Thursday, December 9, 2010

My happy list.

I'm struggling today.
The crazy rains of the past few weeks have made such a mess of our farm and our plans for this season. At the moment it looks like we might not be able to plant a vegie crop this year, our orchards that a week ago were laden with gorgeous looking fruit, have been horribly mutilated by the warm wet, fungal loving tropical conditions and garlic beds that should be drying out and feeling the warmth of summer are instead sitting in water. Our driveway and various other farm structures have been washed down the creek and just when we thought we'd had it all, the locusts have been flying in this morning and making them selves at home.

I feel guilty for feeling bad though. There are so many out there so worse off than me. So many that make my list seem insignificant.

So I'm not going to give into it today.
Instead I'm going to write my happy list. No order. Just a ramble of things as they come to me.
If this is something you feel like doing too, let me know so I can come and visit.

Ok, here goes:
Indi at home today, my gorgeous farmer boy, olive dip on toast, cherries, knitting, friends who get it, Jazzy graduating from reading recovery, colouring books that entertain and challenge, Ravelry, embroidered table cloths, Pepper's imagination, Jazzy's princessy dress sense, how fast my new iPhone is, warm baths, fun packages in the mail, stripey socks, less than a week until school holidays, baking a cake for the boys' lunch, coffee, hand painted yarn, Indi feeling better, Jazzy's dancing, family, health, love, a whole tub of textas that work, inspiration, my girls, Friday Night Lights season 4, Indi's duck eggs business, blog comments, Emily's car park, Hairspray, my little shop, broad beans, a warm dry house, opportunities, licorice, my kids' art work, wooden buttons, Liam's latest idea - crispy beer battered locusts...

I could keep on going, it has really made me feel better to focus on the good instead of the crapola but the boys are coming in for lunch.

Have a happy day!
See ya!

55 comments:

  1. Hasn't the rain been just too much! Sorry to hear the farm is suffering from it ..... let hope the sun comes breaking thru for you soon!!

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  2. Oh no - cannot believe the amount of rain you have had over there and we have all had another year of drought. Hope is stops and dries out soon.

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  3. Our summer over here in the States has was the same way. All rain and slugs eating the veggies up. Hope it clears up soon for you.

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  4. I am going to write a list this afternoon and blog it. Great way to remeber the good stuff :)

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  5. Excellent idea to blog the good stuff. Just last night we were saying that we need start thinking about all of the opportunities at this time of our life, not the possible disasters that may or may not happen if we take risks and/or just enjoy what comes along. It's time for the crapola to be evicted!! Hope you have a good day too! Nic

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  6. Kate, it's hard to imagine the mess, and I'm so sorry. The first picture of this post sure did make me smile tho; I have those same pens, I love Holly Hobby (always have), and that pile of crochet flowers looks gorgeous! Top of my happy list: snow!

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  7. You lovely inspiring girl. I just realised I must subscribe to the farm blog too so I can read about things like Indi's duck eggs (made me a bit teary!).

    Just some things on my good things list are Miss A's team netball runners up, the boys lovely soccer team celebrating thier last game with popcorn and sunnyboy ice blocks last night, sourdough starter bubbling, anniversary with lovely boy, seeing my lovely family at Christmas, lovely neighbours at streetparty, lovely blog friends and endless inspiration they provide. Too many lovelies but you get the point :-)

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  8. I am just gong to ignore all the crappy stuff and say how muc I love the duck eggs and wish we weren't so busy on sat (caleb's big birthday bash) I would so be out there, even though I have no idea what to do with them! And how much do I love Friday night lights, so excited. I am talking in permanent texas style in preperation and I just want to give Matt a big cuddle - do you feel like that too?

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  9. Oh Kate what a bummer about the farm and locusts arent really what anyone needs are they. I love the rain but it is so much at the moment. I do hope things dry out over xmas and you can get something out of it. I have to say your positive outlook always makes me happy. Is that a Holly Hobby swap card. I was just looking at those at The Lark shop and thought perhaps they would be a great pressie for a 9 yr old here as my sister and I used to love them when we were younger. I dont quite know what happened to them. Hope you get some sunshine today!

