Happiness is Frost Free Nights

So tonight at dinner, a friend announced that the nightly frosts were over for our neck of the woods which means I can put herbs in pots outside and maybe some cherry tomatoes. Which means it’s really spring. That makes me happy.

How did you feel warm with happiness this week?

140 thoughts on “Happiness is Frost Free Nights

  1. It’s been nice enough here in middle Tennessee to open all the windows and let the fresh air inside… though the pollen is coming in as well.

  2. Suddenly had a massive spurt of energy and feel better than I have in over 6 months. I know it won’t last, so enjoying it whilst it does. Don’t mean that to sound pessimistic either, just the way it is. Seriously enjoying it though right now, and hopefully our weather will warm up too . Have fab Sunday

  3. My business partner and I are in Phoenix for our favourite conference of the year. Went on a three hour hike yesterday. Going on one today through Fat Man’s Pass. Then we are going shoe shopping.

  4. I love the thought of new flowers, herbs Fruit and vegetables now that it’s warmer.
    I have some impatience, arugula and strawberries waiting to plant outside.
    I already planted some dahlias last week, my favorite.

      1. I didn’t see that flower name written out for most of my life. I really thought they were just called Impatients.

  5. We are getting some rain, which is sorely needed. It’s only April and our part of the province has already had a couple evacuation alerts / orders due to forest fires.

    K1 and I went for a bike ride in the rain yesterday. Found the trail that runs behind the neighbourhood along the edge of the ridge!

  6. Coming back later to talk about happy. Right now I want to Bob Mayer wrote this article about his 30+ years experience of every kind of publishing out there.
    It’s really good.
    -Random Brain Cells Firing On “No One Buys Books Anymore”-
    Unless you are on his email list and he sent it to you, it’s at bob-mayer.medium.com

  7. Also on preliminaries: Carol Mc, if you didn’t see my belated reply to your Till We Have Faces comment on GBTh, you may want to go back and look, since it has a link to something of possible interest to you.

    1. I love love love Till We Have Faces, even though it is so strange. Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beaty and the Beast mused with Greek Mythology, and it feels a bit like Till We Have Faces.

  8. I’m happy that the contractor finally finished the back patio project (which turned out to be much more expensive and complicated than expected…old houses). It looks very nice, I think, and I don’t miss the old unused chimney or rotting wooden patio at all. A few pictures on Instagram, if you’re curious. https://www.instagram.com/p/C6Q59gluCih/?img_index=1

    We’re still having frosts here (22 degrees a couple of nights ago), but the days are getting warmer and I’m starting to put things in the garden. So far I’ve planted the early seeds: peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, and bok choy. I also put 50 strawberry plants in the ground, and need to figure out where the hell I’m putting the 50 asparagus plants I apparently lost my mind and bought in February. So today’s real happy is that my bestie is coming over to help me in the garden, because I’m feeling really overwhelmed.

    Also, it’s my birthday. I turned 64, so now the Beatles song is stuck in my head…

    1. Wow! That was quite a project! It looks great.

      Happy 64! I hope you have some fun plans, besides the garden work.

      1. Just Scrabble with my gardening friend, and something yummy for dinner later. I’m not really celebrating this year. Not on purpose, just ended up that way.

    2. Your patio looks lovely and will be so easy to maintain throughout the year. I think you should take a beverage of you choice, a good book, a comfy chair and celebrate your birthday on your new elegant patio. Happy Birthday.

  9. I’m happy I actually finished reading a novel, and almost immediately after Jenny’s recommendation, namely Ngaio Marsh’s Overture to Death.  I’ll hold off the full report for GBTh, or maybe even later, depending on how long medical stuff takes that Thursday,  but I have a few comments and queries that I hope to make today, starting with this one:

    Marsh twice (in the list of characters and in Alleyn’s letter to Troy) refers to Copeland as “B.A. Oxon.”  But as I understand the Oxford system, an Oxford B.A. magically turns into an M.A. with no further effort, except applying for it, after 7 years, assuming the graduate has not stained his moral character in the interval.  Copeland is clearly far more than 7 years past Oxford.  Since NOT having an M.A. beyond that point suggests moral failing, I would think that an Anglican clergyman in the 1920s would certainly have collected the degree to avoid scandalizing his parishioners, however modest his own feelings.  I therefore take this to be a mistake that Marsh made as a New Zealander.  And I wonder why her editor did not catch what seems to be an obvious mistake.  Am I missing something?

    https://www.new.ox.ac.uk/oxford-ma-0

    1. I don’t know whether people bothered —it might have seemed like a silly thing to do since it didn’t reflect any more achievement. It looks like it was worth while if you were working at an Oxford institution because it brought privileges with it but might not have been worth the hassle otherwise.

