Little things that make you happy

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Abbey, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    I have been trying to focus on the small things in life that make you happy. Here's my list.

    I love seeing my tree in the backyard already budding out to bloom.

    I love seeing the hundreds of birds...sparrows, finches, humming birds, etc., that feed in my yard. My neighbors probably hate it, but I love the noise. They are so happy for the food. They don't even fly away anymore because they trust me.

    I love reading a good book. I only did 4 last week. That's pretty good for me.

    I love seeing my birds having a fun time...swaying by one toenail on a toy, bonking their heads on the wall and waiting for me to respond by knocking back.

    I love quiet. It happens so rarely, but when it does, I relish it.

    I love to cook. When you have the time it's fulfilling, even if the dish doesn't turn out right.

    I love a clean floor. I'm a bit an*l.

    I love no TV. For years we didn't have one while the kids were growing up by choice.

    I'll think of more.

  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member

    I love...

    Watching all the kids in my life growing up (Duckie most of all). They change so quickly.

    Seeing my kitty curled up at my feet first thing in the morning.

    Seeing my first tulip of the season.

    Gathering up chestnuts with Duckie.

    Getting up really early to watch the sun come up.
  3. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    I love all those things!
    4 books this wk? I envy you.
    I'll catch up.
    Meanwhile, it's spring and the best time of yr ...
  4. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    I read so much that I re-read books that I can't even remember that I've read before. In fact...I think I'm in one right now. White Oleander. I'm sure I've read it.

    I'm SUCH a reading nerd that when I find a typo in a book, I contact the publisher.

    I should own stock in our public library.

  5. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Abbey, what a delightful list. Let's see...

    I love...
    • The quirky way that difficult child and Little easy child use language, and the phrases they come up with
    • Listening to Little easy child's infectious giggle
    • Reading, anything and everything I can get my hands on
    • Listening to the icicles drip on my front porch as they melt, and realizing that spring's not too far away
    • Stomping around in great boots in a fresh snowfall, making the first tracks (my neighbours think I'm crazy because every time it snows, I go out in the front yard and do my little "snow dance" in the front yard)
    • The way husband looks at me when he doesn't know I'm looking at him
    • The sound of the garbage truck as it rumbles down our street
    • Standing in front of the fireplace and toasting my back on very cold days
    • Curling up under a blanket with Little easy child and reading books very early in the morning, when only the 2 of us are awake.
    • Thunderstorms
    • Watching the water cannons spraying the farmers fields, when we head up north to difficult child's respite centre
    • Borrowing one of husband's big flannel shirts and a pair of work socks to bundle up in when I'm chilly
    • The fact that Little easy child no longer wears the same size T-shirts as I do, so I can start telling our laundry apart (I am a munchkin in the land of the giants)
    I could witter on and on about this, but I think I'll stop there.

  6. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    I love this idea.

    I love:

    1) A clean floor (abbey!)
    2) Becoming and having the time to become absorbed in a good book.
    3) Sitting at the library where it's real quiet and reading.
    4) Family dinners
    5) Cuddling with my dogs
    6) Watching my dogs play in the snow and swim in the river
    7) Watching difficult child and easy child share a good wholehearted laugh together
    8) Watching my H hugs one of our girls
    9) Watching my H put something together for one of us
    10) Seeing the first buds on our apple tree
    11) Seeing the very first shoots of greens on my Hosta plants popping up through the ground.
    12) The first mowing
    13) Thunderstorms (one of my pups hates them)
    14) Sitting on my pool deck in late afternoon and letting the day go
    15) Driving, I love driving!
    16) Creating a new dessert of special dish for my family
    17) Being able to buy what we need
    18) A clean bathroom and freshly washed towels
    19) Fresh cold water to drink
    20) Sitting on my patio
    21) Picking up my dogs from the groomer
    22) Witnessing the capabilities of my daughters
    23) Seeing difficult child go to work
    24) Sharing a silly moment with H late late at night when we're real tired
    25) Lying on a hot beach
    26) Curled up in my warm bed
    27) A long hot shower
    28) Smooth legs
    29) Coconut Ice on a hot summer day
    30) My favorite music
  7. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    Great thread, Abbey!

