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  • posted by Yowzer49
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    SUNNY i am with you…
    *~ First lockdown deteriorated into me becoming an absolute sloth ๐Ÿฆฅ and feeling really deconditioned by the end of it.
    Determined to do better this time..meditating daily,doing some easy yoga,and have signed up to a 5 day online declutter starting tomorrow! For a long time, Ive got up every time ads come on tv,and done a small chore,and a few months ago, I added an every half hour move about. Its scary how quickly as you get older like me that you can get stiffer and more achy if you just sit around.
    *~ spoke to DD ,me down her path,her in her hall. She has some lovely white cyclamen in her front garden,also red,looks lovely
    *~ I noticed whilst taking a walk that many people have left their xmas wreaths on their front doors,also left their Xmas lights up. Im grateful for it ,we really need the light and cheer more than ever now X
    โ€œ Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossomโ€โค๏ธ
    ( Marcel Proust)

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Woohoo, Yowser …. you’ve got us on to page 90!!! You are sounding very focused and organised for this lockdown period.

    Forgot when I posted, to include this Buddhist quote: Avoid negative people. They have a problem for every solution. ๐Ÿค—

  • posted by Yowzer49
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    Yayyyyy ! Page 90! Woooohoooooo! Go us. Next destination..page 100 ! X x๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŒŸxxxx

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    Good morning!
    Iโ€™ve decided to try and start the day by looking at recent positives….. apparently finding positives in the morning brightens up the whole day …. will let you know!
    So page 90 , amazing. This must be the longest running thread!
    I understand exactly what you are saying Yowzer about becoming a โ€˜slothโ€™, one of my โ€˜resolutionsโ€™ is to make sure I use all my face creams everyday. Really bad when itโ€™s too much effort to use a spot of moisturiser!
    Anyway, to start my day, yesterday …….

    ๐Ÿชฃ๐Ÿงฝ๐ŸงนWe continued with the study cleaning. On the downside we have realised that there is so much paper to shred we need an incinerator otherwise it could be summer before we finish! So the positive, we await an incinerator to be delivered tomorrow…. then comes the fun …. warm fires outside!

    ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ˜€Watched the first two episodes of MAFS Australia on catchup yesterday. Looks like there are going to be fireworks!

    ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿช๐ŸซYesterday wasnโ€™t the best BSD wise. I needed chocolate. I put on 0.2lbs which is a huge relief …. thatโ€™s the good news . Today I can get back to normal without too much damage.

    Itโ€™s just getting light here but it looks really grey. Despite that have a great day whatever your weather.

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    Ooooh, well done everyone for 9o pages of positivity!

    Verano, it makes sense that finding a positive early in the day could lift our mood for the whole day โ€“ and if we start early maybe we’ll find more positives?

    Dry but very cold day here. That’s good as it means we can do our walk and will walk briskly to keep warm! There’s a small clump of aconites in bud in the front garden and they make we smile and remind me that spring is coming.

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    Great to read through all these, especially love the inspirational quotes! Apologies for being off line and not contributing for ages, and thank you for keeping it going. I’ll try to note something every day…..

    I’ve always liked to reflect on positives in the morning to set myself up for the day.
    Here we go….
    – despite it being cold and icy here (preventing us getting out to walk or ride horses) it does mean it is very pretty, the fields are not muddy, horses are clean and happy to stay outside for longer than if it was windy and rainy!
    – my darling husband got me an apple watch for my chirstmas. I’m not big on gadgets but this is pretty cool. My activity targets are being hampered with the ice, but i was smashing them before Monday and its a good tool for encouraging me to be active. Top job MrWindy!
    – I’ve got some nice new jumpers at christmas too…..which are stylishly keeping me warm whilst working from our rather chilly home office!
    – Family fit and well and coping. Not feeling massive impact of latest lockdown requirements yet, bunkered down for the winter or so it feels.
    – Oh, and just to blow my trumpet, i ran a half marathon on Hogmanay – feels like more than just a week ago. Cant believe i actually did it, cant wait to go do more running, cant run due to ice at the moment, but thats just as well as feet needed time to recover from blisters! But due to be milder by sunday so hopefully get out then.

