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Having seen this on a few different blogs of fellow bloggers & in the interest of staying positive and grateful during stressful situations, I’ve decided to begin a gratitude journal to remind me of the good things that have happened me and the good people in my life!

This Monday I’m grateful for:

  • My incredibly clever oldest daughter who got a letter off commendation & her name in the school hall of fame from her principle last week for her good behaviour & appetite for learning. Only in Junior Infants but already setting high standards.
  • The gift of laughter. I never stopped laughing at Neil Delamare’s “Delamarium” gig in the Tullamore Court Hotel Saturday night gone by. The guy is both really sharp and very funny! 😁🙏😂
  • For completing my 1st ever competitive 5k on Sunday past over at Banagher A.C’s Offaly 5k Road Race in a very satisfactory time of 20:47. All the hard training starting to pay off!

That’s it for this week’s Gratitude Journal. Please tune in next Monday for more of the same.


There’s some sound advice here for any of us runners on race day, seasoned or beginners. Happy race/running day to any of ye folks out there throdding the pavement today. 🙏🤞😁🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️


Yes, you’ve read it right! 13 years ago, I signed up with WordPress. Hard to believe that amount of time has gone by! Though, to be honest, I didn’t really have a clue how to use it properly or tap into it’s blogging potential.In fact, I think it took me the 1st 10 years to figure out how to use it. 😛😉😂

And the next 3 years to see WordPress’s potential and begin to properly utilise it. In that time I’ve made some genuine new friends; read many wonderful poems & seen my own poetry/writing evolve from it’s traditional rhyming scheme into a more diverse; mature & insightful style.

Here’s to 13 more years of blogging; new poetry and enriching friendships. Sincere thanks to you all who’ve supported; followed & read my blog/poetry along the way. The blog wouldn’t be what it is without ye’re support & feedback! 🙏😊😁

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