Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy 101

Sometime around Christmas Rebecca over at The Reluctant Homefront gave me a blog award. Course it was crazy on the blog here in December (not to mention real life) so I thought I'd save it to post in the New Year.

The Happy 101 award is given to someone who brightens your nice! Thanks Rebecca! If you haven't visited her blog be sure to stop by...she's a very talented writer. As you know blog awards are all about sharing the love so I'm to post 10 things that make me happy and try to make at least one of them part of my day today. Then I'm to pass the award on to 10 bloggers who brighten my day. Let's start with 10 things that brighten my day and make me happy...

1. Daughters-
Seriously these girls are into my heart so deep...they are the sweetest.

2. the beauty of creation-

I love the changing seasons...

the vastness of the ocean, the beauty of the mountains,
a big blue sky...being outdoors makes me happy.

Oh and for the record that is NOT me on the side of Mt. Blanc...I am actually inside a precariously hanging cable car going up the side of Mt. Blanc...almost as scary as what they're doing but slightly warmer.

3. books-I love books... love reading them, owning them, libraries, bookstores...words make me happy. I think you probably guessed that.

4. travel-if there is one thing living abroad taught me it is this....I will never see all there is to see in this big wide world. I'd like to try though.

5. photographs-I enjoy taking pictures. I'm not very good at it but I love photographs and I especially love the way a photo brings the memory of a person or event right back to now.

6. music-I love the way music creates emotion...the way a particular song takes me back to a place and time in my head...sometimes I smile, sometimes I cry...I love that music can make that happen.

7. cooking-I know there are women who hate cooking but I'm not one of them. I love to cook. I love trying new recipes and I like tasting new foods and hosting dinner parties for friends and family and making traditional tried and true dishes for holiday gatherings. I enjoy being in my kitchen and spend a lot of time there.

8. a good haircut-oh I know this sounds completely shallow but getting a great haircut and some perfectly perfect sun kissed highlights can make even the best day better. I'm overdue for this one so hopefully this week.

9. shoes- There...I said it. I love shoes and a great pair of shoes can definitely make me happy. I realize we're not talking eternal happiness here but my list of happies is more about the everyday stuff in life that makes me smile.

10. marriage-I like being married and having someone to share my life with...I can't imagine my life without this guy who after 25 years can still make me laugh. He can also make me crazy.

Mostly though he makes me laugh.

Now I'm to pass this award on to 10 bloggers who brighten my day...I know people don't always want to play along so no pressure...just know that visiting your blog brightens my day so thanks for that!

1. Sincerely Shannon-okay, this is my daughter's brand new blog which she only just started a couple of days ago but I know I'm going to enjoy reading here. I'm passing this along to her because she definitely brightens my day plus when you're new to blogging it's nice to have some posts like these to get you started...stop in and say hello...she's a sweetie!

2. The Lumberjack's Wife- I love this blog...she is funny and adorable. When I read it I always think we'd be friends and then I remember I'm old enough (almost) to be her mother. But I still think we'd be friends and I love reading's one of my favorites. Oh and I'm way more technically savvy than her parents : )

3. Carpool Queen's Blog-okay I know we'd be friends in real life. We share a love of pottery and creme brulee for starters..what more do you need?

4. Joy in the Journey-Carol and I have totally bonded thru our ex pat experiences and I'm so hoping we meet in real life once she's back in the states.

5. Psalm 145:4-of course I'd include Valerie in this list...she is one of my first blog friends and sometimes I forget we've never met in person. Hoping 2010 is the year!

6. Odom Party of Five-as I'm writing this list I'm realizing there are lots of bloggers I'd love to meet in real life and Lisa is one of them. She's not too far from my girls so maybe one of these days on a trip south. Or when she comes to NYC : )

7. It Only Gets Better-Rebekah takes beautiful pictures and has adorable children and does crafty stuff that's lovely. Oh and we're facebook friends-that's real life isn't it?

8. Tempo and Speed-speaking of taking beautiful photographs...this is my sister in law's blog so of course I love to visit here. And I do know her in real life. Honest.

9. Jill Boyd's Place- we 'met' thru the Random Dozen hosted by Second Cup of Coffee...that counts right?

10. Tales from my Empty Nest-Melinda is a sweetie...she was also one of my first blog friends and we mostly communicate by email now. We'll definitely meet one of these days...I need a road trip to NC this year!


  1. Joyce,

    Thank you so much for the lovely award. I love getting them, but I'm not always the best about posting them as quickly as I would like.

    Your list of 10 things that make you happy has at least 7 or 8 that I could put down on my list in a heartbeat. You and I are twins like that.

    Yes, one day it would be great to meet up in person. I do believe that will happen.

    BTW, your daughter is the cutest. I love her blog already.

  2. I'll try this again.....
    Disregard if two comments appear. : /

    Thanks for the award. I feel the exact same way, Joyce. I feel like we've been good friends forever. I'm sure hoping we are able to meet in person in 2010. I think it'd be so much fun!

    Now, I'm gonna hop over to your sweet daughter's blog and introduce myself to her.

    Love ya!

  3. What a fun post! Congratulations on your award! COOL!
    And congratulations on initiating your daughter into the world of blogging. She's gonna love it!
    Love your photos, but the picture of you and your hubby, that one is just the best. What a beautiful setting. Where were you? Love all the flowers.
    Happy New Year! "talk" to you soon.
    Hugs! Karen

  4. Awwww... Will I be allowed to tag you back? 'Cause you brighten my day, too! I'm always mentioning to my hubs what you've said on your blog and he always asks, "Is that the one in Maine, Oregon or New Jersey?" Hee Hee! I was just telling him the other day how thankful I am for you and your faithful commenting and comments definitely make my day. I'll have to sit down and think of my list; especially since I don't want to just copy yours! ; )

    By-the-way, being Facebook friends surely counts. And if you're making a trip to Carolina then I'm going to meet you there!

  5. Congrats on your award and what a great post to get to know more about you. Hope you have a wonderful New Year. God bless :-D

  6. I loved reading your heartfelt list of 10. Congrats to you and the bloggers you passed on the award to. I'll be sure to stop by and visit them as time permits. Blessings, SusanD

  7. Happy new year :) What an awesome award, and what a beautiful 10 things! I'm new to blogging too, and just stumbled across yours!

  8. I loved that Mt. Blanc picture! I am glad you are more techno-savvy than my parents. I have been gone all day and just came from their house . . .where I had to teach them about cd burning. It was joyous.
    Thanks for the award! Now I have another blog post idea!

  9. Thanks so much for the reward! Your blog really brightens my day as well. I'll post my ten happy things on Tuesday!

  10. What a beautiful blog you have... and such skill with your camera!!

    It was a joy to visit you today!


  11. Congrats on your award! Shoes make me happy too!

  12. Really, what more in life do you need than a beautiful dish of custard?


    Except maybe a cute purse.

  13. I love your ten happy things! I am definitely an outdoors-lover, too, and those pictures are gorgeous! :)

    Thanks for the sweet compliment, and I can't wait to visit your ten blogger awardees. :)

  14. BTW, posted my Happy post today.