    Good wishes to all my positive forum buddies

  • posted by Yowzer49
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    Oh Wow WINDY!!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸฝA halfmarathon…amazing! Well done x
    SQUIDGE lovely to watch for signs of the approaching spring isnt it ! Lifts our spirits x
    Morning positives for me…
    *~ WINDY I like your word stylish..thats what Im attempting this lockdown! First lockdown,I degenerated into old comfy tops and trousers every day. Stylish is my key word this time round..Have several new tops,will wear each day to keep my morale high,and anyway they are definitely going to be too loose in a few months time!
    VERANO I vow to use skincare products I got for Christmas..yep,me too,I got that way it was almost too much hassle to moisturise.
    *~ I have learnt from my mistakes first locko….I became slothful,and a scruff! And by the end,I was feeling a mess. Will do better this time!
    *~ And VERANO,yes,it looks like MAFS may turn out to be the best series yet! our daily dose of Australia will get us thru the dark January days! X

  • posted by Busybee
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    Yowzer and Verona, you are the winners of the 100 post club! Your cheerful comments and news keep me smiling and this year Iโ€™m trying to find more positives each day.
    I think we must be triplets as so many different comments relate to us!
    I too have never been good at my skin care – I. always remove my makeup but often canโ€™t be bothered to apply the moisturisers at night.
    Also I am aiming to move more and wear more of the clothes sitting in the wardrobe. I my Mother used to say โ€˜what if the doctor or queen arrived?โ€™
    Today is cold, frosty and cold and weโ€™re expecting snow but the garden looks lovely and the birds are still singing.
    Iโ€™m feeling more positive!
    X B

  • posted by WindyJulz
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    Oh I’m part of the “really should use my moisturisers more” club….. I’ll commit to taking better care of my skin too! Especially as I ahve got some irritated skin on my neck – think due to buffs, hoods, woolly hats – covid and winter are not helpful!

    Yowser – I think i am grateful to having daily 10am work calls with the exec management team so I always make an effort to be stylishly presentable at least from the waist up (they cant see the jodhpurs and slippers!) but i think it is good for the “self care” aspects which in turn is good for mental health and rigour, and sets me up for the day…..ok so i dont sort my hair til 09:55 but at least i get there. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Here is to positively stylish good skin for January!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Look at all you early posters … brilliant!! Each morning, I used to write down a minimum of ten positive words, which was quite uplifting. Admit that I’m not a morning person, so finding full-on positives to post first thing is not for me, whereas a few positive words is much easier.

    V, glad you have continued to make progress with your clear out.
    Squidge, I’m a big fan of spring flowers too, they are so cheery and hopeful.
    Jules, well done on that half marathon!
    Yowser, it’s a really good idea to use those products and not save them for some unspecified future.
    BusyBee, the lack of traffic during lockdown, means it’s easier to hear the bird song at the moment isn’t it.

    So, here goes with some positives from me for today …
    ๐Ÿ˜ด slept really well last night. Hoping that will happen again tonight, having once again done meditation and qigong sessions.
    ๐Ÿ“ฑ enjoyed a phone chat with an old friend. He really struggled during the first lockdown, but is much more upbeat this time round.
    ๐Ÿ’‰ Mum and Dad had their second covid vaccination yesterday.
    ๐Ÿฅถ the frost didn’t thaw at all today, but I made the most of it, by taking photos of various plants trimming with frost. Think there’s always something to admire in nature.

    Looking forward to reading your positives, so please remember to post them.

