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Thankful Thursday ~ Week 7

This entry is part 1 of the series Thankful Thursday

Week 7 of Thankful Thursday Challenge

I am truly amazed how quickly the weeks are flying by! We seem to gallop from Thankful Thursday to Thankful Thursday!

Whether you're doing the challenge to reach 2018 "thankful points" by the end of the year, or whether you're just being thankful, feel free to add a link to any post that talks of thankfulness to the end of this post. The more thankful posts we read, the easier it will be for us to feel thankful, don't you agree? I do just ask you to visit at least two posts from the others who link up, and share at least three of the other linked posts on at least two social media of your choice. That is, of course, if there are three!

Tip for the week: How to Join a Linkup Party

If you're anything like me, it's easy to dash off a post and schedule it on your website. But the problem then is we want to get onto the next post, and let the finished one take care of itself. And of course, it doesn't work that way. We have to promote our posts, and if you're like me, that is not easy.

Only recently, I became aware of the value of "linkup parties." I'm not sure why it's called a party, but the linkup part of the name I understand. Sue Loncaric wrote a guest post for me on the value of participating in a link party. You can read it here.

Have you heard of Link Parties? Here's how to join in the fun. Click To Tweet

So how do you join a linkup party?

  • Choose a post you'd like to share. It should be one that fits the theme of the party. Make sure you have a picture of some sort on the post.
  • Copy the URL (the address as you see it in your browser window).
  • Scroll to the end of the linkup details on the post where you want to post your link.
  • You'll see a small button, usually at the bottom left of the post, that says something like Add Your Link. Click on that and fill in the few things the hosting service asks you for.
  • Your link will appear next to the others, picture included. (Some linkups don't have images, in which case yours will appear the same as the others, sans image.)
  • Follow any "rules" listed for the party. e.g. if you link to mine, you'll see I request you to
    • Visit at least two of the other links, leave a comment and share them on a few social media sites (at least 2).
    • Share at least one more site on two social media.



So now, on to my list for this week:

I am working in advance now, which is great. So most of these events took place a couple of weeks ago. Last week I ended my growing list of thanks on 224.

Picking up again on

  1. David arrived safely home from two weeks in Dubai after a work assignment.
  2. Good Skype chat with Debbie, sharing some chuckles over remembered fun times with Zoe.
  3. So many comments of sympathy and encouragement on the loss of Zoe helped me feel supported by many.
  4. All our kids and kids-in-law (is that a word?) contacted us re Zoe, even though, with the exception of Debbie and Craig, they hardly knew the dog.
  5. Skype contact with family members this week.
  6. Chat on Skype with nephew Shawn in London.
  7. Received the cutest video clip via whatsapp of our littlest grandchildren learning to surf. (The smallest is only four years old!)
  8. Getting used to life without Zoe, although we still miss her, and always look for her when we arrive home, or when we're dishing up meals.
  9. Being able to increase the length and speed of our daily walks now that we don't have Zoe to set the pace.
  10. Meeting good friend, Jen, again after a five-week break in the UK.
  11. Being able to share a deep concern with Jen, knowing she will pray and support us during this time.
  12. Answers to prayers for Jen's family who are in the process of leaving the UK and immigrating to Australia.
  13. They had to travel with an extremely ill toddler, but God enabled them to get safely to South Africa. Praying for a miracle of healing for this little boy.
  14. The truth of Lamentations 3:25
  15. Wonderful outing to see Showtime in the theater.
  16. Getting four perfect seats for neighbor Gladys, Jen and the two of us, despite a totally packed hall when we arrived.
  17. Arriving about two minutes before the start of the show (having been given the wrong time!)
  18. New lady at Happy Echo choir.
  19. Discovering new lady is a church friend's mother-in-law.
  20. a big shop done. Everything is SO expensive, yet we're grateful that we can do this. So many can't.
  21. looking forward to Prime Timers starting up again this Saturday. (I'll be able to report on this before this post goes live.)
  22. a good chat with a church member who may be interested in helping with Prime Timers.
  23. able to make positive suggestions to friend Marion re improving the RSI that's developing in her wrist. (Been there, done that - didn't require surgery.)
  24. brother Al and Denise settling down in their new home in East London.
  25. video clip of their dogs enjoying the sea which they'd never seen before.
  26. beautiful photo of the stunning beach near where they've settled.
  27. able to buy a silver and a gold pen for my cards.
  28. coffee with Jen yesterday evening when she popped in to get something from me.
  29. seeing Jen's daughter, Kate, here for a couple of weeks from the UK en route to Australia.
  30. seeing her son-in-law, Denver again.
  31. meeting her gorgeous grandson, Ezra, for the first time in the flesh
  32. the feeling of knowing him so well thanks to whatsapp photos and videos!
  33. Solanga Mikiva who preached on Matthew 5 about what it means to murder someone, and the way to avoid it.
  34. hearing Solanga brought an excellent message to our village's Friday service.
  35. having finally plucked up courage to have a gastroscopy to check my reflux and vocal chord damage.
  36. for my GP not charging for the last appointment.
  37. for Rob's hearing improving since he started the sprays the GP prescribed.
  38. that it doesn't look as if there's anything wrong with his hearing aids. (Whew!)
  39. I have Sudoku on my cellphone.
  40. I have Sudoku on my tablet. 🙂

Below, read the details of the Link-up.

