Friday, January 22, 2010

Things that Make Me Happy

I've been tagged by Christella at Meandering Moody Memories to list 10 things that make me happy.  I recently discovered her blog - she is an extraordinary woman who writes about her life that has been filled with such rich experiences- she is well worth checking out!
I'm finding it difficult to limit myself to only 10 things, as these days I am incredibly blessed and content with a wonderful life...I'm not rich with material things, but am a gazillionaire when it comes to the things that I count as important!  Finding the world of blogging has to be added to my list somewhere, even if it makes my list longer than 10...although I've only been at it a short time, my life has been so enriched by those that I have "met"...sharing and encouraging, laughing and crying...good days and not-so-good's wonderful to share my life with you, and thank you for sharing yours with me!
So here goes:
1.  Sitting on my back steps with a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, watching the sky wake up!
2.  Playing with my watercolors...and watching something come into existence that was previously only held within my mind....
3.  Splashing in rain puddles...I love the fact that part of me is still a little kid...and that I have had plenty of puddles to splash in lately!
4.  Long, hot showers...This is where I do my best thinking....
5.  Working with children and young people...they always teach me so much more than I teach them!
6.  Travel - I'd be hard-pressed to choose which makes me happier - the planning and researching a trip, or actually taking the trip...there is so much out there in the world that excites me and that I want to see the sights, smell the smells, taste the tastes, hear the different languages...right now, I'm planning a trip to Italy next July with my dear sister...her first trip abroad....we've already purchased our tickets to hear Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany!  I hear Paris calling me....maybe I can squeeze in a few days in my favorite city along the way!
7.  My daughter and her family......I could go on and on about this....
8.  Good food, good wine and good friends are a combination that fills my cup!
9.  The ocean...the smell of the air, the feel of the sand and the sound of the waves....never fails to make me smile!
10.  School....I am one of the few people that I know who has had the opportunity to be living their dream! I rather expect that I will be taking classes for as long as I am able...whether or not they lead to a degree....I love to learn!ing
6.  Meandering Moody Memories


  1. What a great comforting list. You're right about the thinking in the long, hot shower. It's also where I do my best thinking. Thanks for playing. Now you need to tag some other people.

  2. I relate to all of your answers. I haven't traveled too many places but I hope to be able to have the opportunity one of these days.

    Looking forward to seeing what you create with your watercolors.

  3. "Comforting" is the same word I thought of when I read your happy list Saranne. There's a quiet joyfulness between the lines that is heart-warming. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes we tend to forget what a wonderful world this is, and always searching for "that" thing that we think would bring us happiness.

  5. Saranne, you sound quite contented. With a list like that, I would be too! Your Italian trip is a wonderful thing to plan for, especially since you'll be with someone special who's seeing Eurpoe for the first time. Enjoyed learning a little bit more about you.

  6. Such diverse happiness triggers among Christella's tagged! I enjoyed reading your list so much!

  7. You can tell through your words that you are content. Wow, Tuscany what a trip to look forward to. You have a good list girl!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Oh I loved your list and learning new things about you.....just knowing how happy and content you are brings a smile to my face, and hey what's wrong with going to school for as long as you want.....good for you I say.
    ........:-) Hugs

  9. Reading your list made me smile, big. I agree with Nezzy that I could almost 'feel' your contentment when I read through your list.

    Have a great time in Tuscany with your sister! Wow, Bocelli. Now I have to pull out his CD and listen!! :)

  10. Showers and Learning! Those are at the top of my list, too!

    I think education was wasted on me when I was young.

  11. I'm a puddle splasher myself! Hey, the photo of you in your sidebar is really lovely. If it were me, I'd make it larger than life and put it on my living room wall!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

  12. what a lovely list, somebody who is truly happy in their life and in their skin.
    You are very lucky or maybe just the possessor of a happy disposition.
    May it last for ever!

  13. Oh Tuscany how devine. My favourite place. I think your list is truly wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Great list. I love how you say "waiting for the sky to wake up".

    I love Tuscany too. Such a beautiful and inspiring place. Oh and the food and the wine! Heaven.

    Kate x

  15. I came to you via Deborah and loved your list. You sound as if you have so much to look forward to as well as so much to enjoy right now - the recipe for a happy life I suspect!

  16. Buon viaggio when the time comes.There's nothing like seeing new things and meeting new people to make you feel alive with possibilities!

  17. What a great and focused list. Perhaps you should go to school to become a psychologist. I will be the first in line for your services.