    2. The novel is set in the 1930s, so my 1920s above is a mistake, but surely still accurate. Even in the 1920s Copeland would have been over 7 years past Oxford. I can’t recall if we’re given his age, but his daughter is 20ish in 1939 or shortly before. She almost certainly was born after he graduated, so that was at latest in the oughts (before 1910) and 7 years was before 1917. People were even more concerned about scandal back then, all the more reason to apply for the M.A.

      1. Not my day for arithmetic! Daughter born by *1919*. Unless he had a medical deferment, Copeland not at Oxford during WWI. If he was ordained by that point would he have been draft immune? No mention of WWI service. Assuming unmentioned service, he could belatedly have finished up his degree after the War and possibly even been married by then under the exceptional circumstances, but I think he would have graduated by 1923 at the utterly latest, and so should have collected his MA in 1930 or earlier.

        1. Of historical interest: Future research established that UK clergy were indeed draft immune in WWI, although abolition of the exception was proposed late in the war. I’m not sure it ever would have passed. However, future mystery writer Ronald Knox (who had already published his seminal piece of Sherlockian Higher Criticism), although already an Anglican clergyman, voluntarily performed civilian analytical war work for Military Intelligence. I’m sure other clergymen either volunteered as military chaplains or, like Knox, performed non-clergy war work.

    3. I don’t know what the convention was for clergymen. I’ve never taken my MA, on the grounds that it’s either misleading, for anyone who doesn’t know the Oxford (and I think Cambridge) convention, or else people know it’s meaningless. By the 1970s there was no reference to good conduct; you just had to pay a small fee. One of my friends took hers because she’d had to get her BA by post (as most people did) and fancied attending a degree ceremony with her young children.

      1. I think many clergymen would have taken their MA, like teachers did, to look more impressive. In the state system, at least, you were paid a bit more if you had an MA, so I daresay I’d’ve taken mine if I hadn’t dropped out of teacher training.

        I’ve never heard that remaining ‘BA Hons, Oxon’ was a sign of dubious character!

        1. I can’t remember where I read that historically one had to maintain a clean record to qualify for an Oxford MA, nor specifically what era that pertained to. It’s not mentioned in the Wikipedia. But present practice would not necessarily reflect practice in the 1920s or 30s.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Arts_%28Oxford%2C_Cambridge%2C_and_Dublin%29?wprov=sfla1

          I take it that you, Jane, are the one with the Hons. (My own B.A. from a world-class university was also “with General Honors,” he said vainly.) Copeland just has a vanilla B.A.

          In grad school, I was in a program to go straight through to my doctorate, assuming I passed my qualifying exam. When I did so, I was eligible for an earned M.A., but it wasn’t automatic. I nonetheless filled out the application, feeling that I deserved a piece of paper for all that work. I don’t believe I actually attended a graduation ceremony, though. When I finally got my doctorate, however, my parents insisted that I do the ceremony, so that they could watch!

          1. I took my BA in person because my parents wanted to see me do it, too. And I believe in the 1920s and 30s it was usual to get a BA without ‘honours’ unless you did really well in your final exams. This was true for my father, studying civil engineering at Sheffield; he just missed honours, and therefore didn’t take his BEng but stayed on to study for an MEng instead. He was therefore impressed with my BA (Hons), and wanted me to take my MA: I couldn’t convince him that by my day (I graduated in 1978) it was difficult to avoid getting an honours degree – you had to do really badly to get a pass degree.

        2. Your father was right! Humble myself, I can still clearly see taking honors on offer honors your father.

  10. Jenny, I’m happy that Bob announced a release date for Rocky Start and it’s showing for Kindle for pre order. NOT to add stress or anything to you two, but for those of us who want physical books, do you know when those will be available to order?

    I’m also happy it’s supposed to stop raining long enough today for me to get some mowing done. I have enough field that I have to mow in sections and some of it is getting ridiculous.

