20190601_093841.jpgThere are days I find happiness personally elusive.

There are endless chores and medical appointments and sad news on the telly and from my hometown.

Today my tomato plants were placed into their new garden house and my deck painted red.


My neighbor stopped by and brought us popcorn from her trip to Colorado.


“I can’t thank you enough,” she said, “for taking care of my plants while we were away. I know you both like popcorn. I hope you like these.”

Today I am happy.

My tomato plants have a new house and my neighbor stopped by.

My partner is snoring and enjoying her nap.

I picked up a new Mary Oliver book and am excited to begin.

I opened the front cover and suddenly remembered the librarian’s sweet gesture.

She checked out my book, but before handing it back, wistfully touched Ms. Oliver’s photo on the inner sleeve of the cover and then smiled at me.

I took my selection and answered her in kind, “Her books touch my heart and I’m sad that we lost such a lovely human being,” I began.

“I’m grateful, though, for her writing and thank God for her talents.”

“Yes,” she grinned and bid me a good day.

Today was a fine day and one my mom would have loved. She taught me to be grateful and taught me to love life.

Today I am happy and grateful to be alive.

Today is a good day and I hope yours is, too.

Be well, People, and I’ll catch you the next time, looking at life from my shoes.


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I'm a retired special ed teacher, born in upstate NY, who spent most of my adult life in the SF/Bay Area and moved to the Olympic Peninsula of WA in June of 2017. At the encouragement of family and friends, who followed my silliness on my FB page, I started this blog a few years ago. I try to keep my topics as humorous as possible (because I believe "LIFE" is pretty serious these days), but will, on occasion write about more solemn subjects. I sincerely appreciate all who take the time and effort to read and make comments and am truly humbled when people actually "like" what I write. I do not participate in the "Wordpress awards" because I feel "awarded" when individuals actually read me and comment, but sincerely appreciate all of you who have considered me "award worthy" and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Lucie

13 thoughts on “Happiness”

  1. Your deck is so beautiful! I love the color. Are the popcorn bags actually popcorn balls? Looks really yummy. 😊 The tomato plants look happy! ❤

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    1. Thank you. The popcorn was not “balls”; just different flavored popcorn that was tasty. And my tomato plants grew big time, but did not produce as many tomato’s as I’m accustomed to. Guess I have to learn how to accommodate the weather here in the Pacific NthWest. Next year, I’ll cut them down before all the energy goes to the leaves..oh well….live and learn. Many thanks for stopping by. (((Hugs)))Lucie


    1. We have good friends (thank goodness!). Kind, loving people.Lost our cat, Boo, recently and were surrounded by loving people. The popcorn DOES LOOKS delicious, doesn’t it? But the Princess and I will have to forego tasting it for now…our tummies are tender. The deck took two coats of paint. Hopefully, it will last longer than two years between paint jobs. Hope you and the family are well! :>)

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