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14. Smiles and laughter

Say hello to my sister's dog, Daisy.  She's getting sleepy.
Say hello to my sister’s dog, Daisy. She’s getting sleepy.

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

The close-up.
The close-up.

Daisy makes me smile.  I hope she makes you smile, too.

Homemade candle.  (My sister is giving candle making a try.)
Homemade candle. (My sister is giving candle making a try.)

I discovered something yesterday.  Have you ever heard of the show QI?  My British friends and visitors probably have, but I’m not sure about you Americans.  QI stands for Quite Interesting.  It is described by Wikipedia as a “British comedy panel show.”  (You can read more about it here or visit the first link which takes you to the show’s website.)

One more Daisy picture.  Just because.
One more Daisy picture. Just because.

M the Younger and his lovely wife, Mere, introduced M and I to the show a year or two ago.  I’ve been looking for it on DVD ever since.  As far as I can figure, it’s not available on DVD here in the U.S.  Or if it is, I haven’t found it yet.

Salted caramel scented.
Salted caramel scented.

Early yesterday morning I went to Hulu to watch something (because I can use my satellite internet bonus bytes before 8:00 AM), and there was a great big ad for QI.  They have it on Hulu!  I watched an episode and laughed so hard in some spots that I nearly fell out of my chair.  It is, I think, an excellent way to start the day.  With laughter, I mean.  Laughter is better than caffeine and I’m pretty sure I got a decent core workout while I was at it.

Cooling.
Cooling.

In case you might be interested, the QI philosophy is:

We live, they say, in The Information Age, yet almost none of the information we think we possess is true.  Eskimos do not rub noses.  The rickshaw was invented by an American.  Joan of Arc was not French.  Lenin was not Russian.  The world is not solid, it is made of empty space and energy, and neither haggis, whisky, porridge, clan tartans or kilts are Scottish.  So we stand silent, on a peak in Darien, a vast, rolling, teeming, untrodden territory before us.  QI country.  Whatever is interesting we are interested in.  Whatever is not interesting, we are even more interested in.  Everything is interesting if looked at in the right way.  At one extreme, QI is serious, intensely scientific, deeply mystical; at the other it is hilarious, silly and frothy enough to please the most indolent couch-potato.

White and red.
White and red.

I rather like their philosophy, especially the part about how everything is interesting if looked at in the right way.  I think I might have left it as “if looked at” because it seems like we bypass so many things, thinking they are boring, not realizing what we’re missing.  There is magic out there, in even the most ordinary things.

Light without a flame.
Light without a flame.

You might be wondering about today’s walk.  Well, it’s chilly here today with a heavy cloud cover and misty rain.  As of this writing, I haven’t been out yet, but will probably go soon, with or without the camera.  More likely without.

I didn’t go to the dock to watch the sunset yesterday evening.  I ended up at the Point, standing on the beach, watching the light show in the sky and reflected on the water.

Sunset pastels.
Sunset pastels.

Time for me to get moving.  I have quite a bit to do today (some chores, a walk outside, some editing for a wee bit of money).  Tonight I’m going to chicken school.  It’s actually a workshop on backyard poultry, but a friend started calling it chicken school and it stuck (with me, at least).  I want to learn about raising chickens and a local extension service is hosting a free workshop.  Although I have gone mostly vegan, one reason it is “mostly” is because I have not given up eggs.  Having fresh eggs from free-range chickens would be wonderful.  The bonus is that the chickens will help with some of the bug population.  A win-win situation all around.

Deepening colors.
Deepening colors.

Thank you for visiting.  I won’t be going out to watch the sunset today, even if the clouds should part so that we can see it.  I’ll be on my way to the workshop about the time the sun is scheduled to slip behind our horizon.  I’ll leave a thermos of hot chocolate on the porch for you, and if the clouds should clear, you’re welcome to have a seat out on the dock to see what kind of show Mother Nature is providing today.

Did you notice I'm showing you this sunset in reverse?
Did you notice I’m showing you this sunset in reverse?

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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Today’s joys:  The delivery of our new back door; warm, fluffy, spa socks on my feet; sesame noodles for lunch; laughter first thing in the morning; music to dance to whilst I finally unpack for our latest trip.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

38 thoughts on “14. Smiles and laughter

  1. Your photos of Daisy gave me a smile. I can envision my own four-footed friends in similar pose. Nope, I did not notice the sunset in reverse; however I’ll admit confusion. The darkest photo is the last one, and the sun is the smallest in the last – isn’t that how it is generally goes, lol?

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    1. lol! It’s a matter of perspective and exposure, Karma. The last photo was zoomed out as much as possible, but most of the sun is still above the horizon. I had to underexpose it because the sun was so bright (shutter speed 1/500). The last is a close-up, just before the sun disappeared (shutter speed 1/125).

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  2. I LOVE DOGS! Thanks for posting the photos of Daisy– they brought a big smile to my face. 🙂

    And backyard-fresh eggs, don’t even get me started! I’m sort of obsessed with them…

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    1. You’re welcome, Dana. I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing Daisy. 🙂 I’ve always been uncomfortable around dogs, but have been spending more and more time with them lately. I’m beginning to really LIKE them. 😀

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  3. Lovely sunsets, Robin, and they match your candle photos perfectly. Thank you for mentioning QI. We had not heard of it, and now I’ll be on the lookout. Sounds like just our “cup of tea.” Best wishes, and yes, Daisy is adorable 😉 WG

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  4. Dogs always make me smile, especially those who appear to be smiling themselves, and Daisy sure does. 🙂 I love your sister’s candles, they look very professional.

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  5. Hi Robin. We used to keep chickens at home. My Mom called them the Girls and we always had fresh eggs. It will be interesting if you decide to take this on. Good luck at Chicken School. Hope you get an ‘A’. Jane

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    1. lol, Jane! No grades handed out. Chicken School was interesting. I’ve heard so many people say, “Get chickens! They are so easy!” Apparently that is not true. Fun, maybe, but not necessarily easy. I haven’t ruled out chickens just yet. I will have to think about it some more. 🙂

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  6. Daisy reminds me so much of my Shasta – the sitting position, the tummy, the face. Thank you for the hot chocolate, it was especially because of the damp chill in the air.

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  7. That first dog image should go large and above a mantel or in an interior design mag! It’s awesome! I lust after it! Posh gentlemen and smoking jackets, dog style!

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  8. A friend of mine makes her own candles too. I bought and ate two rather overpriced little cheesecake desserts because they were in pretty orange pots and she’s going to put some sunshine yellow candles in them for me. 🙂

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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