Little Pieces Of My Day


I start my day by having breakfast and pouring myself a cup of coffee. I take my coffee over to the couch and the dogs settle in beside me. 

My day moves forward as usual.


This is the side view from where I sit sipping my coffee. 

Occasionally I look up from my laptop to watch the birds that fly around the bird bath. They are a constant blur all day long.

Nature is important to my day and piece of mind. Somehow just watching nature relaxes and centers me. It empties my mind of the world news and worries outside my door. 

All those other things go into an invisible shredder as I enjoy whatever is on the other side of that patio door.
 

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley


At some point during my morning, depending on the heat, I will go outside and water the plants. 

I stroll around the patio and dead head what few blooms that are left. I always pause to enjoy the deepening color of the sedum autumn joy as September moves onward.

The dogs are always with me, and they sniff and check everything out as dogs are prone to do.


As I age, the more important the little pieces of my day are to me.

Watching a bird hop around the patio. The light as it changes throughout the day. The lengthening of shadows as the season moves forward.

When I was a younger woman, I did not understand the importance of this. How pausing to reflect is so vital to contentment. 

But now I do. 

I no longer rush everything. Moving from one thing to another. Cleaning and cooking and running errands. Getting things done. 

At the end of the day, I want to be able to say that I truly enjoyed it all.

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“We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.” ― Bill Watterson



19 comments

  1. Great advice, Brenda. I too must have nature in my day.

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  2. i love your blog.
    I love that you love the simplicity and beauty of your life just as it is.
    I do my own as well. but I can't or don't say it nearly as well as you do. you're an inspiration for us all.

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  3. Great reminders Brenda. My desk faces to our backyard and I love to watch the squirrels scamper around the yard! laura

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    1. Sometimes I really miss having a nice big yard...

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  4. I am trying to slow down and enjoy what is around me but some days it's just impossible!

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    1. But you've got not only grandkids around, but also your mother. So that's understandable!

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  5. I love how you express yourself and I find inspiration from your blog. It is like talking to a friend.

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    1. That's how I feel talking to all of you!

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  6. Hi Brenda~

    It sounds like we have the same attitude about growing older and appreciating the small, but wonderful aspects of everyday, ordinary life. How sad would it be if we rushed through life, missing all that nature has to offer.

    Your views are beautiful, I especially love the photo of your cute little pup, he's adorable!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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    1. We all rush. We just need to remember to tell ourselves to loosen up and take our time.

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  7. This post moved me to the depths,Brenda. I too count on the invisible shredder of nature to cleanse my mind and soul from the assaults coming so incessantly from the news and world. How else can we stay sane? Otis and Milo sharing my day are the balm to me as your little ones are to you. I love the peace you've written about here.

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    1. I'd go completely crazy if I didn't have my "invisible shredder!"

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  8. I love your coffee center. so cute and well put together.Love the little cabinet
    that says Coffee.
    As I get older, I seem to appreciate the little things too. Wish I could have
    known this when I was younger. When life was such a rush. Hurrying home from work, only to rush through the night to start a new day.. my, my!!
    Hope you have a good day.

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  9. I didn't realize it when I was younger either. I guess that's why we become wiser with age!

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  10. This is so true and wonderful that you shared. The view to your patio is so pretty. Xoxo

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  11. Snippets of life, all of the little things that we take for granted are what matters. "We do not remember days, we remember moments."

    Love the little pieces of your day. I sit next to a window as I work and the other day a hummingbird flew by and then sucked the nectar from a plant beside the window. I jumped up and I was so excited, I felt as if I had "wind the lottery." It was a magical moment and I am still thinking about it.

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  12. YOU ARE SO RIGHT, SO WELL SAID.
    I READ SOMEWHERE,
    "LIFE IS MADE OF TWO DATES AND A DASH. MAKE THE DASH COUNT"
    IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY THE SMALL MOMENTS THAT MAKE UP OUR DAY.LOOK AT OUR SURROUNDINGS AND TRULY SEE NATURE'S WONDERS.
    IT SADDENS ME WHEN I SEE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO'S DAYS ARE SPENT FOCUSED ON THE SMALL ELECTRONIC DEVICE IN THEIR HAND, CONSIDERED VITAL TO THEIR VERY EXISTENCE.
    BREATHE, PAUSE AND BE GRATEFUL FOR OUR MANY BLESSINGS.
    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO, FOR WHAT YOU GIVE OF YOURSELF TO ALL OF US.
    SNUGGLES TO THE PUPSTERS.

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