    1. I tried to pre-order it, and I already had in December, 2023! Maybe there wasn’t a firm date at that time? ??? As I recall, the print versions were late in being listed for ordering in the Lavender threesome.

    2. It has something to do with print on demand, I think. The day it goes on sale, you can order the print, and it’ll take a little while. I get the impression, very probably wrong, that in the beginning they wait to see if anybody orders print, and then if the orders come in, they start printing in general, not in response to orders. Bob would know. But I know the print will be available to order the day the book goes live.

  11. We got 2.4″ of rain on Friday, and 3″ yesterday and last night, so my yard is very soggy. this will help the trees, and you can practically see the grass growing. The basement took in some water, but not very much. Yay!

    I have had Kali for three weeks, this evening, and she is such a joy. She has a new trick nearly every day. One day, I could not find her. She usually resides in her crate, if she isn’t looking out the door or the windows. Finally, I called her, and she came out of my bedroom. She was under the bed! Strange. She does love to play hide and seek outside, where there are bushes to hide behind. When I find her, it becomes a game of tag. For such a little dog, she’s really fast!

    On a sad note, the nursery plant shop that always lived in the bandstand three blocks away in the spring, had to move nearly three miles away! Someone tore down the gazebo and the parking area around it, and are putting in a “Dirty drinks” shop with a drive-through. They will sell sodas with fruit in them.??? I’m not sure I’m up for driving so far for plants. There is a native plant sale in a few Saturdays. Maybe I’ll just get a few plants for pots, there.

    1. Does Kali like to play with balls at all?

      You might like to interest her in them via keeping one in a sandwich bag with some crunchies she likes, then start playing fetch with that ball in the house.

      Once she gets addicted to balls, then you can do a lot of careful enticing with one. 🙂

      Just a thought….

      1. Jinx, she is really strange with toys. Her former owner gave me a whole bagful, and I’ve put several out for her. She picks them up in her mouth and carries them a ways, then drops them, and only one a day. That’s it. She won’t chase the toys if I toss them. A family member has had three Keeshonds, which are in the same Spitz family, and they don’t play with toys, either. Kali likes to bark at things and people, and really likes hide and seek.

  12. I’m saved, y’all.

    I got a job offer (tentative pending on fingerprints again) for my top remaining job at the state on Friday. Better pay, better title, not yet another generic clerical worker. I do not have to work at the prison after all. I am SO. RELIEVED. The new supervisor is even happy to have me!!!! I get fingerprinted again Tuesday and then wait on that, but WHEW St. Anthony and St. Expedite came through for me and I’m so grateful.

    I even saw a gigantic double rainbow on Friday that lasted my entire drive and even long enough for it to still be going by the time I reached my destination. I truly feel like my bad luck has changed to good now.

    In other news, had two interviews this week, one of which I also really liked, but now that I have a good bird in the hand, I have less worry about. I have gotten to see several plays this weekend, have an audition tonight.

    1. That is such good news! Your hard work and perseverance are finally being rewarded. I am very happy for you!

    2. Congratulations! So pleased that the job situation has worked out for you.

  13. Today is the dotter’s birthday. I had a cake and cream cheese pie delivered express from Walmart, (Carrot cake. Mmmm) Today she is 29 YO (again). For her birthday pressy she wanted gravel, so she’s off to Tractor Supply to stock up with my credit card.

    She was busily planting cucumber, squarsh, zucchini, melon, tomatoes and jalapeños before downing tools and driving to TS.

    Cute aside: I have bought over forty cloth/canvas reusable shopping bags from Wally World, Target, Food Lion, Publix, and a few odd places. They are nearly all “of a size.” The one (1) bag from Tractor Supply has roughly double the volume of any of the others. We never use it, except as storage for shopping bags.

    1. I’ve bought a few cloth shopping bags, including two nice ones from the now defunct Canadian Eaton’s—at the price I now wish I’d bought more—while I was at the Worldcon in Winnipeg many moons ago. I’ve gotten a few less-good ones from Staples for free as premiums during sales there. Other people gave me a few bags they weren’t using. More recently I’ve gotten mailed some, mostly of the vinyl-coated kind. A few of these are thank-yous from charities I donate to, but I think more are from charities trying to entice me into donating. A few in this class I use turned inside out, either for esthetic reasons or because I don’t want to advertise the charity in question. The vinyl-coated ones vary in size a lot, but I think they average smaller than standard, and none are much larger than the standard volume. I’ve got large thick plastic bags from various stores, but nothing in cloth to rival Gary’s Tractor Supply cloth bag.

