#SoCS – Filling Frames

“The key to happiness is not to get more, but to enjoy what we have and to fill the empty frame of our lives instead of enlarging it.”

~Albert Szent Gyorgyi~


I like this – a reminder that I have plenty to work with inside my own frame and don’t need to turn an 8×10″ into 20×24.

Friday reminded me that I have special people who make up part of my life’s photograph…spending the morning with a friend who I reconnected with last month after a three-year absence, then running into my former hair stylist (she was the best) who lived out of state for awhile and is now back in the area. We are having lunch in a couple of weeks to catch up and I’m so excited to renew this friendship.

A pandemic caused many of us to be away from people and enjoyable activities for a year or two, but that doesn’t mean they left the frame.

In early June, Iron Chef was revived and three good friends came together for food, adult refreshment and laughs. We’re going to do it again the first Saturday of September, this time at my abode, making new recipes and new memories.

Yep, the key to happiness is right there in front of us. We all have things to be grateful for, to appreciate, to be happy about. I have a few, like the bicycling that you all know I love and enjoy. I recently learned of plans to create a new trail in the area that would make it possible for me to bike from home to High Cliff State Park, which is 20 miles away by car. It will not be completed until 2026, but that’s more incentive to keep biking in the picture.

There’s more…

Kitties who are willing to live and sleep together is another key to happiness. There’s something soothing about sleeping animals (have you ever seen sleeping kitten or puppy piles?). Perhaps it’s because they’re not getting into trouble at the moment, perhaps it’s about acceptance, perhaps it’s because they’re so stinkin’ cute! (Gibbs and Hoshi and doing well together. Gibbs only hisses at her now when she is in full-out attack mode and he wants to be left alone.)

Signs can also be a key to happy land.

Whether they make me smile (I’m 99.9% positive that someone, somewhere has taken a selfie in the bathroom) or they make me so happy for others that a walk down the aisle by the bride and her mother brings up tears. (Natasha’s daughter got married in June – an event that filled up their own personal frames, plus a little bit of mine.)

Flowers, food, selfies (one not taken in the bathroom, but one of the few I deem worthy of sharing) add to the photo frame. There’s more – church stuff, music, streaming TV addictions, sleep – that are keys to my personal happiness.

I have a full life, a full frame. Sometimes it’s too busy and the frame bulges, but I’m trying to concentrate on what I have, what I know, the things I love to do, and the people I care about.

Oh, and there’s writing/blogging too. Let’s not forget about that one or we wouldn’t be here. Right?

So, peeps, what fills your frame? The keys to your happiness? What parts of your life do you hang on the wall, then stand back and smile?


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28 responses to #SoCS – Filling Frames

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Judy! Every so often, someone asks me if I’ve been okay with retirement and the answer is always a resounding “yes.” I am in a very happy place and I hope the same is true for you. ❤

  1. Dan Antion says:

    After being packed away for two and a half years, Mary, it’s good to hear about church and lunches and travel and plans! I’m glad you included writing/blogging because that’s how I know you – that’s the frame you started in. It’s good to see Gibbs and Hoshi getting along. I hope you have a nice weekend.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      In truth, Dan, I almost forgot to mention the writing part and that would have been a shame. I’ve become blogging buddies with so many people across the country and world, and that part of life has been so cool and rewarding. Have a wonderful Saturday!

  2. beth says:

    how wonderful, and I’m glad you had these reconnecting experiences, I’ve been doing the same and it feels so great

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m glad you have been getting out too, Beth, and meeting your people. It’s so important to have that contact.

  3. Damyanti Biswas says:

    It’s a nice change to read something so positive, that just uplifts our energies. Enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      After my last post, Damyanti, I thought a happy post would be a good choice. Thanks for coming by – your visits are always appreciated! 🙂 ❤

  4. dweezer19 says:

    You have such a rich gallery of frames, Mary. Friendship is so sustaining. I can’t believe how much Hoshi has grown! Cats. Can’t blink or you’ll miss it all..

  5. Herman says:

    Thanks for this ‘Feel Good’ post, Mary! I also love to watch sleeping cats, and being a light sleeper I wish I could sleep like a cat… I’m always trying to give myself a little present each day, like having an extra espresso. And I love to enjoy all the little things in life that come across your path.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Herman. I’m always glad to share the positive things in life, like the kitties. As for the espresso, I think I’ll head out to the kitchen for my version of a chai lattè. Happiness in a cup. 🙂

  6. lois says:

    I’m glad to hear life is treating you just fine, Mary. Why do people always ask, “How’s retirement?” I honestly don’t know of anyone who has said, “I miss work.” Definitely not me! Hoshi looks like she’s grown since her last photo. That is such a sweet photo of Gibbs with his little buddy.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’ve known a few people who came back as LTE’s or got a parttime job after retirement, but that’s either a need for additional income or they don’t know what to do with their free time. I am fortunate to not fall under either category, so I can enjoy all of my retirement.

      Gibbs just got off my lap in disgust because Hoshi wouldn’t leave his tail alone. Good times and not so good times!

  7. JoAnna says:

    Wonderful use of the prompt! ” the key to happiness is right there in front of us. We all have things to be grateful for, to appreciate, to be happy about. ” Thank you for this truth! Gibbs is teaching Hoshi manners.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks JoAnna. Being grateful makes us happier people in the long run. As for our furry critters, they are grateful for our opposable thumbs and bags of kibble. 😉😼

  8. Ally Bean says:

    My key to happiness is, I suppose, the golden rule. Not the most original answer to your question, but there you go! Love the snoozing cats photo. Bliss

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I love your answer, Ally. If only everyone would abide by the golden rule, much like the two cuddled cats in my house.

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