Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happiness

There are so many things right now that just make me want to do a happy dance - isn't that just the best feeling? 

Simple things that make me grab the camera and try to capture the moment forever. 

Impossible, I know. But isn't it great to look back at photos and try to remember how wonderful that particular moment in time felt?

Like the moon last night. 


I sat out on my deck swing and enjoyed the evening, quieting my mind before heading in to wash up for bed. Mindful of the sounds of the evening. Mindful of the gentle breeze on my face. Mindful of the sway of the swing. Mindful and completely in the moment. 


The view from my kitchen window - I just can't get enough of looking out at my sweet herb garden and I can't even imagine how you'll drag me away from that window once it fills in. 

It certainly makes washing up after supper that much more enjoyable, to gaze out at something I created that tickles me right down to my toes. 


I head outside and see the daffodils at long last blooming on the garden steps - they are like little rays of sunshine bobbing in the breeze. 


Around back, I spot these tiny blue flowers that are growing on my back lawn - I have no idea what they are but they are just so sweet. 


One of the clematis vines I put in last summer is sending out very healthy shoots - it comforts me to know that it was strong enough to survive those late frosts of spring.  


It seems that all of the baby lilacs I put in last summer are also thriving - I pray they will be grown and flowering beautifully in time for one or both of my daughters' weddings. 


Up at my garden cottage, the pretty window just makes me smile through and through. Those little Arborvitae survived quite nicely in the window box over the cold, cold nights of winter. When they outgrow the window box, I will find a home for them elsewhere on my property. 


This was my view this morning while I was having coffee on my new garden swing. How absolutely glorious is that sky? 

What a way to start the day. I am beyond blessed. 

43 comments:

  1. Your posts make me smile.I seriously think you have life made.I try to save your posts for later in the day so I can savor them, but the antisipation gets the better of me. I read them and as I reluctantly get to the end, I'm already wishing for more or another one. Enjoy your perfectly blessed world. I so envy you.

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    1. Phylis, you are truly so sweet! My life is far from perfect, that's for sure, but I do try to find the beauty in simple everyday moments. That's why I started a blog in the first place - to share the little things that touch my heart with others. I would encourage everyone to look around and see the little things that make you happy....or perhaps it's a scent, or a sound...or a taste. There is so much in this wonderful life we live to be happy about. Sometimes we just need a little reminder! Hugs to you, sweet friend - xo

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  3. that's the best way to live life...in the moment. beautiful

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  4. Oh yes ....those are all great things to smile about.

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  5. Beautiful! I took my camera out into the garden today to capture the beauty of new growth and the short lived flowering blooms on some of my favorite plants. Every year they delight me with their beauty.

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    1. Isn't it wonderful that after the blooms have faded you still have the photos to remember them by?

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    1. Awwww, little baby Abi - that's sweet, Brenda!

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  8. I am sorry to say but I think that plant with the little blue flowers in your yard is what we call creeping Charlie and it will take over your lawn and flower beds. I made the mistake of thinking it kind of looked like an ajuga and left it in my flower bed! What a mess!

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    1. You know what? I think you're right - drat!! I have it other places, it just looked different over there among the moss with the sweet blue flowers!

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  9. Oh Deborah, what is it about windows with lace curtains. I am stopped in my tracks when I spot one. I love your garden cottage, too, and look forward to seeing more of it. Having my grandittles, Gwynn & Gus, out for a visit today was a high-light for me. Gwynn on the tractor with her gramps made me smile. Oh, and the view from your kitchen window. Well, that's just darn-right gorgeous. :)

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    1. Awww, shucks, thanks Deb!! Glad you had time with our grandittles - cherish them!

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  10. I can see why the beautiful views and the flowers and the lace curtains make you smile - I would be, too!

