I'm not really sure what a blog hop is yet but I decided to give it a shot. I have done them before but I'm not completely sure I'm on the right track! Anyway here goes! My Reasons to be Cheerful this week are: Friends One of my longest friends arrived over for a visit from Scotland to Ireland this week. She came to see her sister who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and to visit a sick relative. I took her to visit my mother on Monday and I took her to the airport to fly back home on Wednesday. I was happy to see her come and sad to see her leave. As always. Juicing Juicing is my new way of being kind to myself. I started two weeks ago and haven't stopped. I have a feeling it's going to be the one thing that finally clicks with me when it comes to being kind to my body. I'm not focusing on weight loss but on what nutrients I can supply my body with. I am finding it easy to have juice in the morning, juice or smoothie for lunch and then a nice healthy dinner. This mornings delicious concoction consisted of curly kale, broccoli, apple, cucumber, celery and lemon. For lunch I am having carrot, orange, apple and garlic and then for dinner, a vegetable curry with beans for protein. Sadly my new juicer gave up after only two weeks but on the cheerful side, the shop where I purchased it are willing to exchange! Health I'm just so pleased that my mother, who is eighty, is in good health again. No chest infections,no asthma attacks, no breathing difficulties, no arthritic pain. We were at a hospital appointment on Tuesday and the doctors were really pleased with her. Lunch Tomorrow Lunch out tomorrow hasn't happened yet but I'm hopeful it will go according to plan and I'm feeling cheerful about it. I have an exam in the morning and then my husband is taking me out to lunch. It will be a mad rush to get back to collect my little boy from school but having him to collect is yet another reason for cheerfulness!