Reasons to be cheerful – 1, 2, 3

I’m wearing my Converse baseball boots today, the ones I was given by my son and his partner for Christmas.

They’ve got glittery rainbow colours on the side and they’re fab. Reasons to be Cheerful #1

It’s all too easy to work from home in ‘loungewear’. I’m not on trend like my old friend who runs the Is This Mutton fun and fashion blog. I mean, this girl is Glam with a capital G.

However, I always make a point of changing out of my dog walking clothes each morning into something I wouldn’t mind being seen dead in. Especially the shoes. I love my slippers but they’re not exactly suitable for work.

Reasons to be Cheerful #2 is the weather here today. It’s one of those crisp, winter’s days when the morning sky is pink and the coldness makes your cheekbones tingle.

Who could fail to be moved by this glorious scene? Even better is that both dogs had a brilliant run and are now curled up at my feet in The Shed of Dreams where I am pulling up my novel in progress by its bootstraps and tackling some fundamental issues head-on.

And I’m winning, enthused once again by the tale I started spinning some months ago and also inspired by the delightful Marian Keyes and her free, online writing class. I’m currently doing an MA in creative writing with The Open University, which is great but I’m so wrapped up in the academic side of it I’d forgotten how much fun writing should be.

But, best of all, here’s Reasons to be Cheerful #3. My 95-year-old mother had her Covid vaccination yesterday, after a week in which I was waiting for a promised call from her local hospital that never came.

So, after plucking up courage to phone the doctors to find out what was happening, her surgery then called me in the car at 5.15pm, about quarter of an hour after I’d left her house, asking if she could come into the surgery at 7.30pm.

So I drove home and fed the dogs and went back to her house, picked her up and waited with about four other people at the end of a mass vaccination session.

We had to wait a little while because they had to open another phial. But who cares? By eight o’clock, it was done. And with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine too.

Huge thanks to the NHS staff up and down the country in getting us closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. And well done to the volunteer stewards who are helping things run smoothly in difficult times.

Last night, I felt a weight lifting, which wasn’t helped by a delicious takeaway king prawn bhuna which has just put the weight back on again.

Still, we’ll get through the darkness, all of us, together.

That’s about it.

Love, Maddie x

By Maddie Grigg

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings. Expect reflections on rural life, community, landscape, underdogs, heritage and folklore. And fun.

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