Ten Blessings Of The Week!

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There is a cold chilly stillness outside, the clouds are still, and I can not feel a single breeze. I sense the morning is telling me to be still and write, that it is not to late to put this blog post out there. So I listen!

 

Life is so cold here in Melbourne, and I can not remember the last time Winter felt this cold. It is the type of Winter that requires layers of clothes, even hats, scarfs and coats. In saying that Winter is not that cold, that you can not go for a walk in nature, or get on with daily life. It just cold enough to require rugging up and putting the heating on.

 

The past week was a wonderful week and I felt much brighter than the past few weeks. This previous weeks Blessings Of The Week are as follows:

 

 

  1. I am so blessed for, sunshine, some fellow dog lovers to walk with and beautiful flowers of rosemary from my adventure walk this week, it was a gorgeous day for a walk and it really lifted my spirits.
  2. I am so blessed for my basket weaving with wild grasses workshop, my basket may not look that amazing but I just love it and really enjoyed the process of making it, and the company of the lovely ladies at the workshop.
  3. I am so blessed to have access to some free online learning about writing for young readers, I am learning so much, and created a second story so I feel like I am really achieving something from it.
  4. I am so blessed for Friday movie night with the boys, I just love this tradition.
  5. I am so blessed for the simple pleasure of my purple blanket to wrap around myself.
  6. I am so blessed for Hubby cooking a roast dinner on Saturday night.
  7. I am so blessed for a family day out to Cloudhill Nursery and Gardens. Beautiful magical gardens even in Winter, although I would love to go back in summer time.
  8. I am so blessed to be able to attend Yoga classes, really got to stretch my body out and relax. I always feel energised and relaxed after a Yoga class.
  9. I am so blessed that I could attend the dentist and have my broken tooth fixed, it is a costly and uncomfortable procedure, however at the end of the day I still get to keep my tooth. I am really happy about that.
  10. Finally, I am so blessed for the simple pleasure of some alone time to re-energize and relax.

 

Whilst this cold weather makes it easy for me to be a homebody and curl up in my chair with my blanket wrapped around me and catch up on some television series, at the moment I am watching Glitch and it is really weird. I get sucked in and just want to know what happens next.   I feel am also watching too much television.

 

Time to  wrap myself up in a blanket, curl up in my arm chair by the window, sip on a cup of coffee, take out my journal and write in the stillness of the morning.

 

What were your Ten Blessing of the Week or Day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Ten Blessings Of The Week!

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Feeling grateful each day helps me make decisions from my happy place, I just know things will turn out alright, maybe not as I had anticipated but they will be alright and so will I. My Ten Blessings from the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed that I continue to smile each day.
  2. I am so blessed that I am able to have dinner each night with my family at the dinner table.
  3. I am so blessed for a comfy chair curl up in and a warm purple blanket to wrap myself in whilst I write in my journal each day.
  4. I am so blessed for a clean fluffy dog to listen to snoring in the evenings, and to accompany me on my long walks.
  5. I am so blessed for finding a great joke that I could tell and have some fun with at my Toastmasters Meeting.
  6. I am so blessed for my nice warm bed to sleep in at night, I am really enjoying it on these cold winters nights.
  7. I am so blessed to be able to have a family lunch out at the local hotel, it was a lovely Sunday lunch.
  8. I am so blessed that the boys still want to watch movies with me.
  9. I am so blessed for morning coffee that my husband brings to me in bed. I am so spoilt.
  10. I am so blessed that my son got a friendly dentist to pull out the piece of baby tooth left. No pain. Mighty Mouse was so brave and didn’t even feel it. Just soft food for a couple of days, and opportunity to have lots of soup.

It was a week that just unfolded beautifully, focused around family and the dog. Today Mighty Mouse has a day off school so we went and got a hot chocolate and caramel slice. His favourite.

Ten blessing reminds me to enjoy the simple things in life, and to notice the  little extravagances like going out for a meal or that caramel slice, so that I can enjoy them and not take them for granted.

