Between lockdown rumours, the constant doom of global news and other such fancies of 2020, I think the cumulative mood these days has been low. I’ve felt really grateful lately, that I’ve been able to be so open with you and in return, our little community has opened up as well. Feels like the old days, in the best way possible. I had a bit of a funny day yesterday, where I didn’t feel bad, but I definitely didn’t feel good either. I pottered, ticked the mundane off my list, and don’t have much to show for it, but I think today might be better.

There’s a lot to be said for appreciating the smaller, not necessarily finer details of the everyday mundane. Here’s to another list of petite joys, the moments that’ve brought and woven poetry to my days, this fortnight:

一. 4pm, in mid-autumn. The creamy pinkish-blue tint in the skies is honestly unlike anything else!

二. Kind strangers and kind baristas – it is a rarity to experience kindness, not hostility, from strangers, and so to feel it radiate from people whilst running errands yesterday felt good.

三. Watching bookshelf tour videos on YouTube. Moving feels like a distant dream to me now, and it’s been nice to dream of what my bookcases could look like in the future.

四. Hearing Milo’s cute lil paws padding ‘round the corner in our quiet house.

五. Being able to cosy up indoors with a book, a candle and a hot water bottle whilst thunder rings outside.

六. The surety of our radiators clinking and tinkering into action each evening; how grateful I am for a safe home with heating.

七. A nice letter in the post, tangible proof that humans exist in these wild times.

八. Committing to collecting Animal Crossing amiibo cards again – my late twenties have taught me that life’s too short not to chase after the hobbies and interests that make your heart sing. And ya girl just likes to collect things.

九. That sweet, sweet feelin’ when you sink into bed after a long day. Crisp, cool sheets; cushiony goodness.

十. Daring to be just a little optimistic, once in a while.

What are some of your petite joys, lately?

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