Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What Makes Me Happy - You Really Think You Are Ready For This?

Faerwillow over at Serendipity was a dear and gave me this award.  Her blog is always uplifting and full of wonderful things.  With receipt of this award I am to offer up to my readers 10 things that make me really happy.  Have to say there are probably much more than 10 things, yet at the moment this seems to be the things that are on my mind the most..  And Away We Go............

The first thing that comes to my mind when you speak of happiness has got to be my grandbabies.  They are such a big part of my life as well as such a wealth of smiles, love, and laughter.  I still have not figured out the complete secret of being a grandparent yet I know that there is something incredibly special about it.  It give a feeling inside of you that is unique all to its own.  Plus I just love the simple ways of a child.  They are so open to the world and accepting without question.  They have yet to be mucked up by all the sinicism of the world.  It is refreshing and delightful to experience their bare truth of reality.

The second thing that makes me happy is my Vinnie.  Funny how I have truly been in love with this man since I was 7 years old.  I just wish I had had my pushy ways back when I was younger.  Maybe I would not had to have waited until I was 42 to have married him.  He has brought me more love in the last 5 and half years of being together than I think I have had in all the years before.  He truly is my soulmate and best friend.  My very own Captain Morgan... what else could a girl ask for. 

Music runs a close number three with of course Matthew Bellamy of Muse being at the forefront of that.  I mean really girls the boy believes in fairies.  Music has always been an important attribute to my life.  It inspires, lifts my spirits, makes me cry, and makes me want to dance like a crazed loon.  Yes, I can get down with my bad self, believe it or not.  I think I will have the same feelings as well as the same closet groupie fetishes til the day I die.  From George Harrison of the Beatles to Mattie.... I will "forever" love the boys in the band. 

Friends and family come in next.  Goodness where would we be without this one.  Over the last year I have realized the important of both of these groups.  Whether they are right next door to you or clear across the pond, they still mean as much to you and can have just as much influence and impact on your life.  A true friend is hard to find and sometimes impossible.  I feel that as of late I have been blessed with several.  And that can do nothing but make me happy.

Cooking is another thing that makes me happy.  Let me feed someone and that is my way of telling them I care.  Not sure why I am like that, I think I get it from my mother.  Although since she learned I can cook she doesn't cook for me as much.  Just ask my kids they will tell you that I love nothing more than to shove food down ones throat.  A little melodramatic there... although my daughter swears I fed them too much as kids... Always having cookies and cakes baked.  What can I say... it is one of my many ways of saying I love you.

Full moons and fairies.  Yea I know this is two things yet to me I tie them together often.  I have always loved to gaze at a full round moon as it rises in the sky at night.  To feel its energies pulsating from it.  I have forever been a moonchild and feel extremely close to her.  As for the fairies, the wee folk have always been dear to me.  It saddens me that people truly do not believe in them anymore yet I can understand why.  They represent something that is unseen to most and therefore can be unproven.  Ah to be caught in a world where you can not believe what you can not see.    Something that definitely does not make me smile....

Nature and all her glory of course makes me smile and tremendously happy.  From the strength and wisdom of a tall aged oak to the soft touch of a gentle breeze.  There are so many facets of this area that truly touch my soul.  I have learned so much from the out of doors.  It is what is truly real.  It holds so many secrets for us if we only but listen to her.  Its stories are ageless and offer to us the answers to so many of the questions we often ponder. 

My garden makes me happy.  Over the last several years I have planted and nurtured several flowers, trees, etc.  It is now coming to the stage where it is starting to shine.  It has been a wonderful experience for me to learn.  Although the feel of the earth under my feet or the touch of fresh soil excites me in a way that only another gardener can understand.  The excitement of that little green sprout peeking out of the ground or the first bud on a rose bush makes me beam... I thank my grandma and grandpa for this love of the earth as well as Thelma Pate, a woman who taught me the love of a beautiful flower at a very young age. 

My camera and my love of photography makes me smile.  It goes with me everywhere and has brought me a form of satisfaction I had not experienced before.  It has taught me creativity, uniqueness and the means to accept myself as an artist. 
Lastly what makes me Happy?  Me Myself and I.  I have learned to love myself and who and what I am.  I can laugh at my shortcomings and not be too hard on myself... I love life and all that it has to offer.  I guess in a way Life makes me happy.  Sure it has its pitfalls and such but there truly is always something positive to be gained from everything.  No matter how cliche that sounds.  I have learned to lean towards the positive side of all things and in the end all will be better for it.  Not to dwell on the negative or the trivial as it will only bog you down and keep you from enjoying the goodness that surrounds you.  Now I have to send this on to 10 more people.  First let me say that I am not necessarily a lover of question and answer things such as this yet this one has been a bit of a blessing to me.  It made me focus on a bunch of positive  things and also made me realize that there is much more than just 10 things... In saying this I pass this on to 10 people whom have inspired me with their stories, their teachings and their lives.  People whom have made me happy .  I hope you have as much fun doing this as I have had;  PS:  Lyon, Rue and Mary:  I would send this to you yet see you already had it sent to you.... All three of you have made me smile several times as well as lift my spirits and taught me much... blessing to you. 

