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  • December 4th, 2008 | 12:06 PM
20 Things That Make Me Happy Today

Okay, almost always willing to follow the crowd, here's my version of 20 Things That Make Me Happy Today in no particular order except for the way I think of them.

1.   Chai. Specifically chai from Sun Chai in Santa Cruz that you can only get on that side of the hill.
2.   Wonderful husband who indulges and spoils me.
3.   Cassie, my beautiful, exuberant dog.
4.   Growing friendships with Eileen, Becky and Debbi.
5.   The fact that we can afford to keep the house as warm or as cool as we like.
6.   Doves coming back to the yard now that there are plants.
7.   Things blooming the yard today - lupines and chinese houses.
8.   Seeing all the cool rocks we got yesterday just waiting for me to move them around the yard.
9.   Digital cameras.
10. Shopping online.
11. Writing friends who are willing to brainstorm and/or read for me.
12. Books.
13. The new tree bench my husband is putting together.
14. The wine barrels I scored on craigslist for dirt cheap so I can do pot ponds.
15. The new bright red computer that is sitting over there waiting for me to install my programs and transfer things.
16. Memory foam mattress pads.
17. Opportunities that have come my way allowing me to make money by writing more than just my own novels.
18. The dog crate
19. Being laid off.
20. All the seeds for native wildflowers waiting to be planted.

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beckylevine
December 4th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, the crowd SHOULD be followed!

4. :)

6. You can have my doves. They're just, to me, vacuous (sp?) pigeons, which is saying a lot. I'll keep the woodpeckers, though.

11. :)

18. LOL!

susanwrites
December 5th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for #4 and #11

I like the doves but I might not if I had them in droves.

#18 - it's the only way I get to sleep past 6am.
lisa_schroeder
December 4th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
The new tree bench? That sounds VERY interesting. Hope you will take pics!

And thanks for playing along. It's fun to read other people's lists. :)
susanwrites
December 5th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
Yes, it's a bench that goes around a tree. I'll take a picture tomorrow. I really like it.
d_michiko_f
December 5th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Aw! Number four warmed my heart! back at you!
susanwrites
December 5th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
:)
hulabunny
December 9th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
I'm all kinds of flattered about #4. And believe me, the pleasure is all mine. :-)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

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