that I think all of this is just wrong. And if you are like me and did not know anything about this that it helps raising awareness and that you can help eliminate the sales of these books.





 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Procrastination and the struggles it always brings

I am a big procrastinator. I have always been one and it seems that it gets worse (or at least not better) the older I get. Which is weird in a way. Normally I would expect that an individual learns over the years that something as annoying as procrastination (or anything else that is annoying to the respective person) should be avoided because it always makes you rush to keep deadlines, occupies you in a way that you are not able to do anything else until the project is finished, leaving you exhausted and frustrated and makes you do mistakes because you hurry and rush and your concentration goes out of the window.

I know all that but still - I procrastinate. I ask myself frequently why I do it and I just do not know the answer. I mean, it is not that things dissolve into air when you procrastinate them, they are still there, need to be done and as the deadline approaches it becomes a huge struggle. Every. single. time.

I had the problem again last week. I always make photo books of Sunny each year. They are really big (around 260 pages) and contain many, many pictures. It is a lot of work to make them. I also always give away some smaller copies for Christmas. And each year mid-November the company where I order the books has a discount campaign. It is around the same time each year (November 15/16/17) and I know that. But still, I procrastinated even starting the new book (which always contains the pictures from one birthday to the next) for months now because I just could not force myself to do it.

Then, on November 7, I got the annual e-mail announcing the discount campaign. But the discount would only be granted for orders until November 15, as usual. So I had to make this big, huge book within one week. I spent every single minute that I somehow could in front of the software, picking out pictures, thinking about layouts of each page, thinking about things to write to accompany the pictures, arranging everything in a beautiful way, then narrowing down the big book to smaller books for Christmas.... it was a hassle, I was fed up, I was exhausted, there was no more fun in this work that I normally enjoy. Then it was Friday, November 15 and the software did not work and it took hours to submit the data to the company but then the submission stopped right after half of the data was submitted and I would have needed to start it again, knowing that it would not get there in time anymore. I was so frustrated because I had worked tirelessly on the books with the result that I still would not get the discount (which is really a good deal!). And it was all just because of my own stupidity.

On Friday night the company sent out a mail letting everyone know that the campaign would be extended until November 25. I was so relieved. As I looked over the books again in a calmer state I found quite some mistakes and I know that I made them because I was in such a big hurry. Now I am glad to have a bit more time on my hands because I also always order some calendars which I can add to the order now. Last week that just would not have been possible.

I am really done with procrastination. I hope this was the lesson I needed in order to finally get my act together and do the things that I know I will have to do anyway with enough lead time. It will be one of my big goals for 2014 because it just really sucks and takes too much of my time and energy. And if I forget this goal I will come back to this post and read it and hopefully be reminded of the anger and the frustration I felt last week.



Monday, 18 November 2013

The Week In Pictures: calendar week 46/2013

This will be another short post. I was missing in action completely last week because I was really busy with a project and that was totally my own fault and I am really angry about myself. More on that later this week.

I also just posted my Week In Pictures post of last Monday some minutes ago so just follow the link if you would like to see it.

Anyway, that means that I was so occupied with finishing my project that I almost completely forgot to take photos. Here are the few that I took.


Sunny lost his first milk tooth on Tuesday in school. Which is awesome on the one hand since this means it does not have to be pulled, as feared by his dentist. But which sucks on the other hand because although I pointed out to the teacher in the morning in our communication book that the tooth is REALLY wiggly today and that she should watch out for it in case it falls out (and because I was also afraid that he might swallow it) it just got lost at some point during the day. I was so sad because I wanted to keep his tooth (yes, I know I am a hoarder) and now it is lost forever. :-(

We went to the St. Martin's lantern parade with Sunny's former kindergarten and he had sooo much fun! I am glad that I asked them if we would come along because there is no more parade in school and Sunny would have really missed that.

This week's homework: Take a clothes-peg out of the bag, find the big "A", show the sign for "A" and put the peg on the respective field. Sunny did that really well!

We watched "Thor 2" and I really enjoyed it a lot (credits)







Monday, 11 November 2013

The Week In Pictures: calendar week 45/2013

(This post was published on November 18, 2013)

There are not many pics that I can share with you of this week so this is going to be a short post. I just have not taken a lot of pics and many of those few that I took are too personal to be shared. Sorry!


This week's homework was to fish for eels with a magnet. Sunny did quite enjoy it.

He brought home some cute and delicious shortcrust hedgehogs which they made in school (they cook once a week).

When we go to hippo therapy we always make sure to visit the calves of the nearby farm. Sunny really likes them!



Saturday, 9 November 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: week 44-45/2013

This week I tried to get into my TToT routine again so I started this post on Monday morning and added things as soon as they happened or came to my mind during the week. It is so much less stressful and all I have to do come Friday night is proof read the whole thing, add the HTML and publish.


... until I started this post on Monday, put in the video and added nothing else until now - Friday night - where I have to work hard to make my tired brain come up with anything. Procrastination at its best, I would say. :-/

So, let's see what I can come up with....


1) I am glad that, for the time being, all planned appointments are off my list until next year. It was surely a lot those past two months so this is really some relief for me.

2) There is something called the "European Song Contest" taking place every year. A lot of countries of the European Union send a band or a singer from their respective country and they all "battle" (aka sing) against each other. The viewers can vote by phone for every country except for their own.

In 2010 it was the Greek song that I liked the most. Now I know this is not the kind of music I normally post or listen to because while I love to dance I am really no dance floor music girl in general. However, this song somehow got me hooked immediately because I liked the exotic melody, the power of it (makes you want to jump up and shout "OPA!", doesn't it?) and I also liked the performance of the dancers in the background. Apart from that the rest of the event was pretty boring so I enjoyed this powerful song a lot. I guess it woke me up from my tv nap ;-) I even called a few times to vote for them but, sadly, they did not win.

I still like this song and today I want to share it with you: "OPA!" by Giorgos Alkaios & Friends. Of course I do not understand a single word but that is not necessary for me to like it. OPA!! :-)


3) I am glad that we found a new date for Sunny's hippo therapy. In summer we always did it in the evening, after the therapist's riding lessons were over, but now it is already too dark by the time when we usually went so after some back and forth discussion the therapist was finally able to give us a fixed date on Saturday morning which is just perfect for us (since my son is such an early bird). I am really glad that we do not have to stop doing it because of external circumstances.

4) I am glad that this week's blood withdrawal to check Sunny's thyroid levels went quickly. Of course he screamed and tried desperately to get away from the stretcher but his paediatrician found a good vein very quickly and there was enough blood soon to end the procedure.

5) I am glad that I got to submit something to our dearest hostini, Lizzy, on time. So proud of my achievement because sometimes I just suck at that but this time I did not. That's something to be thankful for!

6) The fact that there is "Die Hard 2" on TV tonight which I have seen I don't know how often so that I do not have to pay attention to the story line and can blog without missing the plot.

7) I just got a call from Sunny's paediatrician because the blood results came back. The L-Thyroxin needs to be increased and I am glad that medicine exists and is available to us in order to help Sunny develop as good as possible.

8) I am thankful for Kerri. Because she always gets it and she is always there for me although she lives half a world away. Thank you!! xoxo

9) I am thankful that we do not live in an area that is prone to natural disasters. As the news about the super typhoon on the Philippines has been with me the whole day and I thought about the people there constantly I am praying that there will not be too much devastation and, hopefully, no high death toll (I heard about 3 people who died until now and I just wish the numbers would not increase anymore).

10) I am thankful for candles. They make my living room so much more comfy!











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