Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Happy and Hopeful - #SOL18 - 3/14/18

**I'm so grateful to the #SOL community for welcoming me each and every time I post a slice. Thank you so very much to the team at Two Writing Teachers for coordinating and hosting this slicing community for the entire month of March for the Slice of Life Challenge. You all rock!!**

*During this year's challenge, my plan is to reflect on a slice of my life from that day, or the day before, and write about it. No theme to tie my writing together this year, no plans ahead of time.  Just glimpses into slices of my days. Not having a plan is a very uncomfortable place for me, both as a person and a writer, so fingers crossed for the 17 remaining days!*


On my most recent trip to the grocery store, I noticed at the front of the store in the floral department some items that made me feel happy and hopeful. They usually have fun bouquets of flowers to look at, but very rarely do I feel a need to buy.

Happy. This bouquet of flowers changed that for me. I looked at this arrangement, and it made me feel happy. I loved the color combinations of white, pink, and yellow with the greenery there as well. I knew I wanted to put it on our entryway table so that I could see it multiple times a day while sitting in "my spot" on the couch, as well as all the times my path takes me by this table on a daily basis. So far, for the 48 hours they have been on that table, I find myself smiling every single time I walk by this bouquet.

Hopeful. I'm not sure what made me continue to look at the floral offerings, but I saw these branches of forsythia, also. I knew as I waited for the buds to bloom, and then when the blooms begin to open, I would feel so hopeful. Hopeful because warmer months are headed our way,  and hopeful because of all the outdoor activities that change of seasons signifies.

So, while the weather outside is cold and contains flurries, I am inside my home feeling incredibly happy and hopeful.

(The only downside about the forsythia - not getting to hear the "Click, Hiss, Whoosh" that leads to my cozy fire. It makes it too hot. So for now, I'm enjoying the forsythia. When it's done blooming, I will go back to enjoying the fireplace again.)


  1. Two words to set your mind in action, then your fingers to type out your thoughts. Those are very happy flowers. When the forsythias bloom, it will be bringing the sunshine into your home.

  2. So delighted to read this happy and hopeful slice. It's amazing how happy flowers can make us feel. I love that your flowers are reflected in your mirror too. No wonder you needed to buy this particular bouquet!

  3. Happy and hopeful - that's a good place to be - especially on this gloomy day. Glad you have those beautiful flowers to brighten up your day.

  4. That bouquet of flowers brightened my day. Now I'm longing for spring. (Not just the date, the actual warmer temperatures too!)

  5. I am going to buy some forsythia sprigs tomorrow! I ha e been looking for them outside. I didn’t even think about bringing some inside!

  6. My house is filled with vases and vases of daffodils. Same reasons - happy and hopeful! My tradition every March. I want to see a picture of the forsythia in bloom

  7. I have a secret love for quick grocery store bouquets. Love the cheerful colors too. So pretty!

  8. The grocery store bouquet is beautiful!!! I think it's a perfect purchase!