  • posted by Yowzer49
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    SUNNY thats brilliant news about yr parents๐Ÿ’œ!xxx
    Goodnight,all those it applies to…
    Enjoy your adventure in the forest of dreams..๐ŸŒ™ and may angels sprinkle you with blessings as you sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด x

  • posted by Marsie
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    1. Having rejoined the forum after some considerable time I have enjoyed reading this thread with its cheerfully positive notes. Thank you all for that.
    2. Am in my larger local shopping centre, Friday afternoon, sitting having a cup of tea while waiting for the nearby pharmacy to make up a prescription. I often meet
    butterlover here for a cuppa & chat, never have food. However, when alone, I more often than not order a slice of carrot cake. Huge!! Eat the lot!! But, NOT TODAY ๐Ÿฅณ. Sorry for shouting but I do feel good about this.
    3. Relating to both the above, I’m feeling immensely thankful that here in Perth, W. Australia I can sit in a coffee shop, or go to a cafe, hotel, theatre, cricket. All I have to do is scan in, then sit 1.5m away from anyone else. We currently have no community spread of COVID and the only diagnosed cases for the past several months have been incomers, interstate or international, who are tested while in 14 day quarantine. Luck & strong border controls. Wishing everyone the very best of health in your current lockdowns, or non-lockdowns as the case may be. xx Marilyn

  • posted by Busybee
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    Marsie, how lovely to see you back again and obviously fit and well!
    Itโ€™s great to hear from friends old (in time not age!) and new and how positive everyone seems at present.
    X B

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    HI MARIET and BUSYBEE xx
    MARIET enjoy yr freedom – for now we can live vicariously hearing about your jaunts!
    BUSYBEE good to see you my Mersey Mate!
    My positives for Friday (phew, the time sure flies by quickly doesnt it! )
    *~ Had to pop to chemists and Post Office..trip went smoothly,,out and back within an hour,mission accomplished! No queues
    *~ Self improvement plans going well. Been doing meditations working on chakras. This week,the root chakra,which helps you feel secure and grounded. And today walking outdoors I felt less wobbly and unbalanced than normal.
    The decluttering online is going well … Im a regular declutterer anyway,but after yesterday’s session on clearing my bedroom, I feel a more relaxed vibe in there.
    *~ Been consistent all week with my vibroplate and rebounding exercises,hoping to help my sluggish lymphatic system work better. Later im doing some online seated yoga .. i cant do on the floor work,but I know I can manage seated and a little standing yoga.
    *~ This isnt really positive but I AM looking forward to it..hehe!….I got a small bottle red wine in my xmas stocking and found some xmas snacky savoury biccies in the cupboard …tonight Im going to snarf them! A small treat,vino and snaccident,shouldnโ€™t really…so sue me! ๐Ÿ˜€xxxx

  • posted by Busybee
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    Wow Yowzer you have been busy and it sounds as if you are well in control! Enjoy you wine and snack.
    Lots of my friends have started their spring cleaning- I just donโ€™t feel like extra cleaning at the moment but did sort out hubbyโ€™s sock drawer. Does that count?
    X B

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    Marie, good to have you here and how lovely you are able to ho out and about and socialise…. have almost forgotten what that’s like!
    Yowser you sound very driven at the moment. Enjoy your mindfully planned off-plan ‘treats’.
    BusyBee, tidying is tidying even if it is only a sock draw!

    Woke up with a migraine this morning and wasn’t really mobile until midday, but think I can still find a few positives ….
    ๐ŸŒนthree of the roses I ordered have arrived. They’re having a good drink at the moment. Hope to get them planted up soon.
    ๐Ÿ‘— dress pattern has also arrived, just need to buy lining fabric and I can crack on with my first sewing project in years.
    ๐Ÿฝ very good steak for dinner this evening.
    ๐Ÿ˜ด getting an early night tonight, as I’m still feeling a bit wiped out from the migraine. Hoping to wake feeling fresh and bright.

    Whatever your weekend is looking like, hope you will find lots of positives …. enjoy!

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    ( Grrr hi there…my reply just vanished! …Start again)…
    ๐ŸŒท positives!! ๐ŸŒท
    *~ Went to park and river today,lots and lots of people out in the cold sunshine. The lake had frozen,should have brought our skates hehe! The ducks had disappeared,I hope they were sheltering somewhere. At least we could feed the pigeons and gulls.
    *~ DD has just rung my bell and given me two mascaras and three bottles of Zoflora ( other brands available) Random but welcome gifts
    *~ And it was lovely to see her ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฅฐ
    PS SUNNY i hope your head is better today..migraineโ€™s horrible xx

  • posted by Yowzer49
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    Hi folks!
    *~ Jiminy cricket, a fantastic sunset today! Looked like the sky was on fire!โค๏ธ
    *~ Went for a walk,not cold or icy,or slippy underfoot๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ
    *~ DD popped out from her kitchen as I was passing by…lovely tasty appetising smell wafting out,as I stood at the end of her path…she was making quorn bolognese. Will have a portion tomoz for my evening meal minus pasta,just some green veg ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ
    Hope everyone is ok and wishing you all a very happy and poz week ahead xx

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Yowser, sounds like you have been getting out and about, enjoying some fresh air. How lovely that you know you won’t need to cook much tomorrow.