What were your ten blessings of the week/day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Ten Blessings of the Week!

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The previous week has been a quiet week, full of illness so  I spent most of my time home looking after my son with a cold. Unfortunately as soon as he got better,  I went to work on the weekend coming down  sick with a gastro bug, only to end up in bed feeling sick and miserable myself. However before going to work on Saturday Morning, I took my self on an Artist’s Date to the Finders Market at the old Exhibition Buildings.  I walked around admiring the wonderful crafts being sold. The place was full of colour, creativity and beautiful creations. I could have easily spent more time there. That is life up and down! Here are my Ten Blessings of the previous week:

  1. I am so blessed to simply be alive and breathing.
  2. I am even more blessed to be able to stay home and care for my youngest son Mighty Mouse when he is not well.
  3. I am blessed that I have access to a doctor and health services when myself or family are ill.
  4. I am blessed that even when life feels a little like drudgery, there are always small pleasures like a hot shower,or a cup of tea, or simply a quiet moment curled up in a comfy arm chair.
  5. I am blessed that I have paid employment, it allows me to afford the life I enjoy, and still be available to look after my boys and be their for them when they need me.
  6. I am so blessed that people enjoy me wearing a pink flower in my hair. The pink flower brightens up my mood, and it continues to surprise me by how many people comment on how lovely the pink flower in my hair is. A simple ordinary pink flower can brighten up an individual’s day, and put a smile on their faces. I think that is amazing.
  7. I am so blessed that I enjoy looking out my front window, seeing the clouds roll by, the trees dance in the wind, making a strange whooshing musical sound, whilst my doors choose to sing a rattling sound.
  8. I am so blessed that I enjoy the smell of my candle burning, and the sweet smell from that gently wits under my nose. It also makes this delightful cracking noise, so it reminds me of the sound of fire. It gives me a sense of warmth and peace.
  9. I am so blessed that I got to go to my oldest son, Mr Serious’s school church service with him, the theme was growing in unity.
  10. I am so blessed that I was able to attend my Toastmaster’s meeting, and listen to some informative educational speeches, these have inspired me to want to improve and do more in my roles. I also admire the Ice breaker speech that was given, that first speech it is so special, and it was so interesting. It was a lovely night, with lots of guest, everyone just taking on a role and contributing, the room was full of positive energy, and smiles.

Those were my Ten Blessings of the week, and looking back on it, it wasn’t as quiet as I thought. Lots of lovely experiences existed amongst the drudgery of dealing with sickness. It so easy to get stuck on the negative and forget about those lovely positives that bring so much joy into our lives.

Just reflect back on your past week or day. What Ten Blessings did you experience?  I would love for you to leave a comment.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

A visit to the Finders Keepers Market at the old Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne

A visit to the Finders Keepers Market at the old Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne

 

Ten Blessings of the Week!

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At the moment I am feeling frustrated and annoyed, because things are just so complicated and not going my way. I can feel myself getting really tense and just wanting to explode. I could jump up and down and scream right at this moment. Instead I think it is the perfect time to do my Ten Blessings of the Week. This is a good thing to focus and lighten my mood. My ten blessings are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to enjoy so many simple things that bring me joy, my journalling, music, reading, conversations, walking, laughing, hot showers and hot cups of tea and coffee.
  2. I am so blessed for the lovely bunch of flowers that I received from my boys for Mothers Day
  3. I am so blessed for the evening I spent with Mighty Mouse at Scouts, where he massaged my shoulders, massaged my hands, and did a survey where he said my favourite food was carrots, my favourite hobby was reading and he enjoyed the time we did things together. I think we must eat a lot of carrots, I just think eating carrots is good for our health.
  4. I am so blessed for watching Mighty Mouse concure his fear and do a tree adventure, he was so brave, and is now so proud of himself, it is such a beautiful thing to witness.
  5. I am so blessed to witness my son Mighty Mouse go from being a cub to becoming a scout. I am a very proud Mum.
  6. I am so blessed to be able to catch up with my relatives and celebrate a special wedding anniversary for my parents. It was a wonderful celebration and night.
  7. I am so blessed that my husband made delicious tasting bacon and egg rolls for breakfast on Mothers Day.
  8. I am so blessed to be able to spend Mothers Day with my own Mum, we even had chocolate cake, and Dad organised tea, pizza.
  9. I am so blessed to wake up each morning a simply breathe and I am especially so blessed that my youngest son is one year older.
  10. I am so blessed for all these little challenges they just make me that bit stronger and more appreciative.

