This week has been rather a gruelling one. Husband has been working 18 hours a day in crisis mode, Pip has been invading the bed regularly in the middle of the night, we’ve spent most days getting wet in rainstorms and generally I have felt a bit exhausted. But the weekend is nearly upon us and the sun is now shining, so I thought I'd round the week off on a positive note, and join up with Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart.
Despite the rain, the garden looks fabulous. It’s become a lush, green urban jungle, and the branches of the trees and shrubs are laden with blooms. (Albeit some of them are slightly bowed over with the weight of all the rain.) The plum tree is looking great this spring, and I’m hopeful we’ll have lots of fruit again this year with which to make condiments for Christmas. (Plum Ketchup was last summer’s winner so I’m going to repeat that, and maybe also try my hand at some plum brandy too.) Last year I said I would try to learn how to design ‘professional’ labels for the jars and I’ve recently reminded myself of that and feel energised to get on with it (although am currently clueless as to how!)
A family friend rang this week with details of two new vocational courses that are starting which are similar to the previous course I was on that went into liquidation. She’s ‘in the business’ so it was really kind of her to think of me and get in touch. One looks particularly interesting in terms of the level of time commitment required each week and the way the learning is structured. It’s not something I can commit to in the short term, but it feels great to know that this may be an option on the medium term horizon.
We’ve just booked a last minute holiday for this summer, to go away with our friends and our god-daughters. Previously, we’d decided it was too expensive, but the sudden promise of a ‘late booking discount’ meant it was more affordable so we decided to go for it. I can’t wait to hit sunnier climbs for some guaranteed sunshine and I’ve ordered Pip a super new sun suit to wear on the beach. My little man is going to look so cool.
In the past couple of weeks we have lunched at restaurants for birthday occasions with family and friends. Pip has been such a well behaved, well mannered boy, I’ve been really proud of him. My husband’s aunt told me countless times last weekend that he was a credit to me. Three years of sounding like a broken record on the please/ thank you/ ask to leave the table front are finally paying off.
After an extended period of absence away from the hairdressers I’ve finally had my haircut. It looks much better than it did before and it’s great to have a little bit more shape to it once again. (Just need to sort out covering the grey next..)
On Sunday I am spending the day with an old flatmate in town. We’re going to have lunch, visit an exhibition and go shopping. I’m really looking forward to a child free, grown up day.
So actually, lots of reasons to be cheerful. Now head on over to Mummy from the Heart to read more.