    Apologies for not posting yesterday. Was still very woolly headed from the migraine, so as I had a very quiet day, there wasn’t much to post. Glad to offer up some positives today though …
    ๐Ÿ™ƒ feeling normal today which is a huge bonus.
    ๐Ÿš— car passed it’s MOT yesterday – always good news.
    โ„ no frost this morning …. first time in about a week.
    Hope your weekend has brought some positives with it and that the coming week will bring even more. Hopefully, you will share some of them with us too.

  • posted by Yowzer49
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    So glad youre feeling better today SUNNY!๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ
    I was up very early today,and was very pleased to look out and see – no frost! X
    ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒทโ€œDo not be afraid to shine this week.
    When you shine, you give others permission to do the same. Shine! Shine brightly!.โ€๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

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    Positive on a monday morning….. yup, we can do that!!
    – new slippers arrived today, chances of tripping over the flappy front now greatly reduced!
    – it is very slowly thawing today…..still as massive amount of ice in front of our house but improving.
    – got out for a walk yesterday, tough going in the ice but done.
    – really good mediation yesterday, hoping its got my head back in the right place as struggling to get back into the swing of things.
    – hubby just received a hamper from his work….all food i wont be sharing but very nice of them! Thats 6 months he’s been in that job. He’s done amazingly given covid etc and the fact he ‘s worked from home the whole time and barely met any of his new colleagues face to face. and so glad he moved, even if it was somewhat forced on him.
    – Dad has finished his christmas jigsaw, and we’ve done a jigsaw swap with a neighbour so he has another to keep him entertained!

    Here’s hoping for a positive week for everyone

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    Hello everyone. Monday evening here 2155 hrs. Positive things for me:
    : Have just not long switched off from a video chat with my siblings. Every Monday evening. We started this when we had our own lock down early March which didn’t last very long in the scheme of things. Opened up in stages but as we are all of an age to be cautious and my 3 siblings (younger than me) all have quite severe health concerns, we didn’t physically meet but enjoyed our weekly on line chats. Have learnt much about each other which is no bad thing as we are aged between 66 -76.
    : Was very impressed with our first visit to the new WA Museum building. New structure beautifully wound around the old, lots of well remembered and new artifacts, with plenty of space to wander around. My grandchildren both seemed to enjoy it and as I’m such a museum & art gallery geek, that pleased me immensely.
    WindyJulz, what great positives you shared today, thank you.
    Living with positivity, Cheers everyone xx

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    Hi friends!Just calling by quickly..trying to spend less time online and more time being active !!!!
    ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒทโค๏ธA story for today..The Two Wolves… ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿบ
    An old man was telling a child a story of the battle that goes on inside people..
    He said,the battle is between the two wolves that live inside us all..
    One wolf is evil – heโ€™s angry,jealous,envious,resentful,greedy,selfish,egotistical,negative,
    The other wolf is good – heโ€™s loving,joyful,peaceful,hopeful,kind,compassionate,empathic,generous,humble
    The child thought about this, then asked,which wolf wins the battle?
    The one you feed,the man replied.๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’œxx

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    Lovely story, Yowser. Hope you won’t be absent from here too long, but can understand the need to have a tech detox every now and then.

    Positives from me today …..
    ๐Ÿ‘— repaired the broken strap on one of my fav dresses and hand washed it, ready to wear on Wednesday evening.
    ๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘• in fact, cleared all hand washing today …. the dress, three jumpers and two scarves.
    ๐Ÿงฝ๐Ÿงผ cleaned the washing machine.
    Think that’s it for today … nothing earth shattering, but a few little plus points.

