For the past few days I have been feeling very under the weather and have been curled up in an armchair as much as possible, feeling rather pathetic. Things are looking up today, though, and I feel ready to rejoin the human race again. I’ve been thinking about little things that make me happy, as a good way of dispelling the last of the malaise. Nothing to do with castles or dancing beasties! Simple pleasures, such as:
A new embroidered cushion to brighten up the sofa. I’ve been meaning to make a patchwork Union Jack cushion for a while, but fell for this pretty ready-made one on my foray into the outside world this morning. (There are lots of Union Jack things in the shops at the moment, I don’t know why: perhaps, after recession and political scandal, Britannia is trying to bolster her rather fragile self-esteem?);
A happy dog. (Ears flattened to indicate he is about to jump up prettily.) Nothing makes you feel better about yourself like the ecstatic welcome that dogs give you every morning, as if they haven’t seen you for weeks. As they said in Peanuts, ‘happiness is a warm puppy’.
Looking out at the white hills cheers me up too. I don’t mind the fact that we still have snow and sub-zero temperatures in this long cold winter, because it means that there will still be plenty of snow in the Cairngorms in a couple of weeks’ time, which is the earliest that we can get up there for a day of skiing and generally enjoying the mountains. The webcam pictures from Cairn Gorm look almost irresistible: it’s very tempting to just carry on up the road north after dropping the children at school! Can’t wait to head up there for a day of fun in the snow followed by a big mug of hot chocolate at one of our favourite cafes in Aviemore, where they serve mountaineer-sized portions.
more sunshine and flowers – well, you can’t have enough of either at this time of year!