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Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's My 300th Blogiversary...?

Wait. That's not right. It's not my 300th Blogiversary... it's my One-Year Blogiversary! Which just happens to coincide with my 300th post! It's hard to believe that only a year ago I had no idea this place or you people existed. But I'm so glad I found you... you've all enriched my life immeasurably this past year, with your humor, your talent, your insight, and your support. Thank you, from the bottom of my bloggy heart!

Because it's a special day (for me, anyway), I wanted to do a special post, but I couldn't decide what it should be (I know, shock and surprise, right?). Then the beautiful Fhina tagged me with a "Things That Make Me Happy" meme and it seemed appropriate. I did one a while ago and people liked it (it's here, if you'd like to see it), so I'm happy to give it another shot.

The meme states that I have to list 6 unimportant things that make me happy. I maintain that anything that makes me happy simply cannot be unimportant. And like last time, when I broke the rules and listed 10 things, I can't limit my list to 6... so I'm going to show you a dozen important things I love ~ things that give me the warm fuzzies (with pictures, which are hard as hell to format, so please show me some bloggy love for my diligence :)...

1. Books... and the places they congregate, like libraries, bookstores, book fairs, my bedroom...

2. Handwritten letters from people I love (or even people I like!)... not just cards (though they're nice, too), but real letters.

3. "Coaching" my little sinkers... I love their energy, their giggles, their hugs. And when I can help them overcome their fears and/or learn something new? What an amazing feeling!

4. Celtic Crosses... I know it's odd, given how I feel about God/religion, but I love Celtic crosses. It might be because I was born in Scotland and they're all over (this one is in Dundee)... I don't know. But I wear a silver one, wrapped in a Claddaugh, all the time. I got it in a little shop by the North Sea... it reminds me that there is something bigger than me out there and that I need to treat myself with more love, loyalty, and friendship than I often do.

5. Laughing so hard you can't breathe... and the people and things that make you laugh so hard you can't breathe!

6. Lambs... baby animals in general make me happy but lambs (like puppies) hold a special place in my heart (especially the black-faced ones). I also love them broiled with mint sauce, which is, believe me, something with which I struggle greatly!

7. Travel... nearby or far, far away. It opens my mind, my senses, my heart... it's all good.

8. Red wine... Pinot Noir or Merlot... a glass with dinner or by the fire, or bottles flowing freely at a dinner party with friends (never 5 bottles between 2 people, though... never again, anyway).

9. Gerber Daisies... they just make me smile! Next to tulips, they're my favorite flower.

10. London... I love its history, life, people, pubs... it's one of my favorite places.

11. Sitting by an outdoor fire... from spring through fall, with friends and a bottle of red.

12. The idea of transformation... caterpillar to butterfly... ugly duckling to swan. I'm still working on my own transformation but I'm sure there's a butterfly somewhere in this old cocoon!

I tag anyone and everyone who would like to do a "Things That Make Me Happy" post! Do it! It'll make you happy! And again, I thank you for the many smiles you've all brought to my face over the last year! XOXO

31 comments:

blognut said...

Ha! Fhina tagged me, too. And I posted it today!

I love all of these things because they make you happy. However - sorry - I won't eat the lamb, and I won't drink the red stuff 'cause it gives me an instant headache and then I'm not fun. I'm way more fun drinking white wine or beer. Then I'm a damn party in a box. Never mind.

Happy 300th post and Happy One Year Anniversary! I'm glad you found the blogosphere, my friend. XO

Rachel Cotterill said...

This morning I saw a chipmunk (first one I've seen), that made me happy. And knowing I'm not the only one who finds joy in the little things :)

Chris @ Maugeritaville said...

Congratulations, Diane! Here's to the next 300.

Jenners said...

Congrats!! I'm so glad you've made it past the one year mark!!! And 300 posts .. wow! That is almost every day for a year! (Amazing my powers of observation).

I love love love what you love love love and I love the photos that you picked. I just want to jump in all of them!

Tabitha in Bliss said...

The things that make you happy Diane are wonderful. :)

Happy Blogiversary!!

Heather said...

Congrats on the blogiversary AND the 300th post!! You've been a busy little blogger!
And LOVE your list of things that make you happy. Gerber daisies are my favorite. They're so bright and cheerful. :)
And Kevin wears a silver Celtic cross around his neck all the time. It never comes off. He showers with it, sleeps with it... it's pretty much become a part of him, I think.

Protege said...