I do feel lighter after writing these blessings, and have had a wonderful week and weekend spending time with my family with birthday celebrations and Mothers Day celebrations. Even though at the moment I am feeling challenged by life I am going to choose to be kind and a good friend to myself.

What were your Ten Blessing of the Week or Day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

 

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Ten Blessing Of The Week!

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April has ended and we are now into May. I love that all the leaves have been falling of the Red Stick Maple tree in our back yard and I look forward to the Camellias coming out in flower over winter. The weather has turned cold and wet, and the days are getting shorter. I am loving get rugged up under blankets in the evenings and enjoying a TV show or simply reading a book.

This weeks Ten Blessings for the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to be able to have my boys immunised through the council programme, it is important to me that they are protected against preventable diseases. It is also fortunate for me to have such easy accessibility to immunisation programs and that the cost are covered.
  2. I am so blessed to have healthy ears, that serve to allow me to heal well. Thanks to access to healthcare and a ENT specialist my hearing conditioned is managed very well and is a small inconvenience for my twice yearly appointments.
  3. I am so blessed to have hot teas and coffees to sip upon.
  4. I am so blessed to attend a cake decorating demonstration, the lady was explained things so simply and gave lots of frugal tips.
  5. I am so blessed to find that perfect present for my son, after searching so many toy shops for it.
  6. I am so blessed to have heating on these cold days, making our house warm and cosy, and the perfect place to be on cold winters nights.
  7. I am so blessed to have a selection of coats to choose from to wear on cold wet or windy days. I just love rugging up in my coats, every time I leave the house I wear my coat.
  8. I am so blessed to have beautiful music to play and listen to, it just makes me feel happier.
  9. I am so blessed to get amazing tips from strangers, especially with some good cooking suggestions.
  10. I am so blessed for having a mobile phone, it makes so much easier to reach my destination on dark rainy nights. So glad I had it the other night, drove up and down the road, looking for the right house. In the end after a phone call or two, my husband was able to walk to the drive way entrance and I found him.

As the cold wet weather sets in, I find the days get quieter and more homely which I throughly enjoy. I enjoy the greenness of the garden. I love the opportunity to rug up in my coats and wear my long boots. I enjoy the sound of rain especially when I am in bed. Those big grey fluffy clouds, I love them too. I love the magical feel of Autumn its richness of colour, the changing colour of foliage and leaves piled on the ground. I love walking through the leaves and kicking them, it is so much fun. I love the earthy smell of the ground that comes after the rain. There is so much I love about Autumn.

 

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Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Ten Blessing of the Week!

 

 

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Another beautiful week has gone past, and it has been a week focused on enjoying the school holidays with the boys. Today Mighty Mouse is back at school getting stuck into term 2, and tomorrow Mr. Serious  goes back.  Whilst Easter was spent at work, and yes I still managed to eat way too much chocolate. However I do love chocolate. Here are my Ten Blessings from the previous week:

