"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Thursday, January 03, 2013

Seven more things...

I just found a post from 2006 this one, in fact, in which I listed seven things I was pleased about from the previous year and thought I might have a go at it again. Life is quieter these days, as I am no longer teaching, but the days still get filled up one way and another, so here goes, in no particular order:


  1. Being able to see my grandson, Paul growing into a delightful, intelligent and  energetic boy that his father would be so proud of.
  2. Having two dogs instead of one. Jake joined us last new year and he and Paddy get on so well.
  3. Doing Pets as Therapy visits to a nearby retirement home with Jake. He loves going and the residents love seeing him.
  4. Being in my second year of learning Welsh.
  5. Elder Daughter having passed her consultancy exams. Soon she will be a consultant in care of the elderly, which could come in useful for us one day!
  6. Seeing Younger Daughter settled in her own house and living an active life.
  7. My iPad  Christmas present from Keith. (Yes, I know, very materialistic of me!)

For anyone who would like to have a go at this, feel free!





16 comments:

  1. A very interesting list of achievements/pleasures. Lovely. Ipad eh? Just updated my mobile phone - that takes all my intelligence! lol!

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  2. I've just acquired my daughter's old iphone 4 too, Mrs N. :)

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  3. It's a good list of things to be pleased with. You should include the iPad as I would be very pleased if I had received one for Christmas. I have just got an iphone which I love. Happy New Year x

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  4. A lovely list. Very balanced. I'm hoping my son gets a new iphone as he's promised me his old one... :-)

    I might do one of these for a post too.

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    1. Good idea, Katherine. Hope you get the iphone. ;)

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  5. Lady Magnon has an iPad; the battery life is quite short, but otherwise she never without it.

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    1. I find the battery life is good on mine, especially compared with non-Apple products.

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  6. A good list all of which I'm sure will also give you much pleasure this year.
    Flighty xx

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  7. An interesting list, particularly the therapy dogs bit, my two are xhooligans still, but maybe in time xx

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    1. They have to have an assessment, Sage. Jake passed, Paddy failed! :( However, he can try again in April.

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  8. You have to watch it with these iPads you know. Mrs P complains that she never sees me without it these days! Oh and like you. I inherited my daughter's old iPhone, but it is nowhere near so addictive.

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  9. Ipads are definitely addictive, SP and yes, more so than iphones. ;)

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  10. I commented before but it seems to have gone astray. Perhaps it was all the swearing?...A lovely list - reminding us all to count our blessings.

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  11. Lost in the ether, no doubt, YP. Yes, it does put one in the mood to count one's blessings.

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