Thursday, August 22, 2013

Simple Things That Make Me Smile

On a little drive during these late summer days, I happened upon this darling pink cottage. 

It made me smile! 

It looks like someone has been testing out some trim colors up above. 

I love the white wicker on the porch. 

Sunflowers always make me smile, too. I haven't grown any this year, but once I had them growing everywhere because my daughter loved them.  Lots of smiling that year! 

The corn is getting high and this farm has a corn maze every fall. This is a pumpkin farm and soon the fields will be full of happy families, choosing their favorite pumpkins. 

This makes everyone smile. 

The Rowen trees are full of bright orange berries. 

This makes the birds smile. 

I happened upon this little pond on the way to visit a dear friend. 

I asked if she played here as a child. 

Yes, she said. 

This made her smile. 

This beautiful gate caught my eye. 

Salmon swimming upstream. 

A Northwest treasure. 

Both the gate and the vintage trailer made me smile. 

White fences and red barns always make me happy. 

As do farm stands. 

And wide, open fields. 

Bright flowers always cheer me up. 

Storm clouds and silver leaves are a dramatic sight. 

Rain would make me happy right now - it's been so dry...... 

This scene makes me smile, 
even more so in spring when these lovely trees are filled with pink flowers. 

These beautiful roses from my sweet Mr. make me smile. 

And the beautiful full moon has made both of us smile, 
as we stand together in the mellow, evening twilight. 

What is making you smile in these late summer days, my Dear Friends? 


There are red-letter days in our lives when we
 meet people who thrill us like a fine poem,
people whose handshake is brimful of unspoken
sympathy and whose sweet, rich natures impart
to our eager, impatient spirits a wonderful
restfulness.........Perhaps we never saw them
before and they may never cross our life's path
again; but the influence of their calm, mellow
natures is a libation poured upon our discontent,
and we feel its healing touch as the ocean feels
the mountain stream freshening its brine......

Helen Keller

Linking with Friday's Fences


  1. Hi Karen, Your wonderful post made me smile...Beautiful Photos..Love the pink cottage..Hugs May x x x

  2. All your pictures make me smile especially the cottage and the moon.
    God is just so amazing. Ha has many many ways to make us smile. I smile when I watch the litlle girls playing outside under the trees. Just reminds me of my childhood. I smile when I see the sunlight.

    thanks for sharing Karen.


  3. you've got some fabulous fence photos in here! would you consider linking up at for friday's fences?

  4. The little pink house and the fishy gate are the best.

  5. Love your photos. They area certainly smile-worthy. I'm just waiting for spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.

  6. Your beautiful photos made me smile, too!

  7. Dearest Karen,
    Lovely post with photos. Sure your Rowan berries made me smile as they did bring back memories of my birth country where we call them 'Wild Thrush Bird Berry' and the latin name is: Sorbus aucuparia.
    Thanks for showing this photo!
    Wonder why those trim colors are left the way they are; not because they got rained out as you stated it has been so dry. Wish we could send some of our Flash Flooding over!!!

  8. I love all of these wonderful views!

  9. They all make me smile too! I so like how you planted sunflowers because your daughter loved them! And the roses from your hubby are wonderful!!! I am wishing you a wonderful weekend friend!

  10. Oh everything made me smile. I especially like the green tree leaning in to be in the photo of the red-leaved trees. Is it photo bombing like my grandsons love to do? Oh the pretty roses, and the moon, and the flowers - everything made me smile.

    This summer has been especially smiley for me - my back is healing from emergency surgery and I find that I'm able to do things I haven't done for 25 or 30 years - it is definitely a smiley summer. Also my grandsons make me smile - and the sunshine - oh the lovely sunshine.

  11. Beautiful pictures! I can imagine myself sitting on the porch of that adorable pink cottage with a big smile on my face.

  12. Thank you for sharing the simple things that make you smile Karen . There are many things we fail to notice that brings a smile on our face, . it is the really simple things that bring us joy while we go chasing happiness elsewhere. .It reminds me of the concept of finding gratitude in the small things of life.

  13. You made us smile too with your wonderful hightlights of all that surrounds us and sometimes we don't even observe...I know now what is the name of the tree in your fourth photo,I saw a lot of them in Austria but they don't exist here.
    Wish you a glorious week end with your lovely family Karen!

  14. Definitely enjoyed the pink cottage!

  15. Oh the wonders one can find by going on a late summer drive. Have you ever been in the cornfield maze at that place? I've always wanted to go go a cornfield maze.

  16. You are certainly surrounded by a cornucopia of 'happy'. Absolutely love the salmon swimming up stream.

  17. Dear Karen,

    I love the way simple things can make you happy! I think that's the way it should be :-). Your positive post makes me happy!

    Happy weekend!

    Madelief x

  18. Oh I agree with you - all of these things make me smile, too! Especially that darling cottage in your first photo. I don't think I've ever seen a cuter house! And sunflowers definitely make me smile. We grew some this year for the first time and I am in love with them. I hope to have a huge patch of them next year! Hope you have a happy weekend, Karen! :)

  19. Now, I want a pink house! How gorgeous is that one?!! The flowers set it all off perfectly. You have certainly made me smile today xx

  20. Hi sweet Karen! I can see why all these things bring a smile to your face - they brought a smile to mine as well :) I love the darling pink cottage and the bird picture is simply lovely. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! Hugs!

  21. Beautiful photos...seems the same things in your life make me smile too! I even entered a sunflower photo in a contest on what makes you Happy!
    Thanks for playing FF today..hope you come back again!

  22. That gate is amazing and lovely - wow, came right out of my mouth. Your first photo of the flowers taking over the stairs is very nice too. It reminds me that my tomato place is taking over the side walk next to the steps to my house.

  23. What a wonderful selection of photos. I love the pink cottage and pretty flowers on the porch. And I love farms, fences, mountains and that amazing gate with the fish! My grandmother was also from Scotland but I never met her as she passed away when I was an infant. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Blessings, Pamela

  24. You succeed to amaze me with every post Karen. The beauty overwhelming :-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands,

  25. so glad u linked up with us @ FF. such fun. gorgeous post. so true. ( :

  26. Hello Karen. Beautiful pictures you show ♥ them all. Wishing you and your a good Sunday :) Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

  27. I love the pink cottage too - and that moon - so romantic! Nice capture - not easily done.

  28. Those things made me smile today, too, Karen. (Especially the pink house!) Isn't it wonderful to take the time to notice beautiful things? Too often in the modern world, everything goes a-whirl and life's intricacies pass us by. Thank goodness you take the time to share life's pleasures with us! <3

  29. The moon is spectacular, Karen. This whole post made me smile! xx

  30. The moon is spectacular, Karen. This whole post made me smile! xx

  31. Oh these are all the joys of summer and exploring. My funny little people are making smile... just when I think they can't get any funnier, they just get more funny.


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