Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The little things

The last couple of weeks have been tough and as a result I'm in a funk. I'm really struggling to stay chipper and find myself bemoaning the fact that I have nothing to look forward to. Time to pull my socks up and find happiness in the small things.

Two of my good friends did just that this week. In Hobart, Natalie found a blackberry patch on a stroll through her neighbourhood and turned her serendipitous haul into a delicious blackberry and lime cream pie. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Dowling).

Meanwhile in Sydney, Becks has instigated an op-shop Thursday and found a Nigella Lawson juicer for $1! You can read about it on her blog mama tribe

While I can't create such happy surprises, I can leave myself more open to them by getting out and about a bit more on foot, you see so much more that way as Natalie discovered. And, inspired by Becks, I'm going to visit my local op-shops more often in the hopes of unearthing my own bargain treasure. I can also try new activities and give myself both a chance to find a new passion and something to look forward to.

With this in mind I have booked a floristry course. I've always fancied a bit of bloom wrangling and thanks to a "Jump on It" deal I'm now booked in for a two hour lesson plus flower market tour, all for the non-princely sum of $49. It's on 21st April - can't wait! I promise to blog the results, even if my take-home posy is poxy.

Speaking of bargains, the $21 challenge is over and I'm calling it a qualified success. We did go over our teeny budget; Andy "forgot" about the challenge and bought hot cross buns and I bought some porridge for Agatha's breakfast. Total food spend for the week = $25.53. Not bad at all for a first attempt I reckon.

I'd love to hear some of your ideas for pulling yourself out of the doldrums so please do share in the comments section.


  1. Those blackberries look amazing!

    I'm going to LA on Friday care to join me? That will shake the cobwebs out!!

  2. Victoria you have no idea how tempting that is!!

  3. I like curling up in bed with a favourite book from childhood :) That blackberry pie would work too though I reckon!

  4. Oh that sounds nice Kris. Perhaps I'll make myself a cup of tea and re-read Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden".

  5. The thing that always gets me out of a funky feeling is dancing to awesome high energy music. I like to blast it on the stereo and run about the house/apartment from room to room like I'm on one of those reality tv dancing shows. I must look like a total Muppet but it makes me feel all zesty like I'm 20 years old at a club with my girlfriends without a care in the world. Wear your socks for maximum slide action and go mad! When I've had enough I'm all sweaty and out of breath and I have a shower and put on my pjs and I feel all relaxed and contented :)

  6. Muppets rock! I shall give it a go, I fancy Katrina and the Waves might do the job nicely. :-)