My Sane Place

LIfe is messy and often difficult. A positive attitude doesn’t just happen, it must be nurtured. Pay attention to the good moments, no matter how small, and they will expand to fill your world. It helps to have a companion who notices the details.

Tonka in foliage


This is my sane place. What’s yours?


  1. I must say I feel very calm reading your posts. They are sanity when so much is not. Thank you. My own sane place is under the stars. As an amateur astronomer we have a small group (sometimes only 3) that get together once a month to search for galaxies, star clusters, etc. The nights always leave me with a smile and a sense of contentment.

  2. the area of our chicken run that we call ‘Green Acres’ with the girls or in front of the fire with a cat or two. Pure serenity.

  3. My sane place is with my 8 year old boy, laughing until we have tears running down our cheeks. I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day and am always running around feeling rushed and hurried. But at the end of the day, he’s what makes me feel like the happiest person in the world. :)

  4. I am never so relaxed as I am when outside in my garden with no chores in mind…just gazing at it all slowly and really seeing how the light falls on each plant and listening to the subtle sounds of leaves moving in the breeze. The chickens come and join me by stretching out and then lying at my feet,and between hearing the chorus of their happy chortles and feeling the warmth of the sun on my face it is all a perfect culmination of bliss and all else is forgotten.

  5. Life here has been a whole lot of no fun and sanity hard to find. Thanks for the reminder to grit my teeth and go hunt for the good stuff no matter how small.

    • If you find that small bit, it will expand. You know horses – I like to say that I look for the good strides. When you focus on that good stride, the horse gives you more. Not to minimize when bad things happen! I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through a bad patch. During those times, having that “sane place” is even more important.

  6. My favorite place is to sit on my stool in the chicken yard watching my birds as they waddle, peck for bugs and interact with each other. I know they have “small brains” but I don’t believe it. I think they know who I am, they understand the calmness and simple joy they provide me as they gather around me on my stool.

    Most days no other place to be!

  7. Every night I go check on the girls to make sure that they are safe and sound. When Henny is molting, like now, instead of getting on the roost with the other two, she goes into the nest box at dusk. When I get there, everybody is settled in and quietly chortling. Then Henny grabs her opportunity to come out of the nest box, get a bite to eat, and climb up to roost with the flock. She endures less pecking when the top two girls are already settled in. I particularly like this moment after a long day at work.

  8. There are some lovely posts on here. It is so nice to read the thoughts of other like-minded people. I agree with all the comments and my special place is always in my garden, especially with my 2 “girls”. I also agree with the cats by the fireside. It is these simple yet special moments that give such happiness. I believe that as you get older you appreciate so much more in life and it is also important to sometimes try and stop, in this busy, busy life, and take things in. Terry, you seem to have a lovey philosophy in life (with regard to the small moments expanding). It is a lovely way to think and obviously many of your readers feel the same way. Kind regards.

  9. With no chickens around or garden to putter in, I find my calming in my studio where I’m surrounded by yarn, wheels, fleeces and books. Such joy to knit, spin, weave and read!!

  10. chicken time every afternoon is my relaxation, wind down time, turning the clocks back disrupts this because they will be in bed when I get home,

  11. My sane place looks exactly like yours, except that my horse is a chestnut!

  12. As I sit here and look out of an eight story window and see the freeway I need to take home is already choked with traffic I can’t wait to get to my sane place on the chicken patio with my two dogs, let my hens out into the yard and throw them a few handfuls of sunflower seed, a glass of tea and relax.
    This will be the last for a while with the time change this weekend, well at least during the week.

  13. We have received many rainy days lately, so my sane place has been in an easy chair, reading a good book with two cats on my lap. Believe me, that’s not an easy feat but still comfy!