Reasons to be kind

Oh the difference that a bit of kindness can make!  This last week has been laced with kindness from wonderful friends from near, far and twitter.  I may have mentioned that I was sick: probably just a bad head cold, but I don't seem to cope with them so well these days.  The opportunity to slump wanly on the sofa watching daytime TV and glugging Lemsips just does not arise.  Besides the lovely visitors were arriving on the Sunday and staying till the Wednesday and not having seen them for a year I was determined to enjoy myself.  Germs be damned.

They were so kind.  Despite being on holiday, they made sure that I barely lifted a finger in the kitchen, fixed things around the house that I'd forgotten were broken.  Attacked the wilderness that is currently the back garden, and we still found time to do a few touristy things, including watching a pair of seals frolicking in the sea and playing peek a boo around the rocks, a couple of lovely meals out, an escapologist on Dublin's Grafton Street, and a trip to the Little Museum of Dublin (which I naively thought was free..).  Photos from these trips are on Instagram, which has become my new guilty pleasure.

The lovely visitors also helped me to finally frame and hang these pictures, which I obtained through the kindness of two friends from twitter: a word of admiration from me was followed by the offer of a print in the post.  How could I refuse?  However things that don't need to be done just wait and wait.  But it was time.  So a huge thank you to Barbara Boucher (@therextras) and Catherine Drea (@foxglovelane) for these lovely pictures, which overlook our dining alcove and mean that Smiley is no longer looking at an empty wall while she eats.



And finally I just want to mention my twitter friend Paul Bowler (@PaulWSBowler), who appeared in Dublin for one night only, in front of friends, family and an audience expecting to be entertained, as a virgin stand up comedian.  If anyone can think of a more impressive way to celebrate reaching your 40th birthday, I'd love to hear it.  I'm all fired up to do something that I find scary now... and I hope to be posting about that very soon!


Reasons to be Cheerful



14 comments:

  1. Oh no, I didn't realise you have been sick. I seem to be missing out on a lot of news since I have cut back on facebook. Hope you are now feeling better. How divine that your lovely visitors were so LOVELY. xx

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  2. What lovely visitors you had! A definite R2BC, I've been ill too, it's a bit I-could-do-without-this isn't it! http://www.autismmumma.com/2014/11/rollercoaster-my-wotw-and-r2bc/

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  3. Your visitors sound lovely! If I lend you my hairdresser, can I borrow your visitors?? Xx

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  4. Couldn't have gifted a print to kinder person Candi. Am thrilled that you have it framed there now, it looks great! May you and Smiley enjoy it for many years to come. x

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  5. Feeling the fear and doing it anyway usually works wonders to our self-esteem. Had missed that you were ill as I was too and hope you are recovering now. Your visitors sound very special indeed. I love both your new prints

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  6. What lovely visitors I good you're feeling better by now even just a little brighter helps. Those prints are very lovely how nice. Xx

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  7. Hope you are fully better now, friends can be so amazing! Well done to your brave stand up friend

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