    What positives were there for you today?

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    Good morning!

    Positives for me โ€“ some older family members have had the COVID vaccine. That’s good not just for them, but because it shows it is getting distributed. These people aren’t in care homes, which if you listen to some sources would seem to be the only places getting it.

    On a different note, I’ve ‘invented’ a carb free lasagna! Cut peppers in half lengthways and remove stalk and seeds, then fill with bolognese mixture. (I make it a bit drier than usual.) Pack fairly tightly into a dish, if you have one the right size, to help keep them upright. Bake in hot oven for about 20 mins. The peppers should begin to soften, but hold their shape.

    Next top with a spoonful of any kind of carb free white sauce you may have and some grated cheese. Bรฉchamel, hollandaise or cheese sauces would work, or if you don’t have any you can use a little mayonnaise or cream cheese or skip it and choose mozzarella as the cheese topping.

    Put them back in the oven until the cheese has melted and started to brown. Two halves for dinner or one for lunch.

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    Positive Tuesday…..
    – Monday was a good Fast800 day! No snacking at all and no desire to do so! Whoop
    – spent some time listening to Dr Jason Fung…. he’s very good and really motivates me!
    – good walk last night in the dark, nice to be able to get out again (although it has frozen over night and we’ve had a dusting of snow)
    – still and sunny day.

    Squidge – great about the vaccine, we are still waiting for information / invitation for my 85 year old father..,… hoping he gets comms soon.

    Have a good day

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    Iโ€™m finding it hard to be positive at the moment so itโ€™s great to come here to read your comments.
    Like you Yowzer (Iโ€™ve always said we must be twins, or triplets with Verona) as I too am reducing the time on the iPad.
    At least the sun is shining today and Hubby is occupied by collecting leaves while I have an hour to myself!
    X B

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    BUSYBEE Yes! We are the Mersey Triplets ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ xxx

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    Positives already today ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ
    *~ Got a load of washing and other chores done..mundane but satisfying
    *~ Sun is out….yayyyy,cheers everything up
    *~ Feeling very positively committed today to healthy low carb meals and plenty of moving about,and drinking water.a lemon and ginger brew on the go right now!
    SUNNY whats happening Wed evening!
    CCATHY hope first day at work today is going / went well xxx

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    Squidge – glad somebody you older relatives have had a vaccination. You’re right, this is the way out of this for us all.
    Julz – well done for making Monday a full-on Fast800 day.
    BusyBee – hope the hour for yourself had you feeling more positive.
    Yowser – thanks for posting, you’re sounding very upbeat. Wednesday is my birthday, so it will be full-on date night tomorrow … dressed up, cocktails, three course meal and champagne.

    Positives from me today ….
    ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ particularly good meditation session today.
    ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฐ tried a new colour in the wash-in coloured shampoo I’ve been using …. quite pleased with the results.
    ๐Ÿฝ birthday meal for tomorrow planned and shopped for.
    ๐Ÿ’ starting to browse plant catalogues and selecting some for the spring planting … so looking forward to warmer dry days.

    Hoping to read some of your positives soon.

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    Happy Birthday SunnyB, hope date night is fabulous! Sounds like it’ll be a good way to celebrate.
    I do love a particularly good meditation session, funny how sometimes it totally hits the spot.
    My positives (despite having a poor Fast800 day yesterday)
    – done my meditation already this morning, its a good way to start the day, then went out to do horses, feeling fresh by 08:20!
    – The mint Lindor balls……they are the one thing that grabbed my attention pre-christmas and made me sad as i shouldnt be eating them….well did husband not buy some as “just in case we need to give them to anyone” supplies…..well they have shouted at me for weeks from the boot of his car (and i was pretty grumpy they were there)….now i had some last night, and felt let down….that sort of thing just doesnt do it for me anymore…. so bad that i ate them but whoop to the fact i hope i will never crave them again! I really am still learning about what i like and what likes me! I’m having the “i ate milk chocolate” as a positive today!
    – decent walk again last night despite the cold, road was not too icy so nice to get out.
    – its just beginning to look a little lighter a little earlier in the morniings….. so ready for spring but aware theres another good 8 weeks of winter to navigate first. But day light helps….if the temperature just wants to pick up that’d be great.

