The Tiny Ten
Venice Beach, Florida
I was nominated by Clowie to participate in the “Eight Photos of Happiness” blog tag… Thank you Clowie. You can click on the first photo or any photo to make the gallery photo bigger.. all the better to see my happiness! These photos are HAPPY for me. I could have done tons more photos of things and people that make me happy but I had to keep it to eight.
Here are the rules for the tag/challenge…
Thank the nominator and link back to them. Done.
Link to the creator, Ariel.
Post eight photos of happiness. The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy and a brief description why you selected it.
Spread the “happiness” by nominating up to 10 other bloggers. I am choosing to nominate any of my friends that would like to show their HAPPINESS!
*I took the day off from visiting blogs yesterday because CH and I had a busy day and today is busy too! I promise to get to your blogs later today…. Promise!
Joining Tex at Good Fences this Thursday. This is a horse barn near Columbia, Missouri. I have used this click previously for Barn Charm but from a different perspective without the gate. CH and I both love passing this barn on our way to Columbia. They have horses that look to be some type of gaited horse… Tennessee Walker or maybe Standardbred… both of which are very popular here. There are also several llamas that seem quite interested in the vehicles passing by on the highway. As you can see, the day I clicked this picture, llamas and horses were not cooperating.
I finally did it, Tex!
I didn’t think this Dogwood that has been with us since it was tiny was going to make it to this Spring. Well, it did! And just like the Dogwood tree didn’t look like it could make up its indecisive self, I am not able to decide to blog or not to blog. Whether to get a cat or no cat. Stay home and do comments on blogs or careen around the golf course driving CH around 18 holes of golf. Move from our small acreage to a 55 plus community, stay in Missouri or head to New Mexico, Florida, or Arizona. The only thing that I am very sure about is that I will be enjoying a glass of Missouri sweet white wine at four oh clock today. So if you could, hang in there with me until I figure out the blogging thing because it is pretty clear to me that I can’t stop commenting on the blogs that I love. I am pretty sure I will be in comments tomorrow… :D
We have a new visitor to The Tiny Ten! He has been here about two weeks. I have not been able to get a decent picture of him… this is as good as I could do. He is camera shy. He has the sweetest little bird speak, I love hearing him talk, talk, talk in the morning… drink-your-tea! He is right outside our family room window in the bush which he has claimed as his own. He has a tiny fierce and protects his rights to that bush.
I am totally amazed by a modification to my clothing choice in my life. I have fallen out of love with jeans… people who know me know I love my jeans. My new fascination with comfortable clothing that makes me HAPPY is clothing from ATHLETA. I can’t stay away from their online site. It is the long and capri bottoms, the Asana tees, and the hoodies that make me excited about getting dressed in the morning again and has me doing my heart healthy walks around The Tiny Ten.
I can’t get anything done because I am watching Shelly’s Tinykittens. Her new fosters are The Sesame Street Kittens and she has a Livestream 24/7 cam. Five little kittens thrown in a trash can. Found by Handyman Joel when he heard little mews. My anger can’t be contained. Now they have a bright and happy future ahead of them with the promise of homes where they will be loved and respected. As I get ready to hit publish the kittens have taken down the cam! Have to wait till Shelly wakes up and gets cam back in position. These kittens are little scamps and love taking down the camera.
I might be missing Florida.
I haven’t had wine for over a week. Wine Time today on The Porch… four ohhhh clock! I think bruschetta will be making an appearance. Hot diggity!
I am joining Nancy at A Rural Journal for Random 5 Friday. Welcome back Nancy and thank you for R5F!
The Tiny Ten
Joining Cee for Share Your World. If you would like to see other Share Your World posts or link your own Share Your World just click here. Cee’s questions this week…
Do you prefer shopping or going to a park?
I would prefer going to a park any old day over shopping. I kind of like my own little park… the Tiny Ten. I like to sit under the big Oaks and have a glass of wine, read a book, watch the bluebirds, Suzy Squirrel. Maybe just daydream.
If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?
I would be this pair of shoes because these shoes have a good life. I just kick them off when I am on the couch and slip them on when I need to do things around the house. They just laze around. When I am not wearing my bunny slippers, these are my “go to” shoes for wearing around the house all year long. I don’t like being barefoot in the house (or anywhere else really) so easy on, easy off shoes are needed. I just slip on socks for winter and feel “oh so pretty” with my plaid boxers, sweatshirt, and my beach towel wrapped around me almost all the time… :D These sandals/shoes so remind me of my sweet eccentric Aunt Margie… her sandals would have been red though. Hello Suds Bunny!
What’s the story behind a time when you got locked out?
