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No, I’m not asking about deep contentment… overarching joy that helps you get from day to day or anything profound like that.  But I was lying in bed last night thinking about the things that make me happy.  For what it’s worth, I have a bunch, but I still did not sleep really well last night.  That’s what happens when I go to bed thinking- I get caught up in my thoughts and “wake up”, usually quite suddenly and, like last night, somewhat panicked.  I keep on “thinking” while getting into that foggy kind of semi-sleep and everything takes on a kind of Wonderland or The Persistence of Memory feeling.

But that’s a trip into my sort-of-subconscious thinking that is not the purpose this morning.  Getting back, let’s talk about the things that make you happy.  And that’s a real request.  I would sincerely love to see a bunch of comments from everyone (yes, even YOU!) on what makes you happy.  Because, even though I can’t always do it – I do get caught up in myself at times, or have to attend to things at hand and stop actively paying attention to those around me – I do LOVE to try to remember the things that will elicit a smile from you.   The things that will stick in your memory and make you say at the end of the day “Today was good… I don’t know why, it just was”.  Because I don’t necessarily need to KNOW you connect something I do to a happiness (though, obviously if I’m asking, that IS one of the things that makes me smile).  But sometimes, just sometimes, I’m lucky enough to see the smile crinkle through your eyes or turn your mouth just slightly upwards.  That tiny moment when we’ve connected and something I’ve done or said has a positive impact on you… that’s what I spend days and even weeks or months remembering.  It brings me an odd sort of strength.  Yes, years from now I will flash back on you in one (or several) flashes of brilliant comradery and I will smile all day long.  And if we’re lucky enough to share a bunch of those moments (cause, really… if you’ve made it with me this far, whether it makes you feel a  bit odd or not, you’re probably stuck with me, for good or bad), then maybe I’ll be lucky enough to know lots of odd little details about you before it’s all said and done.  Cause it’s really a lot less clutterful to collect deep friendships than nick-nacks.

Some things that make me smile, in no particular order-

  • laughter and specifically, the laugh of my children,
  • slipping in between the blankets and the warmth giving me comfort instead of frustrating my sleep,
  • the comfort of a strong hug,
  • being on the inside of a joke (that’s a rather newly found smile-maker… I had no idea I could like excluding people.  In my defense, though, it’s not really excluding people as much as just me being a part of something intimate),
  • peeling fruits, especially oranges but excluding bananas because they’re just too easy and quick,
  • sitting comfortably with someone just sharing time,
  • sharing more than time,
  • the sound of brown and dry oak leaves in the dead of winter,
  • being in the middle of a well turned dance and NOT stepping on toes (which would have to mean that it’s either a group dance or one with a really strong partner, because I’m not so sure of myself)
  • the smell of rain on hot asphalt,
  • a touch on my hands,
  • eye contact,
  • music I can sing to… sometimes loudly and with the windows rolled down,
  • candlelight, sometimes lots of it, sometimes only one,
  • the sound of a bell,
  • helping someone cook or just being in conversation while they do (it’s the energy, I think),
  • the sound of water,
  • diving into the deep end,
  • sharing a good book with someone (which probably means I have to have read it recently because I read so much that I forget a lot of really good stuff),
  • understanding what makes you tick,
  • the way water reflects light.

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“W, H , Y-ma bean”  and then she sang “now I know my A B C’s”

Earlier she and I were “playing” junior manopoly.  We replaced a die for the Mr Manopoly, who can’t “count” the little squares he’s driving over for squat.  I had M count along with me… 1…2… and she jumps up and down… “I can know my numbers now!”

She’s an intellectual genius, she is!

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Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz…

You Are a Katharine!

You are a Katharine — “I am happy and open to new things”

Katharines are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.
  • * Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.
  • * Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.
  • * Don’t try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.
  • * Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.
  • * Don’t tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a Katharine

  • * being optimistic and not letting life’s troubles get me down
  • * being spontaneous and free-spirited
  • * being outspoken and outrageous. It’s part of the fun.
  • * being generous and trying to make the world a better place
  • * having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
  • * having such varied interests and abilities

What’s Hard About Being a Katharine

  • * not having enough time to do all the things I want
  • * not completing things I start
  • * not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career
  • * having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies
  • * feeling confined when I’m in a one-to-one relationship

Katharines as Children Often

  • * are action oriented and adventuresome
  • * drum up excitement
  • * prefer being with other children to being alone
  • * finesse their way around adults
  • * dream of the freedom they’ll have when they grow up

Katharines as Parents

  • * are often enthusiastic and generous
  • * want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life
  • * may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz
at HelloQuizzy

