Reasons to be cheerful

Because counting blessings is a talent of mine…here are some things that are making me grin like a loon lately. Oh how I love living in my little “Claire bubble” sometimes!

* Cooking! I am loving having a bigger kitchen and because school hasn’t started just yet I have time to play in it also. Matthew’s enjoying this passion for all things culinary too, I think. I love cooking and baking. Oh, and Henry? I MADE SOUP! All on my own, no recipe or anything! It was goooooood.

* Reading! All the journeys I’m taking on the tube are affording me hours in a week in which to read. I’m getting through loads of books and really enjoying that lovely relaxed bliss that comes from reading a good book. I’ve also joined a library for the first time in four years…I love libraries…

* My favourite season is getting closer! Yep, it’s August 26th today. Which means it’s less than 4 months until my favourite celebration, the joy that is Christmas. I have a shiny book all ready to fill with ideas….good heavens I adore all things Christmassy. I also love autumn and early winter, so I’m a happy bunny right now!

* London! Oh, but I am falling in love with this city. The hustle and bustle, the lush greenness of the parks (even if I do keep getting lost in Regents Park), the things to do, the people to see. My gregarious nature is kicking in big style!

* Blogging! If you’d told me when I first started how much I’d come to enjoy blogging, I would have doubted you to say the very least. I’d never managed to keep a journal for more than a few weeks. I wasn’t particularly good with computers. Almost four years later, and I love my little blog. I love the people I know through it. I love the people I’ve met through it…and those I’m looking forward to meeting soon (RK and PG, I’m looking at you! :-)). I love the inspiration I get from the blogs I read regularly, the laughs, the tears. I love feeling part of my little blog family.

* LOVEFiLM! So I caved and joined (I think the US version is called Netflix?). I had so much fun making a list of movies to see last night and can’t wait till they start arriving. Please do comment me up if you have any suggestions for good movies to rent!

* Dancing! Most nights now, after dinner, while the boys are glued to their computers or watching the football, I go out in the back garden and have a wee dance. Just me, my iPod, and the night. Lovely…. I really must start doing some proper dancing again soon.

* Baths! Especially with Jo Malone grapefruit bath oil…

* Friends getting good news! In the last two months there have been a raft of engagements, new jobs, exam passes in my circle of friends. I thank God for all the joy he’s gifting to those that I love and am so happy for them all right now!

* Cuddles and kisses! Is there anything better?

* Mlle Wilson! My girl gets into town in 2 hours! I have missed her so very much and can’t wait to drink lots of tea (and wine) and hear all about what’s up with her! Love her dearly!

* Entertaining! Dinners, drinks, coffees, brunches, movie nights. I am so loving being in the city close to so many friends! I am so blessed to have the people I do in my life, and spenidng time with them is one of my very favouritest things.

* Bridesmaiding! Over the next year I am to be bridesmaid for not one but two of my lovely friends, and I am oh-so-very-excited about it! It’s such a delight to be able to help and share in the joy of this special season with two such special ladies. Roll on October for a Texan wedding, and roll on the upcoming jaunt to Glasgow for dress shopping and wine, say I!

* Projects! Next year I’m going to do a little project each month, where I change my lifestyle or eating habits a bit. This stems from a conversation I had with Christy, SiobhΓ‘n, and SMatthew, about doing a “month of cheese”. Well now I might try and do a few challenge months (vegan, no caffiene, no refined sugar, exercising every single day…). It’s just the seed of an idea right now, but it may prove entertaining!

What’s making you smile today, lovelies?

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  1. Siobhan
    26th August 2009 / 9:24 am

    Today the things that made me smile are your blog, hope and evening plans.

  2. Christielli
    26th August 2009 / 12:43 pm

    Ooooh, after those challenge months you'll so deserve cheese month!I love that you've started the countdown to Christmas. πŸ™‚

  3. Wiwille
    26th August 2009 / 4:35 pm

    I should email you a list of movies you should add to your queue.

  4. Summer
    26th August 2009 / 6:03 pm

    My little almost 3 year old… She's always making me smile… I'm new to your blog… I thought I would stop by and say thanks for the sweet comment…

  5. Sparkling Red
    26th August 2009 / 6:24 pm

    I'm smiling because it was raining this morning, but then the clouds flew away, the sun came out, and now it's a beautiful, cool day outside.

  6. Courtney
    26th August 2009 / 7:16 pm

    Those are great reasons to be cheerful! Sometimes it's easy to forget all the blessings we have. Let's see, this week I am cheerful that I am almost done with my homeschool planning and we get to start back homeschooling. πŸ™‚ By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. Riot Kitty
    26th August 2009 / 8:51 pm

    Mr. RK just brought me a snack and a coffee 'cause I am trapped in the office. That is what's making me smile!

  8. rawbean
    27th August 2009 / 1:52 am

    I like your idea for a project a month! Could result in some great life changes that we all need to do!

  9. sarah m
    27th August 2009 / 1:46 pm

    What a great blog! It's always nice to stop and think what's good instead of what's bad! :)P.S. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! πŸ™‚

  10. Katie Bug
    27th August 2009 / 2:29 pm

    Love your list of blessings. Thanks for the comment!

  11. Jon
    28th August 2009 / 3:42 pm

    It sounds like a wonderful, exciting time. I'm having the same, but I'm being lazy about posting!

  12. angel, jr.
    29th August 2009 / 1:28 am

    I love, autumn/fall!! And I love Christmas too!!Soup from scratch? Did you have a basic idea of what you were going to make, or did you just throw in a bunch of things together and it came out great?

  13. Scarlet
    29th August 2009 / 12:55 pm

    You made SOUP?? Potato Soup a la Julia?? Let me know how you like the movie when you see it. I'm really LOVING the book!I feel the same way you do about blogging and Christmas. I also love the time between Halloween and Thanksgiving. I can't wait to wear BOOTS again!! πŸ™‚

  14. Scarlet
    29th August 2009 / 12:55 pm

    PS – Have a wonderful weekend!! I'm off to painting class (lesson one) in an hour! Woo-hoo!!

  15. Miss Ash
    30th August 2009 / 1:08 am

    I was feeling a little down today Claire and this post put a wee smile on my face!! Thanks!

  16. Anonymous
    1st September 2009 / 11:09 am

    You're making me smile! lolGreat blogging! lolloving the christmas countdown. it gets earlier ever year! rofl.

  17. steve
    1st September 2009 / 7:57 pm

    Well for one your posts always make me smile.. sounds like you are doing great..sort of finding your groove..good on ya…zman sends

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