Saturday, May 14, 2011

this saturday i'm grateful for... lovely giveaways

I'm finding that time is running away from me. I don't get a chance to stop and smell the roses.

Last night, when I sat down to think about what I was grateful for, Blogger was down. Also, it was difficult to find things to be grateful for. Because a dear friend lost his life yesterday. He was just a little bit older than my husband. Damn cancer. It's become Everyone's Disease. I don't want to sound impatient, but why isn't there a cure yet?

Perhaps it is even more important to look for the grateful on weeks such as these. And somewhere in it all, I was able to find sunshine in the form of...
  1. Lovely giveaways. There's nothing more sweet than a large package on your doorstep filled with blogger love, especially after hearing such sad news. In all my life, I've not won a thing. Yet in the past two months since entering a few of my favourite bloggers giveaways, luck has it that I've benefitted twice. And the package at my door? A beautiful hand-made cushion, made with love, from Naturally Carol as a result of her Royal Wedding Giveaway (pictured above). Thank you Carol for your incredible talent, some of which now sits on my bed.
  2. Love, confirmed. On Monday, Hubby and I flew to Sydney for a work colleague/friend's wedding. It's was such a beautiful (chilly) day! Our friends were married in a park stockyard overlooking some of the north shore. And it was so fitting seeing our friend loves his horses! The roughness of the stockyard was tamed by his classy, beautiful bride. And aren't weddings a wonderful time to remember your own wedding vows too?
  3. Modern kitchen assistant. For Mother's Day, my husband bought me the King of Kitchen Help - a thermomix. Now, if you haven't heard about one of these incredible machines, you have to see it for yourself to believe it. A blender, kitchen aid, breadmaker, ice cream maker, steamer, scales, saucepan all in one. It's literally like another person in the kitchen. And since its delivery on Thursday, it's hard to leave the kitchen, I'm that inspired.
Despite how hard the week might have been for you, what can you find to be grateful for?


  1. wow to the thermomix! i've never really wanted one but that might be because i could never justify the cost - not sure.

    weddings have a way of making you look back on your own marriage and well for me at least, reminds me why i fell in love with Guv in the first place.

    and *yay* to giveways! i'm currently hosting my first one on my blog - it's exciting!


  2. oh Kym, giving you a virtual hug to you - such sadness when someone leaves us! but i'm spirited by your attitude!! Yes, sometimes in the darkness we have to imagine the light. i love your gratefuls and i have been secretly coveting a thermomix, so i will be very interested to see your rating of it!!!

    i hope your day and weekend has been filled with cooking and cheerfulness from your boys!
    b xx

  3. What a mixed bag for you this week. Any life cut short is so terribly sad. Hope you're having a lovely weekend and cooking up a storm with that Thermomix!!

  4. The thermomix sounds intimidating. And I am envious of the gift you got from Carol. I wish I live there so I can participate and win something from her too ;-)

    My deepest sympathies also for the lost of a dear friend ;-(

  5. Hugs to you and your husband on the loss of a dear friend.

    I lost a loving dear friend 2 months ago to same mitotic fiend.

    Wee bit jealous about the thermomix. Have walked by and lusted for some months now. Enjoy.

    jill x

  6. Oh Kymmie - what a tough week you've had. I am fully with you regarding your impatience with a cure for cancer. It just seems wrong ... and to see someone you love suffer is heartbreaking. I wish I could say something to make things easier for you.

    And thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog. I really appreciate it :) I'd certainly have voted for you as a Kids Spot top 50 too. It's really hard to find time to balance everything out - as I'm finding out myself at the moment.

    And now I have to go and find out some more about your new kitchen aide ..... sounds so impressive!!

  7. Even at the death of a friend you have something to be grateful for... grateful that they lived and that their life involved you!

  8. Sorry about your friend Kymmie. x

  9. Oh babe - I'm so sorry to hear this...
    I'm so glad you could stop and find something to be grateful for in your own life this week - so hard when we're grieving and angry at the damn injustice of it all...
    lots of hugs to you

  10. I am so sorry to read of the passing of your friend. Far too soon. I sympathise with your impatience about the lack of cure xoxox
    Now, this thermomix sounds amazing. Why have I not heard of it???

  11. p.s. Thank you SO much for your vote! xx

  12. Hi Kymmie..thank you for liking that cushion, I am glad it arrived to cheer you up a little. It is so sad when disease claims a special life.
    I have never heard of a thermomix..I am intrigued by it's versatility..must check one out.

  13. Oh, I'd love one of Carol's cushions. You are so lucky.

  14. I seriously have kitchen appliance envy. A thermomix!!!

  15. I've heard about these thermomix's - you'll have to do a review on the blog with some photos cause I just don't quite get how they work.

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Look after yourself.

  16. Sorry about your friend. My granddad also lost his battle with cancer. I'm curious with the thermomix (googling now). And we are also lucky to own one of Carol's cushion! Loving your photo (hair wind blown) at your Fancy Pants post too. And it's true about the weather being way too chilly too early! Dreading the gas bill...

  17. So sad about your friend, Kymmie. It seems like such a bloody waste... there HAS to be a reason for that. There has to be.

    On a brighter note, please do a post on that Kitchen thingymajig as soon as you can. Veeery interested... x

  18. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Kymmie. We met friends in Kings Park today to celebrate the birthday of our friend Simon who passed six weeks ago.
    Thinking of you x

  19. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. We were recently in Sydney for a funeral for Mr. Rugby's uncle - cancer also. Bastard of a disease.

    Meanwhile, I'm glad you have found some things to be thankful for! I've heard wonderful things about the Thermomix - my sister wants to buy us one for a wedding gift....I'll stay tuned for your reviews of it...and all the fabulous things you cook with it!

  20. That's a really good question; why isn't there a cure yet.


Thank you for your thoughtful and positive words and taking the time to comment. Love Kymmie. xx