5 reasons to be cheerful about December

Yes I know: only a very bad - or desperate - blogger would publish two lists in a row.  But there you go, that's what happens when you don't plan your blog 'properly'.  Worse, I'm going to splice together my random reasons for being cheerful in December that relate to this odd little household with the latest news.  Confused?  You will be.


So my top five are:

...Being able to run outside to cool off.  Bliss.  You young ones wouldn't understand of course.

...Icy cold water from the tap, nothing more refreshing.

...Mince pies and Baileys.  Not necessarily together, but then again, sooooo yummy.

...Snuggly winter coats that hide the extra Christmas padding due to excess pigging out on the above.

...I'm off the tablets that kept me calm for the past 6 weeks.  But eventually they also made me hideously depressed, headachy and unable to write.  So they HAD to go.


And then there's the good news from the past week.

Smiley's future


At a very productive meeting this week I learned that finding something suitable for Smiley in adult services sounds promising, and an application is being made to get me some more help at home, which I'm going to need for reasons that I didn't get around to blogging about yesterday.

Christmas is almost sorted


The panic set in as I changed the page on the calendar and instantly my Facebook feed seemed to be full of perfectly decorated Christmas trees, while I had done nothing, nadir, not even checked the last posting date for Australia.  That catches me out every year.

So on Monday morning I opened the laptop, wrote a blog post about Christmas gifts, used it to place orders, and began signing the pile of Christmas cards.  Made a charity donation in penance for doing so few and, in all fairness, does anyone under 40 send cards any more?

I began making the dreaded Christmas lists, and a midweek trip to IKEA let me cross off a few things.  And during the long walk around the store I decided that I could happily eat Christmas dinner in one of their rooms too, and then a friend suggested that IKEA should throw in a blond Scandinavian chef to cook and serve.  Now wouldn't that be the most wonderful Christmas bonus for carers?

Out to lunch


The teachers strike gave me the chance to bring teen boy and Angel out to lunch without the worry of wheelchair accessibility or the availability of mashed potato.  The teen made a real effort, and stepped outside of his comfort zone, without expecting a reward, so of course he got one.  And on that happy note it's over to everyone else who has posted over at Ojo's World.

Ojos World





18 comments:

  1. Hope everything comes through for Smiley. I have got a few Xmas things in but not written any of the 12 cards I normally send!

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    1. Yep, it will be the big campaign of this year :)

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  2. Your comment about Christmas cards made me realise that will be another thing to die out along with snail mail. Fingers crossed for Smiley and great that you had an unplanned tripout for lunch.. Those are always the best x

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  3. Great news re Smiley, hope it all works out. I normally send 50 cards for New Year but we've decided that we're going to make a donation to charity instead this year (not, like you, doing cards and a donation...I feel a bit mean now!!). Will we see you on the news on Christmas day sitting in the middle of IKEA eating your dinner?? I hope so!!! :)

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  4. Lovely, lovely reasons. Christmas cards are not on my 'to do' list this year as our postal system is out of order! Africa!!!! Am really chuffed to see that your boy went out of his comfort zone, good news. xx

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    1. Yes, I was doing a little bit of sneaky RDI over lunch :) xx

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  5. Very cool list and a great way to acknowledge that while you are not always writing you are living and appreciating the things that get you through the day!

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    1. This blogging linky is one of the best things I can do during the week to lift my mood!

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  6. I really hope you get the extra help, I hope positive news keep coming, for all of you, not just smiley. I sleep with a fan, so I get the cooling down reference. (Haven't even BOUGHT Xmas cards) xx

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    1. It's great to have somewhere to log all the positive news in one place too, thanks Jo xx

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  7. Hope everything works out with Smiley and lovely to read that your son also seems to be doing well. xxx

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  8. LOVELY list as always darling - I love that you are getting some help with Smiley xoxoxo . I am mad for Bailey's myself

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    1. Thank you and I'll raise a glass of Bailey's with you :)

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  9. Your first December reason made me smile! Don't mention Baileys and mince pies - I am trying to shed the stones!! I like your family reasons to be cheerful. Carers should get far more support and treats than they do. I have done exactly nothing towards Christmas yet - it will happen and it will be fine

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