Thursday, June 18, 2015

Happiness Is...

My Morning Coffee

A happy day must start with a strong cup or two of coffee.  On the weekends, I like to sip it while sitting in my back porch swing.  I relish this particular time of my weekend mornings!  Depending on the season, it can either before or after a long run.  A weekday afternoon coffee with a friend is also a special treat (Hi, Kim).


Keurig may be the best invention ever!


A Sunny Day

I've long known that my mood and energy level is directly affected by the amount of sunlight.  Gloomy Day = Gloomy HoHo.  I'm not saying I have to be baking it in (not such a good thing any more) but I have to be able to see it.  I have to know it's a sunny day.


Any Body of Water

I have an urge to be either IN, AROUND, OVER, ON, UNDER or NEAR any body of water.    Point me to the nearest pool, lake, river or ocean.  {As Brad Paisley would sing -- Drive until the map turns blue.}  Heck -- if I'm desperate, a fountain or bird bath will do.


A sunny day on the water...nothing better.


A Good Sweat

A run that produces an enormous sweat is good for my soul (and soles).  Plus, those feel-good endorphins are powerful things.  Problems are solved, decisions made, ideas formed, bodies become strong, and stink is stunk during and after a good sweaty run.


A Florida race in late June equals massive sweat.
My time is nowhere near a PR, but all I could do on that day in that heat.


My Growing Family

I do enjoy traveling.  But, the happiest times are just in the backyard, the boat, or at the beach hanging out with the family.  With the recent addition of our granddaughter, we are now eight strong.  Add two small high energy dogs (and an occasional large granddog) and it's blissful chaos at our house when we are all together.


Tell me something that makes you happy!



I'm linking up with the awesome ladies from the DC Trifecta:

Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC,
Mar from Mar on the Run!.






41 comments:

  1. I don't drink hot coffee but I sure do like you mug! This warm weather we are having makes me happy! I can't wait to take my Labrador swimming this weekend!

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    1. Neither one of my dogs like to swim in the pool. However, one of them cannot ignore a neck deep puddle in the park after it rains. I guess it needs to be muddy water.

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  2. I'm with you on pretty much everything except the coffee. But a nice cup of tea is good. :)

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    1. Keurig's brew tea too...and hot CHOCOLATE. I never learned to drink hot tea...just iced.

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  3. I haven't been waterskiing yet! The water was pretty cold and it rained last time we were up at the lake. Hopefully soon!

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    1. Me either. The water here is now extremely warm. Our boat is being repaired from our epic fail a few weeks ago. It should be finished next week. So MAYBE, just maybe, next weekend. I'll be so giddy, I'm sure I'll post something.

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  4. Happiness is when we had that RV tire blowout, the water holder of our Keurig wasn't full when it fell across the RV and the rest of the Keurig stayed up on the counter and didn't break!

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    1. That would make me happy. At least you don't have to replace it. I hope you are enjoying your trip.

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  5. I don't drink coffee, but I love what I consider summer iced teas. I know I can get Starbucks' passion ice tea year round but I save it for summer.

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    1. You know, I would probably love a Starbucks tea...but I just can't NOT order a iced white chocolate mocha...with half the syrup. I just can't. Loyal.

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  6. Keurigs are an amazing invention - we're addicted to ours.
    The way you are drawn to water, I'm drawn to trees :) Let me walk in them all day long :)

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    1. I get the trees. I like to LOOK at all the trees FROM the water. See my pic above? Ha. I think it boils down to loving the great outdoors.

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  7. great list. i also love being out on the water!

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    1. I can't imagine not being able to do that. But, I think I could adapt to mountains and forests.

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  8. This all sounds awesome! It's finally nice enough here to use our deck furniture and I LOVE sitting out there! So peaceful! Yay to granddogs!

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    1. I swing on my back porch wrapped in a blanket when it's cool. My granddog can't stay out of the pool. My two kiddogs can't stand it.

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  9. I really love being around bodies of water, it's so life affirming! I didn't do enough of it last year but I've got a couple plans for it this summer and that definitely makes me happy :)

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    1. I've seen a lot about paddle boarding lately. It's something I'd like to try. It's got to be a good workout.

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  10. Aww! I love these, H! Water, coffee, sweat...I'm sensing a liquid theme here - ha! I love all of those, too; I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes, I am apparently partial to liquids...which no doubt includes refreshing tropical rum flavored, tequila & lime flavored, etc.

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  11. This post made me smile. Love the race pic and even if the weather is hot or rainy or anywhere in between, racing makes me smile too! Oh and my little Lulu (Yorkie) makes me smile alot!

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    1. My dogs are upset with me that they didn't get a heading, only a brief mention. But at least it was in the family section! LOL

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  12. Great list! I do love a day at the beach or lake to relax. Our temps are finally in the triple digits here, so the lake waters are finally starting to warm up, by next month they should be great for a day at the lake and I can't wait!

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    1. I hopefully will be in that lake soon. Waiting on the boat repair. SIGH. Triple digits? Dry heat, right? LOL.

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  13. Yes morning coffee is a given! I am so much happier on a sunny day as well

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    1. I briefly thought of Sunny to be my cool granny name. But, HoHo stuck. It's here for life.

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  14. I love the chaos of family. My husband's family is large so when we get together it is a whirlwind of people, laughter and fun. We all get along so wonderfully. And yes ! to morning coffee.

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    1. My husband's family is like that too. Holidays are awesome.

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    1. I'm so glad it's been a sunny weekend.

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  16. Happiness is definitely morning coffee, usually after a sweaty run this time of year. No better way to start a morning off than a dose of caffeine and endorphins! :) And I agree, vacations are nice. But the times where we can get the whole family together is extra special!

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    1. Yes, caffeine and endorphins are definitely a powerful mix. Family is what it's all about.

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    1. I simply can't do without a body of water.

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  18. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but dark chocolate... Loooooooove me some dark chocolate!

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    1. The taste of dark chocolate has definitely grown on me as I've gotten older! Yummy.

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  19. I love that "Drive until the map turns blue." I've never heard it before but it's so true! I LOVE the water!

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    1. Best line in any song. Honestly, that could be my motto.

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  20. What a great water skiing shot!
    Any time time off work is my happy time :)

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    1. True that. "Everybody's working for the weekend" as they say.

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