A sunny day lifts my spirits

Friday, 8 January 2021

The morning started off with sun shine!

Sun rises over the trees ©WQuinn 2020

And with that sunlight my mood lifted to giddy heights, putting a spring in my step.

But boy, it was cold! We were tempted to nap instead of going out for a walk but we talked ourselves into a walk in the sunshine. I was worth it. I felt invigorated afterwards.

A bonus this morning as I looked out my bedroom window, I saw a bald eagle soaring over the field. I watched him soar then land on the top of a tree. I took a picture but he was pretty far away so it’s not very clear.

Do what makes you happy

Friday, 23 October 2020

I found myself, unexpectedly, with the afternoon off.

My work project had been completed, and my energy with it, I requested Monday and Tuesday off in order to recoup. They agreed and offered this afternoon as well.

Bonus time on my hands on a glorious warm day, 25°C with a humidex, what should I do? Mom needed my help with a couple of things and after that, the day was mine. I hemmed and hawed, until Mom said, “do what makes you happy.”

Wise words! I knew right away what that would be. Painting 🎨!

Me plein aire painting 🎨 Photo by June Quinn
The finished product! © WQuinn 2020

I worked hard at tuning out the inner critic and focused instead on enjoying the process and the amazing weather.

While I was doing what made me happy, Mom was too… At least I think she was…

Mom taking a break. © WQuinn 2020

Afterwards, we were sitting on the veranda chatting when we heard a Pileated woodpecker. I was scanning the area but couldn’t see him but I did notice that the colour of the sky had darkened behind my favourite dead tree making the tree standout. It looked stunning so I took a picture. When I looked down at the image on the camera, I noticed this…(I enlarged the photo so you can see it better)

Pileated woodpecker perched on a tree.
Photo of the day, 23 Oct 2020 ©WQuinn

Incredibly lucky shot!

Today’s photos

Here are more photos from today. Clearly I am fond of the yellow and orange maple leaves 🍁🍁🍁. And the soft fuzzy paw belongs to Ashes.

Happy Day

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

I had the realization today that I’m happy. I’m content. I like living where I am and I am grateful to be here. Even in these hot, hazy, humid days and nights.

My dream to have a hobby farm is still very real and something I am working towards. Because, as much as I like living here and making it my own, it’s missing a few components key to my dream. Such as being zoned agriculture. We’re currently zoned “Garden Centre”. Go figure. I’m living on the land my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents farmed and yet, we can’t have animals. The second component is the busy highway in front of the house. Constant noise. Third, the neighbours are too close for comfort. I would like to live on a farm that is surrounded by nature and not houses, to be able to walk 500 feet in any direction and not see people.

As I write this, I’m sipping on a herbal tea blend from my herbal tea garden. A wish fulfilled, I have finally grown my own herbal tea garden. So far the chamomile and lemon balm are doing amazing. The mints, on the other hand, are having a tough year. They were amazing the last few years but this summer, they are slow to start. I have tried starting a new batch indoors during the spring but with no luck. Could be something with the seeds. So I may have to be happy with chamomile and lemon tea this winter.

I tried a new chicken recipe today and cooked in on the BBQ. My first time cooking anything on the BBQ that wasn’t a hamburger or steak. I must say, it turned out exceptionally well and I may try a few other things now too!

On the COVID front, I went into the office for the first time since March. I got the go ahead to go in to pick up a few things. I wanted my docking station and keyboard, and my yellow crocs. Now, I could have lived without the Crocs, but seeing as I was there for the docking station and keyboard… I was a little nervous, perhaps apprehensive but it was for not. It went very smoothly from the moment I entered the building and checked in with the commissionaire to when I said good bye on my way out. Signs were everywhere, indicating one way lanes, only two people per elevator, etc.

Several photos from my garden today: The butterfly garden, corn and beans in the vegetable garden are coming along very well, Malva Zebrina – which I grew from seed – is gorgeous, and the Baltimore Oriole was back this afternoon. Can you see the goldenfinch coming in to the feeder just above the oriole?

Dukes is waiting to come in this morning! We close the curtains in the morning because the sun is so strong, the heat flows in heating up the kitchen. Dukes wasn’t impressed.

Duke waiting to be let in this morning. Photo of the day, 7 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn

Ch…Ch…Change things up! Day 21 of 30 Days of Happiness

photo of winter scene with dove flying in sky

Sometimes, something as simple as changing one SMALL thing in your life could be all the difference you need to ignite your HAPPY button.

Change is GOOD. We’re creatures of habit and when we find something that works for us, we tend to stick with it – FOREVER.

What if tomorrow morning, you wake up to your favourite “happy” song instead of the “beep, beep, beep” of your alarm? Put together a list of your favourite happy songs that get you moving, dancing, and feeling great inside and out. If you’re a “shower in the morning” type, why not play your favourite music while you’re showering and sing along with it? It’s guaranteed to get you in the HAPPY zone!

Reaching for the same colour shirt, towel or blanket you ALWAYS buy? Why not change it up and buy a completely different style and/or colour?

Maybe change the genre of movies and books you usually read and try something different. A different author perhaps?

How about a different restaurant or take-out place? Or maybe a different vacation place?

There was a time I would think people were crazy for even considering such a thing. Change! Try something new! Are you crazy? I go to the same restaurant because I know I’m going to like it. There will be no disappointment. I know people who go to the same vacation destination year after year because it’s what they know. Even if they’re not overly happy with the place, it’s what they know so they stick with it. I get it. I’m the type of person who will ONLY order the chicken parmigiana at East Side Mario’s because I KNOW it’s going to be good. Last December, while Christmas shopping at St. Laurent Shopping Centre, I stopped in at East Side Mario’s for a late dinner. I was ready to order my regular when the waiter announced the specials and highly recommended the lasagna. I was SKEPTICAL but thought, ‘what the hey, let’s change things up a little!’ That lasagna was probably the best I’ve ever tasted.

Have you seen those publisher specials where they offer an e-book for $1.99 just to get you to try it? I took advantage of that offer the other day. I figured if I didn’t like it I’m only out $1.99, right? But, if I love it, then I’ve got another author and a different genre to add to my list. Well, I loved the book and, thankfully for me, that book was that authors first of many. I’ve since downloaded his second book. A different author, a different genre…

There’s a reason they say ‘a change is as good as a rest‘.

If you feel like you’re in a rut or need ‘SOMETHING’ in your life but don’t know quite what it is, then try CHANGING something, try something new and see how you feel.

And then drop my a line and let me know how it works for you!