Good morning to you all.
Being Friday, it's time for me to come up with a list of what I think has made the past week a good one, and this week I'll be picking out these gems and giving them a Smiling Ladybird Award, avoiding the not-so-good things that have happened which deserve a Grumpy Stink Bug Award.
My first Smiling Ladybird Award goes to..............
My shiny new washing machine.
The old brave warhorse Zanussi has served us well but she finally collapsed last week.
I had a pile of washing growing by the minute, threatening me with World Domination.
But it is with great relief that the new Siemens is now in place, with its yummy 5 year guarantee.
It has been on non-stop since yesterday afternoon, when it was plumbed in, and I suspect that the 5 year guarantee will be sorely tested!
As an added extra the old machine was collected by someone on Freecycle who wants washing machines, even if they don't work, for an art project she's working on. So it's not destined for landfill.
Now I'm really sorry everyone but I must just slip one tiny Grumpy Stink Bug award here.
When the washing machine was delivered it was a man on his OWN, in a truck with NO tail gate lift, and NO trolley. Grant was at work, DS Luke has torn a ligament in his knee so immobile.
Therefore, it was up to me and skinny twig-armed DD Hope to help get the machine, which has to be the heaviest thing IN THE WORLD, off the truck and into the house. It was either that or it went off again in the truck and who knows if I'd ever see it again! I could hear the growing washing pile laughing at me.
My back is now really GRUMBLING and NOT HAPPY!
Think positive Joanna, think positive......
My next Smiling Ladybird Award goes to..........
School holiday time.
We have enjoyed the later mornings and being relaxed.
DH Grant has got some time off work next week and the weather is looking good, yeah!
The next Smiling Ladybird Award goes to..........
Penny at Creative Overflow.
Previously known for her creative flair in rubber stamping etc, and for her observations on life, she has been largely absent from Blogland for a few months. So it has been a real joy to see that Penny is back and she's come back with some fantastic creative writing. For me to explain it further would spoil it, so may I suggest you pop over by clicking here and read her first offerings?
Next up for a Smiling Ladybird Award is...........
I'm really enjoying this book, The Long Song.
It's written by Andrea Levy, who wrote Small Island, and follows the story of a female slave working for the
owners of a sugar plantation.
Not many laughs, as you might imagine, but very well written.
My final Smiling Ladybird Award goes to.........
All of YOU sitting there reading this.
I REALLY appreciate you reading it and
really LOVE it when you comment.
I had an email conversation with Sue
from The View From Here.
I love this girl and her blog and I urge you to go and have a look - if I could recommend a particular post to give a real flavour of her style it'd be this one;
Anyway, I digress.
In our conversation we discussed blogging and agreed how important it has become to us.
On so many levels you all encourage me, make
me laugh, nod, marvel at your skill, think, try harder,
inspire and offer real friendship.
So yes, all 105 of you deserve this Smiling Ladybird Award with love from me:0)
Wishing you all a sunny and happy weekend.
I'll be posting this with Virginia (button on right hand sidebar) before putting on another wash!