It’s that time of year. Life is bursting from every nook and corner. The weather is still playing spoilsport, but I don’t want to dedicate another morose post on how I wish things would shape up. Instead, I’ve decided to look for inspiration in the lyrics of a song I used to love as a kid. I wouldn’t say it got me through rough spots in life, but I certainly loved the melody and Julie Andrews’ rich voice.

Here’s my favourite part of the song:

“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”

Oscar Hammerstein II

I think it reflects my mood and inspires me to put a spin on this classic.

So, for now, I’m just going to think about things that make me smile.

Sprouts of green on a brown twig

Rays of sunlight passing through a pink blossom

Doves taking a walk in the park

Shy kitty totally ignoring me

Blossoms bursting from the bark of a tree

A warm churro on a cold day

Deer basking in sunlight

A moment of tranquility in the forest

Curious pup ready to make a new friend

Happy girlfriends by the lake

And a family picnic under a cherry blossom tree


Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

39 replies on “Things that make me Smile

  1. This makes me feel so happy! Also, all of your pictures were taking outside on sunny days and it got me thinking about weather and how it makes us feel. It’s a beautiful sunny day where I am at the moment and I think this has convinced me to spend it outside. Thanks for writing this!

    1. I’m so glad it did! πŸ™‚ We’re not having the best weather or air quality here. But I wanted to write a happy post about a day in the sun. It got me out of my blues.

  2. Absolutely love this post Cheryl. Your words at the start from The Sound of Music put a huge smile on my face and your pictures were perfect. Full of promise, optimism and joy. Beautiful πŸŒΈπŸ’–

    1. Hey there! How have you been my friend? πŸ™‚ I tried strumming my guitar (two days back) and I instantly thought of you. Turns out I’m quite rusty after the two year break. The Sound of Music is perfect to drive away winter blues. I guess it’s getting pretty cold there now? We’re having a strange spring this season. Temps are falling rapidly. Brr…Thank you for your wonderful words. Always makes me smile! xoxo

      1. Hello there Cheryl. So nice to hear from you. Don’t get too disheartened about the rustiness of your guitar playing. It’ll come back to you and what fun trying hey? πŸ™‚ the weather here is definitely cooling though this week the temps are meant to rise again. Yay, no complaints from me. Hugs πŸ™‚ xo

      2. I guess I just need to practice more. πŸ™‚ We have a sunny day today and I hope it stays that way for the week. Global weather patterns are changing drastically these days. 😦 xo

  3. This post is a perfect one for the weekend and to complement the happiness spring brings, even if the weather still is not cooperating with you πŸ™‚ Excellent selection of photos to bring a smile to our faces. Cheers to a good day!

    1. I felt the need to snap out of winter’s spell. πŸ™‚ This week’s challenge was in perfect sync with the highs of spring. Thank you so much for your generous praise. Means a lot!

  4. While in this part of the world spring is not a big deal because we don’t have snow and it just means warm days ahead, but I guess spring has a big significance in terms of lifestyle change. Great pictures, Cheryl!

    1. Thanks, Arvind. Spring marks new beginnings here. After the leaves fall (autumn), everything looks bare. It’s amazing how sprouts of green pop out bare trees and paint everything in a matter of days. And the one of week of blossoms are truly magical. πŸ™‚

      1. I can imagine the contrast, Cheryl 😊. It’s really popular and important event as I hear about it often. Both spring and fall

      2. It is the most popular event on this side! You can see pear or peach blossoms in the northeast of India. In February or March, Meghalaya has blossoms. Very few people know of it. We were lucky to find some in March 2014. πŸ™‚ I believe, Kashmir has a stunning autumn scenery. Hope to make it there someday. πŸ™‚

      3. Kashmir, certainly. N E? Yes, that’s true but accessibility is something which makes it little difficult. I have been to Kashmir in changeover. So I have seen white and green Kashmir at one go. I’m not sure if I will ever see the red Kashmir. πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Most of these things will make me smile too. ❀
    Looks this blog just got a make-over. Or it's just me who came really late? πŸ˜€

    1. Hahhahha…I accidentally changed the theme in December while I renewed the plan. πŸ™‚ Fortunately, I didn’t lose content and it’s been well appreciated. πŸ™‚

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