When the dog bites

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad.

Dear readers, thank you for visiting today. How is it I can still remember the words to a song I learned in my exuberant youth?

I think I was living in East Vancouver and in grade 3 when Mrs. Renfrew taught her class this song “My Favorite Things”. I still smile remembering her. I got two detentions the first day of school for talking, and Most Improved Student at the end of the year. She was so nice.

Of course in my mind I hear Mary Poppins singing the lyrics – Link here “caution ♥ listening to this 90 seconds could have you singing all day!”

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver-white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

The Sound of Music

It’s not only when I feel sad that I remember my favorite things.

I love the simplest pleasures of life like walking, diving into a cold lake and standing by a bonfire with a towel afterward.

I love sunflowers, and the smell of grass. I love watching the birds jump from sunflower to sunflower and the bees that loiter and gather at each.

Queen Elizabeth just passed and she certainly had the means and access to anything her heart desired. It seems to me though that she really liked the simple things of life, walking her dogs, the countryside of Scotland. Those were her highlights, and where she had some of her happiest times.

I may be weird, but I truly believe that looking up at the sky and admiring the big dipper is a pleasure.

Happiness can be felt in the small details,

It doesn’t have to be something grand or complicated.

A warm mug of hot tea with lemon on a cold winter morning is a wonderful feeling, hard to beat.

”Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Theodore Roosevelt

I left the hospital today after my second of three appointments this week feeling very joyful. It’s a nice day, I found parking easy peasy and when I got home there was a hot breakfast and hug awaiting.

Starting each day with a long hug, and ending it the same way is the best heart medicine I could prescribe.

Life is good.

May your day be filled with a few of your favourite things also. ♥ – David

Big thank you for stopping by!

Don’t need no TV, I don’t need no phone
Don’t need a speedy car to get me home
Don’t need no nothing
All I need is time for the simple life

Go get your butt out off that lazy couch
Put down the laptop and get out of the house
Don’t need no nothing
All I need is time for the simple life

I got a brand new scratch on my Cadillac
Try to call the Bodyshop but my phone is dead
Tried to email my brother but the wifi’s down
This stuff is haunting me all year round

I’m fixing one thing and another one’s coming lose
It’s making me think how much it stinks
I keep on buying new things that I can’t really use
If it just gets you annoyed then what is the point?

Casey Adams – Simple life

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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24 Responses to When the dog bites

  1. Thank you for posting this reminder. One of my favorite simple pleasures is watching the sun come up ☀️

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  2. Jane Fritz says:

    Beautifully expressed, David. I agree completely. It is the simplest things in life that bring us moments of happiness and joy. Of peace. I love how you can find those moments and then share your feelings of gratitude.


  3. I agree David, the simple things are the best by far,………and trying to keep ones life simple is a monumental task! Money is the big complication usually…..and relationships. So If you can live without money and company you will be a rich man!


    • dfolstad58 says:

      So glad you commented Wayne. I had you in mind as I wrote this because of the time you spend in nature. I felt confident that you could identify and could add dozens and dozens of examples of simple but amazing moments in nature that outshine anything manmade. – David

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  4. Wynne Leon says:

    What a beautiful post, David! Your favorite things are delightful and inspiring. So glad your medical appointment went well.


  5. lghiggins says:

    Lovely video. I hadn’t heard this before. My favorite things are usually purple but I also love sunflowers, daisies, rainbows, puppies… The list goes on. Thank you for sharing your focus on the positive.


  6. Hi David,
    I totally agree with you. The beauty is in the small, free things that we normally take for granted.
    Those sunflowers are gorgeous – they are my favorite flowers!
    I am glad that you have a good outlook on your medical issues/appointments. No sense in being negative, it is best to be positive and grateful. Gratitude is the best attitude!
    Wishing you a blessed weekend!


  7. You’re so right, Dave. It’s the little things that give us joy and happiness. 🙂


  8. An Audience of One says:

    I am amazed at your outlook, and what a wonderful reminder to enjoy the small pleasures of life. After all, the fact they are small makes them no less pleasurable.


  9. Pooja G says:

    So glad you’re feeling joyful. Those sunflowers are just so beautiful. They really look perfect.

    Liked by 1 person

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