Thursday, 28 February 2013

1071-1080

1071. Home-based days.
1072. The end of the month.
1073. A cleaning challenge.
1074. A gentle afternoon.
1075. A fourth consecutive night without sedation.
1076. "No Matter What."
1077. Old photographs.
1078. Cupboards with doors which actually close.
1079. Compliments from my daughter.
1080. Quiet evenings.

Tia

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

1061 - 1070

1061. Honesty.
1062. Phone call catch ups.
1063. New meds.
1064. A third night in a row without chloral hydrate.
1065. A butter dish.
1066. Cotswold villages.
1067. Crooked smiles.
1068. Facebook.
1069. Feeling my child relax as I take the time to cuddle her.
1070. Flea spray.

Tia

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

1051-1060

1051. Blackberry and pear crumble
1052. With pistachios.
1053. And custard.
1054. Beef pie.
1055. A crowded rowdy table of friends.
1056. Pam and George who open their house to us.
1057. A childhood with space to just be me.
1058. Memories.
1059. God my Anchor.
1060. A second night in a row without chloral hydrate.

Tia

Monday, 25 February 2013

1031-1050

1031. Sweet smelling laundry liquid.
1032. Unlimited water.
1033. Space to hang several loads of laundry all at once.
1034. Sufficient clothing and bedding to fill several washing machines.
1035. Friends with slightly larger children.
1036. Fleecy pyjamas.
1037. A cleaner who is an expert bedmaker.
1038. The luxury of a clean fresh bed, with pillows and throw smoothed to perfection by said cleaner.
1039. Cats to supervise my sleep.
1040. Telephones which don't need to be kept plugged in so can be stuffed under pillows.
1041. A lonely daffodil, bringing hope to our back garden.
1042. A Christmas tree, which appears to have survived being uprooted and brought inside.
1043. Whoever mysteriously came and cleared away a load or two of leaves from my front garden.
1044. More options for treating epilepsy.
1045. Spare wheelchair covers.
1046. Catching up with friends who moved away a generation ago.
1047. Guides in thoughtful mode.
1048. Guides in playful mode, swimming across the church hall on chairs (don't ask me how!)
1049. People who care, passionately, about people and causes and making things better.
1050. Vet nurses.

Tia

Saturday, 23 February 2013

1021-1030

1021. Kind shop assistants.
1022. Happy teenagers.
1023. Competent workmen.
1024. Snowflakes.
1025. Mobile phones.
1026. Respite care staff who really care.
1027. Technology.
1028. Prayer.
1029. Love
1030. Communication.
Tia

Friday, 22 February 2013

1011-1020

1011. Doctors... Jay
1011. McShane
1012. Hitchcock
1013. Kundi
1014. Grant
1015. Buckingham
1016. Theologis
1017. Fairbanks
1018. Shaw
1019. Haden
1020. Willets

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

1001-1010

1001. Carpet cleaner (sorry, couldn't resist).
1002. Tea strainers.
1003. Savoury scones.
1004. Caf├ęs with wobbly tables.
1005. Picture windows.
1006. Time with friends.
1007. Shockable teenagers.
1008. Laughing too hard to walk properly.
1009. Trouble-free family evenings.
1010. Binary.
Tia

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

991-1000

991. A house of sleep.
992. Super snuggly bedclothes.
993. Quiet peaceful household noises.
994. Breathtakingly cold sunshine with rising mist on fields.
995. Crocuses.
996. A good reality moment.
997. Friends who understand the shortcuts in life conversations.
998. New hope around us.
999. Healthy debate.
1000. Jehovah Jireh.
Tia

Monday, 18 February 2013

981-990

981. Unexpected conversations.
982. The end of the holidays.
983. An empty laundry pile.
984. Warm radiators to dry it all.
985. A news-free day. So much calmer without the Today Programme.
986. Forgotten chocolate.
987. All our neighbours.
988. The moment when sobbing turns to sleeping.
989. Traceable meat.
990. Precious signs of Spring.
Tia

Sunday, 17 February 2013

971-980

971. Cousins who make the effort to call in even when we don't return the favour.
972. Grandparents who wash up.
973. Degreasing sprays.
974. Compassion.
975. Really rather tasty chocolate cake.
976. Clear skies.
977. Diversity.
978. The local feline appreciation society.
979. Half term holiday survived.
980. (shhh) A reduction in seizures.

Tia

Saturday, 16 February 2013

961-970

961. Friendly staff in local shops.
962. Second and third cousins with chocolate.
963. A daughter who can crack eggs,
964. Mix cake batters,
965. Hoover,
966. Feed her big sister,
967. And write long shopping lists.
968. Living somewhere where it is impossible, and potentially illegal, to walk to the shops without bumping into at least one familiar person.
969. Friends and neighbours who forgive how literal that bumping into can be sometimes.
970. New scouring pads.
Tia

Friday, 15 February 2013

951-960

951. Knowing the One who knows all the answers.
952. A nearly 8 year old who nearly swam alone today.
953. A carpet free house.
954. The honesty of small children.
955. Unexpected generosity of opinion.
956. Peacefully semi busy days.
957. A variety of different painkillers.
958. Silly jokes.
959. Farmer's markets with farmers selling their own meat.
960. The hope of lie-ins.

