"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I Feel Good -- And I'm Happy

Big full moon again in October

I didn't really intend to retire this early.  I enjoyed working three days a week.  But -- I'm not anymore and now I'm looking for new stuff to be happy about. 

Seth directing your attention to
 the Princess Feathers

Happy is that feeling I have when I realize one more time that the pressure is off.  It's remembering that Seth doesn't have to get up and go to a place where he obviously does not feel like he can relax and be his silly imaginative self.  It's the smile I get from him when I say, "Guess what, Seth!" And he says, "What?" And I say, "We don't have to go to school or work."

It's the sweetness of his voice at bed time when I say. "Night, Seth! I love you and I highly approve of
you."  and he says. "I love you too and I highly approve of you more!"

It's knowing that Deidre's work day is better because she doesn't have to leave him at a place where he doesn't want to be.  It's running into home schoolers every where I go since we started exploring the possibility of homeschooling Seth. It's finding a friend who is homeschooling her five year old.

I'm so happy when I get text messages from my son, Ronnie, or our friend Greg, saying they want to meet in Decatur for dinner.  I love being out on the road.  Even after driving all the way to Oregon and back, I still enjoy driving. And I always have a great time with Ronnie, Michael, Greg and Brandon. Plus, the restaurant where we meet, Casa Torres, in Decatur has excellent Mexican food.


Shelbie Pie 

It's being able to let these old girl dogs out when they want to go.  


It's having extra time to spend with this ball of energy named Breck.
I'm excited to be able to offer Movie Night for my gal pals more often because we all have enjoyed it so much. I'm looking forward to clearing the shop out even further so we have room for more ladies in our group.  When it gets cold, I'm gonna light the Dearborn heater, bring out one of the electric heaters and if that doesn't warm the shop up enough, I'll have blankets.  We'll make coffee, hot tea and cocoa. At Christmas, we'll have hot spiced cider and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

I'm happy that I get to spend more time with my sister, my house, my yard and one of the loves of my life, Revis Kirkland.

I'm happy to report that my third novel about Revis and his family, When Hell Freezes Over, has "the end" written on it now.  I still have one scene to flesh out and one to write, but I have started the editing process because I feel certain by the time I edit to those two points, the inspiration will be here to finish them.

It's exciting to finish a story.  It feels wonderful to know I've finally accomplished something I set out to do five years ago. I never expected to take so long to write this novel or to get back on track with it after being de-railed by Ronnie's illness, his passing and then having to learn how to continue without him.

So being back in the groove of writing feels wonderful.

It feels great to create new stuff in my yard.  Since not much is thriving out there, now, I decided to make some interesting areas in the yard out of some of the "yard art" that Ronnie collected.  Seth's dad, Andy Pruett also brought some stuff.  I can do it as I please because there's no pressure.

I love finding pictures of interesting gardening ideas like this one!

And this one!  Now just how cute is that?

I'm enjoying clearing more junk out of the garage and letting go of some of the unidentifiable clutter. Again, it feels great not to have to get it all done before I go back to work.

I feel good when I take time to go visit with my elderly neighbor down the street. And when I take pictures to use on my blog.  I enjoy my blog. I'm still not real sure why I have it -- but I do and it gives me a place to talk about stuff that won't be in my novels.

Like looking for things to be happy about, and acknowledging -- without apology -- that I am happy and I feel good!

gorgeous Woodlawn sunset

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