I walked to school with kids, in the sun, and stopped to chat a while with other mums not seen for some time.
Back home to work - remotely and in the quiet - before I picked up my son and took him to an ear/nose/throat specialist who explained the amazingly complicated human body in simple and 6-year-old friendly terms, and handed me a quote for $5000 to fix some ongoing health issues. We stopped at the McDonald's drive through for some hot chips and returned to school in time for a PTA fundraising sausage sizzle.
All the while, the slow cooker bubbled away, the potatoes baked in the oven. The bread maker did it's thing. The spa pool heated gently. The ice cream waited in the freezer. The ipod blasted out sounds whilst I vacuumed and steam mopped before guests arrived. I wandered about Facebook in between times, catching up with friends in three different countries.
At three o-clock, I met with four other friends and their children at the ice cream shop, where we sat in the sun and the kids chased each other with over sized sticks and threatened each other with sticky fingers.
By 4.30 I was back home, pouring a glass of wine and surveying a clean house and a nearly cooked meal.
And then my friends arrive for dinner. Four adults, 4 kids and teenager all enjoyed slow cooked corned beef, baked potatoes, massive platter of salad and home made bread. We had a simple dessert of ice cream in a cone and warm mini donuts.
After dinner the children jumped in the spa pool (a new addition to my outdoor living space) and the adults talked about everything and nothing for an hour or two.
It was a day of amazing simplicity - and also a celebration of the marvels of technology. But overall, it was a day of gratitude. What an amazing place I live in. What fabulous friends I have. How blessed I am to have such luxuries and conveniences at my fingertips.
What are you grateful for today?