    I agree with Sue ^ that your little blue flowers are Creeping Charlie. You're not going to like this perennial weed for long. :-( It is terribly invasive and impossible to get rid of. It's a member of the mint family and will overtake your yard and flower beds. Our lawn and the neighbors yard are totally filled with this weed. There are chemicals that can help, but only in small areas and I don't know how you feel about using chemicals. We choose not to use them (same with the neighbors) and have given up on having a "nice" lawn. I do my best to pull these weeds out of my garden beds though so they don't overtake my plants. It's a constant battle!

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    1. Eek, that stupid Charlie weed - oh boy, he looks so innocent there in the corner of the garden! No, I don't like to use chemicals if I can avoid them. And I'm not too concerned with having a 'nice' lawn, it all looks good if it's neatly trimmed, am I right? :)

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  11. It's plain to see why you are smiling so. Isn't it wonderful when we remember to take the time to be in the moment? It's something I'm finding easier to do these days.
    I love the lace curtains on your kitchen window! Beautiful vignettes!

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    1. Thanks so much, Daisy Gurl - the lace curtains are on the window in my little Garden Cottage but I do love them so - they make me smile when I see them!

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  12. It's so nice to look out a window and see food growing! Our bowl of lettuce on the deck is still giving us some great salads, and when it is done we will fill it with herbs. I'm glad your daffodils are in bloom! The yellows of springtime make my day too, but our daffys are nearly done for this year. Enjoy yours!!

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    1. I'm excited to have food growing again, it was so nice all last season to plan all my meals around what was ready in the garden!

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  13. Deborah, your blog makes me smile!! I am so thankful I found you. I love your inspirational and grateful posts. The older I get, the more grateful I become, especially for the small but wonderful things like my lavender just starting to bloom or my little grandson's hand in mine (which is the ultimate best). Thank you and have a blessed day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Janice - you are so sweet! I am grateful for wonderful readers like you who make me smile on a regular basis! Awww, your little grandson, that's just too cute - you give him extra hugs when you see him next!

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  14. Yes, your blog is definitely a happy place! I also agree with Sue; I think that pretty little blue-flowered vine is creeping charlie. It has shallow roots but it is a bear to contain. We have had some success eradicating it in certain areas by using a vinegar based spray. xoxo

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    1. Vinegar, huh? What will that do to other plants in the area? I read that pulling it out just makes it worse - yikes!

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    2. We are very careful not to get over-spray on plants we actually want...the vinegar/Dawn/salt/orange oil spray is for pathways and edges of beds. Yeah, the veg and flowers probably wouldn't want a taste of that concoction. Enjoy your weekend...hope your weather is lovely. xo

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  15. Happiness was on my mind too the last days.

    We are so lucky to feel the bliss of everyday's small miracles, like a breeze, a sprouting little lilac and a child's laugh. :)

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    1. Absolutely! And it still counts when your child is in her 20's - :)

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  16. What a lovely place you have!! And the gift of being so thankful! Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy - I truly am so grateful for everything I have!

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  17. Looking great Mountain Mama and NO SNOW!!!! So glad you linked and shared.

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    1. They got snow north of us last night....thank God it wasn't here!! I would have cried!

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  18. Well, this post made me smile! I couldn't agree with you more - the miracle of spring makes me do a happy dance every year!

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    1. I'm anxious for it to get warmer and stay warmer....this way things can really get going!!

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  19. This is a lovely, inspirational post.
    It is all about gratitude, isn't it?
    Happy TOHOT!

    Laura

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    1. It is all about being thankful for the small blessings in our lives, Laura - like our sweet blogging community!

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  20. There are so many reasons in life to be happy but when spring comes around and the sun shines it sure makes you more keenly aware. Doesn't it? I love that sky view and those sweet little blue flowers.

    So glad you shared this. :)

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    1. Turns out those sweet little blue flowers are weeds....but oh well, it's a country garden, there will always be weeds!

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  21. Taking the time to notice your surroundings does bring happiness.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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    1. It sure does....I'm so at peace when I'm out in nature.

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  22. It's a beautiful world indeed! I stroll my garden every morning and I get tickled over each and every new bloom. Like, you it brings me so much joy! Oh yes, it's a wonderful life! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I tried this morning but the rain wouldn't let up for a second!

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