happy sigh


Every morning after I start the coffee maker I head outside to turn the sprinklers on.  It's one of my favorite morning rituals because it allows me to peek at the gardens and our pretty view of the nearby foothills.

The last couple of weeks have been so hot and humid that it's been a quick dart out and right back in.

Yesterday morning as I stepped out the side door I was greeted with a nice cool, crisp breath of air.  The kind that stops you with an instant moment of thankfulness to the Creator.

This morning was even prettier.

I knew immediately that my coffee and quiet time would find me in my favorite wicker chair on the back patio listening to the birds and the gentle whir of the sprinklers.

For the first time in a long time I reached for my garden shears and started dead heading and removing overgrow plants.  I even managed to find this delicate little pink rose thriving in the parched bed.

I had the most amazing (big, happy exhale, sigh) time. Sometimes I forget how connected I am to the garden and how much I miss my time out there.  I can get so caught up in what I'm doing that I neglect those "big, happy exhale, sigh" things in my life.

How about you?  When was the last time something in your life caused you a happy sigh?  Don't you thinks it time for another?

xo, Patty


  1. I have done the same thing this morning Patty. We are only allowed to hand water so I had the hose in my hand for almost two hours. With my other hand I was pulling spent leaves and dead heading. I also got my clippers out to clean up one of my crepe myrtles and discovered a nest full of baby birds. I love nature!

  2. Lovely post Patty,
    Nice reminder to slow down.... take time to enjoy this glorious life we've been granted.

    Have a blessed day.


  3. I had one of those moments this morning too, when I went out early to retrieve the newspaper for my neighbor. It was cool, slightly breezy, and with just a hint of Fall in the air. Oh how lovely it was to have the windows open, and enjoy the fresh air,after those two hot and humid weeks we had! I know the heat will return, but for a moment, I heaved a heavy happy sigh!!
    xo Kris

  4. I know exactly what you mean! And making room for those moments in our lives are more valuable than 'the world' wants us to think! For me, I've been aching for and missing time creating (my stuff is packed up due to remodeling my 'studio'). My solution was a new box of crayons and a coloring book. Talk about the stress just melting away and remembering who I am again!

    I'm so glad you got your moment in the garden. :)

  5. We have been blessed with a mild summer here in the Chicago 'burbs. Our summers are usually very hot and humid - but so far this summer, we've only had 1 or 2 days in the 90's. Otherwise, it's been in the upper 70's - low 80's. I've had sort of a frustrating week, so I took some time this afternoon to sit on my patio with a glass of iced tea and a book - and just relax. I need to do that more often!

  6. Yes, it is so easy to let busy get in the way of just being in the moment...thanks for the gentle reminder!

  7. I love .
    Routines are always comforting to me.
    Happy patio sitting . . .

  8. I had a day and moment like that today. Spent a cool (finally!) day mowing, trimming, dead heading and just being in my garden. Even my rose seemed happy and sent out a flower just for me. :) Kit


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