What a week it’s been. Always a time of reflection at this time of year as we remember 9/11 and of course this does wonders for concentrating our minds on what really matters in the grand scheme of things.
Life does go on relentlessly however, whichever way we look at it.
For starters, I certainly wasn’t expecting that I would be writing a post this week about the loss of our poor, sweet Eric. I miss him so 😦 Then, as the week progressed, it was evident that WordPress gremlins were playing havoc with us. I was horrified as I watched the number of my followers (better to say friends as my friend Bob pointed out in his recent blog post about this subject) drain away in front of my very eyes.
The only time I usually see numbers draining away like that is when I go online to check my bank account balance.
Today, I drove to my local petrol station to fill up my car only to discover that it was closed. No reason that I could at first see, but then, as I was turning around, and very annoyed at having to do so I might add, I did see some workmen clearing up quite a bit of broken glass on the ground. I found out later that a woman had driven her car straight into the glass-fronted shop next to the petrol pumps. That’s not good.
It’s been one of those strange, mixed-bag kind of weeks.
Even the cats have fallen out and aren’t talking to each other.
All is not lost, however! This week did see me celebrate my birthday and I am actually very happy because this weekend I will have all my baby chicks back in the nest again for a belated family get together. I love it when my boys are home and we are all together again. I am also very blessed that both my boys have lovely girlfriends. Family and friends. I don’t take any of them for granted.
I don’t take you, my friends here, for granted either. You are all very much appreciated and I really was genuinely upset when I thought I had lost you all! It was such a relief when I realised that it was a glitch and nothing I had done (just shows you how paranoid I am!)
Over the past several weeks, I have been very blessed with a handful of wonderful awards from some of you and, although I won’t be taking part in the rules for these awards having previously participated, I do very much want to take this time to acknowledge and thank each one of you so very much for thinking of me and for your kindness, it means a great deal to me.
Firstly, The Sunshine Award was sent my way by my lovely Aspie friend Darren of Aspie Story. Darren has encouraged and inspired me so much as he shares his own struggle with Asperger’s, while giving me great insight into my Aspie Daughter’s challenges. He takes great photos too, is always interesting and informative and I just love reading his blog. You will too! Thank you so much Darren!
Secondly, lovely Jenn of That’s a Jenn Story awarded me with the Leibster Award. Jenn is a published author of a children’s novel and her blog is packed full of her ‘slice of life’ stories which are a pleasure to read. Be sure to check out her blog. Thank you Jenn, you are a star!
Thirdly, another Liebster Award from the lovely Jane. Many thanks Jane! She describes herself as a 40 something mum with two delightful young boys, one with Autism and one with Aspergers, who writes about her daily struggles and victories over at her blog ASD Mummy with Issues.
Then another surprise! Just as I was getting ready to complete this post, I had a message pop up from Wendy from Searching For The Happiness to say that she wanted to give me the One Lovely Blog Award. Oh, I have such a big smile on my face! Thank you so much Wendy! If you haven’t checked out Wendy’s blog yet, you simply must. She is a successful blogger and freelance writer and is very generous with sharing what she has learnt with her followers. Wendy has given me some great advice and I know she will be happy to do the same for you too!
This is one award which does not require any rules. I love giving presents and this being my birthday week (any excuse to keep the celebrations going) I want to give you a present. Because all of you here are lovely to me, I invite you to please accept this award and display it on your blog proudly, because you deserve it.
Take it, it’s yours, and many congratulations!
I also want to give a shout-out to these lovely blogs:
- Travel Words
- Lost in the Labyryinth
- Susan Irene Fox
- Donna Jean McDunn
- Aspie Story
- Rachel at Quakerattled
- Jardin Luxembourg
- mud therapy
- Proverbs Way
Also, must thank the lovely Jhanis over at Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife for her great idea in putting this post together…see, told you I would copy you 😉
Wishing all of you, dear readers, a great weekend. Now, let’s get this party started 🙂