Posted on July 14, 2009 by Seonaid
I am surprised to find that the first thing I started to do with this blog was look for joy. I want to explore possibility, sources of hope, people doing the Good Work that needs to be done.
But as soon as I started looking for things that were good about the world, I started seeing them everywhere. It’s become one of my major filters on the world, and it’s making my life better. I have experienced spontaneous moments of gratitude on an hourly basis over the last couple of weeks. This seems to be a Good Practice, even if nobody ever reads it.
Look for Joy! It’s everywhere! (I even saw it on a billboard yesterday, but I’m afraid it might have been a Pepsi ad.)
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Posted on July 13, 2009 by Seonaid
I just picked up the strawberries that will turn into jam, strawberry shortcake, strawberry-rhubarb pie, and give us a little spark of summer in January.
Summer, summer fruitiness! Everything is extra sweet this week.
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Posted on July 12, 2009 by Seonaid
We have a small (but growing) flock of laying hens. I was all keen on the fresh eggs, but I have been surprised to find out how much I love my chickens.
They turn out to be really funny and affectionate (in a distant bird-kind-of-way). They come a-runnin’ to see what’s happening when somebody steps out the back door, and their run is comical. I have a moment of delight every time I see the chickens scurrying around or digging in the ‘chicken garden’ (a plot of land that we have left unplanted so that they have somewhere to take dustbaths without killing the beans). Most of ‘The Girls’ are Rhode Island Reds we adopted from a larger farm when they closed up operations, but we have 16 baby Golden Comets and 2 adult and 4 baby Leghorns so that we have white eggs for dying in the spring.
That’s my joy for the day: magical chickens!
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Posted on July 11, 2009 by Seonaid
Yesterday was the first really warm day of the summer. Since we are primarily occupied with looking after children and growing plants, we usually spend the nice days trying to get the children to help us grow plants.
Yesterday, however, we took the day off to go to the beach. It’s such a traditional summer activity, yet it has such beauty in it. This day was particularly fine, as we are fortunate enough to live within a two hour drive of Ingonish Beach which has a sandy ocean beach on one side of a rock breakwater, and a shallow sandy freshwater lake on the other side. This makes it an ideal place to go with children of different ages. The oldest can body surf with one parent while the youngest paddles in the shallows of a calm pool.
We had more small joys yesterday. We got to the beach in a new (to us) car, using half the gas of our minivan (which *I* have outgrown even if the family hasn’t… in fact, it was a compromise necessary to get us through the two years of three carseats, from which we are now blessedly freee. [sic]) My smallest son found a friend and spent the day splashing with another toddler, whose parents turned out to be interesting enough that we exchanged phone numbers. There was biology class going on courtesy of Parks Canada. We purchased our annual Parks Pass, by which we will have countless trips to the National Park, plus the Fortress of Louisbourg. (If you live in Canada, or just vacation here, this is one of the best deals going. $165 for the year for unlimited use of all the National Parks and Historic Sites. This gives us our summers. Sweet.)
I am singing the songs of summer (literally).
Wishing you small joys!
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