Things that put a smile on my face and joy in my heart.

Surprise Present

mulberry tree with berriesI have lived in this house, on this property, for a very long time. The longest I’ve lived anywhere by double.

And I like to think that I’m an observant person because I usually am.

But this totally slipped by me for who knows how long. Until a few days ago.

(Actually, it was Cait who noticed it while home because her two roommates contracted covid. But that’s another story.)

A MULBERRY TREE!! Bearing mulberries. Lots of them!

So, of course, I immediately went to what is the best way to harvest the mulberries. And tah dah!

mulberries on tarp      mulberries [...]
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The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

maple leaves blowing in wind
I overheard Cait explaining to someone recently that what I do for fun is to spend time outside, especially on windy days.  I intuitively understand the benefits of being out in nature—I don’t need scientific proof.

But if you do, there is actually a word for this: uitwaaien. “It’s basically the activity of spending time in the wind, usually by going for a walk or a bike ride. Today, the practice is so common that it’s known as ‘uitwaaien.’ It ‘literally translates to outblowing,’ explains Caitlin Meyer, a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Dutch Linguistics.

In a Nautilus blog post, Alice Fleerackers […]

By |2019-11-24T17:31:55-05:00November 24th, 2019|Happiness is..., Nature|2 Comments

“A Good Sailing Day”

The winds, they are a blowin’ today. Skies are blue. Clouds are billowing. Air is crisp. And I LOVE it!

From early childhood and my first sailing days, these kinds of windy days have always made me feel excited and alive.

I guess I’ve passed this onto Cait. Not the love of sailing part, necessarily, but with assigning the description of windy days to “good sailing” days.

So when she, likewise, shares with me that it’s a good sailing day where she is, there is no need for further explanation. Message sent and received. Joy shared.

By |2019-06-07T21:34:42-04:00June 3rd, 2019|.Cait and Me, Happiness is..., Life|0 Comments
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