  1. I am so blessed that I could get our car serviced, so it is running well and remains reliable. I had so much fun driving it around on our holiday, it is a great car for family trips.
  2. I am so blessed to be able to go to the Movies with my son, we saw Lego, and yes the awesome song is stuck in my head.
  3. I am so blessed to have been able to catch up with my parents twice during the week, once for lunch and the other afternoon tea. Two wonderful lazy relaxing days just catching up.
  4. I am so blessed to have been able to attend a Happiness Workshop. Wow I felt happy when I left and I now have a happiness journal so I can start my own happiness project.
  5. I am so blessed to be able to enjoy my cups of tea, out of a lovely cup and saucer which is so beautiful and was a Kris Kringle gift one year.
  6. I am so blessed for all the great conversations I had with people over the week, it is the little things like that which make me feel happy.
  7. I am so blessed for more red ripe juicy tasty home-grown tomatoes, and I think I have picked the last of them. Oh how tastier the home-grown tomatoes are.
  8. I am so blessed that Chocolat was the Friday night movie, and that I accidentally stumbled across it. It was so beautiful, arty, and such a feel good movie. I totally enjoyed it.
  9. I am so blessed to have a cosy chair or two to curl up in during the evenings, I love our lounge suit so much it has been overused and is starting to wear out. It is still super comfy.
  10. I am so blessed that I laughed so much this previous week, life was just so funny, in the silliest of ways. It feels good to be able to laugh.

Quote of the week: ” I believe that being happy is the only important thing. Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or torturous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” ~Joanne Harris author of  Chocolat.

Whilst a happy surprise came my way today! I woke up to pouring rain and the postman delivered me these most amazing pink gum boots. I am loving my bright pink gum boots, they have certainly added a pop of colour to my day, and I can now enjoy jumping in puddles.

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Wishing you all a wonderful Day!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon

 

Ten Blessings of the Week!

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Recently I just spent a lovely week away with my darling  boys, so this post is a little late. It is also school holidays and I have been distracted in a beautiful way spending time with family especially my boys.

It has been extremely busy this past week. The boys have been on school holidays and we spent the week away at Phillip Island. Our holiday started with rain, and more rain. Thankfully I packed coats, other than a lot of rain it was a lovely holiday and a good break.
My ten blessings from the previous week are as follows:
  1. I am so blessed to that the package for my husbands work turned up early at the post office, and  that the lady serving me was very helpful. This meant we could get away early for our holiday.
  2. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to go for a holiday to Philip Island.
  3. I am so blessed that I packed our coats and had at least one umbrella, so the rain didn’t stop us from doing things.
  4. I am so blessed that it rained so hard on day, that we went back to our cabin early and spent the afternoon and evening reading a gorgeous book. 
  5. I am so blessed that we got to enjoy some delicious lunches and different cafes. The food was very yummy and we filled our selves up for lunch, which meant we only needed a light dinner.
  6. I am so blessed that the rain kept the crowds away, but not the penguins, which meant we could easily get up and close to the penguins.
  7. I am so blessed that we got to go to lots of different places , and had great experiences going to historical farm, feeding wallabies and kangaroos at the wild life park, and spotting koala’s at the Koala conservation centre, and of course looking for seals at the Nobbies.
  8. I am so blessed I had a great reliable car to drive around in, it made me feel so much more comfortable driving around especially at night in a strange place.
  9. I am so blessed that I am so cautious, and was driving cautiously, and looking out for the night life, I was expecting kangaroos, but it was a sheep that was on the middle of the road. My cautious driving meant I didn’t hit it, rather had plenty of time to slow down and stop. The sheep slowly moved of the road, and everyone was safe.
  10. I am so blessed that every day of our holiday was a great adventure, and a day of joy, even with the rain. 

My holiday didn’t go as I planed, we had to change our plans. We had to be happy with the rain. It all worked out and we had a great holiday. 

Quote of the week: “Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” ~Roger Miller

What were your ten blessings of the week/day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Ten Blessings of the Week!

