Day 32- 100 Happy Days

September 18th, 2014

32A while back when I actually took this photo on day 32-   I wrote about the joy I felt that my one tomato plant was not only doing well, but it was thriving beyond my wildest dreams.  It was loaded with tomatoes and blooms, and since has produced some of the most delicious tomatoes I’ve ever eaten.     That makes me very happy.

Ironically (or not), this plant continues to thrive and is STILL blooming and producing not only new growth, but also a continual supply of delicious tomatoes.

Day 31- 100 Happy Days

September 18th, 2014

31My ‘actual’ 100 Happy Days posts are now officially at day 95, but I’m still playing ‘catch up’ here on my blog.

This particular day- I was extremely happy for the day at the beach with a dear friend.  We went for a long walk, but in addition to the joy of being at the beach, plus being there with a dear friend,  it was also a happy being there and using it as our office space for the day.     We author a monthly foodie column, and that was our office.    It’s the best of both worlds- combining work and play.

Attitude of Gratitude

September 18th, 2014

Aside from the weather being absolutely perfect these days- this time of the year is my favorite. I find myself on a fence of wanting to stay at home and cook all day- or spending the day outside as much as possible- embracing the last bits of brilliant weather. Lately, I’ve chosen more of the latter, although I do have apples that I plan to do something with this weekend, and bread to bake.

I continue to learn and grow- plus every single day I’m reminded of just how blessed I am. There is beauty everywhere- but new opportunities keep presenting themselves, and I’m enjoying being able to be a part of them. It’s a joy, and I can’t tell you what an effect it has had on my life.

Does it mean there hasn’t been challenges? Of course not, but what it does mean is that I’m focusing on the good stuff- and that ‘stuff’ continues to manifest and grow into something more beautiful and abundant than I ever dreamt possible.

I’m grateful, for the opportunities, the people in my life, and even for those little less-than-pleasant moments that serve to teach me.

Life is beautiful, and every single moment- a gift.

Smart Usage of Space

September 18th, 2014

When mom and diddy built their home years ago- there weren’t that many people who had a rev a shelf trash in their kitchens. Mom had custom cabinets built, and the trash bin in the cabinet was on her ‘must have’ list. She loves it- plus you never have to ‘see’ the garbage can like you do in my kitchen. It’s something I’m considering myself for our kitchen remodel- that has been on the discussion table for a while. You lose the cabinet space, but you gain space by not having the ugly garbage can in the room.

Before we tackle the kitchen renovations- we’re going to have to agree on a style and design- which I think should definitely be left up to me, since it is my domain.

One Month Later..

September 5th, 2014

I haven’t fallen off the planet earth, or been swallowed up by some creature.   Truth is-  I’ve been out living and loving life- and this space has been a result of that.

I’m still doing 100 Happy Days, and I have a lot to catch up on here with that-  since I’m on day 80-something on my Facebook, which is where I post them daily.  We’ve been vacation planning, also doing some adventuring around here-   plus I was selected to be an ambassador for a large television network, which resulted in a great evening at a castle, and me meeting some fantastic new people.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but I do have much to share, so I’ll try to start doing more of that.  After all- I can take a half hour a day and blog, right?    I thought so too.   So NO excuses.

Expect more from me this weekend, but right now-  I’ve got a cake to ice, and some laundry to do.

Best Lives

September 5th, 2014

I love how Facebook allows us to share in the daily lives of others that we may not otherwise have the opportunity to spend time with on a regular basis. I love seeing photos of friends in other countries and states, plus sharing in their happy moments of life- birthdays, births, marriages, and other great opportunities that come their way. Last week a friend ran the Disney half-marathon at Disney Land. They live in San Diego, and went up and stayed with a friend who took them to private dance lessons santa monica that she had been taking for a while. It looked like they were having so much fun! There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing people living their best lives and loving every moment of it.

What about you? What’s happening in your world?

Day 30- 100 Happy Days

August 2nd, 2014

30To know me is to know just how much I love both JJ and Mister Mistoffelees- aka Mister M.     They are a constant source of laughter and pure joy in our lives.

On this particular day-  the rare occasion occurred where they are sharing a space close to each other.    The following is what I shared with this happy post for the 100 Happy Days challenge:

When no one is looking- they actually love each other.    Both bring so much joy to my life.

Day 29- 100 Happy Days

August 1st, 2014

29 I love how certain things can bring back a flood of memories from days-gone-by.   Such is the case with these gorgeous willow trees that you can find in abundance near our home.

I wrote the following about this ‘happy’ day:  I love that I live in an area with so many willow trees.     Every time I pass by one, I smile.  It reminds me of the one my grandparents had in their front yard when I was growing up.    So many happy memories.

Day 28- 100 Happy Days

August 1st, 2014

28JJ and his ‘best friend’ – the red Kong bone.    He talks to it, shows it to everyone who enters our home and entices them to play fetch by barking.      It is an instant joy maker.

After having this Kong bone about 10 months, the wear and tear is starting to show.    It won’t be long and we’ll need to pick up a new one soon.   With as much daily play as this one gets, I think it’s held up well.

Day 27- 100 Happy Days

July 31st, 2014

27Happy Birthday to me!    That means this photo was actually taken on July 12th-     It was a day of bliss, really.   Filled with some of my favorite things and people.

The Facebook post associated with this particular day read as follows:

Days that include so many of my favorite things all in one make me extremely happy-   Huge bouquet of sunflowers at almost midnight from Marcel,  little road trips with friends- which include the local grain mill where I buy fresh ground flours, dinner out with my favorite (and only) guy- with an awesome water view.

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