I like to keep a list in my bullet journal of the (mostly) little, everyday things bringing me a disproportionate amount of happiness these days. A recent sampling:
1. Music, all the time.
It’s easier for us to play music now, so we’re playing music. We got a Sonos speaker back in the fall and I love it. (I had a great experience ordering through What Should I Read Next sponsor Zola.) I’m not sure why it’s a million times easier to use than the $30 Costco speaker I’d previously used, but it definitely is. It makes it so easy to play anything, all the time.
We have a family Spotify plan, so it’s easy to play exactly what you want to, or turn on a ready-to-go playlist, anytime. Good vibes.
2. A house that smells good.
I’ve been lighting the candles, filling up the diffuser, and putting a homemade pot of smells on the stove every single day. It makes such a difference in atmosphere (and I like to tell myself that two of these three do a tiny bit to combat our super-dry winter air).
They look beautiful, smell divine, and make me feel like a champ because I grew them myself, huzzah! My track record hasn’t always been good with things that grow, but this year these suckers bloomed.
When I was growing up, my mom would seek out paperwhite bulbs every year; this year I forgot all about winter bulbs and stumbled upon these by chance, on clearance at Home Depot.
I couldn’t fit them all in the bowl so I have a few random mason jars throughout the house. Did I mention they smell amazing? These are definitely in the running for the best $5 I’ve spent lately.
If you’re interested, here’s how to do it. I filled my big bowl with marbles, and my mason jars with tiny pebbles.
I wish I could remember who to thank for sending me this recipe, because it’s easy to make, crowd-pleasing, and just the right balance of bright and cozy. I was a little bit scared of the unusual technique (it’s thickened with egg yolks, what?) but I took a deep breath and followed the directions and it turns out perfectly every time. So good.
I haven’t talked about Grove here in forever (perhaps because I’ve come to take it for granted?), but a few local friends signed up recently and their gushing reminded me to be thankful that Grove delivers my favorite sweet-smelling household essentials like clockwork.
I love their products (Method, Mrs Meyers, and their house brand candles are longtime loves, and their Acure Organics brightening facial scrub is a new fave) and I really love not running errands.
The air is so dry my kids and I suffer from brutal dry skin—but only when we forget to slather this on at night. This stuff is drugstore magic
7. Madeleine L’Engle.
Is it just me, or do the new Wrinkle trailers make you want to re-read everything she ever wrote?
I encountered a new-to-me L’Engle poem during the Christmas season, and I loved it so much I pinned it up by my desk. It’s called “Into the Darkest Hour” (I can’t find a reputable source to link to online, unfortunately) and it’s from her WinterSong: Christmas Readings collection with Luci Shaw.
That set off a chain of L’Engle exploration, and has me resolving to re-read Wrinkle and A Circle of Quiet, and to finally finish reading the rest of the Crosswicks Journals, and Meet the Austins and that whole series, which I’ve somehow skipped. Those sound like cozy winter reading to me.
What little, not-hugely-significant things are bringing YOU a disproportionate amount of happy lately? I’d love to hear in comments.