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02 Apr, 2020

Things that are making me happy right now, a list

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

It's me!

1) Ted Simpson‘s Ottawa porch portrait series (above)! Check him out on Instagram too. I love hearing about how people are staying busy and creative during these challenging times, don’t you?

2) Sunshine.

3) Daily walks.

4) A new puzzle.

5) Making (and eating) homemade New York style pretzels (here’s a recipe).

6) My orchid flowered!

It’s always exciting when the orchid flowers!

7) My indoor herb garden (it’s kind of a big dill right now):

Aerogarden is growing! Three cheers for fresh herbs

8) This beautiful cake, which I ordered for an upcoming birthday. (The youngest is turning 19. I hope my indoor herb garden will have enough mint to make mojitos by then!)

9) …. and here’s the thing that’s really making me happy right now, both kids are finally home. :)

In other happy news, I won a $50 gift card to Flock Boutique, one of my favourite shops. I entered a contest designed to support local businesses and YOU CAN WIN TOO! Get the details right here.

(Experts say that it’s good for your mental health to (a) express gratitude and (b) really savour meaningful moments, and that what I’m trying to do here. What’s on your list today?)

4 Responses to "Things that are making me happy right now, a list"

1 | Brien

April 2nd, 2020 at 10:55 pm


Thanks for this post! (There’s my mental health gratitude.) Like many people, I have a lot of photos on my hard drive. Many are scans of negatives or prints from university, aka the golden days. As I organize them, I am doing my best to share pictures of friends with those friends. It is a great ‘excuse’ to drop a line to someone and brighten their day with a flashback. It is so easy to drop them into a message, or start a little chat group if there are multiple people in the picture. The pictures do no good to anybody as 0’s and 1’s on a computer!

2 | Nicole MacPherson

April 3rd, 2020 at 7:31 am


Thank you! This was lovely.

3 | Lynn

April 3rd, 2020 at 10:50 am


Such a lovely post and a lovely idea. I’m going to give this some thought for my own life right now.

4 | andrea tomkins

April 3rd, 2020 at 2:56 pm


Brien! I really like the idea of sorting photos, and sharing them with friends is a really nice thing to do!

Nicole and Lynn, I want to see your lists! :)

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