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Reasons to be Cheerful

It has been so long since I’ve done one of these, and I thought it was about time for another! Feel free to play along on your own blog, and link to it in the comments.

Here is a smattering of my own recent reasons to be cheerful:

  1. Pumpkin patches in October, both recent and long ago. These pictures were taken at Hillview Farms a few days ago, and eight years ago, respectively. (I’m telling you, the photos that are popping up on my October screen saver are killing me with cuteness. Apparently I took a lot of pictures of the boys during October, when they were little. I’m having an adorableness overload over here.)

  1. Everybody busy in the same room, doing our own things but still together nearly all day. (Those laptops are simultaneously the best and worst things we ever bought them…)
  2. The home stretch. Yep, I finished knitting the sweater at 11pm on Sunday night. I still have ends to weave in, and buttons to make, but if I can do that quickly, I might even get to wear it this afternoon! And the weather is perfect for it. Sweater Weather is even more wonderful when you have your own handknit to try out.

  1. Mason jars and chalkboard labels. Need I say more?

  1. Cozy boys: together on the couch, with an early copy of a book written by a friend, and a mama-made blanket.
  • Friendly blog readers, who complement me on my hair and give me plenty of advice and/or empathy when necessary. Thanks for that!
  • How about you? Anything making you cheerful this Monday morning?

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    28 thoughts on “Reasons to be Cheerful

    1. I’ll bite, what on earth is Decaf coffee concentrate?

      1. It’s how I make my coffee now. I wrote a post about it when I first started. Check it out: Cold-Press Coffee

        1. That’s it – I’m a convert. I have wanted to buy myself a french press forever (HB doesn’t drink coffee, so it’s just for me) but keep putting it off. I was afraid that I’d get tired of using a french press to make coffee every morning, but you’ve solved that problem.

          And bonus, I can keep the French press in a cabinet when I’m not using it since I’ll make most of the concentrait ahead!

          1. I’ve been doing it this way for a few years, and I love it. Also, it cuts down on the coffee smell (Neil despises the smell of coffee). It ends up being a somewhat mild brew, but I really like it that way. I’m not a fan of strong coffee.

    2. The comments my class of 5/6 yr olds make when telling their week-end news each Monday!

      1. Oh, that sounds positively adorable 🙂

    3. Oooh love the chalk board stickers!!!

      Today ive been shuttle tatting for the very first time and loving it. I love small fiddley things. Im hoping to make my own lace embellishments one day, and jewellery!

      1. Interesting! That’s something I’ve never tried.
        I am really loving the chalk board stickers, but they’re pricey. I plan to make my own one of these days.

    4. Can you please teach me how to do some stuff with clay like cover pens or make ornaments. Maybe one day I can start “Polka Dot Creations 2”


      1. Sure! Tomorrow is my studio day, so I will be making crochet hooks. I can show you how to cover pens then, if you want 🙂

    5. Do you like my theme song?

      1. Yeah, your song is wonderful and I’m sure my mom loves it!

        1. Really? It’s reassuring to hear that. Thanks, BOG.

      2. Honestly, it makes me want to puncture my eardrums.

        1. It makes me cry to hear that.

          1. Go go gadget tear ducts!


          2. I love pickles

            1. I like earwax

            2. Seriously, Flufy. Inspector Gadget doesn’t have time to think about pickles, he’s too busy crying over how my mom was so mean to him.

            3. i like my little pony

    6. I am considering banning my children from this website 😉


    7. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 YAY NO BANISHMENT! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    8. the refrigerator shot made me smile, as I do remember being inspired reading your coffee concentrate post, now I’m inspired over the chalkboard lids, [thought perhaps it was a DIY and I missed the tute,) then I checked your recipes for the creamsicle shake hoping that was a post I missed…..

      feeling teased……

      1. Let me help you feel less teased 🙂 I bought the chalkboard labels on Etsy, and the creamsicle shake is simply 1 part orange juice to 1 part vanilla yogurt. Easy peasy! (I do want to make my own chalkboard labels someday, though… much cheaper that way! But the ones I bought are really quite nice, and they’ve held up for several cycles in the dishwasher so far.)

    9. Hi Lisa, I tweet a weekly “monday morning reason to be cheerful”, and today I Googled those words for inspiration. And that’s how your blog post became my “reason” today. Thank you, and greetings from London (UK)!

      1. That is so nice! Happy to share the cheer 🙂 Greetings from New Jersey (USA)!

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