How did you light your way to happiness this week?
1. Walking along the road this morning.
2. Getting the message about striving toward peacefulness. I feel better just trying.
3. A friend sent me two hand-pieced quilt tops she’d found in her late mother-in-law’s belongings. They are a little raggedy and were permeated with smoke, but a few washings on gentle and two days of hanging on the clothesline have made them into things of joy. They make me think of my mom, who made quilts and who hung her clothes out to dry as long as she was able. She’s been gone 31 years ago as of Thursday (the day I washed the quilt tops) so I felt as though maybe it was a visit.
The emotional tug of a handmade quilt can’t be denied. When my Dad died, we wrapped him in the first quilt I ever made and he was cremated in it, surrounded by every loving stitch. So, Liz, yes, that was a visit from your Mom.
I painted a wall in my bedroom. This has been on the to-do list for over 3 years when we got new drapes & rods, after which there were holes from the previous rods in the wall albeit covered in spackle. It makes me smile every time I look at the wall!
I took the week off, so not going in to work was happiness.
A 3 mile, round-trip, walk with the hubby to the local ice cream joint, Scoopy Doos. Exercise (made my 10,000 steps that day), quality time with the hubby, and ice cream!
Love that yellow chair! So bright and happy.
1) found house insurance for our home. I was recently told it was uninsurable without 20k worth of updates, so that made me VERY happy. And the new agency gave me a $25 gas card. That gesture gave me a little extra hit of happy. They didn’t need to do that – they’d already made me very happy.
2) When the agent came to take a picture of the house she was in raptures about where we live and my ugly house. She thinks it’s wonderful. That made me ridiculously happy, and made me rethink my values.
3) Puppy love. Pippin the wonder dog went to the soccer games with me this week. She’s so much fun.
I bought paint for my living room, and though I’ve yet to open the cans and get started, I feel lighter already. I also visited the desk at Office Max that I intend to buy and write lots of future books on, so that was nice.
Got my hair cut yesterday and it’s finally right where I want it. Today is the pooch’s turn. Can’t wait to see her all trimmed up and pretty.
Kiddo started HS and is settling in well. We’re going to see Maroon 5 in concert tonight. Adam Levine. Sigh. Very happy making.
Also, I love that The Sunday Post makes me think about the good stuff in my life. I always feel much happier after I’ve written it down.
The weather has taken a strong turn into fall: crisp days, cool nights. I love it.
I have a basket of amazingly fresh tomatoes. Chop a couple up with a little salt, pepper, and quality olive oil and I have the perfect accompaniment to just about any meal.
Benedict Cumberbatch is in my town for a few days. I know I’m not going to see him, but just the thought is fun!
I have to say that I am envious of crisp days. I know we’ll get them but right now, I am still in triple digit heat. Sigh.
I got new prescription glasses and can see…even small print.
Received second round edits with a note that everything was so clean it just requires a read through. : )
Booked my trip to Australia for Granny Grant’s 90th birthday bash. Yay!
Something reminded me to appreciate how wonderful my spouse is.
Made cookies for my guests yesterday and they were great – I had a couple for breakfast.
Scrubbed half the grout on my slate kitchen floor, which I have been wanting to do for weeks. Well, I want all of it clean, but half the floor was enough for one bout. And this way I can see the contrast, which should motivate me to do the other half soon.
Kitty cuddled on my lap under the laptop, which means one fingered typing, but so worth it.
1. It’s September. Not sure why, but I was really happy to put August behind me, even though there was nothing really wrong with August.
2. Peppers, peppers, peppers. They survived the possible early frost, and I harvested over 30 of them this weekend. (Yep, they still make me happy. Probably another 4 weeks of happiness before hard frost.)
3. Really good news on Monday about a sort-of miracle treatment for my metabolic bone disorder. It looks like a new partnership between the original creator of the treatment and another company to develop and market the treatment will expedite the final testing and then the eventual approval by the FDA. With luck, the final phase of clinical trials will be gearing up reasonably early in 2014 (instead of the current “someday” plan), and I’ll be a happy little guinea pig.
Happy this week was small but meaningful things.
1. Stayed on food plan
3. Spent time with family
Now off to finish presentation for next week’s LARA meeting.
1) The band fun. in concert. They live up to their name, and it was a beautiful night to sit outside in Los Angeles.
2) Pop-up White Dinner on the Santa Monica Pier last night with a dozen friends and another couple of thousand others. It was a beautiful night to sit outside in Santa Monica.
