Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Share the Joy: Happy New Year




It's time for festivities and celebration. . . . 
the end of one year
and the beginning of another.




As for me, I'll eschew the crowds and alcohol
and curl up to watch episodes of "Call the Midwife"
(a BBC series set in London's West End tenements
in the late 1950s -- you can find it on Netflix)
and drink Snapple.

I know, pretty boring, eh?

The simplest things bring me joy.

What about you? 

How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Share the Joy: Good Tidings




Christmas is fast approaching.


The presents are bought and waiting to be claimed.
The weather is crisp and cold,
with snow in the mountains.

And so, I wish you good tidings of
comfort and JOY
and to the World, I send a prayer for peace.



How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Share the Joy: Field Trip



One of my favorite jaunts
anytime of year is a trip
to Seattle's Pike Place Market.
I took little sightseers with me


and while they weren't too keen on having
to pose for a picture,
they warmed up to cups of hot cider
and getting to pick any donut they wanted
out of the bakery case.

You can just see the urn full of mulled cider
in the right lower corner of the photo below.



We perused the vendors, looking for interesting things to buy



like this very unusual broccoli 
(cut off the individual florets and the tips,
toss in olive oil, and roast at 400F for 20 minutes).

From the same stall, we bought rainbow carrots
before meandering by the pepper wreaths.


I was moved to capture this image of pomegranates,
mostly because I recently reread
Traveling with Pomegranates
(by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter
Ann Kidd Taylor)



but also because it brought back the joy
of breakfasts in the dining room on the dahabeya Afandina
when I was on the amazing trip to Egypt
a few years back.

But back to the Pacific Northwest
and its treasures



edible
and 
just plain entertaining.



Finally, we retraced our steps 

back past the pretty peppers 

and across the street to the perfect parking place
we'd snagged. Ah, JoY!

Just one more dose of joy:
here's a shot I grabbed from the car deck
of the ferry on our way to Seattle
on Thanksgiving.


Now
how pretty is that?


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Share the Joy: Happy December




It's the time of year to enJOY spectacular light displays. . . . .






and even a little snow

(a very little)


Happy December, Everyone!

How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Share the Joy: Thanksgiving Lateness






Have a blessed day,
especially if you're sharing it with family and friends.
Give thanks!


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Share the Joy: Holidaze



It's once again time to share your joy.
I feel a little jolt of joy each time I empty a box
and put things in place in the new house.

And when I look forward with anticipation
to having a big family Thanksgiving next week. . . 
and decorating for Christmas soon after. 





How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

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2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
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Leave them a comment because everyone
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Share the Joy: Brrrr!



It's cold enough here that I'm checking the hummingbird feeders
to make sure they aren't frozen. . . . .
because the hummingbirds are frequent visitors.

And I'm a little late in posting today
because my son and I went to a movie
while my Volvo was getting a new headlight
and its electrical system checked for a short.

Here's what we saw ---


and we both loved and enJOYed it enormously.


I just love, love, love going to movies,
especially at our local non-profit movie theater
that showing indie films.


It's a total treasure and always brings me joy when I visit.
The free popcorn for members is always great, too.


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
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Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Share the Joy: November Joy



It's cool-ish and rainy here,
a great time for cuddling up under a quilt
and having a good read.


Reading always gives me joy.
I love wandering through a thicket of words,
wondering at the beauty of language,
its ability to capture emotion,
build suspense,
and tell a good yarn.


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Share the Joy: New Opportunities





It's out of the old house
and into the new.

Bye bye home that sheltered me
so well for 16 years.
You did a great job,
and I'm ready to let you go
to be loved by someone new.


There is abundant joy
in opening to new opportunities
to make my home perfectly comfy
and serene --
so all who enter feel safe and loved.


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Share the Joy: Almost There



Closing on the house I'm selling was delayed
a couple of days (until tomorrow)
but I'm almost there.

The furniture got moved yesterday.
I have a TON of artwork and art supplies
still to move, plus lots of odds and ends.
It feels never-ending, this packing up a load
and driving to the new house
and wondering where to put things,
but it has to be finished by Saturday
when I turn over the keys to the new owners.

I'm totally exhausted but full of joy
that I'm turning the page on a new chapter
in my very rich, friend-filled, beautiful life.







How are you cultivating joy? 
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Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Share the Joy: Big News



I'm excited to announce that
closing on the sale of my house
will be early next week,
either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Yippee!

I'm beginning to focus on the new house
while packing up dishes and pots and pans,
books, towels, mops and brooms,
and lots of art
and art supplies from the old house.

It's time to 


of my deep sense of "home" with the old house
and make the new digs my home,
both physically and emotionally.

It's also time to get serious about paring down
the stuff, as there's not room to hang on to things
like there was in the old house, 
which was almost twice the size of the new,
more modest home.
What I don't have room for will find new homes, 
so I'm happy about that.

How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!







Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Share the Joy: Crisp Autumn Days




I'm enjoying crisp autumn days
when the morning fog burns off and the sun shines
down on me.



It's pretty clear to me that I'm solar powered
because a sunny day perks me right up,
while a grey, rainy day makes me want to curl up
under a blanket with a good novel
and a steaming cup of chai.

Did you watch the lunar eclipse last night,
or were you sound asleep?


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

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3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Share the Joy: I'm Back



Last week it was hopeless
to post --- my internet connection was just gone.
Turns out the ethernet adapter was blown,
but for right now, at least, I can get on blogger.

Now there's a reason for joy.

What else?

Passing through the tunnel
on the Bridge of Glass
always makes me pause
and smile.



The majesty of sunsets over the Olympic Mountains
makes me sigh
and shiver in delight that I live in such
a beautiful place.



Fall colors give me joy,
even though I know the rainy days are coming.


How pretty is this little maple tree,
all blazed out in oranges and reds?
After all, it's the first day of October
and time to wear a coat of many colors.


How are you cultivating joy? 
Celebrate it.
Share it.

 

1. do a post that tells and shows what gives you joy.
  
2. capture the URL of the specific post and paste it into 
the Mr. Linky box along with your info.

3. Visit other players and let their joy infect you.

Leave them a comment because everyone
 enJOYS getting positive feedback.

Let's keep the epidemic of JOY going!