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  10. I'm so sorry about all the rain damage! I hope the happy list grows and the crappy list shrinks.
    We missed you last night. Even Nova came!!
    Chag sameach.
    Andi xx

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  11. Crossing my fingers for you. Reading about the duck eggs has made me happy! What an ace kid!

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  12. Such awesome reframing. You are tops. xx

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  13. Good on you, I love your happy list! I had a bit of a rant last week & then felt so terrible to watch the news & see what other people are having to live through at the moment. Thanks for the reminder to count my blessings just as we to head into the craziest time of year xx

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  14. I hope your list cheers you up - uch lovely things to balance life as it it right now.

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  15. thats a big wonderful rainbow-laden list..i'm going to write one too x

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  16. Yes Mother nature has a freaky sense of humor!!!
    I hope that the lemons lifes throwing at you,You figure a way to make lemonade!

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  17. I have never seen your blog before (i am enjoying it very much now), and was very touched with your entry for today. Of course I cannot directly relate to your situation not living on a farm (although, being a city girl i have always dreamed of it!), but i do understand what it is to suffer. its is universal, yes?
    this verse helps me, maybe you too?

    Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth far more than many sparrows. - Matthew 10:29-31

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  18. Sending you love in all that's going on for you. Both lists, the good and the tough, are powerful to read. Thanks for the positive inspiration. It's something we can all reach for, whatever our situation is.

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  19. that's so terrible about the fruit and the driveway and everything! horrible horrible weather!!!
    glad you have such a nice long list of happy things though!
    xoxox

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  20. I reckon the crispy beer battered locust notion has LEGS. Wishing you all DRY. x

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  21. Sorry to hear about all the crappy stuff but I love all the things on the good stuff list. I hope it's made you feel better. xx

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  22. Oh man Kate, that sounds like absolute crap! I hope it's the end of the rain for you all, you've had enough for a whole year by the sounds of it.

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  23. What a beautiful list!
    Sending lots of hugs from us over here.
    Its so hard when there is nothing you can do about things like the weather.
    XXJ

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  24. I have always felt deeply for our farmers, mother nature is always throwing a few curve ball out there to challenge you. But as you have shown, there is so much to be greatful for, no matter what the current circumstances. Wishing you and your family all the best for this festive season. xx

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  25. I'm so sorry to hear how bad things are for you on the farm. Let's hope that things dry out soon & that those pesky locusts drop off the face of the earth!

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  26. Three words- YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!
    sending you love and many hugs xoxo

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  27. Hey Kate, sorry to hear about the rain damage, we had 5 inches in little over an hour. Apart from a flooded a garage and a leak in the bathroom , above the window.....! we got away with no damage, but roads and bridges etc. are out of action.
    It's life, ups and downs, but we can always find things to be happy about, we just have to look a little harder.
    3 cheers for reading recovery, I know how much it helped my son. Beer battered locusts with a sweet chilli dip, yummo.
    Wishing you sunshine and smiles

    Claire X

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  28. Hugs - life on the land can be so rewarding and then such a disappointment. Love that you can see the good in what is happening around you. Hugs, thinking of you.

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  29. oh my, what a mess this rain is causing!
    sorry to hear you are feeling like this, I am glad your happy list has made you smile, it's a great one!
    many hugs to you lovely girl, I'll try & get a list happening tonight..fingers crossed for children behaving.

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  30. I'm so sorry you are going through such a hard time. You're so right we really need to keep our faces turned towards the sun and not loose sight of the bright and beautiful in our lives.

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  31. So sorry you have not been feeling brilliantly lately, but your post is beautiful, so many things to be grateful for.
    Hoping you feel much better soon,
    Kate


    ps// I am having a giveaway on my blog you might like, too.

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  32. Coming from a agricultural family,I can so understand the damage the excess or lack of rain can cause.Its nice to know that you are staying positive through all this with your lovely happy list.Hugs

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  33. Kate,
    i am so sorry that you are doing it really tough at the moment, i hope the sun shines on you and your beautiful farm very soon. No more plagues.

