Inspired by Jennifer, I bring you a random collection of things which have made me happy recently.
Angus. He has exasperated me lately, but he has also made me laugh and smile a lot, most particularly when he took it upon himself to give himself a hair cut. His fringe was, apparently, annoying him and so he found some scissors and (leaning over his bin - no mess!) hacked away at the offending hair. Just as we were about to leave for a birthday party, I noticed his odd haircut. I couldn't tell him off as I was laughing too much.
We called in at the hairdressers on the way home and they did their best. It's incredibly short. When Angus saw it he said "My forehead looks really big now Mummy!"
I also had a very, very long overdue haircut, but not a DIY job. I spent last Saturday morning getting my trimmed and coloured and when the stylist dried it, she asked if I'd like the ends curled. Why not, I thought? I had pretty, swishy hair all weekend and felt brilliant. A new hair cut and being about to finally do up my skinny jeans - these things add spring to one's step.
Watching the blossom on the ornamental cherry tree in the garden. It's a bit sparse, but beautiful to look at none the less.
Bella the bookworm. She was so excited with her pile of library books after Saturday's visit and spent all weekend with her nose in a book. So like me at that age.
Watching the light move around the house, especially the bright late afternoon sun which shines longer each day.
A recent walk to a favourite spot, always so peaceful.
Observing my mum with four of her six grandchildren on that walk. Without anyone saying anything, all children gravitated towards Nana, where they orbited her throughout the afternoon, fighting to hold her hand, asking her things, telling her things, searching her pockets for chocolate buttons. Us parents can only walk along behind.
The blossom and blooms, suddenly everywhere.
Setting the table with Angus for our Sunday evening meal. Roast chicken followed by sticky toffee pudding. John cooks, I clear up, and kids eat everything in sight. It's one of my favourite things, our Sunday meals, the best way to end a weekend.
Thank you for your lovely recent comments on our living room and my blanket. I so enjoyed reading them all. I always read all the comments but I am sorry if it sometimes takes me a while to answer questions or emails. As soon as Easter comes I will do some serious housekeeping, blogging and otherwise.