Five Happy Things

September 12, 2014

It’s only been a couple of weeks since my last Happy Little Things post, so instead of posting about one thing at length, today I’m going to share five mostly little things that are giving me hits of happiness right now. After all, life is so much better when we stop and enjoy the simple pleasures. 

1. Fresh flowers. I love fresh flowers but don’t often spend the money for them. This week, though, for three dollars and change I brought home these gorgeous hydrangeas:

They should last at least a week, if I can keep Prudy out of them!

2. Doctor Who. I know, I know, Doctor Who has been around a lo-o-o-ng time, but it’s only been this summer that my husband and I have made his acquaintance when we started watching the reboot of the series that started with the Ninth Doctor. We’re about to move on to the Eleventh Doctor (oh, how I will miss you, David Tennant). We’ve been borrowing DVDs from the library and have quite a few seasons to go before we catch up to the current season. Which is a good thing, because we don’t get BBC America and we won’t be able to watch the current Doctor until he comes out on DVD. (If you want to know why there are so many Doctors, you’ll just have to watch the show. It’s “timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff”…

3. Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks. I used the last of a gift card to buy one this morning. Yummy.

4. Freegal Music. This awesome service, accessed through my library system, lets me download three free songs every week. I’ve significantly expanded my music library, three songs at a time. You library may also offer this, so check it out at

5. Airplane reservations for California! In less than a month, I’ll be visiting my family—I can’t wait. (Better start choosing books to take with me, right Danielle?) 

What happy things are you enjoying right now?

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  1. You know I would be making my list first and then thinking about all the other peripherals! ;) Of course I took far too many books with me to CO and didn't even open one of them....Still, always good to have books in reserve, just in case. Yay for going to CA--where will you be? Do you know I have never seen Dr. Who? Is that awful? And I have never had a proper PSL from Starbucks (they are very indulgent and I am not always good at indulging myself-except with books...). I have had the instant kind, and I am sure they are not at all the same. Maybe I will this weekend.... Or maybe a piece of pie is in order if I go to dinner with my mom. It's the little things in life, right?!

  2. Danielle--You must have had a wonderful trip if you didn't have time to read! Still, one never wants to be without a book when reading time presents itself and it was good to go prepared.

    I've never seen Doctor Who until this summer, so you're not far behind me. It's loads of fun--in one episode, he met Agatha Christie.

    I'll be in northern CA, Sacramento and a little town north of there where my mom lives. One of the attractions of my mom's area is a great used bookstore--you can bet I'll be asking to go there. She's a big reader, too, so it won't be a hardship.

    My PSL was quite tasty, but I probably wouldn't have indulged if I hadn't had the gift card. The simple pleasures are all the more enjoyable when they don't cost you anything! Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you do treat yourself to some happy little thing.

  3. Ah Kathy - all these five things sound wonderful - especially the trip one to see family. Bet you can't wait. Anticipation is always something that can create happiness. Thanks for sharing what makes you happy.

  4. Debbie--Anticipation is a big part of happiness for me. And I think it's good to remember and notice what makes us happy.

  5. I can feel your delight as you describe your happy things...Plain lattées at various cafés are delights for me...There are others, many these days...

  6. Rita--Plain lattes are delightful, too. I'm happy to hear you're enjoying many simple pleasures.