* happy about * 2006 - 2010

  • Spring showers
  • Orange PiM’s
  • Can of paint and a blank wall
  • Little scarps of exotic fabrics
  • A walk on the beach
  • Coffee in the morning
  • Tea in the afternoon
  • Casa Blanca Lilies
  • World’s Atlas

  • Good book to read in bed
  • Helping someone because you can
  • Finding old photos and remembering
  • Watching early afternoon movie in a theater
  • Ice cream on a coldest day of winter
  • Mud boots AND a pile of mud to play in!

  • swinging on the porch swing, until you can swing no more
  • going for a nice long walks on the country roads
  • looking at all the cute new animals in the surrounding fields
  • staring at the horizon and meditating on a nature of life
  • making wishes on shooting stars
  • making attempts at recognizing constellations
  • catching lighting bugs in a jar, releasing them later
  • sleeping in late
  • staying up as late as one likes
  • watching sunrise from a hammock, wrapped in a homemade quilt that is older than you are…

  • beautiful roses that are still blooming, despite heat…
  • my sweetie
  • Definitely Dead (Southern Vampire Novels) by Charlaine Harris
  • The Observations by Jane Harris (please note: I am “cereal” reader going through library shelves in alphabetical order. Not. Just another coincidence.)
  • heat wave – good excuse to wake up early, go to bed late and have a midday nap
  • all the wonderful colors in the form of acrylic paints
  • having enough time
  • BBQ chicken
  • making traveling plans
  • …art in the making.

  • chick lit
  • tiger lilies in full bloom
  • hammock to swing on, looking up at the leaves of the trees
  • canvas – already stretched and ready to go
  • new brush pen with blacker than black ink
  • shoe shopping
  • sun tea
  • conversations that last all night
  • singing out loud, even if it is out of tune…

  • “old, new, borrowed and blue”
  • pirate books! Captain Blood for everyone!
  • not having to suffer writers block (especially when you are a writer, I am not and still I am happy for not having to suffer it)
  • feather beds
  • rubber ducks
  • peaches and cream
  • disconnecting your TV – two month without and loving it
  • shooting stars

  • outrageous 17th century Dutch still life paintings
  • sounds muffled by the fog
  • many horses under one hood
  • gelato
  • Farmers Markets, Flee Markets, Street markets

  • french toast with loads of cinnamon
  • smell of frost
  • clean desk
  • stacks of soft sweaters in the stores
  • inspiration
  • not having to answer the phone
  • making library donation box

  • Miniatures
  • Hand crafted toys
  • Lace table clothes
  • Beautiful shells
  • White on white quilts
  • Favorite TV shows on DVDs
  • Japanese pens

  • Exploring new trails 
  • Scrambling over most beautiful pink quartzite 
  • Classic fireside cooking 
  • No traffic jams on return home  
  • Pitching tent just in time before the storm  
  • Peaceful meadows  
  • Four legged hikers – every breed imaginable 
  • Waking up to the sound of birds 
  • Re-discovering family in different roles 

  • Thunder Moon
  • walking with a dog on a dirt country road
  • horoscope wisdom
  • sound of a rain on a tin roof
  • morning glories intertwined with stalks of corn
  • swallows, finches, hawks and an owl
  • lazy afternoon spent on a porch swing
  • pouring over maps in anticipation of a road trip
  • howling and hearing an answering call
  • cotton candy

  • roaring fire
  • delicious food
  • singing
  • unhurried conversations
  • hearing laughter
  • lit candles
  • favorite movies
  • games and riddles
  • soft blankets
  • watching night fall
  • wrapping gifts
  • lights on the tree
  • stories and memories
  • anticipation

  • Pair of red-tail hawks gliding through dramatically colored sky
  • First sharp blades of tulips peeking from the ground
  • Being helpful
  • Birthdays
  • Longer days
  • Getting over the cold
  • Clearing winter’s debris from the garden
  • Daydreaming
  • Finishing difficult task and having a feeling of satisfaction
  • First lady bug
  • Finding a new outlet for creativity

