Three Things Thursday: 9 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.

First, things arriving in the post. I love to receive letters and cards and parcels, especially when they have been sent by friends. The post this week has yielded two of these things – a card from Cathy and a parcel from Ann. Both made me smile a lot.

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lovely arrivals

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I think I can spare some!

Second, sending things in the post. Although I don’t ‘do’ Christmas, I decided this year to participate in Sewchet’s Crafty Secret Santa event… Stitching Santa. Basically, you are allocated a person to send a little gift parcel to and you receive one from someone else; there’s a budget but you can add extra bits and bobs that you have from your stash. I’m taking part in the knitting/crochet version, but there’s a sewing version too. I’m having fun reading my recipient’s blog and trying to decide what to include in her parcel. I really think I must send some Cambrian Mountains wool and some vintage buttons and some of my spare stitch markers, plus I’d like to make something… I have so many ideas! The suggestion is that everyone opens their parcel on Christmas day, but I may keep mine until my birthday a week later since I rarely receive presents because everyone is so busy with Christmas/New Year that they either forget or just don’t bother. I’m sure my gifter won’t mind a little delay in getting thanks. Oh and I have a parcel to pack up and send to the Beasties too.

Third, 100 swims. Yes, that’s right; so far in 2017 I have been swimming 100 times. That must be a cause for celebration, and must mean that I’m getting fitter.

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

-oOo-

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. My three things are a new embroidery project, fresh bread and butter, and finishing a set of curtains I’ve been making for the caravan – at last!

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  2. Wow well done on 100 swims! I’m still trying to decide what to send to my stitchingsanta partner – there’s just too much choice.
    This week I’m grateful for the NHS (again!), a brilliant manager who lets me have time off work when I need it, and lovely people who check up on me 🙂

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  3. Ann Pole

     /  November 9, 2017

    Enjoy your read!

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  4. I do like receiving letters. Real mail with little inclusions is just so happy making! Well done on the swimming – do you feel better for it? And you must be toning up which is always good. I don’t like the chlorine in public pools, so I can only swim in the sea (Brrrrrrrr!) or my big long private pool 😀 I’m doing Secret Santa too for the first time and reading through the recipients blog is fascinating – hunting for clues is a whole new way of reading posts.

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  5. 100 swims, 100 swims, ONE HUNDRED SWIMS! I salute you!
    I have spent the morning on family history and have made progress, so I am grateful to myself for making progress finally. Then it was poetry group so I am grateful for poetry. And it’s my youngests birthday this week and I am grateful that I am his Mum.

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    • Yes, I was very excited to realise I’d got to triple figures, but it’s habit now so it’s part of my life. I didn’t go this morning, though, as I wanted to stock up on veg and the veg man only has his stall on Friday.

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  6. Shirley

     /  November 9, 2017

    Wow, well done on the 100 swims 🙂

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  7. One of the lovely things about the Stitching Santa (which I did last year) is making connections with new people. That’s always good, and now there are so many different ways to keep in touch via various social media. But I must send some real mail too…..
    Top of my three things this week is the birth of my great-nephew Archie! We now have four generations in our family, and that’s pretty special. Second thing, having a birthday morning tea for my good friend Denise. Third, planting tomatoes; that’s a sign of summer coming.
    Enjoy your week!

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  8. Laurie Graves

     /  November 9, 2017

    Nice!

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  9. 100 swims! Well done, well done. That stitching Santa seems like so much fun, but I find myself feeling overwhelmed each year. I have a great time clicking through to all the blogs posts though. It’s really a lot of fun.

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    • Because I generally don’t ‘do’ Christmas, choosing a project like Stitching Santa is just a joy. I really like giving gifts and this allows me to be generous to someone I don’t know.

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      • Now that my boys are adults, our Christmas is fairly subdued as well. I do give gifts to a handful of friends, mostly food or a donation in their honor. Giving, on any level, can be a joyful experience. Surprise-giving is especially fun. I’m looking forward to seeing all the fun gifts that exchange hands…and countries.

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  10. My biggest joy this week was being surprised by the lovely parcel you mentioned in this post! Thanks again! 😀 And congratulations on your 100 swims – I’ve had to let my swimming slide lately because I’m so busy, but I might treat myself to a dip in the coming week if I get all my urgent commissions finished!

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