First, though, the biggest happy-making news:
Last Thursday, March 27th, I was given the gift of a brand new niece!
Margaret Auburn Rose was born, healthy and strong, at midday in Spokane, Washington. She is the first child of my brother and sister-in-law and the first grandchild on both sides. There was a lot of jumping for joy, and many many happy tears, and a huge amount of relief on my sister-in-law's behalf after the four days (!!) of labor. As you might imagine, I can hardly wait to meet little Margaret and it's suddenly extra frustrating to live 450 miles away! However, I am heading up on April 16th, when my brother goes back to work, to help out for a good long stretch and be there for her Christening on Easter Sunday. A week and a half until then, and I am practically counting down the minutes.
Now then: here are a few little everyday things that have been making me happy of late:
Finally branching out from my usual bread making routine
Delicious smoothies to use up last summer's frozen berries (made using my immersion blender)
My favorite houseplant, steadily wending its way around my east-facing window with a strand of yarn for a trellis.
PG Tips with sugar, milk and fresh mint.