    I have you to thank for 2 very VERY happy children. My Red headed hurricane wants to know HOW you knew caravans are his favourite thing!!! We just got ours. My girl wants to know how you knew PINK and frilly is her FAVOURITE too. Thank you they are fabulous screen printed tops. We all love them. My boy wants to wear his EVERYDAY.
    Deb
    xxxxx

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  34. list done, thanks for reminding me of the little things that make me happy.
    hugs lovely girl & promise to have a picnic together during summer.


    p.s you are the loveliest

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  35. Loved reading your happy list, Kate, and I really do love that cute little 'Holly Hobby' tag! xxx

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  36. Hoping the rain stops soon and the sun dries out your crops a bit.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, I have added you to my blog roll. x

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  37. Great post, lovely lady.

    Good to know that you can still see the sunshine through the rain, so to speak.... but I hope you see more sunshine and less rain soon, regardless.

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  38. Very sorry to read the devastation the rain has caused. We also had a very wild few weeks up here...and apparently more to come...
    You are such an inspiration to be able to see happy thoughts.Wishing you that it will get better soon and enjoy those little happy things!xx

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  39. Sorry to hear about how the weather has really affected your livelihood. A farmer's life - at times like these I can't imagine how dispiriting it must be...

    But, wow, your happy list actually made ME feel really happy just reading it. So thank you! And I really hope that things improve weather wise.

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  40. This happy list is a brilliant idea - just read Cathie's. Need to be in better places, at least in our heads - are these called coping strategies ;)

    I know where you are at with this weird weather - our fennel crop has just bolted - baby fennel anyone ?

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  41. A Happy List is a brillian idea. Even though You are facing some tough stuff, you can still think about others that may be less fortunate, which is further evidence of your big heart. We all need a reminder of the simple things in life that can bring joy - think i need my own happy list!

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  42. YOu are awesome Kate. Such a great outlook on life. I hope that things get back on track for you sooner rather than later.

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  43. Our farmers sure do it tough, never a happy medium.
    But thoughts like yours are what seems to get you/them through - Fantastic!!!
    No way I could do it - so I am always amazed at your/their resilient nature

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  44. What a great list - I especially love the last item on the list ! Oh, and Hairspray! Love it ! Thankyou for reminding us that what is just a bit of unseasonal annoyance in the city, this rain is causing real problems for our farmers. I hope it lets up and you can achieve your goals.
    Have a great weekend enjoying the things that make you happy.
    Dee x

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  45. I wish we could share the weather...=p
    we have the worse drought in history here this year, very very sad. They sat though that it will be rainy and stormy for the first time this year at Saturday, so maybe ya'll have it better by then.
    xo
    stay HAPPY

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  46. i could use a happy list. might get onto it this arvo. love your list. add beer with the beer battered locusts and i'm there. the crappy weather is a bit hard to take when it just makes a big muddy mess of everything. the sun will shine on your little farm if only because you deserve it

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  47. saying hi because blog comments is on your happy list. My goodness it's sometimes true what they say... when it rains it pours! My cheecky little brother would say 'Chins up' Margret (as if I had a double chin) I think you're doing a great job of that.

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  48. Hope the sun came out and dried up all the rain ... and incy wincy spider .. etc. :-) love your list!

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  49. Noooo, not locusts as well??

    "Keep your chin up" my dear-old-dad would have said. Easier said than done though.

    Love your Happy List Kate.

    x

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  50. Hi Kate! I have just discovered your blog through Sarah at Oesh & Doots. I love it! I am new to the blogging world and started my own wee one this year.... I will endeavour to make a happy list too today and hope you can visit! xo Rachael

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  51. Awww beautiful happy list. I will have to make one in the morning and join along. It's late and I am waiting for hubby to walk through the door any minute. I should be shaving my legs or something but I finally have time to catch up on blogs lol....

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  52. It is people like you that inspire others and make the world beautiful. Your attitude shows true character, understanding and love of life! Good for you and your entire family for recognizing what you have and not what you no longer have. You have so generously pointed out that there are others out there worse off. You will be blessed two fold in life and actually I think you have been seeing photos of you and your family.

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