Five Happy Things

1) It has been unseasonably warm for the past week; the air feels soft, almost spring-like. I’ve been able to let the boys play in the snow after school until the sun goes down (i.e., 4:30) and I’m not even painfully frozen by the time we leave the playground.

2) While my friends and I were walking our dogs yesterday morning, we came across this and two other trees just like it:


I keep picturing someone with an excess of ornaments heading over to the offleash, and it makes me smile. Frankly, it’s inspiring. I have tons of extra ornaments, perhaps I’ll start decorating the trees in the green space behind our house. Maybe the mannequin will come back, wearing a Santa hat.

3) I’m currently reading The Girl Who Saved The King of SwedenΒ and it’s delightful.

4) We went to see Big Hero 6 on Sunday and I found it very enjoyable, even if 50% of our family disagrees with me. I would love my very own Baymax to snuggle with.

baymax copy

5) I went to the Ladies’ Advent Luncheon with my mother, and one of the elderly ladies hugged me and said she remembered what an “exuberant young girl” I was, which I take as a compliment. Also, there were about four of us under age sixty and we all brought quinoa salads. Solidarity!

What’s making you happy today?


  1. Hee!! I love that you all brought quinoa salads. The ladies will be all a-twitter about it. Did they try them? I brought a quinoa salad to Thanksgiving this year and left the leftovers in my mother’s fridge – no one had touched it except me and my husband – and about a week later she called to say “that K salad thing” I brought was actually quite tasty. Bringing the ladies into the 21st century, one at a time!

  2. Reading this post made me happy. πŸ™‚

    I love the decorated tree.

    Also, finding gold shoes for a reasonable price for Thing 2! Yay!

    AND! It’s Taco Tuesday. πŸ˜€

  3. bibliomama2 says

    I LOVE bare-branched trees with ornaments on them – I would do it if I still had a tree THANKS CITY OF OTTAWA AND EMERALD ASH BORER.

    So which 50% of your family do I have to take down. Because Big Hero 6 is SLAMMIN’, yo, and I will cut a bitch who says different. Unless it’s a ten-year-old boy, and then I will just say hmph.

  4. We were supposed to have quinoa for dinner tonight but alas, it burned… so Beth and I had crunchy quinoa and the kids skipped it.

    I saw a wooden post on the beach wrapped in tinsel and decorated with ornaments about a year ago at Christmas. I was completely charmed.

  5. Running into a friend on the off leash. That is making me happy today.

  6. This is such a good question to ask myself right now, when I am feeling a bit knotted up by non-important concerns. What is making me HAPPY. Okay. Christmas postcards. Decorated tree. Camera is working after seeming not to work.

  7. Oh. I love reading this! One of my favourite things to see is trees just randomly decorated. Someone hangs Christmas balls on the trees at the end of our road and it makes me smile every time I see it. It is just so fun! We loved Big hero 6, even my husband admitted that he liked it. Trust me, that is saying a lot. πŸ˜‰ Q and I I always have to do the Baymax fist bump now. “BA la la la la!”

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