Hello lovely people,
Here we are again on Friday, to share the smiles and silver linings in our week. Why don't you join us at Annie's A Stitch In Time with something that made you smile.
Today, Good Friday, Christians remember Christ's death on the cross. But because I know He rose again, I am not sad. In fact I am smiling.
I always smile when the postman brings me some nice mail like a postcard from a faraway country. I am a Postcrosser, meaning that I send and receive postcards from all over the world from people and addresses randomly generated by the computer out of the more than half a million members of postcrossing.com
Here is a card from Japan.
It is a card from the series 'Greetings from...' They are very collectable as almost every country has one.The card also gives information about that country. The unusual thing about this card is that it was sent from Taiwan (Not Japan). The stamps are also from Taiwan, and very beautiful they are too.
On the left you see rhodomyrtus tomentosa, or in English, the downy rose myrtle, indiginous of Asia. Unfortunately this evergreen shrub has become a pest in some regions, especially in Florida where it is on the noxious weed list.
On the right is lantana camera, a flowering plant in the verbena family. In some countries known as Big sage or wild sage or red sage. Lantana is listed as a Category I invasive exotic species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, which means that it is known to be "invading and disrupting native plant communities in Florida".
So, what have I been up to this week...
Friday after I posted my blog, we got a phone call to say somebody wanted to buy our campervan. We said it was not for sale. But the sum offered was large and not to be sniffed at, so we agreed that they could come and have a look at it. So Friday was spent tidying the camper up and giving it a bit of a clean.
The couple loved it so much they made us an offer we couldn't refuse and we agreed to sell it.
Saturday was spent taking all our belongings out and deep cleaning everything.
As you know we had picked up our new car a few days earlier
And Saturday I drove it for the first time. I have to get used to using a gear stick, but it is a lovely drive and I am feeling more confident already. Sunday I drove it to church. I promised myself I would try to drive it at least once a week to keep myself in practice. (I walk everywhere).
On Monday we took the campervan to its new owners. A very nice English couple. We are glad it is going to a good home. Once all the business was done it was gone 2pm, so we went to the local bar in our village and had a meal out as I hadn't cooked anything.
On Tuesday we just relaxed and I managed to finish my jigsaw:
I buy my jigsaws second hand in a thrift store (charity shop) in the UK as they are difficult to find here. I don't think the Spanish indulge in these things.
Do you recognise this?
My Fitbit had given up the ghost and I was tempted to stay in bed all week!
On wednesday I had happy mail again: my Fitbit replacement had arrived.
The Fitbit is one of those trackers that count your steps and encourages you to walk at least 10,000 a day. Well, as I said, after two months of use it packed up. I did all the things recommended in the forums and in the end I got in touch with the company and they sent me another one as it was still under garantee (without the armband as there is nothing wrong with that).
Thursday I spent quite a lot of time reading on the terrace, as the weather is gorgeous (not too hot) and my book was really good. I have now finished it.
It is called Invisible Threads by Lucy Beresford. About Sara, a psychotherapist who had always believed her husband was killed in Afghanistan. When she learns that he died in India, she travels to India to find out what happened. There she finds herself appalled by the treatment of women. She discovers temple prostitutes and becomes entangled in the dark side of Delhi.
I can reccommend this as I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about India I hadn't realised. And yes, she does find out about her husband in the end.
Enough of my waffling. Lets have a few smiles:
I laughed out loud at this one, and again as my husband tried to read them out loud!
I like this one. I have to be reminded of this every now and then when I get really annoyed with people.