Well this week has been a mixed bag it has to be said but in amongst some of the difficult times (and there have been some again) there have also been some positive happy times which have made me very grateful and thankful for what I have.
So in no particular order - Chatsworth, our first visit of 2014, it had forecast a good day (it lied) but we enjoyed it all the same. We didn't go in the house, just wanted to blow the cobwebs off and enjoy the fresh air and each others company - twas grand I tell you.
There are a few sculptures around Chatsworth at the minute, all by the same artist, the name of which escapes me and are all similar to this one.
Me and said 13 year old (who I might add is growing again!).
And then said 13 year old and hubby - yes they are both wind up merchants but I wouldn't have them any other way!
The giant wheelbarrow one at the cascade made me smile too, even though from a distorted angle said 13 year old mistook it for a dinosaur!
I am also so grateful for this fabulous altered spoon canvas that I received, I was entered into a draw for it and along it came last week. Isn't it gorgeous!
It came from Netty - whose blog can be found here!
It now has pride of place on my crafting shelves!
Now in the middle of last week when times were feeling really hard I decided that there might be others who were having similarly difficult weeks and that they might feel happier for a bit of happy mail art. I had a stack of old unused stamps and a mound of mail art not yet sent so I set too writing and stamping and finally posting them off to people.
The general positive outpourings of thanks have genuinely made me smile from ear to ear! I even received this in the post today from a friend who we haven't seen in years!
Now this wasn't done for the purpose of receiving back but the conversations and comments I've had have really lifted my spirits if I'm honest.
And in doing this I remembered that Lesley has started a fabulous new Meme on her blog it's called
Do Something MAD
and MAD stands for Make A Difference
Just once a month do something not for you but for someone else, Lesley's write up is fab on her blog
So my first attempt at MAD - was to send a whole lot of mail art out to people to raise a smile!
Work has been another steep learning curve but I'm getting to grips with it which is positive and I'm feeling appreciated which is not something I've felt in quite some time on a work footing if I'm honest. I've met some lovely people and I seem to be making progress.
Other grateful moments include
Hubby - my rock - he is simply amazing and always seems unphased and able to cope with anything, given how difficult life has been recently I'm singing his praises again - utterly amazing!
WW girls - ooh my this little bundle of rocking babes are awesome, I tell you you couldn't wish for a better group of best friends than these and I feel incredibly blessed to have them in my life!
Said 13 year old, for being mature, for being sensible for being amazing. I adore him and love him to bits and I love that he still asks for a hug and that we can chat to him about anything. He is growing up to be a pretty awesome young man, he arrived home from school today with a voucher and a certificate for the highest conduct points in the spring term - makes us so proud!
And that my lovely people is my list this week. It is most definitely more positive than last week and a lot of that actually comes from my MAD moment that I had this week!
I hope you've had a good week, I'll leave you with an entry I did into a stay at home circle journal - this month's theme was mermaids, the other fabulous entries can be found on the collaborart blog here
For those who fancy joining in - Mr Linky - I'm trialling a new style of link - hope it works!