Monday Delights #24: Wood, Iris, Fish

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Here’s a bit of “Kawaii.” Awww.. Who doesn’t love a little kitten? Just looking at cute things can help us feel more positive about each other and these two surely warmed my heartstrings. June is also National Adopt a Cat Month, so guess what photos I’m picking for a bit of Kawaii this month?

Something is in the air pushes me to focus on DELIGHT this year.

June is Pride Month. June because that’s when the Stonewall Riots took place in 1969. The Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969. The bar had a reputation for being friendly to the LGBT community.

June is a time for remembering those who paved the way for the LGBTQA community and who continue to do so. It’s a time for education and breaking down barriers, too.

As a reminder of what delight can do for us, here’s a bit of inspiration from NPR.

Here’s a few things that delighted me this week:

Fish that eat out of my hand: I never thought it would happen. I shake the food container and here they come. Right up to my hand to eat. It tickles. I giggle.

Irises in full bloom: I fertilized, I thinned, I weeded. Most years I got a bloom or two. But this year there are so many blossoms to delight me.

A grandfather clock made by a grandfather: Every time I open the door to wind my clock, the aroma of the wood wafts memories of Grandpa and his workshop. The little girl me helps, guided by a master. The clock, made of mahogany, was a wedding gift so many years ago I lost count. The memories of Grandpa showing me the planks before he began his woodworking, with the bark still intact remind me of his talent and skill.

The more I look for things that delight me, the more I seem delighted. There’s so much in the world that makes me smile.

I hope you find delight this week.

I know it makes me feel better to jot down a few things to remind myself how much delight I have in my life.

This Friday, my State officially enters Phase 5, “Illinois Restored.” I can’t even explain the joy I felt watching the Cubs game and seeing a full capacity ball park.

On the other hand: A tent full of unmasked people and a buffet table still gives me the heebie-jeebies. I really wanted to ask, “Are you vexed?” to everyone in attendance!

It’s not so positive for some of my neighboring states, so please be safe and mindful of all local restrictions.

That became so apparent as I traveled to Mom’s. Some states still had outdoor dining or drive-thru only. Some places required masks, some did not.

We’re in the final battles. At least in this country. We have a ways to go for the world to get there.

I hope this week brings you delight upon delight.

Please share. Chances are you will delight me!