Happy 101

Grace has bestowed a sweet little award on me.  I’m always honored when people just read my blog, but awards really ice the (cup)cake!  Thank you, Grace!

The details:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. List who gave the award to you and use a link to her blog (or hyperlink).
3. List 10 things that make you happy.
4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know!

I bet you could guess what I’ll list as my happy things, but…

The Knight.  He doesn’t get as much press as he should.  I realized last week, one day when he was out sick, that he really does brighten my day, just like the fur-girls do.  Neighbor Guy drives to our house and picks up the Knight’s work truck when the Knight is off, and last week, I happily said, “Oh, here comes my husband!” when I saw the truck pull in the lot, only to realize the Knight was at home sleeping…

The fur-girls, of course.   I babble about their special abilities to make me happy regularly, but for a totally different spin, visit Sissy’s blog today…  

My girlfriends.   They don’t get enough press either.  Local or not, my friends keep me balanced.  They know when I need to laugh, listen when I need to cry, inspire me, challenge me and just make me a better woman.  It is truly an honor to call each of you my friend!

Family.  If there’s a group I neglect here on my blog, family would get the blue ribbon.  That’s not to say they aren’t important to me…  It’s more a matter of privacy.  They make me crazy and mad, but there’s a lot of joy there too.

The Outer Banks.  I’ve also written tons about how that place soothes my soul, and there are so many different facets to happy.  I like sheer joy, but I also treasure pure bliss and simple contentment.   There’s a lot to be said for just being at peace.

Snow!!   (Another BIG SNOW this weekend?  Maybe?)  I intentionally picked a photo that shows it SNOWING.   I think I am happiest watching it snow, when the blanket of white is still undisturbed.

Tea.  There’s just something about wrapping my hands around a warm cuppa’ that warms me from within, even before I take that first sip.  (This special cup was a gift from Anita, but it also reminds me of a special weekend with friends and of the beach…)

Flowers, especially roses.  The Knight just doesn’t get how happy cut flowers make me.  They brighten the room and my mood!   (These beauties also serve as reminders of a fun evening with friends.  They were sent home with me after a fundraiser as a thank-you from the fundraising chair… )

I like silly fun too.  I think one of the keys to  happiness is never take yourself too seriously.  (I should also note that I was a bit shocked at how many photos I have with tongues stuck out…)

I know Anita hates this photo, so I do apologize for using it again, but I love the laughter so evident here.

Memories.  My memories make me happy.  Bittersweet is still happy for me, most of the time.  Tennyson was right; it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.   Something tells me (bottom right corner) that it’s probably a good thing that my grandmother and Sissy didn’t get a chance to meet.  Although for the record, Gretchen is also crazy for peppermints now too!

And now, to pass it on…  I hate to choose, so please feel free to share your Happy 101 list with me!  You certainly don’t have to do photos as I did, but do let me know if you post your own list.

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25 comments on “Happy 101

  1. anniebananie says:

    Right back at you!

    And I love the picture of the Knight. He looks so grown up in his dress blues! I do hope he is feeling better.

  2. gaylen says:

    Love your happy list! You are finding the joy this year, aren’t you? That’s a fabulous photo of The Knight – off to catch up with Missy Sissy! g

  3. km says:

    In no particular order…

    My hubby, My kids, Friends (IRL & Bloggy), Mail (real and emails), Coffee, Decorating for each season (getting ready to put up hearts for February, Warm towels…nothing like stepping out of the shower to a warm towel, Knitting, Sewing (I haven’t done much of this in the last few years, but I’m making doll quilts this week…and it’s fun), The beach (Balboa/Newport/CDM), Music.

    Love that cup with the starfish saucer!

  4. Marjie says:

    That is a great picture of your knight. I love your list. My whole world is a very happy place, and it warms my heart to see others as contented!

  5. Mary says:

    Great list. Definitely agree with flowers as a top 10 happy-maker. A good friend at work brought me a bouquet of bright orange tulips on Monday morning. They have brightened my desk/days immeasurably this week.

  6. louise says:

    What a Happy list Channon. Your Knight looks quite “debonaire.” Cherish him…I have happy thoughts of my knight who actually dressed up as a knight in shining armor to propose to me many years ago. (he wrapped himself in aluminum foil from head to toe:)

    I suppose, it is the simplest things in life that make us the most gleeful. I wouldn’t change one thing on your list including the family “indulgences.” (I do favor carnations though and my outer banks were off of Montauk Point:)

    Thank you so much for sharing with us Chan. I do think it’s time for tea:)

  7. Bubblesknits says:

    What a great post. So many wonderful happy things. 🙂 Off to check out Sissy’s blog.

  8. Oh! Happiness is that sea shell cup and saucer! Of course, you DO deserve the award….

  9. dianne says:

    I live so close to NC (the Charlotte area) yet it will take me 9 hours to get to the Outer Banks.

    I’m proud to say that I’m one of your friends because with all of you I would be nothing.

  10. Sue says:

    That’s a very nice list. I can see you’re sticking to your New Years resolution.

    I love that cup and saucer, have never seen one like it.

  11. Blond Duck says:

    I love all the pics!

    And don’t take this the wrong way, but I think you would have been a great Frontier woman. You seem so hearty and steadfast and great with creating and making a home…

  12. p3knitter says:

    What a wonderful post!! I may have to get something like this going.

  13. Amanda says:

    Chan, this is a great post.

    That teacup sits right next to my spot on the couch with my special stitch markers in it. That weekend was such a blast…

  14. Terrie says:

    Wonderful post! I love all the pictures you shared 🙂

  15. Anita says:

    Hate the photo but love the post. 😛
    Great list! I need to do mine too….

  16. Kathy says:

    What a great list of stuff that makes you happy! It’s all relatable and obtainable, nothing like your Ferrari or something outrageous that most of us can’t understand.

  17. Barbara says:

    Such a lovely post! And fun photos.
    Congratulations on the award, you deserve it.
    The tea cup is adorable and the roses are lovely- nice of them to thank you that way.

  18. Dianne says:

    What a great post – love your list!

  19. Nichole says:

    Wonderful post!!! I found myself going “yes, yes…” to most all of your top 10’s! 🙂

  20. Blond Duck says:

    I think it’s cute you had a Sassy!

  21. AlisonH says:

    Oh wow! She was like my grandmother! My Gram kept a big round glass bowl by her side filled with candy for visiting younger relatives; she passed away in ’95 at 96.

  22. kathy b says:

    Fun to read. I leave the family out of the blog intentionally too. A mention here of there seems just right to me.

  23. Miss Me says:

    what a lovely post and i completely agree about family. sure, i talk a bit about them, but not too much, especially as the boys get older. teenagers seem to have high privacy needs!

  24. Julie says:

    Fab post! I mainly talk about family in a general way, but oh, what would I do without my completely beloved Husband I do not know. I know that in our lives we create happiness, but together we are happier (most times). The music I listen to makes me happy, getting hand written letters makes me happy, as does smelling fresh baked bread, getting into just changed sheets after a shower, not having to wait more than five minutes for a bus, binding off that last stitch, seeing him in the dark after my eyes have adjusted, getting a call from my best friend, and most of all…singing praises to my King!

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