The Happy Harvester


“If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest” ~ Douglas Jerrold

Dear Sisters,

Tis the season to strip the fields, gather in and reap what you have sewn during planting season. Or, put another way…How full is your wheelbarrow looking these days? Is it over flowing with more seasonal goodness that you know what to do with or does it look rather barren and bleak? Either way,you can decide whether you will be the happy harvester or the broken hearted farmer who’s yeild never weighs heavy enough on the happiness scale.

I hate to say it, but we all have to face challenges and traumas at one point or another. Life can blindside anyone of us at any time bringing the kinds of surprises that don’t leave us jumping for joy or crying tears of happiness. A sudden illness, job loss, death, divorce or marital problems, family squabbles and parenting issues touch us all at some point along the road of life. Sounds grim doesn’t it? Well, it IS!  Any one of these things is enough to make even the toughest farmgirl run for her antique lace coverlet.

But, it’s not the end of the world even though it often feels like it depending on the severity of the storm. The good news is we don’t have to let these challenging phases in our lives take over and negate all that is still good and GLORY- ous!

Even during times of sorrow, joy isn’t far behind. Often, she’s right by your side, waiting in the wings until you are ready to trust her again.

So, just how do you keep those happiness scales tipped in your favor during a particularly challenging time? I know it’s not easy and here’s where you might think I’m sounding a little too Pollyanna-ish! Then again, having your own pair of rose colored glasses handy ( and a few soul- soothing remedies to fall back on) for one of life’s sudden storms is the first line of defense for fighting your way back into the sunshine of life.

There’s nothing like the right attitude, outlook, or perspective to get you back on track. Besides, if you’re still on this side of the dirt you’ve got work to do and good reason for doing it! Your health and quality of life being at the top of the heap! Plus, getting yourself in the right frame of mind will set you on a quicker path to healing what ails you and on to better times.

Here are a few of my favorite “snap out of it ” remedies that keep me smiling no matter what!
Taking part in small acts of kindness is by far where I get the biggest bang for my buck. If I’m feeling a little low, I’ll reach out to someone who I think could use some cheering up! Often making a phone call, sending an email, or a handwritten note card is just the ticket to getting your feel good mojo running again. These simple acts takes hardly any time and puts the focus on someone besides yourself!
Take JOY in the little things. A smile and a hug can be all a person needs on a down day.Whether you’re on the recieving end or the one flashing your pearly whites. Everyone benefits!

Grab you camera or a pair of binoculars and head outside for a little observation and reflection time.  Your own backyard might be the perfect hunting ground!

A change of scenery can do wonders for getting your mind off of your troubles, at least temperarily.  One of the best distractions I know of is having a few UN- interupted hours in the library, or a fabulous book store. An over stuffed chair, hot coffee and a stack of books is good medicine! Naturally, my garden and the beach are at the tippy top of places I want to be if I’m aching over something and I need some alone time to process.

Not to worry sisters! All is well on the BEACH farmgirl home-front! But, if’n yur in a hogwollar right now these here words are for you and yorn!

Whatever you do or wherever you go to ease a tough crossing remember to be gentle with yourself and others.

Keep your heart open, your mind sharp and your seed spreader loaded. Being a Happy Harvester isn’t about how much you rake in, it’s about how much planting you do on a daily basis to keep your happiness crop growing!

Until our next shoreline visit~

BEACH BLESSINGS and Happy Harvesting!

Love and hugs!


Sister # 1199

P.S. here’s the link for the morning glory seeds! And, I put the DANDELION HOUSE gardens to bed last week. Visit these links for some late fall garden tips!  GOODNIGHT GARDEN and GOODNIGHT GREENHOUSE!

POST UPDATE: HOLY COW BEACH FARMGIRL SISTERS! Hurricane Sandy is headed our way! Time to batten down the hatches!

BE PREPARED! If you don’t have a generator these things will help you weather the storm.

·     Have extra water on hand for drinking and personal hygiene.

·     Pack a cooler (and a picnic basket) with light breakfast things, sandwich goodies and healthy snacks. (Enough to last for a few days)

·     Check all batteries in flashlights, radios, etc.

