Quiet Pleasures

I’m really lacking in inspiration for posts here!  I work full-time as a child care center director and it’s a crazy busy time of year – budgets, USDA renewal, HUGE fundraising event, enrolling, hiring….  When do I get to explore my beautiful Pacific Northwest?

Then it occurred to me –

It’s not just the posts of where to go and what to eat that matter, but the quiet pleasures that surround me.  I’m sitting on my couch right now, one cat sitting next to me watching me, another curled on the arm of the couch snoring.  It’s raining outside – and its soft sound hitting the windows is relaxing and soothing.


img_3387I love the rain.  I love the cloudy days and the sunny days.  I love walking in the puddles and watching the leaves fall from the trees.img_5655













I love hearing the squirrels scamper from branch to branch, chasing each other for possession of another walnut (although I don’t appreciate them digging up my herbs to bury them!).

I love watching the bushtits in the front hedge, hundreds of tiny birds foraging for insects – and the hummingbirds hovering over the sugar-water feeders.

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Last night I lay in bed listening to a couple of great horned owls calling to each other.


I’m blessed to live in such an amazing place.  Yes, my job can be stressful and terribly busy, but I get to come home to a place of quiet refuge – to the quiet pleasures.



About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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2 Responses to Quiet Pleasures

  1. Valeria says:

    We live in the Evergreen State … and it’s “evergreen: for a reason: constant rain! It even rains while the sun shines. The rain does keep things pretty, but it gets annoying too.

    Birds trilling & squawking – sometimes fighting at the bird feeder; squirrels chattering & scampering along the back fence; romping and playful feral kittens, rouge cats & fat raccoons sneaking across the back yard when they think no one is watching; patrolling hawks watching all the wary & sneaking critter activity; cooing ring-necked doves doing occasional touch-downs and leaving feathers behind (lots of feathers of the hawk makes a strike); flitting and flirtatious hummingbirds dipping and zipping about; and the quiet serenity of our private floral/veggie gardens “Eden” makes it all worthwhile though 😉

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