Happiness is a Trip to Target

Sometimes you never know how much you enjoy doing something until you can’t do it anymore.

Like a lot of people, I’ve been hunkered down in my home for the last year, only leaving for the essentials. For most of the last ten months, my world has consisted of my home, the path I walk my dogs down three times a day, and the grocery store. That’s it.

So when my grocery store stopped carrying my preferred brand of dog food, I had to get online and try to find it somewhere else. Target came through for me. Their online inventory showed they had five bags in stock.

Bravely, daringly, I donned nitrile gloves and two masks, and drove to Target last week. My plan was to go directly to the dog food aisle, grab a bag of food, zoom through checkout, and be back in my car before any germ, virus, or lint had a chance to settle on me.

But a funny thing happened when I got inside the store. As I walked past one of my formerly favorite aisles—filled with stationary, journals and office supplies—I heard a siren song I could not resist.

Short story, short: I ended up buying (in addition to dog food) three journals and three matching pens. Aren’t they lovely?

And the really amazing thing was how happy these simple journals and pens made me feel!

Until I saw them, I didn’t realize how much I missed shopping; how good it used to feel to wander through a store, looking at pretty things, wondering how they’d look in my house, or getting inspired to use them as a starting point to create something fresh on my own.

Buying these journals and pens reminded me of all that; and reminded me that one day I’ll get to enjoy shopping again. Just not yet. In the meantime, I’m happy with my new purchase. I keep looking at them and wondering how I’ll use them, and that makes me happy, too.

Thanks, Target, for making me happy.

What made you happy last week?

Shopping For the Wrong Gift

Have you ever ordered a gift for someone only to have the wrong thing delivered? Or not delivered at all?

It’s happened to me. And while online shopping is pretty convenient, it’s sometimes not so easy to get delivery errors corrected.

Gift delivery mix-ups aren’t anything new. I found a set of old Tuck & Sons illustrations from the early 1900s that illustrate the point.

The first illustration is titled “The Wrong Hamper.”

The lady looks a little unhappy to have her morning tea interrupted with a delivery of an order of snuff!

The second image in the set is titled “The Hamper He Got.”

The artist did a great job of creating an image of a man’s man, from the spurs on his boots to the glass of ale and pipe smoke, and the hunting trophies on the wall. No wonder the butler gives a little snicker over the delivery of a child’s toy.

I wonder how difficult it was to return a wrong delivery in the early 1900s?

 

A Jigsaw Puzzle for You!

It’s National Puzzle Day. If you’re like me and enjoy solving puzzles of all kinds, here’s one of the jigsaw variety.

This puzzle will reveal a scene that might be in the beginning chapter of a Regency or Austen-inspired romance.

Ready to solve the puzzle? Just click on the puzzle pieces to solve the jigsaw puzzle online.

If you need help, click on the image below to see what the entire finished puzzle will look like.

Once you’re done, I hope you’ll comment and tell me how you liked solving the puzzle.

Have fun!