  • Discovering a new way of doing something
  • Pets Ink pens of every make and size imaginable
  • Hope
  • Old quilts
  • Letting someone else win
  • Discounts
  • Robin on every branch
  • Knowing that someone cares
  • Skirts
  • Tried and true

  • New hair cut and style
  • Chinese take-out for dinner
  • Stiff and Spook (books)
  • Critters great and small in the backyard
  • Making lists
  • Catching up with a friend
  • Smell of freshly cut grass
  • Classics

  • Winter’s night hush
  • Cupboard full of spices
  • Old favorites
  • Unexpected yet pleasant surprises
  • Making a brand new music play list
  • Finding a favorite writing pen in the back of the “junk drawer”
  • Starched and pressed pillowcases
  • Sharing a useful trick
  • Feeling safe

"Island Edition":
  • Roosters!
  • Bio-Bay: floating in the dark water covered in stars
  • Houses painted in brightest of colors
  • Star fish
  • All the shades of blue: water and sky
  • Tropical fruit market: watching restaurant staff buying produce for evening fare
  • Roof-top nights: star gazing, rum drinking, talking into the night
  • Sound of the waves in all weather: gentle lapping, crushing surf…
  • Tiny bakery at the bottom of the hill
  • Sea shells
  • Island time
  • Fish in all the colors of the rainbow
  • Making sand sculptures
  • Roosters!
  • Most pressing appointment of the day: sunset
  • Blooming flowers, trees, shrubs
  • Coconuts and Limes — reach out and get them!
  • Being a self-appointed quality-control person for piña colada at all the local spots
  • Not getting sun-burned
  • An informal book-club under the palm tree
  • Meeting new people
  • Learning new things
  • Being scared out of my wits while navigating the island in a junker of a rental car
  • Doing nothing
  • Visiting with friends
  • Slowing down
  • Roosters!!!
  • Fancy dinners
  • Street food
  • Rainy day in the tropics
  • Hammocks
  • Flying over the blue water and seeing reefs from the air
  • Spending time with family and loving every minute of it

"backyard wildlife spotter edition":
  • an eagle!
  • red-tailed hawk
  • pair of deer
  • another deer eating tulips at night
  • one VERY LARGE groundhog (who is surprisingly fast for his size, and runs as if he is flowing through the grass)
  • squirrels
  • many more squirrels
  • raccoon
  • fox crossing driveway
  • coyote (slinking far enough away)
  • skunk (luckily, slinking even farther away)
  • family of cardinals
  • gang of blue jays
  • assorted small birds
  • small army of grackles

  • the very first sip of coffee in the morning
  • bird song
  • finding some old family photos and figuring out all the people on them
  • having an hour long phone conversation with your best friend
  • being a part of “before” and “after” transformation
  • a garden
  • silly cats (live and on YouTube)
  • a book that was your favorite when you were a child
  • new shiny gadgets of today – something that was only imagined by sci-fi writers 30 years ago

  • freshly made bed
  • intricately decorated colorful cupcakes
  • old lace
  • learning about how things work
  • travel mementos
  • candlelight
  • running water
  • brand new journal, bound in buttery leather
  • mapping a journey
  • old shops windows

  • coffee shops, teashops, pastry shops
  • patterns: from simple and unexpected to grandiose
  • singing “Happy Birthday” song
  • things to eat with rice
  • paying attention to details
  • a next book in a series
  • favorite blanket to curl under
  • a person to share your dreams with
  • streets paved with blue bricks in Old San Juan, PR

  • glow of twilight, caught between blue and violet with pink whispers of clouds
  • triangular formations of geese, their mournful cries
  • snippets of the past whirling like kaleidoscope: happy, sad, bored, excited, terrified, joy, sorrow – everything mixed up to make up a pattern – my life
  • bracing for an unpleasant task, knowing well that there is no one else to do it. sigh
  • tenacious foliage gives hope to sunrises with a burst of late color, bringing gold to the blue
  • recalling lyrics to an old song, singing (at the top of your lungs) along
  • alien invasion movies with a last-minute save
  • unexpected

