Younger Dad is currently overseas on business until the beginning of June. He makes brief appearances at the weekends before heading back to Heathrow.
It continues to rain.
I haven't worn any of my new t-shirts yet owing to the lack of sunshine. Its cold. The thermostat is turned up even as we rapidly head towards the longest day of the year.
Stephen wasn't fired on The Apprentice.
And ... The PMS storm clouds have rolled on in much earlier than anticipated.
So I thought it a sage idea to reassess the weeks events and discover some Reasons To Be Cheerful as an antidote to my morosity.
Reasons Not To Feel So Mardy ....
Last weekend was actually very pleasant. The sun made a successful challenge to the overcast grey and so we went out and about. On Saturday Younger Dad, Little A and I went on a family adventure to Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park. This is where we got married so it evoked some very fond memories and warm feelings. They were actually preparing for a wedding reception when we arrived. It was lovely to see the organza bows wrapped around the chairs and beautiful displays of wild flowers on the tables. The theme appeared to be silver and purple. We all went for a relaxing stroll in the woodland area adjoining the Lodge. Alice picked blue bells and ran around in circles while Younger Dad and I held hands and chatted. After kicking a ball around we drove to a local pub for a hearty lunch. Some much needed family before Younger Dad flew out on yet another business trip.
Then on Sunday Little A and I called upon my best friend H and her toddler, Little M. They live on the other side of London. The journey took us down the A40, through West Central London and then up through Camden and Finsbury Park towards Crouch End. Little M is only ten months younger than Little A and I really hope they strike up a long lasting friendship as they get older. We all had lunch together; the girls ate cheese on toast while us mummies picked on pitta, hummus, olives and salad. We spent the afternoon in the communal gardens warmed by the mottled sunshine. Little A and Little M ran around kicking a ball and tumbling down the toddler slide. This gave H and I a chance to have a much needed catch up. I always feel refuelled after time spent with her.
Tuesday, we bought some new shoes for Little A. I loved watching her face light up as her feet were measured and the way she proudly stomped around the shop testing her new footwear. We purchased some pink pumps which should last until the early Autumn. Her new shoes guaranteed a cheerful Little A for the rest of the day. Happy toddler. Happy mummy.
On Wednesday I met up with another good friend for lunch. We always rendezvous at the Natural Kitchen in Marlebone as its an easy destination for the both of us, and the food is delicious. I had organic chicken, sun dried tomatoes and brie on warmed ciabatta followed by strawberry cheesecake. I'm very partial to cheesecake. My friend also studied on the same counselling course as I did so it was good to talk shop. I felt very satiated from the cuisine and company.
I've been having difficulty writing this week. Creativity and ideas have eluded me. So on Wednesday night I switched off the PC and relaxed with a novel on the sofa. I often find myself just dawdling on the laptop and not doing anything constructive. So it was good to switch off the technology and indulge myself with a good read.
Today I received an email from some one from Channel 5 who is looking for contributors on a pilot for a new audience discussion show. They are looking to discuss the fact that births in over 45's have doubled over the last decade. Now I'm not over 45 but I do have plenty of opinions on this subject and that's why I set up Older Mum last year. Must be why they contacted me. Watch this space ...
Finally after having checked the weather outlook I'm feeling a little cheerier again .... warmer climes are on their way.
Head over to the wonderful Mummy From The Heart for some more Reasons To Be Cheerful posts.