There are many little things that are making me happy right now. Today, despite the cold, I am feeling just the slightest bit springish. It could be because I'm working on the garden plan but I think it has more to do with the fact that at 3:39 it is still bright out with no sign of darkness yet...I'm grateful for lengthening days. I'm also very much enjoying the geraniums I brought inside back in October. The red ones bring such a bright splash of colour to our home and it is such a simple delight to have something blooming inside at this time of year.
Molasses Softies are a treat that have made me happy many times over the years. I found this recipe when I was a child and it is still a favourite tea time treat - especially nice in the wintertime. I've put a link to an online recipe, the only thing I've changed is that I don't use corn syrup so I substitute honey or cane syrup.
Being (and continuing to work on being) o r d e r l y is making me very happy. I know that more orderliness in our home over this next year will help to make our lives much more enjoyable as we go through some big changes this year and I am getting a surprising (to me) amount of pleasure out of the order we already have in place - such as weekly menu plans. Truly it will never cease to amaze me how such little changes in our daily round can make such big differences in our enjoyment of our days.
And fortuitous book finds are, as always, making me happy. Some weeks back I was cleaning out some of my boxes of books that have been packed up these last two and a half years. I found an old Alexandra Stoddard book ( Living Beautifully Together) and enjoyed re-reading it SO much that I immediately ordered all of her books in our library system. Books have always had a way of showing up in my life just when I most need the wisdom within them and so it is with Alexandra Stoddard's books - the timing is just right.