Who knew that Fairy Bread could inspire my next blog post. A few days ago it was National Fairy Bread day. Don’t ask me how I know this but you can’t argue that I don’t have my priorities in order. I posted this meaningful piece of information on my Facebook page and got a bunch of likes and though there weren’t many comments (okay, so there were two) one comment pretty much summed up the last few weeks. It said “finally a good news story”.
In recent weeks the news of the world and the news in our own backyard has been dreadful. Sad and chilling in equal measure. So I started to think about what is good with the world, or at least what is good in my world. Of course highlighting good things, thinking nice thoughts, isn’t meant to come across all glib, nothing can diminish the awfulness that some people experience in their life and I’m not living the land of fairies and unicorns but when you think it is all going to hell in a hand basket here are some things you should know.
It’s the season of the “slip and slide.” Christmas holidays, summer and backyards – who doesn’t remember having a slip n slide in the backyard? My childhood memories are vivid when it comes to this ridiculous strip of yellow. The seventies and eighties personified in plastic. They are making a bit of a comeback and have you been to Big W lately? Twenty bucks will get you grassy, wet, your togs up your bum and some good laughs.
On the subject of childhood memories, did you know that you can now make a Golden Gaytime cake? Food blogger superstar Phoodie click here to be amazed is the genius behind this. I’ll say you’re welcome now because you will be thanking me later.
So I know life should not be spent in front of a television screen I can’t help but feel a bit excited about what we will be seeing on our screens in 2016. How can I not mention Offspring Season Six (you can read my Lessons from Offspring post here) but also for our viewing pleasure the mini series of Molly Meldrum (cannot wait to see Samuel Johnson’s return to Australian drama), the return of the fast talking Gilmore Girls and the a new series of Rake. Pass the popcorn and you might as well make it Phoodie’s Salted Peanut and Peanut Popcorn (recipe here)
This is a story that will truly remind you that anything is possible. Bruce Devereaux is a father, a husband, a family man, blogger and a bloody brilliant writer. Actually, after reading his blog you will see he is pretty bloody brilliant everything. Big Family Little Income (btw, I don’t know Bruce personally but feel like I do) Insanely funny at the best of times but recently his world was horribly turned upside down and inside out when his wife was critically ill in hospital. (She is still in hospital but recently moved from ICU to a ward). In short, she wasn’t expected to recover but here is a chick who must be one tough cookie because she is recovering when she honestly, really wasn’t thought to. If you need a reminder about what is important in life then Bruce and his family have a lesson or two to give.
Simple pleasures. In the last week I’ve dealt with staff issues, client issues, cooked meals, had spaghetti thrown at me, had a cry about something or other, cleaned up cat vomit and then worried about why the cat is vomiting. But this is what I’ve also done – MM and I took Charlie to see the Christmas window displays in the city, built sand castles, played trucks, read “good night construction site” 224 times, eaten grilled cheese on toast, made grilled cheese on toast without burning it, sipped wine and listen to Rebecca Sparrow talk about her book “Ask Me Anything” at her book launch and right now I’m eating fudge. What is it that makes us feel happy and content knowing that somehow everything is okay or will be okay? What would happen if you took 5 minutes now to write down your week of simple pleasures? Off you go.
So whilst it might be that you feel as though you are constantly spinning on your heels and feeling raw and crappy try to remember that life can also be where you look.