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sparklerSome weeks it’s harder to find a reason to smile. It would be just dandy if I could find the reboot button and start again. I’m not just talking about the recent international events. Although I did read a tweet that suggested that we might achieve reboot by pressing the Arctic and Antarctica down at the same time. OK, that made me smile!

I follow the belief that I can always find a silver lining. I am an optimist. This week has felt a bit like a re-enactment of Sisyphus pushing his boulder up hill, only to find it at the bottom of the hill again the next day, and the next. I can start again next week. In the meantime, there are plenty of moments to smile at. If only I look hard enough.


1. Apples are a big part of my life at this time of year. I have wheelbarrows full that I’m gradually working my way through. Putting another cauldron of apples in the freezer, ready for crumbles and pies, in the colder months, is enough to make me dance with joy and smile.

2. We had a fabulous firework display in our back garden this year. Partly to celebrate Bonfire Night, but also to celebrate middle one’s birthday. A very happy girl!

knitted multicolour Christmas lanterns with snow close

(last year’s decorations – still in the attic!)

3. Her birthday always signals the start of Christmas preparations. I can start to organize. Surreptitious gift making. The odd present bought. Ideas for this year’s Christmas crafting. Even a few Christmas food goodies put aside. Lists are being made. I love this time of year.

4. Not that I’m ready to turn my back on autumn. Every time I see the colours, it really does make me smile.

copper-beech5. We had family time together this weekend. We went to see The Storks at the cinema. The laughter of the children was quite contagious.

6. I found a couple of dresses for work. I’m not a good clothes shopper, which is why I tend to make my own. No problem buying clothes for the children, but not for me.  I find it overwhelming, so to find two dresses, that fit perfectly, is amazing. Even a pair of trousers too. I must be on a roll.


7. Oh, and I loved the John Lewis advert.

8. And finally a strawberry. I found it hiding behind the strawberry bags today. We’ve had our first frosts, but it’s tucked away in a sheltered area, so must have escaped. I wonder if I can cut it into 5.

So, my word for this week is smile, because it makes everything else seem possible. Let’s hope next week, my word is not boulder!

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