This is my wrap up of things that made me smile during the month of June. Earlier in the year I made a commitment to myself to make a concerted effort to think about the great and positive things in my life, and in particular, those things that make me smile. These days, most of the things that make me smile are the simple, every day things that many would consider to be unremarkable. No longer do I need big things or big events in my life, to make me happy.
When I decided to write monthly, about the happy moments during each month, I had no idea that Covid-19 was about to appear in our lives, causing life, as we know it, to change. I’m sure most would say that the past few months have been quite stressful and worrying. But this post isn’t to dwell on the worries of Covid-19.
Winter came with a vengeance in August, with heavy rain and very cold days and nights. Despite that, there has been much to smile about during the month. Due to self isolation, I’m still staying close to home, only venturing out for groceries and exercise. Life in isolation has forced me to slow down, and take a look around me. For a change, I have time to appreciate my life and realise that, amongst the negatives, there is so much positivity and much to be grateful for.
Not being able to see my three grandsons at the moment, does not make me smile. But when I saw these two photos which were taken on a weekend at The Gold Coast with their Dad, the smile immediately came back. They are growing so quickly, and I desperately want (need) to see them. As I’m in Victoria and they live at Noosa, Queensland, the borders are closed to us. I have my fingers crossed that it won’t be too long until they open, but I’m not feeling very confident about that happening.
I couldn’t stop smiling as the weather improved, in the last few days of August. We have endured a dreadfully cold winter in Victoria, this year, and I have been counting down the days until spring. We were very fortunate to have received lovely sunny days and mild wintry weather before spring arrived. This day was the first blue sky that I’ve seen in what seems weeks.
This rose has flowered prolifically since spring, right through autumn which is usual. But this year it has been covered in flowers for the entire winter. It’s a Delbard rose but I can’t remember it’s name. In spring and summer it’s a beautiful pink and more creamy coloured in winter.
First daffodils of the season. They are definitely smile inducing. I’ve made a mental note to plant many more bulbs next year.
Being able to get out onto the rail trail with Oscar, four times during the month has been fantastic. At the moment I’m just walking, but the bike will be coming out very soon.
- Early mornings in the gym
- Active August which was organised by Sue from Women Over 50 Living Well
- Walking every day
- Stretching every day
- Face masks being made mandatory
- New greenhouse arrived and was erected
- Succulent iso project going well (more to come on this)
- Binge watching West Wing for second time
- Listening to West Wing podcast
- Harvesting green vegies from the garden. At the moment there is silverbeet, snow peas, peas, cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower and lettuce.
- Waving goodbye to winter
- Seven new standard roses to plant
- Sunshine on the last two days of winter
Here’s a puppy who made me smile. Hope he makes you smile too.
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