    2. Wow! Even I don’t have that many, and I used to have a small business doing screenprinting (more shirts than bags, but some canvas bags) and got to keep half the misprints (my partner got the other half) that would have just been thrown out otherwise. Some of them have multiple images on them, from when we needed to test the screen. They’re all ugly, but they work perfectly fine.

    3. Answering everyone at once, I am. First, A PICTURE. What is in the picture is a tiny fraction of the cloth shopping bags. There are at least a dozen in the bag of our vehicle, which is some kind of Ford soccer-mom car. Or SUV. Or mini-van. That’s not important.

      In the picture is the Tractor Supply bag hanging in front of a Target Bag. The caption on the TS bag should be familiar to anyone with canine members of the family. Scanning right, see a couple of the insulated bags. The dotter is not fond of those bags, nor any bag with a zipper. There are others, but they are filled with paperwork or stored clothes or something, not frozen food. Scanning further right, see the shopping boxes (boxen). Most of those are in use somewhere in the house as storage boxes or totes for (for example) Legos and computer game paraphernalia. Like the insulated bags, these are not dotter’s favorites.

      There is an accumulation of bags in the kitchen, since that’s where they are carried and emptied.

      Why so many? I try to do a little for the environment. I hate plastic bags – they hurt my hands. So we go to the store and forget to bring the bags? I buy more. Then, some of the bags are more durable than others. When the bottoms rip out, they get recycled. I’ve bought over 40 bags (or boxes). That doesn’t mean I still have 40 in use. 😀

      1. Some of my bags live in my trunk. I take them inside, unload my groceries, and they go right back to the car. I find the excess bags useful for storing things.

          1. Me three! Also, not shown in the picture were two of my Publix bags. I love those bags. They’re sturdier than most of the others. I need to migrate them back to the car with the Target bag.

      2. I so love the bags with zippers. Still using my handmade bags from lovely Tasmanians from that year’s (2008?) Heritage Rose Conference. Hobart, Tasmania is my fallback home in case of orange cataclysmic occurrence.

        1. Oh good for you! Striking a blow for the Less Stuff/Less Waste mode of thought.

          We keep our bags in the back of the SUV — a Bag of bags and a Bag for cold stuff (insulated and of course bright blue, since it’s from IKEA). It does us fine, since we don’t buy stuff except when getting there via auto, so bags are always with us.

    4. I haven’t counted all the tote bags I have. i keep about 10 in the car that include 3 insulated ones and one that has sections so you can put glass bottles in it without them clinking. There’s another set of bags like that for my husband’s car. And then in my craft closets I have probably another 40+ totes. Playmakers, which is a local shoe store, bags are long enough to put 2 shoe boxes in and have a light seal on the outside to make them water proof. The ALA tote bags are about the same size but tend to rot over time. I only purchased 1 of my tote bags from Whole Foods when I needed to transport the meat I bought in WI back to MI and the meat department provided me with ice. The rest were primarily given to me from vendors at ALA’s annual conference or other conferences I’ve attended. The thing about being a librarian and our conferences is that we’re given a lot of books/arcs/galleys and you need a good tote bag to carry them.

  14. I had several nice visits with friends this week, in person and on the phone. And I’m starting to plan a trip to L.A. to see friends in September when we move kid 1 into wherever she’ll be living when she starts at UC Riverside in the fall. A friend has offered for me to stay with her and I can’t wait. Haven’t been back down there in a few years.

    I saw my allergist this week and there’s a promising-sounding, mast-cell stabilizing drug I might be able to try after I see him again in July. Disappointed he doesn’t want to start me on it now, but he doesn’t want to add a drug at the same time he’s changing my allergy shot protocol in response to pollen season…

    1. Oh, heavens, auhor Susan Straight territory. And the food! Plus botanical and experimental citrus gardens are to die for. Lucky, lucky kid 1. Lucky you.

    2. Oh my gosh, my allergist told me about the research for the mast-cell stabilizer in 2014 (when I started with him) and said it would be about 10 years. Now I must make an appointment with him! Thanks for sharing this.

