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April 18, 2014

Finding Joy in the Simple Things

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I haven’t forgotten my goal of trying to find joy as often as possible. I have a couple things to share with you from last weekend, as well as some joy that I am looking forward to this weekend.

My friends and I did Hike #2 of our MidState Trail hike last Sunday. That morning, as I bustled about getting ready for the hike, I paused a moment at the sight out the window in my front yard:
Misty morning

The robin is out of focus, but I just loved the look of the early morning sun on the dew-kissed lilac branches (which will hopefully be laden with flowers and deliciously fragrant only a few short weeks from now).

At the end of our hike, my friends and I and the dogs did another group portrait.
Hike #2

Daphne is absent from this one due to doing a long walk with Sarah the day before. Sarah is in the Canine Club at our high school and Sarah and Daphne participated in a 5 mile walk around town in support of “Bark for Life” which researches canine cancers. Daphne decided she was done with the walk with a little less than a mile to go back to the starting point and sat down, refusing to go any further. Hubby had to go rescue Sarah and our obstinate fur-baby and take them home! I decided a second 5 mile hike the next day was probably not the best move for my aging golden.

Tonight is a night I’ve looked forward to since Christmas time. As a Christmas gift, my father gave Meghan, Sarah and me tickets to see the Moscow Ballet perform “Sleeping Beauty” at the Hanover Theater in Worcester. In just a short while, Sarah and I will head out to Worcester to pick up Meghan and go out to dinner, followed by the ballet – sure to be a lovely evening.

I hope you have a lovely weekend in store! Tell me about your plans in the comments if you’d like to share!


  1. My aging Bailey tends to run out of steam quickly these days, although she still thinks she wants to run and play. Her body just doesn’t always have the same idea. How neat to see the ballet! When I lived in Southern California I had tickets to the ballet series at the OC Performing Arts Center for a couple of years. I loved it! Enjoy your evening!

    Comment by Carol — April 18, 2014 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. It was a lovely show.

      Comment by Karma — April 19, 2014 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  2. What a lovely day you had. Hope the ballet was all you hoped.

    No big plans. If I’m able to get out in the garden, I’m happy.

    Any time you need an extra dog for a walk, Trey stands at the ready. lol

    Comment by sybil — April 18, 2014 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

    • The ballet was beautiful, and it was great to have a night with both my daughters. I’m on school vacation this week, so I’m planning to spend plenty of time outside cleaning up the yard and gardens, weather permitting.
      I have a feeling Trey would be more than I could handle, lol!

      Comment by Karma — April 19, 2014 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  3. Quel joli petit oiseau devant ta fenêtre! ! Un beau cadeau du matin. Un beau programme avec tes filles, c’est magnifique ce ballet. Mon weekend sera dans mon “home state” avec ma famille, auprès de mon père, ma soeur, neveux. Un repas typique de Pâques : asperges, gigot d’agneau (lamb leg), veges of the Season and a surprise dessert made by my sister. Merci de tes nouvelles et photos sympas.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 19, 2014 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

    • Merci Isa. Ton repas de Paques sons délicieux! Je vais aussi avoir un dîner de Pâques avec ma famille, mais avec du jambon au lieu de gigot d’agneau.

      Comment by Karma — April 19, 2014 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  4. what a wonderful way to spend the evening! i hope you had fun!

    Comment by Kate — April 19, 2014 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

    • It was really nice. It felt a lot like seeing a “spring” version of “The Nutcracker”. Meghan comes home for Easter dinner tomorrow, then about 2 and a half more weeks until she is home from school for the summer! Will your Meghan be done soon as well?

      Comment by Karma — April 19, 2014 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

      • yep! her last final is may 6. she’s kinda freaking out about how much stuff she has to do between now and then, but on may 3 (dead day up here), she and her room mate are going to visit my father-in-law on the lake for the weekend and just chill before hitting their finals. isn’t is crazy how fast the year went?

        Comment by Kate — April 19, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

      • Crazy is right! I can barely believe Meghan’s freshman year of college is nearly done. I think May 6th is also my Meghan’s last final too and move-out day is the 7th. Wow!

        Comment by Karma — April 20, 2014 @ 7:30 am

  5. Your lilac and robin are beautiful. Happy Easter, Karma. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — April 20, 2014 @ 7:41 am | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. Happy Easter to you too!

      Comment by Karma — April 20, 2014 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  6. Your backlit robin sure does look very nice Karen. Lovely light for sure.

    Comment by FS Photography — April 20, 2014 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

    • Funky Slug! Hey there, nice to see you! Thank you – and thanks for popping by!

      Comment by Karma — April 21, 2014 @ 8:25 am | Reply

  7. Poor Daphne. I know just how she felt. But I’m glad you did Stage 2.

    I was enchanted with ballet the way other little girls were enchanted by horses. I’ve never seen Sleeping Beauty – just listened to it over and over and over until I wore out the LP . . .

    Comment by Gerry — April 21, 2014 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

    • 8 is unfortunately on the older side for golden retrievers, and some days I think she must feel her age, although she did put up quite the fight at being left at home while Teddy and I went out! Made me feel a bit guilty – kids, what are you going to do?
      The ballet was very pretty. Reminded me a lot of the Nutcracker only it had a “spring” feeling to it!

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2014 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  8. Ha! I guess dogs can be just as stubborn as little kids 😉
    We spent the week-end in Galveston. The water was too cold to swim (although that didn’t stop some people) but at least I got to go on a walk or two at the beach.

    Comment by TheDailyClick — April 22, 2014 @ 6:00 am | Reply

    • Oh for sure – dogs can be A LOT like little kids!
      Always good for walking on the beach. I’m headed to the Cape to see my mom this coming weekend, and there will be beach walking involved – definitely no swimming!

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2014 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

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