Reasons To Be Cheerful: a Flower, a Loss and a Celebration.....


The days are long, seasonal time-changes notwithstanding, and very, very busy as the count down continues to my teenager's state exams in June. I try to remind myself that these aren't important exams and they don't really count for anything; whilst also keeping these thoughts far, far away from my mouth lest I let them slip, giving him ideas that he really shouldn't have!

However, there's always time, if you make it so, to notice and enjoy........


A Flower

A Camellia plant sits forlorn outside my front door, where it's been for the last few years. It's green leaves fading and their edges browning with each passing year as it keens ever outward, desperately stretching towards the sunshine it needs to grow into the beautiful flowering plant that it knows it can be.

It's far too heavy to move so it's staying put, but I did take pity and feed it some magic plant growing foodstuff at one stage. It never responded.

Then lo and behold a couple of days ago I noticed something very, very strange.  Buds. Getting ready to flower. And look what finally popped out yesterday, just to brighten my day.....



                              If you look closer you can see some more buds ready to flower!



A Loss

I'm very good at losing things, generally speaking, and usually things that I really could do without losing either. So it was great to recently discover that, between the ups and downs and the jigs and reels of life, I'd finally lost something I've been trying to lose for quite some time now.

A stubborn something that simply refused to ... well ... get lost!

Yep, you got it. Since December/January I've lost 10lbs of the most stubborn post-injury weight ever! I've still a bit to go yet but..... Go Me!


A Celebration

A birthday is a really good reason to be cheerful, but when they're no longer guaranteed they become ever more special, even if they can't be fully celebrated.

Today a special lady in my life defied all the medics in her life and celebrated another birthday!

This is no mean feat considering all she's been through.

So,Happy Birthday Mam - you are my biggest 'Reason to be Cheerful' xxx






This post is part of the 'Reasons to be Cheerful' linky hosted over at Ojo's World ......








19 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your Mam. Good luck to your boy in his exams even if they are not the big ones. And I spotted the little bud at the top of the rose bush. Wishing you another good week. xxx

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    1. @Midlife Singlemum: Thanks, for all your comment! Hard to see, but there are at least four more buds. I'm really hoping that they flower too :)

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  2. Ahh happy birthday to your mum, I hope it was a fab day and well done on losing that stubborn weight. Mich x

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    1. @Michelle Twin Mum: Thank you. It was a short enough time with her, she's just not able, but it was a special day that we were lucky to have with her. xx

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  3. Happy Birthday to your Mum, well done on the weight loss and best of luck for the exams, for all of you! Love the flower too, it's little miracles like that that really brighten up our days, isn't it? xx

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    1. @Looking for Blue Sky: Thanks a mil! yes, it really does mean a lot to see a little something pretty that is unexpected :-) xx

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  4. Awe such a lovely post, wishing your mam a very happy birthday and hope the exams go well!

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    1. @Grainne Reid: Thanks Grainne, fingers crossed for the exams!

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  5. What a lovely flower...I am so looking forward to seeing some bloom here...if spring ever comes! Happy Birthday to your Mom! I hope that she had a wonderful day with you...Yay! on the weight loss! Those last pounds are always stubborn..:)

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    1. @kathleen: Isn't it pretty? It's like a miracle flower, especially considering the state of the rest of the plant! Yes, those last pounds are a killer!

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  6. Stunning reasons to be cheerful. Happy Birthday to your mam and hip hip hooray to the weight loss. xx

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    1. @Bright Side of Life: Thanks so much! xx

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  7. Lovely post, beautiful flowers, well done on the weight loss and happy birthday to your mam xx

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    1. @whereismy mindgone: Thank you, much appreciated! xx

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  8. Happy Birthday to your mum.... there's definitely a connection between that plant and your mum defying all odds! X

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    1. @Older Mum: Thanks. Gosh, I never thought of that. I love that there could be a connection..... thank you :) xx

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  9. I love that the flower came out around the time of your mums birthday, it feels significant! Well done on the weight loss! That is VERY close to my heart xx

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    1. @Jo Ojosworld Henley: Thanks. I'm really liking that about the flower too! Weight loss is NOT easy so stick with it! xx

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  10. I hope your mum had a wonderful birthday and well done on the weight loss. I could do with losing some myself :-)

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