I’ve been away helping out with the grandkids today so this post is rather late, but I’m going to add it anyway, because, well, there are certainly things that made me happy this week and it certainly helps my happiness status to record them. I get to experience the happiness twice: once when the happy-making thing happens, and again when I tell you lot about it!
The twins make me happy, no doubt about it.Â Even when they are grizzly or need their nappies changing.Â Even when I empty the Haz-Mat bin*.Â Being allowed to help out for the day enriches my life, and it’s nice to feel useful at the same time as having fun with the tiniest members of our family.Â I’ve learned to use the steam steriliser and bottle-feed babies and everything!
Today, when I got home, there was a small package waiting for me.Â I didn’t recognise the name of the company but I vaguely remembered ordering something important recently, so I thought and thought, and eventually remember what it was – and by the way, remembering something is quite happy-making these days, too!
So, what was in the package?
Three phone socks with a carabener!Â You see, my favourite way to carry my mobile phone is clipped to a belt loop.Â It’s handy, I can get to it quickly, I can feel it vibrate when it rings, it never gets lost in my handbag, and having it there helps me not to put it down somewhere when I’m out and forget it.Â Trouble is, my original phone sock, a neat black affair from Golla, has worn through on both corners, and been stitched up twice. Â It’s gone all mis-shapen and lumpy, and desperately needs replacing.
Unfortunately, Golla don’t make them like this anymore, and could I find a substitute?Â Of course not!Â Not, that is, until I looked on eBay and found these three little beauties.
They are absolutely perfect.Â Lightweight, stretchy, very close in style to my beloved Golla sock, and they came in a three-pack of different colours.Â Theoretically, it should take three times as long to wear them all through at the bottom, so it looks as if I’m set up for quite a while in the phone sock department!
Another order from eBay was a crochet pattern for a baby’s dress.Â I like making things for the girls, and this is a very pretty thing. Trouble was, almost as soon as I ordered it, I had a message from eBay’s Trust and Safety department letting me know that the seller had just closed down their account and I might not actually get my goods.
I waited, giving them a chance to send it anyway, and lo and behold, yesterday it arrived!Â It restores one’s faith in human nature when something like this happens, and it’s only a pity that I can’t leave feedback to let them know how much I appreciate their honesty in honouring the sale.
Apparently, the colours to make this one in are intense royal blue, and deep turquoise or emerald green.Â It’s going to be fun looking for these colours in baby wool, but I’m going to give it a shot.
Finally, how could anyone fail to be happy at the kind of doggy greeting I get when I come home after being out for the day?Â Both dogs were delirious with joy when I rolled up in the car and were pressed up against the inside of the house door so hard that OH had to manhandle them back in order to open it to let me in.Â They were so wiggly that I though Sid was going to fall over, and that Jeffie was injure himself again somehow. He seemed to be trying to velcro himself to my leg!
Sadly I don’t have a picture.Â It would have been impossible, and very, very fuzzy.Â Cameras tend to find it very hard to focus on moving objects smack up against the lens. But I’m sure you can imagine it.Â To help you, here’s a picture of Sid from a few years back doing the excited spinning dog thing.
So, the last thing that made me happy was the fact that I was then able to throw a decent, tasty dinner together in ten minutes flat, because I have discovered a source of fresh pasta which contains no egg!Â Tonight we had trofie, one of OH’s favourites, but I can’t show you that, either, because … well, because I’d sliced open the trofie packet and thrown it away before I realised it might be nice to photograph it.Â I’d also eaten the resulting meal, complete with Pollen brand fresh basil and almond pesto, so you’ll have to imagine that, too!
Here’s the nearly empty Pollen pesto jar.
And, my goodness!Â This stuff is delicious!
So there you are.Â How to be happy, with very ordinary things!Â If you’d like to join in, copy this little badge and paste it into a ‘How to be happy!’ post of your own, and link back here if you’d like.Â The idea is to look for the small things: the blackbird warbling on your roof, the taste of a new ice-cream flavour, a call from a friend .. because these are the things which make for a happy life, not the big lottery win or the huge birthday gift, but the day-to-day ‘small’ stuff. It really is. Try it!
* The Haz-Mat bin is a special one for the worst of the dirty nappies.Â It’s a complicated thing, with a continuous liner which you can close before removing it by judicious spinning of an inner ring in the lid. But you still need scissors to cut the roll and tie it into a sausage.Â It works very well and the bag is quite strong.Â It was just my bad luck that when I emptied the NON Haz-Mat nappy bin (for the less-soiled, less offensive nappies, shall we say?) I was half-way down the stairs when the bin-liner split and spewed soggy nappies everywhere.Â I think there was one on every step, plus a small cluster on the hall rug.Â I said a naughty word.