I don’t have any interesting stories of being locked out. I have been locked out of cars before and back when it was possible to unlock a car by using a hanger, I have done that. Found it to be a fun challenge. And I have had a policeman come with the fancy unlocking tool once. I can’t ever remember being locked out of the house. I have been locked in before… locked in the high school cafeteria at night after a program. That is a whole other post and I would have to check with my source, my gal pal from way back in grade school and see if that ridiculously funny time with three other gal pals really happened or I just imagined it.
Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?
I prefer foods with no nuts in them or on them. Maybe chopped roasted almonds on a sundae. Pecan encrusted Grouper! I DO prefer without, just a couple of exceptions.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful for getting both of our vehicles waxed last week. And yes I did help. I love to wax cars. Always have… I find it very relaxing. I am looking forward to spending time with The Mama (CH’s Mom) and CH’s brother’s family this weekend. Laughter and FOOD will be the order for the day! And The Mama is getting new furniture!
Thank you Cee!
Love this small beach in Venice, Florida… a hidden gem. Private covered areas each with a picnic table and little deck and this boardwalk on a primitive stretch of beach leading out to the Gulf of Mexico. We just found this area after going to Venice since 1995. Such a nice surprise! I saw the boardwalk fence and immediately thought of you Tex and Good Fences! It is called Service Club Park but I call it an oasis. Lovely it was there. And quiet. We took Tavern Ham sandwiches, redskin potato salad, a bottle of Missouri sweet wine (shhh, quiet about the wine) and a slice of key lime pie and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. You didn’t think I was going to leave FOOD out of this post?
Joining Tex at Good Fences this Thursday!
It’s time to join Cee at Share Your World. This big old grouper sandwich is from Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay, Siesta Key, Florida and this sandwich is what I was looking forward to for LUNCH the next week in my last SYW post but I couldn’t say where then! So it is a little part of my answer in Cee’s bonus questions at the end of the post. Have I befuddle-muddled you yet? On to Cee’s questions for this week. Join Cee’s Share Your World with a post of your own and link back to her or if you feel all up and HAPPY, play in the comments. I would love seeing your answers.
Where did you live at age five? Is it the same place or town you live now?
I lived in a small town just south of St. Louis, Missouri. It is not the same place I live now.
You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?
Yes… probably. As long as I don’t have to wear a fru fru dress.
Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
I grew up in a small town and I mean teeny! Yes I did like it… I loved growing up there. I had a blast and had some wonderful friends. Those were the days when my gal pals and I could walk home from school and stop at the dime store lunch counter and order a big old plate of crinkle cut french fries with a blob of ketchup for dipping the fries and a fountain Coke with a squirt of cherry syrup. And because that wasn’t enough food fun we would order a scoop of chocolate ice cream with gooey marshmallow on top in a chilly cold metal serving dish. AND we didn’t give a hoot about the calories! Dang, it is always about FOOD for me.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t remember thinking about that. All I wanted to do was ride horses. For a brief time in grade school I wanted to be a nun… dying here, dying. You went to Catholic school back in the old days, they worked very hard at trying to recruit you to join the sisterhood of nuns. I still didn’t know what I wanted to be in college and now at 63 I just want to be happy and healthy.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful for the trip to Venice, Florida and the grouper sandwich for lunch. I am also grateful for our meet up with blogger Nancy from Spirit Lights the Way blog. It was our third year to be with Nancy and her BFF. We had a wonderful afternoon filled with laughter, blog talk, just all kinds of yak yak yak and… wait for it… FOOD! Pizza and cheesecake. I haven’t had cheesecake in years and Nancy’s husband was thinking cheesecake was the thing to do and it was delicious! Thanks Nancy, we had such a great time and we miss you two! I am looking forward to ordering a pair of BOOTS in the week coming up… I see a BOOT post in my future!
Cee’s Share Your World
Well there are no deep thoughts here for the Express Yourself Photo Challenge. Only the admission that I love shoes… that shoe love comes honest to me from my Mom. I have loved shoes since I was a teeny young thing and picked out my first pair of red Keds. People that have been following me for a bit know all about my love of shoes. Boots are my true love and yeah, come on… I know you peeps out there that get that boot obsession.
No doubt about it, I express myself with my choice of shoes. My only defense to that is I do express myself in other ways more important but I have chosen these too cute bunny slippers for this challenge. I went to Catholic grade school and high school in a navy blue skirt, white shirt, and navy blue blazer every ding dang day for 12 years. Navy blue knee socks and my shoes were my only personal expression of me… of Pix. The nuns would tell you I expressed myself quite well with a quirky and mischievous personality. My shoe love shows up on most of my avatars.
I zeroed in on these bunny slippers a couple of years ago and died and sighed. CH was with me and he just gave me the “one eyebrow raised I know you so well” look. And then surprisingly and happily they just showed up a few days later on my birthday. Lucky is what I was that birthday… CH knew all about my shoe lovin’ expressing myself me!