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.

Moving Right Along

October 18th, 2014

Life has been happening at what seems like warp speed here as of late.  SO much has been happening- with getting ready for the vacation, booking hotels, this and that- making plans with friends for when I’m home-   not to mention adventures we have on the agenda while we are there.   The time will fly by.    In addition, my company has been growing as well-and since I’m a ‘one woman operation’, I’ve been taking care of everything on my own and loving it.  It does mean less time for other things- but I don’t mind-  it’s my life blood and passion.

I’ve also started scheduling daily time for myself to walk/ run/ work-out.  I realized that in the constant busy of life that taking care of me would get pushed to the side more often than not-  so I started scheduling time to spend working out-     It has made a HUGE difference on the whole and I’m loving it.

Tonight I made hotel reservations for our time in Memphis- and I am really excited.  So much great stuff to look forward to, but before that-  still a lot of fun to be had here- like an early Thanksgiving celebration with friends at Niki’s.  It’s going to be a fun day and feast, plus this coming week- dinner at a friends home.  She’s Italian and is cooking us an Italian feast as a ‘thank you’ for something I did for her earlier in the week.    I was happy to be able to help her, but I sure won’t say no to amazing food and great company.

What’s happening in your part of the world?

Day 36- 100 Happy Days

October 18th, 2014

36On day 36, we had some well needed rain, which cooled things off a bit.   I love rain (especially when I don’t have to get out in it) and the slow drizzle made me smile.   All things in balance-    the rain helps us appreciate the sunshine even more.

Day 35- 100 Happy Days

October 18th, 2014

35 On day 35, these buns were a HUGE happy in my life- (and in the life of those who were lucky enough to be able to eat some of them).

One of my goals this year was to learn how to break breads from scratch-  not quick breads, not bread machine breads, but yeast breads, which required kneading, rising and all that good jazz.

This book is amazing, as is the author.   Her passion for bread shines through in all that she does, including sharing all the techniques to learn how to make gorgeous buns and breads.

My new goal is to one of these days take one of her bread workshops-   but in the meantime- I’m loving baking through this book with a group of people from across the globe.

Getting Started

October 18th, 2014

A friend mentioned the other day that she was more than 3/4 of the way finished with her Christmas shopping. Yes! I’m serious. Me, on the other hand, is on the opposite end of the spectrum in the aspect that I haven’t even started. In fact, I haven’t purchased one gift, yet. I have to say that she did inspire me though, and after seeing one of my friends talking about their new guitar and knowing their passion and love for music shines through in all aspects of their life- I’m considering picking up a acoustic guitar strap for them. I think he’ll love it- plus when he plays, he can be reminded of people who love and support his passion.

Day 34- 100 Happy Days

October 18th, 2014

34Day 34 on my 100 Happy Day adventure (I say adventure, because it definitely was not a challenge for me) found us in the middle of a heat wave for our area.    Marcel and I had plans to get out early and visit a huge indoor flea market in the city- so off we went before the day got ‘too warm’.

It was our first time there, and we enjoyed seeing everything, plus I found the old red enamel coffee pot in the top right of the photo. I’d been looking for an old coffee pot to use as a vase, and when I saw the red one, I grabbed it.    It definitely makes me happy to see the sunflowers in it.

 

 

Day 33- 100 Happy Days

October 18th, 2014

33 It’s pretty clear that life has been keeping me busy, due to my lack of sharing and posting here- but I’ll get back to that in a few, in another post.

First, a few updates on the 100 Happy Day challenge that I did during the summer.

This makes me happy when I look at it-   In fact, it makes me happy every single time I walk into the kitchen, because it’s hanging on my kitchen door.   It was made with love by my good friend (and neighbor’s) children for my birthday.    Since she has two friends with similar names -  Laurie and yours truly- Lori-   they call me ‘cupcake Lori’ which is very fitting.

Love them all!

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