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Life has been good, it has offered me much joy and happiness in the past week. Mostly in those everyday moments but also in the special moments that come as opportunities to engage more with life. This morning I was appreciative that I woke up breathing.  That I had a good night sleep. That I could experience hot water running down my back and even have soap to wash myself with.  That I had a collection of clothing to choose from, and that I could pick out something that I love to wear. I also got to have a filling breakfast, and I don’t have to worry about being hungry there is plenty of food in the house. I have a reliable car that gets me to where I need to be. I have so much to be grateful for. I was also a little disappointed today because my son is sick, and I had to cancel my morning tea with a friend. My son is ok, he is just feeling ill, a little nauseated, so a good sleep and restful day will do him good. My day may not be how I planed it, however it can still be a wonderful day. Whilst those are the little moments that have brought joy to my day today, here are the Ten Blessings from the previous week.

  1. I am so blessed to be able to have my hair done at the hair dressers, now it looks and feels tidy and fresh, and I just love the way it makes me feel. Plus it so beautiful to be pampered, and going to the hair dressers is one of my favourite ways of being pampered.
  2. I am so blessed to be able to attend my son’s school Bush Dance night, it was a wonderful family night and lovely community feel, and it just lovely to feel the school provides that sense of community, that extends beyond the student and teachers but also connects with the family.
  3. I am so blessed to be able to shed more of the old from our house, this de-cluttering process has been about letting go of things that the boys have grown out of, mostly toys and teddies. Now to find them new homes, after all they were loved and valued items in our house for many years.
  4. I am so blessed to be able to attend my Cranbourne Toastmasters club, and develop my communication skills, it was wonderful to give a speech, it was a folk tale, I chose the Princess who Married a Dragon, I enjoyed telling that story, it challenged me to do a speech that was out of my comfort zone. It gave me the opportunity to build upon my story telling skills.
  5. I am so blessed to have an enthusiastic  fluffy dog, who will always gladly go for a walk with me. She is my walking buddy, and loves walking adventures as much as I do. Thanks Little Miss Popularity for going out with me on my long walks this previous week, I look forward to this weeks walks with you.
  6. I am so blessed that my cooked meals have actually been yummy and enjoyable to eat, it has been lovely to sit down each night at the kitchen table and eat together most nights. Even if Hubby is late I still got to sit down and enjoy my meal with the boys.
  7. I am so blessed to be able to spend Friday nights with the family having movie night. This is one of our weekly rituals that I just love, and we all get to sit in the lounge together, relax, laugh and watch a movie.
  8. I am so blessed that Hubby took us out for a new experience, he took us to Farmworld. It was a big event with lots of people attending, and I saw a lot of tractors, all different colour and sized tractors. It had lots of farm stuff there, it was certainly different. Yet it was an enjoyable day out and we found plenty of things to look out including a cute pig and her piglets and a demonstration of Draft horses working.
  9. I am so blessed for our wonderful back yard to enjoy on sunny days and relax in, it is amazing how good sitting under a few trees on a nice sunny days afternoon can feel so good and relaxing.
  10. I am so blessed that my brother came over for tea on Sunday night, we enjoyed a roast and he brought dessert. It was just so nice to enjoy a meal together and catch up.

The previous week was ordinary in many ways, and it was also about making daily choices to cultivate joy and happiness. Like journalling, enjoying our meals, going for walks, saying yes to opportunities like the school bush dance night. It was also about just being grateful, like wow I not only have clothes to wear, I have really nice clothes that I love to wear and that make me feel good. Or even just noticing there are a lot of crickets about lately, they are even in the house, there was one in the lounge with us last night and one in the hallway this morning.

 

Quote of the Week:” Things don’t have to be extraordinary to be beautiful. Even the ordinary can be beautiful.” ~Wicker Park

I am currently reading a book called The Heart of Abundance by Candy Paull which really speaks in-depth about being grateful and seeing the  abundance that is in our daily lives.  She writes about developing a habit of being thankful in the good times so as we establish the ability to be grateful in more difficult times. I think this is true, and I can see how this Ten Blessings exercise is helping to do that.

