Small Things

It’s a good day to be thankful for those small things in life.

I am not talking about a tiny wild flower, or a smile from a child.

I’d like to be thankful for jalapeños.

Those tiny green spicy bombs that make your mouth explode and your eyes cry.

How do you like your jalapeños?

Do you like them at all? 

 

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Sacher Squares from Hotel Sacher Wien

A beautiful little square of chocolate decadence.

A local from Vienna told me that the squares are far better than the more famous cakes as they are more moist and therefore no need to eat them accompanied with whipped cream.

Beautifully presented as well.
Love it.

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2nd October, 2013 – Best Dinner Ever

Tonight I cooked steak for dinner.
I did my best and even though I was not so pleased with it, someone else was.

My daughter came to the kitchen after dinner when I had just finished doing the dishes and said the sweetest words.

“That was the best dinner you have ever cooked Mum!”

I am a happy mother.

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Day 343 – May 13, 2013

After a year of wishing and planning, we have achieved our Taiwan Zenlinx trip!

I am thankful for…

1. The hard work that my colleague and friend Beatrice put into making this possible.

2. The fairly decent flight to Taiwan on Hong Kong Airlines.

3. Time for a good breakfast before the flight.

4. Taiwan’s High Speed Rail Service.

5. My brother and his family coming to pick us up from the train station.

6. Seeing Chloe again!

7. A great SIM card service with unlimited data plan!

8. Having dinner with my family.

9. Hot bath!

10. A great start to our Taiwan week.

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Day 251 ~ Day 260 – February 10 ~ 19, 2013

In the last 10 days, I have been enjoying a lovely time in Taiwan with my family for Chinese New Year.

So I am back again, with a condensed list for the past 10 days.

I am thankful for…

1. My family members’ health and happiness.

2. My mother’s cooking – how I have missed it.

3. Happy Birthday celebrations for my father (78 years young) and my niece (5 years old).

4. My brother – my one and only sibling – he makes me laugh, cry and realize that sharing DNA goes a lot further than just looking like each other.

5. My stepfather Hilton – the quiet steady rock.

6. Fun times – amusement parks, roller coasters, shopping, games…

7. Taiwanese food – spicy hot pots, bubble tea and street side snacks.

8. Unexpected sweetness in the form of a simple question.

9. My daughter and her boyfriend – just so easy to be with.

10. Time to stop, time to think and time to just be.

I have missed making my lists.
It feels good to be back!

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Blues skies of the eternally sunny Taichung city of Taiwan.

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Blossoms – Spring in Taiwan – taken at West Lake Park in Taichung.

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Day 247 ~ Day 250 – February 6 ~ February 9, 2013

Came to Taiwan for our Chinese New Year holiday and have very limited internet access.

It is Chinese New Year’s Eve and I will make my gratitude list here before we welcome in the Year of the Snake.

Over the last few days I am thankful for:

1. Arriving happily and safely in Taiwan.

2. Having a loving family near me.

3. Fun times with my sweet little niece.

4. Nadia and Bradley both enjoying their time here in Taiwan.

5. The craziness of Taiwan and all the great food, especially spicy hot pot!

6. Sleeping well, resting well and just being in the moment.

7. Having great friends in my life.

8. Being surrounded by love.

9. The wonderful weather here for us.

10. Your sweet messages.

Day 239 – January 29, 2013

Tuesday – my usual Tango Day.

On this day I am thankful for…

1. A wonderful day at work – I have such a fun group of people that I work with.

2. Knowing that my decision is right – and I am being supported.

3. A surprise present – the Law of Attraction working its magic – I got a beautiful mirror!

4. Conversations on movies – hearing other people’s opinions.

5. Having some time on my own with my own thoughts.

6. A very chatty niece who was so excited to speak to me over the phone.

7. A very nice lunch at the Argentinean Steak House with my daughter.

8. My daughter – for coming to help out at the office.

9. That my lovely friend, neighbour and boss is on her way to recovery.

10. Knowing that I have so much more to give in life.

Day 238 – January 28, 2013

It’s Monday and I never suffer from Monday blues because I am grateful for…

1. Taxi magic – when a taxi appears at your front door, you get in without hesitation. It’s magic.

2. Baguette, butter and black coffee – my idea of a perfect breakfast.

3. Learning things for myself while I prepare for work.

4. Arranging to have one on one time with someone who really listens to me.

5. Bringing the Golden Oldies (grandparents) for Peking Duck dinner and having a happy time.

6. The Golden Oldies traveling Hong Kong and spending time with us.

7. Having such lovely Golden Oldies in our lives.

8. Knowing that my father is well looked after by my brother.

9. That my mother is well looked after by her dear husband.

10. That if you could, you would.

Day 236 – January 26, 2013

Saturdays can be busy and productive, and I had one of these Saturdays this weekend.
And for that I am grateful for…

1. Having time to enjoy a quiet lunch with my daughter before heading to work – yes! Got work this Saturday!

2. Spending my afternoon with a group of teenagers – sharing with them communication skills for working well with others.

3. Having the opportunity to do this charity work for Kely Support Group – dedicated to helping teenagers live better lives.

4. The afternoon was fruitful and the teenagers enjoyed what I had planned for them.

5. Having my daughter in the audience so she could see what I do for a living.

6. Knowing that my daughter is proud of me 🙂

7. Cross Harbour Tunnel buses that are cheap and convenient.

8. Spending the evening with our Golden Oldies – Nadia’s grandparents, Wayne and Diane, and their friends Howard and Robyn.

9. Witnessing a couple who have been married for 47 years and they still hold each others’ hands when they walk together.

10. Knowing that they all love you and enjoy your company so much – it’s the sweetest feeling.