Actually, even during this time of the pandemic when I miss my family like crazy, many things are making me happy this week. Therefore, instead of one item, I am offering several.
First, with much fanfare, I present my two new hoses, each 100 feet long, which means I can reach all the beds in my front yard when they need watering. No more Jean de Florette hauling of water. But can you guess what happened right after we got the hoses? Rain, rain, and more rain. Too funny! However, I am ready and well prepared for the next dry spell.
Second, Clif has come up with a graphic for my upcoming podcast of The Other Green Door. At some point, there will be a book, which will include several stories, and this graphic will be used for the cover as well.
And, third: More music. Ólafur Arnalds’s tiny desk concert is the polar opposite of the one I shared last week of Rodrigo y Gabriela. The latter’s music is sheer joy and energy. Arnalds’s music is soulful, gentle, and melancholy even. Both types of music reflect aspects of the human condition, and what a good thing it is that we have such a diversity of musicians who capture these moods and emotions.
56 thoughts on “What’s Making Me Happy: July 3, 2020”
Thanks for introducing me to some new music! How funny re the hoses…still you are well prepared!!
Music was nice, book cover is amazing, and hoses are essential. Glad you are having a good day. 🙂
Big and little things, gratitude–all make a difference. Great attitude.
Thanks so much!
I thought the same thing when we laid down our newest soaker hoses, watered and then got a week of rain. We HAVE to do that so that the skies will open. 😉
Great cover, Clif and loved the mini-concert.
Happy Fourth – I’m pondering this one more than usual this year.
Thanks, Eliza! I, too, have been pondering the Fourth. What a time we are living through.
I am sure rain will not last forever 🙂
I argued about very warm days in last week but yesterday night the temperature was down to 8C. All is so uncertain around us, even the weather 🙂
The book cover is very inviting.
Many thanks, Tootlepedal!
Love the gratitude 😊 the graphic is great and funny about the hose, how that happens.
Thank you for purchasing those hoses. We needed the rain. I love the cover .
Glad to be of service. 😉
I’m so old that I remember the song “Green Door. Any connection to your podcast or book? I love the graphic — it makes me want to peek behind that door!
Thanks, Linda. Not a song I’m familiar with, so no connection to my podcast or book.
Then I’ll just have to learn about your Green Door!
Hoses, a talented husband and music! What more could you ask for?! 😀
Listening to the music now, Laurie. It is beautiful, too! Yes, diversity is good thing.
Yes, you are now prepared for hot, dry weather with those hoses! That is a wonderful graphic from Clif! We’ll watch for the podcast.
Very good! The same thing happened with me an the hoses and rain. I couldn’t get into the garden so I bought a new 100′ hose. Before I could use it, I had to go to a friends house and I told him I bought a new hose. He said he had a lot of extra hose and gave me two heavy-duty 50′ hoses. Earlier, I had mentioned to another friend if he saw any good hoses at garage sales to get me about 100′. After I turned from my friends hose, he showed up with an awesome 50′ hose as well. SO, I took the new hose back to the store. I merged to water the garden successfully but then it started raining. I haven’t had to water the garden since… Great hoses, though! Thanks for sharing!
Those hoses have quite the power. 😉
The book cover is lovely, very inviting, as I think someone has previously commented. I enjoyed listening to some new music, particularly the first piece, melancholy and beautiful. Happy 4th July Laurie and Clif.
Many, many thanks!
I like Clif’s graphic.
Now come on, you bought hoses and THEREFORE it rained! Sod’s law at work! It’s raining here too. The power you have!
I’ll try to use it wisely. 😉
A beautiful graphic by Clif Laurie and I enjoyed the music too 🙂💜
Annoying that the arrival of the new hoses caused the weatherman to drop rain on you!
People in Maine are giving thanks to my new hoses. 😉
Love these ‘happy’ posts; we all need to celebrate what makes us happy. Those hoses will come into their own before you know it!
Thanks, Sandra! When the next dry spell comes, I’ll be ready.
Oh how nice to have lovely hoses! And I like that graphic. Now I need to find your podcast so I can listen. Happy Fourth to you. I’m spending part of it at the garden…
Thanks, Lisa! The podcast isn’t ready yet. We’re aiming for the end of July. I will announce it in a post on my blog.
Ooh, I have been thinking of developing one myself, so will be interested in yours. I’d be interested in the process, too.
Would be happy to be answer any questions you might have.
And I liked the music! Yes!
Very delicate and soulful.
The hoses could be seen as some as a vote that sympathetic magic does work. How exciting to be setting up your own podcast! I love the cover – it’s all very intriguing. I don’t think I have ever listened to one, although they are very popular. My sweetheart has one, but I usually listen to it live. I don’t know if that counts!
Thanks, Susan. Yes, sympathetic magic.
Love the podcast graphic, your “happy” series and absolutely enjoyed the music!! Due to our heatwave, lack of rain and how bad half of our lawn looks, I might have to add a new hose hoping it ends the dry spell!
Thanks so much! The hoses worked for us. 😉
That is a lovely book cover, Laurie. I didn’t know you created podcasts, too. You are a woman of many talents. I’m glad you picked up a couple of new hoses just in time for the rain. We bought a new hose, too, but in our case, it had to replace a broken one. Alas, not a drop of rain in sight, with brush fires burning nearby. Sigh. Enjoy that rain!
I thought it was only washing the car that made it rain 😉
Now you know. Hoses work, too. 😉
As a technophobe with no sound on the ancient computer I can only say that the cover looks excellent.
And if you had not bought the hoses you would still be pushing water. I’m sure you will get plenty of use out of them yet.
Life is like that, as Reader’s Digest used to say. 🙂
It is always good to count one’s blessings, Laurie, and I’m glad you have such good reasons to be happy.
I can relate to your hoses, I finally bought one measuring 100 feet, too. But what it took for us to get some rain is for me to finally wash the windows! All those nice, translucent panes are now covered with wet droplets. 🙂
Too funny! Now we can add washing windows to the list of things that bring rain. 😉
Yes, we can! 🙂
We are really in need of rain, so I should probably invest in some new hoses. I enjoyed the music. Did you ever get a chance to listen to Otava Yo? Here’s another one of my favorites of theirs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdhDcYnYNJs
It’s worked like a charm in central Maine. Since I bought those hoses, we have abundant rain. Yes, I did listen to Otava Yo. Lovely. Thanks for introducing me to them.
Having a faucet put in last year so I could hose water on the west side of the house behind the garage improved my life ever so much!
I bet! Since we’ve gotten the hoses, we haven’t had to use them. 😉
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