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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 9

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #9 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

Today I’m very happy to introduce you to the two furry creatures who share my home:

dickensThis is Dickens, the elder statesman of the family. He’s about 17 and has lost most of his hearing, but has lost none of his personality. I adopted him as a kitten, and I still remember when he was so tiny that he would tumble off pillows because he didn’t weigh enough back then to sink down into them. This photo definitely doesn’t do justice to his amazing eyes–they’re a brilliant blue/green and people always exclaim over them when they meet him for the first time. Dickens puts up with absolutely no nonsense from anyone, including me. He’s emphatic about his demands—when he wants to eat, when he wants to be petted and scratched, and when he absolutely wants to be left alone.

 

miss maggieMiss Maggie (NEVER called simply “Maggie”) is the snuggler. She’d be on my lap 24/7 if I let her—and in fact, she’s on my lap right now! She’s about 8 years old, and her special skills include extremely loud purring, scampering about, sneaking into impossibly small spaces, and bird-watching. I adopted her from a shelter, but make no mistake about it—she chose me, not the other way around. She’s a true cuddle-bug, and she has little speckles inside her ears that are totally adorable.

(I just noticed that they both look really serious in these photos! Maybe they thought that they were sitting for official portraits.)

These two furry little souls are always there to greet me when I wake up in the morning and when I come home at night—and that always makes me really happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 8

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #8 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

I’ve seen hawks the last two mornings when I’ve been driving to work. I live in a pretty busy suburban area, but there are still places where you can see wildlife once in awhile, and when I do, it makes me really happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 7

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #7 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

I found out that a friend of mine became a grandmother today for the very first time! Her daughter and granddaughter are both healthy and doing well, and my friend is over the moon. Is there anything like a new baby to bring joy to an ordinary day? I think not! This new little bundle is going to be so loved–and that makes me incredibly happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 6

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #6 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

I’m really tired tonight and am looking forward to going to bed early. There’s nothing like being able to sink into a comfortable bed after a long day, and being able to do just that–very soon!–makes me really happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 5

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #5 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

I got home from work today to find that the painters had finished replacing and painting all the trim on my house today. With the threat of rain all day, I didn’t have much hope that the job would be finished–but it’s all done and it looks wonderful!

I live in a townhome community where most of the outside building maintenance is controlled by our homeowners association, and that can mean that the quality of work is unpredictable–sometimes jobs take ages to complete, and sometimes the workmanship isn’t the best. This latest experience was a good one all the way around–and that makes me really happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 4

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #4 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

At work today I was telling a story to the co-worker/friend who sits next to me–and I made her laugh so hard she had to take off her glasses and wipe her eyes. (When she takes her glasses off, I know I’ve made her go past the point of no return!)

I’ve worked in places where I don’t have anyone who shares my sense of humor, and that can be a very lonely feeling. I’m very grateful that for the past several years I’ve shared an office with a group of people who I also regularly share laughs with–and that makes me really happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 3

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #3 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

This morning I baked a big batch of chocolate chip bars–I’ll be taking (most of them!) to work tomorrow to share with my team. My kitchen smelled great, the bars turned out delicious–and both of those things made me really happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 2

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #2 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

Is there anything better than an unscheduled, rejuvenating nap? Especially a nap accompanied by a very warm, purring cat? That’s what I enjoyed this afternoon–and it made me really happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–Day 1

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We interrupt our usual bookish posts to bring you the following:

Welcome to Day #1 of the AUGUST HAPPINESS CHALLENGE–where participants post each day in August about something that makes them HAPPY! The goal–to slow down and take time to appreciate the good things in life. Feel free to join in the fun!

I took a vacation day today—I like to spread out vacation time into 3- or 4-day weekends throughout the summer. Today I got up (fairly) early, made a list, got all my weekend errands and chores out of the way by early afternoon, and have been spending the rest of the day reading and relaxing—and I can look forward to more of the same for the rest of the weekend! It was such a hectic week at work, and it feels wonderful to know that I have no real demands on my time for the next two days–and that makes me really happy!

How about you? What’s making you happy today? Please share!


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The August Happiness Challenge–A Sneek Preview!

vonnegut happyOne of my blogging buddies, Kwizgiver, is doing the Happiness Challenge again this August. It sounds like fun, and I thought I’d play along this year!

Care to join in? The guidelines couldn’t be easier:

“Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn’t even have to be every day if you don’t want it to be. It’s a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world.”

If you’d like to join in this instant mood-lifter (and who can’t use one of those these days, right?) let me know  in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit your “land of happy” in August! Also–many bloggers who participate will mark all of their Happiness Challenge posts with a picture or icon of some sort that means “happy” to them. If that strikes your fancy–go for it!

Some of my challenge posts may be bookish, but I predict that most will be about other things. It’ll all depend on what each day brings! Hope to see you on Friday, August 1 for the first of 31 days of HAPPY!