I don’t know how I’m going to get through all of these lockdown days finding a novel thing to be grateful for, EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Not when every day feels like groundhog day. 🤦♀️
I actually liked the start of the day, I enjoyed the constant rain. But then it got dark, and there was no point even leaving the house after work, because… rain.
And the skies grew so dark, and it being Friday suddenly didn’t matter a whole heap because it feels like every other day, and there is no where to go anyway, nothing to do…
But, something came to me.
Return of the online shopping parcels. 😁
I use my bathroom products quite religiously, like shower gels and body lotions. And I miss shopping soooo much. But I did the next best thing, and the other night I ordered some new bathroom products since I’m all out, which I got today:
A mango shower gel, a coconut body lotion (which I only use after beach visits!) and a little sample something I got on the side.
Well, it’s something to be grateful for, however small it is.
How are you finding little things to be grateful for every day?
“I am so glad covid is not on our side of town… let it be contained up there in the north,” I said today as Hubbie and I drove across town, towards…
We had a couple of jobs to do which were pre-planned, so they were kinda hard to get out of amidst current covid craziness. We did our bits and pieces, kept our masks on, sanitised relentlessly, and for lunch went to a place we knew very well…
Northies! Or for those non-locals, Northland Shopping Centre.
Now you can call it ‘Northies,’ or you can be like everyone else and call it Northlands. Everyone I know EVER calls it Northlands, even though I believe in the history of the shopping centre it has never had the s attached to the end.
Just another Australian-ism I guess.
But, it was sweet, it was quiet… we walked the centre…
And I was reminded that almost 21 years ago we were walking the same centre, holding hands for the first time as boyfriend and girlfriend.
Now that fact in itself either shows our age, or tells you that we got together young… a bit of both I guess.
It was a lovely couple of hours to while away the day, and who knows, might be the last outing for a while…?
I like to go back in time to reminisce, but standing by the side of someone whose been there for so long, while I do it…
The first half of my weekend was amazing… and honestly, the second half was meant to be good too.
We went shopping today to get some much needed Christmas gifts ticked off our list.
We got some stuff… there is still quite a bit to go…
But my recurring pains meant the day was not as happy-go-lucky as I’d expected.
Like I do all the time on this blog, I tried really hard to find the positive. And despite not really understanding what the hell is going on, there was some really simple, understated happiness to the day…
Axil Coffee Roasters.
The cafe at Chaddy was so good, we stopped there twice. Once for lunch…
And then after some more shopping, for coffee.
Now, I really should’ve taken the table photo of the coffee, and not just my cap, because honestly, the brownie, doughnut and danish we ordered alongside our 3pm pick-up would have made you DROOOOOOL.
This place brought the goods today. When other things failed, and I was getting down, this cafe hit the mark every time…
You go to the shops with your brood. Somewhere like Target, hell, even Safeway (Woolies for you young folk 😉)
Your child asks you, “can I have a toy?”
“You already have a million toys.”
“Just one more, please?”
(It is ALWAYS one more).
This was baby girl and I today. I had to grab some bread after work, and so we headed down to the local shopping centre…
But we had time to kill afterwards, and so we strolled around.
We ended up in Target.
Soon she was asking me that question.
“Can I have something, please?”
“Find something for $2 okay! $2 only!”
Now, before you accuse me of being a cheapskate, be mindful that this girl has gotten a gazillion toys during shopping centre walks. She doesn’t need any more, and yet…
There we were, walking around for toys.
I called it early, and said let’s go home… there was nothing for $2, hell, even the chewing gum was probably $2.50. (It ain’t 1990 anymore).
But she was desperate. This young shop-a-holic was looking around, frantic to find something, anything to take home…
And then she found it.
A bloody singing reindeer.
And perhaps unbeknownst to her, but it GOT ME.
Because it’s Christmas-y you see. And I LOVE Christmas. In fact, the thought of Christmas is saving me this year.
This reindeer sings “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” while his antlers and nose flash up. It is pretty cool, and he is pretty cute.
$2 though? Hell no! This was $19, but I always knew she wasn’t going to find something for $2, just as I knew a ‘stroll’ through the shopping centre would lead to this. 😉
This singing reindeer actually reminded me of a sweet memory I had from a few years ago. We were living on the other side of town, and it was late October. We had just gone into Big W, the Christmas decorations were up already (of course) and baby girl had been standing in the trolley, falling in love with this singing and dancing Christmas tree on the shelf that sang “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. And so we got it. And I just remember the amused expression on my face as we went through the centre, baby girl in the trolley pressing the button so the toy tree would sing the Christmas song on repeat, with people around us turning as we passed, curious about the noise, also perhaps wondering why the hell they could hear a Christmas song and it was only October…
But, I loved it.
I wonder if today’s shopping trip will go down in the memory bank like that one… 😊
It was probably to our advantage though that we got there so late. There were still plenty of people about, so you can imagine how crazy it would have been earlier in the day.
And look, probably good for our wallets too, that we weren’t there for so long.
It was busy, it was fun, and it was magical.
Magical? Magical how? What, I assign magic to going back to shopping…?
Well, kind of…
Check this out:
We set baby girl a challenge a week ago… and nevermind what it was, but she did well, and this was her prize. This longed for bloody crystal flyer that’s been all over the freaking kids channels on TV. 🙄
IT FLIES, you see. You charge it with a usb (just as well so I don’t bleed my money out on batteries) and then it just propels into the air from its stand, and you place your hand underneath it AS IT HOVERS.
So it sounds simple, right?
This fairy bashed into our walls, cupboards, got tangled in our hair (YES) dozens and dozens of times, before baby girl got the knack of it.
Above, she is getting the knack.
So, it was a pretty magical day, in a way.
A fairy bashed into all corners of our house, but after practice, magic happened. ✨