My Happy Place: Where All Is Good

happy place bees

Do you have a happy place? A place you go where you it just makes you smile and everything seems so good?

Right now, my happy place is my garden.

Outside my office window, this tree (shrub?) is blooming. While it is wrecking havoc with my allergies, there is a happy buzz of bees gathering pollen. These amazing little creatures have practically swarmed this tree and the air vibrates with the beat of their wings. They did this when the orange tree was blooming too and I love it.

happy place marigolds

I haven’t been up to full speed lately -which means I’m still doing a lot by most people’s standards, but not by mine. It turns out that that “off” feeling I’d been experiencing for a while is more than just being out of shape like I was hoping. There’s actually something more substantial going on with my body and I’m going through the process of seeing different doctors to get it sorted out. I still don’t know exactly what it is, but I have my suspicions. Don’t worry, I don’t think it’s going to kill me. ๐Ÿ™‚ But it has affected every part of my life, even down to the simple act of writing. It’s been a frustrating experience.

That’s why I planted marigolds in my planter box this year. Every time I go out to pull a few weeds, gather herbs or water plants, these bright orange and yellow little flowers make me smile. They are also attracting lady bugs which makes me smile too.

happy place carrots

Something else that makes me smile, is when my garden is actually producing. This is my last carrot harvest until the fall because the weather is warming up quite a bit and carrots don’t like the heat. Since switching to a square foot gardening system (mostly), I continue to be amazed at how much food you can grow in just a little amount of space. The wonder of it is another thing that makes me happy.

happy place rosemary

Rosemary cuttings that will be prepped for drying.

Another reason my garden is my happy place, is because I can see the result of my labors. I don’t have a lot of energyย  to dig and pull weeds, or to spend hours out there. However, my efforts to learn more about gardening and consistently spending just a few minutes a day pulling up the invaders, pruning and planting, have really paid off in the long run.

I hope that by applying the same principles to my writing, that some day I will see the same results. I’d like writing to be my “happy place” again, and hopefully soon. Until then, my garden is the next best thing.

What about you? What’s your happy place?

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6 Responses to My Happy Place: Where All Is Good

  1. Adam says:

    I like the quiet of a forest, or the ocean, when it’s not buzzing with people. And for some reason I’m rather find of basements. I think it’s because even in times when the house is overflowing with people, no one wants to go down into the basement, so that became my space when I needed some quiet.

  2. Nichole McGhie says:

    I totally agree with you. The basement is good because it’s accessible to you. The forest is always my preference but when I can’t get there . . . ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. jrose88 says:

    My happy place is where my cats are. Well, when they’re not actively yelling at me for attention anyway.

  4. Adam says:

    Hello again Nichole,
    Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award

  5. Jo-Ann says:

    Lovely pictures of your garden, Nichole! I am enjoying your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you doing Camp Nano this July?

    • Nichole McGhie says:

      Hey Jo-Ann! Thanks for your kind words. I’m not doing Camp Nano this July but I’m looking forward to November!

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