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!

12 thoughts on “Smile

  • Friday 11 November, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    awww what a wonderrful week spend with family having fun and laughter, sounds perfect X #wotw

    • Friday 11 November, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Woud no replace that for the world.

  • Friday 11 November, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Love that you chose the word smile despite this week’s challenges. I’m an optimist, too, though sometimes you do have to work to find those silver linings, don’t you?! Sounds like you’ve done well and I love that strawberry thriving there – yes, that’s clearly a snack for five! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Friday 11 November, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      I reckon that is pudding sorted tonight.

  • Saturday 12 November, 2016 at 10:25 am

    A great word despite the week! I love how that strawberry’s fighting on regardless! #wotw

    • Saturday 12 November, 2016 at 11:53 am

      That is a brave little strawberry!

  • Sunday 13 November, 2016 at 2:05 am

    I always think you have to smile, even with challenges in the way, it’s easier to get through things and there is always a positive!
    Our stash of apples isn’t as great as yours put we certainly have loads to take us thru winter. I’m a sucker for apple crumble, which is a good job really!!
    As for that Strawberry, it must be really hardy!

    • Monday 14 November, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      We love apple crumble too. It is so easy to put together or make slightly differently. A definite win.

  • Monday 14 November, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Love your word of the week and look forward to reading about your handmade goodies. #WotW

    • Monday 14 November, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks Helena.

  • Tuesday 15 November, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Aww what a lovely week. I love how many apples you have collected 🙂 So many amazing things to cook up ..

    • Wednesday 16 November, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Aren’t there? I keep finding new favourite apple recipes.

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