    • Please don't forget to add a link to your Thankful post below and I will attempt to visit them all.
    • Please remember to visit at least two of the other linked posts. That way we help boost one another's sites. Thank you.
    • Share at least three of the other linked posts on at least two social media of your choice.
    • Copy the code in the window below and then paste it at the end of your post. This will add my blog button and link.
    • Keep listing your thankful points!
    • And come again next week.


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The Entertainer Blogger Award

About the Entertainer Blogger Award

A special thanks to Debbie Harris for nominating me for this Entertainer Award, along with many other entertaining and inspiring bloggers. I’m delighted to be part of this line-up! Deb writes an entertaining blog that covers adventure, travel and beautiful photography. Read her application for this award here, as it gives you some insight into the person behind the name!

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Thankful Thursday week 6

This entry is part 10 of the series Thankful Thursday

Week 6 of Thankful Thursday Challenge


So far so good. I'm now working over a week in advance, so some of my thank-you's will only appear in a week or two's time. It's always safer to work in advance. Have you ever noticed how life has a way of happening when your schedule is too up-to-date?

Whether you're doing the challenge to reach 2018 "thankful points" by the end of the year, or whether you're just being thankful, feel free to add your link onto the end of this post. The more thankful posts we read, the easier it will be for us to meet our own personal thankful goals, right? I do just ask you to visit at least two posts from the others who link up. That way we encourage one another.

First, here's a quote that I find very encouraging. I hope you find it uplifting as well.

Tip for the week:

For today's tip, I thought I would share something I learned through the A to Z challenge.  The leaders of that challenge encourage you to always leave a live link at the end of your comment on another blog. That makes it easier for readers of your comment to quickly click on the link and read your blog post. read more

Troubled Waters ~ by Susan May Warren

Troubled Waters is the 4th book in the Montana Rescue Series by Rita Award winner, Susan May Warren.


Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

My Comment:

I enjoyed Troubled Waters and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fast-paced suspense novels. This is a continuation of the Montana Rescue series and although it could stand alone, I think it’s a help to have read one or more of the earlier books.
There were times when I felt frustrated with the on and off approach of the two main couples. I also found it difficult to keep track of the characters. For that reason I’m awarding 4 stars. I nevertheless look forward to the next in the series.

Melborne Memories ~ by Marion Ueckermann (A Heart of Australia book)

Melborne Memories: Escaping his dangerous past, former British rock star Justin “The Phoenix” Taylor flees as far away from home as possible to Australia.

A marked man with nothing left but his guitar and his talent, Justin is desperate to start over yet still live off the grid. Loneliness and the need to feel a connection to the London pastor who’d saved his life draws Justin to Ella’s Barista Art Coffee Shop—the famous and trendy Melbourne establishment belonging to Pastor Jim Anderson’s niece. read more

A Time to Laugh ~ (Under the Sun – Seasons to Change Book 1)

For thirty years, Brian and Elizabeth Dunham have served on the mission field. Unable to have children of their own, they’ve been a father and mother to countless orphans in six African countries. When an unexpected beach-house inheritance and a lung disease diagnosis coincide, they realize that perhaps God is telling them it’s time to retire.

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Thankful Thursday – Week 5

This entry is part 9 of the series Thankful Thursday

Week 5 of Thankful Thursday

It amazes me that we're into the 2nd month of the year 2018! How are you doing with thankfulness? Are you writing thankful / gratitude posts? Encouraging others to do likewise? I have already found my attitude changing for the better. I am constantly on the lookout for positive items or events I can say thanks for! Go ahead and try. It really works, and if you do it the way I've recommended, it only takes a few minutes scattered through the day.

Tip for the week:

A year or two ago, bloggers were urged to write 300 or 600 word articles. Today, the trend is for longer, more in-depth blog posts. That doesn’t mean, however, that your visitors will take the time to read them from beginning to end. They will follow your link if your headline sounds like something that will interest them. They are then likely to skim down to see the sections of interest to them.

Your job then is to make it easy for them. read more