words and joy…

i love words.  don’t you?  stringing them together to form Lilliputian constellations of meaning is, for me, like balancing on the head of a tiny pin; seemingly impossible, but oh! what happiness when one gets it right!

would you be willing to share some of your favorite quotes or sayings?  you would? hooray!  just leave one or more quotes in a comment and we’ll all enjoy the wealth of words!  in the meantime, here are a few of my own little favorites, and some photos that may or may not “go” with their respective quotes.  these remind me to celebrate the joy of life and language…

mom’s new kitten “kitty” aka “skippy” aka “tinkerbell” sits next to a photo of my step-father, the frame of which is about 2″ tall.

“Be obscure clearly.” ~E.B. White                                                                                               (i think i’ve got the “obscure” part down… now to work on the “clearly”.)

apothecary jars of lavender and chamomile for stuffing little pillows ~ heaven!

apothecary jars of lavender and chamomile for stuffing little pillows ~ heaven!

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” ~Jane Austen           (how true!  how many of us undermine our own happiness because we believe we are unworthy?)

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” ~Louisa May Alcott


otis in my cupboard of recycled packaging

“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”
― Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


lilly and ellis

“real life is only one kind of life—there is also the life of the imagination.” ~E.B. White    (i’m so glad e.b. said this; it validates my own opinion of life!)


welcome home

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” ~Leo Tolstoy                                             (i couldn’t agree more ~ hurray for leo!)

wishing you your own slice of  joy today and everyday!



11 thoughts on “words and joy…

  1. “There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s world when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.”~~John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetary (1994)

    I love this quote and it kind of goes with today being Fathers Day!

    Did you make the flag banner on your porch??? I really need one of those!!!!


    • what a lovely, warming quote, Kim ~ i love it ~ thank you for sharing!

      (yes, i made the flag banner. simple: cut triangles out of fabric using pinking shears, hem the top of each triangle leaving enough hem space for a length of twine to pass through, thread twine through the hemmed triangles, tie a loop at each end of the twine and hang on nails. done! :~> )


  2. “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.”~ Corrie tenBoom Just one more 🙂 …. Life is not fair …. but it’s still good.~ Unknown
    Your new fur baby is adorable!

  3. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore
    This quotation gives depth to my life as I go through the joys of aging.

  4. Another beautiful post Rebecca! I’ve been very lazy in commenting lately so am trying to catch up and do better. I always enjoy your posts….even if I don’t say so. Hugs, Lori

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