How did you sing with happiness this week?
Went exploring on a beautiful spring evening, and found a promising wood full of inspiration. Plan to go back with my camera.
It’s been sunny nearly all week, and I’ve made a good start on converting Mum’s rather tired suburban back garden into a patchwork of atmospheric places (romantic shade; Continental cottage garden; vivid abundance . . . ) I’m having lots of fun with it.
Met up with friends for our annual Pisces Night dinner, which always brightens the end of winter.
PS. I found myself humming ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ (inappropriately) as I gardened, while Mum, in the front garden, warbled ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’. So there’s song for you.
Is your mother a West Ham fan?
No, just a vintage mum. She’s equally likely to sing ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On’.
By snuggling my cat or rather he insisting on being held & hugged & scritched.
By making progress on a project that I need to get done even though I don’t want to do it. Crunch time coming soon as project is due March 26.
By having a day be warm enough and sunny enough that I was able to go for a walk by the river.
Running. Ran 5K Tuesday, 6.5K yesterday.
Spent a day with my Dee, who is strong and amazing and inspiring. We celebrated the wonderful news that her cancer is currently stable–the chemo is working!
Husband finally got all the retirement paperwork done and is no longer a cranky old curmudgeon. We’re celebrating his 65th birthday today with family and all his favorites, meatloaf (yeah, go figure), mashed potatoes, green beans, and orange cake.
Skyped several times with Grandboy this week because he’s figured out that if he points to the iPad and says, “Nanny, Poppy,” Son and DIL will turn it on and Nanny and Poppy will magically appear.
Love the image of your grandson magicking up his grandparents!
Yay that Dee’s cancer is stable and the chemo’s working!!!
And it’s hilarious that your Grandboy has figured out a major power he has.
I need a like button for this! Hurrah for Dee, and the magical power of the iPad.
Made it safely to Florida from freezing white Michigan via snowy Chicago.
Arrived in time to celebrate my daughter’s birthday with her. Husband’s birthday is tomorrow so there will be more celebrating.
Seafood every day.
It is not white here!! There are flowers! I went barefoot.
I’m about to share similar joy. Left freezing MI a few hours ago. I’m in Chicago about to board a plane to warm & sunny Phoenix, AZ. It’s for work, but am really looking forward to warm & sunny!
Kelly, it is so nice to be away from winter! I’m lucky to be able to combine some vacation with work.
Family outing to see Spamalot this week – DS was grumpy about missing “Survivor,” but 5 minutes into the show, he was laughing and clapping along with his dad and me. We’ve been singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” all week.
Rare mid-week dinner out with DH, as DS was away at an overnight camping trip. Yummy seafood bouillabaisse.
Packaged up my beads and components and sent them off to my Bead Soup partner in England. We’ve been exchanging emails and she wrote a lovely post about my various projects. Beads and a new friend – life doesn’t get much better!
Bonus – got my hair cut and the colour “refreshed.” A trip to my hairdresser always makes me happy.
Some of my spring bulbs have been poking their little green heads out of the ground and that’s exciting. Of course I promptly threw a blanket of snow on them to keep them from freezing said little green heads off at night but it’s still nice to see them.
Tall Boy’s healing up nicely from his surgery. He’s leaps and bounds ahead of where he was with his knee. It’s been nine days and he’s able to go up and down stairs by himself, shower by himself (he has a shower chair) and he gets up to eat his meals – unless there’s something really good on tv then he eats in bed. The hip really does seem to be an easier surgery to recover from.
I’ve been having tons of fun with my stained glass projects. I need to practice my cutting and soldering so I made up a crazy quilt type of rectangular pattern so I could use up a bunch of my scraps and it’s looking pretty nice. I’m going to set the grinder up and get it finished today. I also found a bunch of very simple patterns that I’m going to practice with. As soon as I’m half decent I might make up a bunch of sun catchers and talk to a cousin of mine who has a home decor store and takes things on commission to see if she wants to try selling a few.
Noticing that the daffodils have indeed come up through frozen-solid ground, as have the new variety of garlic that I’m trying out.
Receiving two new rhubarb plants to go into the ground when/if it ever thaws enough to dig a hole.
Marathon-watching Season 4 of Justified.
These may sound absurd, but:
1) I discovered a free program called Evernote, which I think will be my organizational salvation. A huge investment in setting it up, organizing it up front, and scanning in materials, but wow! Once the main input is done it should be a snap to maintain.
2) I finally looked into the writing program Scrivener and I think it will be very helpful for me and terrific for my daughters, one of whom has to write scientific papers for school, and the other who will be writing a thesis.
3) Last, but not at all least, I finally, finally found an enclosed litter box that will fit in the small space where the current one sits… the ONLY space that will work for one, and it was only $35. And even better, the cat just shrugged and began to use it without any hitches. No more scattered litter. I was sweeping up at least six times each day, and mopping once, to get the litter cleaned off the floors. Ugh!!! But now there have been several uses and no litter tracked or kicked out at all! It’s ugly. A grey plastic bin with a lid, but I don’t care. Clevercat Top Entry litter box sold at Petco, for anyone seeking something similar.
