Wildly enthusiastic

I got so excited about this greenhouse in the Tasha Tudor dollhouse that I took several photos of it. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, December 2004

I got so excited about this miniature greenhouse that I took several photos of it.
Tasha Tudor dollhouse, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, December 2004

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things…It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work.”
Leo F. Buscaglia

More than once over the years, people have made fun of me for getting excited over things they considered minor or insignificant.  Confusing their own ennui with sophistication, or perhaps irritated at my ebullient chatter, they would make some sarcastic observation about how little it took to make me happy.

I never minded it, though, because I always felt I was the lucky one in that scenario.  How pathetic to be so demanding of life, so blind to how amazing and wonderful and crammed with blessings it is on even the worst days!

When I am feeling listless, tired or despondent, there is no better remedy for it than to get enthusiastic about something.  Fortunately for me, that’s always been pretty easy to do.  Whether it’s a video of Grady, a funny YouTube clip, my neighbor’s adorable dog, or a letter from someone I love, the little rays of sunshine can make my day.

Perhaps my fascination for miniature things, beginning with the exquisite dollhouse my parents made for me when I was a child, is a fitting parallel to my interest in almost everything in the entire world, no matter how small or overlooked.  As Sheila mentioned recently regarding the nickname she got from her own interest in life, some people might brand me as a “Nosy Nora.” No apologies from me about that — and no regrets, either!

If you are like me, capable of intense enjoyment of little things, I congratulate you — your life will never be boring, and you will go to bed most nights with a full and grateful heart.  If, on the other hand, you find yourself scratching your head over silly people such as I, wondering what it is that’s so funny or happy or delightful, please accept my sincere condolences — and think about joining the party.  Even if you aren’t capable of the giddy giggles you will see all around, you might manage a bit of vicarious joy just by watching others having fun.

What little things can you be wildly enthusiastic about today?

One year ago today:

What we enjoy


  1. bobmielke

    I’m starting to realize how important blogging has become to me. I look down the list of my favorite blog sites and they include a lot of seniors dealing with real issues in their life, be they physical, mental or financial. Priorities change as we age to where a crisis for us might be a sick kitty or the early signs of alzheimer’s in a love one. The material things in life have a way of taking care of themselves but it’s the interpersonal affairs that are really important. Keep on keeping on and posting tales that encourage the rest of us that, together, we can make it through. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Bob. I totally agree with you about blogging. In our rushed world that sends each of us scurrying to the sanctity of our homes for relief from the stress (or repeatedly checking our mobile devices to keep up with relentless obligations), social media has replaced the conversations over the back fence or on the front porch. As you say, our interactions with others are what make life worth everything else, and I truly regret that our churches, community organizations and charities have borne the brunt of people having 24/7 access to any sort of entertainment they might want, limiting the contact with each other that once filled that need for activity in a less self-centered way. While online communication can never fully replace knowing and caring about our friends, family and neighbors, it can serve as a sort of lifeline to them as we are all separated by distance, time constraints and life in the Brave New World of digital everything.

  2. HarryS

    I just looked at the pictures on GRADY’S PAGE.
    πŸ™‚ What a joy! πŸ™‚

    • HarryS

      Thank you my Lord (God of my understanding) for the gift of curiosity and the ability to enjoy the little things of this life and the extraordinary blessing of being able to laugh.
      It’s been that way ever since I can remember.
      I have always had the inclination to strain towards the unknown.
      I’m sure these things are gifts.
      Even things I think I was β€œborn with” are gifts!

      So thank you Lord as I continue to reach toward the stars.

      • Harry, you are right to be thankful for the joy of life. It certainly is a gift. To be without it is described in Ecclesiastes as “a grievous evil.” How much better to be the person described in Ecclesiastes 5:18-20! There’s a good reason why that book is included in the category of “wisdom literature.”

    • Aw, thank you Harry! I am way, way behind on posting pictures and videos to Grady’s page. I have enough to put everyone to sleep many times over! πŸ˜€

  3. raynard

    Julia I had to laugh at your first couple of sentences. For a minute, I though you were” reciting Shakesphere or” praticing for a new job as a tour guide in a Museum” I digress. To be honest, I rather be around some( Man I’m singing that song now” Cause I’m happy” I digress) than someone who act like they” ate prunes and lemons all day.. lol. If you ” ever was ” the life of the party” , it was better than ” being a wall flower looking down at the tops of your shoes”..P.S , Nosy Nora, AKA ,Mrs Kravitz from ” Betwitched T.V show , you never hear anyone” asking her to house sit their pet parrot” lol. Be bless time to ” act the the Swedish Chef on The Muppet Show and” get in the kitchen.. Be blessed

    • Well, Raynard, as the Bard himself has said, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” – (Hamlet, Act II, Scene II). I’m more of a wall flower looking at the tops of everyone else’s shoes, and whatever else they have on! You can quote Shakespeare in the kitchen and use the same one I will use about this blog: “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it” – (As You Like It, Act II, Scene IV) Hee-hee, you asked for it — Just don’t ever say you thought I was quoting Homer or Milton!

