It's truly all about the little things, isn't it?
Often I will be in the middle of doing something and I will spot something that makes my heart sing. I'll grab the camera - it's always close by - and snap a few shots, hoping to capture that feeling in a photo, to savor on another day.
Here are a few things that are making me happy these days. They are simple, but mean so much to me.
Yup, my kitchen sink. I told you it's all about the little things! The view out the window, the colored glass bottles, my snippets of plants, my new faucet, and even my new Caldrea cleaners....they all combine to make me smile.
Have you tried Caldrea's new Tangelo scent? It's wonderful! There's just something about a great scented cleaning product that makes everyday chores seem rather pleasant and meditative.
How many women do you know that get so excited about a new drill/driver?
Well, this weird woman is pretty darned happy because my previous Black & Decker drill/driver was not functioning correctly....and it still had a month on the warranty, so Amazon took it back without question.
Now I bought the same one my sweetie has, this one by Milwaukee, which he loves. I borrowed it recently when my old drill went on strike one day, and it is just the right weight and size for my smaller hands, and has so much power.
Bring on the projects!
The sunshine in my dining room is one of my favorite morning sights. I must have a thousand photos of my dining room in the morning light, and it never fails to bring a smile to my day.
The light in my house in general makes me happy. This is by far the sunniest home I have ever had, and I never tire of all that sunshine streaming in.
I'm not the only one....my pups love finding a sun puddle to nap in, and I was delighted to see that my old girl, Lily, stole the Monkey's favorite chair.
Usually it's the other way around, with the punky Monkey stealing everything from Lily.
A recent evening was warm enough to sit on my swing with a cocktail.....even if I did have to kick chunks of ice away first! What a treat that was, to feel the mountain breezes on my face and listen to the music of the wind chimes. Heaven!
The babies were pretty happy to be able to go on a good sniff-a-bout after a long, cold winter. They were delighted to spend some time outdoors, much the same as me.
Lily was up to her old tricks, trying to catch herself a 'squirble.'
Which is fantastic, because she hurt herself a few weeks back and was barely able to walk, never mind run.
It was heaven sitting on my swing and enjoying the birds on the feeder. As much as I love watching them from inside on a cold, snowy day, to be able to hear their sweet songs and get a close up view is far better.
The view from my deck often takes my breath away. I watched a storm blowing in, that was going to return winter weather to our area. The skies were glorious, and I cherished every billowing cloud.
Looking the other direction, I'm always awed by the way the sun hits the mountain across the way in the late afternoon. The hillside glows.
Winter is not nearly done with us, it returned with a vengeance this morning, and temps will be dropping to near zero tomorrow.
But our warm spell was just long enough to melt the mountain of snow that was on my deck.
I was able to cut back the chives in my patio herb garden, and they are starting to sprout already. They won't like the crazy cold temps coming up, but winter won't last forever.
In another 10 days we change the clocks and gain an hour of daylight.
And in 19 days we celebrate the official first day of spring, although it's doubtful that there will be much greening up around here any time soon.
But it might be time to get my seed starting supplies in order. It will be so lovely to have my hands in the dirt once again!
What makes your heart sing these days?