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So, Took had to go and inspire me to make a Thanksgiving post … thanks Took!  Now I guess I’ll just have to put my cleaning and holiday prep and all of those unfinished projects aside to write… geez!  *snicker*

Thanksgiving growing up in my family was always an extended family affair.  Waaaaay back when, it involved a lot of cleaning prior to because it was at our house.  And I LOVED it!  Well, let me clarify… I loved having all of the cousins at my home.  I loathed the cleaning.  (Still do, actually… sigh, but we have responsibilities now, huh?)  I grew up in this wonderful large, square, brick, 2 story house… the kind that didn’t afford you no room for escape, but you could make a complete circle from the living room –> dining room –>kitchen –>stairs upstairs –> back into the living room.  Can you guess what the cousins did?  YES!  We ran around in circles until the adults made us stop.  LOL  That was fun.  Of course, you kind of slowed down as the house started filling up with aunts and uncles and cousins… but still!  Sometimes you could find my little sister downstairs in our dirt basement playing with cars and younger cousins… but mostly I remember her annoyingly admiringly close-by. 

And since this is circa 1980’s, the dishwasher… that stalwart champion of piles and piles… loads and loads of dishes, was the kind that you could move around.  Making our race course an obstacle course.  But that meant I didn’t have to do the dishes.  So, one more thing to be thankful for!  I can remember that dishwasher standing, awaiting further orders, between 2 windows that faced the brick wall of our next door neighbors, three feet away.  It was the extra “table” for the kitchen, even when it was moved across the floor to the sink and hooked up to the faucet (which meant you better have your water before, or you’d have to unhook and rehook everything all over again).  Did your family have one of those growing up?  As an aside, and since we’re discussing families here… my married-into family had a built-in that I was initially enthralled with.  Until I found out that it didn’t work and they used it as a garbage bag storage unit.  I SO love my families!  Truly!  Unique is our middle name!

So, Thanksgiving was a potluck kind of thing for us… which my Dear Heart lived through, but recently told me he doesn’t prefer.  You see, his family has pretty much a standard dinner.  Complete with cranberry sauce (which I love… but had no clue about that first year).  For us, Thanksgiving meant mom’s lunchroom recipe rolls, Uncle Curtie’s macaroni salad, Aunt Linda Lou’s baked beans, Aunt Floy’s pies (coconut cream, chocolate, pumpkin) Aunt Linda Sue’s garden salad (yeah… there are several Lindas in my family) and a host of other dishes, cause everybody provided a least 2 or 3.  Can you say gluttony boys and girls?  Granny always helped make a bunch of things, cause she spent the night with us (after the house was clean, of course) for that purpose and to get her hair fixed.  She often cut up fresh veggies and arranged pickles and such on trays too.  And SHE always got to taste things.  But let us try to taste, and… well…

Now, last year was our last with Granny, so I took the children into my folks house (not the one I grew up in… so really, no memories) and tried to make the last of some memories… and I’m grateful for that, but there were to be no more memories for Granny.  So, we have only the effort on our part.  Dinner was great (gone are the days of potlucks) and Granny ate pretty good… kind of like a picky toddler given heaps of choices.  But she wasn’t smacking any fingers. 

And we use to go for Thanksgiving dinner with the church at the local steelworkers hall.  That was usually fun… usually work, cause I do remember at least one ubiquitous pilgrim play.  Mom was the turkey!  You rock mom!  Make us proud with that gobble!!  LOL  Now we have our church’s dinner, but we didn’t go this year because of some sinus issues.  Oh well.  This year I have in my grubby little pawas a copy of The Thanksgiving Primer.  And if I can convince some folks at my church that it is a worthy historical recreation project, then maybe next year we’ll do that for church Thanksgiving instead of a potluck.  If not, then you better bet my children are gonna get the ancient New England Standing Dish of Pompion, a boyled sallet, furmenty and cheate bread along with their fowl.  😉

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Life with a 3 year old is a life of childish extremes.  Oh! the devastation of a boo-boo or having to go home and leave your friends or a loved one. 

And then there is just downright funny!  Coming home from Sunday school the other day M is asked what she learned about… now, imagine this in a very loud, emphatic voice:  ”  GOD – MADE – US – DIRT!!! ”  The actual lesson was Noah’s Ark.  I am at a loss… kind of.  She did proceed to tell us particulars of the story, so I know she knows what she is talking about.  But I’ll be danged if we do!  🙂

This morning her 13 year old sister tells her she use to have a tail (yeah… we liked pulling that one on the twins when they were little, so she’s passing the fun on).  And instead of disagreeing, which is what the tweens use to do quite adamantly, she agrees.  Her sister tells her that it has fallen off so she doesn’t have it anymore to which she replies that “no, it’s really small in her bottom” and proceeds to pull down her pajama pants and show us.  The “we don’t do that in polite society” lesson followed.  Time will tell if she heard that one.

