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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 18:37 
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Further to my post about my back gate, I discovered yesterday who the kind neighbour was.

I was out yesterday morning and made myself some lunch on my return. As I was eating it, I saw a strange (unknown) man walk across my garden past the french windows. When I went to investigate, I noticed that two separate parts of the garden fence, which had also been damaged by the storm, had been repaired.

The man came back a few minutes later, so I went out to talk to him. It turned out that he lived in one of the neighbouring bungalows. From memory, I think he was also one of the people I noticed stopping to stare through my gate when it was jammed open.

Anyway, I thanked him and he said that he was a member of a 'Good Deed' society. I've never heard of that, but I'm all in favour of helping someone if I can and regularly do.

He also offered to fix my gate so that it would close properly, although he needed to get some materials first.

I am so grateful to him.

Does anyone have any ideas of something (preferably not too expensive, as I have limited means and he probably wouldn't accept it anyway) I could get him or do for him as a thank you?

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 19:36 
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Could you bake him a cake or make a batch of soup?
Or why not join the society and 'pay it forward'?


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Cal, how lovely! I love all of JS' suggestions.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Last night I got a call from the boss stressing out because we'd been rejected from the 'list of approved schools'.

Got in this morning, read the email, he hadn't read it all the way to the end. It actually said we were accepted, but that one particular course was rejected and we couldn't run that one. (Lovely government doesn't want beginner students coming into the country any more...)

What a load of stress off - we've been working for this since before Christmas!


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Carol, what a lovely thing to have done for you! Baking a cake sounds like a nice thank you, or making some sweets maybe.

Whitequeen, well done! I imagine that must be quite a relief after your boss's call last night :roll: .

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Thanks for the suggestions. I had thought about making a cake, but I suppose I should check he's not diabetic first.

I also thought of knitting him a woolly hat, as I noticed he wears one and maybe some gloves.

I am a good knitter (although I say it myself!) and the co-ordinator of a project at my church to produce knitted items for the Operation Child shoeboxes. :)

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Matching hat and gloves? Perhaps a few nice stripes?

What a lovely community idea.

PS. I don't want to upset Abbey, but I saw my new therapist yesterday. We had quite a long first session, and another one in three weeks' time.

In some ways I feel a failure because I haven't been able to rid myself of the nightmares and sleep-walking, but I think that beating myself up about this is more useless than a chocolate teapot.

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I'm pleased to hear you're being given help, Jennie! You're absolutely right that there's no point beating yourself up about it. I do hope that the therapy will help.

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Abbey, I think that you are beating yourself up. Try to think of five good things every day. Sometimes five good things are hard to find, but keep trying.

I think your MH counsellor really doesn't want to be bothered with you, but is not allowed to say so, so she makes excuses, which is not a good thing,as all she's doing is making you feel like a nuisance. Perhaps she's hoping that you'll go away and not bother her any more.

Is there a counsellor attached to your doctor's surgery? Try that. Sometimes, just talking about it is good.

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Enjoyed a day out with a friend today. Viceroy's House was really good and then to Pizza Express afterwards :) tired now!

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I had a lovely morning this AM.

I met my friend Jean for coffee, and we sat and talked for almost two hours. It was great just to sit and chat for a long time.

Then we did some shopping, and went home.

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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I am happy because this week is the Spring Sing with the excellent workshop leader and my friend, Andrea Small. Still places if anyone feels like a joyful day out, with excellent food thrown in, within easy reach of London.

And it includes the chance to meet Lesley of Lime Green Musing. Oh and me too of course :D

PM me for details....

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I enjoyed it when I went! (and can confirm that cestina is really very nice :wink: )

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Agrees with Abbey.


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Abbey wrote:
I enjoyed it when I went! (and can confirm that cestina is really very nice :wink: )

Oh good :D

We miss you both....

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Last few posts lovely and cheering!☺


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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cestina wrote:
Abbey wrote:
I enjoyed it when I went! (and can confirm that cestina is really very nice :wink: )

Oh good :D

We miss you both....


I've only been once, several years ago, but I did really enjoy it! I also agree that cestina is great. :D

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Thank you times a million to everyone for supporting me on the whinging thread. I thought I'd let you know that I'm feeling a little better now... I mean, I'm still angry and upset and everything, but the initial wallowing/wound-licking period seems to have finished and I'm feeling more rational now and have even done constructive things like cooking dinner and putting away my clean washing!

Also, my bluetooth adaptor for my noise-cancelling headphones came today (and worked on the first try!), so now I can do productive things without going mad from noise instead of being tethered to my computer!

And I am doing various online courses (I've got the bug...). One of them is about dinosaurs which is fascinating because I've never known anything about dinosaurs apart from about three names of them! Another is climate change, also fascinating, and one is about moons (guess what? fascinating!). Also logical and critical thinking which in its fourth week has finally got a bit of meat on it - before that it mostly seemed to me to be 'sensible thinking'! So I'm enjoying those.

Anyway. Just wanted to let you all know that all is not all doom and gloom and say thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Glad to read so much happiness, especially Abi's! :) I might join you in that critical thinking course... oh and the dinosaurs... and maybe the climate change one ;-)


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