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Happy List: #189

Hello, hello! Welcome back to the Happy List. 

November is flying by and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I suppose I’ll just roll with it, since that’s how I approach most everything in life.

This week on the blog I shared the art we made from what I think is a Victorian era heating grate. There are some odd cutouts in our floors, which make me think we did have some sort of heating system for the main floor back in the day.

I also shared that I am on the hunt for rocking chairs for our sunporch. It’s not a very aggressive hunt. Honestly, I’m hoping some chairs just fall in my lap. Stranger things have happened in 2020!

Now, here’s your weekly reminder and invitation to join me over on Facebook or Instagram. We have a lot of fun over there, I promise!

Here’s the Happy List!


How pretty is this scene in Norway?

I won’t spoil the inside. It is definitely worth a click if you like that rustic farmhouse vibe.

rustic shed via vibeke design on the happy list

(image: Vibeke Design)


I’ve been having a craving for brioche bread. It was something we used to have all the time when we lived in Ireland

Then I found this Dates Brioche recipe by Levantine Mama. Doesn’t it look delicious? 

dates brioche by levantine mama on the happy list

(image: Levantine Mama)


I need some bells on my walls. And those windows.

This home by Becky Shea Design is full of ideas.

becky shea design blue grasscloth walls on the happy list

(image: Becky Shea Design)


This is so cool.

Colorado-based artist Remington Robinson creates miniature paintings on the inside of Altoid tins.

Go see more of his paintings here.

remington robinson tiny artoid tin paintings via my modern met on the happy list

(image: Remington Robinson via My Modern Met)


I usually only buy new sheets when I’ve worn out the set that I own. I’m a linen closet storage minimalist.

Is that weird? Eh…it’s not the quirkiest thing about me.

Last week, however, I went a little wild and bought new flannel sheets at Target even though my current sheet set is just fine. See? Wild.

I had forgotten how warm and cozy it is to sleep on flannel sheets! I’m all about self care right now and flannel sheets are a bright spot in my day.

What are you doing for self care these days?

printed flannel sheets from target on the happy list

P.S. Handy Husband and I have a king-sized bed. We use the fitted sheet, but we don’t use the top sheet. Instead, we each have our own duvet/duvet cover (Twin XL Size).

It’s been sleep changing to have our own covers! I can’t recommend it highly enough! 

I wash the duvet covers every Sunday along with the fitted sheet and pillowcases. Sunday Clean Sheet Day is another one of my quirks! 


Speaking of things that make us happy, there is a tool that measures happiness of large populations in near real time by analyzing the words people use on Twitter. It is called the Hedonometer and they have been collecting data at the Computational Story Lab at the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center for over 10 years.

They assign weight to words that people use (English words only for now) and then use those weights to keep track of happiness. Not a lot bumps the Hedonometer scale much except for widespread holidays like Christmas.

If you go to their site, you can see how happy the global English speaking population is on any given day with their interactive tool and what events are prompting that shift. It’s FASCINATING.

hedonometer on the happy list

(image: via Hedonometer.org)


You bet I immediately clicked on the article in Adventure Journal titled “A Parent’s Guide to Hiking With a Chatterbox.”

I have one of those children.

There is so. much. talking. Nonstop talking.

Turns out that chatter is important to brain development.

kids hike Howth Ireland on the happy list


I wouldn’t think that a half painted brick wall would work, but somehow it does in this London home! Maybe it is because the art spans both sides of the brick.

neutral home with brick wall via the nordroom on the happy list

(image: Nordroom)


It was my profound pleasure to be able to explain this image to my 13-year-old daughter this week.

The image was created by artist Bria Goeller and the owner of Good Trubble

ruby bridges official instagram(image: Instagram)


“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” – Alden Nowlan

That’s it for this week’s Happy List.

We came, we saw, we conquered. Now it is time to get your weekend started!

I’ll see you back here on Monday.



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