She’s into licking people right now because, as she says, “you’re really tasty!”

I swear I don’t know where she gets this stuff.

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Said with 3 year old slur and delight, hands out and palms up… eyebrows raised in excitement.  Yes, that’s M’s new thing right now (along with wrapping her lips around her teeth and gumming us to death for “bug bites” and calling out to me “momma…momma… MADRE!”

Anyway… VOILA!  The room, she is finished!!  My dear daughter helped me paint the top coat in my bedroom (all day project) while dear son kept little bit entertained.  They even stayed up till 12 last night while I hung 1 Roman Shade ( urg… I hate hanging blinds!!), just to make sure I didn’t drill a hole in my finger or fall off the stepstool.  Lucky for me, I only busted my knee through a pane of glass.  Even luckier, the windows have to be open right now anyway (no ac here).  How’s that for looking on the bright side?  Maybe I can post a picture soon.  But I haven’t been very good about that lately, have I?

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It’s that time again!  Time for women everywhere to go cyber-partying with Five Minutes For Mom!  If you didn’t get to join in the fun last year, you are in for a treat.  It’s a lot of fun to take a week to go peruse other party sites you might not normally see.  AND the opportunity for doorprizes… cool!  There are about 100 or so nice prizes… here’s my top 10 in order of preference (the list is for the ease of our wonderful prize hander-outter… but you can check’em out too, cause their stuff’s cool… you don’t have to be a blogger to sign up for the prizes, but all of that info is on the link above).

  1. A Rocking Horse that M would absolutely LOVE!
  2. A Story Package from Cherish Bound that might make a good gift from me to ????
  3. A Photo necklace from Elemental memories
  4. A Living the Dream t-shirt (cause I so AM!)
  5. A porcelain Easter egg (generally I’m not a knick-nack kind of gal… but these ARE pretty)
  6. A $25 gift certificate to Amazon… who can’t use more books?
  7. A Pirates of the Carribean portable CD player… cause.. well, I like music and that pirate! Argh!
  8. A 6 week fitness plan ~ sure, why not?
  9. And two blog designs here
  10. and here.

Will I win?  Who knows?!  Either way, it’s all good… and it’s nice to be able to spread a little link love once in a while.

So, welcome to my Wonderful Life!  It’s probably no better than your life, but it’s my little affirmation on those bad Monday mornings that my life really is wonderful, no matter what!  Hope you bring your favorite cup to sip out of and a little nibble of something… I’ll do my best to refill your cup with myrth and good will and to pass along some plates full of the spices of life… but this really is a “make yourself at home” kind of place. 

serving food

If you haven’t been here before, consider yourself introduced to me and mine.  Maybe if the crowd hasn’t quite arrived yet we’ll have enough time to sit and chat about shared interests… “oh my gosh!  You read that book too??” 

books or “what’s new with you?  Well, my family is still relatively new at letterboxing… it’s such a fun hobby… maybe you’d like to come out with us some time to find our next treasure?”.


Or maybe we can take a little time to share our challenges… “hi… my name is Tammy and I’m a procrastinator and a carb-food junkie“. 

You might even join us for a dance  English country dance  or some fun and games.

It’s all about this wonderful life and I’m looking foreward to enjoying a bit of it with you for this short time.  Maybe you’ll like it around here so much that you’ll come back often to share some quiet moments or joyful playdate days.  Whatever you do, enjoy the music, good conversation and Welcome!

edited to add:  I’ve added a page to my top nav to help me keep track of the places I want to revisit… and why.  So, check’em out if you don’t want to bother going back to the main linky thing for right now… 😉  party on!

And… oh my gosh!  810 partiers at current count!  How am I ever going to get around to everybody??  More importantly, how are they all going to get around to me??  I was so psyched today that this blog surpassed my other “most hits” day last March!!  Pretty neat since the post that gets the most hits here is usually the one about mosquitoes and listerine?!?

1263……. 1263!!!!!  There’s absolutly no way… and I’m just scanning through to pick out the wordpressers first… oh my gosh!

8 or so more to go before I finish going through the first column!!!  The first column!!! And that’s only the WPers… *sigh* ” so much time, so little to do… strike that, reverse it… on we go!”

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