Happy blogoversary my dearest friend!! I was actually thinking the other day that your one year must be coming up, as I recall that you started to post in June.;)) And to think how far you have come; I recall when you only had a handful of followers.;)) Well done my dear, I am looking forward to the next 300!;))
And I love all the things that make you happy, the wine and outdoor fire would be on top of my list too.;))
xoxo
Z

lisa said...

Great list and it appears that the blogworld adores you, too. Congrats. ;))

mo.stoneskin said...

Laughter, books, crosses, and ooh yeah red wine, all great things. As for lambs, I love a tasty...wait that's not what...

;)

Amy McMean a.k.a McSunshine said...

GREAT list and AWESOME pictures!!! Congrats on your 1 year- 300th post. I'm glad you found this place and I'm glad we found each other in here.

I'm almost to my 200th post. sometimes I think WOW thats awesome. Sometimes I think WOW I need a life. LOL.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

YAY for 300 posts!!! And, yay for all of your happy things. :-) I love all of them. And, nothing makes me happier than a yummy glass of red wine while traveling. Ha!

Michelle said...

Yep, warm and fuzzy is great!

Happy Blogaversary Diane

xx

La Pixie said...

congrats on your anniversary and your 300th post!!

I love books, too. the library is one of my very favorite places. =)

Sometimes Sophia said...

Congrats... a year already...wow!!

Excellent list, lovely photos. Great comment about the lamb with mint sauce. My list would share several items with yours, especially books, travel, and transformation. :)

Shanna said...

Happy 300th Diane!! I love letters too!! Kinda wish email hadn't been invented, it's been a while since I found one waiting for me in the real mailbox! Maybe I'll have to send a few to get a few ;)

She said...

I'd write you a handwritten letter, but you wouldn't be able to read it!
;-)

I love your list!

Happy Blogiversary!

Dave said...

Congratulations. I really liked your combination of pictures and brief prose underneath. An easy and enjoyable read.

only a movie said...

Love your list. I have an anniversary coming up too...

I got all excited when I saw the (yet am not religious at all), and I went to see one in Scotland years ago, but it was Dumfries, not Dundee. :-)

Congrats on your year! I will have to read your archives one day.

:-)

Soda and Candy said...

Ooh, good happy list!
: )

Ladybird World Mother said...

Happy Blogwhatnot!! And love love love your photos... such a good list. Here's to the next 300 posts! X

Michelle said...

Dear Diane

Happy 1 Year Blogaversary! I love you dearly! I love your blog dearly!!

"Just when the catepillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly"

dizzblnd said...

Beautiful. How wonderful you could come up with more than 6. I struggled to come up with my 6.

Happy blogversary! I am glad you found me too. Your posts are very inspirational.

dianne said...

Congratulations on your 300th post Diane dear.

I love your list of things that make you happy...I like that you are working on your own transformation and yes you definitely are a beautiful butterfly and a swan.
Whats this nonsense about an 'old'
cocoon?
I think we should all evolve to be the best person we can be.

I too have a fascination with celtic crosses, there is something 'other worldly' and primitive about them.

I have a gold cladddagh ring and the cross I wear is an 'Ankh'cross,the ancient Egyptian symbol for life, combining the feminine circle and masculine staff to form 'the whole'.
I also love gergera daisies. ♥

Mel said...

Happy 300th Buddy! You know what I love most about this list? That we've experienced together or have in common most (if not all) of these things. Heck, I even love the outdoor fire one (as long as I can sleep in an air conditioned hotel room or house afterwards and not in a tent).

Sam_I_am said...

Happy 300th post/blogaversary! I love London, too! and the smell of a campfire.

Greenfingers said...

Let me start by saying that I love reading your blog Diane. I read your words whenever you post, though my comments may be limited to the fact that I sometimes end up reading 3 of your posts in one go sometimes!!

Its so obvious from comments on your blog that you are so highly thought of, and rightly so!
You come across as warm, kind and thoughtful and you are so unafraid to express how you feel.

A year is a long time and so many things change but be assured that as long as you are thinking and writing....I'll be reading...

Heinous said...

Congrats on your blogiversary!

LMN said...

I LOVE your post and the beautiful pictures you found to illustrate it - especially the laughing one. So so great.

And Happy Happy Blogiversary!!!!!

xoxo
LMN

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Diane, I thank someone somewhere, for bringing us all together, for I love you and adore you and your poetess's soul, and we share the care of Bloggus, it's true... And you are a divine spirit, my friend, a lover of life, a rhymer of words, a mirror for life's reflections, and a holder of souls... Ours...

Congrats on your One Year Bloganniversaire, and on your monumental, 300th posting, my wonderful friend xxx

Stu Pidasso said...

nice post, beatiful photos.

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