Sunday Praise: What’s Made Me Happy This Week?

This pandemic just isn’t getting any easier, is it? Still, there were some lovely moments in the past week that brought me hope and joy.

  • For those of us old enough to remember him, the inimitable Roy Castle was trending on Twitter last week and that clip (posted by his son) of him on Parkinson with Buddy Rich and Sammy Davis Jr is a reminder that we don’t make them like that anymore.
  • We took a trip to our favourite spot – Cregagh Wood – and spent a lovely socially distanced afternoon with my sister, her dog Reilly and a campfire (with obligatory toasted marshmallows!). Good for the soul.
  • I’ve always loved the Belfast Festival and worked there in my 20’s. This is usually the time of year when I head up to Belfast and enjoy all the International Arts Festival has to offer. This year, it’s online and there have been some fantastic readings and talks.
  • I am a bit of a Shakespeare geek and I want this top. I have a feeling Rachel will agree!
  • I know I always go on about Schitt’s Creek, but this week we watched the Cabaret episode (season 5 finale) and I laughed and clapped and cried like a baby.

So, what in your life deserves some praise this week? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Gosh I love the Literary Gift Company. It’s the puzzle section that I have to stay away from (although I have their Shakespeare puzzle and can report that it was a very lovely puzzle to do).


  2. It’s not getting any easier to negotiate life during the pandemic, no – I am just glad to have made it to half term with hopefully a little time to regroup and let the batteries recharge. I’m glad you got some time out in nature – I think that helps!

    And don’t let me near the Literary Gift Co – my bank account would never recover….


  3. I have a mild dairy intolerance but the supermarket had Salted Caramel Drumstick icecream cones half price this week and I couldn’t resist,
    The socks I want from a similar company (mentioned in my Monday post) are a little less highbrow LOL

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  4. I love that Shakespeare top! Also I just spent a long time looking at the Literary Gift Company website – I have been wanting some more art for my spare room and that looks promising.


  5. I started watching Schitts Creek a few years ago during another hard time and it was one of the only things that could make me laugh (the other was the podcast My Favorite Murder). It’s really held up all this time. I might have to embark on a rewatch soon.
    Those salted caramel peanut bars looked so good!
    I love this idea of documenting the good things!


  6. We’re progressing through SC for the second time. Nuff said.

    I know it’s doubtless not pronounced the same, but reading about Cregagh Wood did remind me so much of Tarzan’s warning cry to his, fellow apes in the Burroughs books, “Kreegah!” I thought you might want to know that… 😁


  7. We’re halfway through Season 4 of Schitt’s Creek now. I don’t want it to end, but I know it will. I might have to watch it all again.

    I have the H2G2 Don’t Panic socks and the Library Card socks from LGC, and I bought my husband the Kafka Metamorphosis t-shirt which I now endlessly covet. I love their enamel pins, too. I’ve never looked at the puzzles.

    Last week was rough, with the announcement that Manchester was going into Tier 3 lockdown coinciding with my employer announcing that they’re starting to plan for ‘downsizing the organisation’, like we’re bits of furniture in some empty nest home and not people. But Tori Amos and Angela Davis at the Manchester Literature Festival at the weekend were a perfect tonic. And I made an almond sponge cake with almond buttercream, which we somehow managed to make last for 6 days.


    • Oh Jan I love that Metamorphosis t-shirt too, I am very tempted to get it. And their pins are wonderful. Sorry to hear about your work – I am in a similar position and the uncertainty is very stressful. Tori Amos always makes things better though – I love her!


      • It was amazing to hear her speak about her creative practice, and I’m going to get her book.
        The uncertainty of it all is the thing, isn’t it? I hope you come through it okay. I keep telling myself that, if redundancy happens, I must use it as an opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Some days it works!

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