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.

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.

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