Word of the Week: Hopeful


We’ve had a good week.  The temperature has improved (unless of course it changes again) and it really feels like spring has sprung.  It has actually been warm enough to wear sandals to do the school run, but admittedly, it can still be a bit cold when there’s a breeze, but instead of wearing a bulky coat, a cardigan will do. We’ve also had loads of lovely sunshine, blue skies, and the days are now longer.  All this makes me rather feel giddy, hopeful even.  Then again, today we woke up to grey skies and light rain, at least tomorrow’s forecast should be a good again.

I know winter is long gone, but I’ve only really felt the long shadow of winter leave the past few weeks and that spring is really here.

And it also looks like, our long house saga is about to end.  I say this with caution because the last time I wrote about it, it fell apart.  I still shudder with what we’ve had to go through, the stress, the tension, and how it affected us so much as a family.  We’ve been living surrounded by boxes for over a month now and it’s awful.  But I’m feeling hopeful about our situation.  In fact, we’ve actually been talking about what to do and where to go for our summer holiday.  We’ve been so consumed about the house move since September of last year, we didn’t have any room to think about anything else, let alone going away for the summer vacation.

As for little T, she is definitely back in the rhythm of going to school, doing homework, and attending her after school activities as well as playdates.  I do hear a lot of “It’s not fair mum!” when I tell her it’s time to go to bed.  Why do kids hate going to bed?  As if they’re worried that as soon as they fall asleep, something exciting happens without them.

Even Boots seems to have accepted her fate of being an indoor cat instead of an outdoor one. She is also tolerating Doc more and can spend time in the same room with him, she still glares at him of course, and gives him hissing sounds whenever he dares go near her, but at least they seem to have accepted each others presence already.

We have errands to do in Plymouth on Saturday and T has a birthday party to attend on Sunday, so it’s going to be a bit of a busy weekend for us.

What about you?

How was your week?

Do share.

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Hope you’ve still got the sunshine down there as it’s clouded over up here today….not what I had planned for today’s activities. Sometimes having a little sunshine brings motivation to get things done or get out, hopefully more of those boxes have been unpacked. I’m on a two week countdown until I return to work so sunny days are a perfect way to end my last maternity leave and enjoy time with the boys.
    Have a great weekend x x x

    • Grey clouds and light rain over here too! But if the weather forecast is correct, it will be better tomorrow. Have a lovely weekend too 🙂 x

    • It’s grey clouds today I’m afraid, but if the weather forecast is correct, we’ll have great weather again tomorrow.

  2. Oh the weather does make everything seem a little bit more hopeful! I feel for you living the boxes. That really can’t be easy and managing the house and kids too… Where did you pack the fish slice!? (sorry if you don’t own one). I shall ask, why don’t babies go to sleep when we know they are tired!? You don’t need to answer but I feel your pain with the bed time!

    • Thank you! No, we don’t have a fish slice! Not sure I know what that is actually. Is it like some sort of special knife? 🙂

    • It’s been dull and rainy here too. Thanks. Hope you have a good one too 🙂

    • Oh you guys are so lucky to be able to get away without the kids! We’ve never done that. Sorry to hear about Roo misbehaving and whatever problems you’ve had with your blog. Hope all is well now. x

  3. Beautiful thoughts! Weather in Bournemouth is awful, just raining all day and makes everything so grey and dull and time go slow. Hope for the better tomorrow! X

    • It’s good that they are back in the swing of things, isn’t it? 🙂

    • You guys are lucky! It’s been grey all day here, but tomorrow’s weather forecast promises sunshine! Yay.

  4. Oohh everything seems to be on their right places! I hope the Plymouth trip went well. Its been raining and is gloomy here today (& cold!) so no sandals for me yet and well I dont think my toenails are ready. This is where I am hoping I am in Manila so that I can call someone to clean it for me haha!

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  5. This Winter has sure dragged on and on so it was lovely to see the sunshine this week and the warmth suggesting summer is on its way. Hoping the move goes well for you. #WotW

    • Thank you! I hope so too. Weather has been really good over the weekend too. x

  6. It’s been a strange week hasn’t it. It’s hot and cold. I’ve made the most of the sunshine by getting out with the dogs.

  7. ‘They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for’. Hope everything is on the up for you.

    Cat x

  8. There is certainly a change in the weather and a seachange in feeling that winter is finally over & Spring is here. The warmer weather does feel good doesn’t it ? I hope you had a lovely weekend and that things continue to move upwards for you
    Popping across from #WoTW
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  9. Well, my word for the week is: Tired! This week has been crazy busy already, and I’m literally counting down the days until the long weekend ahead.
    I hope you guys all have a lovely bank holiday weekend together, and I look forward to reading your next instalment.
    Anna x

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