Friday, 18 May 2012

Reasons Not To Feel So Mardy

So I'm not in the best of moods at the moment.

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 to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart


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.


28 comments:

  1. I'd be interested to hear more about that show when it airs - how exciting to be invited.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely ... we'll see what happens.

      Delete
  2. Sounds like you had some lovely reasons to be cheerful. Hope your mood picks up a bit! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you ... Its starting to pick up again now!

      Delete
  3. Well it certainly sounds like you had a good week gastronomy wise! I love Richmond park too. It's super. I can empathise on the absentee husband front. Mine is all but away at the moment, he's working such long hours. It can really tire you out can't it? Fab news about the TV show. Testament to Older Mum being a fab blog. x

    PS: We recently got some new shoes for Pip from The Shoe Station in Kew. Lots of lovely shoes for girls and boys - different from the run of the mill stuff too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the tip in Kew. Yes, eaten some yum yummy food this week. I love food! And yes, its very tiring with the other half away so often. We'll see how the TV show transpires.

      Delete
  4. Some really lovely reasons there but OMG I wish Stephen had gone on Wednesday!
    He gives our industry a very bad name and just makes me want to throw things!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thankyou ... Stephen not going REALLY annoyed me!

      Delete
  5. How exciting about the Ch5 show, good luck with that. I hope you're feeling cheerier soon x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers! Yes, we'll see how that one turns out!

      Delete
  6. Really lovely reasons to be cheerful, new shoes always work a treat for myself and my daughter too!
    You were right, chatting with my friend really did help xxx thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I ended buying myself some new shoes yesterday - which was a nice treat!

      Delete
  7. Its great that you have been able to find some things positive its quite a list it is. I like the sound of tat place in Marylebone, I must try there.

    Great to read your post I don't think I've read your blog before. I'm now a few follower. As another older mum I look forward to reading your post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello. Thank you and thank you for the follow. Yes, the Natural Kitchen is great! Perfect for ladies wot lunch!

      Delete
  8. Love your reasons - good luck with tv thing'

    ReplyDelete
  9. It is so true that time spent with a good friend can really recharge you. :) Good luck with C5. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I did feel buoyed by last weeks socials ... Its all going ahead - I'm feeling nervous amd excited.

      Delete
  10. So very true. Good luck lovely x

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love the opener to this post - very frank - this is all the crap that has gone on. But... this is the good stuff :-) I can comprehend on the PMT front, I had a rouge day the other day but can feel it ain't over yet! I am hoping that getting out in the air for 'The Garden Project' throughout the week and the Chelsea Flower Show on Friday might fend the worst off. And I completely and wholeheartedly agree, joining in with the R2BC is always a good way to go when that black cloud lingers. I too have the same 'what to write' syndrome when the PMT looms, and do the same as you, just don't. Then all of a sudden my mojo comes back and off I go again. WONDERFUL news re : C5. Count down to Britmums is getting smaller! I am going to try and sit and do the Meme you tagged me for while J2 is having 40 winks!x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you .... I've always had PMS but one year I did a month long detox and it managed to sort it out for a while so I might have to do the detox again. The C5 thing is going ahead ... and I'm starting to get very excited about Britmums.

      Delete
  12. I hope you are better now that the sun it's shining x hugs xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! Im getting there. Its been a much better week weather wise.

      Delete
  13. Lovely to have you join in, sorry I am so late to the show! Sounds like it was a great week despite your hubbie only being there for a short part of it. Mich x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, when I look back it was a better week than I imagined. I hope to join in more of these.

      Delete
  14. Sounds like a great week! Having lunch with friend is one of my very favourite things to do. The Channel 5 thing is very interesting - looking forward to hearing about how that pans out. Polly x

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...