Remember last month when I said that October was my favourite month of the year (after December obviously ;-))? Well I take it back – this October has been awful and there’s very little that’s made me smile this month I’m afraid.
After my operation at the start of the month I was hoping that life would get back to normal quite quickly but it really hasn’t at all and I’m still in a lot of pain although I can feel it getting easier each day. There’s been days where I’ve spent half the day in the bath as that eases the pain better than anything else and days when I’ve cried and been unable to get out of bed.
It’s not going to last forever though so I’m trying to look on the bright side and I promise that next month I won’t moan about it at all – especially not in a post that’s supposed to be about the small things that have made me happy!
The kids have been amazing this month and I’m so proud of them – they’ve made me smile even when I haven’t felt like it. They’ve spend time with me while I’ve been laid in bed and have talked to me when I haven’t had the energy to talk back. They’ve helped out around the house and totally understood when they’ve had to do more for themselves.
I’ve also realised that I have very lovely friends who have constantly made sure that I’m OK and offered help and advice as well as care packages, lovely gifts and flowers. I genuinely feel very lucky and that’s made me smile too.
My little Buddy has made me happy this month, even though he’s less fluffy than I’m used to right now. He’s never far from my side and has spent so much time upstairs with me that I’ve even brought his bed upstairs so he can get comfortable while he keeps me company. He prefers the bed though and I woke up one afternoon last week to find him having a quick check on the blog – no doubt looking to see if I’d shared his embarrassing haircut photos with you!
I got a new lens for my camera this month as a get well present from Mr Frugal and I love it, or at least I think I’ll like it when I get out for more than a quick walk with it.
Miss Frugal has discovered Pinterest and one day last week she climbed into bed with me with her iPad and showed me all of the DIYs that she’d pinned and wanted to have a go at making. We made a list of ingredients and she went off to the shop with Mr Frugal to buy everything and we then spent a lovely afternoon at the Dining room table with her doing her DIYs and me taking photos and writing down her recipes (there’s always a tweak here and there with her). We had so much fun that we’ve decided on a girly DIY afternoon once a month and she’s already started on next month’s list.
I set myself a bit of a challenge at the start of the month to declutter throughout October and although I haven’t been able to do as much as I wanted to, I’ve definitely done a fair amount. I cleared out quite a lot before my op and then since managed to delegate a lot to the kids and Mr Frugal while I’ve been in bed. We’ve cleared out all sorts and there’s been trips to the charity shop as well as the local tip. We’ve managed to sell a few things but I haven’t made much effort on that front as I couldn’t be bothered if I’m honest although I do have the things in the garage that I think will sell and I’ll get on that as soon as I can. I can see the house looking less cluttered as I look around which I love and I’ll love it even more when I get back on my feet more and clear out the rest of the things I have planned.
This month more than any other since I started writing this series has shown me how important it is to look for the little things to focus on.
Do you look for the little things?
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