#sosmagic Celebrate: If This Isn't Nice...

I love celebrating the little JOY's of life. Taking a few moments to enjoy those little moments that make me smile keep me sane during a time when the whole world seems to be going crazy.

This week I seemed to find lots of happiness---

My hibiscus plants are finally poking through the ground! The false spring we had early on faked me out and I kept thinking they hadn't survived the winter. But they are a lesson in patience. While we were getting ready for spring, the hibiscus knew winter wasn't quite over.

And they were right.

As soon as we hit some 75+ degree days, they emerged from their blanket of dead leaves and started reaching for the sun.

Along with the hibiscus, I've got lots of little areas planted with annuals, little spots around the yard that just make me smile. Wish I would have taken pictures before I left for the lake! Maybe a future blog post will have to be a tour of those spots!

Video chats with two of my grandsons. It's always fun to hear what's going on in their worlds, even when they are bored. And video chats help me miss them a little less.

We've been trying a few new recipes lately. Our Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes were a big hit. Greg and I both loved them, and they make enough for leftovers which is always nice during lake season. They will freeze well too, which is always a plus!

It is officially summer and lake time. Temperatures in the 80's this week and lots and lots of sun (sun improves everyone's attitude, doesn't it?). Chloe and I will enjoy our time this week, while poor Greg has to go to work for a few days. Lazy mornings writing and drinking coffee while looking at this view are definitely a great way to start the day!

And speaking of Chloe. She's back from her walk with Greg and now sleeping soundly on the bed. The little snores coming from her, those make me smile too.


  1. Love finding the little joys in the moments. We need to do that more these days. The hibiscus is beautiful! Thanks for sharing that recipe too ... we are in need of some new ideas as we have eaten at home for the last 10 weeks! (That is a record!) So happy you are all at the lake !! Enjoy it! And the SUN! (It does improve my attitude!) PS Hi Chloe!!

  2. I wish I could sit at the lake & try new recipes with you! Yay for annuals and pretty flowers. I’m terrible at keeping them alive, but always try to be a little better than the year before. This year the pressure is REALLY on because we are having Hannah’s graduation party in August! Imagine a whole summer of watering...I’m enlisting Sam’s help! So glad you joined us!
    Hugs, Ruth

  3. I somehow missed this post! I so envy your space and time at the lake! When you shared this recipe earlier, I told my husband about it! He said let's try it! I'm always up for a change in my meal plans!


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