  4. singleseatfighterpilot

    Macabre as it may seem, the older I get, the more time I am spending in cemeteries. Of course this never elicits ebullient, giddy giggles; but I can honestly say I become fascinated, taking the tidbits of history and weaving a tapestry of lives that came and went before my own. I am writing a “local history” piece for a (very) local newspaper. Currently, I am attempting to counter a comment made about a small Confederate cemetery. It contains only 155 graves – most of which are “unknowns”. The commenter, for whom I’m sure you have “condolences,” actually went so far as to say the cemetery was a “waste of space”! Whether miniature gardens, 150-year-old tombs, or even a playful dog, we live in a world that contains many pitiable cynics. Thank you, Julia, for not being one!

    • Not macabre at all. I love cemeteries and graveyards (Ryan explained to me that the latter are always adjacent to a church, whereas the former are not). To the ignoramus philistine person of different values who wanted to get rid of the cemetery because it was a waste of space, it reminds me of Scrooge’s remark about “the surplus population.” I wonder how this person feels about golf courses, amusement parks or parking lots? My condolences go out not only to this person, but to whomever is affected by his self-appointed expertise about what matters.

  5. Good morning, Julia! Yes, you are right – we are the lucky ones, because there is fun to be had, and we have it! Today I’m going to go to the Barnes and Noble to get some coffee, and then enjoy some sewing. I love creating things, especially gifts for other people, which is what I’m doing today. They’ll be so surprised – it’s fun just thinking about it!
    Have a super day in whatever gets you excited, too!

    • WOW, this sounds like a great day to me, BEAM ME UP! Aw, shucks, I forgot the transporter is broken. I’ll just do some similarly fun things here. Thanks for dropping by and giving me some fun ideas! I’ve already had a blast re-potting some geraniums.

  6. Julia, I so identify with the joy that comes with requiring very little and being enthusiastic, wildly enthusiastic. πŸ™‚ I was just thinking of the fun and laughter we’ve had here so many times. Did we defeat despair? Of course we did, even for a little while. Life is sorta like a
    cake. It can be just a plain ole cake but doesn’t have to be. Put some candles on that cake and call it a party. πŸ™‚ Life is so precious, be observant, participate in it! πŸ™‚ Love, Nora

    • Sheila, we will just have to get together and have some fabulous fun going to the grocery store sometime, or maybe for a real treat, we’ll go to Sam’s Club when they are giving out samples. Hey guess what, the library has the Downton Abbey Season Four DVD in! I’ve had a hold request in for two weeks; it’s my lucky day! Jeff brought home some strawberry Whole Fruit bars, and I can’t wait to eat one on my walk tonight! Hey, you won’t believe this – our neighbor’s dog got another haircut, and she looks TOTALLY different now! I would never know she was a golden retriever with that buzz cut! I could go on, but you get the idea… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ It doesn’t take much to defeat despair if you know the secret!

      • Julia, I just love shopping bags or gift bags, no matter the contents. Ashley gave me one (not empty, haha) several weeks ago and it’s just too beautiful to fold and store. It’s a colorful toucan on turquoise, red, gold and green background! I TOTALLY understand where you’re coming from. πŸ™‚ “Yay” to Jeff on the ice cream bars. Enjoy your walk!

        • πŸ˜€ ❀

          • Sheila

            Honestly dear southern sister, does anyone have more FUN than we do?? πŸ‘πŸ˜

            • I don’t know but if they do I want to meet them. πŸ˜€

    • I love the very good point that you made about the cake versus party cake, Shelia!

      • I agree! Pass me that corner piece with the extra frosting and the HUGE icing rose on it. πŸ˜€

      • πŸ™‚ Thank you, Susan

        • πŸ™‚ It had your name and rose on it all along, Julia

          • NO WONDER it looked so good to me!

  7. “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infiniely the most important.”-Arthur Conan Doyle
    Those who don’t understand your enthusiasm for God’s special little graces, often are not comfortable in the now. Being caught up in the problems of the world and missing out on the simple joys this Earth has to offer. They attempt to hold on to a past, or long for a time not yet come. And miss so much in between.
    For me, today, first and foremost, I’m wildly enthusiastic about going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist.
    Then, later this evening, a reasonable pleasure, of pizza and a Giants pre-season game.

    • Alan, your plans for the day sound sublime all the way around. And I love Sherlock Holmes, but I don’t remember that quote! Thanks for sharing it, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  8. MaryAnn

    “Little things” are filled with joy! It makes me “wildly enthusiastic” to hear about the excitement you feel. Even in the face of the barbs, we are pleased beyond reason!
    As we shared about walking along exclaiming about everything that we pass & not wanting to leave anything unnoticed, that is what matters. Babies, 2 & 3 year olds, a hug, a quilt coming together, a “smile” from your blog, grandchildren playing cards or board games w/ me, a conversation w/ a loved one, sharing “God bless you” w/ a stranger: ” a few of my favorites things”. Thank you so much for continuing to enlighten & giving ideas how-to lighten up! πŸ˜€

    • Mary Ann, I am so glad you share my excitement about life. That’s why I always enjoy being with you. Today the high point of my day was giving away two of my endlessly accumulating 20% off coupons to Bed Bath and Beyond. They take expired coupons so I can’t bear to throw them away and I always carry extras to give away to people in line ahead of me. Today I noticed a young family who had just moved into town and were buying lots of stuff, some of it very expensive. It made me (and them) so happy to be able to give them those coupons which I would have thrown away (I had plenty to use myself) and save them over $50! πŸ˜€ I know you will understand how excited I got. I told them truthfully, “this makes my day!” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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