Doesn’t Take Much

May30

Are you familiar with the expression “Well it must not take much to make you happy” usually said with a sneer and a sarcastic tone?  How could receiving happiness from the little things in life, possibly be a bad thing?  Today  I have chosen to be alone. I got a few urgencies taken care of this morning in the city and arrived at our little cottage about noon. 

This is how I have spent the time since I got here: I immediately took my Granddog for a walk down to the beach to see how high the water level was and to see what damage that it has done over the winter.  I returned to the cottage and had a lovely lunch of delicious leftovers.  I then ventured out again, this time with a spade and a bucket to dig up marsh marigolds from a flat/wet stretch by the beach.  

The plan for the rest of the day is to write and mark papers from my perch on the wicker love-seat  on the deck.  I may make a cup of David’s tea that was a recent gift from Daughter #1 and tonight if the weather is not too wild I will head down for sunset with a lovely glass of Merlot -a gift from daughter #2.  As an extra special treat, I will have an end piece of Jeanne’s banana cake.   You see, today is my birthday. 

So why would I choose to be all alone on my birthday?  Well, for one I had a wonderful day of celebrations yesterday and for two, I love being alone.  It is one of the things on my list of simple things that make me happy.  It goes together with eating only when I am hungry and eating exactly what I want.  Because I am alone I could have cracked pepper sunflower seeds and an iced coffee for breakfast today. 

I am getting older but not too old that I couldn’t stand and dance for two hours at the U2 concert last night.  Not too old that I can’t take a spin on my turquoise Road King bicycle that I brought from the city with me today.  Not too old that I can’t hear and identify the individual sounds of the birds that live in the forest around the cottage.  Not too old that I can’t smell and savour the rich scent of the lush underbrush and wild flowers that are abundant because of this wet spring.  Not too old that I can’t get on line and enjoy all the best wishes of my Facebook friends.  Not too old and pre-occupied with aches and pains instead of the well-being of good health and vitality that I enjoy.

I have a puppy dog curled up and snoozing beside me; I have work that I love that can be accomplished from any location; I have a family and a circle of friends whom I adore; I have a good book waiting for me when my work is done; it is the little things.  I am content-happy birthday to me.

Kath’s quote: “Cooks are in some ways very much like actors; they must be fit and strong, since acting and cooking are two of the most exacting professions. They must be blessed – or cursed, whichever way you care to look at it – with what is called the artistic temperament, which means that if they are to act or cook at all well, it cannot be for duds or dummies.”
Andre Simon


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