Day 102 to 114 of 365 Days of Gratitude


Day 102 to 114 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Is the world spinning faster, or is it just me? We’re up to the 114th day of the year already. I only have 62 more days until the launch of The Zanzibar Moon. Do you have something you need to have done in two months time? Are you on schedule for what you need to do? I’ve added a countdown to the bottom of this blog to keep reminding me of the days. It’s not that long but there is enough time. In the meanwhile I’ll continue being grateful.

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Day 102 I am grateful for:

Easter coming and having one extra day off tomorrow, because our family in Brisbane need us to babysit, which is a joy not a chore. Family love.

Day 103 I am grateful for:

My adorable grandchildren Larabella and Kru, because they are growing into little people who smile and giggle and keep my heart full. Larabella is crafty and we coloured in a ceramic mug (I took it home with me). We coloured Easter Bunny pictures and for a three-year old she keeps in the lines well. She might take after her GG (Great-Grandma) and be a painter. Kru was such a good baby and is a snuggle buggle. We are so blessed.

Day 104 I am grateful for:

Watching the joy on Larabella’s face as she did her Easter egg hunt, because the childlike wonder that the bunny actually came (she left out a carrot) is priceless.

All the Easter traffic was going south yesterday but there’s not so much today, because after our visit with our little family in Brisbane it’s nice that we don’t have to deal with traffic to get home.

Day 105 I am grateful for:

Beautiful Autumn weather that feels more like Spring, because isn’t it always raining at Easter, especially if you go camping?

Day 106 I am grateful for:

Chocolate, because it’s Easter and though we don’t celebrate it much anymore it’s an excuse to eat some chocolate (we had the tiny Lindt Lindor Eggs – yummo)

Day 107 I am grateful for:

A long weekend, because it’s a long weekend (no more explanation needed).

Day 108 I am grateful for:

My mum calling into my work for a visit, because she is loving, supportive, resilient, generous and adorable (I’m so proud she is my mum).

Day 109 I am grateful for:

Arriving home to Mahli’s excited barking (talking), because her unbridled excitement shows how much I mean to her in her doggy world.

Day 110 I am grateful for:

Writing time before work, because I love writing.

Day 111 I am grateful for:

A heavy upper-body boot-camp session, because though I’m a little weak, the more I do this the stronger I will be. I have to admit that it was tough, especially the farmer’s carries up and down the stairs (24kg). Tough but fun (kind of)!

Day 112 I am grateful for:

Catching up with good friends at Winder’s Park Currumbin, because I love enjoying Currumbin Creek on a beautiful sunny day.

Day 113 I am grateful for:

Final details for my book launch are coming together, because I spoke to my good friend Sue (who has kindly offered to hold the event) and we agreed on everything we need. I’m getting excited about the launch of The Zanzibar Moon on Saturday 24th June 2017.

Day 114 I am grateful for:

Knowing that everything is going to plan and relying on The Universe for the rest, because I have belief in my destiny as a writer.

Make gratitude a fun part of each day.

Dear Dad I wish you were still here


Dear Dad,

I wish you were still here. I know it’s been a long time (30 years in fact) but I still miss you almost every day. As I do most years, I took a flower to the beach and thought of you. This year I drew a heart and 80 and placed the hibiscus in the middle. It is after all your 80th Birthday today. It’s such a shame you couldn’t have shared the spectacular sunrise with me. It’s even more of a disappointment that you didn’t get to wake to any of the sunrises of the last 30 years. Today’s was particularly beautiful, as if nature had painted me a perfect picture to remind me that you’re still here in some way.

I guess it’s okay that you may sometimes return as a sunrise, rainbow, an owl, a song that skips (like an old record) or just a wisp of my hair (I’m sure you’re touching me). But let’s face it I’d rather you were physically here. I miss your arms around me and that smell of you that is only you, male musky and a hint of cigarettes. I wonder what you’d be like at 80 years old. A handsome old man with grey-blue eyes shining through an aging face, filled with laughter lines. I’d like to think that the laughter could have returned to you.

Currumbin Alley, Gold Coast

You would have been a wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather. You denied yourself that privilege but you also denied the kids. Just imagine the richness of them having you in their lives. You would have been the grandfather with lots of patience and words that may have been few, but always wise and kind. The hugs you would have received from them all would have cheered you right through old age. I know that didn’t happen. I wish it had of.

Sunrise Currumbin Beach, Qld, Australia

Sunrise at Currumbin Beach 18th April 2017.

I’m now three years older than when you left. Imagine me older than you. It’s weird. It’s also odd to be thinking that you’ve been gone for so long, but sometimes you still feel so vivid to me. This morning at the beach I pictured your smile exactly how it was. When I got home I pulled the photo from my wallet and scanned it for this post. You’re squinting a little but you look happy and I like that. I just imagine you happy. So Happy 80th Birthday Dad. I love you so much.

Sunrise Currumbin Beach, Qld, Australia

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