Lets see, what's made me smile this week? Well, a while back I won a giveaway over at Cameron's for one of her hand painted rocks. I said that I'd give it to Devvie because it was the week of her birthday. Well, it arrived this week - but that's not what made me smile (although it did.) No, selfishly - the thing that made me smile, a lot, was the teeny tiny extra rock that Cam did for me because she knew I was giving the deer away. Nestled in amongst some stash and stationary (also so very me) was a little crow on a smooth, oh so handleable, stone. Isn't it gorgeous? Thank you Cam.
Craig. Urban Forager extraordinaire. Sat here chuckling. I googled earlier to see if "Skip Diver" was an actual term. It is. The UK version of Dumpster Diving! And the wiki page explained to me all about Urban Foragers. I love it - that tickles me so much! I am imagining sending Craig out on expeditions with a spear in the future - if nowt else I might have to make him a badge! But anyway - for weeks he's been telling me NO! We will not fork out for an inferior piece of wood for my desk in the shed. Give him time. He will find the perfect piece in a skip. He just needs to find the perfect skip. He, Man. He can sense where to look! (Actually my Mum had wicked "Urban Foraging" skills - ah, if only I could tell her! She would feel so redeemed! My Grandad used to just call her a scavenger.) Getting to my actual point - he came home on Friday - Victorious. He'd found that skip. Cue angels chorus and light shining upon it...
Gorgeous piece of kitchen sideboard - thicker than what we've actually got in our own kitchen. 4 foot long. Heavy as a... well, a flipping heavy thing. I can't lift it. He's carried this home, in the rain! What can I say? He was right. I'll repeat - Urban Forager Extraordinaire :) Love that man!
Devvie gave me the birthday present she had been working on this week. It's mixed media on a roughly A4 sized piece of ply wood. Love it, my picture doesn't show up all the little details very well. Isn't it gorgeous?
This girl. Ah, but we are butting heads at the moment. Since she turned 5 it's like she's pushing every button to see how far she can go. Teachers say she's a delight at school. A hard worker - can't do enough to help teachers, other children... an angel. Comes home and it's like a switch flips the moment she steps through the door. There are moments when I spy my baby - and I know they all go through it. I remember with her older sisters... just don't remember it this bad. I know, I know this is a phase and will pass... which is why moments like these are so precious. When she sits, totally focussed, in the zone with her paints... (Not knowing Mum is behind capturing this rare calm in the storm.)
A few other little smiles...
- I won £10 on the (free to play) Birthday Lottery - that's going in the pot towards a book I'm saving for.
- An almost whole week of pretty decent weather (if we discount my getting caught in a hail stone shower - without a coat!)
- Silver crow being spotted near our house, foraging for bugs
- Tree's in our road suddenly exploding with white blossom. Looks lovely.
- Blue cheese toasties (Again, I know - but they are yum!)
- Early nights, in bed by 10pm. Craig says we're like pensioners but it's nice going up, maybe reading for a bit. Who cares eh?
It's in my head that I'm forgetting lots but will sign off now. I hope you've had lots of smiles and positives this week. If so, why not drop by Virginia's and join in?