  15. Okay, one more query before I start on chores.  In Overture, Alleyn twice explains, while questioning persons of interest, that it is a serious offense for the police to mislead witnesses.  Possibly there is a distinction here between witnesses and suspects, but as I understand it from novels and TV shows, it is a permitted tactic in the US for police to mislead suspects during interrogation, for instance by falsely claiming than a confederate has already cracked and is providing evidence against them.  (And there’s the misleading but technically not untruthful hypothetical that Perry Mason was fond of, “What if I told you that …?”  Mason not a cop but still an officer of the court.)  So is UK law different (or was it in the 1930s)?

    1. I believe there are many differences between the two systems, but afraid I don’t know any details. And the detail of how the police interact with suspects, especially, I think has changed over the years – as I imagine it has in the US.

      Maybe you should relax and trust Marsh’s story world!

      1. Jane, I already read and enjoyed the story world, where Marsh established that the police could not mislead. But this is not one of Asimov’s sf mysteries. There are conventions to present-set mysteries, but by 1939 they certainly aspired to accurately reflect real world law and formal rules of policing, if not always actual practice. Also, this is my first Marsh, as far as I remember. Readers can reliably learn more about the real world (at a particular time and place) from some authors than from others, and I don’t yet know how accurate Marsh is, so I’m asking.

        From the internet, I gather that U.K. police even today are allowed to mislead, but mostly by omission rather than outright misstatement. But the current governing act seems to be from 1985. If anyone happens to know what the law was in 1939, I’d still like to know.

  16. What’s making me happy is that I’ve spent the weekend staying with my best friend in Yorkshire. We met at university over 20 years ago, she’s always lived in Yorkshire since we left and likewise for me in Somerset but we meet at least twice a year (and more since my mother passed away). We’re at very different stages in our lives but the friendship is rock solid and I’m so lucky to have her in my life. She doesn’t work on Fridays so we spent school hours at a spa in her village, yesterday we went to a local National Trust property with her husband and kids, and today has been a very lazy day where I’ve helped the kids build a marble run and been crowned Princess Hannah. It’s been a lovely weekend.

      1. A gigantic plastic monstrosity that you can drop marbles into and they travel through thanks to gravity, spinning wheels and various other contraptions. I’ll admit that I hadn’t had my first cup of tea yet when the kids got me involved so the mechanics of it escape me but I got away with making lots of interested noises and commenting on the colour and size of marbles…

  17. We did a virtual seder Monday with DS and DD and her partner. I’m so grateful for zoom.

    I went to the garden store and bought … many annuals to plant —I now have impatiens, portulaca, snap dragons, Angelonia, two kinds of salvia and torenia.

    Then I realized we will be in NY for four days when the weather is going to be over 80 here.

    So I can’t plant them until we get back and they will be sitting in pans of water in the shade. If the deer don’t eat them (we used an organic spray heavy on rotten eggs and garlic) they will be lovely when they get in the ground.

    Cautiously optimistic that we may have protected DHs friend’s disabled daughter from the worst financial outcomes but won’t really relax until it’s final.

    This whole process has been incredibly stressful but it has made me appreciate my husband —he makes me happy.

    We have tickets to two nights of ballet in NYC and are planning a week with DD in May in London.

    Putting up DD’s close friend who is going to testify for Bernie Sanders committee about reducing drug prices —so happy to see her and support a good cause. The hearing was postponed due to the Mayorkas impeachment vote so she didn’t get to testify her last visit.

    And DH and I keep thinking —his friend should have called the wedding off 32 years ago when he bought her a $20,000 engagement ring (we know because he enlisted DH to help carry the cash to purchase it ) and she sent him back for a more expensive one because the one he bought had a flaw. Talk about showing her values…. You can’t make this stuff up.

    When I told DS this story I just said it was 20x the price of my ring .
    He was incredulous …and appalled when I told him the jewelry industry pushes the idea of 3 months salary for a ring .

      1. As you should be. My BIL made my sister a stainless steel “training ring” in his uncle’s shop and they will celebrate their 52nd anniversary in June. There is no correlation between bling and a healthy relationship.

        1. Happy memories. A friend of mine was working as a tool and die maker when he got married and he made their wedding rings.

    1. I like jewelry, but the thought of having a truly expensive piece gives me hives. I am very good at losing things. Most of my collection came to me second hand. Also, I find that I am more interested in design than the intrinsic value of stones.