3) I bought two market carts to transport our supplies to the White Dinner and only needed one, but my friend Lori was so entranced with it that I gave one to her, which not only means I don’t need to go back to the Container Store to return one, but she’s incredibly happy with it, which makes me happy as well.
Went to a huge antiques store with my female housemate and spent 3 hours there looking at everything. Even though I cannot buy anything yet (well, I bought a $4 silk scarf in a citrusy orange and white which made me feel inordinately happy).
Giving love to my housemates’ affection-loving, big, fluffy cat. He’s a sweetie.
This morning I went out to breakfast with my best girlfriends here. We went someplace we’d never been before (this funky little diner-style cafe that was packed) and rode in one friend’s new car. It’s black with shiny chrome wheels and dark windows and a trunk big enough for a couple of sizeable bodies. It’s like a luxury muscle car. She says it’s her midlife-crisis car.
Looking after DIL/son’s dog – Aussie shepherd, Marlowe. He makes me happy, he is such a good dog and making me get outside to walk him twice a day.
Looking at the organized bookshelves. I found 5 duplicate Jenny Crusie books, donating some to Library and others as gifts
Thursday Night son/wife made us dinner. Yummy. Lovely visit too. And good wine.
Evening walks with hubby and dog. I just feel tension roll away.
Taking a writing class (Hi Teri)!
1 – my late teen / early twenty something college students were arguing about the merits of Led Zeppelin in class this week – I was so tickled. Finally a piece of pop culture that I actually know about
2 – finally watched the first season of Downton Abbey, with my husband, and we’re completely hooked. Now I get what all the fuss is about. So good.
3 – changed sheets on the bed yesterday with the “help” of my cat – he makes the task technically more difficult but much more entertaining and enjoyable
1) I found over-toilet shelving that was affordable and functional — there is now room to move in both the bathrooms, and proper shelving for towels instead of jury-rigged random furniture. I’m finally starting to make some sense of this apartment, crammed full of all our stuff as it is.
2) Loaded up on fruits and veggies tonight at the store and figured out a meal plan for the week.
3) Took two boxes of stuff to Goodwill, and scored a half-dozen new and nearly-new t-shirts for the 8 yr old, whose current collection of t-shirts seem to all be too short.
Instead of finding someone to paint the scary kitchen windows, painted the first one myself.
Went around singing, “I am woman/hear me roar.”
Had a fantastic evening with my mom, reading a few of the many letters she and Dad exchanged before they were married. The Alzheimer’s faded enough to let us laugh and sigh over all the “honey” and “darling” and “dearest” language.
1. Got the sketch for my Doctor Who Tardis dress from the designer. (I can’t sew at all but I’ve always wanted to cosplay. So happy I finally found a good designer to make stuff for me.) Cannot wait to have my finished dress!
(Link to the sketch for the curious:
2. Brunch with 3 very old friends (one of whom I’ve known since kindergarten). Lots of laughter, and we assigned roles in our Apocalypse team. *I’m* the secretary which means I organize and get to do the planning, research escape routes, make sure we’re meeting our zombie kill quota. Funny, the people at IHOP seemed to think we were a little odd…
3. This one’s a hard one to articulate, but I’m happy I made sure to live in the moment while I lived in NorCal and went to Berkeley. There were plenty of times I’d walk on campus and just stop to say, “Look at me, I’m here. I’m actually here.” This week I was missing Berkeley, but it was nice because I had all these moments I’d stored away at my mental fingertips. I miss Berkeley, the campus, the town, the people, but because I took the time to make my memories then, to really commit to them, I have so many happy ones now to comfort me when I miss it.
Very cool dress! I like the combo of “new look” with “modern geek”! Are the Tardis windows white, or will they be clear, I wonder?
1) I picked blackberries this weekend. Lots and lots of blackberries. I canned enough juice for 8 batches of jelly this winter. I also put enough berries in the freezer for several pies, crisps or what-have-you. Then I spent last evening making a batch of jelly for my secretary/friend’s birthday. She loved it!
2) I helped hubby paint the floor in the garage. (A major project, as we first had to clean it, and that boy is a menace with a mop. And I don’t mean in a good way.) The “together time” was good for us.
And 3) Laughing with my Mom on the phone about the fact that I had so much fun picking the stupid berries. I used to hate berry-picking, and would do almost anything to get out of it.
I started a new job this week after being unemployed (and presumably retired) since January of 2009. It is 3 days a week, 5 hours a day, and only 20 minutes from my house. Worked two days so far and love it!
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