"Island Edition 2":
  • every-color-beach: Red, Green, Blue, Silver
  • fresh fish for dinner, live fish for playmates
  • roof-top terraces
  • no need for an alarm, you will be awaken by all the roosters
  • thousands shades of blue: water and sky, in constant competition
  • kiosks food
  • playing in the sand
  • happy hour spent with happy people
  • siesta
  • home-cooked dinners
  • “chicken plane”
  • sun filtering through the palm leaves, creating fanciful stripes
  • insect chorus outside of your window at night
  • frosty-cold beer during the hottest time of the day, served in a frozen mug with tiny lemons
  • counting sand
  • rainbows, reflected
  • wanting to stay, having to leave, wishing to return

  • green tea
  • splash of red in otherwise grey landscape
  • a quiet minute
  • late, late night conversations
  • forethought
  • unexpected bits of knowledge from a most unlikely source
  • acceptance
  • finding exactly what you were looking for
  • hand-stitched
  • TGIF

"Wish/Gift edition":
  • KUHL alfpaca fleece sweaters – soft and warm
  • Prismacolor: pencils, markers, pastels – in all the shades of nature and fantasy!
  • candy!
  • a cup of Christmas Tea
  • Eee PC: Compact, portable…affordable.
  • Museum Membership (like this, or this): a gift that keeps on giving, and depending on the level of membership, there is usually a provision for guests you can bring along.
  • MOO cards
  • bright slippers ( like Marlow in red)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Handmade!

  • chunky cableknits
  • mulling spices
  • smell of frost
  • winter gardens – bare-boned, yet elegant
  • carolers
  • chocolates masquerading as lumps of coal
  • making a list, and checking it twice
  • memories
  • letting harried people in line go ahead of you
  • long winter nights crammed with books and movies

  • a countdown
  • shades of white inside and out
  • finding old photos and reliving the memories
  • matinee
  • leek-potato soup
  • feelings of fresh and new
  • sense of accomplishment and relief after wrapping the last holiday gift
  • winter floral arrangements
  • blogs to read, and photos to see first thing in the morning, while still in pajamas
  • sayings of what three wise woman would do

"Top 10 edition":
  • Family – no matter how you happen to come by it: born into, married into, adopted into – a true gift.
  • Creativity – because “Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.”Jules de Gaultier
  • Education of any kind – because it is something that no one can take away from you!
  • Experience – same as above… all yours once you get it.
  • Love – because it is all encompassing.
  • Service – sometime a little of our own time is a priceless gift to others.
  • Travel – an experience that continues to change your life long after you returned home.
  • Friends – they are a family we choose.
  • Laughter – because some obstacles and trials of life can only be overcome with humor.
  • Happiness – because “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Dalai Lama

  • evening sky when it turns an incredible shade of blue
  • intricate designs
  • water lilies
  • impressionist water lilies
  • fresh markets
  • shepherd’s pie
  • unexpected
  • proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel”
  • secret place all of your own
  • lanterns

  • first spring flowers: real flowers, not just a promise of them 
  • owning the tradition: cooking from your Grandma’s recipes
  • pay it forward: chain reaction of giving with an open heart
  • hand written note: rediscovering the joy of snail mail
  • simplifying from the inside out: having “less is more” mantra seep deep into your bones
  • poetry: a painting in words
  • armchair travels: picture books of far away places, seeds of dreams

  • spending time with the baby of the family – she toddles and puts smiles on everyone’s faces
  • time traveling via Colonial Williamsburg
  • surviving DC traffic – driving with a paper bag over my head just about covers the extend of my terror (me being the passenger)
  • rainy afternoon at the Chesapeake Bay, sitting on the friend’s porch, all trying to talk at the same time after “long-time-no-see”
  • sunny afternoon in Virginia Beach, sitting around the table at friend’s house, all trying to talk at the same time after “long-time-no-see”
  • gorgeous drives through the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, and the rolling hills of Kentucky
  • fighting with your food – Maryland Crab dinner
  • getting a year older and not minding it a bit!

  • hot soup on a cold day
  • an old stand-by
  • a fashion plate
  • a new favorite
  • an amazing new cook-book, where every recipe is a gift
  • choosing a color
  • Rumi
  • postcards and letters tied with a ribbon
  • bed head

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