    I love....

    Sleeping until I wake up (not awakened by the cats, the dog, the kids or the alarm)

    Fresh snowfall. Looks like the yard is covered with sparkling diamonds.

    Quiet. No tv, no radio, no noise.

    The first warm spring day where it's warm enough to open the windows after the house has been closed up all winter.
  8. house of cards

    house of cards New Member

    Simple pleasures

    A cup of tea
    The little ones' giggles
    Any act of kindness I witness my kids do
    A bubble bath or any hot bath
    A clean house
    A quiet house
    A hug
    A good song on the radio
    Sunny day
    I also enjoy a stormy rain with billowing gray clouds blowing by fast
    Any good sale, love clearance
    Time alone with husband
    Time alone
    Seeing/helping my kids learn new things
  9. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    I could add a few.

    Freshly washed sheets.

    An afternoon nap...comes hard for me.

    Ice cold water in the middle of the night. Actually, I shamefully admit that I bought this thermos that can keep cold for a long time. I fill it with milk. I LOVE milk. I drink a good quart every night. Just roll over and take a sip here and there.

    I love seeing people who still have a good heart. The other day I had the pleasure of visiting the DMV. There was an elderly woman behind me that probably shouldn't be driving, but we struck up a conversation. She was just there (several hour wait) to see if her registration was up to date. She couldn't remember if she had updated it. I told her that she has to have her insurance card, ID, etc. We spent the next hour in line going through her purse trying to find any of that. That purse could have held Mount Rushmore. In the end, I hooked her up with an attendant and briefly explained the problem. I hope they took care of her. She was such a doll.

    I love seeing my good friend Brian, who we 'adopted' years ago. He looks like he is a kid, but really 35. I don't think he has a stitch of food in his house as he always eats here. He has a key to the house and comes and goes when needed. Seems he comes more than he goes. ;) Nice, nice guy.

    I love a good disco song. Heck...I Love any disco song.

    One thing I don't love is....SNOW. I'm glad you enjoy it.

  10. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Let's see........

    1. Spending time with the grandkids. Impossible not to be happy when doing that. lol

    2. Walking the dogs.

    3. Autumn leaves in full color. Breathtaking.

    4. Hiking / walking in the woods.

    5. My flower garden.

    6. Playing my fav computer game.

    7. Someone doing a household chore without being asked, and doing it right.

    8. Being greeted by the dogs and cats as if I'm the Center of the Universe.

    9. Finding a 20 dollar bill in the pocket of a pair of jeans when I'm flat broke.
  11. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I love being able to do more with my family.

    I love looking out the bedroom window to the cherry tree in my front yard. It was a Mother's Day gift to me, as a remembrance of my Grandma who had one in her yard that we gave to her.

    Listening to Jess be a "mother hen" with thank you in the mornings.

    Watching my kids become totally involved in a book - to the exclusion of everything else.

    Discussing the strange and wondrous concepts that are in thank you's mind. Science related usually, and a very expressive way of stating his thoughts. Last month he explained the space-time continuum to me, as it could impact his life.

    Cooking with Jess.

    Spending time with my now sober brother, esp after many many years of that being a traumatic thing.

    Hearing my husband come in from work, it is always, "hey honey, I'm home!"

    IMing with husband during the day. His sense of humor is very quirky.

    Lemon body cream. Heavy duty, lovely smell.

    Rose water. On any part of me.

    Rose lotion - NOT my Grandma's brand, but smells like what she used.

    Fixing a cup of coffee for the cat. She only drinks a little bit, but she really likes it. I don't like to share MY cup!!


