Three Things Thursday: 28 December 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, crafty time. Although I have still had (paid) work to do over the festive period I’ve found time to do quite a bit of crafting … this always makes me happy. Here’s one of my completed projects:

Last completed socks of 2017

Second, unexpected beauty. Yesterday I went out to the compost bin and looked up to see this:

pretty in pink

I came in to get my camera and when I looked again, I realised this cloud was part of a beautiful skyscape:

looking skywards

Third, a perfect pudding. I’m always delighted when a steamed pudding comes out of its bowl intact and this one behaved very well:

Apple flapjack steamed pudding

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

In fact, that’s it for Three Things Thursday as a weekly feature here on the blog…. it’s been a great thing to do and I’ll continue to think of my three things, but not necessarily to write a post. My plans are to direct my writing elsewhere in 2018. I want to thank Emily of Nerd in the Brain who originally created Three Things Thursday and I hope that you will continue to look for the positives in your life too.

The trouble with quality…

… is that it lasts!

Don’t get me wrong, I still think that it’s good to buy products that won’t need to be replaced soon, I just wish that the people who owned our house before us hadn’t invested in expensive, plain dusky pink carpets in all the bedrooms and the living room. We’ve been here 14 years now and the carpets are still going strong. This has saved us huge amounts of money because the only floor covering in the house that we have needed to replace in all that time has been the lino in the kitchen (we now have a floating bamboo floor that can be sanded down and resealed when it becomes worn) but I do dislike the carpets. I wish that they’d chosen something with flecks (so it wasn’t so obvious when they needed vacuuming) and something not so… pink.

We reduce the impact with a rug in the living room

We reduce the impact with a rug in the living room

However, I simply cannot bring myself to replace something that isn’t worn out. I have considered re-carpeting the living room on a number of occasions, but I know that all I need to do is vacuum and maybe shampoo it and it will look as good as new (well, nearly) and so I don’t visit the local carpet shop or start researching environmentally friendly carpets. We do have a nice rug in front of the fire which covers up quite a bit of the pinkness, but it’s still there in the rest of the house and it’s NEVER going to wear out in the other rooms. Sometimes I wish I was a bit more frivolous.

I guess that it could have been worse, though – they could have selected a vibrant paisley pattern!

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