Thursday, January 28, 2010

Meaningless, But Nice

This Happy 101 award is dished out to me by Fandango, over at Dragon’s Lair. I don’t know what I did to deserve it. Fandango called it another meaningless internet award.
I am to link to Dragon’s Lair and then tell 10 things that make me happy. I am always happy to think about happiness.
I shall ponder that and get back to you.
(Leaves computer and goes to pet cat a while. Makes some coffee. Interacts with husband. Goes to an AA meeting. Reads mail. Enjoys thinking happy thoughts all day long.)
Okay, I’m back. I have thought of a few things that make me happy.

1. My cats. They are young cats, rescued by my aunt and hand-nursed in infancy. I have inherited these cats, who love human beings and my dogs. A favorite game: I place dry cat food on the kitchen counter. Cats play hockey with them, sending hockey-puck cat bits off the counter to the dogs. The dogs hang out below, loving this game.

2. The smiles of my daughters. Enough said.

3. Stones. Stones from the beach near me. Smooth, ocean rubbed stones. These I wire and hang from driftwood and place in my garden and on my walls. Stones of all types. Precious stones in jewelry stores. Which I have hardly any of. Stones that I hang from my ears. Stones I bury in the ground and make mini-piazzas of. I am stoned on stones.

4. A fresh cup of Italian roast coffee, made ready by my husband when he leaves the house, so all I have to do is press a button, and voila!

5. The scent and sight of narcissus in my garden. They always smell and look like spring in the midst of winter.

6. Poetry. I am happy when I’m writing it, and I’m happy when I’m reading the work of others. Poetry is a gift from the Creator’s Spirit.

7. The Caribbean sea. We’ve paid five visits to the Caribbean, mostly to the Bahamas. Those islands are amazingly beautiful, and I can’t help but feel that living there ought to be a blessing, instead of a tragedy, like Haiti.

8. My recovery from alcoholism. I love the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. They have saved me from a literal hell.

9. Camping at Big Sur. It’s a paradise of big redwoods on the coast of California. This is a photo of the Pacific ocean on the way to the campground.

10. My husband. He’s the greatest guy on earth.
I'm to pass the award along by linking to their websites and telling them on their blogs. So here's to Tall Kay at Aha Moments, Akannie at Elegant Blessings, Madison at Fight of Your Life, and Prayer Girl. It's your turn to tell us what makes you happy.


the walking man said...

It was at Big Sur where I first was tagged as The Walking Man. I had walked there from LA

Enchanted Oak said...

Holy mackerel, Walking Man! I'm speechless.

Prayer Girl said...

Thank you so much for this award. I will blog the award and what makes me happy in a few days.

Love you Enchanted Oak.

Kim A. said...

Cat hockey? That was a hoot to read. (hoot is a word I got from my mother) Your list is awesome, serene, grateful and so beautiful with the pictures. You are in the zone!!

Namaste P.S. Have you ever thought of selling your stone creations. (Selfish reasons make me ask!)

Lou said...

My favorite is the cats. No, it's Big Sur..hmmm..maybe it's the fresh Italian roast coffee. Oh heck, it's all happy stuff!

Christina said...

sweetie, i have wanted to go to big sur, for quite sometime now.
your photos are wonderful
this is a beautiful list.

lakeviewer said...

See what you are starting? Good stuff!
Love your happy things.
Love Big Sur. Never traveled to the Bahamas.


Anonymous said...

Love your list and putting Big Sur on my list of places to go camping!

Anonymous said...

You deserve that award, your blog is enlightening, socially responsible, uplifting to many people.


Karen said...

I never do memes, but this one has me thinking: I love people first - my husband, my children, my grandchildren, my parents, my siblings, my friends. Always people first. Then I love nature - the mountains, fields, rivers, streams, ponds, creeks, green grass, yellow trees, snowy fields. I love reading and writing. I love learning. I think I could go on and one, but gosh, you didn't even ask and here I am telling you!

Brian Miller said...

nice. love the list. coffee. family. stones. i am with you. hope you have an incredible weekend!

Tall Kay said...

What a happy post! :o)

Loved each item and the pictures too. Thanks for thinking of me. Did I read somewhere that this is a book coming out?

Akannie said...

Oh, Chris!!

Thanks for thinking of me too, and I loved your list.

Great pics, and I can't tell you how much I miss that Northern California coastline....

Someday...I'll make it back. I just know it.

xoxox Annie

Syd said...

Good stuff Chris. I think that Big Sur is an awesome place. Nice that you consider your husband to be the greatest guy on earth.

Relyn said...

I found my way here via Soul Aperture. I love how many of us are roaming the blogroads stopping to say hello here and there. So, hello to you. Happy almost-Friday.

Dave King said...

Congrats. Thoroughly deserved.

the walking man said...

It was only a couple hundred miles and I was in no hurry.

Poetikat said...

Congratulations, Chris! You do deserve this award and the giving renders it far more than "meaningless".

I like your list. Of course the "cats" one hits home with me. We all have out little things we do with our animals, don't we? We have a song we sing when it's feeding time (we alternate kibble feeds with canned - can't leave it out because of medical issues). The song is juvenile and simplistic, but the cats respond. We call it "The Wet Food Song" and it's basically just the two words "Wet Food" sung over and over again to a little tune. Fun for all!
We're nuts, aren't we???


Madison said...

Ten happy thoughts? What a nice idea. Thank you so much for thinking of me. I will write a post and pass along on Sunday. Thanks also for your continued thoughts on Haiti. Reading your posts makes me happy.

sarah said...

congrats on the award and I loooove you list of things that make you happy. Reading through it...I couldn't help but think that it's always the simplest things in life that are the best and the people.

~ Tabitha ~ said...

Enchanted,your list breathes life!
love it..xo

Anonymous said...

Your happiness is like dandelion seeds they flourish everywhere and make new happiness. For that I thank you!

If I wake up and smell the coffee brewing I eagerly spring out of the bed to find and embrace my boyfriend, for then he is the greatest guy on earth.