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It's January.  It's bleak.  (It's even snowing here right now.)  But.  There is much to be happy about!  Here are Ten Things I'm Happy About today . . . 

  1. I feel GOOD again!  Finally kicked that bug  . . . and can leave the house without a box of Kleenex and the worry about a coughing fit.
  2. Ice melt!  We had a bit of a January Thaw over the weekend, so streets are fairly ice-free.  Driving is easier, and it's even possible to walk the dogs again.  (This may be temporary.  Because snow.)
  3. Vacation plans!  Tom and I are finalizing plans on a trip to a much warmer place in March.  South.  Far south.
  4. Space!  Although I have a long way to go with Operation Create Space, I am inspired by the empty spaces I have already cleared.
  5. My gym!  Even though it is swarming with the usual influx of January People, my gym offers a great environment for working out.  (In the winter, I am especially happy about the indoor track.  Because I hate running on a treadmill.)
  6. Garden conferences!  The registration brochures are beginning to arrive in my mailbox.  I love thinking about gardening during the winter.
  7. More daylight!  Although it's barely noticeable . . . the gradual return of extended daylight makes me very happy.
  8. Having options!  I like deciding . . . how I'm going to spend my time, what I want to do next, what project I want to tackle, what I want to make for dinner.  Choice . . . is good.
  9. Simple pleasures!  I have a few things that just make me happy when I use them . . . a wine glass painted with birds, the orange leather cover on my planner, a pen that writes nicely.  
  10. Electricity, utilities, pharmaceuticals, and public services!  Yep.  Just read Station Eleven, and I am most appreciative of the world we live in.


What about YOU?  What are you happy about today?


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Your trip sounds great! We were in Belize in November while on our cruise but I can't tell you much about it. It was a rainy windy day and I ended up staying on the ship. I hear if you like to dive it is THE place to go. The kids had a fun time walking around the town. Enjoy!


Warmth, space, and options are all happy-making things. Hope you get to enjoy some more happy with wine in that lovely glass!


I was thinking about Belize this weekend and picking your brain! (You've been before right?) So excited for you guys. Happy!


BELIZE! Fantastic!! As you know, I'm in the "counting the days" portion of vacation planning -- full of anticipation and I can't wait!!


You and Tom on vacation! And to the warm! Great idea. Your bird wine glass is the bomb! We all have so many choices and so much to be grateful for, all of which equals happy!


I knew I'd love your list and I was right. Belize sounds awesome!

Lydia S

Oh wow-vacation plans-now that is something to be happy about! I've been purging and organizing myself-really makes me happy!


I, too, am happy about the little smidge of more daylight each day.
A warm vacation sounds nice.
I love the wine glasses!


Belize looks fabulous (even though it was 60 degrees here today) ... and just this week I'm noticing that the days are lasting longer - full on sunset at 6pm! can't wait to hear more about the books. I need something uplifting and smart. Could Station Eleven fit that bill?

Diana Troldahl

I'm happy that this time next week I will be mostly settled in at our new apartment (BIG moving day is Friday). Sure the unpacking won't be completely done, but I will be able to relax and recover with plenty of crafting within reach.

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