How To Find Joy In Isolation
Hello Everyone! Here's hoping that you are well and, like me, finding ways to have a little joy in the everyday. These are such trying times for all of us. I know for myself, I'm starting to go a little bit stir crazy with staying home and washing my hands and wondering about potential trips to the grocery store. What can I say? I'm trying to stay positive and thought I would share a few things that are joyful at my house right now.
Like these pretty pansies blooming on the back porch. I love the purple color with a little yellow in the center. These lovelies are definitely cheering. We have finally gotten some sunshine and warmer temps and that has made our back porch more of an outdoor room to enjoy. Another joyful thing!
And, how joyful are clean windows? I decided to start some Spring cleaning of the windows and, so far, it has been a success. I used a solution of white vinegar and Dawn dish detergent and scrubbed the windows with a cloth and then wiped with a paper towel for drying. Sparkling clean!
The Japanese Maple tree and the Azalea plants are in bud and soon we will have beautiful blooms. That is definitely joyful and a sure sign of Springtime!
One of my sisters sent me packets of seeds and I'm experimenting with her advice to create indoor miniature greenhouses to start the seedlings. I do not have a green thumb at all with gardens but I'm giving it a try. If the seedlings come up I want to plant the tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and carrots in four outdoor containers on our back porch. Then, at that point, I will need to protect the plants from marauders such as squirrels, deer, bears, birds and raccoons. For now, though, it's a joyful thing to come into the dining room and look at my little greenhouses and dream of delicious veggies that I grow myself!
And, finally, what could be more joyful than these two furry love bugs?! Here, you see them pursuing their favorite hobby together....squirrel and bird watching! They mostly make me smile...when they aren't fighting or getting into something!
So, that's my dose of joyful things for today. I'll be honest that I had to really work at finding joy today. Perhaps you are having moments of struggling, also. Here is a scripture that offers me, and I hope you, comfort and encouragement:
"When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul." Psalm 94:19
I'll be back soon with another post. I plan to shop my closet for a fashion post and look forward to sharing that with you. Take good care!
Until Next Time,