My husband and I are now deep into watching another season of The Great British Baking Show (PBS Season 4).  I confess I even shed some tears when the winner of Season 3 was announced.  No spoilers here; I’ll just say that this contestant was so surprised, delighted and overwhelmed with having won that it was a true joy to witness.  Even better, I probably would have shed the same tears of joy if ANY of the PBS Season 3 finalists had won (yes, they were all that appealing as people and talented as bakers!)

In today’s climate of political ugliness, daily reports of violence, and the general anxiety about what’s going on in the world in general, shedding happy tears IS a welcome feeling.

So while trying to stay informed, I plan to continue to watch feel-good TV and seek out uplifting news stories (here’s a new favorite).  And, of course, I’ll keep striving to bring y’all a smile from even the simplest of my cartoon doodles!

(Here’s the same doodle “frosted” with colored pencils…)

Funny man carrying cake cartoon

Hope your week is filled with many tiers of happiness!



  1. Helen Reich says:

    Great cartoon, reminds me of a documentary film I saw some years ago, about competitors in the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France pastry chef competition. One of the things they have to do is create a sugar sculpture, and deliver it to the dessert buffet table without the whole thing collapsing. Heartbreaking results, sometimes! Wish I could remember the film’s name…..

    Anyway, good for you for creatively distracting yourself from the daily horribleness. I still spend way too much time on the Twitter machine!

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen, the GBBS has some elements of that scenario, too (usually the “show stopper” challenge involves large-scale construction and the bakers have to transport their creations from their kitchen stations to the judging table.) But one thing I like about the show is that the two judge assistants (Mel and Sue) are on hand during each round to provide some levity and encouragement to the bakers. Even though they can’t assist the bakers or give advice, they do a good job of lightening the atmosphere and keeping things fun. I’ve had some wonderful laughs watching the show, too. Some of the contestants are really quite funny, and yesterday one of the judge’s comments had me practically peeing my pants with laughter. 🙂 Thank God for laughter. Where would we be without it? xoxo – Joana

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