Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Happy 101

Ever since Tricia tagged me for the Happy Award, I've been thinking about what makes me happy. It's been an excellent antidote for a mind that tends toward the negative. Thanks Tricia!

The only problem is, I couldn't decide which ten I wanted to include. But I do want to do a post on this so I am just going with the first ten things that come to my mind as I write this:

  1. The return of my husband's quick wit and seven-year old cheeky grin, which have been in hiding for the past months, thanks to his nasty cancer and (nastier?) treatments.
  2. My family enjoying a meal I prepare for them.
  3. My children showing kindness and compassion unbidden, especially to each other.
  4. Listening to someone talk about their passion: xeriscape in the Rocky Mountain region, chromaticism in Mozart (yes, Mozart, not Wagner or Liszt or any of the other late Romantic composers), types of ferns found in the rain forests of Malaysia.
  5. My favorite restaurants bustling and keeping their staff, because that means they are treating their customers and staff well, and will stay around for a while.
  6. Writers who write well getting the recognition they deserve, even when their books are quiet and not trendy.
  7. Writers writing, preachers preaching, and bloggers blogging about something close to their hearts instead of being distant from their topics.
  8. My children's sleeping faces
  9. Their giggles.
Their songs and dances when they aren't aware anyone is around.

And, oh, the picture of this puppy:

Much happiness to you!

[A busy Tate Modern Restaurant by Kenudigit; goofy grin by Crazy Baby, happy puppy by B. Rosen. All pictures found on Flikr Creative Commons.]


CKHB said...

You know what else would make you happy? Taking a chance and asking that sexy publication out on a "date." SUBMIT THE STORIES!

(Inside joke from a post on my blog today. Sorry if it confuses anyone.)


Bish Denham said...

A wonderful list. I love the picutres of your kidlet and the dog. And this one, "Writers who write well getting the recognition they deserve, even when their books are quiet and not trendy."

Yat-Yee said...

Carrie: thanks for the encouragement. *g*

Bish: that cute baby is not my kidlet but she sure makes me smile! And I am glad you like the one about writers and quiet stories.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Great list! So glad hubby can smile again :)

lotusgirl said...

wonderful list. I'm glad there's lots to smile about at your house.

Kelly H-Y said...

What a wonderfully thoughtful list! And, those pictures are priceless!

MG Higgins said...

Your list made ME smile. Thank you.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Well, the things that popped into your mind are happy, indeed. And you picked some smile-worthy photos, too!

Rebecca said...

Wonderful things to be happy about! Thanks for the smiles.

Yat-Yee said...

Thanks for dropping by and I'm glad my list and pics made you happy!

Julie Dao said...

I loved reading this list! :) It made me smile. What wonderful things to be happy and thankful for. Loved your photos.