things that are making me happy

Despite the weariness, there is a lot to be happy about at this time of year.

And sometimes it’s best to ruffle through the exhaustion and focus on the happy things…like the pre-school decorations that are both giddy and haphazard, the heartfelt gestures of 71,000 Australians, the fact that we have a roof over our head, food in our fridge and a Christmas to celebrate.

We so easily loose sight of the good at this time of year because we’re so focused on the to-dos.

And so a happy list, if you will:

  • a canopy set up in the backyard for a photoshoot; a new-found cubby for a little daydreamer
  • carols playing on repeat
  • the rain that broke the intense heat and humidity
  • the audible sigh from the grass and plants and trees because there’s nothing quite like a summer soaking
  • pine needles on the floor, carrying their scent when they’re walked through the house
  • fresh beeswax candles ready for Christmas wish making
  • excitable children who wonder and wait
  • a new bolga basket for beach trips
  • a much anticipated visit to the second-hand Christmas book fair which resulted in a box of holiday reads
  • the kindness of a local blogger (Katie passed 10 issues of Taproot magazine onto me)
  • this book and its celebration of small-town country Australia
  • cherries and mangoes and pineapple and watermelon
  • pigtails
  • holidays…so close!
  • a solo train trip with a cup of tea and a good book

What’s making you happy?


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  • veronica grandjean

    you are so right : looking at the good things.
    like yesterday when we went with our schoolkids (age 4 to8) into the woods to find NIKOLAUS ( Santa Claus)
    and he found us, read out of his book and left after we sung for him.
    and baking the special santaclaus figures, as we call them “grittibänz” with my grown up kids, sitting next to the fire place, having all the nice santafood things like mandarines, oranges, peanuts, walnuts …..talking about the times when they were little.
    just that it’s getting colder and colder overhere – enjoy your garden !
    i always love to read your blog and i enjoy the special photographs.

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