Reasons to be Cheerful 14/02/2014 #R2BC

Although I really enjoyed doing my 'Reasons To Be Cheerful' last week and I did intend joining in again, I didn't expect it to be quite so soon. 

This week had such a crappy start to it that I had perfect reasons to put this blog hop to the test and to take note of the cheer all around me! 

Decadent Lounging

Having unexpected snuggles and movie time on the sofa - with popcorn and Doritos of course - on a Monday afternoon with my Teen Boy. He was home sick you see, but it still felt decadent. Like mitching school and a perfect precursor of our loungeful Mid Term Break to come next week!

Sneaky Snooze

Well what else can you do after the school run, with the pelting rain and howling wind whipping around your house? You take to the bed for a spell with cuppa and book, of course. Oh, and a Pretty Cat content to snuggle up right at your feet, thereby denying you most of the double bed! 

Comforting Food

A yummy home-cooked Beef Proven├žal Stew (with my own added ingredients) and some soda bread  - on the day that the wind and rain of earlier morphed into the nasty Storm Darwin of The Wizard of Oz proportions! 

Unfortunately I was the only one who really liked the meal, which means it will never again grace our dinner table. Ah well, it was worth a shot!

Ditching The Diet

When the going gets tough - the diet gets ditched! Oh, the freedom....

No doubt my high blood pressure and cholesterol will protest and I can certainly kiss my Hot Blogging Ass nomination goodbye, but I can always make amends next week!!

Shopping Delights

I was only going to the Shopping Mall to collect my weekly crochet magazine, but on the way I stumbled upon some Body Shop Beauty's ....

And I treated myself to a lovely, leisurely lunch too. It was only a hot sandwich and a cup of tea. But it was eaten alone. In peace and quiet. Bliss....

It's the little things really, isn't it?

Valentine's Treats

And so a crappy week ends very cheerfully. Very cheerfully indeed. In a day filled with a joyful time in my favourite swimming pool - where I happened upon an Aqua-Aerobics class that I just had to join and a lovely teacher with her fine brood of Special Needs Teenagers. And followed by a lovely family dinner out with my boys. 

And this early evening treat...

Well, it is my birthday, and I am SO worth it!!

It's always a good week that ends in a birthday and shuffling through the many facebook greetings made it even better! 

Happy Valentine's Day to you all ..... From your Jazzy -Valentine's -Gal!!

Cheers ;-)

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  1. I know what you mean about the snuggly afternoons, when they are too poorly for schiol. There is something that feels very 'bad mummy' about it but so much fun. Love your reasons this week,.especially that its your birthday!! Hope you've had a fantastic day and got, at least a little bit, spoilt xx

  2. happy birthday! so glad you found plenty of cheerful things to brighten up your week :-)

  3. Happy Birthday! Was our little club really two years ago? Wishing you a wonderful year full of reasons to be cheerful. xxx

  4. Well you certainly had a good week ;0) Have a lovely weekend.

  5. @Joanna Henley: Yes, it is such fun! And a bit guilt-ridden when you're not sure if they're sick enough to be off school or not. I did indeed have a lovely day, than you :-)

    @Becky Willoughby: Thank you! There's always something to cheer us up if we take note :-)

    @Midlife Singlemum: I know, so hard to believe it was 2 years ago! Makes me feel old in one way yet in other ways I feel exactly the same :-) Thanks R :-)

    @MsXpat: Thanks, and you too :-)

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

  6. Love this post and how you use words. Decadent lounging indeed. I keep being tempted to go back to bed after school run to chill and read but then don't. Maybe I should indulge. The stew looks awesome to me - comfort food.
    I like that even in a crappy week you took time out to look after you.

  7. This post put a HUGE smile on my face! I remember your *50* club and I also recall asking if I could join when I turned 50, which incidentally is coming up! Never in my life, two years ago, did I imagine that I would actually get to meet both you and Blue Sky. I am SO GLAD that I did. I also know that I will see you again at some stage ~ maybe for the *60* club!!! xx

  8. @kateonthinice: DO.IT.!! Give in to it and do it, at least one day a week, it is such a treat! I guess it do it without realising it? It make me feel better and then I can look after everything and everyone else better :-)

    Thanks so much for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

  9. @Bright Side of Life: Ah, so glad that it made you smile! I know, it's crazy isn't it? we never know the opportunity life affords us and we should just do it if we can. Can't wait to welcome you to our little club!! and look forward to th #60Club - It's a date!! If we don't get to do it before then ;-)

    thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

  10. Happy Birthday to you!! Great #R2BC

  11. Luverrly post. I love the snuggles on the sofa...and as for the sneaky dive into bed after the school run....bliss! XXX

  12. Happy Birthday again, and very glad that your week got better xx

  13. Ah, sorry I missed your birthday! Happy belated birthday! Glad it ended up a good week. And you've given me a reason to be cheerful too - the thought that tomorrow is my last day in my office job so maybe one day soon I can get back into bed with a book and a cuppa after the school run - well if you say it's allowed, it is!!

  14. @Steph Curtis: Oh, never too late... thanks for the birthday greetings! And yes, YES, it absolutely IS allowed! Good luck with the new change in your life. When I gave up my office job years ago I realised that I went out to work for a rest!!

    The week DID end well..... until yesterday when our gorgeous budgie died :-(

    Ah well, onwards and upwards.....

    xx Jazzy

  15. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVELY LADY. X I hope you had a lovely day, and that soup/casserole looks totally delicious. X

  16. @Older Mum: Aw, thank you honey! I did indeed have a lovely day/weekend/week!! Time to get back on that diet pronto!

    xx Jazzy


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