It's raining here today. The kind of rain that makes you want to stay inside and get cozy.
But I really don't mind the rain and I needed something to read so I went to the library this morning. Ever wondered why the country of Denmark is consistently named the happiest country on earth? This book sparked my curiosity and I'm about to find out -
Not that I have any thoughts of leaving the U.S. or anything . . . .
After I got home I looked into this happiness concept and found an interesting article in the New Yorker last year about the Scandinavian concept of "Hygge" - a Danish term defined as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." The word does not translate into English very well but "cozy" comes close. Russell, the author and a British journalist, defines the term as "taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things" like a freshly brewed cup of coffee, cinnamon rolls and warm socks. And maybe a quilt or two? Hygge has something to do with creating sanctuaries for ourselves during life's dark or difficult times.
What's cozy to you? Reading? Sewing inside on a rainy day? I'll read a little and then I'll sew a little today.
For me, sometimes cozy is a clean sewing table that's conducive to creating . . . . Getting rid of distracting clutter makes me feel good so I can cozy in and sew.
Surrounding myself with pretty things makes me feel cozy . . .
Working on the sofa, cozying up under a quilt, near a dog while the rain trickles against the windows . . .
Delighting in my finished blocks . . .
Making a great pot of coffee . . .
Crossword puzzles (and coffee) . . .
Coffee cozy I made a few years ago.