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    Hi all positive thinkers. And Happy Birthday Sunny! Your celebrations sound lovely.

    Have been under a very black cloud for a few days, but here goes for today:
    1) Good walk in the woods and on the dunes this morning. Lovely blue skies and a still calm. Appreciating that the days are getting longer.
    2) Enjoying the website – in particular JGwen’s recent posting. The article she posted reminded me of the saying “talk to yourself in the same way as you would to your best friend”. Will actively try to do that today.
    3) I planted a lot of pots of bulbs during grey November days. Irises (I think!) are already poking through. Snowdrops are on their way too in the garden. Spring is on its way.

    Have a good day.

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    Happy Birthday SUNNYB! โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‚ I wish we could add more than just emojis here …tonight sounds fabulous,enjoy it all! XXX
    CARONL your walk sounds lovely!X
    WINDY love your Lindor story โค๏ธ
    My early positives..
    *~ ITs SUNNYs birthday,yayyyyyy!!!! congrats Sunny! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ
    *~ Very heartened to hear about CARONLs little flowers poking thru! ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท
    *~ Got letter in post from friend living abroad. So nice to get snail mail! ๐ŸŒ havent read it yet as anything that comes through the door goes into quarantine.
    Have a Wonderful Wednesday everyone! X do you see days in colours? I see Wednesday as yellow.
    PS! Thinking of CCATHY! hope yr new job is going well x

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    With you, Busybee. Hope you’re finding your positives โ™ฅ๏ธ
    Reading through the posts, I just love the way people tickle out positives to boost themselves throughout the day. Love this thread.
    I had such a good start to this Thursday. I met a good friend for breakfast at a riverside eatery. She was taking me to breakfast as a belated birthday gift. I’m a November birthday but I was not so well the last couple of months of 2020 (virus, non-Covid related, missed several pre-Christmas functions), but my gorgeous friend phoned the other day and said “it’s time!”. We’re part of a group of 4 couples who all started playing at the same squash club in 1972 , started a little dinner group about 10 years later, kept it going even though, at various times, one or other of the couples would be living interstate or overseas for a time. For e.g, OH & I lived in Sydney for about 7 years, always a catch-up when we were home for a visit. We meet as a group 8 times a year but it’s so nice to have just a one to one for a couple of hours. Happy me ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    Firstly, thank you for all the good wishes for my birthday yesterday, it was much appreciated … apologies for not responding sooner. Was a very good birthday, despite the current situation …. some lovely cards and gifts and a celebration in the evening with OH.

    Consequently, it’s pretty easy to find some positives today …..
    ๐Ÿ’ gorgeous bouquet received from son and family … it’s stunning, full of sunflowers๐ŸŒป, roses and hydrangea, to name a few.
    โ˜€๏ธ the sun managed to put in a short appearance today … can’t remember the last time that happened here!
    ๐ŸŒ daughter has been offered a new job, which she thought she wouldn’t get.
    ๐Ÿ˜ด lazy day today, pretty much doing nothing๐Ÿคญ

    Enjoy your day and be sure to watch put for those positives … they’re bound to be there somewhere.

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    Hi everyone! Heres the weekend! again! …comes round so quickly…
    My positives for today..
    *~ Since Monday 11th Jan, Iโ€™ve got back to pre Xmas weight( ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ!) I have shifted the lbs gained over Xmas..just shows how much is just retained water,rather than actual fat!
    *~ My scales have just died..they need a new battery..not getting one for a while as I seem to do better without the scales always trying to tempt me to jump on,but often with disappointing results!
    *~ This week have enjoyed dressing a bit more smartly than I did in previous lockos…really has lifted my spirits!
    ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป ~ Metta Prayer ~ May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be safe. May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature. May all beings be free. ~ ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ xx

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    Yowser, good to see you posting …. well done on shifting the Xmas pounds and for keeping up the dressing smartly too.

