Highlights of my week

You find me in a happy mood. I think this is partly because I am now actively seeking out happiness rather than just hoping it will turn up. Does that make sense? So here are some nice  things in my world right  now.

  1. On the  night before my son’s 18th birthday there was tension between his parents as I had planned and my  husband had assumed everything  would be OK. So I had organised the present, card and wrapping. I had talked with my son to find out how he wanted to spend his day. I was miffed that my husband  had not taken the day off work for such a big day. As regular readers will know, I love celebrations and my husband does not really see the point. Anyway we worked out that if we went out at teatime instead of lunchtime we could eat and then go to the bar together. Then at the weekend we could have a fancy lunch together. I have also told my son that like myself with my milestone birthday, treats will take place throughout the whole  year.
  2. My son was happy on his 18th birthday. It was full of very simple pleasures such as pancakes for breakfast, time connecting with his friends, walking the dogs and then going out for the evening. We  had amazing food in a café that has changed hands and then just a couple of drinks at the bar as he likes to go but not for hours on end. The Saturday lunch was wonderful and eventful in many ways one of which that his meal was late to be served so he got it for free.
  3. My husband and I who are both very flawed individuals (like the rest of the world!) somehow came together to acknowledge that we have managed between us to bring up an amazing young man who is kind, sensitive, caring, intelligent, modest and well-mannered.
  4. I start my day and end it well with my new Reflex Pillow which gives such a cuddle to the head. My lovely Collie/German Shepherd cross dog kisses me every morning and likes a cuddle. My grumpy old Beagle is an asset at this time of year as he is like my very own hot water bottle.
  5. I am taking time out to read and it is a joy to do so. It was very much one of the things that I lost along the way after becoming a parent. Also we have invested in a DVD player so we can have regular family film nights and have just picked up a job lot of bargain DVDS too.
  6. In all the madness of the weekend, I fell for a sales pitch and bought an half-price fancy coffee machine. It is so clever and compact and has all sorts of flavours of coffee with it too. I rarely invest in expensive kit for myself but this is all part of that milestone year I am determined to have. I have also got some new snuggly pyjamas. It’s all about the self-care baby!
  7. My daughter has her new glasses. She is listening to me more on the home education front but still more keen to her own thing and perhaps that is no bad thing. She is happy out of school and so self-motivated. Today she is researching Twenties fashion for a new character she is writing and designing. Maths work was done with just one careless mistake. I just asked if she has any reasons to be cheerful and she said she has no reasons but she is cheerful. That will do me!
  8. My youngest son and I made a brilliant apple crumble as part of my other son’s birthday treats. We love cooking together and because we followed the recipe to the letter, the results were wonderful.
  9. I am having daily forest walks with my new man, 2 dogs and a cat. I feel so happy when I do this and there is much to learn from that.
  10. My brother’s widower sent a card for my son’s birthday and has offered him a holiday in Cornwall. It seems clear now that my son will head back to the UK in 2019 and he has application forms for volunteering opportunities as a first step to creating a new future for himself. I want him to make the most of family whilst he is over there deciding for himself what he thinks of them all. It turns out my brother’s widower’s nephew and neice work in some of the industries that my son wishes to pursue so that might be fortuitous.
  11. Life is not perfect just as I am not. I am learning rather late in the day that is OK.

What are you happy about this week?

Highlights OF My Week

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  1. Kim Carberry November 22, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    Happy birthday to your son. It sounds like he had a lovely day.
    The coffee machine sounds fab. We need to treat ourselves now and again.
    It sounds like your daughters home education is going well. Twenties fashion sounds so interesting. x

  2. Becky Willoughby November 22, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    18 is a big milestone! Love how well your children are doing even though sometimes you doubt yourself x

  3. midlifesinglemum November 23, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Seeking out happiness is good. I think one can only do that if one has some contentment to begin with. It’s a positive cycle but you must have done something right to get into it in the first place. Have a good week. xxx

  4. Michelle Twin Mum November 23, 2018 / 11:17 am

    You can sniff at all those reasons, a whole heap in there and it sounds like some acceptance too, which is good. Mich X

  5. endardoo November 23, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Reasons to be cheerful indeed! #BlogCrush

  6. Jayne SMABL November 24, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Wow! So many lovely highlights and new discoveries. Fab to hear that your son had a great birthday and has so many adventures to look forward to when he returns back to the UK.

    I could sense lots of happiness in your tone as I read though this and that made me smile. x

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  7. leannelc November 27, 2018 / 9:32 am

    It sounds like a great week – I just did my monthly wrap up post and it had less in it than you accomplished in a week! So lovely that your son had a wonderful birthday and was happy to share it with family – 18 year olds are sometimes less family oriented than he seems to be. And I LOVE apple crumble – one of my go-to desserts for Christmas family gatherings x

  8. Alice V-DIYerfy November 27, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    I agree, I love doing special things for my children’s birthdays too. I love celebrations. I think it’s wonderful to take some time out and appreciate the small things you do with each family member, those build relationships and happy memories. And Kate, it’s good to spend a little money on yourself every so often. I spend about $30 a month on myself with my subscription beauty kits. It isn’t a whole lot of money but I love sending myself these little gifts once a month. #AnythingGoes

  9. likeherdingcatsblog November 27, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    What a lovely week. Enjoy all your new posh coffee #anythinggoes

  10. Jean | Delightful Repast November 27, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful week, Kate! And I love that you and your son cook together. Wish I could still cook with my mum! #triumphanttales

  11. Mummy here and there November 27, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Happy birthday to your son. It is lovely to hear you are happy and have positives in your life X #anythinggoes

  12. AliDuke (@weirdoA) November 28, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    It sounds like your son had a good birthday. I have made it a goal of mine this year to take more time out to read, I am so glad that I did, I have read some fantastic books this year.

  13. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... November 28, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    We got a coffee machine for our wedding in the summer and I’m addicted! Wow, an 18 year old! I can’t imagine my little ones being adults! Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

  14. Lucy At Home November 29, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that your son had a good birthday, and the idea of having a year of birthday treats sounds fab! And walks in the forest always help me feel better too #blogcrush

  15. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin December 2, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Wow, that’s an eventful week, with some really lovely positives! I love your daughters reply about being cheerful, and I also love 20’s fashion. Do you remember The House of Elliot tv series? You should get it on dvd, your daughter might well love it, I know I did anyway! 🙂 xx #GlobalBlogging

  16. JakiJellz December 3, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    It’s great to hear that you are feeling happier and looking at all of the positives! Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales.

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