Things That Make Me Happy

Gonna keep adding to the list but here it is for now:
Sunday afternoon naps

Delivery pizza

Sitting on the deck in the sun with a good book

Getting all dressed up for church

Phone calls from my sons with cooking questions

A big long burp after a drink of soda

Talking to my mom on the phone just because I missed her

Singing along lustily to my favorite tunes

My husband’s sense of humor

fresh corn on the cob

the first cup of coffee in the morning

purring kitties

satisfaction of finishing a project

a clean kitchen

fresh sheets on the bed

a phone call from a friend you have been missing

fried macaroni and cheese

sump pump running correctly

emails from friends

being able to lay around in bed on a rainy day

fresh contacts

a new stack of unread books from the library

sleeping in on Saturday morning

the sun streaming in the windows

a new stack of library books just waiting to be read

suitcases that are underweight when you check in at the airline

finding a gift card in your wallet you had forgotten about

instant messaging

Being able to share God’s love!

the smiles on the faces of children

Pollo Loco at Plaza Mexico

Knowing that friends are praying for me.

Great time with my BFF, Ann

Finding a great buy at Ross Dress for Less

A car with guts!!! (Thanks, Aaron)

Emma’s in Concord

A few moments spent with a lady who goes to Al Anon that I remember from my secretary days at Epworth

Having a friend from grade school find me on Facebook!

Crepe Myrtles blooming

Dinner made by my son

The satisfaction of finishing the ironing

A great buy at Bed, Bath and Beyond


Having my iPhone updated

Spending time with my mom

Sorting through basement treasures at my mom’s and finding things written by my daddy

a good big piece of watermelon

a good nights sleep

a BLT with a fresh picked tomato

a clean house

an afternoon spent making cards

drinking a cup of coffee in bed

visiting with “my” hospice lady

the sound of the school bus on the street

watching the gold finches at the feeders

my new used car

early morning lightening storm with no rain

an airplane trip with no drama

luggage arriving WITH me at the airport

SkyPriority flying

Kewpee Hamburgers

time with family

a phone call / text from the “sons” for no reason

coming home to fresh sheets on the bed

finding a necklace for my niece that she really likes!

FINALLY getting Zemanta to work on my blog after 2 weeks of trying!!!!!

Pig Lickers (chocolate covered bacon)

Going to the Minnesota State Fair

Watching Carolina football (even if they lose)

The fabulous two headed shower at the Westin in the Galleria

Crisp fall days

Birthday balloons

In hotel room Starbucks

Fluffy clouds

Tethered IPhone internet

TOMS shoes tan on my feet

Good customer service


freshly ironed clothes

a clean closet

mums in the fall

lazy Saturdays with my husband

a new toothbrush

the satisfaction of cleaning up a huge mess after I have been crafting

time with my mom!!!

Making Christmas cookies

Giving Christmas cookies away!

Two cats sleeping in their cat condo

The first big snow of the winter before the plows come through

Snuggling my hubby in front of the fireplace on a chilly night

clothes fresh out of the dryer

Snickerdoodle coffee

Spending time with the family

Christmas cookies

A new toothbrush in my stocking

Thoughtful gifts from my husband

Getting to the airport early enough to have time for people watching

Jack the cat

a vase of daisies

flocks of birds at my feeders on a snowy day

having time to use my Cricut

my brand spanking new MacBook Air

lip balm from Soyphisticated Candles -it is the best!

a clean drawer after purging a lot of unneeded items!

two cats on my lap

Girl vacation with my BFF, Ann

the beach in the morning

outlet mall shopping

first class upgrades on Delta


text messages from my husband when I miss him

homemade cards from my mom

my husband’s job

The Italian Garden restaurant

March Madness

UNC’s comeback games

purring cats joining me in bed on Sunday mornings

finding a quarter at the bottom of the washing machine or better yet—a dollar

random texts from the boys

springing ahead

daffodils and tulips in the spring

watching the Decorah eagles and their babies

not feeling my age

a nice brisk spring walk

baby hair—that fluffy sticky uppy kind

Watching the cats watch the birds–making those little chattering sounds

going through old pictures and reliving memories

time with my sissy—just the two of us —acting like we have no cares in the world

getting lots of comments on a blog post that I really worked hard on

that first sip of coffee after a long night of little sleep

seeing my hubby’s face when he comes home from work

reading my Bible on a quiet morning

a new pair of TOMS shoes

a long early morning walk by the lake at  Lakeside


phone calls from my sons asking cooking questions

snuggly sweatshirts on a chilly day

painted rocks at Lakeside

conversations with strangers

Skype calls with the hubby when he is traveling far far away

Comments on my blog

Comments for a Cause comments!!!

new bloggy friends

a solo lunch at Panera just when I need it

finding a great buy AND having a coupon on top of it!!!

