Sunday Praise: What’s been making me happy recently?

Once again I have to report that things have been tough. This lockdown feels endless and with the news this week that Northern Ireland will remain in lockdown until Easter it looks like no change anytime soon.

Still, as always, it’s the little things that have been helping.

  • Woodland walks and rope swings…
  • This week Stella and I made Almond, Coconut & Raspberry traybakes and they are delicious!
  • I have fallen completely in love with this jacket but the price tag is a little off-putting! Particularly since I’m not going anywhere…
  • These. These are making me far too happy…
  • I am not a cat‘ – I mean, come on. Possibly the funniest Zoom incident since this whole pandemic began!
  • Willy Vlautin released a gorgeous trailer for his new book The Night Always Comes featuring a lovely new track from his band The Delines. Can’t wait until this book is out in April.
  • I have been trying to curtail my book-buying a little this lockdown, but was still delighted to get this lovely parcel of bookish goodness from No Alibis Bookstore this week.
  • This week I reviewed the gorgeous new album from David Gray for No More Workhorse and can’t stop listening to this new single Skellig.

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

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  1. Nice to hear the David Gray, thanks, good to know he’s celebrating Celtic roots even if he’s from the other side of Irish Sea!

    Thinks to be grateful for? Getting thefirst dose of the Pfizer vaccine last week; my partner now off painkillers after a hip op; yesterday’s flooding from the Usk breaking its banks not being as bad as feared; a copy of Le Guin’s The Complete Orsinia (with notes and additions) finally arriving by post (it was apparently being reprinted); and deliveries of some tasty Italian food this weekend from Hay-on-Wye—where else but from a Book Town? 🙂


    • Marvellous Chris! I was a really big David Gray fan back in the early 90s but haven’t paid that much attention since. Not sure why because the new album is gorgeous. Good to hear about the vaccine too. It gives us all some hope I think.

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  2. Oh your link to the Youtube with that Cat-Man was so funny. I first watched it maybe a week ago and lolol! Perfect.
    I read a really wonderful book called Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson and it was sooo good I got a copy for my daughter.
    And I got my 2nd Covid vaccination as I’m older and kind of feeble. The arena was not crowded so it moved fast. I have no reactions or side effects at all – from either shot. In fact feel quite good.
    It’s 36º today where a week ago it was -40 or something. (Northeastern North Dakota)


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  3. That lockdown is harsh, I’m sorry, although we don’t know what we’re getting here for the foreseeable yet and I’m certainly not planning on easing up that much anyway.

    The best thing I had this week was going out for a solo run feeling a bit sorry for myself and running into one friend, over half-way through a pregnancy I didn’t know about, beaming with health, another friend I hadn’t seen all lockdown whose life has freed up a bit such that she can run in the daytime (so we did, together, on Wednesday) and my friend I would have run with if her ankle wasn’t sore with her partner and their super dogs. So lovely in the end!

    Also it’s not icy, so that’s something.

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  4. I am not a cat – so funny, not seen it before. Like the look of the traybake but the recipe I found didn’t have almonds. Can you share it?

    Good things this week. First time in a year that I’ve been free to lie on my verandah daybed in the afternoon and just read. Bliss.

    So sorry you are in extended lockdown. Hopefully you will be out at Spring springs!


  5. Thank you for the new David Gray alert! I was supposed to be going to his concert in Melbourne last year… it has been rescheduled for April but I’m sure that won’t be happening! Hopefully it’s not cancelled altogether. I was (am) going with my dear friend who lived in Ireland for ten years. I visited her and we took a three week road trip around Ireland. White Ladder had just been released and we played the tape (!) on repeat for the whole trip. Such great music/place/time memories.


  6. We’re easing up on restrictions here in Alberta, though I don’t think we should… I wish we could just ease things up for the kids. I’m going to check out David Grey, I don’t think I’ve listened to him since the mid aughts!

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  7. Don’t know if it will make a difference but I say, buy the jacket. It’s adorable, a good color, highly versatile and what will you wear when all this lockdown stuff is lifted. You must prepare.


  8. I love these posts where we highlight what was positive over the week. I love the zoom incident. I saw it earlier this week and laughed so hard, I laughed again just now. I was going to ask for your recipe for the Almond, Coconut & Raspberry traybakes, but I saw you posted it above. Thanks. Have a wonderful week.

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  9. Those almond, coconut, raspberry bars look delicious. Thanks for the introduction to David Gray. Here in Michigan, we are grateful for a bit warmer weather and accompanying sunshine this week. I’ve been making my through the Netflix series, Call My Agent (or Dix Pour Cent)–humorous and lightweight drama from the city of Paris.


  10. I love those pictures of your walk in the woods. I don’t know what I would have done without my walks during lockdown!
    I want to be a cat at all my Zoom meetings from now on! 🙂


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