Those of you who follow my blog regularly will have noticed that my recent posts have been a little more on the negative side. I’m not ashamed in admitting that things have been tough – The Bloke and I have not been as great with each other as we usually are, the building work still continues, The Bloke’s place of work is going through major changes which has left us questioning potential issues that we haven’t had to consider before, Daisy (the cat) is still a regular (and expensive) visitor to the vets while we are trying to adjust her insulin levels and to top it all off I’ve had an awful bout of flu that has knocked me out for almost a week.
Yesterday I received a comment from somebody who has always been extremely supportive of the blog, in which he listed all the different ways in which I was very lucky. While I reserve the right to use my blog to discuss my feelings, both positive and negative (indeed this was the reason for starting the blog in the first place), he made me think about things in a slightly different way. Yes, things have been tough and will continue to be for some time, but I’ll deal with things as I usually do and eventually things will be fine.
Therefore, today’s post will be about the more positive things in life, and when I am joined by the ‘Black Dog’ in the future I’ll look back at it and use it as a reminder of why I need to rethink my perspective on the situation…
1. My mother has been my rock – I’ve spoken to her almost every day and even though i’m in my 30’s she’s still absolutely the best person to make me feel better and make me laugh. She’s listened, advised, consoled and hugged me when I’ve had a little cry and I don’t think that I could have got through the last few weeks without her. She’s an absolute legend and i’m very lucky.
2. It’s The Bloke’s birthday today. While he’s not a fan of being another year older (he’s a bit of a birthday grinch) I always get very excited as I love shopping for him and watching his face when he opens his presents. This morning was no exception – he’s a total geek and was really pleased with the presents that I’d bought him at the Comic Book shop. I have no interest in comics or memorabilia, but I can quite happily spend hours in them, buying presents for him and the Best Mate, who also has geek tendencies… I’m still feeling rough so we aren’t going out for a meal until Sunday, but that means that I have a beautiful meal to look forward to.
3. My friends. In the last two weeks I’ve had invitations to go to ‘Boot Camp’ fitness sessions, I’ve been told that I’ve got a spa day booked for my birthday next month (thanks MRH), I’ve been invited to a meal and drinks with my favourite girly friends – we’re all teachers that met whilst working at the same school and even though we now work in different places we all keep in touch and meet up several times a year, the Best Mate has been entertaining me with ridiculous texts and rants about his customers at work and my work colleagues (who I consider to be my friends) are a lovely group of people to work with.
4. Daisy is doing well. All the cats are – Wobbly has been my little companion while i’ve been ill and Poppy and Daisy always make me giggle with their antics. I’m really pleased that we seem to finally be getting on track with her insulin levels – you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with her to look at her, but she is certainly drinking a lot less. She also seems to have developed that ridiculous ‘Puss in Boots’ stare when it’s time to be fed!
5. Singing banana’s make me cry with laughter:
6. I’m on half-term next week. Granted, I’ll be in school for half of it because of vocal workshops that I’m doing with a load of primary children and i’ve got a ton of marking to do, but at least I’ll be able to sleep a little more!
7. The plasterer is hopefully going to come and finish off the kitchen next week. That means we’ll actually be able to move into the house properly and carry out our lives without being surrounded by boxes!!
Not as bad as I thought!! And even more exciting, next month I can start getting into the festive spirit by buying some Christmas presents.
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so proud of you for going strong despite things being rough! keep going girl, surely things will turn better! 😀
Thank you very much – what a lovely thing to say!!
I’m not a cat person – a dog person, but I understand and I worry myself silly when one of my dogs is unwell, despite assurances by the vet. I still maintain that a girl’s best friend is her mum, regardless of what age you are.
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So glad you have events coming up that bring a smile to your face! Have a great day!
“Birthday Grinch….” Love it. Wrote a new post and gave you a shout out for the inspiration….
That’s the Suzie we all know. Good for you. Christmas is always a good thing to look forward to. (I’m a birthday Grinch too, so the Bloke is not alone.)
Haha! Thanks Richard!!
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2 Scorpio’s?? That’s unusual! Or maybe you’re a Saggi?
As you say, you’ll find a way to work things out as it happens. No point dwelling on the endless outcomes in life, good or bad.
It’s great that you’ve maintained friendships with your earlier colleagues. Too good!
Happy birthday to the bloke!
I’m a ‘Saggyhairyass’ as my friend calls it and he’s a Scorpio… And thank you!!
there are seasons of life that are fun and some not so fun… you’re getting the not so fun ones out of the way so that you can be more free to enjoy the good ones soon. What would we do without moms? Love your blog no matter what you write, it is refreshing to know you!
Absolutely! Thanks so much, means a lot!
hang in there… it will all be better.
Sorry to hear your days have been cloudy. Remember, the sun is always shinning.
First, the human and I applaud you fur keeping the kitty that is diabetic, even though she requires frequent vet visits…. Lots of humans wouldn’t do that (HISS)!
Also, sorry you’re still sick…. But glad There’s a brighter side !
Thanks Shrimp! The vet actually asked me if I wanted to keep her after she was diagnosed and I was horrified! Of course I did! If you take on a pet, you should be prepared to take on any illness that they may have – I can’t understand how somebody could abandon any animal in need… If you can’t afford vets bills or insurance, don’t get a pet!!
That’s how my human and I feel too! She always gets mad at her neighbor because he won’t take his kats to the vet. He is very old and believes that kats don’t need to go to the vet. She’s always trying to show him that he’s wrong. But he doesn’t listen (growl)!
Some people shouldn’t be allowed to have them!!
I remember in the movie White Christmas they had the song lyric “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep” – not bad advice, crooned by Bing Crosby at that!
Absolutely! One of my favourite films too!
Chin up – I had a bad day the other day but I felt better the next. Life is tricky sometimes, a rollercoaster in fact. Make sure you leave the house as much as possible whilst the building work in going on…and take the bloke out for a pint or three:)
I will, thanks!
You write very well, Suzie. This is one of your very interesting posts.. one that my eye was caught by your sentence: “Yes, things have been tough and will continue to be for some time, but I’ll deal with things as I usually do and eventually things will be fine.”
With all due respect: nothing will ever change of you continue to deal with things “…as I usually do and eventually…..”. If you want things to change you have to change your thinking first, than your feeling. This is the basics of the law of attraction. We create our reality by the way we think. My suggestion to you is – Continue practicing Gratitude and deliberately choose good-feeling thoughts. you’ll be amazed how things start to shape up to your desires/dreams.
So… if you say things will be tough, then of course things will be tough. But if you say, things will improve, then things will indeed improve. See the difference?
There are lots of books and other material about the law of attraction that you can research about (if you’re remotely interested, that is), one that I strongly recommend is a classic: Louise L. Hay – “You Can Heal Your Life”. You’ll be amazed.
I sincerely wish you all the best.