Friday, 28 February 2014

Ticks and Crosses.


It's Friday.

I have had a bit of an up & down week so I am particularly grateful that we are the week's end. Tick

I got some things sorted with some deadlines I had. Tick.

I didn't do as much moving as I would have liked and I really noticed how it made me feel.  Not so good. Cross.

I managed to get some cleaning done that has been bugging me. Tick.

I celebrated with some mates when my littlest independently left me to sit on the mat at school for the very first time. Tick.

I didn't get the laundry sorted. Cross.

I found this film that I really want to see. Tick

I sent some emails with some proposals that were a bit scary to send off & then had really positive responses. Tick.

I woke up with my friend next to me after him being away for a bit. Tick.

I found a way our family can give real help to Asylum seekers in Melbourne via Bike & Bike helmet donations. (click here for more info) Tick.

It's good to give ourselves a bit of time to reflect.  It helps clarify things. It helps to see that there is way more good than bad.

Sometimes it is only giving ourselves time that we really notice that.

There is and has been quite a lot of bad around.  Some in the news, some in government, some with friends. It is easy to let it swallow us really.  It feels really big- all this bad. Really really BIG.

But if we stop to reflect it can help sift out the little things, the daily things, the GOOD things that so often go missing- but they are the things that really do matter.  They are things so close to us that really have an effect on our day to day.

Ticks and Crosses.

Do you give yourself time to reflect?

Have you got cooking plans this weekend or other exciting plans?

I hope your weekend gets a really BIG TICK!

 I am going to give Paola's ITALIAN BAKED RICOTTA CAKE a go.
image via Italy on My mind

Paola is a Melbourne blogger who writes a generous and beautiful blog 'Italy on my Mind' , about her Italian heritage and the food it inspires her to cook.
I have admired her for a long time and her food & general outlook inspire me. Do visit her and see for yourself!

Loving Beck's new Album:


  1. Alli @ ducks on the dam28 February 2014 at 10:43

    Some good ticks there Ruth. I need a few at the moment.

  2. In class the boys every week have to "hunt the good stuff" such a great term for what we all need to do!

  3. gotta say I'm loving all this new to me- music your are exposing me too. I think we must have similar tastes.

    cheers Kate

  4. I like your ticks and crosses very much. And thank you for the introduction to Wadjda. x

  5. GourmetGirlfriend28 February 2014 at 13:40

    it's so important to find them i think- but so hard when we feel overwhelmed by the crosses!
    I hope you find some soon Alli! xx

  6. GourmetGirlfriend28 February 2014 at 13:40

    yup. we really do. great to here your boys get some encouragement to do it.

  7. GourmetGirlfriend28 February 2014 at 13:42

    Hi Kate. Glad you are enjoying the music! You will see I always post a track at the end of each post. Music is as important to me as cooking so I share a bit of both.
    Thanks so much for your comment.

  8. GourmetGirlfriend28 February 2014 at 13:43

    Thanks Bron.
    How GREAT does Wadjda look! I really want to see it.
    Amazing that a film has come out of a country that does not have a SINGLE cinema in it.
    So amazing!

  9. Italian baked ricotta cake - tick. Neighbours tooting hello at me- big tick.

  10. How fab that your list has far more ticks than crosses?! And I'm so happy that your littlest settled well- it's always such a relief isn't it? And no matter how old they get or how many new experiences they have each time it goes smoothly you feel yourself exhale, your heart expand & you know it'll all be ok.

    Have a great weekend enjoying that delicious looking cake xx

  11. reading your blog always makes me feel better, so thanks GG !!!


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