Friday is a good day.
It’s the end of what has almost always, inevitably, been a long week of full-on Kai wrangling. It’s the day of my afternoon off, as Kai usually goes to Grandma’s, and the promise of some time to myself and a weekend together with my two favourite men-folk usually puts me in a killer mood on Friday morning so Kai and I have lots of fun together before I wave him off.
Today has been no exception. The sun has shone, there has been laughter and rampant chaos at the library, and an easy nap time. And there has been lovely news from a friend that has left me feeling all bouncy and prone to shouting out excited expletives at random moments.
It seemed like a good day to do the Happiness Meme that Susie from New Day New Lesson tagged me in the other day (Susie’s blog is GORGEOUS – full of light and positivity and guaranteed to leave you feeling all warm and good, would really recommend you pop by). Now, I should say right now that I am hopeless at being a good blogger and responding to these things. I usually get all excited to have been tagged, and then forget, so if you’ve tagged me in something recently and I haven’t responded yet I’m reaaaaally sorry and apologise for being so rubbish. I’m saving them all up for a week when I have absolutely no blogging inspiration whatsoever and need some subject matter!
But I like this one and feel motivated today so here you go, here are ten things that are making me happy right now:
1. My Secret Post Club
For those of you that don’t know, Heather over at Notes from Lapland has organised this brilliant blogging gift swap programme where everyone that signs up gets matched with another blogger and agrees to send them something lovely. You then get to receive a parcel from someone else – it’s like having a birthday every month!
This month was my first one taking part and on Wednesday this incredibly thoughtful gift arrived from my blogging buddy Paula from Battling On. It’s a book (that I haven’t read and that looks great), some chocolate (always a winner), and can you see the notebook? Paula has made me a custom notebook from a whole load of my photographs! Have fantastic is that?! Genuinely one of the kindest, most thoughtful gifts I have ever received. Made me sob. So thank you again Paula.
2. Daffodils from my husband
I could be bought daffodils every day and still not get tired of them (hint hint). Love them – it’s like spring in a vase.
3. My new coffee addiction
I have to confess I have been a complete coffee virgin up until now. I’d had the odd cup here and there but have never really been in to coffee, being a firmly committed tea drinker. However. I needed a solution to the the 3pm slump that is currently close to finish me off. I asked for some advice (from the people who will hereafter by thought of as my dealers), went and bought a cafetiere and some good stuff that mentioned chocolate in the taste description and I have to say, I’m well and truly sold. I am so annoyingly straight-laced, don’t really drink, don’t smoke, don’t drive fast or cross the road unless the green man is flashing. Feels good to dirty up my soul a bit.
4. My first load of washing drying outside of the year
Call me a bit sad but nothing makes me much happier than getting to hang my washing to dry outside. We have no tumble dryer so our winters always consist of clothes hung on radiators and tripping over airers dotted round the house. I have been known to weep a little at the sight of clean clothes blowing in the wind. And sniff them
Oh yes. That’s happiness right there that is.
5. New friendships that are knocking my socks off
Nuff said. Love you crazy lady.
6. Getting grubby in the garden
7. The Gallery
I am LOVING Tara’s Gallery over at Sticky Fingers. I can see that thinking of a photograph to post and looking through all the beautiful images is going to quickly become a highlight of my week.
8. A very successful Health Visitor visit on Wednesday
I shall be blogging all about that one next week so stay tuned.
9. You lot
Every single one of you that has taken the time to comment on a post, or taken part in the workshop, or made my day with a lovely message or email (yep, I’m talking about you Amity, Dara, Susie, Maddy, Cait, Leslieanne, Linda, Tara…) and everyone else that’s gone out of their way to say something affirming and kind and supportive. It means the world to me, it really, really does. So thank you.
10. My signing, mooing, grinning, wonderful boy
This was supposed to be entered in the Just Vlog it challenge the other week but we just didn’t get organised! Isn’t he just the best?!
And on that note… Happy Friday everyone!
I’m tagging some new-to-me bloggers who’ve posts I’ve really enjoyed reading recently:
Tell me ten things that make YOU happy and pass it on!