"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Sunday, August 12, 2012


More warm weather and sunshine were the basis for much of my cheerfulness this week.
Seeing bits of the Olympic competitions or the reports of various victories were happy interruptions to my normal routine.
Completing a crochet project as a gift for a friend was enjoyable.
And driving back and forth across the Columbia River to attend a lovely outdoor wedding on Saturday was a special pleasure.

Another view of Mt. Hood on a hot hazy day that makes one wonder how Mt Hood could still have any snow left on it?

And thanks to Kate's Challenge, the following are my reasons for feeling cheerful this week, that I recorded in my journal.

You can visit Sarah at her blog, Knits and Crosses. She recently had a giveaway to celebrate a milestone in her creative journey and I was so excited to win a woven mat she made! But I asked her if we could turn it into a swap,
 and have had great fun gathering together some things I think she will enjoy.
I hope you will visit Sarah's blog and her Etsy Shop. Her weaving, knitting, and stitchery are wonderful!

In what have you found joy this week?

Gracie xxx


  1. I will have to go visit Sarah! Sounds like you have had a nice cheerful week!
    Xo Kris

  2. Lovely post. I am going to feel a little bereft over the next few days as I get used to not having the Olympics to watch!

  3. wow! you sure are filling up your journal with some very nice reason to be cheerful! Home grown tomatoes are my favorite! Hope you have a wonderful week! Shari ")

  4. I love your reasons to be cheerful, they make me cheerful, too.
    hugs to you dear Gracie,

  5. I love how you decorate the pages of your journal Gracie. I am cheerful that I had my grandsons here since Thursday eve until this afternoon, that we spent a lot of time with all four grandchildren, watching them play together was priceless. Also cheerful to spend time with both sons and their wives. All this despite my recent little op - so much to be cheerful about. Anne x

  6. Love your cheerful comments, they make me cheerful just reading them. :-) have a wonderful week Gracie.

  7. Your cheerful comments always make me smile :) I love that seemingly simple things bring people joy!
    Your package is nearly ready and I will be posting in on Thursday....I have had great fun putting it together and just need to add one more thing to it x x

  8. A very happy post! Thnak you! :)

  9. I just love that photo of Mt. Hood!

  10. Wow. I'm perplexed! A mountain that has snow when it is hot and hazy...how's that happening?! I'm going to have to go to Wikipedia on that one. You learn something new everyday! :)

    I am happy for your reasons to be cheerful, Gracie! As I was told growing up, it is very important to count your blessings. You are a great example of keeping that practice! And I adore the little drawings too. :)

  11. Hi Gracie! I'm back and am catching up on my blog reading.. and I enjoyed yours. The thing that is making me cheerful is that even though we had a lot of fun camping, there is nothing quite so nice as getting a hot shower, sleeping in your own bed and relaxing in ones easy chair! I hope we can get together soon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. I'm constantly inspired by your positive, happy and pragmatic approach to life, Gracie. I say pragmatic, because you seem to be looking at the world around you and just making the decision to live life happily, joyfully. I'm learning that life has no shortage of 'issues' and challenges, but joy and happiness are choices. Your journal projects remind me to seek out even the seemingly smallest reason to find joy and gratitude in the day. Thanks for sharing with us...


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