Hello everyone. This week's been going pretty good. I think I need to remember to focus on the positive things instead of thinking about the negative stuff. I'm loving this painting and I have it on my mobile as my background wallpaper. It was originally painted by Roberto Ferruzzi and called "Madonnina" in 1897. It was somehow re-painted but I think it's really lovely. My friend has the same in a huge frame at her place. It reminds me that we are all like Mary and that our children will always need us. It is a unique relationship that cannot be replicated by a father figure and the opposite is the same. The mother cannot be the 'father'. So I go about my day trying to behave just as caring and kind as I can to everyone. It's not easy and I was disappointed a few times this week.
A school who would normally provide my St Vincent de Paul Conference Christmas Hampers have decided to raise funds for another charity that they work with. I don't have any problem with this except that I was not notified and when I received the letter I was shocked, surprised and hurt. Anyway, it took a good sleep overnight for me to get over it and write a letter expressing my disappointment and then after a day, they replied saying they would still collect for us but the amount would be smaller. Ok then, disaster averted. I hope. I prayed.
Second disappointment came from a work colleague who forgot to mention they were going to a meeting and wouldn't be having our usual ritual of getting coffee together. Never mind, I made the coffee and it still tasted good.
So, as I reflect on this I think: "There could be worse things that could happen to me. Get over it."
It's been storming overnight and I really feel like this today. It's a wonderful and aromatic beef Vietnamese noodle soup called "Pho" - pronounced "Fer" for all those who are very curious and pronounce it "Fo". Ooh the lovely thin rice noodles, swimming around in a perfectly balanced soup which has star anise and other secret ingredients with either are or cooked beef on top and spring onions. I'm drooling right now. I wish I could make it at home but it never ever turns out the same. I need to track down a recipe for this. There's a guy in Vietnam who makes this in the wee hours of the morning so it's ready for his customers by daylight. All restaurants make their own special recipe so they all taste different. We go to the Lidcombe Catholic Club as they have a restaurant who makes this and it is cheap and delicious (pictured bowl of Pho).
I think I'll just stick to something I know. Tomorrow we will have waffles. The kids spread Nutella over theirs. I love mine with Nutella and topped with strawberries and bananas. Mmmmmm. At least I can leave it in the waffle maker (I got from Big W for $15) unlike having to wait near a pan and flip pancakes.
This was taken from my bedroom last night at approx. 11pm, right before a huge flash of lighting was in the sky surprised me as I opened my curtain. It's clearing up today and I am really ready for the weekend. I think we'll be doing a bit of shopping, cleaning and enjoying time together. Maybe even try to squeeze in some shorts making??? Who knows what creative juices may flow.
Have a safe one!