Focusing on Happy Thoughts

Because too many of my thoughts are not happy thoughts – today I need to focus on what’s good in this life. On those things that make me know I have enough.

Some of those happy things. My tiny little seedlings of three different kinds of basil. My micro greens reaching for the sun. The wheat grass for the cats. My Cyclamen having a grand time putting forth its cheerful blooms.

Yesterday evening as the sun began to lower in the sky, Shasta and I went out and sat on the front deck, me with my wine, her just having finished her dinner. It was lovely – the perfect kind of light at that time of day, wonderful temperature, calm, quiet. Birds bathing in the fountain bird bath and pecking around the ground for their dinners. The jackrabbits enjoying their grasses for dinner. Quiet. Calm. Restful.

Later in the evening, sitting before my electric fireplace, watching the flames flicker – it’s almost as restful as the ocean sounds are for me. These pretend flames with the little sound box emitting sounds of fire crackling – priceless.

My newest weaving project, a special request from a friend.

My furry kids, my companions. Shasta, the dog, who is getting old now and spends most of her days sleeping, although she really tries to keep up with me when we go outside.

The cat, the Nong, who spent her day going out and in, out and in, out through the cat door to the catio, protesting the fact that she could go no further than the catio. Because. Because she thinks she’s entitled to chase after all those birds, and rabbits, and squirrels. She spent a good part of the day telling the world how mean I am.

And there is the Queso – the elusive Queso, who I can pet only when I put down his wet food. But do not attempt to pick up – he has claws that scratch when he launches his escape. Still, he is a pretty boy sleeping in his basket in the catio.

All of these things that bring me joy, peace, happiness. These are the things that make me realize I do have 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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13 Responses to Focusing on Happy Thoughts

  1. Kathy says:

    It was good to read your happy thoughts, Carol. These days we need them to balance everything else. I am so glad you’re not in imminent wildfire danger anymore.

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  2. loisajay says:

    Finding the joy–that is the fun part. I look at the photos of your furry kids and cannot help but smile. I always fall for the elusive ones. Queso looks so harmless, but I will take your word for it with sharp paws during launch. Your newest weaving project looks beautiful, Carol, and delicate. Someone is lucky. Raising my glass to you and more happy things.

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  3. Carol — What a lovely list of things to be happy about. Thank you for sharing it.

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  4. Joanne says:

    We really are silly creatures for worrying about things we cannot change, don’t you think? Your jackrabbits, birds, cats and Shasta all go about their days oblivious to anything other than finding their own happiness. And the world keeps spinning. I so happy you are finding your happiness today, Carol. We need to all do the same. ❤

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  5. dawnkinster says:

    I’m glad you have so many things that make you smile, these are all good! I’m trying to find things to be optimistic about, but it’s hard. Today I ate too much in compensation. Will try to make tomorrow more normal.

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    • Carol says:

      Sometimes it’s a struggle to remember the happy thoughts. Especially when things happen like the Justice Dept declaring cities as anarchist cities because Trump asked Barr to. Why did I think the DOJ and Supreme Court were not supposed to be political?


  6. leendadll says:

    Awww. Shasta con Nong con Queso y sunset. How wonderful!!!!


  7. I tried growing basil. Have I told you about my black thumb? I quickly scrolled past that photo because I don’t want to send my vibes across.
    Happy thoughts, we all need. Thanks for yours.


  8. Robin says:

    I’m glad you’re finding Enough, Carol. It’s not easy these days, to look for and find the joy.

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  9. Lisa says:

    Yes, it’s good for mental health to focus on the positives in iife and not give in to all the gloom and doom that’s rampant in the media. I’m keeping a gratitude journal and it’s helping me focus daily on the things that I’m thankful for in this life. Enjoy the fresh air, wine and nature while you can before that white stuff begins to fall! xoxo

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  10. Ally Bean says:

    I’m a positive person overall, but I am getting worn down by too much negativity and insincerity, so I like reading your happy thoughts. I like your photos, too. Cats snoozing make me smile.

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