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10,000 reasons to be happy

First time out.
First time out.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.

~ Buddha

Looking out towards the bay.
Looking out towards the bay.

We did it!  M and I picked up our new/used kayak on Sunday as planned, and took it out for our first paddle.  We went to Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area in Delaware where we found a sheltered area to put in.  One of the guys at the kayak place where we bought our kayak recommended this particular spot (Sassafrass Landing) because it was windy that morning and the forecast called for it to get even windier as the day went on.  It was a good place for us to go out on our first paddle with our new/used kayak.

Coming around the corner to a creek.
Coming around the corner to a creek.

It’s a beautiful area, but we didn’t spend a lot of time there.  The day was hot and terribly humid, even out on the water.  Although the wind did pick up, it didn’t present a problem since we did the smart thing and paddled out against the wind so that the wind would help us on our way back.  Nobody timed it, but I think we were out exploring for about 40 minutes.

Going a little ways up the creek. With paddles.
Going a little ways up the creek. With paddles.

When we finished our short adventure, getting the kayak on to the top of the car turned out to be fairly easy.  Transporting it home on a windy day?  Not terribly difficult, but a little worrisome since the boat kept shifting around.  This was due, in part, to a learning curve.  We haven’t yet figured out the best way to tie down the kayak.  The guys at Coastal Kayak secured it for us before we left with it.  M watched and learned.  I took photos of the knots and placement of the straps and ropes with my cell phone.  Even so, we didn’t quite get it right when it was our turn to do it after our paddle.  The boat didn’t go flying off or anything like that.  We stayed mainly on back roads where there was little traffic and the speed limit was below 50 mph just in case such a thing would happen.  45 mph was pretty much our top speed on this trip home.  Every now and then we would notice the boat shift and stop so M could tighten up the ropes.

Passing a small island on our way back to the landing.
Passing a small island on our way back to the landing.

It might take us a few tries to get it all figured out.  It is going to be fun, or at least quite an adventure, exploring the marshes and water trails around here.

Back where we started.
Back where we started.

You might be wondering about the title of today’s post.  Quite a while back I subscribed to daily emails with the subject line, “A Note From the Universe.”  (Here’s a link if you’re interested in what they’re all about.)  Sometimes the Notes make me laugh, sometimes they make me roll my eyes.  And sometimes there’s a little gem hidden in there that sticks with me, and that was the case with today’s Note.

A gathering of egrets and ibis and gulls.
A gathering of egrets and ibis and gulls.

I could paraphrase, but it would be easier to copy/paste, so here you go:

Every single minute of every single day, they’re there, Robin.

They may be hidden behind circumstances, people, or light poles. Challenges, closed doors, or lost keys. Camouflaged, dovetailed, or whispering. Purring, kissing, or hissing. But more often than not they’re lying about in the open, under a clear blue sky, in plain view. Absolutely. Guaranteed. You’d throttle me otherwise.

10,000 reasons to be happy.

Jumanji, baby –
The Universe

Aren't they beautiful?
Aren’t they beautiful?

Usually on my weekday posts I include a list of today’s joys which are, in other words, reasons to be happy.  They are also reasons to be grateful.  So I thought it might be fun to start numbering my reasons to be happy.  Because I’m sure there are at least 10,000 of them, and I didn’t need the Universe to tell me that, but it was nice to have the reminder.

Tomatoes and morning glories spilling over and through the garden fence.
Tomatoes and morning glories spilling over and through the garden fence.

I reckon that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this warm, but lovely Tuesday.  Thanks for joining me on a meander through Sunday’s short kayak trip and this morning’s walk around the ranch.  There are some interesting clouds overhead this afternoon that might contribute to an interesting sunset this evening.  Meet me down at the Point and we’ll check it out.  Sunset is at 7:13 PM.  I’ll probably get there about fifteen minutes early because it’s hard to say just when Mother Nature will start the show.  Sometimes she starts before the sun sets, and sometimes she waits until after it’s gone below the horizon.  Best to get there early, just in case.

Approaching the end of the season.
Approaching the end of the season.

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

The sunflowers are nearing their end of the season, too.
The sunflowers are nearing their end of the season, too.

A few of the 10,000 reasons for me to be happy:  1) Big puffy clouds celebrating the beautiful blue sky.  2) A long morning walk, and 3) the time to stop and enjoy the flowers and butteflies.  4) A deliciously sweet cantaloupe for breakfast.  5) Hanging out the laundry to dry in the breeze and sunshine.

The light within.
The light within.

Reminder:  Walktober 2016 will take place between October 15 through the 23, with submissions due by October 25.  Not sure what Walktober is or if you want to join?  Follow the link over in the sidebar (it’s the third widget up from the bottom labeled “Join us in October!”).

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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.

12 thoughts on “10,000 reasons to be happy

  1. You are going to so enjoy being out on the water. I kayak often with friends and finally convinced my husband to buy one last year. There’s nothing like floating down a river and listening to the quiet. We just kayaked in a very windy and strong current in Alaska, which made it a tough paddle, but the beauty of the area overweighed my tired arms. Enjoy, enjoy–it’s such a great investment.

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  2. Had to laugh about the learning curve when tansporting boats. It looks so easy, (you were smart to take pictures), yet it takes a bit of practice. As sailboats are getting to be a bit to much to handle at our age, I’ve been mulling over a kayak, so your post is giving me a bit of helpful insight. We could get a motor boat, but what I like about sailing is the silence (other than the nature sounds) and quiet boats are better for the environment.
    Always love your pictures! The last two are wonderful – and the first bird one – but my favorite is the island

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