Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy 101

Linda at Wander To The Wayside passed along a Happy 101 Sweet Friends award this weekend. Thank you Linda! It says "Add kind words; Mix in sweet thoughts; Enjoy good times". The rules are that I tell you about ten things that make me happy, then pass it along to fellow bloggers. It's a great way to start out the week, especially discovering there was so much that pushed my happy buttons.

Happy Buttons:1) My children laughing and my grandson's smile. And my downstairs neighbor's baby's chortles. Okay, pretty much children laughing make me giggle. Unless they're creepy. Like Chucky. But he's not real. Right?

2) Creating ~ writing, photography, crafts, a new life.

3) Golden sunshine against a blue sky with white clouds skittering by.

4) Flowers ~ gardens, pictures, window boxes, but especially in the house. We used to have a gardenia bush when I was growing up in Florida. And I miss the roses I grew in Arizona, big as my outstretched hand (thank you, Miracle-Gro).

5) Birdsong ~ I don't even need to be hiking. Birds at the deck feeders, outside an open window, just please not pooping on my car.

6) Any good book I can't put down. A recent favorite contributing to my grogginess is Linda Lou's 'Bastard Husband--A Love Story'. It's a funny and heart-warming memoir of an amazing woman/comedian/writer/healer (that's my assessment).

7) Sugar in all its nefarious forms, especially if there is frosting involved. And coconut.

8) Checks in the mail and packages from (more books!).

9) Decorating: our home, a cake, my kids, the farm(ville)--sigh.

10) Comments on the blog!

And here are just a few of the fun blog friends (blognutians, according to blognut at More Mindless Rambling) I like to hang out with. By no means is this list complete as ALL the folks on my blog list know how to rock it--whether you are looking to connect with beauty, insight, humor or heart:

Anna at Nature Trail

Deb at Catbird Scout

Linda at Linda Lou, live from Las Vegas

Julie at Midlife Jobhunter

Kim at Yellow Trash Diaries

Jelisa at The Typing Makes Me Sound Busy

Michel at Facts are Strictly Optional

Debbie at Suburb Sanity

Julie at Prairie Thistle

Blognut at More Mindless Rambling

Hilary at The Smitten Image

So I'm grateful for the nudge to think up happy buttons and savor my blog list. It made for the best start to a good week. I invite you to put on a cup of tea/coffee/rum-n-coke and cozy up with them when you get a moment to get to know some really good people. After all, visiting your sites is where I've found all my blog favorites!


  1. Congrats on the award! Thank you so much, Lorna, for including me in your blog list. I loved reading more about what makes you happy. The birdsong especially spoke to me. I'm looking forward to checking out the other blogs on the list.

  2. Lorna, thank you for adding me to your favorite blog list, I am honored and flattered to be chosen. I really enjoy your blog as well and your wonderful sense of humor always makes me laugh - which I appreciate more than you know. xo Julie

  3. I'm with you on the sugar and frosting! I'm a sugar addict, and will frost a cake with only half the container and eat the rest myself! Anytime there's cake involved at a family get-together, everyone knows to head that too sweet frosting around the edge to ... me!

  4. Sweet! Great award for you Lorna! Enjoyed reading what made you happy...we are kindred spirits for sure as those ten things make me happy too!Oh all of life in general makes me happy these days..there is a song in my heart.Singing praises to you for recieving this award and passing on to me..but you know I am not an award type of gal. Thank you sweet friend.
    sweet thought of you aNNa xo

  5. Deb: your blog makes me think and be grateful!
    Julie: good, because your blog makes me smile too!
    Linda: kindred spirits, must try your cake frosting technique!
    Anna: can't tell you how happy your feeling better makes my heart soar!

    Sorry for all the exclamation points; I'm usually not this ebullient. Just ask my kids...

  6. Books, child laughter, flowers and sunshine... well, who would not agree? I really like your buttons.

    Now I think I am going to check out some of your blogging friends on the list, because I don't think I've met them before.

  7. Awww... thanks!!!

    Love your happy buttons!!!

  8. Creating and bird song, yes. Just no to the bird poop on the car!

    Congrats to you for the blog award!

  9. I'm sorry I'm so late to the party! I've been a bit tunnel-visioned with the painting (you should see my house!). Thanks for the awesome thumbs up!