Tia

Thursday, 14 February 2013

941-950

941. L m Montgomery.
942. Georgette Heyer.
943. Frances Hodgson Burnett.
944. Kindles.
945. Time off.
946. Craft shops.
947. Watching a small girl giggle because the sentence she had just read all by herself was a really funny one.
948. A bigger child finally sleeping without chloral hydrate.
949. Plans from doctors.
950. Confirmation that I have respite for the nights I plan to be away.
Tia

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

931-940

931. Painless outpatients appointments.
932. Sympathetic security staff.
933. Read-it-yourself bedtime stories.
934. Snow heavy enough to make Oxford pretty, slushy enough not to settle.
935. A daughter independent enough to operate shop lifts by herself, when they are too small for two girls' wheelchairs.
936. Walking into a bookshop, and leaving with actual books, not notebooks and stickers.
937. Waterproof shoes.
938. Warm gloves.
939. Windproof coats.
940. Milk chocolate with nuts in.

Tia

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

921-930

921. Clear roads south.
922. Easily entertained children.
923. Plans to meet again in the not too distant future.
924. Forgiving cats.
925. Gritters.
926. A new pancake pan.
927. Frozen pancake batter.
928. Relatively painless unpacking.
929. Sorting out troubles before the sun goes down.
930. Perfect peace for troubled minds.
Tia

Monday, 11 February 2013

911-920

911. Hug attacks.
912. Multiple child pile ups.
913. Accessible tree houses.
914. With rope bridges.
915. And twinkly tree lights.
916. And cakes.
917. Clean cold crisp February days.
918. Aconites.
919. Snowdrops.
920. And willow mazes (today's ten brought to you courtesy of Alnwick Gardens).

Tia

Sunday, 10 February 2013

901-910

901. Barbecue chicken and sweetcorn.
902. Apple and plum crumble.
903. Toddler babble.
904. Imi and Leroy holding hands in church.
905. The joy on a child's face realising we didn't go home in the night.
906. "I am going to my room by myself to think about my 'haviour."
907. Ramps.
908. Lifts.
909. Helpful teens opening doors.
910. Summer plans.

Tia

Saturday, 9 February 2013

891-900

891. Empty roads.
892. Patient children.
893. Shared taste in music, making it possibly to drive for five hours on one cd.
894. Beautiful countryside.
895. Really long tunnels.
896. Help unloading the bus.
897. Friends with space for us.
898. The joy of children celebrating their friendship.
899. Four sleeping children.
900. Really comfy guest beds.
Tia

Friday, 8 February 2013

881-890

881. Company.
882. Kick your shoes off and curl up in a chair company.
883. Comfort.
884. School discos.
885. Bedtime snuggles.
886. Bedtime reading, slowly becoming a shared effort.
887. A cat who knows he is king.
888. Leftovers.
889. Familiarity.
890. Tradition.
Tia

Thursday, 7 February 2013

871-880

871. Tambourines.
872. Shared grief.
873. Sibling love.
874. God the Alpha and Omega.
875. Egg sandwiches with pumpkinseed bread.
876. Appropriate inappropriateness.
877. Freedom in faith.
878. Hazard warning lights.
879. Beauty in brokenness.
880. Hugs.
Tia

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

861-870

861. Small local shops.
862. Friendly faces.
863. Prawn crackers.
864. The fact that every day does, eventual end.
865. And that night does, always, turn into a new day again.
866. Sour cream cupcake cheesecakes.
867. Roots.
868. New friends.
869. Texts from my niece.
870. A God whose arms are open.

Tia

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

851-860

851. Encouragement.
852. Kindliness.
853. Truth.
854. The ability to love people
855. And to see through flaws to the people they were created to be.
856. And to know they are doing the same.
857. Paragraphs in books which turn the world on its head.
858. A visiting vicar, who can take knotty complications and cut through the confusion with a few simple words.
859. A God who sent his Son, not to condemn the world, but to save it.
860. Such love.

Tia

Monday, 4 February 2013

841-850

841. Speech.
842. Conversation.
843. Communication.
844. Connections.
844. New treatment options.
845. Calm carers.
846. Phone calls.
847. Consultants' secretaries.
848. Mild evenings.
849. Unthinking inclusion.
850. Crooked smiles.

Tia

Sunday, 3 February 2013

831-840

831. On call doctors.
832. Youth with silly "green man" walks, entertaining a small child for hours afterwards.
833. Garlic soup.
834. Paraldehyde.
835. Another week of school.
836. A new challenge.
837. Soul irrigation.
838. Communication through seizures.
839. Hot water in the middle of the night.
840. The epic and ongoing battle between cat and toes-under-duvet.

Tia

Saturday, 2 February 2013

821-830

821. Cheery strangers.
822. Fresh hot battered fish and soggy chips with salt and malt vinegar.
823. Soundabout.
824. Resonance boards.
825. Effective rescue medications.
826. Knowledgeable shop staff.
827. Feline truces.
828. Belated Christmas presents.
829. CPAP.
830. Early nights.
Tia

Friday, 1 February 2013

811-820

811. Home comforts.
812. Thames water.
813. Early nights.
814. Friends bringing food.
815. Soft, soft wool.
816. Simple patterns.
817. Lip salve.
818. Grapes.
819. Christ my cornerstone.
820. Sleep.
Tia