I am thankful for …

That heading is what I’m going to be focusing on for a while … I’m sick of being full of misery on this blog, and I’m sure you’re sick of reading it. Anyway, after my emotional meltdown last night, I think it had a bit of a cleansing effect on me – my fighting spirit is back again, and I’m going to try to focus on the positive things in my life. There are many people worse off than me … while it may be stressful and depressing at times, I need to keep looking ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

So today I’m thankful for all my online friends – your cheering on comments both here and in personal emails has given me a lot of strength to deal with the issues I’m facing. As the old adage goes, “a friend in need is a friend indeed” … and I really and truly appreciate you all hanging in with me while I’ve been struggling and less than positive on here.

This morning I spent some time checking out house sitting sites and self storage etc, but I’ve been thinking of leaving any major decisions until the New Year. I have Mum visiting for six weeks in February, and I’d rather have everything ‘as usual’ during that time at least … and it will give me plenty of time to get my head together.

Tonight was a different task … I’ve been sending emails to the UK, to the manufacturers of Babycham! I don’t know why, but since this morning I’ve got it in my head that I want to make up my own stocking. Why?? Because my stocking is the one Christmas tradition Mum did for me every year until I was ‘too old’ for it (I repeat for you again, Mum, I’m never ever too old for it hahaha). Such a simple thing – a stocking was waiting under the tree every year … nothing glamorous and expensive, but filled with love – Christmas just wasn’t Christmas without my stocking! What was in my stocking that made it so special? … There was always a handful of nuts in their shells (brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts etc), maybe an apple and an orange, and a couple of chocolate bars and sweeties, and the piece de resistance … a small bottle of Babycham! When I was in my teens there would be some additional treats in there too, like a pair of ‘fashion’ earrings or something similar. I don’t know why, but that stocking tradition has remained in my heart as something very very special about Christmas.

When I moved to Australia the first 8 months here sharing were abysmal for many reasons (a couple of you know those stories from personal emails, but I’m not going into it now) – when Fraze and I moved out to our own place in Box Hill, it was going be our first Christmas ‘on our own’ … by the time Christmas came, we also had Andrew living with us too – and I decided to do the Christmas stocking ritual for them … although instead of Babycham they got cans of beer haha – they also got a few ‘silly things’ like car polish and DVD cases and things. While I didn’t have my own stocking, watching the two boys unwrap everything in their own stockings was wonderful, and I really loved it. Andrew said that that was the most special Christmas he’d had, and even though he spent the rest of the day with his family, the morning with us was the most magical. I do have to admit I did feel the same way too at the time (shame the rest of our living arrangements with him weren’t quite so magical in the long run haha).

Anyway, being the first Christmas on my own, I’m making my own stocking … and I’m trying to track down whether Babycham is available for sale locally somewhere, as I’ll be treating myself as my big Christmas Day treat. We used to be able to buy it in New Zealand, so I presume you can buy it here somewhere too, and it’s pretty cheap to buy even though it’s imported. If not, then I’ll substitute with a $3.99 mini bottle of Asti Riccadonna instead … woohoo, big spender LOL. Add to that my fave Christmas song playing loudly on the stereo (ie Snoopy’s Christmas – it gets me singing at the top of my lungs every time!), and I’ll be all set! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m actually working on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day, which will be a financial boost thank goodness – and someone at work actually cooks up a Christmas dinner for us all, which will be a lovely treat ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe how close it is to the ‘big day’ already …

Ooh, I didn’t realise how close midnight was either – better run and hit the hay for the night, as I need to be up early tomorrow. The Christmas tree dress is back out again ready for dress-up day tomorrow, but I have to get up early to get a ‘plate of food’ to share with everyone … so I’m making Doreen’s Apricot Slice again (cheap ingredients, and so very comforting for me, as it brings back all those wonderful happy childhood memories again – the perfect blessing for my day!).

