Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Tuesday Happy List… because I need to remember the happy :)

It’s been one of those mornings.  You know the kind.  Nothing majorly disastrous has happened, but a series of small blunders have piled up, leaving me in a bit of a grump.

My Keurig balked on me and I had to smack it really hard to get it to spew out the coffee.  I cut up too much watermelon for my snack and couldn’t find a container big enough to put it all in.  When I did find one in the jungle of plastic containers in my cupboard, about eighty million others came tumbling down with it.  My lunch wouldn’t fit in the bag I carry it in.  I couldn’t get the foil thingy off the new bottle of Coffeemate I opened.  AND my garage door was stuck and I had to fight to get it open.


So needless to say, I think it’s a perfect day to bring on the happy.  And that is why I’m linking up for the very first time with Ricki Jill from Art @ Home for her “My Happy List” linky party!

My Happy List

  • Spaghetti – Such a simple little thing to be happy about!  Homemade spaghetti sauce is one of my favourite things to make, but it’s been months since I’ve made it.  Today is a “rest day” on my work-out schedule, so I’m taking advantage of the extra time tonight to make a special dinner.  I can’t wait to be home and have the delicious smell of sauce simmering in my kitchen!

spaghetti sauce

  • A night to putter – It seems lately my week night evenings have been busy – nothing major, just rushing to squeeze in a work-out, grab a quick supper, and do the things that need to get done before bed (laundry, dishes, etc.) Tonight, I have a clean slate, and I actually look forward to having time to change the scent in my Scentsy warmer, paint my nails, read a few extra chapters in my book, and just relax on the couch for a change!
  • Dexter -  My mom told me on the weekend she’s sick of reading about Dexter on my blog.  Sorry, Ma, but he’s making me happy these days!  I so look forward to watching an episode in the evening before bed.  Tonight, I may even have time for two!

dexter Kara, this blood-spattered Dexter pic is just for you!!!

  • Chai tea – It makes me think of autumn, which I’ve so been longing for these past few weeks.  I have a steaming cup of it in front of me right now as I type this!


  • My book – As of right now, this doesn’t actually exist.  All I have so far is an idea that I’ve been rolling around in my head.  But I’ve made a promise to myself to start writing again – beyond the blog.  I’ve always said one of my dreams is to publish a novel, but that won’t happen if I never actually write something.  I think I’m finally on the cusp of it…
  • Dallas Smith – He’s been my favourite “musical discovery” of the past year, and I’m looking forward to seeing him live again on Saturday night at the Shawville Fair.  This time, I’ll be more familiar with his songs and I can’t wait to be there singing along!

  • My self-imposed budget -  A strange thing to be “happy” about, to be sure.  But I’ve made the decision to really crack down on my own frivolous spending – and, once again, to abolish the use of my credit card.  It’s time to start saving money if I ever want to make some of my “dreams” come true (a new TV, PVR, DVD player, possibly even my own house someday…)  I can’t keep waiting for magic to happen with my bank account.  It’s up to me, and it starts *now*.  I’ll still have my treats – dinners out with friends, movie nights, seasons of Dexter of course! – but my relationship with the Old Navy and Amazon websites just has to end. ;)
  • Celebrating -  This upcoming weekend is already an exciting one because it’s Shawville Fair, which is always a highlight on my calendar – but more than that, I’m excited about going to The Lonestar with friends to celebrate Stacy’s 30th birthday!  I can’t wait!!
  • Looking ahead -  We’re approaching a season change, which often leaves me feeling unsettled (especially the one from summer to fall), but for some reason, I’m feeling more excited than anything this time.  I’m sure the weekends in September and October will start filling up with activities, but as of right now, it’s pretty quiet for the most part, and I’m relishing that.  I’m looking forward to taking a deep breath and soaking it all in – and being happy in those moments.
  • A community to be proud of  - I wrote last week that I was happy to be a part of a community that pulls together in hard times, and that I knew the benefit party for my friend’s brother would be a big one.  I really had no idea at that time just how BIG it would be.  On Friday evening, our little community centre hall was bursting at the seams with support for Harold & his family.  It even made the news!  I’ve never been more proud of my town and the people in it.  I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else… :)

Benefit party Photo of Harold & the Ferry staff who organized the benefit party

Credit to Dolan Art & Photography

There!  Despite the little things that have gone “wrong” today, it’s so nice to take a step back and breathe in the happy.  I needed that!! :)

Also linking up today for Talk To Us Tuesday with Shawn!



Anonymous said...

Yay YOU! I'm happy for you and I'm happy you shared this link! I'm joining in too. I have LOTS to be happy about lately! :)


Yep. I went dot com. :) And.I.Love.It

LC Miller said...

I have mornings like that often. Always a great start to the day. lol

Nadine Hightower said...

I tried a budget once. It just crimped my style. It's a matter of will power and I don't have much.

Stacie said...

Your blessings abound, good for you for taking time to count them! And I hope the latter half of the day is better for you.

Jillian said...

yay for writing! If you need someone to read anything and give feedback/be a cheerleader let me know I'm more than willing I'm part of a writer's group and it helps to have other people's opinions But yay for all the happy!

Nicole said...

Oh yey for the book. I like you really want to write one, one more thing we have in common. I love that your mom reads your blog. My mom usually only does if someone tips her off she needs to read something and usually I get yelled at and told to remove it... lol.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I hope you do write that book. Then I can feature it for Literary Friday and on Goodreads. ;P

Wow, I'm so impressed you could write a Happy List after such a suckish morning....Bless Your Heart! UGH! I don't like mornings like that, but hey....you rallied! YAY!!!

I love Dexter. I don't even want to talk about the end of the series *sadface*

Budgeting is a very good thing....yay, you!

I hope you enjoy your fun weekend coming up. Y'all should have fun!

Spaghetti always makes me happy....I like to cook it in a slow cooker all day and freeze some of it for later.....

Great list, and I'm so very happy you decided to play along. :D Thanks for linking-up, Jill!!!


Angie said...

It's so easy to let the little things spoil our mood. Looks like you had the right idea by making this list. You got lots of things to be happy about :)

Connie Weiss said...

One of my favorite things to do in the fall and winter is make homemade Meat Sauce! It makes the house smell so good and it tastes better than anything you've ever had.

I hope you have a better day today!

Jolene said...

Oh I too love Dexter. I am very sad this season will be the last.

I love how you looked for the good when you were having a bad day. I hope your week improved.

What a great Happy List

Nancy said...

Thanks for turning the nasty into the great! Counting your blessings is such a great way to start your day. To infinity and beyond.....can't wait to read your book. BTW I am glad you didn't manage to weed out all the poppies, they are very pretty, but I actually thought they looked like carnations!

Mrs. Match said...

I hate days like that. When I have those days, I usually end up tripping over my own two feet and dropping a lot of stuff. It's so annoying!
I think it's awesome that you've established a budget. They're hard to stick to but worth it!
I need to sit down and write as well. You're a step ahead of me. You actually have ideas! I just keep saying I want to write a book, and then my mind is blank.