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So... stopping to think of some mildly cheerful things happening.

For one thing, some old (fifteenth century) wooden panels which had been stolen from a church in Devon, have been recovered and restored and returned to their home church.
I hold no brief for Margaret of antioch, or Victor of Marseilles, (I know nothing at all about either of them) but I hate it when something which is out in the world, publicly visible, being part of our general human heritage, is ripped away from all of us, whether from theft or destructiveness - so I was glad to see this one loss undone.

and it's good news that in the US there's been an overhaul and extension of the regulation of toxic substances. US readers will understand the political implication of this better than I would, but it's meant co-operation between Democrats and Republicans and commercial interests and the Environmental Protection agency, which all sounds good - and the safer environment at ordinary-citizen level is definitely good. :)

I think it's even good news that a man in australia can have fun making silly hats. I would actually wear the pancakes one, in the unlikely circumstance of the artist giving it to me. :)

Three mildly cheerful things closer to home:

The commitment to honouring the Year of the Pulse with a weekly meal continues: this week, a simple carrot and lentil dhal, with cumin and plum accents. :)

I managed another Sunday evening Old Who catch-up, this time going back to the beginning of the season I last week saw the end of, with "The Leisure Hive". Read more... )

The white bougainvillea in the front yard is in flower. :)
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:)  Third and last.  Well, I trust not the last happy day I'll have -- grave misgivings!! -- but the last of the three days when I undertook to write out three happy things that happened.  So, today:

1.  I discovered a new way through back lanes to the Post Office!  which takes me for part of the way alongside a quiet canal, with trees growing and leaning over the water.  And also in the same happiness, I posted two letters which needed to be posted!  :)

2.  I had a part-share in a NFE Madness Round story - How the Skeleton Aches, by Elizabeth Culmer (edenfalling), which was adroitly addressed to the prompts of five recipients!  And tells of Polly and Digory, once again facing the problem of evil loose in the world.

3.  And as well, I had a whole story linked to a prompt I'd posted!  Lost and Found, by Transposable_Element (who has another linked story in the same collection: The Little Sea).  Both of these deal with King Lune's Queen, especially in terms of her motherhood - prospective, actual, grieving, relinquishing.

So... that's three wonderful and happy things for me today, and thank you redsnake for the inspiration.  (Well, the stories themselves aren't all happy, of course, because they deal with some tough stuff.  But getting them was happy.)

:)

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So redsnake05 said she was planning to post three happy things for three days in a row, and I leaped in to do the same, and here I am at Day Two, and:

1. Last in the day, but I've just finished eating it and it was very pleasant: thin (No.11) spaghetti with homemade tomato/olive sauce  :)

2. Psalm-of-the-day was 19 ("the heavens declare...") which is a hot favourite.

3. I looked, and there's a Madness Round fic out there for one of my prompts!!  (to be opened for reading tomorrow, my time.)

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