“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one leave without feeling happier.”
Welcome to Happiness Cards! Blogging is a new venture for me, and I hardly know where to start. Maybe I should begin with a bit about who I am and what I do. I’m an 83 year old photographer and maker of Happiness Cards. I guess my age isn’t relevant until you consider the challenge I have when doing everything digitally.
When I was growing up things were very different: dial phones that were attached to the wall, no cell phones ; radios instead of TV; Monopoly and tiddley-winks instead of games on a digital platform; hours of playing outside and permission to bike all over town; and certainly no computers. I was in college before my family got a TV, and we were among the first in our neighborhood to have one. You get the idea. A very different world.
I’m not suggesting the world I grew up in was better. I love the things I can do with a computer (until it malfunctions) and with my digital cameras. But often I feel as if I’m running to catch up with the latest Facebook changes, software developments, platforms and things I don’t even know the names for. But it’s been said that if you aren’t learning you aren’t living, so here’s to life!
With this blog, I hope to inspire, entertain, educate, and now and then challenge you. I also want to share Happiness Cards and show you how you can use them to make the world a happier place. I’m looking forward to a wonderful adventure with you. Connie
Sunflowers can bring light on the gloomiest days.
One kind word can warm three winter months.
Do you or anyone you know get purple bruises on your hands and arms when you knock into something? If not you, maybe you’ve noticed them on a parent or grandparent. I’ve had, what are called bruises, show up with the slightest bump and have asked several health professionals what to do about them. No one seems to know, but now I do. And I want to pass the information on to as many sufferers as possible.
I discovered that if I slather on Arnica lotion immediately after a bump or scrape on my limbs the blood withdraws from the surface and no bruise forms. Like most others with this condition I often find the purplish spots without being aware of contact with anything, but when I’m paying attention I feel an itchy, tingly feeling when a bruise is forming. When I notice that I make haste to the lotion, and it usually works to prevent the discoloration. You can buy Arnica lotion at health food stores and anywhere that homeopathic remedies are sold.
These flowers are often grown for dried flowers. I found them at the Farmers Market.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
I took this photo of a beautiful iris after a light rain. The accompanying quote is one of my favorites.
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
Sometimes leaves can be as eye-catching as flowers.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The light was just right when I happened upon these leaves of a banana tree at the botanical gardens. That winter the plant froze, and I was happy to have recorded their beauty a few months earlier. The quotation I added to the back is one of my favorites, too.
Spread happiness everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Mother Teresa
The Matilija Poppy or Romneya is a beautiful, drought-tolerant plant that blooms profusely in the summer in California.
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. Washington Irving