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Eight happy thoughts Meme

briar rose in summerI got home this evening feeling a bit grumpy. On the run up to Christmas I generally work a six day week. Everyone wants their work finished by Christmas. At the start of November, this is fine. Just a distant date. By now things are hotting up. I have four clients on the go and promises have to be honoured.

Jalopy and I returned late tonight, with no post in mind. The Min Pins were fighting over an organic carrot, filched from the vegetable bag. Great Aunt Daisy Beatyl was asleep and Danny greeted me at the door.

I was delighted to see that I had been tagged by Fluffius Muppetus. An innovative blog with good gardening posts and podcasts. I am fascinated by her grow dome. I have seen it materialise slowly to become an edifice of beauty. And useful too.

The only problem was the subject of the meme. I didn’t have 8 happy thoughts. Danny was practical as he tucked into his soufflé.
“Eight? It should be three! Get a pen and paper. Are you sure that you need 8?

The rules for this meme are as follows:
When tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. Then post these rules before your list, and list 8 happy things about yourself. At the end of your list, you must tag and link 8 other people.

8 happy thoughts

  1. Danny greeting me at the door. We try and do this as it makes everyone feel good. Sometimes we just don’t hear the other’s car reverse into the drive. If you are welcomed home you quickly forget the travails of the day.
  2. Our own flock laying eggs. They are off lay at the mo’ but come January we will be collecting warm eggs for breakfast.
  3. Picking and eating a few fresh raspberries straight off the canes in November. I did this last week.
  4. Cleaning and refilling the bird feeders and waiting for 5 minutes until the birds realise that the restaurant is open and the shrub is filled with birds again.
  5. Eating the Brie de Meaux that Jocelyn and Miles bought from a great cheese maker in France and that I collected yesterday. As it deteriorates very fast we have the excuse to pig out.
  6. Having our hair cut at home! It’s cheaper and companionable. When my hairdresser, Phillip, retired I decided not to spend a morning getting my hair cut. Elaine cuts our hair in the evening. Keenly observed by the Min Pins.
  7. Reaching for a bottle of wine. Opening the bottle of wine and quaffing.
  8. A greenhouse packed with scented geraniums, pelargonium and tender fuchsias. With a bit of luck, they will survive the winter to enjoy another summer in the garden.

I have tagged these eight blogs (in no particular order)

Somerset Seasons

Little Foodies

Shadows and Clouds

Pat’s Food Blog

Meg’s Mum’s Muffins

Purple Podded Peas

The Beauty Offensive


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  1. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Seahorse,

    I am so glad that you agreed to do this meme. I really enjoyed your 8 happy thoughts post.

    Hi Kathyann,

    Great that you are doing the meme!

    Glad that your damson gin is good. I am going to try making cranberry vodka this year. The fruit is tart enough to make a great drink I think.

  2. Hi Fiona and Danny,Thank you so much for tagging me ,after the time I’ve been having recently I need to think happier thoughts !!!!!!I’m going to post it on Thursday.I was going to bottle some more of my damson gin but needs must ,I think I’ll probably get a bttle out of it yet ,it was so lush!!cheers, hic!!!.No sloes picked this year but after reading your posting think I’ll be trying allsorts next fruit season !!!! Like the sound of the Vodka and its cheaper .Party on !!!Love from Kathyann at Meg’s Mum’s Muffins

  3. I’m late. Sorry, but I am very happy to have been given this Meme, and as I’m feeling quite content I think I will do it now 🙂

  4. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Joanna,

    Living out in the sticks quite a lot of people use a travelling hairdresser. I am a convert although she doesn’t bring the stack of magazines that I used to enjoy at the hairdressers!

    Hi Amanda,

    I found doing this meme magically removed the grumpiness.

    Hi Mildred,

    When I actually defined what makes me happy it was the little things that surfaced.

    Hi Pat,

    I am looking forward to reading your 8 happy thoughts meme!

    Hi Celia,

    œA quiet contentment. That’s my life at the moment.

    Hi Danny,

    Thanks for adding more happy thoughts/fleeting joys!

  5. Danny Carey

    I have just discovered that My Darling ignored all two of my contributions to her list, which I did volunteer over supper on that evening:

    Receiving a phone call from the dentist’s receptionist two hours before I am due there, to inform me that said torturist has the flu and my appointment is cancelled.

    Reaching into the wine rack for the last bottle of wine of the week on a Friday night only to discover that there are two there!

    Fleeting joys, no doubt, but real highlights all the same!

    Says a lot about me 🙂

  6. Hi Fiona – thanks for tagging me!!! And thank you for sharing your happy thoughts.

    I like the idea of being happy about everyday things – a quiet contentment.

  7. Ohhhhh Thanks for thinking of me Fiona does that count as one of my 8 thoughts that friends think of me. It does make me happy!!!

  8. I love Happy Thoughts! Not sure I could narrow it down to 8 though!!

  9. Only 8 – Crikey Fiona, how am I ever going to narrow it down to only 8 happy thoughts? Ah! I know! Wait until I have a grumpy day. Happens at least once a month… hahahahahha!

  10. Eight happy thoughts (although I have only just graduated from kitchen haircut to the hairdresser, and am not yet ready to give it up!) … it seems to me that you have a lot of the main things right in your life (which is not the same as saying it’s easy)

    Thanks for sharing


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