100 Happy Days- Day 26

July 25th, 2014

26 The beach is one of my favorite of all places.  I feel peace and tranquility.   Spending the day at the beach with good friends is a double dose of happy.

Walks on the beach and delicious lunch- lots of laughter and appreciation for life-   that’s what this day was all about.      One good friend spent the night- and two others stayed late into the evening.  We sat outside, talked and our cup runneth over with happy.

It seemed like I was on vacation, and that within itself is another happy!

100 Happy Days- Day 25

July 24th, 2014

 

When I look at it-  I think about love-   because it was love given to me by people I love.

In the world of instant gratification everything- the hand written letter or card has been forgotten.   So to receive hand written pieces of love- is a huge happy for me.

 

 

100 Happy Days- Day 24

July 24th, 2014

24This kind of goes without saying-   but below is what I wrote about this particular ‘day of happy’:

Finding this limited edition World Cup 2014 aluminum Coca-Cola bottle for Marcel before the World Cup started.  If the Netherlands make it to the finale- it will be even more special for him.

As we all know- they didn’t make it to the finale- although it was very close, and in the end Germany and Argentina made it and the rest is history.  Germans are the champions.  Congrats to them!

100 Happy Days- Day 23

July 23rd, 2014

23I fell in love with this building when we passed it one afternoon…   Below is what I wrote about it:

Old Dutch architecture with words or sayings built into the structure.   This one, along the river bank in Wormerveer, says ‘Geloof’, which is Dutch for Believe.

It makes me curious of the history of the building, and what the significance was for the person who included it in the building.

100 Happy Days- Day 22

July 22nd, 2014

22A dear friend and I met in the city for some brainstorming-  We write a monthly ‘foodie’ column together, so we met to discuss the article of the month, plus got in some good times together.

Lunch at a café with a water-  lots of side-aching laughter and fun!  It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

100 Happy Days- Day 21

July 22nd, 2014

21This was a ‘huge’ happy for me on this day- and the post was as follows:

One of my goals this year was to learn how to work with yeast and make bread.

Today, as part of the group bread challenge- where we are baking our way through ‘The Book of Buns’  – I made these and I’m thrilled with the results.

Thank you Caroline and Sonya for the inspiration, and Jane Mason for being the author and advocate for sharing her passion with others.   I am beaming!!

Thinking of Gift Giving

July 22nd, 2014

It’s hard to believe- but many of us have already started the countdown to Christmas. My brother and his fiance’ are already talking to me about helping them surprise the other with gifts- and I’ve started a gift list of my own. Since both my brother and his fiancé are musically inclined, one of the possible gift ideas is going together with my parents and getting them a gift from musiciansfriend. We know what they like and what they’ve been looking for, and when it comes to gifts, I’m all for practicality- so what better gift for musicians than a musical related gift?

As for me- I’m already dropping hints for what my husband can get me. I don’t need a lot- but there are a few things that I’d sure love to have.

100 Happy Days- Day 20

July 22nd, 2014

20Day 20 we visited friends and spent the evening watching the Netherlands -vs- Costa Rica in the World Cup 2014.    It was a fantastic evening, and even though I am not a soccer fan; I’m definitely a fan of spending time with friends.

We had a blast, and planned to watch the finale together if the Netherlands made it that far, but unfortunately they didn’t.

I guess now the wait is on for two years when the European championship rolls around.

 

Fun in the Making

July 22nd, 2014

With Marcel and I on the countdown til our two-month holiday later this year, we’ve been doing a lot of planning. We both love to travel, and when travel involves being back ‘home’ with family and friends, it makes it even better.

This year- will be extra special, because two of our really good friends here, will be flying into Orlando and traveling across the Deep South and spending a few weeks with us, our family and friends. It will be a first for them, and I’m looking forward to sharing the area with them.

In addition, some high school friends are planning a big get together, and they’ve been searching for someone to cater the event, plus looking for a dj so we can ‘dance the night away’ to put it in the words of one of the girls.

There is so much to look forward to, and much planning to be made, but in the meantime- we still have much to look forward to on this side of the pond.

100 Happy Days- Day 19

July 22nd, 2014

19  Since I’m behind posting these here to this blog-  this was originally posted on Facebook on the 4th of July.

The great thing about posting them here now- is that I can look back and be reminded of what I was doing on each particular day-  which gives me that happy feeling all over again.  That makes it a double dose of happy for the same moment, which I absolutely love.

The post associated with this day was as follows:

Celebrating 4th of July ‘our style’.
Ice cold watermelon- Beef tartar burgers with bacon, mixed greens, cheese and avocado.

I’ll add to that-  that JJ is definitely happy to be sharing in the watermelon fest.  He adores watermelon.

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