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the pursuit of happiness

March 2, 2011

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918);
poet, playwright, art critic

Thomas knows this. Birdwatching makes him happy.

The birds know this. They love to eat. (see the waiting queue in the tree, to the right? The whole tree is FULL of birds, waiting.)

The blooming yard makes me happy. I keep expecting it to burst open in a riot of flowers, but I think we have a few more weeks of anticipation.

Although the trees are blooming.

Warm sun makes kitties happy. (and us, too) (having pictures and clocks up on the walls finally makes us happy too — and please ignore the hodge podge of chairs — we are still chair-shopping)

My art room makes me happy, just by its very existence. I’m working on a “Green Owl” to complete the owl series. And then, maybe I have a few ideas for some new things. I think I’ve found my size scale; large canvasses are difficult for me, although of course I have a ton of them now because I was all, “Real painters work on large canvasses!” Sigh. I think 8 x 10 is perfect; sometimes perhaps just a bit larger or smaller works too. But now I need some ideas for the huge canvasses I have stacked in the garage. Hmm.

But mostly, let’s just take a minute and be happy, rather than worrying about how to get there. (admittedly, this is written sort of in a valiant attempt to remind myself to do so; and am currently wondering if this entire post is trite garbage, but hey — kitty pictures!)

Brave words from someone who had a mini-meltdown yesterday. Elderly kitties need increasing care for ailments, which threw me into about five different kinds of panic and grief, and then I completely shut down for the evening. Terri took care of me, even though she was in no shape to do so. Happiness is also about feeling useful; so I was providing a service to her, right?

Thankfully am working from home the next 2-3 days on a huge project, so I can spend time with all the adorables here at home and try to find that level head that I *know* I have around here somewhere.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2011 3:14 am

    Awwww….We all have our meltdowns now and then. I think I due for one soon. Enjoy your workdays at home surrounded by all you love and enjoy.

    PS. Everything I see one of those exercise balls, I think of “The Office” episode where Jim slashes Dwight’s ball — do you watch that show?

    • March 3, 2011 7:16 am

      No, but I hear it’s funny. I love the exercise ball!!

  2. March 3, 2011 6:46 am

    Sunshine and green and blossoms, kitties and someone who loves you. It’s good to stop and take stock and just be happy. Sometimes it takes a little meltdown to get us there. Hope you find your level head 🙂

    • March 3, 2011 7:17 am

      Me too! Unfortunately kitty girl Cleo is having some breathing trouble today and I’m getting worried, so she’s off to the vet. 😦 Level head may remain hidden for some time.

  3. March 4, 2011 9:19 pm

    I love your art room!

    I’m sorry you are having a rough time. But I’m glad you have a love to lift your spirits.

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