after the rain

Happy Place, Happy Space

Next best thing to a rain run is to run after the rain stops. It is a relief to get out there especially when you thought lightning and heavy rain was too hairy a proposition.

On one such morning, I was delighted to find myself doing hill repeats at one of my favourite neighbourhood spots. As I descended a series of hairpin loops, I breathed in the freshly washed air filled with the fragrance of pandan & other aromatics. Trundelling downhill, I marvelled at the brand new day gifted me; it was a good time to run.

I also contemplate Becky at Life of B s grief journey; I am grateful for her bravery & generosity by allowing us to walk with her. I join in the Walking Squares this month in recognition that loss is a part of our lives, as is grief and remembrance. All walks, no matter how invigorating or challenging, do eventually end; the closing of one walk will give a another a chance to begin.

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in Happy Place, Happy S๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธpace, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

This post in my contribution to


  1. Aw thanks for including me, Ju Lyn! The way you described that run takes me back to runs Iโ€™ve had in San Francisco- the smell of baked goods is hard to beat! Have a happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. For some reason I thought pandan was a baked good ๐Ÿ˜… I just followed the link and realize itโ€™s a plant! Probably donโ€™t want to eat that, but I bet it has a beautiful scent nonetheless hehe . My very nonexistent botany knowledge is showing ๐Ÿ˜„


  2. Your post allowed me to smell the rain and its after-scent. The feature photo is gorgeous. And you are so wise, Ju-Lyn, to emphasize the bravery and generosity associated with sharing grief and allowing others to walk with us. I wish Becky well, and I thank both of you.


  3. Ju-Lyn, Thank you for your thoughtful weekend coffee share and the mention. I’m also thinking of Becky and doing what I can to support her. I join her Walking Squares once a week and share images without words. Have a great week!


  4. Glad that you’ve joined those celebrating Becky’s brave steps, Ju-Lyn. The world is a beautiful place but it can look so grey through pain. Thanks for adding to the joy. (and for including me here). Have a great week!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Beautiful, Ju-Lyn. So well put. Our next door neighbors just lost their young daughter. She was twenty and died in a car crash. We are grieving right along with them. I am going to donate a book to our library in memoriam of their daughter. She was an avid reader, and her mother will be giving me some suggestions.

      Liked by 2 people

    2. Glad to be in this Square Walk space with us all, even if it is painful at times. Grief is such a curious process – I am never sure what are the right things to say or do; often, I think I just end up being there in case I can do any small thing to help.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s