We pick a lot of flowers in our house. I love arranging bouquets, and the little on is quickly following in my footsteps. My gardens are definitely fading these days, but I am trying to relish every ounce of their end-of-the-summer beauty while it lasts...
Happiness is really good pink wine and a farm-fresh dinner with my beloved by candlelight. Have I mentioned that we recently celebrated our 7 year anniversary? No "7 year itch" here. Everyday it is an honor to be married to this man. It is certainly not always easy, for either of us, but it is an honor to be this vulnerable with another human being. At the end of the day, he makes me laugh, he makes me feel safe, he makes be believe that everything is going to be alright. I need to be reminded of that sometimes. He has been struggling with demons of his own lately, and I pray that I can be a grounding presence for him in his darkness, as he so often is for me in mine. I love you sweetie!
This wine is from a vineyard on Long Island and it is the best pink wine I've ever had by a long shot. I kind of have a thing for pink wine in the summertime. There's just something about the sweet, refreshing, chill, not to mention that I usually by the Gallo White Merlot that comes in one of the big bottles for $6.99. My friend Margie turned me on to the joys of cheap, pink wine on a summer night many years ago, and I have an affection for it because my grandfather drinks a glass of White Zinfandel every single night. But this pink wine, this was truly good. Even Papa D liked it, gourmet that he is!
Happiness is seeing one of my oldest friends, whom I knew when we were girls, delighting in my own little girl. Happiness is revisiting a cherished place from childhood, the repository of so many memories, and sharing it with my own child. Happiness is a road trip that is full of beauty and adventure, with the best traveling companion (well, some of the time!) Happiness is the taste of salt air on my lips, and feeling the wind in my hair from the deck of the ferry as my face drinks in the end-of-the-summer sunshine. Happiness is finding the the island is more beautiful than I remembered it. Happiness is a picnic on a peaceful crescent beach. Happiness is an outdoor shower. Happiness is ice cream for dinner! Happiness is feeling so tired--and so hopeful--at the end of a magical day.
Thank you for all of this and more, my beloved Eden! You are a true friend!
Okay, so I'm a little behind on this project. I have been taking pictures of little delights, which has been so good and fun, but I haven't had much computer time. Papa D has been very, very sick, and has been in bed watching movies for much of the time (on this machine). I've been working a lot, nursing him and trying to keep the house clean, so not much by way of computer time, but anyways... I digress... Here are some pictures from a day last week, and I promise that soon I'll get you all caught up on the fun things we've been up to as we savor the last few days of summer!
Happiness is a yummy lunch with my girl... OUTSIDE!
It looks like she's dipping her salami in her yogurt, but she's not!
Yummy garden-fresh greens and egg, though the avocado came all the way from California!
Nine pounds of cucumbers that have yet to be made into pickles! (But it was fun to weigh them on my newly-pilfered nursery scale that I scored from my great-grandmother's kitchen!)
My super-duper-farmer girl! Who can look at her and NOT be happy???
I am so glad to have a church home--a sacred space to enter on a Sunday morning and leave less burdened. This hymn really spoke to me last Sunday, and the sunlight that pours into our simple sanctuary is always healing for me.
I'm a few days behind on this project, but I'm collecting pictures each day! Hopefully tomorrow I'll have time for a big download and some catch-up. Wishing you all peace in your daily lives!
:: The things my girl picked out for me--hmmm, I'm not sure she has a sense of my style exactly...
:: Back home, she packs up her new backpack with her new art supplies in preparation for her first day of out-of-home childcare on Tuesday (she will be at my cousin's house with 2 other kids). Of course, once she was all "organized" she spread out on the floor for her first project!
:: The day ended with a date with my hubby that involved some yummy beverages and a delicious movie!
:: Papa D and I both LOVEDJulie & Julia. We both laughed, I cried... What's not to love? Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, cooking, blogging, Paris, Queens, supportive husbands, a movie that is actually about people in satisfying marriages... BLISS!
One of the reasons that I started this blog was to have a space to record the beauty and joy in my life. Early this summer we went through a season of rain (only about 15 days of sunshine over the months of May, June and July!) that coincided with a period of unidentified illness for me. During this stange, damp, foggy time I lost sight of my joy and experienced a profound depression. Over the last month or so I have been slowly coming out of my cave and back into my life, with the return of the sunshine and some actual summer weather, as well as with the help of my old friend Prozac. I remember hearing a quote from someone suffering from depression who described the use of anti-depressants as "opening a trap door beneath me and allowing me to drop back into my life." I find that image usefull and true. They aren't "happy pills," but hopefully they restore a bit of clarity that is much needed.
One tool that is much more reliable in actually restoring my joy is the use of photography to capture moments or scenes from my life that bring me gratitude. I have known the art of "practicing gratitude" to be a useful skill in staving off depression, and it is in this spirit that I join my friend Erin over at bluebirdbaby in spending the next 30 days documenting happiness in my life. I'm excited to follow my bliss and discover how deeply blessed I am by so much goodness in my life! I hope you'll join me as well!