Friday, October 18, 2013

Observations Creating a Goofy Smile! (Random 5 Friday)

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought.
Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
                         Samuel Johnson


 I have found the last few weeks extremely joyful and I have to say not for any one particular reason, more like a combination of sorts. I have been walking around with this huge goofy smile on my face and frankly no matter how goofy it looks I love seeing that goofy face smiling back in the mirror every morning and relish this feeling. The little things that have captured my eye and tugged at my heart have put that smile there. I want to remember them all no matter what. I have seen how bunching all the little observations together has the power to overcome anything. I thought I would share a few of those little unexpected sparks.


1-   I went to an auction and met the most fascinating 12 year old girl and her spirit and ambition proved to me that this world was in good hands when it will someday have to depend on our young people. This young girl and a friend had picked fresh apples at the apple farm up a long hilly driveway and then rolled a wheel barrel down the hill with fresh apples all bagged up and sold them to auction goers to make some extra money. They made at least three trips and sold all the bags, I bought three bags, the effort this took with just operating that wheel barrel impressed this Farmgirl who has always had a hard time operating this simple yet complicated piece of equipment without dumping the contents. I enjoyed the conversations with this enterprising young woman with her incredible work ethic and that contagious smile.


2-   I spent a day sitting in the Red Knitting Chair visiting my Mom in her new home and she kept praising my knitting skills as I sat there knitting even though I seemed to have started with 47 stitches and when I cast off myself (thanks to the lessons my Blogger family sent) I mysteriously had to cast off 55 stitches, she still loved it. The simple playing footsies while admiring her woolen socks still makes me smile. She is happy and this in turn makes me extremely happy. Her laugh continues to make my day.


3-   I went to a country store and noticed a bag of fake Crocs sitting on the floor where the colourful jumbled mix of plastic shoes made me smile even though I knew the summer and now fall was retreating fast and they would be replaced by winter boots on that shelf above. I thought of my snowshoes waiting in a cubby in the basement, waiting to get back to the bush and doing what we love, exploring that untouched wilderness.


4-   I spent a day driving slowly admiring the beauty that surrounds and noticed that the soybean harvest or could possibly be named “crop of dust” was well under way. Beautiful isn’t it? It is going well and the abundance of this year’s crops happens to be creating goofy smiles on farmer’s faces everywhere around here after that drought of last year.


5-   I realized no matter what comes along I will be able to handle it because the sun will always come up and always go down leaving its lasting beautiful image imprinted in my mind for those days that it cannot find its way through the clouds in turn creating a goofy smile that makes others laugh as well.

Did you see any sparks this week that made you smile?

Random 5 Friday


Later

71 comments:

  1. There are definitely many reasons to smile !

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  2. super post which in turn has me picking my own little beauties that made me smile goofy.

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  3. What time do you get up, that you made this post at 5 AM??!!!
    I really love the image of the soybeans against the sunset sky!!!
    And, yes, counting your blessings is always a good thing! I am going to do that on the bus in 45 minutes...

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  4. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  5. You just made me smile, too - it's contagious! This is a wonderful reminder to enjoy the little everyday things. Keep up,the good work on your knitting! I'm happy that you're having a happy, smiley week!

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  6. Honestly such an inspiring post - just the pick me up I needed this Friday morning!! Keep going with the knitting - I used to always end up with a weird amount of stitches!!

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  7. I love your positive attitude, Buttons. Everything is going so well for you. :))

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  8. Life is truly good -- it's all in how we choose to look at it!

    Love this post and your observations. Have a wonderful weekend my friend. xo

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  9. You are a rich woman, my friend. Loved all of these. I've had plenty of smiles this week, and a big on is getting ready for our new blue heeler puppy, Tyson.

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  10. Oh, you took all positives and shared with all of us who read your blog. Thanks you..
    Young children can teach us so much if we take the time to stop, listen and observe and I guess that applies to most people. Hugs M xoxox

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  11. What an adorable picture of you and your mom lol. I hope the happy moments continue and even multiply. :)

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  12. Everything about your post today is soooooo positive, it brings out the great and happy spirit to us all!!!

    [in my opinion, there is nothing better than farm living...it may be rough at times, but oh the joyous times of reaping a good harvest and all the hard work was for naught!! The farmers and families are a special, strong breed.]

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  13. A plethora of delight. Especially the visit with your Mom.

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  14. hope you are doing well this week. have a happy weekend. i love the crocs ... so colorful!! ( :

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  15. nothing better than a goofy smile -- yeehaw! great 5 -- from industrious girls and apples to colorful crocs. Have a fun, colorful week!

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  16. I love to smile and I love to laugh. Seems I do a lot of both lately.

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  17. Ready your blog brought a smile to my face.

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  18. Hooray for joyful days. My boys love crocs.

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  19. I love your random 5, and I can see why you're smiling! Those things are really treasure to keep on smiling.

    Thank you for leaving a long comment :-)!

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  20. It is the little things in life that count and make us smile. A feel good post.

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  21. Happy Friday, Buttons! I am glad you had such a heartwarming week, and that you are continuing your knitting. I used to know how to knit/purl, but never figured out how to cast off...so I could never finish the scarf I made!

    Vic303

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  22. The time spent with your mother is such a beautiful picture. So glad to hear you have lots to smile about. I love your positive outlook on life. :)

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  23. I can almost see you smiling! A joyful soul spills over and infects anyone who comes close enough... Have a great weekend Buttons!

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  24. Oddly enough, I wrote about a random "spark" myself today!

    I love the fact that you cast off significantly more than you cast on. :-) That's my kind of knitting, Buttons!!

    Pearl

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  25. so glad your mom is doing well. i know this takes a huge pressure off of you. :)

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  26. Great photos! I agree the paintings in the sky at the beginning and end of the days can make all of the difference!

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  27. Looks like those young ladies will make an impact on the world.

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  28. I'm glad you're having fun with your knitting...and with your Mom. I think you're making her day, too! I'm not sure I'm ready to bring out the winter boots and coats yet...please...not yet?! :)

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  29. Thanks I will keep that in mind when the gray skies of winter start rolling in. I will smile and remember your beautiful post.


    Saun

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  30. I love how positive and uplifting your post is. :) The story about the girl and the apples is so touching and inspiring.

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  31. My week has been full of sparks B! Life is good. I just love that pic of you playing footsies with you mom. It's so good to hear that she is happy in her new place.

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  32. A nice inspiring post makes me smile...
    And interesting: I drink soy milk, but I've never seen crop of soybeans - I did not even know where they are grown. Honest. I never asked this question. In our region in Germany, I have not looked this cultivation.
    Have a sunny weekend :-)

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  33. Love this post, B. You're so right--the little observations add up and put that goofy smile on our faces. We just have to look for them and recognize them. Loved your observations.

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  34. B,

    I'm so happy to hear your Mom is settling in well. Great post my dear, sending hugs your way.

    Sandy



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  35. Happy is such a great place to be !
    Your so awesome.
    Hugs
    Willow

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  36. Hello my fellow Canadian blogger friend. I love your last random thought and it has given me inspiration to have a nice day. :)

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  37. yes - a special someone gave me a call and boosted me out of my ear/sinus inducing dizziness thang'... ;p

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  38. Wonderful Random 5!
    I couldn't help but chuckle about your casting on a certain amount of stitches yet binding off another!
    Me, too! LOL
    Have a great weekend!
    diane

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  39. What a lovely random 5 post :) I loved hearing about the farmgirl and your mom. So sweet!

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  40. What wonderful random thoughts. My favorite is the time with your mom.

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  41. I am so very glad that you are wearing a big, goofy smile, Miss Buttons!!! You are fabulous, and you deserve it! *hugs* glad things are going a bit better for you!

    Mandi

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  42. The moment with your mum sounds precious - it is the Little Things that mean the World! Ans like you write in #5 - the sun goes up and Down ... and in between there are many moments to cherish :)
    Happy weekend to you,
    Nina

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  43. Your blog always makes me slow down and smile. That's a spark in an otherwise crazy week. :)

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  44. What a fun / sweet post :)
    Yes the sun will always come up ...you make me smile :)

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  45. What an uplifting post. - I love that you are enjoying even the simple things in life. It made my heart feel good to read this post.

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  46. Your delight in the everyday is making me smile, Buttons. Life is generally what we make it.

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  47. It always pays to look on the bright side of life.

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  48. Oh! I didn't realize there was an actual name for the Friday 5 thingy. I had just seen lists on different blogs. Well, this is fun.

    That young woman you met at the auction was very enterprising. There are some lovely young people out there. I know a few.

    I love that last photo!

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  49. Those socks are way cool...I NEED to learn how to knit socks. Must say, I don't understand Croc shoes...?

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  50. It seems that when we look out on life with a smile, it smiles back...fun post Grace. And I am so glad that you are having a great time lately.

    Jen

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  51. I love that you have a goofy smile on your face. Life is good :)

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  52. My Blessing saw the socks shot and said "Awww..." I also like your last shot-lovely sunset capture.

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  53. I am always happy to see a goofy smile, and your post put one on me.

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  54. Ooooh, I just love your words about spending time with your mom, and the photo is so precious. Love those socks!

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  55. Glad to hear your smiling. I love the photo and phrase "the beauty that surrounds." It sounds like you are loving your life!

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  56. Yes, so much to be thankful for! Goofy smiles are therapeutic.

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  57. happiness is contagious....i am always inspired when i am in the company of happy people!!

    great news about mom and what a great story about that special 12 year old girl!!

    happy weekend to you buttons!!

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  58. Love your random 5 - I like looking for the little special things even in the most horrid of days. That sunset is breathtaking! Love the silhouette

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  59. I love those goofy smile moments! This week I became aware of the many quality friendships that I've developed since relocating cross-country last year. We were living in the city and feeling so isolated. Now, in a small town, we are making many wonderful friends!

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  60. This post itself made me smile, as your posts often do. I have not commented much lately , and I am sorry, but I have been reading . Also wanted to say thank you for your sweet comments and support during this last little hiccup in my world,its nice that folks understand and care

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  61. Just reading your post is uplifting my friend. It so nice to see you enjoying life.. That last photo is so beautiful.

    Hugs~

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  62. Wearing a goofy smile is the best beauty treatment ever! Love those enterprising girls with the bags of apples and that photo of you and Mom's feet is so precious. Love your knitted socks! Beautiful views of farm life, too. Hope you wear that goofy smile forever, Buttons. Hugs xoxo

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  63. I love this post! How did I miss it? I was just now thinking about you! Watching Jack Hanna and he is getting ready to talk about bears. And you have inspired me. I decided I'm going to start walking to my Shug's deer stand and go up in it and watch nature from up above. It's in our woods and I want to go before dawn. Do you take a flashlight?
    So glad you got your knitting off the needles. Casting off wasn't too hard was it? So glad your Mom is doing well.....and laughing.

    Cindy Bee

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  64. Such beautiful photos, Buttons, and I love the idea that you're walking around with a "goofy" smile! I get days like that (occasionally) too and they're just a big ol jar of awesome-sauce. Smiling right back atcha!

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  65. Your uplifting attitude really shines through...have another great week♫

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  66. What an empowering post!
    Thank you for purchasing apples from your new friend . . you gave her hope for the future - I enjoy thinking of you knitting in your mother's red chair - I know the sight gives her satisfaction had makes her happy . . .

    Your closing remarks - golly - you are a true treasure.

    love & love to YOU!!!

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  67. You have such a lovely attitude... as to knitting, I've decided I need to take some lessons...

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  68. That sounds like an impressive young lady you happened to meet at the auction. That made my day.
    Sweet feet photo. Smiled at the change in stitch number. I gave up on that a long time ago!

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  69. Your wonderful thougths about your week just bring a smile to me. I have been dealing with business stuff for a couple of weeks now so just haven't had time to stop and contemplate those special moments. Can't wait till I can let my mind wonder again. The snow is coming any day now and finished in the garden and only have apples left to can and jams. Glad to hear you knitting is still progressing. A great way to spend time with your mom.

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