April has come and gone in a flurry of activity. The theme of the month was the title of this post. You can train your brain to become happier and that’s my intention. I do get by with help from friends, who provide excellent advice such as 15 Positive Tips to Be Happy right NOW!, and inspire me with thoughtful articles like Drop Into Your Heart: It’s Easier Than You Think. But I’m a sun lover and spring has finally sprung!
April was an on again and off again month when it came to the weather and the many false starts made us think it was spring only to have winter enter the picture again. Easter weekend was beautiful, though the temperatures were below seasonal norms and the rain fell relentlessly throughout most of the month. Our perennial flowers and shrubs all made it through the long, cold and wet winter and I’m happy to see the two most hardy of the rhododendrons, pale pink and rose colored are in blossom now. The others are in bud and will bloom later this month.
Green Home Renovation Resumed
We had another sunny weekend and resumed our Green Home Renovation. Our home has been well maintained but as it’s over 20 years since we built it the time has some for some additional TLC. I’m pleased to announce the renovation of our bathroom is now complete. The oak counter-top was has been refinished as was the rest of the woodwork and the tile was repaired and replaced where required. Best of all, the king and queen now have a brand new throne and all the other goodies like the brand new sink, bath, three way vanity mirror, new lighting including a makeup light bar. I’ve never had such luxury before and it’s so convenient to be able to see my face and hair so well without my glasses.
How does your garden grow?
I love container gardening and companion planting. This year we decided that the soil in my deck container garden planters was depleted and required replacing. What a job packing those containers up and down the stairwell that was but it’s over now. I decided to buy most veggies this year. There are many organic gardeners who are so close by and I will be happy with growing flowers, herbs and salad greens on my deck. The hummingbirds are back and it’s too early for butterflies. What we are worried about is the lack of honey bees.
More Changes Mean More Free Time
Our friends changed their plans and are choosing not to take early retirement. Now they are parenting grandchildren they need the income to do it with. That means I will see the girls on weekends and holidays only when they will be making Healthy Snacks for Kids by Kids. As I won’t be a temporary caregiver during the week that in turn means I’ll have some free time I did not expect to have.
Changing and Rearranging
The good news is that the many changes and rearrangements in my schedule and my hubby’s resulted in happy outcomes. I was on the front line in our business while he was at a conference and this time not a single crisis arose. All went so smoothly that I was able to complete my contracted work ahead of the deadline. I received both praise for work well done and a paycheck with a small bonus.
Hooray! for May
May is now here and we are basking in sunshine with temperatures predicted to become record highs. The good weather is predicted to last more than a week and I am smiling as I type this.
I intend to enjoy the great outdoors while cavorting with my dogs in the sunshine, rather than devoting this unexpected time surplus to blogging.
I hope you readers are happy too and all is well in your world.
Would you care to share what’s contributing to your happiness these days?