“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.”  ~ E. B. White




I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with this quote~ for me, personally, I think I would find more joy in grape picking than sorting laundry :-)



A little hammock time gives me joy. . .



A little shade and a place to relax, read & dream. . .



While I’ve never picked grapes, I certainly enjoy the end result of the grape pickers’ efforts :-)




I’m dreaming right now of a return trip to Napa and will share parts of my trip and this book at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite~ for the written word and food. Hosted by my talented & lovely friend Jain, you are invited to join by sharing a book in an edible fashion. It’s a fun place to play and visit~  where you can always find something feed your mind, your senses, and your tummy :-)  I hope to see you at the next Food for Thought, Saturday, Oct. 16th.




A few other things that bring me joy. . .




 Hope you find joy in whatever you do today~


 I’m joining Tracey at Notes from A Cottage Industry~ for Weekly Words to Live By

& Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday  


  20 comments for “Joy

  1. October 3, 2010 at 9:09 am

    This looks like the perfect spot to spend a Sunday afternoon or any afternoon of the week. I totally agree with E. B. White and a return trip to Napa would certainly give me joy. ;-)
    Have a beautiful day! ~ Sarah

  2. October 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

    As they say, “Whatever makes you happy!!” Now, can I take a nap in your hammock ?

  3. Pondside
    October 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

    The hammock looks to me like a place to pass some wonderful hours, deep in a book. I’ve never been to Napa, but from the post I’ve read in Blogland I know I have to get there.
    Laundry vs grapes? I’m not a fan of labouring in the hot sun, so I’d have to choose my nice cool laundry room and the promise of a glass of wine before retiring to line-dried sheets at day’s end.

  4. October 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    If I had a hammock like yours, I’d never get anything done. Now I’m off to sort my laundry and foofify with October decorations as I listen to the dripdripdrip of our first autumn rain. Yep, inside joys all day long!

  5. October 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    “a delicious blog for readers with an appetite~ for the written word and food”
    girl you say it so much better than me!

    another gorgeous post, omg if i knew you were reading hammock side i would be crying my eyes out over every book i read in a stuffy grn leather chair in a dark red study!

    loving that pillow … coveting your lifestyle!

    your napa book review will incredible, just like all you others, i am sooooo glad we share the fft hobby!

  6. October 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Wonderful post! The hammock looks so relaxing. Love the puppy, heron and wonderful setting!

  7. nicki
    October 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    While I do not have a hammock, it is relaxing just to look at the picture of yours. My joy today was going on a bike ride with my 18 year old son. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. We rode past harvested grain fields, to an abandoned homestead where I got to rest…… and back on the bike to our home. My special moment today………

  8. October 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I absolutely love lying in the hammock!!! And so do Chloe and LadyBug!! Great way to spend an afternoon!! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!! What a beautiful picture of your girls!!

  9. October 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Wonderful photos and mosaic! I love the cute dogs curled up together and the hammock looks cozy! I’ve been wanting a hammock for my yard, I have the perfect spot for one.

  10. October 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Such lovely photos…I did enjoy my visit here!

  11. A Garden of Threads
    October 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Wonderful mosaic. The hammock looks so inviting.

  12. October 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Love your mosaic! Such a lovely hammock, perfect spot to curl up with a good book and enjoy a pretty day!

  13. October 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the saying on the pillow!!!! And one day I will visit Napa too!!

  14. October 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Oh what a sweet post — love the things that bring you joy! :)

  15. October 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Love your hammock, and the cozy feel of all of your photos. Your mosaic is lovely too.

  16. Vee
    October 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    That hammock! Oh I love it and I agree with the quote as well. Your other favorite things are some of mine, too. Very pretty mosaic…

  17. October 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    That looks like the most comfortable hammock I’ve seen, covered with quilts and being right next to the water. Heavenly! ::Jill

  18. October 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Pretty mosaic! Your dogs are adorable.
    Enjoy your week.

  19. October 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    The quilt on the hammock is wonderful. It looks so soft and peaceful.
    Absolutely perfect mosaic.

  20. October 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I can see why the things in this sweet mosaic bring you joy ~ especially those adorable fur babies!

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