Find the Joy of the Moment

Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

After over 9 weeks of Shelter-in-Place, finding joy and happiness in the simple pleasures of life have taken on a new importance for many of us.

Slowly, prudently, more park lands in our area are open. This picture of a friend at Edgewood County Park in San Mateo County expresses complete joy in the moment. Every time I see it, I can't help but smile.

Joy. Woman on sunny hiking trail

The painted rock we spotted on a trail in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since I need to return some equipment to a seller who now lives in Sausalito, we took advantage of a nearby trail and hiked up to a glorious rocky outcrop with views of Sausalito, Richardson Bay and beyond. There, much to our delight, was sitting this beautifully painted rock. Another reason to smile.

Further on, our hike took us down steep trails into woodland valleys, where we spotted a number of "fairy houses" along the trail. Here is one to share with you. More smiles.

"Fairy House" along a woodland trail

Wishing you all many reasons to smile and to find the joy.


Comments (47)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lottie, very sad to see the fire on Fisherman's Wharf this morning, such an icon.

May 23, 2020 07:52 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 23, 2020 07:05 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! I love the shot of your friend and the overview of your adventure. That sounds like my kind of day!

May 24, 2020 05:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Lottie Kendall - the last several days I got our from behind the computer and went into the sun.  It was very invigorating.

May 24, 2020 07:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Lottie Kendall ,

What an absolutely delightful post! I'm so glad that Kathy Streib included it in her "Ah-ha" moments for week! The photos are so uplifting and I love the rock and fairy house you came across...makes me smile!

May 24, 2020 09:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Many painted rocks have been found in our home community. 

A good project for any area.

May 24, 2020 09:43 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I start seeing painted rocks in our neighborhood. I know it is from our neighbor's daughter. The dozen rocks moved around to different trails.  Also see some interesting chalk painting on different drive ways to express themselves.

Have a great summer. 


May 24, 2020 10:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lottie:

What a wonderful, feel-good post. I haven't seen any painted rocks or fairy houses but will have to look for some in our neighborhood. Our parks and trails are now open as well and people are enjoying them.


May 25, 2020 07:38 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning, Joan Cox - the wharf that burned housed fish processing plants; disrupted the cycle for sure. But--the fire was contained to about 2/3 of that one pier, Fisherman's Wharf remains.

May 25, 2020 09:43 AM
Joan Cox

Good to hear Lottie!

May 25, 2020 04:54 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Kathy Streib - thanks for the feature in your weekly post. I'm glad this brought a smile to your face.

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - being a chosen post for Kathy's weekly round up is an honor. Glad you liked the pictures.

May 25, 2020 09:45 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Kat Palmiotti - "joy" is almost palpable in the photo of my friend, right? I'm not in the Lake District of England this morning, where I thought I'd be, but my mini-adventures close to home are bringing a lot of pleasure and happiness.

Good morning, Grant Schneider - being outdoors is a treat to me, one I enjoy every day, although I sunburn so badly I take all kinds of precautions to keep safe!

May 25, 2020 09:47 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Roy Kelley and Sam Shueh - isn't it fun to come across a painted rock, a chalk message, or teddy bears and signs in windows? The sense of community is felt and appreciated.

Good morning, Jeff Dowler, CRS - keep your eyes open when you're out and about; I suspect you'll find lots of uplifting little "gifts," whether a pretty rock, a window display or other message.

May 25, 2020 09:50 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Great way to keep a smile on our faces.  Thanks for sharing, I love the painted rocks, I'm thinking about asking my grandbabies to paint me a few rocks for my front porch area. I'm so glad that Kathy Streib included your post, just reading the headlines, made me smile.

Have a great week. 

May 25, 2020 12:54 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Lottie, I can feel the sun and the breeze on that beautiful trail! The painted rock and the fairy house are delightful! I am glad Kathy Streib featured this blog.

May 25, 2020 03:01 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

what a great smile - and I wish we had fairy houses here - I guess I am just not looking in the right places - here's to making opportunities out of annoying circumstances like the lockdown! 

May 26, 2020 04:17 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Lottie Kendall what would life be without painted rocks, expressions of freedom & joy, and Fairy houses? I enjoyed your post, a lot. 

May 26, 2020 06:12 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to  highlight it this week!

May 26, 2020 06:43 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning, Graziella Bruner - it would be a wonderful thing if your grandchildren painted some rocks for your porch! Could be a fun activity, and will spread joy.

Hi Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® - glad you enjoyed the post. I'm a fan of happiness!

May 26, 2020 07:47 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Steffy Hristova and Hello Lise Howe - I'm glad the smiling hiker made you smile too -- nothing quite speaks joy like that. Wishing you both a happy Tuesday!

May 26, 2020 07:49 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning, Doug Dawes - I'll probably do a sequel to this "joy" post. Stay tuned.

May 26, 2020 07:50 AM