Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

I'm feeling content today. I thought I should write it down, so two hours from now when I stub my toe and my outlook gets shaky, I can come back and remember...

1. Electricity. Our power was out for about 56 minutes today. I am truly a spoiled modern woman who enjoys (far to much) her spoiled modern ways.

2. Spelling: The kids are learning to spell words like distinguishingrelinquishing, and embellishment today. I don't know why I like spelling so much this year. I think its a sickness.

3. Homemade Chicken Soup with Rice: I love it so much I've eaten it three times this week.

4. Maurice Sendaks- Chicken Soup with Rice: If you haven't read this book in awhile, go get it off your shelf and read it again. My favorite month is November.

5. Aprons: I have a love of aprons. I've made one or two (or twenty), but its time for a new pattern. Especially since a lovely gal won an apron giveaway this summer and I have yet to make it. (Lauren, I haven't forgotten)

6. Quilts: I have never made a quilt, but I own several made by my mother and grandmother. I have had this pattern downloaded for at least a year. My mom had given me some Mary Engelbreit fabric years ago that I really wanted to use.

So, on Friday I began to cut a bunch of odd shaped scraps.



This is what those scraps look like today:


She's not the prettiest of little quilt tops, but she's my first, so I love her all the same.

7. My Man: He's exceedingly good to me. Oh, and he's handsome too.

8. Wednesday Night Date Night: I look forward to this evening every week. This week we plan to dine on spaghetti and french bread while sipping Zinfandel, right at our own kitchen table.

9. Memories: A couple weekends ago our family spent some time in a huge antique shop. I wasn't sure wether to be amused, or irritated that these old-school Hardee's cups were in an antique shop, since, you know, I had these cups in my day.


 I tried like crazy to find the original Yosemite Sam cup. The Mister had one as a kid but it was tragically broken. Someday....

10. Tween-agers: The Boy will be twelve by the end of the week. The Girl seems to literally be growing inches in the night.


There are some tween-age attitudes things I could live without, but I do love this older-but-not-too-old stage.  I had a crazy (but very "real") dream last night that I was pregnant. I woke up feeling grateful that it was just a dream. I do love a baby, but I'm grateful for this part of life too.

Now, tell me, what makes you happy?

18 comments:

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

It makes me happy that you remember the old-school Hardees glasses. We had the Speedy Gonzales one and my daddy drank tea out of it every night at dinner.

And your quilt is lovely!

Kristin said...

I've never heard of that book! I thought you were actually talking about eating soup, and I thought,"Mmm, that sounds good..." :)

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Makes me happy that you love spelling words. ME TOO!

Your quilt is awesome.

My fireplace is making me happy on this cold day. And so is ginger/peach tea with honey. I'm organizing my scrapbook stuff for a weekend getaway and getting excited about that as well. LOTS to be happy and thankful for...

Carpool Queen said...

It makes me happy that you are happy. And I'm not just saying that to be cute, because if you could see me right now covered in dryer lint from having to crawl behind the dryer on my hands and knees to re-attach the hose, "cute" would not be the first word coming to mind.

Lindsay said...

oo I love the quilt! The electricity I am with you!!

Kendra said...

I LOVE those old glasses. Used to have a big collection of them. My fave were the McDonald characters. Remember Grimace, the Hamburgular, the Fry Guys?

And I LOVE to quilt, too. I've made several, and I have several I need to bind. So fun!

Tracey said...

It makes me happy to listen to my 5 year old giggle as the dachshund chases both us through the house.

Your first quilt makes me happy. I've always wanted to make one.

Answers to prayers make me very happy. And...

Fall in North Carolina thrills me to no end.

Elizabeth said...

I need to write things like this down when I'm having a moment of contentment. I need the reminder.

Today I love the 65 degree weather and the chocolate brownie I just ate:)

Jewel said...

My littlest too have become quite good buddies lately. I call them Hurricane Ruby and Brayden the Tornado because of what they do everywhere they go but it makes me happy that they are having so much fun together with all of their little games and adventures. I'm also happy that this stage doesn't last forever and the end is in sight:) Basically same feeling about babies.

Usually dreams about pregnancy symbolize a new idea or something along those lines.

Tiffani said...

oh, I love your happies...and I love spelling, too!!

Love my man and zinfandel and combined well, that's just peachy.

That quilt is INSANE!! could you BE any craftier?? I have some of those same Mary Englebreit fabrics!! Love her! Way to go and just do it! It will special no matter what!

Gretchen said...

LVCG that is a wonderful first quilt top!!!! It's a wonderful 20th quilt top for that matter. Very kaleidoscope-y. Lurve using up those scraps!

I kid you not: In third grade I accidentally stepped on a Hardees glass--my teenage cousin was babysitting me, and must've put it on the floor by the couch--and required several stitches in the arch of my foot! Don't remember if it was ol' Yosemite or not, though. Maybe it was your husband's glass...

That tweenage age is fun for me, too. Although there are times when we seem catapulted towards teendom before we reach 12. At least with the girl.

Things that make me happy: coming to Kellie's blog. Seriously. Going to choir practice (in about 15 minutes), and quilting!

Amber said...

I LOVE THOSE GLASSES. We had Marvin the Martian. So groovy.

And your quilt is gorgeous. Love that fabric. Love that pattern. Love that you love to quilt.

Laura said...

LOL, Kellie, We have had our electricity go out every other day in the dead of summer for 5 hour stretches, haha, I loved it cause I could really connect with God for that time:) On another note, I wish I had your motivation, you inspire me, and I am still waiting on the monopoly money blog :) Hope you are loving life, cause it sure sounds like it...

Such The Spot said...

If I had an ounce of your talent with fabrics and things I'd be happy too. :)

We have a Wed. night happy hour with a beverage and egg rolls (or something equally nutritionally void) before dinner and it really helps me get through the week. So I can appreciate how much your date nights mean to you.

And yes. The boy and girl surely are growing by leaps and bounds. You're a wise mom, treasuring the moments while they last.

whimzie said...

I haven't thought of Hardee's glasses in forever. I think we had quite a collection. I miss Hardee's.

I've never heard of that book either. I'll have to look for it in the library.

I tried to quilt....once. Not a good beginner project for someone who can barely thread a needle and isn't sure how to turn on a sewing machine. And did I mention I was pregnant at the time? But what that class did do was give me a GRAND new appreciation for the work that goes into making a quilt. Can't wait to see the finished project...and the halter apron. That's adorable.

Candace Chaney said...

your blog :)

Anonymous said...

Wow,Kellie!

That is great and not a easy quilt to start with!

I have more material.
Love
Mom

mimi said...

I have such fond memories of those Looney Tunes glasses! We collected ours from the gas station I think. I wish we had saved them!