Plain and simple—my family

A good book, a glass of wine and a nice quiet evening on the deck.

Deleting spam on my blog that Askimet allows me to check…never fails to make me laugh!

40% off coupons at Hobby Lobby

Going home after a long time away

A brand spanking new blog design!

cats snuggling on the bed on a chilly morning

the first robin of the spring

Smiley faces

Epworth friends who remind me a a wonderful time in my life.

Flavia machines

corporate apartments

Kleenex with lotion when you have a sore nose

Seeing pictures of my great niece Harper with things I have sent her

Video calls with both of the boys at the same time

that perfect banana

automatic ice makers that are always ready with ice

fresh mint in my iced tea

that feeling of accomplishment when I have written a good blog post

A sidewalk cleared of snow by a mystery person

A Valentine’s get away to Bermuda planned by my awesome husband

Coming home to a clean house and clean sheets on the bed

A hubby who drives me to the grocery store to get eggs during a snowstorm so I can make cookies

Finding sand in my suitcase from a recent trip to the beach

The sound of Chris playing the Clavinova

Kicking off the snow boogers from the car

The smell of fresh cinnamon rolls

Turning the calendar page

The smell of a new book

Search results for how folks come to my blog

Freshly filled bird feeders and birds flocking to them

Hiding bunnies at my moms house for her to discover later

The last bit of toothpaste in the tube

Binge watching television shows

When I make it to the other side of the bridge

A good haircut and color

Online banking with mobile deposits

Finding new restaurants and holes in the wall

The perfect teapot for my collection

Perfectly made grits





  1. I really like the things that make you happy. It’s all about the simple things in life. Here’s a story I posted on my site about what you do and don’t need living where I live.

    I’m also a fan of 1000 Awesome things.

    • It is all about the simple things, isn’t it?? I am such a huge fan of that book–that is my gift of the year to everyone!! I have 4 copies in my closet just waiting for birthdays…know I will have to buy more!!! Thanks for the comments. Come back anytime!

  2. Thanks 🙂

  3. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  4. let me just tell you that i really like your blog because it is so original ;~:,-.

  5. i have been reading a lot of blogs lately and i’m glad that i found yours .-.,;`

  6. My friend first found your blog on Google and she referred your blog to me.”‘,~`

  7. After I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any way you possibly can remove me from that service? Thanks!

    • I have had that happen to me also on other blogs. I think if you go back to that original post you should be able to see a button at the top of the blog that says Subscribe. If you uncheck that it might solve the issue. Not sure if that will actually do it or not but try it and let me know. There is no way that I can go in and change a subscription other than my own. 😦

  8. What a wonderful idea – thinking of adding it to WynnieBee : D Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make someone happy. I haven’t heard of the book you mentioned but will look it up now – thanks Beth Ann : D

  9. pattisj says:

    Lots of great things. Puzzled over “finished ironing.” How does that ever happen? lol

  10. Chocolate covered bacon? Really?

  11. Wow, a whole stack of great things in there! It’s a wonderful exercise, listing all the good things in life, very positive

  12. “Deleting spam on my blog that Askimet allows me to check…never fails to make me laugh!”
    I know the feeling … some can be quite shocking though … Nice blog, by the way!

    • Oh the spam, the spam!!! I love it !!! Thanks for stopping on over and especially for commenting!!! Great to meet you! Gonna have to check your blog out too!!!

  13. the first cup of coffee in the morning
    purring kitties

    – two of the things that make me truly happy too…

    happy SITS day! 🙂

    • Thanks, Cham!!! I really need to add to my list—I haven’t updated it for awhile and there are a lot of things to add! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  15. Mercy Scheman says:

    i really love to munch hamburgers because they are quite tasty.^

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  16. OK Beth Ann I looked at your “Things that make me happy list” and I did not see Smiley Faces.
    I still carry the smiley faces you sent in a card to me. Did I miss something?

  17. when i read you article, i just feel like we are so much alike in many way , i just feel for you . you take pleasure from all the tiny things from life , you just enjoy every single minute of it , you are the one who knows what real happiness is .

  18. I am also thankful for so many things, my family, my friends, my pretty good health [for my age[, sleeping in on Saturday and so on.

  19. Whoa! That was a long list. Such a happy post 🙂

  20. Hello!
    I love your list. I also write about similar things – finding the beauty and positiveness in each day! Check it out if you like!

    Amanda 🙂


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