Happiness Is

This week, Chris of 61 Musings has posed an IBQ Writing Prompt: What is Happiness. I think, for me, happiness is best expressed by the photos I’m sharing.

Happiness is my bird tree full of goldfinch


with Twiggy on my lap enjoying the view.


Happiness is always knowing there is a shoulder to lean on when it’s needed. For this daffodil it’s the bush next to it – for me, it’s knowing I have wonderful friends nearby and two children who are the delight of my life.


Happiness is the many signs of spring, like this amazing Rufous Hummingbird who, along with his mate, has been gracing my feeders the past couple of days.



Happiness is the first sighting of a male oriole for this season.


Happiness is knowing that although there will always be times of adversity, we will have the strength to survive and will grow stronger from the experience, like this tulip who was drooping on a frosty morning but recovered in the warmth of the sun.


Happiness is spring blooms – the little cherry trees I planted to please the Robins


the Lewisia from above


and its delicate blossoms close up.


Happiness is having survived into my “mature” years. Happiness is finally, finally knowing I fit into my skin. Finally knowing I can figure it out, things will work out, I am a survivor.

Happiness is so many things – some of them tangible, touchable, many of them that feeling that hits when you are quiet and not expecting it. Like that swelling sensation that fills my heart and my head when I look at the bright green new spring growth, when my furry girls give me kisses, when my friends give me hugs, letting me know I am worthy of their love.

Happiness is satisfaction with my surroundings. Having enough. I wish you the happiness of having enough.


About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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14 Responses to Happiness Is

  1. Heather says:

    Your thoughts on happiness are just what the doctor ordered! Delighted to feel a similar sense of happiness 🙂


  2. suzicate says:

    Thanks for sharing the beauty of your world!


  3. Mama Cormier says:

    Every year I put my hummingbird feeder out at the cottage and I’m treated with what we call ‘hummingbird wars’. We have dozens that come to our feeders but I’ve never seen one the colour of yours. I bought a new feeder and I was thinking of putting one up in our backyard here in Toronto but I’ve never seen them around here. It’s worth a shot. If they don’t show up I’ll take the feeder up north to the cottage.


  4. Carol — as always, beautiful photographs.

    “Happiness is finally, finally knowing I fit into my skin. Finally knowing I can figure it out, things will work out, I am a survivor.”

    yes, Yes, YES!


  5. Trisha says:

    Happiness is nature and animals for me too!


  6. gorgeous photos – thank you so much for sharing! happiness is to have an afternoon coffee while enjoying your lovely posts and photos 🙂


  7. Joanne says:

    Happiness is reading words like these this morning, from a dear blogging friend, and seeing these cute little birds who I never see in my garden. I know I will have a wonderful day, after reading this. Thank you Carol. 🙂


  8. lisa says:

    Yes, spring has sprung here as well. It’s about time. I finally got out to take a few spring blossom shots. And I saw the first hummer scout the other day!! YAY!! I love the red one you have visiting your feeder. True, happiness comes in the little things. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend. xo


  9. Karma says:

    Wonderful post Carol! All these lovely blooms and birds – love ’em! I always enjoy your gentle reminders too.


  10. Fabulous, Carol. I enjoyed scrolling slowly through and reading your quiet words.

    Here’s my IBQ for the week. Be happy! 🙂


  11. You are a survivor, Carol. I’m so inspired by your love of the simple pleasures in life. I love the hummingbird and the beautiful tulip. 🙂


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