    Having the taxes ready to file and knowing we will get a chunk back to do some much needed things.

    The smile on Tyler's face when I go in to check on him at night. Such a sweet, sleepy smile.

    Being able to look at difficult child's baby pictures with-o crying.

    Knowing my difficult child wants to do things with us. It is a rare and special gift.
  12. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member

    I forgot about how babies smell after their bath. I wish they could bottle that scent... "New Baby Smell".
  13. Nomad

    Nomad Guest

    1) Love of my hubby.
    2) Reading a good book.
    3) Flowers.
    4) Change of seasons...nice weather in general.
    5) Realizing that I'm feeling healthy on any given day.
    6) Conversations with family or friends.
    7) A good exercise routine finished.
    8) A loss of some weight (I'll take little icrements)
    9) When my children are healthy, happy, progressing.
    10) An ha ha moment.
    11) Watching people being good and kind to one another.
    12) A sincere compliment.
    13) My little doxie dog.
  14. Marcie Mac

    Marcie Mac Just Plain Ole Tired

    A few of my favorites
    Listening to it rain at night
    Listening to my easy child laugh really hard - its a delightful cross between a
    belly laugh and a chuckle and it always makes me laugh as well
    Driving along in the truck with no destination in mind with the Dixie Chicks
    full blast
    Listening to the my bird whistle a tune at work trying to get the attention of
    the female bird in the next cage. It makes me smile evertime I go to get
    a file from the front office and he gives me this loud wolf whistle - and
    and then starts to laugh = darn thing has picked up my laugh
    The smell of a freshly mowed lawn

  15. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Oh, man...finding money in the laundry is the BEST!!!!

  16. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    Let's see -

    I love the smell of jasmine.

    I too love clean floors & bathrooms.

    Blooming African violets.

    The first sighting of a robin each year.

    Genuine smiles on kt & wm's faces.

    Sally wagging her tail each time she sees me.

    Finishing a painting.

    Planning my annual garden (planning a vegetable garden this year too if I can swing it physically).

    Seeing my children make good, safe choices.
  17. 'Chelle

    'Chelle Active Member

    -The smell of laundry that's been dried outside on a line
    -A long hot bubble bath with no one around to knock on the door
    -Being able to read a book without interruptions
    -Finishing a needle craft project and giving it away
    -Baking pies
    -Going to the lake and floating in the water on an inflatable mattress
  18. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen I would love to lay in a raft in the water. That is so soothing. Unfortunately, I live in the desert.

  19. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Getting the last parking space in the row on the back 50 at WM - helps me exercise and reminds me I have good legs and health.

    Leaving the front door open to air out the house Saturday and finding a real squirrel sitting on my couch - she had found the bag of birdseed by the front door. I screamed, she screamed (didn't know they could do that huh) and then we were fine. She was really cute.

    Having my black and white hoodie rat reach his arm through his cage door just to hold my finger.

    DF bringing me a cup of coffee in bed again since Dude isn't living here.

    Having Dude call me at work from school the 2nd day he's at foster care just to say "Hi mom - having a good day? love you"

    Seeing myself in the bedroom mirror after 7 weeks of dieting - and thinking is there something wrong with the've lost weight girl...

    Having a 30 year old guy hit on/flirt with me at the convenience store then finding out I'm 13 years older than him and watching his face hit the floor. Goooooo Sr. power. lol

    Having a friend like Abbey that would put this creative post up so I could remember why i'm happy today.

    Having all of you here at the CD board - to help me survive GFGisms.
  20. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member

    Babies smile

    The smell just before it's about to rain

    The quiet after a heavy snow fall.

    Snowing at night


    The smell of a new car

    Listening to the ocean crash and hearing the seagulls

    Getting lost in a really good book

    Giving someone a great gift that you know the person is just going to love

    Doing some kind of charity work.

    Going swimming in the pool, in the dark after the kids are in bed.

    Taking a nap in the afternoon.