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20 thoughts on “I am thankful for …

  1. Ah…you bring back memories if past Christmases. I used to have Babycham too when I was much much younger…hmmm…perhaps I should take a look at the supermarkets if they still carry it.

    Glad to see you’re up and about and feeling better. That’s the Christmas spirit!

  2. Hope you can find some Babycham somewhere.

    I’ll cheer you up a little more with a story:

    I can’t remember how old I was (but I was probably around 11 or 12), but Mum got a promotion at work and took my Granny & Grandad, Dad and I out to dinner to celebrate. Mum ordered a bottle of champagne and the waiter asked me if I wanted any and my reply “I’d rather have a babycham”. Mum was mortified, but everyone else laughed. Now I’d rather have the champagne.

  3. Hope you can find some Babycham somewhere.

    I’ll cheer you up a little more with a story:

    I can’t remember how old I was (but I was probably around 11 or 12), but Mum got a promotion at work and took my Granny & Grandad, Dad and I out to dinner to celebrate. Mum ordered a bottle of champagne and the waiter asked me if I wanted any and my reply “I’d rather have a babycham”. Mum was mortified, but everyone else laughed. Now I’d rather have the champagne.

  4. Hope you can find some Babycham somewhere.

    I’ll cheer you up a little more with a story:

    I can’t remember how old I was (but I was probably around 11 or 12), but Mum got a promotion at work and took my Granny & Grandad, Dad and I out to dinner to celebrate. Mum ordered a bottle of champagne and the waiter asked me if I wanted any and my reply “I’d rather have a babycham”. Mum was mortified, but everyone else laughed. Now I’d rather have the champagne.

  5. Hope you can find some Babycham somewhere.

    I’ll cheer you up a little more with a story:

    I can’t remember how old I was (but I was probably around 11 or 12), but Mum got a promotion at work and took my Granny & Grandad, Dad and I out to dinner to celebrate. Mum ordered a bottle of champagne and the waiter asked me if I wanted any and my reply “I’d rather have a babycham”. Mum was mortified, but everyone else laughed. Now I’d rather have the champagne.

  6. Hope you can find some Babycham somewhere.

    I’ll cheer you up a little more with a story:

    I can’t remember how old I was (but I was probably around 11 or 12), but Mum got a promotion at work and took my Granny & Grandad, Dad and I out to dinner to celebrate. Mum ordered a bottle of champagne and the waiter asked me if I wanted any and my reply “I’d rather have a babycham”. Mum was mortified, but everyone else laughed. Now I’d rather have the champagne.

  7. Great to hear you focusing on the positive things. We have had a bit of a rough time as well the past few weeks. We found that asking the boys to talk about 3 good things that happened. or made them feel special, has really helped!
    Keep up the good spirits!
    Cheers!

  8. The stockings are also a favorite part of my Christmas celebration. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So glad to hear you feel your fighting spirit is back! You go for it, girl!!

  9. Anne, I am so glad to hear that you are feeling more positive about things and I hope this Christmas is a happy time for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

    PS. For your Yankee readers, what is Babycham????

  10. I’m glad you’re feeling better ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always nice to do something for yourself…I always try to do that during the holidays! I hope that you have a fabulous Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, you have to tell us…what is Babycham?

  11. Anne, you’re going to outlast this bad streak! I think you have some good ideas for renewing your financial stash.
    Better days are on their way. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. So glad that you can still see things to be grateful for in all of this. You are such a strong, creative and giving person and I for one am so glad to know you and check in on your blog! Big hugs. Way to go doing up your own stocking this year – you deserve it! (I’ve been unable to comment on Beta blogs too lately, weird!)

  13. I was really sad to read about the tires you need for your car. You are such a strong person! Being able to turn this around and think of positive things to be thankful for each day is a true testament of your inner strength. I know you will come through it and better days will come to you. Best wishes and lots of hugs!!

  14. It’s great to see you trying to look on the brighter things! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your stocking idea sounds like a lot of fun. I haven’t had a stocking since my my D five years ago. I miss the Christmas traditions.

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