Back from my trip and so particularly aware of the joy of being with husband and cats. Black cat is lying possessively on an orange square from my halloween afghan, so I know he missed me too.
Celebrated sister’s birthday with wonderful lunch and great cake. She liked her big present. All good.
Reading snippets of stuff on Argh has taught me to have stoic joy of getting to read them, rather than sadness that they won’t become full books. A lesson to apply to other parts of my life.
I’m in first round edits, so my songs are of gratitude that I’m making progress. It’s slow, but good.
*Veronica Mars panel on Thursday night. I got to see Logan! in real life! And tiny, tiny Kristen Bell!!! Super cool.
*Dinner with a bunch of work friends Friday night. I really do love those ladies and it was so nice to be out of the office just socializing. My actual day job might not be fabulous, but the ladies I work with are.
*My second book is back in the world!!! Was doing ALL the uploading last night and the first link went live today for Kindle. Whee! Book! It’s a good week.
For the curious, it’s The Beauty’s Beast by E.D. Walker:
Downloaded a sample, Beth. Good luck with it.
Thank you. Hope you like it.
Beth,congratulations! I enjoyed your other book so grabbed this one.
Oh yay, Lois. Thank you. Always nice to hear.
Happiness is leaving to go to Ft Hood to welcome grandson home from Afghanistan
That news makes me happy too.
Shiver of happiness for you that he’s home safe.
I love reading everyone’s happies for the week!
I started moving upwards from the worst depression I’ve had since I went into the hospital a couple of years ago. And luckily that level of depression only lasted a few days.
The cherry blossoms are coming out all over! Lovely pink blossoms on trees all over the region.
I had breakfast and some wandering around time with my best girlfriends here. We are very close and have been friends since the mid-80s. They can make me laugh.
Love this. Can I count hearing it as an extra happy?
This wasn’t my best week, but there were good moments. I had puppy lovin’s for two days. My cousin only had to be in the hospital for two days, which is a really short visit for her. I hit a blip on the WIP, but a full read through of what I had got me back on track.
I got my hair cut yesterday, which is always happy making. And I ordered an exercise bike last night. Add that kiddo and I went shopping for new shorts to wear at Disney at the end of the month and there’s been more good stuff worth singing about than I realized. Tralalalala!
These Sunday happy blog posts remind me to always acknowledge my happy moments and, even when I’m stressed and super busy, to not let them go unrecognized or unappreciated.
I received a wonderful, warm, enthusiastic, super supportive email from a cousin. Not only did this make me smile all week every time I thought of it, but it also sparked a valuable realization about my progress and journey. Double happy!
Lilac candle from Bath and Body Works. The scent makes me smile. It also reminds me of my mom. She loved lilacs when they bloomed in spring.
I was tasked with an unexpected, high stress project. I successfully focused, coordinated, and whipped that bad boy into shape. Booyah!
Made dates squares. They may be more of a spoon-it-out-of-the-pan delight than they are a square, but my taste buds sing little diddies with each bite.
Lost three pounds (confession: they are the same three pounds I gained when I first started working out. You know, that whole “muscle weighs more than fat” thingy that makes you feel like crying after the first week or so of exercise, but then you remember the factoid and don’t feel so bad).
The snow is finally melting!
Spring in my garden, wonderful heritage roses in bloom. Go find yourself a Climbing Cramoisee Superior to inhale.
Saturday morning heard a lecture on evolution of our Balboa Park (okay, history suspect, but he’s a preservation architect working for the Feds, hometown champion brought back from D.C. ), then spent the remainder of the day in said park lunching in the sculpture garden, visiting a jewel-box art gallery, seeing “Winter’s Tale at the Old Globe, best production I’ve seen yet.
Now, while listening to New Orleans Tuba Skinny play that music, sniffing the Cabbage Pie (this week’s NY Times) hubster put together, shortly we’ll dive in.
Made a sweet-potato-and-red-pepper frittata which friends loved.
Spent a couple hours Friday night drawing with Sharpies.
Slept on the most wonderfully comfy sheets. Heading back there right now.
Singing about being more active, over the 10K steps for most days.
Son and DIL come home tomorrow from South by Southwest conference. I couldn’t track them down after the horrific accident with the drunk driver hitting people. My heart sang when I received a text they were okay.
And…all the roman blinds I ordered are installed. Fabulous. The office area carpet arrives on Tuesday. Yeah.
Before I checked in, I was actually singing songs with a CD today. It was good to sing out loud again.
I don’t know why Tina Fey makes me so happy, but she does. Watched way to many SNL videos on YouTube over the weekend.
Also, spring might be coming. The fields are still covered in white, white snow (the next step to spring will be grey, grey snow), but the roads are clear, and I don’t need my coat to get from car to work.
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