Monday Delights #5: Snow, Puzzles, and more snow

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Something is in the air pushes me to focus on DELIGHT this year.

This is Black History Month. Until Black History is just part of regular old history, each week I’ll add a snippet or quote. Today’s quote is from Yvette Clark, US Representative from New York.

“We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.”

As a reminder of what delight can do for us, here’s a bit of inspiration from NPR.

The raccoon is a bit of “Kawaii,” because, you know, just looking at cute things can help us feel more positive about each other?

Here’s a few other things that delighted me this week:

  • The whir of snow blowers: While Loved-One worked away at our driveway, I took a walk. Giant snowflakes floated all around and the sound of neighbors clearing drives greeted me. Signs of hope that there was, indeed, somewhere to go, in spite of the weather, and in spite of our self-imposed isolation.
  • Snowmen of front lawns: Childless neighbors built a delightful snowman. Later in the week, CoCo and I built one ourselves. You’re never too old to play in the snow.
  • Footprints on new snow: A beeline of prints heading to the water garden in our back yard: deer, possum, fox, raccoon. And some that make their way at what seems to be a haphazard, mindless path: birds, squirrels, and what’s that other creature? Everyone taking their turn for a drink of water.
  • A Wolf moon: Until recently, the only moons I knew about were Harvest Moons, and Blue Moons. This month we had a Wolf Moon. So delightful. So beautiful.
  • The scritch-critch of snow shovels against the sidewalk: The front walk is my job. I love the sound the shovel makes against the walkway. I love the sense of accomplishment I have when I finish. And, to be honest, I bless our children for getting us the snowblower for Christmas a few years ago. That gift turned a chore into a delight.
  • Not one, not two, but three jigsaw puzzles finished during January. The positive side of what COVID-19 dictates for us.

I hope you find delight this week. I know it made me feel better.

Until we get our vaccination numbers up, don’t forget to stay safe. I’m registered with my county. I’m in line. Are you? CoCo gets hers on Saturday.

Practice the four Ws:

  • Wear a mask;
  • Watch your distance,
  • Wash your hands, and
  • Work together.

How about you? What absolutely filled you with delight this week? Please share. Chances are you will delight me!