The Heart of Abundance by Candy Paull is available as a free Kindle version on Amazon books. You can go to the following link to find it, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_22?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=the+heart+of+abundance&sprefix=The+Heart+of+Abundance%2Caps%2C390

 

What were your Ten Blessings of the Week/Day?

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

 

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon

Ten Blessings of the Week!

IMG_0955It has been quiet some time since I have done this post, but I really feel I need to do it for me. When I reflect back on my week just counting my blessings, I feel even more abundant. My life is full of the most amazing experiences, people, environment, physical abundance, and sometimes I act like a spoilt brat wanting more or feeling that I am missing out or even doing without. So this Ten Blessings Exercise, gives me a gentle reminder that my life is full of joy and abundance. 

 My Ten Blessings for the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to have caught up with a colleague at work, it was lovely to work with a work colleague that I had not worked with for years and spend our tea break catching up.
  2. I am so blessed to have spent a whole afternoon creating my focus cards and spending time with my creative self.
  3. I am so blessed to be able to get back into some long adventure walks.
  4. I am so blessed for icy cold water, fans and a well insulated house to spend my time in on those really hot days.
  5. I am so blessed to be able to spend some time with family and go over to my parents house for a lovely time and a family birthday party. Lovely evening indulging in lots of lovely food.
  6. I am so blessed to be sleeping so soundly every night even when it has been hot. I love my sleep.
  7. I am so blessed to be able to catch up with the Mums at the bus stop, I have missed their smiling faces and our short conversations over the school holiday break.
  8. I am so blessed to have my boys in school, able to learn, socialize and have access to education and quality teachers.
  9. I am so blessed that Australian Hearing are so helpful by quickly solving the problem of the missing piece of my son’s RF. It was quickly fixed and he had it for school the next day.
  10. I am so blessed to be able to read, and to share reading a book with my youngest son. Reading brings so much enjoyment and knowledge into my life.

I also grateful that I could get back to my routine again, of doing my blog and also getting back into my journalling.

I love this quote about reading, ” the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”~Dr Seuss

What were your blessing for the week or day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Fran Dishon

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Ten Blessings!

ten blessingToday is one of those beautiful sunny warm spring days that just makes me feel good all over. It has been another wonderful and interesting week. I must admit most of it was a cruise, with some dramatic moments here and there, but nothing I could control. So my Ten Blessings for the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed of having hot water and morning showers, especially after of stint of working many days, the warm water is so good for relaxing or my tight muscles.
  2. I am so bless for audio books and meditations from the library they entertain and relax me on a daily basis.
  3. I am so blessed to all the birds around my home that seem to happily chirp no mater what the weather conditions are. They seem so happy all the time. I want more of that happiness.
  4. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to catch up with a friend and have a glorious day out. Life really gets busy and there is so much to do, so it is special to have time out with a friend.
  5. I am so blessed that the sun is finally out and shinning and I can get all my washing dry. Yes washing is important to me, but I love wind dried clothes and linen it smells and feels so good.
  6. I am so blessed for my strength and ability to just keep moving forward despite the set backs.
  7. I am so blessed that my head was full of uplifting  positive thoughts during the week. I know I am responsible for my thoughts, yet sometimes it can be so hard to see the positive in things. However this ten blessing exercise helps me see more positive things even in challenging times.
  8. I am s0 blessed for many early nights to bed, I love my sleep.
  9. I am so blessed  for all the smiles I received all week long. There have been so many happy smiley people out there, more than usual maybe lots of people have had a good week. Maybe it is contagious all this smiling.
  10. I am so blessed to find my sunglasses that I lost, they were hiding under my drivers seat, I think it is funny that I found them after I gave up on thinking I would ever see them again. So I went and brought a new pair, next thing I find my old pair. Yippy I like my old sunglasses more.

Today is just gorgeous, so I have to make this a short post so I can go and enjoy this beautiful weather.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Me sitting outside doing my post on the computer, enjoying the sunny spring day.

Me sitting outside doing my post on the computer, enjoying the sunny spring day.