We have a three day weekend folks, so this is Amy Up Late! Chris and I have spent a very peaceful Sunday getting caught up on washing (how do only two people create so.much.laundry? I fear for us when we have children); going for a big walk; and watching Luke Cage (my fellow Marvel fans, it’s a must watch). Amongst our domestic bliss I am taking a few moments to reflect on everything we have to be grateful for this week. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2016 – Week Forty.
On Monday we said farewell to Chris’s grandmother. The chapel was filled with her legacy of children and grandchildren as well as friends and other’s whose lives she had touched in her 90 years. Grandma certainly was a fierce and intelligent lady. She was a reporter, parliamentarian’s wife, mother to five boys, and involved in so many charitable organisations, including Braille House for 24 years. I am grateful that I had a brief chance to know this lady, and to know that I am becoming part of her legacy by marrying Chris. On Thursday a man turned up at our office selling farm fresh strawberries for a very reasonable sum. Of course I jumped on that train! I now have a kilogram of strawberries in my fridge (well, not anymore 😉 ) and I feel like I am eating sunshine every time I bite into one. I am truly grateful for living in this little food bowl of the world. Nearly year round sunshine, and fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally – we are lucky! While I was making dinner one night this week Chris grabbed out his toolbox and hung the pictures I framed in December last year! I am ashamed to admit I had left them sitting out for nearly a whole year because I just couldn’t decide where to put them. When Chris came into the kitchen with hammer and nails and told me he was doing it now, I was so grateful! We finally have some photos from our wonderful trip to America gracing our walls to remind us of the awesome time we had travelling together. I am grateful that Chris put his handyman hat on and got the pictures up! On Saturday I tried out a new class at a local gym. I enjoyed a hard and sweaty spin workout and then I gave a barre class a try. It was super fun, and super intense on my lower body. I’ll definitely be checking this one out from time to time! Now, the most exciting part of Saturday was that I got to spend the whole day with my best friend Casey! We went out for lunch, grabbed ice cream cones and went for a long walk around her beautiful neighbourhood picking out which houses we would buy if we won the lottery one day. I was so grateful to just chill out with my bestie, and talk about the deep stuff, and the totally inane stuff too. Casey is one of the people who just gets me, and I am grateful when I get to spend a day just wandering through life with her. On Saturday night Chris and I joined a whole big group of friends to celebrate two birthdays! We started with a delicious Italian dinner (caprese salad, roasted potatoes, and a mousse-y chocolate cake for me) and then headed to a trendy rooftop bar for cocktails, views, and fun! I had the greatest time talking to new people, taking in the view of the city from the eleventh floor, and just soaking up some night life. I’m not usually a night owl, or a going-out type person, but I had the greatest night! I was grateful to be out with Chris and fun people exploring a new spot in the city. Perhaps I shall have to venture away from my netflix, book and puppy nest more often. Speaking of puppy nests, the view above is my nightly ritual with Penny. She curls up on my lap with whichever toy is her current favourite and I read my book. She celebrated her first birthday this week. There was some steak, a new ball, and lots of snuggles. There are never enough snuggles for my little popcorn pup. So, I’m off to curl up with Penny and my copy of To the Bright Edge of the World. I’m planning on filling my holiday Monday with a long run, a peaceful breakfast and some family time. Sweet dreams, all.
Tell me, dear friends, what are you grateful for this week?