      My ring was $200, made for me by an artist on Etsy, milkweed pods and seeds, set with some small moonstones. I paid for it because my partner doesn’t buy me jewelry. We didn’t do engagement rings. He used an old onyx and gold ring that my grandmother had given me. I bought him a silicone band with a silly inscription inside for everyday.

      1. While I agree bling has no correlation with a healthy relationship, I do think our wedding rings symbolized what we were aiming for . They are copies of my step great grandmothers ring , with a male hand holding a female hand (not a Claddagh ring, no heart in the hands) and we think of it as both being equal partners and having eachothers backs .

        And probably the two together cost more than my engagement ring now that I think of it.

  18. The sunny intervals today, and the prospect of it warming up through this next week makes me happy. Had another friend visiting for a couple of nights, who coddled me after I had an emergency trip to the dentist who took a tooth out. Once I got back home, I curled up with a hot water bottle, ibuprofen, home-made fish pie and comfort TV and company. It was lovely.

    1. My sympathies on an emergency tooth extraction! Glad you had moral support at the time.

  19. My happy this week has been enjoying the latest phase of Desert In Bloom. The palo verde trees are glowing with vibrant yellow flowers, the ocotillo bushes are tipped with coral-red, various barrel and prickly pear cactus blooms in hues of yellow and purple red. The saguaros are budding and should be crowned in creamy white flowers soon.

  20. My happy this week was getting a ton of yardkeeping done despite the tail end of rhinovirus. In fact I think that baking in the sun for hours yesterday may have killed the damn thing for good.

    Also happy, DH upgraded our wireless router system today and BroadwayHD is now streaming glitch-free.

  21. I just answered my own next query. Reporter Nigel Bathgate jocularly says that his 3-year-old son wants his godfather, Alleyn, “to put him down for Hendon.” After some digging I found that Hendon is the site of the Metropolitan Police training center.

  22. Our accountant had very good news, I get a small refund and DH pays only a small amount. Hoping my refund will pay for PRP treatment for my knee, which I’m getting anyway. We went to the Thunderbird horse competitions this weekend. Youngest gd did well during the week, but Archie was not having anything to do with jumping etc. so back to the barn. It was pouring rain. He might be a fair weather competitor. He is a young pony. Cute but very frustrating for a 10 1/2 year old. A few tears. Eldest gd’s diving skills are amazing. She is stopping gymnastics in May. Concentrating on diving. And I drove across the line to buy gas. What a deal even with the exchange. Nothing exciting just a few happies.

    1. One lovely, lovely thing happened: my friend from grade one came for a family visit, stopping off here before heading to Vancouver Island. My other bf from grade one made breakfast. We three had a great time. We took a friends since grade one photo.

    2. I’m hoping to also get PRP treatment but for my hip/glutes. I’m happy I now have an appointment scheduled but a bit disappointed that it won’t be for another 6 weeks and with his PA.

  23. Just an observation on changing times. In a search, Alleyn turns up, “rather a super sort of water pistol, isn’t it? None of your rubber bulbs that you squeeze—but a proper trigger action.” I was playing with squirt guns (more common Yankspeak than “water pistol”) by the 1950s, only 15ish years after this quote, and I never so much as heard of one using a rubber bulb; everything had triggers. Wikipedia confirms that the rubber bulb is the original technology and supplies an 1861 quote (put down on paper in 1865). It does not make clear when the trigger type started to predominate. I know that the super soaker came in after my time. (I think we may have improvised more water volume by using plastic squeeze bottles for ketchup, but that’s a fuzzy memory. These would be bottles specially purchased empty—ketchup was then sold in glass bottles, but one could decant ketchup into a squeeze bottle for easier application.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_gun?wprov=sfla1

  24. I’m happy I have great friends. I’m sad they’re all living a billion lightyears away, but I’m happy and grateful to have them, because they are wonderful.
    I’m happy I have the best MIL. The very very very best.
    I’m happy I’m making a lot of progress, mostly mentally.
    My birthday last year was one of the worst birthdays I’ve had, and I’ve been having returning bouts of anxiety in anticipation for today since around November. Yes, it’s really been that bad. I’m incredibly, immensely happy it did not get anything to feed on today. Today was great. I got love and laughter and hugs today and even some gifts. I’m happy I made it through the last year and ended up here, where it’s better.
    I’m happy I have the best kitts.
    I’m happy there’s Argh.

