Just happy to be here

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
Martha Washington

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(a fledgling cardinal / Julie Cook / 2014)

I had noticed her hopping about out of the corner of my eye—that is, only after I had heard the distinctive “chirp chirp” alerting me that a cardinal was close at hand.
This, however was not just any run of the mill cardinal. This was a new addition to the yard cardinal. As in a fledgling who still had the moulty little tufts of feathers still adorning her head.

I watched her for a while–chirping and hopping here and there as she continued poking and prodding the ground in search of whatever tasty little morsel and grub she could find. She seemed not to have a care in the world. Even with our cat Peaches lounging about in the grass just a few yards away, each animal oblivious and uncaring that either was within “meeting” distance.

A single moment in time that is a wonderful snapshot of Harmony. Our cat being a bit atypical, caring less about the birds in the yard, more interested in what I may be doing. She is just as happy and content as I am to simply sit and watch, or for her, to rather sit and nap.
The little bird should have felt a threatening danger, but blissfuly did not. Peaches has never given any of the birds any cause for concern—of which I am pleased.

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(Peaches more interested in the camera rather than the little bird / 2014)

These small snippets, vignettes of the microcosms of a world seemingly in slow motion, are the soothing balm to the often jaded and tired souls which manifest themselves, day in and day out; byproducts of the rat race we create in life.

Maybe it’s the weather.
Maybe it’s the warmer days.
Maybe it’s the longer days.
Maybe it’s the lazier and slower way in which the world seems to now turn.
Perhaps it’s all of that and more as to why I enjoy the tranquil day’s of an approaching Summer season.

It’s the time of year in which the World seems to offer a collective sigh–exhaling as it begins to relax, and finally lets go. . .
Here’s to sitting under the canopy of an ancient oak tree.
Here’s to the sounds of harmony buzzing and chirping about the yard.
Here’s to the tell-tale summer scent of a freshly mown lawn.
Here’s to spending more time outside rather than inside.
Here’s to time, which may finally be on your side.
Here’s to being happy that we’re just all simply here, in the moment. . .

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4 comments on “Just happy to be here

  1. nice picture of the fledgling cardinal! I have been trying for years to get red cardinals to nest without success! But I do have bluebirds. It is really cool this morning, 40 degrees here but is suppose to be pretty until late in the day when showers return! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  2. Lynda says:

    Lovely pictures. I long to be able to sit out but it is cool here as well – perhaps that is better as I need to put my head in my books and begin my 15 page research paper! I bought some flowers yesterday but had to move them indoors last evening as there was the threat of frost. I’ll wait for warmer weather to plant – in the meantime I’ll hit the books. Blessings and prayers.

    • don’t think you’re missing anything—it was in the 40s here this morning—with rain, again, on it’s way!! Life is such a tease here—one day it’s in the 80s then next day rain, and cold again—fickle to be sure 🙂
      Happy writing Lynda!!
      hugs–Julie

  3. Oooooh our yard cats would have charged that bird in a New York second. I really wish they wouldn’t but they do. Fortunately 99% of them get away. Very nice post, missy. Loved the photos. Hugs, Natalie 🙂

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