Joy Luck Club

Photo - Newly hatched baby chicks.
The PreK class had an incubator and 12 chicken eggs that hatched on
Monday and Tuesday, March 16th & 17th.
Maybe it's the end of the winter season and the false hope-starts of spring weather but lately I've been feeling a bit low in my joy department. I spent an interesting 45 minutes on Tuesday afternoon discussing with my therapist people who are energy vampires who suck the light and joy out of my life. Sounds so dramatic! From time to time I will be around low-energy people, or someone who is so morosely unhappy with their life but they don't realize it and I don't realize it until I'm completely drained. As I struggle with my own demons and craziness, depression and mania, I find it difficult to not absorb other peoples issues. Before I know it, I'm experiencing panic where I feel as though I'm suffocating and all the happiness has been drained out of me, like a dementor's kiss has been planted upon my soul. I also find it hard not to want to help or give counsel, it's my nature to want to do more. Sometimes it's just better to listen as help isn't always what is needed. While I try to work on this and recognize the warning signs of impending gloom I also need to refuel my joy reserves. I need a visit with a joyologist To that end, I am posting a few photos of people, places and things that bring me joy and add to my inner light-ness. We all need a pick up now and then, consider this as my contribution to the 25 (more or less) random things about me genre sweeping Facebook and the country!
An old Cadillac outside of Mr. Joe's Cafe, across the street from Termini Bros Bakery, 8th & Tasker Streets. I love old cars, bicycles, motorcycles and scooters. The stylish design and cool details always intrigue me. This car looks like something that ought to be in the cartoon movie, Cars. The wacky sunshield in the window is the perfect adornment to the car's personality.

Daffodils and Tulips pushing up through the ground in spring - a sure sign that the season of renewal and rebirth is arriving. Daffodils are my favorite flowers, their sunny optimistic brightness brings joy to my heart.Baseball and the Phillies - another sure sign of Spring! Less than 3 weeks until Opening Day (or night). This year we have tickets to the first Phillies game of the season, the Ring Ceremony Game, Closing Day and 16 other games throughout the season. I'm sure I'll have a ton of photos to post over the 160 game season!Baby Hamlet - How can I dress you up? Let me count the ways. Our nearly 13 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Hamlet, gives me countless hours of fun and joy - except when he's been bad or has eaten something nasty off the street, which is about every day. But then there are precious moments like this one where he lets us swaddle him in a blanket - causing Liz to exclaim for the 1,000th time, "I always wanted to wrap the dog in a blanket, take a picture and use it for a Christmas card. I'd entitle it 'And they wrapped the babe in swaddling clothes". I roll my eyes and groan and we laugh and giggle. Good times.

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