Three Things Thursday: 2 November 2017

My weekly exercise in gratitude – three things that are making me smile – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog [or Twitter account or Facebook page or diary or life in general] with happiness.


say “cheese”

First, yummy cheese. The little cheeses were not maturing in the way I had hoped, so the other day we decided to sample one of them… and it was delicious, with flavour of a mild Caerphilly and a feta-like texture. With the poor growth of white mould needed to create brie, I abandoned this idea and brought forward the next stages, so I chopped up half of one cheese for preservation in olive oil, I wrapped one in Calvados-soaked nasturtium leaves and I wiped one down with Calvados and then oiled the surface. The other half of the first cheese we ate as cauliflower cheese and it was a great success.

Second, a pay-out. Now, I know that this weekly post is usually about the little things in life that make me smile, but I was delighted to get a cheque yesterday, covering compensation for a mis-sold financial product. I may be smiling even more soon, because there’s a second claim still to be settled! Actually, it would have been good never to have been duped by my bank in the first place, but at least they have been forced to put things right.


and there’s a whole ball still left

Third, passing it on. A while ago I was given some yarn, which I completely forgot about. However, I came across it the other day and realised that it would be perfect for a surprise gift I wanted to make. When posting my most recent lot of parcels, the lady in the post office admired my fingerless mittens and told me how cold her hands get… so next time I go to do my post I have a little gift to take for her. I whipped them up yesterday evening, so the kindness of a gift of yarn (thank you Katy the Night Owl) has been converted into the gift of warm hands.

So, that’s what’s making me happy this week. How about you?


Emily of Nerd in the Brain originally created Three Things Thursday, but it’s now being hosted by Natalie of There She Goes.

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  1. You are such a nice person, you deserve a right royal payout. Today I am grateful for Doctors, Dogs and seeing a friend to morrow.


  2. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  November 2, 2017

    What a thoughtful idea and the mittens look lovely. Your cheeses look lovely too – not that i can any longer eat dairy due to bad allergy, but it does bring back memories of my father making cheeses at home in the kitchen.


  3. Those fingerless gloves are gorgeous, such a warm and brilliant colour – hard to lose, too! I’m grateful for our new fence, which is keeping the neighbours’ dogs out of our yard, I’m grateful for rain so I don’t have to water and I’m grateful for enough energy to get a few necessary jobs done in a timely fashion.


  4. how kind of you to knit these mittens for the Post lady!! and such a beautiful yarn!


  5. I’m so glad you found a good solution to the cheese situation. and the mittens are going to so welcomed by the mail carrier. You will never have your mail badly sorted again. I have so many things to be grateful for everyday that I list them at night. I have heat as it’s finally starting to get colder. Love the cold. I had wonderful help from my internet company after a power surge and I have a working laptop to connect with the wonderful world of bloggers that inspire me everyday. Like you. 🙂 I’ve been behind but will catch up soon.


  6. Aw what a lovely gift for the postie! I bet you’ll make her whole week with those 🙂
    I’m ill so this week has been a bit of a struggle, but I’m determined to look on the bright side so here we go! My three things are – a super thick duvet to keep me warm, access to all the clean water I need, and a new friend at work who messaged me to see if I’m okay.


  7. Cheese, money, yarn . . . lovely! I love it when I learn how others find solutions to simple challenges (like the cheese). I had two NSF charges reversed by one of my banks (wasn’t my fault and they saw that). As for yarn, I love that you received some as a gift and even more that you found such a loving way to use it. I haven’t tried making fingerless gloves yet, but they are on my list (after I make some with fingers)

    I linked to you from my post (after I figured out which blog to link to) and thanks again for the great idea. Gratitude is so helpful, isn’t it?

    When I was growing up I was often called Pollyanna and not in a complimentary way. I sort of buried my tendency to see the best in things, but now my inner Pollyanna is manifesting again and I’m so happy she is. Onr of my heroines, for sure.


  8. Good idea for the postie – and love the colours.


    • I managed to catch her the other day – I think she was quite taken aback, but I disappeared off before she had chance to open the little package as I wanted her to enjoy the surprise in her own time.


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