It’s a Good Day to Have a Good Day

Every day won’t be the best ever, but there’s a best part to each and every day.  It may not be what you hope or expect.  In fact, better on these less than best (hard) days to stop expecting and instead wait with optimistic anticipation for the completely unexpected joys that appear out of seemingly nowhere from unlikely people, places, and things.

If there’s something ostensibly big keeping you from your joy, focus your attention on something small.  There are little miracles everywhere in nature just waiting to distract us from our thoughts of ourselves and our worries…


A couple photos of our nesting duck.  Johnny got a picture of her nest while she took a wee break to stretch her legs.

Recently separated from their kids, everyone wants their turn to milk the goats.


Here’s a video from Instagram of my six year old, Nuala, successfully milking the goats for the first time.

A bit of garden flora and fauna…

Almost every day I post to either my Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account.  Not so much here because I can’t do so from my phone and I am so on the go these days.  This post is a mix of some of the highlights and wonderments of nature that have made me stop and stare and often share, always boosting my day and hopefully someone else’s too.

Expect your day to be full of little blessings and that you’ll notice each and every one of them!  Share them with me too and brighten my day–tag me on Fb, or Insta, or Twitter, #littleblessings, @thearanartisan.

Peace, love, and light, Melissa Xx


  1. Acknowledging those small gifts, finding moments of joy, really do make a difference. As we work here from sunup to sundown…yes, doing something we love but because of the nature of the season, out straight…. I find myself stopping every so often and simply giving thanks. Thank you swallowtails who come and swarm the late blooming lilac, thank you tree peony for that deep dusky rose I don’t quite see anywhere else, thank you to that husband of mine who leaves swaths of unmowed daisies in the backyard even though we have gardens of planted ornamentals, thank you afternoon light that shines just right on the forest floor, and then….thank you tired old brain and body, one that has some age to it now, for remembering to pause and be deeply thankful. Thank you, Mellisa…for choosing to be present and mindful and for sharing the great gifts in your own very good life. Aaah.
    Best to all!

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    • I can just picture all that you’ve mentioned here about your farm and gardens. Yay to our men who understand the beauty in patches of wildflowers. I miss the ‘afternoon light that shines just right on the forest floor’. No forest here as you well know, but a beautiful sunset on the Atlantic horizon out the kitchen window is what I’ve gained through my move. Thank you Denise for sharing my sentiments and expanding on them…Yes! to the exhausted brain and body that keeps going despite often being pushed just beyond it’s limits!

      Have a most amazing weekend. We are gratefully getting rain today and I am bee-bopping inside the house really enjoying some downtime while nature takes care of watering the gardens for me. Xx

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  2. Laurie Graves says:

    Those are some flowers! Beautiful. Also, such cute pictures of your children with the animals. Finally, what a lovely sentiment. And I’ll add to it…if you don’t enjoy the small things in life, then you probably won’t enjoy life very much.

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  3. vintage51 says:

    Love your pictures as always. What kind of camera do you use? I need to upgrade mine and think the quality of your pictures is stunning. Have a fabulous weekend. Michele

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  4. BellyBytes says:

    It’s tough to blog on the phone but I’m glad you managed to share these gorgeous pictures. And you are right about appreciating the smaller things which get lost in the bigger picture. We are enjoying rainy days too and even though it’s wet , it’s wonderful to see everything turn green. You are lucky to have green almost all the year round


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