Monday Delights #6: candles, tweets, and squeaks.

gray tabby cat lying on white string lights Photo by Marcus Pinho on

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 Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut.

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

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

The kitten 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:

  • Battery operated Candles: Especially when they operate on a timer. I swear mine are vanilla scented. Is that possible, or just my imagination? I love the ones on my mantle, nestled in around the snowmen.
  • Running over snow clods with my car: Am I the only one? I delight in the sound and feel when I run my wheels over those large balls of snow the plows and snowblowers leave on the edge, but still in the road. It’s the same kind of pleasure I get from popping bubble-wrap.
  • The squeak my footsteps make in sub-zero snow: It’s probably the only thing I can honestly say I like about the super-cold weather. Oh wait, something else: the sub-zero weather almost always means a bright blue sky. That squeaking reminds me of when I went to school in Marquette, MI. It seemed like every winter day was below zero: my nostrils stuck together when I inhaled; my jeans froze stiff; my breath condensed into icicles in my scarf. Oh how I don’t miss those days!
  • Funny tweets from Miss E: Okay, there’s some. tweets that are funny anyways, but when you know the author, their even funnier. Sweet Miss E, who has no trouble with COVID-19 restrictions: “Social Distancing is my default.” She’s away a college, working with children. Here’s one of her latest tweets:
    • Student: “do you have a boyfriend?”
    • Me: “no”
    • Student: “do you have a crush on anyone?”
    • Me: “uuuh no”
    • Student: “well…do you know anyone that likes you…?”
    • Me: “…no”
  • Silly cartoons: Especially the simple ones. I snipped one that made me laugh out loud. You can see it below.

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 got her first Pfizer jab on Saturday, not swelling, no side-effects, a little complaining.

In the meantime, don’t forget to 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!