How to be cheerful

Here is the weekly round-up of cheerful things posted as part of the wonderful Reasons to be Cheerful blog hop that is guaranteed to help you make blogger mates and smile on the most challenging of weeks.

So let me show you how to be cheerful.

1. All three little darlings have gone back to school. They all seem to be settling in fine although my youngest protests every morning about having to go but that’s just him really. Battle first, winning smiles later. My daughter has moved to Junior School and is loving every minute of it having worried about going for the last year. She is flapping a lot which is always a good sign with her, little bird wings going up and down all the time with excitement. My oldest son is doing fine too, a bit of a teenager in training but happy on the whole. From my point of view, one lovely surpise is that the council now send a minibus to my front door to take my children to school. Shhhh, don’t tell Mr Cameron!

2. I have had contact via email with all 3 of my adult step-daughters this week. Four strong-willed women have not always found it easy to get on so I celebrate the new level of understanding and forgiveness of past crimes that exists these days. One I bond with on the grounds of both having 3 children so knowing how challenging that can be. One is a kindred spirit. The other gave the wonderful news that she is engaged to her girlfriend. For a girl/woman who struggled to love and be loved (and for very good reasons), I am over the mooon that she has found happiness and where she fits best.

3. With the children back at school, I am staring a New Year, New Me regime on many fronts. I have made a less than perfect start but still a start. Small steps and all that. Will be holding myself accountable for positive moves on the health department via the Mumentum blog hop.

4. I am going out with my Dad today for fish and chips. Sometimes, spending time where he enjoys has to be put above losing weight for me. It will be great to return to an old routine after many weeks where he has had to go on his own or not at all.

5. My beautiful ginger cat is recovering after coming off worst in a cat fight. Thank you to our wonderful vet.

6. My husband went away with work and I did not throw my usual fishwife mood about it. I get the most illogical insecurity sometimes and am a bit of a madam to say the least. Good to behave reasonably this time and to feel relaxed about it all. Maybe recent events with my brother have made me wake up to what and who is really important in life.

Big apologies for my cock-up on my old blog with #R2BC. Was gutted to mess it up but actually not really my fault hence my change to a WordPress blog.

Massive thanks to all those women who have come to see me here and left such lovely comments.

That’s me but there is whole lot more cheerfulness going on in the blogosphere. Check it out at http://bod-for-tea.blogspot.com/2011/09/reasons-to-be-cheerful_08.html

Love from the Striking Mum x

5 Comments

  1. Helen H September 9, 2011 / 12:04 pm

    Lovely reasons to be cheerful. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels resentful when hubby goes away with work – don’t think I’m very nice to him! Going to check out the Mumentum blog hop too – sounds intriguing!

  2. Bod for tea September 9, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    Congrats on having lots of reasons to be cheerful this week – particularly like the cat one, our cat was always coming off worst in fights too, not sure whether she was too soft or just too slow! Thanks for linking up 😀

  3. seasiderinthecity September 9, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    What a lovely week you’ve had! Glad they are all enjoying being back at school and fab news on the engagement 🙂

  4. michelletwinmum September 9, 2011 / 9:33 pm

    Don’t worry at all about the problem with blogger last week, not your fault. Like I said you can have another week if you like, just let me know.

    Glad you are back to your normal style of loads of reason to be cheerful.

    Enjoy your weekend. Mich x

  5. Lakes Mum September 9, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    so glad you are in contact with your step daughters. I haven’t had contact from my stepsons for 5 years though I’m close to my step daughter.

    So with you on the New Term new me front 🙂

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