Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Whatever It Takes February 8, 2014

It only costs a dollar. But it is capable of miracles.

The winter blues have claws deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of many in my neck of the woods these days. If it’s not frigidly cold, it’s snowing. If it’s not snowing, it’s frigidly cold. And I am in good company of many Wisconsinites who still find joy in the snow diamonds falling from the sky. But even I can admit it’s been an especially tough winter. I love my backyard paradise, but it is taking a great deal to get me out there recently.Nap time

So I find my joy in other things. Snuggle time with Carter. Quiet time in another room when Carter is screaming. And (this is new) time alone with dad. Mom has been spending the majority of her time taking care of Carter (as it should be), which has freed dad up for some quality time with me.

Tonight our quality time involved cooking a special dinner for mom. Since I’ve won more of his affection lately he’s been especially generous with treats of all kinds, so I was incredibly attentive as he bustled around the kitchen. (They don’t call me the doggie vacuum for nothing). He was making a comfort food staple – macaroni and cheese. And not the gourmet kind with the roux and six different varieties of cheese (which he does also know how to make). The kind you can get for a dollar. Complete with the orange powder.

Generally I’m not that big a fan of the less is more idea. Us canines tend to indulge in whatever comes our way. But tonight less worked wonders on the winter blues. Joy. From the ground up, it happened in the Schmidt house today in spite of those nasty winter blues. And it didn’t take much.

“Your success and happiness lies in you,” Helen Keller suggested. “Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

That’s the thing about joy – sometimes it takes a little effort to find it amidst the blues. But once you do it almost always is worth the search. Especially when it only costs a dollar.


31 Responses to “Whatever It Takes”

  1. Beautiful photo perspective!

  2. theresa Says:

    The kind with the orange powder is the only way to go!

  3. What a beautiful reminder if the little things!

  4. Lyn Says:

    Comfort food! There’s nothing like it. My favourite is beef sausages with lashings of mashed potatoes and onion gravy. It’s so nice that you can spend more time with your Dad, Wiley. That’s a lovely photo of you and baby Carter enjoying a nap in the sun too 🙂

    • Mashed potatoes! Yum. That’s a favorite of mom’s too. Comfort food goes a long way toward warming a weary soul….that, and friends like you! 🙂 Lots of love to you, dear Lyn!

  5. I agree with you, Macaroni&Cheese can be like a gala dinner when we enjoy them together :o)

  6. fredrieka Says:

    I am so bored I am getting on moms nerves dad is good about making me run outside and eat frozen apples. I do not have a lot of hair so I get cold fast and we do short trips outside

    • I know what you mean, dear friend. Boredom is a friend to no one. Idle paws, as they say. 😉 Hang in there – hopefully the warmth is coming soon!
      Lots of love,

  7. utesmile Says:

    Mmmmmh Macaroni cheese, I join…great your dad cooks for mum… and hey good for you too, as I can see. After such a long spell of cold and snow you need some warmth and sunshine until then it is warming the heart with macaroni cheese. 🙂 In reality I know your heart is always warm, but the weather does take its toll sometimes. Lets hope for a beautiful Spring.

    • Ah, spring. It is beautiful regardless of the temperature, so full of life and renewal. It sure would be nice if it’s warm too. Because you’re right – my heart is always warm, but a little warmth from the sun (as well as joy and love obviously) is fuel and lately I’m running on fumes! 🙂 Lots of love to you!

  8. There’s no bad mac and cheese! Yum! I hope you got to lick the spoon, W.

    Love and licks,

  9. Basil Says:

    Never underestimate the role of a doggy vacuum cleaner!

  10. huntmode Says:

    Comfort food and Dad? Way to go, Wyles – high 5 paw! 🙂 xxoo HuntModes

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  12. Great quote from Helen Keller quote – talk about someone who made things happen!

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  14. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    Ah, the wonder of simplicity.

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