Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A smile in a dark place.

For the umpteenth time I have sat down with my laptop with every intention to write a new post for my blog but each time I do words seem to fail me.  I seem to have some sort of brain block going on.  This has all occurred since we got the news that Hubby's op was unsuccessful and our baby dreams were all over.   My moods have been up and down ever since then, I'm getting on ok but it's hard, really hard.  At the moment we have no choice but to put the thoughts of babies to the back of our heads and just get on with it.  What else is there to do?  But finally getting to today's post, well over the last couple of months I have had  many sad moments so I have decided today to write about some of the things that bring a smile to my face and make me happy.  It helps that I sitting in my garden with the hound, soaking up the glorious sunshine and topping up my vitamin D levels, I can't help but smile and feel happy. Its all to easy to find things to moan about especially when you feel like everything around you is going wrong (seriously that is how I have felt recently).  At the end April we had the pleasure of  going on a weeks holiday to Devon.  While I was on holiday I had plenty of time to ponder over things and remember that as sad as I have felt these past weeks, there are actually plenty of things in life that our good and make me want to smile, so here are are ten of them  These are in no particular order but it goes without saying Hubby and Spike make me the happiest and bring the biggest smiles to my face, (and my family too).

1) Through the good times and the bad I am blessed with my wonderful Hubby Pete.  There's lots of corny, soppy things that can be said but that's not really me.  So in a nut shell he just knows how to make me smile. A friend was asking how things were the other day and she commented on how strong our relationship was.  We've been through so much together but however bad things get,  he can always bring a smile to my face and turn my tears into laughter.  He can read me like a book so when even when I try to hide my feelings from him when I'm feeling sad he always picks up on them.  Sometimes I need to just sit and be quiet , sometimes I need to get angry or cry and he's there for all these times but one of the things he does best is make me laugh.  Humour can be a great cure for the blues!

2) If you have read some of my previous post you will notice a very cute little hound features in many of them, my gorgeous little Spikey (see picture above).  I love my dog dearly and he always brings a smile to my face with the cute things he does like when you get home and find he's hidden one of your slippers or he's buried one of his dog treats in the bed!  These little things he does make me smile.  Bless my little pooch, at the moment he's jumping round the garden trying to catch flies.


I am extremely lucky and have the most loving and supportive parents.  Both my Mum and Dad often do things which make me smile, sometimes its the little things they do that mean the most, like picking up something they know I like whilst out shopping or surprising me by bringing Spike along when they had to pick me up from work when my car was in for repairs.  Its like a wise little bear once said, sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart, good old Winnie the Pooh.  Last week we had the pleasure of catching up with two of my Aunts who we hadn't seen in a very long time. One came over from Germany and one from Australia.  They are my Mum's sisters and it has been many years since the three of them have been together.  My Mum has had a difficult and frustrating few months after her knee replacement so it was wonderful to see her relaxing and enjoying herself with her sisters.  Along with a great family I am also very lucky to be blessed with some fabulous in-laws. After we received the news about Pete's op, a lovely surprise came in the post, a card and a little wooden guardian angel.  It was from my Sister-in-law and her family.  It was just a little card to say that they were always there for us.  I am a lucky gal.

4)  One of my favourite movies is Despicable me.  The second film is due out in 2013 but Hubby found the following clip which I love!!! It makes me VERY happy. It never fails to bring a smile to my face.  If you haven't seen it I highly recommend watching it.

5) After dinner a bit later we we'll go for an evening stroll.  We are lucky to live near many gorgeous places to walk. There's something about taking a walk in the evening in the countryside as dusk is creeping in and the birds are chattering away, its so peaceful and serene.  When you walk through the wood at the local country park,  it almost looks like a painting.  Sometimes you can be lucky and even get a glimpse of bats flitting about and the very occasional deer.  

6) Going on holiday, definitely brings a smile to my face!  It's great to get away.  The last couple of years we have opted to holiday in England and although we weren't as lucky with the weather this year, we had a wonderful time.  I just love to go exploring, me, Hubby and the Hound. There's so many beautiful places to explore in England.  Look at the picture below, looks somewhere tropical doesn't it, it's Padstow in Cornwall on the one day of sunshine we had on holiday.  The other pics are Spike having fun in the sand.

7) Sunshine!  Its been a gloriously sunny day today, it was my early finish, so I thought I should make the most of the sunshine and rather then doing housework (definitely doesn't make me smile),  pointlessly walking around the shops (although shopping does make me smile) I thought I would grab the laptop and chill in the garden. Its just so peaceful sitting her, listening to the birds singing away and the bumble bees buzzing around the lavender bushes. *sighs contentedley* 

8)  Sitting in the sunshine I decided I best put on some sun cream.  Every time I put it on I have the same thought, 'I love that smell'.  The smell of sun cream, makes me smile.  It conjures up memories of holidays in the sun, lounging by the pool or beach.  I love the way smells can do that, trigger memories (but only if their good memories of course).

9) Surprises, surprises are great! Not just the ones that involve being given a gift but when someone does or says something (nice obviously) that surprises you or they do something unexpected for you.  These are some of the best surprises.  

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 If your reading my blog then you make me happy! Do you know what makes me even happier?  If you leave a comment.  So how about telling me something that makes you smile?  I'd love to know what makes you happy too.


  1. Hi Kate, a lovely post,it's does you good to find positives in life. Apart from my hubby and family, writing my blog makes me very happy. I love reading my older posts and thinking ,I did that! Lol your dog is gorgeous,I have a German shepherd.

  2. Thanks Anne, I love writing my blog too but recently as I say not had blogger block but hopefully back on track again. I love German Shepherds, Hubby would like one.

  3. Hi Kate, What makes me smile, is watching Ben roll on his back in his bed, he does that a lot. Like to add one more reading that even when everything isn't good finding something positive to write to say, that makes living worthwhile! Great post, have a great week!

  4. Hi Mary,

    yeah I love that too, it looks so cute doesn't. I saw pictures of Ben, he's gorgeous. I like that reading, must remember it! SO true. Thanks for comment, hope you are well.

  5. Kate, I'm doing good;)Ben knows hes cute tries to use it to get out of trouble!tee hee

  6. Yeah these pooches definitely know how to work it LOL!

  7. Hi Kate, good to read your blog, I was feeling a bit down but life could be worse, and my naughty daft half blind German shepherd makes me smile, every day, so I have lots to be grateful for.

    Take care


    1. Hi Susan,

      thanks for your comment and stopping by my blog. Bless your dog he sounds lovely. We do have to remind ourselves however hard things get we need to remember the good stuff and things to be grateful for. It's not always easy to do though is it ;)



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