    โ˜€๏ธ for the second day running, there were sunny spells again today.
    ๐Ÿ’ more blooms have appeared in my birthday bouquet …. yellow and white iris.
    ๐ŸŒนwhen I rearranged the flowers, I took some cuttings from the rose stems …. fingers crossed at least one will take.
    ๐Ÿ“ธ have taken loads of photos of my flowers, using the mobile phone lenses which were also a birthday gift. Loving the arty results.

    Can hardly believe we’re at the start of another weekend … hope you all have a good one. Please try to pop in occasionally to let us know about your positives.

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    HOWDY,Hope evbody ok today,Sensational Saturday!
    SUNNY its such a shame we cant put photos on here,wd love to see yr photos taken with yr mobile lens
    Hmmm do I have any positives?
    *~ Just enjoyed watching a programme called Beatles Stories. So much good stuff on Sky Arts!
    *~ Didnt sleep at all last night,but had a lovely afternoon nap!
    *~ Its been a quiet day,so no more positives really,except Im happy to be at home,weโ€™ve had no snow or floods like some places. A big exciting storm last night and sunshine today,so cant complain.
    ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป

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    Hello Yowser, like you a quiet day with not much to report, but there are a couple of positives nonetheless…..
    ๐Ÿ’‰ covid vaccinations are starting in India… of particular interest to me, as I have friends there.
    ๐Ÿฝ the monk fish and prawn curry I made for dinner this evening, was well worth the effort. (Although the kitchen looks like a war zone as a result!)
    That’s me for today, hope your weekend is going well … don’t forget, we’d love to know about those positives.

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    Hello!
    Just wanted to check in. Iโ€™ve been unwell for the last week (not covid related) so have been hunkering down in my bed. Fortunately Iโ€™m back up to speed now and even made two pots of soup today!
    So my first positive…….

    ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿง…๐Ÿฅ• Made a pot of chicken soup and another of lentil soup so all stocked up again..
    ๐Ÿงฉ๐Ÿงฉ๐Ÿงฉ Five sixths of the way through my 2000 piece jigsaw which consists of six photos of my grandsons. Itโ€™s so wonderful when one if their little faces โ€˜materialisesโ€™.
    ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ Just happy to feel healthy again.

    Hope you are all well and positive…. Monday tomorrow so yet another week begins …. despite everything, we shouldnโ€™t be too glum, we can make this week positive if we really try!

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    Sorry to read that you’ve had health problems this week Verano, but good to see you back here posting positives. Your jigsaw sounds fun …. looking forward to the grand children appearing, is wonderful way to keep motivated with the project.

    Positives from me today …..
    ๐ŸŒน weather good enough to get out in the garden. Got there new roses planted up at last. One had very long roots and I didn’t have a pot tall enough, so for now it’s been planted into an old pillowcase.
    ๐ŸŒธ noticed my daphne is starting to bloom, it has lots of buds this year.
    ๐Ÿ‘•๐Ÿ‘š two loads of laundry done.

    Simple things, but positives for sure … did anything positive happen in your corner of the world today?

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    Hi Guys,

    A positive, and an observation.

    I bought myself a new fitbit and comparing my records from my first fitbit back in 2015 I am doing more steps before 10am each day now than I was doing per day when I bought my first one.

    I was inspired to pop in to ask if its just me having binge watched the Married at First Sight in Australia This weekend. – Is it just me feeling cynical, but I can’t help noticing the nails on some of the women. – Wouldn’t any serious interview selection process ask women who have impractical nails if they are really ready to move from a household where others obviously do everything for them to a partnership,

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    Hello!
    JGwen you made me smile ….. long nails, plus all the beauty routines ….. youโ€™re right they donโ€™t really mix with doing any โ€˜houseworkโ€™ or sharing with a partner. Great mind numbing TV nonetheless. I made a conscious decision a few weeks ago to just watch the early morning news and then watch mindless nonsense TV after that….. certainly helps to keep the mood higher!
    Well I do have a couple of positives…..

    ๐Ÿงฉ๐Ÿงฉ๐Ÿงฉ Jigsaw almost completed but one โ€˜brownโ€™ section is just not coming together. I thought my daughter was my โ€˜friendโ€™ but after this jigsaw I wonder! In all fairness, if you arenโ€™t a jigsaw puzzler you probably donโ€™t realise that a picture mainly comprising of autumn leaves is very difficult, but the intention was only good.

    ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿƒ Thai red curry tonight. I find as I get older I need more spice probably taste buds are waning, bit like the rest of me! Anyway, looking forward to dinner.

    ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ–โ˜€๏ธ In my wisdom back in November, when things were looking a little brighter, I booked a trip to Tenerife just after Easter. Well, looks very much like that wonโ€™t happen but ….. the positive ….. weโ€™ll push it back to September and keep everything crossed!

    ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒœ I really hate these long dark days BUT Iโ€™ve noticed over the last week the days really are lengthening …… Spring is on its way!!
    Have you seen any spring flowers yet?
    Hope you are all well. Have a positive evening.

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    Hi Verona – itโ€™s good to see you back and it sounds as if your are up and running again.
    I agree that itโ€™s getting lighter each night/week and yes I have seen a spring flower – our neighbourโ€™s Camellia always flowers in January but ourโ€™s doesnโ€™t bloom until March.
    X B

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    Hi everyone,and welcome VERANO..good to have you back again!
    Have read all the comments,thanks to all….nice to feel connected at this strange time in history!
    My positives..
    *~ Friends DD has recovered from covid. Tomorrows her birthday and also her last day of isolation,first day out of her bedroomโค๏ธ
    *~ Feeling better and lighter for spending less time slouching round online…I have a friend who is marching round her house,two hours a day! Respect! ,she only has little legs!..but with best will in the world,I havent enough stamina ..Im being much more active but only for short periods! In between Im meditating and listening to inspiring music.
    *~ Lovely to see on tv news that many people now getting their jab!
    A music quote for VERANO coz i know shes been listening to some today….
    โ€œ Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday lifeโ€ ( Berthold Auerbach) xx ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

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    JGwen, I was once told I almost didn’t get a job because of the length of my fingernails ๐Ÿ˜ต…. one of the interviewers thought they would interfere with my typing ๐Ÿคญ.
    V, everything crossed for your trip to Tenerif this year …. I’m sure it will happen. Like you and BusyBee, I’m appreciating the lengthening days too.
    Yowser, really pleased for your friend’s DD and glad you’re feeling better for a bit more movement.

    My positives for today …..
    ๐Ÿ’‰ heard today one of my friends (over 70 and in a high risk category) has been given a covid vaccination appointment for Wednesday…. she’s so happy.
    Other than that, I think this link has been the high point of my day …..
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c8GtiX7n-Ow

    Hope it makes you laugh too … enjoy your evening and please pitch in with positives of your own soon.

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    A very quick hello with just one positive ….. my eldest grandson became a teenager today! We are all well and so canโ€™t really ask for anything more.
    Hope everyone can find just one positive…. more would be a bonus!

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    My quick positive – my daughter who has worked in Primary Care throughout the pandemic is to have her first covid jab on Friday!
    I am more excited than if it were for me!
    X B

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    Thanks for posting. BusyBee, I can totally understand your being really excited about your daughter getting her vaccination. You must have been constantly worried for her, so her protection becomes yours too in a way. Congrats to your grandson, Verano, I’m sure he’s feeling very grown up now.

    Didn’t post yesterday, as we attended a funeral and I was feeling rather flat. The gloomy stormy weather today hasn’t helped lift the mood, but regardless, I can find a couple of positives ….
    ๐ŸŒป my birthday flowers are still doing well. A few less now, but the roses, sunflowers and quite a bit else are still providing a cheery focal point.
    ๐Ÿ“ฟ received a belated birthday gift today … necklace made by a dear friend, with beads sourced from Africa and India.
    ๐ŸŒน really looks like some of my most recent rose cuttings have actually taken …. so excited!
    ๐ŸŒง lucky to be safe and warm inside on a night like this … high winds and pouring rain.

    Watch out for those positives, they’re almost always there, just waiting to be recognised. Why not tell us about yours too?

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    Hi everyone. Great to read your positives!

    I know a few people who’ve had the covid jab now too. It’s good to know that people are getting it.

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