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Clare Grant

Every morning I write about the three best things that happened yesterday. The practice cheers me up and reminds me of the joys in small things. I hope reading Three Beautiful Things will help you take note of the tiny happinesses that make everyone rich.
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A short intermission. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Everything is exactly as it should be but various things have piled on and now I'm struggling to keep up. I'm going to take a break to give myself some space to recover and ... Read on »
Good deed, all you wait for and something sweet to share. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. To show Alec how very easy it is to do a small good deed -- we go to a toyshop and buy a little gift for the Mayor's Toy Appeal then take it to a drop-off point. (I expla ... Read on »
Steam, presence and name. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. To watch steam swirling around under a glass pan lid. 2. I retrieve and comfort a furious wailing Bettany and manhandle an on-the-verge-of-a-tantrum Alec out of the so ... Read on »
Trick, buttons and all down. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Alec finds a Christmas box and tells me I have to pretend I think it's full of chocolate (it's not, it's empty) so he can say 'TRICKED YOU!' Then he wants me to persuade ... Read on »
Distracted, warm up and sprawl. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. It is ridiculously easy to buy the umbrella that Alec wanted without him noticing. The shop staff think it's very funny to see me holding it high up while he is distracte ... Read on »
Craft, no children and proud. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Rather boldly, just before lunch, I turn off all screens, slap poster paint on the children's hands and feet and make some prints to use in Christmas present crafts. Bett ... Read on »
Ball, stuck and state. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. As we come round the corner by Mountfield Gardens a football bounds across our path, bounces and rolls down the grass. It is followed by a boy in school uniform who looks ... Read on »
Away from the bed, paperchains and prank. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. I manage to point my puking child at the floor and away from the bed. The clock reads 1.50am, which means another four hours of sleep if I am brisk about the clean up. ... Read on »
Box, game and sleepy baby. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Alec and I dig into the December 1 box and get out all the Christmas books and the first of the decorations. Then we settle on the sofa with 'Twas the Night Before...' ... Read on »
Pushed, crepes and notes. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1.  'I'm glad I did that,' says Nick of the Christmas shopping I pushed him into doing. 2. We have French biscuits for tea, crepes dentelles. They are lacy pancakes, ... Read on »
Gift of sleep, reading time and on the sofa. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. After we've cleaned up the bed and Bettany... and then cleaned them up again and cleaned me up, Nick asks why I don't go upstairs and sleep in his bed for a bit. I do and ... Read on »
By myself, not lost and weird citrus. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Bettany asks to be lifted up on to the horse on a spring. I do so and start to wobble it, holding her safely. She removes my hands and squawks 'nah nah nah!' She is very ... Read on »
Freedom, recuperate and collecting. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. I can never get over the sense of giddy freedom I get when I run out of the door at nursery -- whether it's one or both children it's like a burden has been take off me. ... Read on »
Cobwebs, excuse and you do it. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. The hedge in Calverley Grounds is decorated with silvery grey cobweb platforms -- they look like abandoned dance floors. 2. I was going to run once more round the park ... Read on »
Roots, independent and way back in. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. One of my paperwhites has put down a few roots, following unknowable senses to the water below. 2. At toddler group, to watch Bettany across the room. She has just rea ... Read on »
Off duty, skating and jigsaw. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Our friend the guide dog is having a carefree lollop in the park. She is skittish and when Alec runs after her up the bank she turns and nearly knocks him over: he is hal ... Read on »
New game, craft and shoes. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. While it is still dark Alec and I lie in bed together and whisper about things. I tell him that there is a new chapter of the tablet game  Monument Valley  out -- and I d ... Read on »
Noted, hostess and stuck. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. To write a firm note in my baking book about how much we disliked working with muffin dough. It has no fat in it so it is horribly sticky (the muffins were delicious, tho ... Read on »
Anniversary, black shoes and running home. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Today is our wedding anniversary, the fifth. Both children sleep late. We creep down and eat breakfast together, just the two of us, and then kiss on the doorstep as Nick ... Read on »
Drop-off, village and paperwhites. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I've written a blog post for Depression Alliance about how writing these lists helps me stay healthy. 1. An easy nursery drop-off: two small people trot away, quite self- ... Read on »