Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Rose, Bud and Thorn...& Ten Things of Thankful

I will start this list with number ten and work my way down to one because, well, I am convinced that gratitude only showed up in the past two days, however I can be wrong, and I am certain that  if I write … she will make herself known….

Ten - a wonderful quiet Sunday; soon I will make dinner for us, which will be a meal solely aimed at trying out a recipe for next week’s Super-Bowl, a feast of Supreme Nacho Grande, Guacamole, and potato skins. 
My goal is to feature these recipes during the week on my food blog, Mangia, Mangia…No Talk, which  is in dire need of being resuscitated back to life -  last time I wrote on it was November 2014 – it’s time folks, that I get serious with my many goals and dreams.

Nine – goes to a shopping spree for Miss Amelia at the  Mall  whom, by the way, used her own  money from Christmas - she was very confident of what she wanted and bought great items at Free People,  Victoria Secret ( she loves Pink)  and a kiosk selling hair accessories. 

Eight – Amelia’s desire and enthusiasm to learn.

Seven - A text I received on Friday…"Hi. Happy weekend. Are you busy? My kid misses your kids” my response, “my kids misses your kid too!” “We have nothing planned want to get together?”  I responded nothing happening on Sunday, birthday party on Saturday, we have to go to Target tonight, for gifts….” …."we have to go to Target too”  “great lets meet at Target then go to dinner”  “Perfect…he’ll be so happy.”
We met at Target, shopped, then went back to my house for pizza - kids hung out and grown- ups hung out too!  Spur of the moment plans always seem to work ----- that was my rose!

While we were eating pizza, my friend told us that  when they have dinner  they express their daily activities good, bad and future prospects as the “Rose” “Bud”, and the “Thorn”.  The Bud - is what you look forward to, the Rose or Flower is what made you happy during the day, and well the Thorn is exactly what it is - a thorn in your side kind of thing.  Mine was as follows; the bud is Saturday,   my rose is, spur of the moment plans with friends, and my thorn is … omg I cannot think of one because I am so elated that we are having pizza and a get together with you all.  LOL!

Six - The snow seems to be melting rather quickly, which is a good thing.

Five - It is light out when I leave the office – this is a thankful because Spring is not so far away.

Four - This saying that Laurie shared with me on Friday:

Three - Timehop - The other day I was reminded of this sweet face; along with knowing that he is such a good boy – growing into a good person and  a great young man. 

Two -    A talkative  Amelia… last night she opened up to me …telling me about stuff that was on her mind and sharing  some of the drama that attracts teen girls  - she made me laugh and by  laughing I hope she realized that we can talk any time, I’ll laugh, make faces, I’ll share my opinion but I won’t judge. Unless she gets hurt….she’s, number one!

Which leads me to number one - here’s honesty and something I don’t want to admit to, maybe a bit embarrassed too, however, also a proud moment; next week on Wednesday or Thursday I will be, three weeks clean – and rid of a pesky habit (legal of course) . That I had no business to begin six years ago, but  I did and  truthfully  it was not something that I did throughout the day  but rather  it was done  in the evening  when I came home from work, after dinner  and maybe  before bed….I’m done  and will not go back  - that is a promise.  
Whew, last week was a tough one….things transpired that are not in my control, but have a potential to change for me for the good or not,  yet I keep calm because like I said it’s not in my control…Nevertheless, I’ll keep doing what I do (everyday- during the day) and hope for the best. 

See I got to ten... the gratitude that was hidden, is out in the open ….enjoy the week.


  1. I think a spontaneous get-together is better than a planned one. So much stress removed by just saying "let's" and doing it. And anytime pizza is involved, it's a good thing.
    My daughter is a much more frugal shopper when she's spending her own money.
    I love TimeHop! I check it every morning before I get out of bed.
    Less than two months until spring!

  2. Love pizza and spur-of-the-moment plans that just seem to work out.
    Congrats on quitting and meeting goals.

  3. Spontaneous meeting is LOVELY and I'm so glad you had that to enjoy. Also that you were able to shop with your daughter, AND that she took you into her confidence suggests ou have a beautiful relationship and I hope it's one which sustains her as she grows up :)

    Congrats on kicking that habit :)

  4. You had me at supreme nacho grande. It sounds like a great week!

  5. I used to blog a lot of food and it does get a bit tedious, doesn't it? sometimes a break is just what you need. I'm glad your week picked up happily toward the weekend. Love the concept of the bud, rose and thorn. At our dinner table we discussed the best things that happened to us that day, but I like the greater discussion involved with the three. Have a good week.

  6. Congratulations on breaking your habit! No need to be embarrassed--we all have room for improvement. :-)

  7. mine is kicking sugar.
    how I admire you.
    we all have SOMETHING.
    and this is another wonderful inspiring post.
    and that james. my gosh. what a cutie. then and now.
    and even nicer... that they're both beautiful... INSIDE and out.
    but look who their mom is! and dad! XO♥


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