3 joys and a book

Here is the first joy from my week. Her name is Farley, and she is my daughter’s new puppy. Look at that face!

Yellow labrador puppy

My second joy is this colourful arrangement of heart cookies I made for Valentine’s Day. Yum!

A box of decorated Valentine cookies.

The third joy was a sunset cross-country ski outing – with horses!

And now the book, which is also a joy. The Poetry Circle of the Canadian Authors Association branch in the National Capital Region published an anthology. Five of my poems are included in the book. You could buy it if you wish. (It would bring you joy.)

Book Cover: Merging Waters: Poetic Voices Flowing Together. 
The poetry of Blaine Marchand, Tsippi Guttmann-Nahir, Kati Lyon-Villiger, Christine Beelen, Adrienne Stevenson, Arlene Somerton Smith
Available at Amazon.com

Where are you finding joy this week?

20 thoughts on “3 joys and a book

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      Yes, I have a granddog! I’m way more excited about that than I thought I’d be. She’s so cute! I can’t wait to take her for walks in the neighbourhood. And she’ll be a hoot at the lake in the summer.

  1. karen

    Oh good ones Arlene! And congratulations! Let’s see what’s bringing me joy.. bird song this morning, and a new batch of bone broth I just made overnight. Thanks for the reminders that it is indeed the little things. 💗🌷🌷

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      My mother-in-law taught me how to make those cookies, and I’ve had many years of practice. They are good! And I am very much looking forward to puppy time, especially since I can send the dog home with my daughter at the end of the visit!

      1. Ally Bean

        Farley was the name of the family dog in the comic strip For Better or For Worse. That’s where my mind went with the name! You highbrow, me lowbrow 😊

  2. marianbeaman

    These days with spy balloons being shot out of the sky, it’s heartening to see your joys. I do envy you “a sunset cross-country ski outing,” so not happening in Florida!

    Congratulations on your poetry publication. I’ll have to snag a copy.

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      At the moment I’m following news of the start of baseball spring training in Florida, so I’m envious of your location. I’d love to go out to a ball game or two. Or ten. I’ll have to ski off all that energy, I guess.

  3. roughwighting

    We’ve always enJOYed having dogs when our kids were growing up – Tory for their first 13 years, and then Henry for our first 13 years of empty nesting. But now that our kids have their own families and dogs, we find that we find great JOY in being granddogparents. Just like our grandkids, the granddogs think it’s special when we come over and play. So much fun. And the newest, 2-year-old Charlotte (Golden) has even come over for a sleepover at our house. 🙂
    Farley is a luv and will be part of your heart now for a long time. Many congratulations on being part of the poetry anthology.!

  4. Endless Weekend

    What a joyous post, thank you for spreading that happiness around! Farley looks so wise for such a young puppy (and I like the V-day themed collar!), makes one wonder what she’s thinking?

    Not having much experience with cross-country-skiing (unless you count the workout machine 🙂 ), help me understand how the horses share in the experience?

    And, wow, CONGRATULATIONS (caps intentional) on the publication: how absolutely spectacular is that?

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      My goodness, it has taken my too long to respond to your comment. Some weeks just get away from me . . .
      The path where we ski is located in the National Capital Commission Greenbelt in Ottawa. That land has working farms on it. So, while we ski, we get to glance over and enjoy a view of cows and horses, and foxes, and rabbits, etc.
      Thank you!


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