Day 46- 100 Happy Days

October 27th, 2014

46This is probably one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken this year-   Marcel and JJ were having a little moment, and I was lucky enough to catch it-   it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Those two are best pals- and while JJ definitely doesn’t see Marcel as the ‘boss’- he does see him as a friend and playmate-   They have a lot of fun together and make me laugh hysterically quite regular.

Day 45- 100 Happy Days

October 26th, 2014

45Spending the day in the city with a friend and exploring the Rijksmuseum made me very happy.   Seeing paintings by the masters Vermeer and van Gogh, alongside the gorgeous flowers blooming along the canals, beautiful stained glass works and of course-   good food, company and lots of laughter.   There is nothing quite like it.


Day 44- 100 Happy Day

October 25th, 2014

44Flowers given to me by friends-   Earlier in the year I had a ‘What Makes YOU Happy’ party- and these were gifts from friends.  The left- a cosmos plant- a friend brought me for hosting-  and the right-  is a sunflower getting ready to bloom, also a hostess gift from a friend-  a burlap bag with sunflower seeds.  Both were gorgeous.

The party-  was fantastic, and part two is already in the makings for next year.


Day 43- 100 Happy Days

October 24th, 2014

43During the morning hours of this particular day- we had massive amounts of rain fall within a short amount of time.    The result of that was flash-flooding which meant the canals ‘grew’ out of their banks.   This meant easy swimming and fun for JJ an also wading in the puddles for me.

I’ve long been a huge fan of water, and splashing around in the extra water made me laugh out loud and giggle like a child.    Nothing like those pure joy moments that come out of the little things.

The following day the water had receded completely, but it was fun while it lasted.

Day 42- 100 Happy Days

October 23rd, 2014

42The many faces of Mister Mistoffelees.   For those of you who haven’t met Mister M.  He’s a seal bi-colored Ragdoll cat and the love of my kitty life-    He’s a joy to me on SO many levels.  He is my shadow, my constant companion and sidekick.  He’s hilarious- and he is clearly the king of this castle.

Happy doesn’t begin to describe how he makes me.   He’s 9 years old this year, but continues to bring me so much happiness..  Love him dearly-   Pets aren’t ‘just’ animals, they’re members of the family.

Day 41- 100 Happy Days

October 22nd, 2014

41What an amazing day this was!    We spent the day in the north at the beautiful home of a friend, along with about 20 others- all ‘foodie friends’.  What happens when you get a bunch of friends together for a pot luck, who happen to love to cook and bake?  You end up with some amazing food!

It was a great time of laughter, fun and great food.    I think we’re going to be making it an annual event, and I can’t wait until the next one.

The sunset on the way home was amazing!  Thanks Lisa- for being the most amazing of hostesses!

Day 40- 100 Happy Days

October 21st, 2014

40Home-Grown tomatoes..  Grown by none other than yours truly-   This one plant has brought me SO much joy this year.     I had no idea how well it would do, but it has thrived and even now-  longggg after this day 40 post, it’s still growing and thriving into the Fall, giving me some of the best tomatoes I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Next year- I’ll be growing another one.   One has been the perfect producer for us-   with enough for us to eat, plus a few extras to share with JJ here and there.

Day 39- 100 Happy Days

October 20th, 2014

39The castle in my neighborhood is always a highlight of scenery when I’m out walking.   I pass it every single time I walk, and when I do- I always smile at its beauty.   It also means that I’m 3/4 of the way through with my walk-   but inside the gate is a beautiful garden filled with fresh herbs, flowers and vegetables for that particular season in which you visit.

It was another perfect day of enjoying the weather, plus spending some time in the company of friends.

Day 38- 100 Happy Days

October 19th, 2014

38I loved everything about this day-    A day at the island with two of my favorite guys-   Marcel and JJ.   We explored the island, walked on the beach and along the shoreline, plus discovered a ‘hidden tea garden’ where we had some fantastic homemade tea.   I don’t think the day could have been any better.

JJ also had a great time soaking up the sunshine and playing with his ball along the shoreline.


Day 37- 100 Happy Days

October 19th, 2014

37Sunshine and long walks with friends definitely make me happy on this day and every day.   I love getting out and exercising, but sharing it with friends is double the pleasure.

I love our neighborhood-  There are so many beautiful paths to explore, and so much beauty all around.

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