Sunday, April 19, 2009

Happiness Gauge

How can the people around you tell if you are happy? What do you use for a happiness gauge?

For me, if I'm singing while I work in the kitchen, or while I'm driving, you can tell I'm happy.

I caught myself singing today. I was on my way to the grocery store, and I was singing. What was I singing? I can't recall.

On the way home I was singing an old song with it's roots in the worry of the Mamas of Irish lads who went to war.

"Oh Mrs McGraw," the sergeant said, "would you like to make a soldier out of your son Ted,
With a scarlet cloak and a big cocked hat, oh, Mrs McGraw, wouldn't you like that?"
With your too rye ah, fa the diddle ah, too rye, too rye too rye ah
With your too rye ah, fa the diddle ah, too rye, ooh rye ooh rye ah
Lav beg the cracker oh!

I don't suppose it really matters what I am singing, but the fact that I am singing is note worthy.

Years and years ago, when I would sing in the cars, my kids wished I would not. On one occasion, one of the girls went so far as to threaten to jump out of the car while it was moving if I did not cease my singing.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happier Days

I have been happier this past week, consistently, each day, than I have been in a long time.

Part of it is due, I'm sure, to last weekend's visit from one of my daughters. Part of it has to do with longer days, sunshine and warmer weather. Part of it has to do with an email I received from another daughter. It moved me to tears, and made me smile through them.

I took a walk down the hill with one of the neighbors. She is trying to get back into shape after being laid up a while. A walk is more fun with company.

I stopped and took a couple digital photos of the twin linden trees on the hill. I discovered that if I use the viewfinder, I can line up the utility pole with the vertical and the cable with the right horizontal of the crosshairs. I took the photos standing at the joint in the curb next to the utility pole across the street with a thick cable protector running up it. THAT means I can take more pictures from the same spot and layer them to make a time lapse of the tree going through it's year. If I can remember to take my camera with me on walks at least once a week.

Let's have a YAY! for spring, for neighbors, for activity, for new projects and most of all, for happiness.