There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Daisy makes me smile. I hope she makes you smile, too.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
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.