·     Fill kerosene lanterns.

·     Have a radio on hand for listening to storm updates.

·     Get your BBQ or Dutch ovens ready for cooking.

·     Clear the decks! ( store all yard furniture and tools away )

·     Make sure your elders and animals are safe and snug.

·     Fill your car gas tank.

·      KEEP SMILING…. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  1. drMolly says:

    I love your photos of the morning glory! And your sentiments are "right up my alley", too. How much less stress to one if one can count one’s blessings instead of dwelling on the negative. Thank you for the great message.
    And, here, too it’s good, just wanted to re-inforce your message.

    Thank you! Glad to hear it’s sunny in your skies right now. Thanks for the ‘ re-inforcement too!  Happy Weekend…xo Deb

  2. Shery says:

    I have a new favorite grouping of words…beginning with ‘keep your heart open’…….and you know the rest ‘cuz you penned them. EXXXcellent post.

    Thank you kindly for the PLEASANT reminder 🙂

    Planting seeds continually, keeps good things coming up. ~ Shery Jesperson

    LOVE THIS… and now , I too have a new favorite grouping of words! Thanks for the visit Shery… been thinking of you!

    XO DEB

  3. Diana Henretty says:

    Hey all you farmgirls in the path of Sandy,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you this next week.
    We had friends in Montana that had a nursery.
    She told us that the trees that were out in the heavy winds, rains, storms were the strongest. The roots were deeper, the trunks were thicker and the
    branches were stronger.
    The tress that were sheltered were weak.
    We are like those trees, with winds that shakes us and try to break us,
    we are stronger for it!
    Your Ozark friend, Diana, Noel Mo.

  4. Hedy King says:

    Such a needed post, thanks, Deb. Tired today and it is our first cold, rainy day of fall. Loved the morning glory shots, my favorite climbers. Be safe during the approaching storm.

  5. Pamela says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Deb, and I just have to tell you that I LOVE your pictureat the end. How beautiful you are! Thanks for all your postings.

  6. Joan Marie says:

    Hi farm gals at the BEACHES – we’re here in Cape May New Jersey preparing for Sandy. Hope this is NOT as bad as 1962 – but we’ll just have to wait and see. Mandatory evac. Sunday – so we’ve picked the last of the green tomatoes, pulled the cucs and even had time to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs – perfect therapy when we’re under the hurricaine threat! Good luck to all. Joan Marie

  7. Bonnie says:

    Deb, I have so enjoyed watching you develop your beautiful flower garden through the year. And how wonderful it has turned out! Your photos have been just perfect!! And your words are always so inspiring. You are appreciated so much. Also loved seeing your lovely photo at the end. It’s so amazing how much we get to "know" you through your blog.
    Will be praying for your and your family’s safety along with others in the storms path.

  8. Laura R. says:

    Yes, a big storm is a coming and your post was perfect timing. Thanks for the encouragement and beautiful sentiments. We can all use the love to weather the storm and keep happy. We thought Hurricane Irene was a big deal last year here in the Hudson Valley of NY but this one is even bigger ! Keep safe y’all !!

  9. Marcie says:

    Stay safe Deb. As you said "batten down the hatches"! Hope you, hubby and the kids are in a safe place.

    love the pics,

  10. BeachFarmgirl says:

    Good morning sisters!
    Thank you all so much for your sweet words this morning as we prepare for " Frankenstorm"! We are in prepare mode today!
    Be safe out there! Love to all,

  11. Nicole Christensen says:

    Hey Deb,
    Sandy’s hitting us too…and they say it’s coming hard and fast! Hope you and yours stay safe at the beach!

    Good positive words for dreary weather heading everyone’s ways!

    Nicole (Suburban Farmgirl Blogger)

  12. Lorrie MacKenzie says:

    Your post made me smile and laugh! The photos were beautiful but your words were even better. Thank you for reminding me that my response to life is the best medicine of all.

  13. I hope you fared well in the hurricane and are safe and warm. I live in New England too and our shoreline got particularly hard-hit.

    I was so happy to have found your blog thorough Deborah Jean’s Dandelion house and wanted to stop by to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

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