So in no specific order:

Tracy from Witch Path to Take
Bridgett from Doug and; Boo Plus 2
Iris from Iris Awakened
Sugar and Spice from Sweet and Sour Witches
Nan from Ole Crows Nest
Birgit from Swapping Howdies

Love all of you and Faerwillow, thank you so much for sending this my way.... Blessings to all of you. 


Bridgett said...

This was fantastic, Janie. It actually brightened my day just reading everything that touches your life.

Of course, we're in agreement on many of the the things which make us happy. ;) Well, except cooking. I am NOT much of a cook. I could never call myself a kitchen witch. LOL

I shall do this, hopefully tonight, after the kiddos are in bed. It's so hard to focus when they're awake, on anything but them.

Much love!


Birgit said...

Oh Janie, I so enjoyed reading the things which make you happy and found myself nodding in agreement nearly all the time. :) Thanks also for passing on this award to me -- it is very much appreciated. :)


mxtodis123 said...

Thank you for sharing. You are really a special woman.

Bella Foxglove said...

What a wonderful post, I loved reading about all the things that make you happy, and I LOVE the Cap'n Vinne pic *giggles*

Thank you for nominating me and I shall do this later tonight!

Rue said...

I with Bridgett! I feel happier, just having read this!

What a wonderful list!

The family, the cooking, Mother Nature and Moon - everthing is just perfect!

Bogaman said...

Both of these posts today are specail. Thanks for sharing youself with us. You're right about the internet. 10 to 15 years ago this would not have been possible. X.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a great happiness list! And Captain Vinnie looks like a fun guy, LOL!

Anonymous said...

I too enjoyed reading what makes you happy and we have so much in common. My Hubby, Kids, Grandkids all make me very happy. I also love the Moon and working in my garden.


Toni aka irishlas said...

Thank you for sharing such a lovely post. It seems that the things that make you happy are what makes most folks happy too. So many similarities. I think a lot of your readers can really relate to this post.

Dede said...

A beautiful post, truly it is. So much of what makes you happy, also makes me happy. Straight from the heart. Thanks so much for passing it on. I will do this tomorrow, it will be an honor.


Anonymous said...

Oh wow, thank you so very much! It is such an honor to get this, our first award, and we want to thank you for the support you have shown our blog and for helping to spread the word about us!

It is deeply appreciated. You have so much to be happy about, based on your list, and it is reflected in all that you share with your readers.

Thank you again!

Sugar and Spice

Lyon said...

*HUGS* Yay for happy days. =) It's always nice to take a few minutes to ponder over all these positive things and appreciate them. Seems like so many of us are always push push push this isn't right, gotta fix it, that isn't right, gotta fix that too. I think we forget to give some love to all the things we already have right!

Love you mamma moon. Thanks for sharing your happies with us. =)

OleCrowsNestJournal_Nan said...

What a nice uplifting list! Can't wait to keep this idea going by posting 10 things that make me happy!! What an honor to be included on your blog list!!! I really appreciate you, your blog and your comments as well!! Have a great day!

Tracy said...

Lovely post! Thank you for sharing what makes you happy and thank you for passing this on to me! I will be working on this today. It comes at a very opportune time as I have been focusing on the negative for the past few days.... time to remember the positive!

faerwillow said...

~a joy to read your ten happy things...such wonderous delights to entice you and be thankful for throughout your day!
it is sad and something i continue to share with my little ones..."They represent something that is unseen to most and therefore can be unproven. Ah to be caught in a world where you can not believe what you can not see." to BELIEVING in them...i know they are there! brighetest blessings~

Anonymous said...

Oh Janie-big sis...
I loved reading these...(not just cos' you used my pic either!)

I'm so behind with my blog stuff...and folks are getting so down and depressed, it really made a lovely change to read something positive!

Your Vinnie's a handsome chap...I love the pose...did you make him stand like that...he he...

And what a posh camera...I'm envious...I borrow Endymion's little thing...mine still uses film!!!

Love you my darling and I'm very glad to be your friend...Cee xxx

Mother's Moon's Message said...

for those of you who asked... not I did not need to make Vincent pose for his picture.. he had had enough Mojitos in his system he was glad to do it....

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

What a great post! (Obviously I'm behind in my reading too...)

It really brought home how much we do have in common: I married my love at age 42 as well - wish I'd done that 20 or so years earlier..

I have a thing for the moon and photography as well. And of course, the garden! The garden under the full moon especially.

Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed such an uplifting and positive piece. It made me feel happy too. :)