2013-04-24 / Loose Ends

Loose Ends

It doesn’t take much to make me happy
Susan Nienow

I am currently going through a rock-loving stage. It doesn’t matter if they are big or little, I am always on the lookout for interesting rocks to put in my garden or a terrarium I am putting together.

I brought a few back from California in my suitcase – small ones. And we stopped by the side of the road in Pennsylvania to pick up several large ones to put in the garden.

That is, my other half picked those up.

I am happy to see the first flush of growth on my perennials. I am also surprised they survived another year. I’m sure some don’t come up again, but since I don’t write down what I plant or where I plant them, I’m not disappointed.

I love these longer days and sunshine on any day. A friend of mine once referred to herself as solar powered. I am, too. Thank goodness we have plenty of sunny days.

Pulling weeds makes me happy. I am a compulsive weed-puller. I pull them on my way into the library, in someone else’s yard and when I am standing in my own yard. I can’t help it.

Unfortunately, after several hours of weeding, my left hand – my weeding hand – starts to cramp. So I have to leave the rest of the weeds for another day. By the time I get back to it, there are not only new weeds, but the ones I didn’t get to are bigger and sometimes have gone to seed, ensuring a good crop next year.

Finishing something makes me feel righteous. It doesn’t happen that often since I am really happy and done with most projects when I have planned them out and bought the supplies.

Starting anything is always good – sometimes exciting, sometimes just satisfying and sometimes the best part is knowing I am getting it off the list.

Finding money makes me happy, especially the $20 bill I stuffed in a coat pocket and then forgot about. Last week I found three quarters on the ground outside a rest stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and later in the day I found a new penny in a parking lot. The next day I found another.

While the money I find isn’t going to pay for a cruise down the Rhine River, it still makes me happy.

I like to wash my car. It is usually really grungy by the time I get around to making it shine again. I also like the $3 car wash which makes the car pretty clean, though not perfect. My car doesn’t stay clean long because we live on an unpaved road at the end of a long unpaved driveway – read either extremely dusty or just plain dirty.

I am ecstatic when I finish my ironing. I only do it once or twice a year so when I finish, I know I don’t have to do it again for a long time.

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