I have discovered how to be grateful.

I am joining in with Maxabella Love’s weekly blog hop about gratitude. Check out http://kympiez.blogspot.com/ for other grateful posts as she is hosting this week.

1. I am grateful for my husband. I know that is a bit cheesey coming from me who is normally so sarky. However, this week I wrote a blog post about him for his children. It made me remember why I love him so much. When someone commented that he sounded like a fabulous guy, I had a wake-up moment where I realised that yes he is and I take him for granted way too often. Shhhh! This is top secret and not to be shared with the man himself.

2. I am grateful for the house I live in and our wonderful land with its crop of apples, greengages, pears and plums. I have taken these for granted recently until they were threatened. I think the threat has gone but I resolve here and now to appreciate living the dream.

3. I am grateful that the X Factor is back. I am yet to be convinced by the new judging panel (with the exception of Gary Barlow) and miss Danni Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell. However, it provides my Saturday fix in the chillier months and heralds the countdown to my birthday and Christmas.

With love from the Striking Mum x