Happiness Challenge

Isn’t it wonderful, after all this hot, humid weather, we have finally started to have some cooler temperatures?
Soon it will be fall, my favorite time of year, and the crisp days and colorful leaves will return.
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Yes, this brief appearance of cool weather is reminding me of things to come. And I am looking forward to that with pleasure.

~ Sunday ~ Happiness ~ Peachy ~ Just Peachy ~

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We have started picking our peaches. We actually ate the first one yesterday. It was warm, juicy and delicious! The crop is full and heavy and when we came in yesterday from grocery shopping we found our beautiful peach tree torn asunder!
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After
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But, we’re lucky. The crop is nearly ready to completely harvest. Just days from now, really. We’ve already picked two baskets full and in the next day or so, we will be making a peach jam called “Heavenly Jam”.
Mother Nature sure has an odd sense of humor!

Happiness Challenge

On even the most depressing of days, one can find something so precious, so special, that one just has to share it with the world. Even if the world, my world of Dackel Princess, is a small one!
I was having trouble finding something that I could “use” for my happiness challenge, and then I swear, the good Lord had other plans. So here is my Happiness Challenge for today.
I was doing my grocery shopping in the 99 millionth day of heat here in the northeast. Now y’all in the southern states actually choose to live there, but I live in New Hampshire, and this weather is supposed to come one day and be gone the next. C’mon. I was not feeling very happy about soaking my clothes on the way to the car. Okay, back to the grocery store. There I was standing in front of the Mexican food section looking for Peach Salsa, (my new passion) when I heard the most wonderful, and the happiest giggles around. The giggles appeared to belong to a small female child, although I couldn’t see them in the next isle.
I finally found Neuman’s Own Peach Salsa, and then went back to retrieve Hubby from the meat counter before our grocery bill resembled the National Debt! As I turned the corner there they were. Three blonde haired, blue eyed pixies in two shopping carts being pulled through the grocery store by their good natured, no great natured Dad! He asked them what they liked for a treat and they said, “Kwaft Macroni & Cheese!!” And he went over and got 6 boxes. “How come we need so much Daddy?” one of the girls asked. “Cause you’re really good girls!!!” he answered.
I asked if they were triplets. They were all about the same size, all looked nearly identical. But no a set of twins and a single. So I said, “Oh twins and a spare!” And he laughed. “Why’d she say I was a spare Daddy?” echoed the little girl. “Cause I’m lucky to have all three of you!”
It turns out that the happy laughing family was giving the Mom of the family a break. I saw them and heard them as Dad pulled them wildly through the rest of the store. And I thought how lucky these three girls were to have such a wonderful warm, fun Daddy who gave his wife a break, and the girls the best gift of all, a fun day at the grocery store with the man who gave them life.
Now that’s happiness!!!

Today’s Happiness Callenge!!!

This is our beloved Max (Feb 26 1991-Aug 3, 2003) in the sunset of his life.
To have known such a magnificent dog was truly a great happiness!
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WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

William Butler Yeats

Harry Potter & Hot-Dogs

I finished reading “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince“. I think it is the best of the series of books JK Rowling has written. Although I must admit I loved the first and second books a great deal. All that innocence and wonder that Harry, Hermione and Ron had at being new Wizards. But Ms. Rowling has outdone herself with the development of her characters in this book and I really enjoyed it. For anyone who would like to discuss their ideas on the book leave me a post and I’ll write back and we can compare notes. I don’t want to give away anything about the book here!

My Happiness Challenge is plain and simple today. It’s the hot-dog! We had a cookout for the kids last night and I had a Ball-Park Frank with mustard and relish, cooked over a charcoal grill, and it was just the very best! Mmmmmmm! Yup! You just can’t beat a good hot-dog!

Being Grateful

Part of doing the Happiness Challenge for Megan, has made me think about all these things in my life that I am really grateful for. Shubi is one of them. In November of 2003 she became deathly ill. Honest to God, I have never seen an animal get that sick that fast. We were in our camper in Florida with Shubi and puppy, (4 month old) Fritz. We wound up driving from Punta Gorda Florida to Orlando to a specialist who told us quite honestly, “I’m not sure we can save her, but will do all we can.”
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Shubi, with baby Greta during her chemo treatments last year.
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Shubi a year later, doing well, her fur color has come back some, and she is healthy!!

Continue reading “Being Grateful”

Mondays Happiness Challenge

Mondays tend to be nothing type of days. But today is a good day. So the day itself, will go down in my Happiness Challenge.
I went shopping for the kids. (my neighbors grandchildren) Unfortunately they leave on Saturday to go home to Oregon. Each year I try to get some little thing for each of them, to remind them of their visit. Last year I got a book for Kamari, a truck for James and a stuffed wirehaired dachshund just like Greta for Matina. I also made a book of pictures from their summer trip.
This year I got Kamari a journal. She’s old enough now so that she can write her thoughts her dreams and her hopes. Like all young girls.
For James, who is 5, I got a Red Sox action figure. One of those indestructible sort of things. I think he will like that as he has a Red Sox shirt just like the figure does.
For my dachshund loving Matina I have gotten a Wirehaired Dachshund 2006 Calendar and a small Beanie Baby Dachshund.
It’ll be so quiet when they leave and I will miss them terribly. But today, I had fun shopping for them. I hope they get as many smiles on their faces from the things I gotthem, as the smiles they have given me over the last few weeks.

Being a Genius and Other Things

My Happiness Challenge for today:

It’s nice, once in a while, for someone to think you are a genius. Yesterday I had an idea. I thought I would make Matina and her brother James their own coloring books. I started with pictures I took of them and went into a program I have and turned them into coloring book type pictures. See:
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They were so impressed and they think this is so cool. Me too! I plan to make similar books for my grandnephews and grandniece.

Yesterday we also went and picked blueberries. Oh my goodness, you would not believe how heavy the bushes are! We picked and picked and picked and hardly made a dent! I have frozen a ton, and I’ve already made a blueberry cobbler. Later today I plan to make blueberry muffins. I just love summer harvests!