      1. Thank you! And yes we do. Not year though, I believe. 🙂
        April 28th is a very popular day to be born on, it seems. Know a whole host of people having birthday same day as me.

  25. The first part of the week was tough but the last few days have been better. My load of chicken poop was delivered (from a small local business delightfully named The Good S*+t). I edged all my garden beds and have been topping them up with the poop. We’ll likely get frost again so focus is planting cool weather crops. I bumped up some pepper plants that grew from seeds I collected last fall (have done much better than purchased seeds).

    DS, DH and I went out for dinner together. Kitchen was slow so we had extra time to chat. Long convos with DS aren’t common so I enjoy the opportunities when they arise.

    My mother’s birthday was yesterday and I celebrated by getting a lovely bouquet of white tulips, small irises and pink stock. She loved fresh flowers and this colour combo reminds me of her.

    1. My brother taught philosophy at Montana State for a year many (50?) years ago. He spent the whole year complaining about the fact that the stadium was useless for anything except rodeo (he was a runner) and feeling out of place. My favorite story from that year was when a student came into his classroom and asked if it was Poultry Husbandry, My brother replied that it might be chicken shit, but it wasn’t Poultry Husbandry. Just imagine if he was still teaching, how many gardens he could have nurtured over the years!

  26. I’m happy for the coming week which will be slow. And for a nice mix of solitude and people events.

    Today was the opening of our Democratic coordinated state campaign headquarters. Amazingly it looks and functions just like our regular county campaign headquarters. But, there were a lot of great people, pizza and cake, and pizza crusts for Pixie.

    We still have a bout 3 more weeks before the danger of frost has passed. I can start putting some of the plants that I overwinter inside on my covered front porch.

  27. And one more happy;
    I thought I would be up late writing row grant reports . It’s 10 pm, they are done and I have time to read.

  28. Happy for greening out, flowering, sunny skies–and two bags of books–mostly cookery–gleaned from the library book sale.

  29. What made me happy this week was my students and friends doing very well at the national competition in Salt Lake City this weekend. I only had two students competing, as most of them are too young, but one did well in the Junior event, and the other did well in the Senior event. The Senior event is actually the open event, meaning no age limitations but you have to have qualified, and was the actual U.S. National Championship event, and my student took 39th out of the 141 who qualified and competed. And then they also had Veteran events, though they were just standard North American Cups, the Veteran National Championships are in July, but it is a point event for qualifying for the U.S. Veteran World Championship team (top 4 qualify, best two results of three qualifying events). I had one friend take second place, and his wife won her event. One of my teammates won her event and another took third. And then I won one of my events, for the first time. I had had seconds and thirds before but this was my first win. And that gives me a chance to make the Vet World team again, though that will take another top three at the Vet National Championships. So I ended up being happy I went, even though I really didn’t want to go.

    1. Brilliant, Gary. Totally reinforces the adage about never achieving anything unless you show up & never knowing what you will achieve if you do show up. An opportune reminder for me. Thanks

  30. This made me very happy this week;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaRsgkHJRGE

    The last song is really beautiful. The whole thing is silly & sweet & comforting.

    Other things that made me happy were:

    Trees – they always make me happy. I put way too many pics of them on IG.

    Cooper dog – when I wake up he herds me into a chair in the same room as his mom (my daughter) & climbs in my lap for cuddles. It is important to him that his mom & I are in the same room.

    Barefoot brand Riesling wine – nuff said.

    I’ve been working on my endurance as a walker & I have more energy.

    & argh community & Jenny & Bob.

    I finished my reread of Jayne Castles 16 Harmony book series & now I’m ready for the new release on May 7th! Now I am rereading Agnes & the Hitman. Yahoo.

  31. My happy moments have included warmer weather (although we have to wait until Memorial Day weekend to be clear of frost), fabric shopping ($6/yard sale!), meeting my newest nephew, Slightly, (a Siberian kitten – SO FLUFFY!), and seeing family.

    There was also a lot of loss these past 2 weeks. My cousin passed so it was at her funeral that I saw my extended family and it was because of that trip to WI that I was able to meet Slightly. Also, at work, one coworker died of a heart attack and 2 co-workers’ mothers died. Two more mothers of friends died during the same timeframe.

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