I don’t know what kind of a day you are having, but this is guaranteed to liven it up. Turn it up LOUD.

And if you still need a pick-me-up, finish off with this:


Something went wrong with the world when people stopped making things for themselves. Relying on commerce for everything is no way to live. Learning crafts and skills is integral for human happiness. Watching television is not a hobby, it vegetates the mind, instead of refreshing it. Feeling productive, skilled, useful is not really optional – not having some outlet for this basic human need results in frustration and discontent. The happiest people are busy people, but busy in the right areas of life, creative and constructive.

Nurture your creative side, and protect it fiercely. Cook, sew, paint, knit, embroider, spin, weave, garden, sculpt, crochet. Keep learning new skills and trying new things. Be excited, be open. Encourage others to do the same.

This is where happiness and contentment and peace of mind lie. In our very hands. 

Words To Live By

Do you like inspirational quotes? I do, and I don’t. I’m not keen on the traditional ones, from Great Minds of History. The trouble is, they get so over-quoted that they become boring and trite. I prefer to go to alternative sources for words that inspire, cheer, comfort, motivate, and generally get you through your day. Comedians, songwriters, cartoon characters, tv shows……. Pop culture wisdom, if you will. So here is the first in a series of quotation posts, featuring some of the ones I love.

This week, the very great Calvin & Hobbes (aka, Bill Watterson). Everything you need to know about life, you can get from this awesomely cynical kid and his toy tiger. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the comic strip is for kids, because it isn’t. If you haven’t read any of them yet, you are in for a treat.

“I pray for the strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can’t, and the incapacity to tell the difference.”

“I keep forgetting that rules are for little nice people.”

“People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.”

“A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.”

“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don’t help.”

“In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.”

“To make a bad day worse, spend it wishing for the impossible.”

“I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone’s expectations.”

“Careful. We don’t want to learn from this. ”

“Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.”

“There’s no problem so awful that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse!”

“People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.”

“It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.”

Good Things

Some of the things making me happy lately……..

  • Snowdrops and daffodils blooming along our country lanes.
  • Planting seedlings in our garden (my first foray into gardening!).
  • Beeswax candles, for the scent and the light.
  • The Anthropologie sale.
  • Losing my insane sugar cravings (thank you, Venlafaxine!).
  • Getting back my sense of humour (ditto!).
  • Apple and cinnamon tea.
  • A lovely lunch on our 17th wedding anniversary.
  • Knitting the Fountain Pen shawl with tiny amethyst beads. My first beaded knit!
  • What Not To Wear with Lisa Butcher and Mica Paris. I like Mica.
  • Listening to old Lord Peter Wimsey adaptations from radio archive.
  • Watching the birds feeding outside our windows, especially our pair of robins.
  • Greek yoghurt with walnuts and honey. My new favourite snack.
  • A clean and tidy house, even in all the hidden nooks and cupboards.