#1192 Walking for doughnuts

I found myself without car today.

I had to leave my car at an auto electrician’s this morning after school drop off, and subsequently had no quick and reliable mode of transport to get me home.

So… to walk.

It was a great walk as it was fresh and I warmed up quickly. It took me 27 minutes from start to my front door, and really it would have been about 20 if I hadn’t made a cheeky detour, and then spent some of my time slowing down to take photos of me looking like a Christmas tree my goodies.

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LOL. It is all about BALANCE.

Take a nice lengthy walk home…

Reward yourself (as if it were my choice) with doughnuts.

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#1088 Happiness not withdrawn

Let me tell you a tale. A tale of how sometimes, going against the system will serve you well.

There may be many out there who constantly go against the system… whatever works for you.

This story is about testing, questioning, and not taking things at face value… and one day this type of example might just help you.

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I received a speeding fine a while back. As it was, I opened the fine on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.

Great. Just great.

The fine was in Hubbie’s name, only because the insurance is… but as I retraced the steps of the offending date and time, I saw with sadness that it was definitely me driving my car.

Damn. Boo.

What was more annoying was it was in a 50 zone. I was apparently doing an estimated 54-57 kms an hour, in a residential street not far from where I lived… and I hadn’t even realised it was a 50 zone.

After going through the paperwork to get it transferred to my name, weeks passed and I was set to begrudgingly pay it.

But then one evening, I drove into that same street. With curiosity, I kept on the lookout, and realised that the 50km/h street sign for the street, appeared once, only at the beginning of my street entrance… and it was slightly turned inwards. Towards the houses.

AWAY FROM ME.

On that particular day too, there was a truck parked out the front of a house, near that sign, which practically obstructed all vision of it.

Hmmm.

I started to think.

Vandalism of some sort had occurred, making the visibility of the sign very difficult. I then remembered how I was surprised it was a 50 street…. a parallel street nearby which is also residential, is in fact a 60 zone.

I had naturally assumed this one would be the same.

I had a chat to Hubbie, and he encouraged me to go for it. Go online and appeal. I was tentative only because the fine was due soon, and I figured they would take my delay as a last-ditch attempt to avoid paying, and not because I had seriously come across some interesting information that might help my case.

But… I appealed.

Today as I got home from work I saw a letter in my name. Knowing I was due for an answer from them anytime now, I ripped open the envelope with hesitation and fury.

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“YES!”

“You did it?” Hubbie came over and I started reading out the letter excitedly.

The infringement had been withdrawn. They still concluded that an offence had been made, but in light of the evidence provided, I was let off with a warning.

A warning! Oh what sweet words!

Of course, this means I cannot appeal any similar related infringements within a 2 year period IF I get them… which I won’t. I’m super duper careful now. πŸ˜‰

But if I hadn’t tried… that would have been a couple of hundred dollars out of my pocket… and a few demerit points also gone.

But I tried. I had nothing to lose.

Neither do you πŸ™‚

#1068 ‘Til we see Yule next time

Finally, the Christmas tree and decorations are packed away.

I sound relieved. I am.

As much as I love Christmas, once a week after January rolls around, I am keen to put the festivities, back in their box.

I started packing up earlier this week, but due to social engagements and work and random holiday stuff, the boxes have been sitting around the house, just waiting for Hubbie to put them underneath the stairs.

Why don’t I put them under the stairs you ask? Why there are bugs, ew. And I needed some other stuff out of there, so…

We nailed the Christmas star to its coffin tonight, and everything is all tidy again, and I feel free.

No more Christmas ’til mid-November December, right?

Well…

Baby girl has hugged several Christmas lights, decorations and bears as they have gone into their Christmas hibernation places.

She said tonight “Mum… do you wanna put on some Christmas music?”

And when she ate dinner tonight, it had to be from her Christmas plate (like the last 5 months have been).

Someone isn’t keen to say goodbye just yet. πŸ˜‰

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Photo by Chelsea Francis on Unsplash

#1056 Saturday Night In no. 5 (with family!)

I’ve said it before, and I will say it one hundred times more – the random, spur-of-the-moment nights, ARE THE BEST.

That’s what happened late this afternoon, evening and then night, after the earlier message by sis during the day of “do you guys have plans?”

How many wonderful times have started with that question… the mind BOGGLES.

But it was so, so, soooo much more that made this night amazing, special and fun all in one.

It was kicking the bouncy ball out the front and playing ‘keeps off!’ from baby girl.

It was her brushing her Aunty’s hair into style. (Ooh la la!)

Dancing in the kitchen… not with us, but with her Uncle!

The kids posing for cheesy and picture-perfect photos, that you just know are gonna make it up on some 21st photo boards in future.

Singing along to this…

2.54… ALL TOGETHER NOW “Ooooh it’s written in the wind, ohhh everywhere I go!”

And then, playing a ‘Pin the red nose on Rudolph’ game about 11 days after the fact.

And let’s guess who won? No, not baby girl (well technically she ‘conveniently’ did, but) ….

EVERYONE WON TONIGHT. Because as the song goes “Love is all around me…”

BOOM! Awesome segue! :):):)

#1051 A grateful start to 2019

What more can I ask for?

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Photo by Oskars Sylwan on Unsplash

Seeing in the New Year with family, friends.

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Love, happiness, fun, laughter.

Dancing and d&m’s.

Roasted marshmallows.

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Splashing by the pool.

Selfies by the tree.

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All the good things, are all the simple things.

Happy New Year to all. May 2019 bring you all your greatest desires.

Every year with my loved ones, I am supremely grateful.

Here’s looking to a 2019 filled with more gratitude, or ways to find it, than the last.

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Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

#1045 Christmas at a different place

As far as I can remember, I’ve celebrated every single Christmas in the same place.

My parents’ house.

There was that Christmas my Dad caught a stray canary, which ended up being Hubbie, then ‘boyfriend’s pet bird aptly named β€˜Chrissy.’

The Christmas it hailed golf balls and our cars and the backyard pergola got a beating.

Or the Christmas we went mad throwing water balloons at each other all over the yard, and got told off by my Dad… (oh that was in recent years 😬 )

All those warm Christmases, dancing in the garage, walking to the park, eating, drinking, memory making…

The Christmas I snuck off to see Hubbie-then-boyfriend for a bit. 🀫

The Christmas we drank too much vodka in the first hour. πŸ₯ƒ

The Christmas I drank nothing – with a precious new 4 month old. 😍🀱

The Christmas some of my friends came, and some of my family could not handle the extra crazy. 😜πŸ€ͺ🀩

34 Christmases.

Today was Christmas number 35.

But… it was spent at my sister’s house.

I thought I would feel more nostalgia going into the day. All of these years of tradition, of memories, retreating to the same backyard post-lunch… and it was all changing.

But very quickly, something became apparent to me.

It wasn’t the location. It was all about the people.

Sure the house was different. The decorations would be different. The food and drink would be a bit different, and sure, the location was completely different.

But different didn’t mean bad. It was different, but it was still beautiful. And of course, there was a lot of love.

All of this was present, the beauty, the love… because the people were the same.

As long as I am with my loved ones, I am happy.

Merry Christmas to all. I hope yours was spent with loved ones, no matter where you were. β€οΈπŸŽ„πŸ™πŸŽ…

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