LAPC #200: Every Little Thing

This week, we invite you to join us and share little things that make you smile, As an alternative, you can share something like a small gesture or something that gives you a smile rather than objects that are small in size.ย –-Amy

This week, Amy reminds us of the importance of little things. I couldn’t agree more.

During the first two years of the pandemic, many of us found unexpected pleasure in baking bread, planting flowers in the garden, or taking walks in the country–for example. These “simple, little things” deliver bursts of happiness, which can accumulate throughout the day and linger in our minds for quite a while. For those of us who got sick from the virus or love someone who got sick, we often realized how simple, little things like a cup of tea made with love or a get-well card carried more than their weight in joy and caring.

So here’s a sampling of some of my little joys.

Flowers are one of nature’s most beautiful gifts, I think. They may be small, but their delicate beauty delivers so much happiness.

For the past few weeks I’ve been on the hunt for these small works of art nearly hidden among the winding streets in Florence. These two finds were painted on utility panels–almost obscured by graffiti. One of them is my all-time personal hero. Can you guess which one it is–Princess Leia or Dante?

Street Art in Florence, May 2022

I love my morning cup of tea. Ounce for ounce tea gives me so much happiness and comfort. What type do I drink? PG Tips, of course!

The New York Times gives me a little bit of happiness every day. Do you play Wordle? I was lucky one day this week! ๐Ÿ˜€

How can I forget sweet little treats–especially chocolate ones?

Last but not least, here’s a bit of happiness that I discovered on a walk last week. Who put this beautiful flower in this stone niche? And why? Was it a coded message for someone? Or maybe, it was a little bit of beauty meant to brighten the day….

I love finding beauty in unexpected places….it’s another great joy of mine.

I hope you enjoyed these small treasures that have brought me great happiness. Hopefully, some of that joy was passed on to you–our wonderful followers who have joined us over the years at Lens-Artists! Once again we invite you to join us for our 200th challenge at LAPC and share those little things which give you great joy.

A special thanks to John who prompted us last week to share images featuring Mechanical/Industrial subjects. All your images reminded me of how machines and technological advancements have dramatically altered our world, brought us closer together, made repetitive, backbreaking tasks so much easier, and dramatically increased our health and life span.

What’s up ahead? Ann-Christine will be our host next Saturday at noon, so be sure to visit her site.ย Until then, I wish you a week of good health and plenty of inspiration.

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  1. That flower in the niche is a wonderful find!
    I won’t presume to guess your personal hero, but I will note that I really like the fact that utility boxes and such are becoming works of art. Here in Fargo, many of the downtown boxes were commissioned to be painted by Native Americans. Their beauty is a far cry from the stark gray boxes they once were.

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    • Hi, John. I’m seeing that same thing in different cities–like Boston. It’s great. I like that they’re getting local artists to do that. Yes, so much prettier than the old gray boxes!

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    • Hi, Donna. Thanks! I’m delighted you enjoyed them. And yes…Wordle can be wonderful…or not! Today’s puzzle wasn’t too difficult, so I’m happy. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Hi, Jez. Oh yes, it is like a selective color edit, but without Photoshop!! I was so surprised to see it there. Now I’m on the hunt for more treasure. I hope all’s well with you. Take care.

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  2. well said and shown Patti. I loved your little purple flower – gorgeous in its simplicity as well as your still life of your morning cuppa. It is indeed the little things that brighten our days and help us through when most needed. I’m a Wordle addict myself and also love Quordle and Nerdle. Excellent mind exercises! Terrific response to Amy’s marvelous challenge.

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    • Oh no…Wordle, Quordle and Nerdle?? I’ve been doing only Wordle and Quordle. There’s another puzzle that is about geography…worldle?? I think that’s what it is called. I’m delighted you enjoyed my little bright spots in the day. It’s been a good reminder for me….especially this week. On to brighter days and healthier days for all of us! Thanks for your thoughts, as always.

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  3. Flowers are one of natureโ€™s most beautiful gifts– can’t agree more. Beautiful foundings and images. Little things, like tea, book, Wordle, desserts can bring big smile to us. Thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Wonderful response to this challenge Patti! My favorite is the book and tea mug. Maybe because that would be difficult for me to set up. It also sends me a message to relax with a cup of tea and read. Take care.

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    • Wonderful, Marlene! Thanks. I love that corner desk in the living room when the light hits it in the morning. I hope you have plenty of joyful moments this week.

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  5. GREAT selections! I LOVE WORDLE. I do it daily. I think I had to ask my crossword fiend lady to solve scour, but I frequently do them in a minute or so. Try Qwordle. I rarely get them all.

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    • I do Quordle too. I’m getting better at it. It takes practice! Enjoy. It’s good you have a “local” dictionary to help you when you need it.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Ah…math! I’ll try that one, too. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m good at basic math, but beyond that….hopeless! Quordle is fun, too. I’m getting better at it, which is satisfying!! Take care and have a good week.

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  6. Naturally as a devoted tea drinker, I love that mug (and the photo). The light in the first photo is special and that flower in the niche in the last shot is a delightful find. I bought some PG Tips not long ago while in California at a story selling English foods and treats. I also bought some Yorkshire Gold loose tea, both for nostalgia but the other 40+ teas I have are really better quality. Still, it’s fun to have either of the English teas and bring back good memories.

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    • It was stunning, IJ. It was taken right before sunset, when the light was just right. I love that public garden in Portsmouth, NH. I’d love to go back there this summer. Take care and have a great week.

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  7. Yes, those little moments of pleasure and joy certainly meant even more during the worst days of the pandemic, didn’t they? I absolutely love your last shot, with the contrast of bright yellow on grey stone!

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      • Sure, I recognized Dante. I just wanted to not bore you. Up to now, I only read parts of his Divine Comedy. When Dante is your hero, you should have read Inferno by Dan Brown. What do you think about it?

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  8. Beautiful and ohhh, like you… I would want to know the story of the flower in the last photo. And yet…the simple pleasure of imagining our own story is kind of nice too. Great street art, great lighting with the purple . It is so brilliant!

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  9. Oh Patti, your post mage me smile. That little flower left by someone is enough to do that sometimes.and YESS Wordle haha with the streetart my personal favourite is Princess Leia, I am not sure what yours is. Have a good one Patti!

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    • Hi, Teresa. I’m so glad that it made you smile. I was hoping it would!! Wordle….yes, a healthy addiction. And my hero is Dante…believe it or not. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€. I am so inspired by him. Take care, too. Have a good one.

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  10. I’ve been away from WordPress for a while and diving into your post reminded me of all the things I missed. Words that are uplifting, photos that are stunning and Patti’s adventures in Florence. Wordle is the new addiction so happy to see it spotlighted on your post.

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    • Hi, Sheetal. Welcome back. I hope all’s well. Thanks for your LOVELY comment/thoughts! I will always think of you when I’m in Florence. I’m collecting more street art…๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€. Take care. Stay well.

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  11. My granddaughter introduced me to Wordle. I think she does a word a day, I enjoy it but not quite that much. Nice selection of photos, Patti, my favorite is the yellow flower left behind for others to enjoy!

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