Friday, 1 March 2013

Bloghop of Joy

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BloghopOfJoy
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Kyra and Clare want us to tell them what makes us happy, those small things that happen in the course of the day and week that make us smile.
  • The smell of cut grass
  • Waving at trains (well, the drivers, and a double thrill if they blast their horn!)
  • Listening to the sound of the sea
  • Curling up with my cat
  • The sun rising before I wake up
  • The sun setting after 5pm
  • Sitting in the garden with a glass of Pimms 
  • Giraffes
  • Fresh sheets
  • Lying in bed after a really busy day and feeling all my bones settling
  • Pride and Prejudice - the book or the BBC DVD, I'm not fussy
  • Watching my kids watching comedy I used to watch and loving it - Fawlty Towers, Dad's Army, The Good Life.
  • Discovering that my list of joys is pretty much endless!

Have you signed up for this bloghop?
What makes you smile?



50 comments:

  1. Just dropping in from the Blog Hop of Joy. I thought your list was cute, and when you mentioned the smell of fresh cut grass I became a little nostalgic for summer. :3

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    1. I walked past someone's garden just before I wrote the post, and they were cutting their grass - I did feel incredibly summery, despite the gloves and scarf!

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  2. Great list!
    Freshly cut grass and fresh crisp linen? Yes, nothing beats that.
    Giraffes? That put a smile on my face... have you seen one close up? Such an oddly graceful creature (you know what I mean...?)
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. My local zoo has a giraffe enclosure where they can come quite close - they are so cute!

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  3. You have a ton of greats here. Cut grass, giraffes, bones settling. Perfect!

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    1. I spend most of my day in pure bliss :-)

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  4. Those are great joys. I also adore old British comedy shows. :-D

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    1. The 70s and 80s was a great time for British comedy.

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  5. I love the sound of the sea, too. Sometimes I find it soothing and other times it makes me restless, but I love it regardless.

    And isn't it wonderful to know how much joy there truly is, and can be, in life? :)

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    1. I could have continued writing that list all day!

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  6. I live close to the beach. While I work, I always throw open the windows and doors so I can hear the ocean and smell the salty air. Love it.

    Curling up with my cat, always makes me feel better.

    Pride and Prejudice is a must. As long as it's the Colin Firth version. Cause that's the only Mr. Darcy for me. lol

    Unfortunately, fresh cut grass just makes me sneeze! Allergies are a pain in the arse.

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    1. How wonderful to be that close to the sea - it would definitely inspire me to write. And the thought of living that close also inspires me to write and sell my work :-)

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  7. Good list!!! :D Love the feeling of curling up with a cat ;)

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    1. My cat is so warm on a cold day, and his purr lulls me to sleep :-)

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  8. Fresh sheets—I love them! It's too bad I have to be the one to change them. LOL

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    1. Same here... but I always make sure I'm first in!

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  9. I love curling up with my dogs. I have two cats, but they're not the cuddling kind.

    And yes, how I adore the sun setting after 5pm.

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    1. My cat only cuddles when he wants to, other times he just watches me aloofly!

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  10. Sitting in the garden reminds me of sitting on my front porch during the summer and sipping my morning coffee. Ahhh I long for warmer days.

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    1. Yes, it's perfect isn't it? I'm hoping for one or two days like that this year :-)

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  11. Snuggling kitties rock! Thank you for sharing your list!

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  12. I love your list. I love most of those things, too. The sun makes me happy when I see it in the morning. I love P&P. Now I want to watch it again.

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  13. Love your list. Ah, the chance to read Pride and Prejudice by the sea... Hmm love, love love it...

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  14. Your kids are cool! :D Excellent list - I forgot to add giraffes to mine! :p

    Thanks for being part of the bloghop!

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    1. Yeah... my kids are cool! It's been a great bloghop!

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  15. I'd have found the first list hard too - I like the ice caps idea! The second list is great - especially the last item! I share most of them, except for giraffes! Nothing against them, but I'd never really considered them one way or another! If I had to go for an animal it would be an otter or a meerkat I think. Nice to have discovered some more about you!

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    1. Meerkats are great, but everyone loves them. Everything about giraffes is so bizarre - they always make me happy :-)

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  16. I included snuggling up with my kitty too! Great list. :)

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    1. Thanks Julie. Mine's great to cuddle until he decides he's had enough.

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  17. Great list! I love giraffes, too! We play 'guess my animal' at dinner with the kids. My three-year-old daughter always has the same animal in her head, a pink giraffe!

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  18. Awesome list. I especially love your last one. That really made me smile. :)

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    1. Once you start thinking, it's hard to stop!

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  19. The sun setting after 5pm is one of my favourite things about February. Nice list!

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    1. Longer days just make everything feel better, don't they?

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  20. I have the book and the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice; I love, love, love Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. Keira Knightley was good, but Jennifer Ehle was the best. I wanted to participate in the blog hop, but I'm usually only able to write one post this week due to all my graduate work. But I like reading these posts that all of you have written about what makes you happy.

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    1. I never liked the Keira Knightley film. I think, by then, Jennifer Ehle was so ingrained as being the perfect Lizzie, no one else would ever do!

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  21. Hi Annalisa,

    I have to agree with Pride and Prejudice. In fact, my wife loved it (or Colin Firth) first, and her insistance on watching it often has led to me loving it too!

    I also love the smell of cut grass, although it is a double edged sword for me, being a hayfever sufferer!!

    Great list - made me smile too!

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    1. I love you love Pride and Prejudice. I got Hubby to watch it when it was originally shown only because he was only my boyfriend then and wanted to make me happy. If I asked him to watch it now, he'd run to the nearest PlayStation for sanctuary!

      You're not the first person to mention hayfever - my son suffers badly as well, we spend the summer walking away from cut grass!

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  22. i'm going to amen to the fresh cut grass...i'm gonna add in charcoal BBQ to that. then you have summer's day with a double whammy. make mine a large with fries to go please!

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    1. Ooh yes, the smell of a BBQ always makes me hungry... even if it's not mine! And that would also fit with sitting in the garden with a glass of Pimms :-)

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  23. Thanks for taking part, Annalisa; your list is great. I love the smell of freshly cut grass too, and I wish I lived near the sea.

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    1. It was really fun Clare. And reading all the posts made me very joyful :-)

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  24. Sounds like you made it through both hops! Woohoo!

    As for your post - the ocean, always the ocean and Pride & Prejudice...yes, yes, yes!

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    1. Yes, kind of made it through both of them :-)

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  25. I am joyful to be sharing the Very Inspirational Blog Award with you:) http://mjjoachim.blogspot.com/2013/03/very-inspiring-blogger-award-round-1.html

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    1. Thank you M.J. I've just stopped by your blog and noticed your post before coming here!

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