Happy Things

Winter is sure on its way! The wind is blowing cold from the north, it is starting to snow, and it is getting darker out earlier every day. Last winter I was so busy testing recipes and working on putting together my book, that the winter seemed to almost slip right on by. This winter, I have yet to figure out what I will do to keep myself busy. Long and dark, cold nights are not exactly ingredients for happiness, especially for someone who loves to be outside and in the sunshine.

Most evenings these days seem to be very slow-moving. Lately Kesa has even been asking to go to bed at only 6:00pm. So I have been trying to keep the girls (and myself) occupied in the evenings. Sometimes we bake a batch of cookies or do a craft, play a game or dance to some music and every night we do story time just before bed. Still, there are many hours in the evening that there is really not much to do with and so we’ve been spending a little time on the computer watching videos on youtube. The girls like Bear In The Big Blue House or KidsTV123 and I love music! I love to listen to music and watch videos of performers on the computer when I have nothing else to do. Good music always lifts my spirit!

I am still very much in love with Jason Mraz music. I think he is such a talented guy and also a lyrical genius. I especially love his latest album, Love is a Four Letter Word, the songs on that album are so uplifting. He is also a raw vegan and does yoga, so to me that makes him all the more awesome. Here are some songs that make me happy.

Ben Howard is another favorite artist of mine. His music is so peaceful and relaxing.

Or there is always Jack Johnson!

We also like to look at old family pictures or videos. This one from last winter of the girls dancing is hilarious. They sure have some funky moves! πŸ™‚

If am not watching videos, I am collecting quotes that I love. Here are a few of my latest favorites.

When all else fails and you still find yourself bored, you can always count your blessings! πŸ™‚

What makes you happy? What helps you to get through the long, dark winter nights?