Happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekly gratitude list, a series I started to focus on the joyful things in my life.

It’s been a busy week, but full of lots of small, good things.

1.) I went to visit Eli and my parents Monday. The little guy finally got a haircut. I miss him so much, but he’s having a ball out in NJ right now, so I’m happy about that. IMG 7791 225x300 - A Small Collection of Joyous Things

2.) Thursday I went on a “Cook’s Tour of Chinatown,” which I’d signed up for through the 92nd Street Y. I was the youngest one there by decades, but it was so cool to visit different markets and get the lowdown on what to buy where. Can’t wait to go back and buy some odd meats and vegetables to play with. Of course, the only food pic I managed to take was of this black chicken: IMG 7808 300x300 - A Small Collection of Joyous Things

The “BIG SILKY” is a little disconcerting, though.

I took a picture of this place too: IMG 7809 300x300 - A Small Collection of Joyous Things

3.) I actually had time to make oats on the stovetop one morning this week. It was glorious. IMG 7798 300x300 - A Small Collection of Joyous Things

4.) I also made cranberry sauce. Finally used up that bag in the freezer. IMG 7807 300x300 - A Small Collection of Joyous Things

5.) I actually found the energy to (gasp) socialize with other humans two nights in a row this week—what a concept.

6.) Lots of interesting projects have me in a positive groove about work.

7.) I’m seeing my family today, including some cousins I haven’t seen since…? Can’t wait!

8.) I have a giveaway coming your way soon!

What’s brought you joy this week?