Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 377 – Thankful


“Be thankful for what you hve; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” 

Oprah Winfrey

Thank you, Spidey for reminding me to count my blessings.

right now, there is so much happening in the world, that is not right, that you could end up with a negative spin on your whole life.

The implications of a two-year-long pandemic, that isn’t fully over, from covid related health issues to unemployment, to other mental health issues that have arisen as a result of the two years of hell.; a war far away that is still at the forefront of all our minds, as it still affects each and every one of us; the cost of living rising to the extent that some of us are having to choose between feeding our families or paying household bills; joke governments who aren’t doing anything practical to help their countries, but going from scandal to scandal instead.

Doesn’t sound great, does it?

However, we all have things in our life that, if we look carefully, we can be grateful about. I sat and made a list. These are but a few, but here’s what I came up with.

  • A roof over our heads – and it was exactly a year yesterday that we moved into this forever home. If it hadn’t been for the pandemic, we may not have ever been able to afford this property, so thank you for that! The moving day itself was hell, and those of you who have been following me a while may remember the awful moving day we had with a terrible seller… but look where we are now!
  • Our health – yes, I can feel age creeping up on me, and yes, I do silly things to injure myself but above all else, we are a healthy family, and that is a huge thing to be thankful for.
  • A job I love – it may be a hard one, and the responsibility of helping all these children to patch up the experiences they missed over the last two years, lays heavy on every teacher, but even though it is tough, I wouldn’t change it (Except, I’d scrap Ofsted… that I would change!) A steady income is also something to be hugely grateful for since so many are struggling out there. Even with what we earn, we are feeling the pinch, so to know many others are worse off, makes me appreciate what we have, more, and want to help where I can, more, too.
  • My family, including my fur baby, Sonu Singh – sure, they can be hard work, but I wouldn’t be here without my parents, my Hubby Dearest who loves unconditionally, and I wouldn’t change my moody teens for anything. Sonu Singh, and his feline love, is extra special, too!
  • A publishing deal – who knew that my book baby would pique the interest of a publisher to the extent that they offered me a three-book deal? And Marriage Unarranged is officially re-released under their banner on Monday 6th June, in less than 10 days! OMG!

See, these are all big things, and there are lots of little things, too, like having a beautiful garden, steady internet access, books to read, a computer that works…

Lucky. Lucky and thankful, that’s me, today, and every day.

So, have a think and tell me, what are you thankful for?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Thankful

“This time two years ago, I was involved in a huge car accident, writing off my car and getting stretchered off the motorway; one year ago, I fell and injured my arm, nearly fracturing my elbow and getting signed off work for two weeks; this year, I am sufficing with migraines… Next year, I aim to be healthy – thankful I’m here to remember the past and plan for the future.”

Ritu 2019

Written for Linda’s #1LinerWeds prompt.


The Sunshine Blogger Award – Art by Rob Goldstein

Thank you so much, Dearest Rob, for nominating me for this award! I have received it before, so as thanks, I am reblogging it!

But, I do like answering questions… so here are my answers!

Why do you blog?

I blog because I enjoy writing, and it fuels my creativity to read what others write too.

What most frustrates you about blogging?

Nothing as such, but I just wish I had more time!

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I LOVE the interaction with others, and the connections with people across this world of ours.

How do you define success?

In my eyes, success is being satisfied with what you have, fulfilling your goals and feeling at peace.

What is the one thing you most want from your followers?

My followers are wonderful. I couldn’t ask for more from them! But if they want to give more, I always welcome comments!

What is the one thing you most want to give the people you follow.

Support for their writing 🙂 We all have an opinion, and a certain style, and they should all be applauded!

How do you define the difference between positive and negative criticism?

Criticism is all good, as long as you label it constructive!

How do you deal with moments when a blogger you like posts something you don’t like?

If need be, I’ll scroll on. They are entitled to post whatever they want.

Is your blog a journal, a literary experiment, performance art or none of that?

A total mish-mash of all of the above, kind of like me!

What is success as a blogger?

To me, it’s gone beyond figures and stats, which initially it was all about. Success for me, is to get positive feedback on my posts, seeing posts appreciated and shared, and if I am able to help even one person with a post, I’ll be happy!

By your definition, do you consider yourself successful?

I feel that I am successful in my blogging journey. Despite a blogging hiatus, I have still maintained my followers, and notifications have been acted upon. Getting a welcome back from my readers shows, to me, that I was missed, and appreciated!

Source: The Sunshine Blogger Award – Art by Rob Goldstein

Gee Thanks! #ThankfulThursday

Okay, so I might not had shouted it from the rooftops (or did I?), but you may, or may not, know that I was nominated for Best Overall Blogger, at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards this year.

Voting has now closed, so no amount of canvassing for support will change the outcome that is announced on May 19th at the Bash… Eeeeek!

(Did you get your ticket? Are you coming? Did you want to? Click here to get your tickets!)

But it was a lovely surprise to open a mail from Hugh on the Committee, with a shiny new badge to add to the widgets that run down the side of my blog!


That is firmly placed now, and I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to those of you who nominated me in the first place and those of you who voted for bloggers that were up for the awards.

I’m not a winner yet, but that is not the point. Being nominated is the biggest blessing.

And even if I wasn’t up for an award, I would be there, because it is the most amazing event, getting to meet and mingle with blog pals of old, and new ones too!

Image result for daddy pig

In the immortal words of Daddy Pig, “It’s not the winning that matters, it’s the taking part that counts! Snort!” (Ooh okay, and Paul (Bear) Bryant!)

So, there it is, a thankful thought for this , what looks to be sunny Thursday morning!

Now to go practice that speech, and decide on cakes!!!!

One-Liner Wednesday & #JusJoJan Day 24- #1LinerWeds – Count Your Blessings

“Count your blessings, not your eggs.” – Ritu

Sometimes we spend far too much time, getting excited over what may come to pass, rather than sitting back and appreciating what we already have.

Take time out today to be thankful for that roof over your head, that meal in front of you, the clothes and shoes keeping your warm and dry…

Be grateful that you can read, and write, that you have a voice that is listened to…

Appreciate the people in your life, the support network you already have…

Think about your blessings, and thank God/the Universe for what you have.

Peace out Peeps!

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge and #JusJoJan.

Previous Older Entries

My interactive peeps!

%d bloggers like this: