Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sudden Joy


Do you ever have moments of sudden joy?

I had one this morning ... at the kitchen stove, of all places. Scrambling eggs yellow in the skillet, clear blue sky outside, a Bach keyboard concerto sparkling from the radio. Sunshine, outside and in, combined with bright music to make an inexplicably perfect moment.

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In keeping with Knitsofacto Annie's dictum that every blog post should have a photo of some kind, the above is a detail from my tulip mini quilt. Since we don't have any real tulips yet, I am enjoying the ones on my wall.

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Many thanks to Paul of Seasons Full Circle for giving me the Liebster Blog Award. Paul is a new blogging friend with an impressive array of talents: running for New Zealand; cycling (much faster and farther than I); writing and recording his own music. He's going through a rough time right now as he recovers from a serious cycling accident, so drop by and leave him a cheery word. (To my fellow LOTR fans - be sure to check out his Hobbiton post.)

In passing on the blog award, Paul asked some great questions, one of which inspired today's post. (Thanks again, Paul.)

Here's the question:

When are you at your happiest?

The comment box awaits. :)

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34 comments:

  1. Ahhh days of sudden joy are special and are to be celebrated! I hope you and little Miss T were out and about today enjoying that sunshine.

    Blessings always

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    1. We were. Or at least I was - I did take a training ride that day. Thanks Vicki! :)

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  2. Doesn't really matter how fast you are it's doing it. Thanks for the plug...I really appreciate it. I have had more of those 'sudden joy' moments more than ever before. When I'm out running and cycling though of course not at the moment. Loving someone and being loved by them does that for me. I wrote this chorus for her on Valentine's Day 2013.
    "Lea my sweet Valentine now and always
    Be mine forever...the rest of our days"

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    1. Thanks Paul - hope your moments of joy continue whether exercising or not! How lovely for Lea to have her very own Valentine song. :)

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  3. I am at my happiest when munching...guess what? Peanuts. :)

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    1. Well of course ... in your case it's really a rhetorical question. (I feel the same about Chocolate.)

      :)

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  4. Oh, my! Hobbiton is fantablulous!!!!

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    1. Isn't it! Wouldn't you LOVE to visit? Those hobbit-doors are just the right size for a goat, I'm thinking....

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  5. I love the detail of your tulip decorated quilt. I liked the sound of your kitchen moment yesterday as you scrambled eggs and enjoyed the sun and the Bach concerto!
    I am happiest when I am at one with everything around me!

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    1. I feel that way sometimes on the bike .... it is a glorious sensation. :)

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  6. Surely, I have such sudden moments of happiness when everything is just so good and cheerful you can't help but smile. And it is a great feeling.
    Beautiful tulip quilt... Spring!
    Have a nice day and take care!

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    1. Thanks Anna - hope that India is not too hot right now! :)

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  7. Sometimes there are moments in my life I really notice I am smiling and enjoying myself. The noticing of it is a sudden joy and it can be anything :) from music, to a buzzing bumblebee, from making pie to grocery shopping with my kids!

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    1. A good point - the joy comes from recognising the happiness of the moment. Thanks Barbara! :)

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  8. I love those moments. You want to just bottle them up. We are Hobbit fans, would love to visit there! Read the book with my kids, before seeing it. Reading with them thats a happy thought.

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    1. It's true - I would like to bottle them up. Especially the sunshine part. :)

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  9. I am happiest when can go to sleep knowing we are all safely under one roof, silly I know but I am a worrier.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Not at all silly - very understandable and loving. Hugs to you! :)

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  10. Oh yes, we have to have at least one photo, in every entry!!!!! It's a *Rule* somewhere, isn't it? -gigggggggles-

    and such a pretty picture you share with us, today!!!

    Happy May!

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    1. Thanks Auntie, and to you as well. :)

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  11. Congrats on the award! And I have some tulips for you. They poked their little pink heads out yesterday, only to be blanketed by white today. Oh, well. This storm will make for yet another Wordless Wednesday...

    Funny you should ask when I am at my happiest today, when on a lark, I re-read something I wrote many, many years ago, and it was a list of the 25 things I was most thankful for. This didn't make that list then, but I think now I'm at my happiest when I can make someone else smile.

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    1. It's nice to have the remembrance of past joys.... I wonder if some day I'll look back at this blog and re-live things I'm no longer able to do.

      It is a great happiness to bring joy to someone else! You're very good at it too. :)

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  12. This is a very good "read". I treasure those moments of Sudden Joy. They are often so unexpected. You snap up into that moment and are overjoyed by it all.
    (whew..sort of redundant here, but I know you get the drift..)

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. I do get the drift. :)

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  13. Hard to say: could be when Im knitting
    could be when Ive got a cat on my lap
    could be when Im on the porch with Fireman....yeah that's it

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    1. All those things sound good to me (substituting Mr. M for Fireman of course). :)

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  14. Hmmm, I guess I'm happiest when I'm with my grandkids, either in GA or in Nashville. Other than that, I'm happiest when I have a good book and warm weather so I can sit in the swing and read.

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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    1. That would give me joy too ... here's to many warm days and good books! (And grandkids where possible.) :)

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  15. Love those moments of sudden joy, they hit at the most unexpected times. The tulip mini-quilt brings on such a moment. :-)

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  16. Happiest when? Hmm, so many different things make me happy.....
    Being outside to enjoy the beautiful sunny days and seeing all the stunning Autumn colour and then suddenly a Robin swoops in to perch on the fence a few feet away .......wow :)
    Happy when an idea for a sewing project becomes reality and looks half decent.
    I don't think there's a particular moment when I am my happiest, but just many moments of joy to be savoured.

    Claire x

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    1. I can see your Robin ... I had a similar moment on my Sunday ride. Right in the middle of Madison - I passed a yard with a male Cardinal sitting in a shrub and singing. He was so gorgeous and his song so cheerful it just lifted my heart. :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing the tutorial for this wonderful crochet bracelet.. Love it. Lovely blog. I am your newest follower. Hugs Judy

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