HAPPY Day 7, 8, 9

Day #7: Seeing my hubby on a Harley Davidson

Every time the word Harley is mentioned . . . Every time those loud pipes rumble by . . . my hubby’s SMIRK appears. It always brings a smile to my face, even on a tough day. He also has this half-shell helmet that makes him look goofy…

 Day #8: Playing board/card games
I love when a group of my friends get together to play games. I especially love listening to “new readers” trying to read the cards. Recently a group of us played Apples to Apples, and the “new readers” were misreading words left and right. I was so sore the next morning from laughing.
Here are a few they misread:
Tom Hanks = Tomahawks
Rush Limbaugh = Mount Rushmore
Funky = Funkerly (Fun-Curl-E)
Bell-bottoms = (Definition given: Those are pants that have bells on the bottoms)
Day #9: Rubber boots (and puddle jumping)
Enough said…too cute! 🙂
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HAPPY Day 6

 

Day #6: When the College kids come back . . .

and take over Walmart!

So, yeah . . . I bet you’re wondering WHY in the world this makes me HAPPY??? I mean, having masses of college kids shopping at Walmart, takes away the peace and quiet. They do silly things, like ride carts, sing loudly, and clear the shelves faster than ants cleaning up a carcass. And they’re there 24 HOURS A DAY!

Despite all this, I love when they come back and take over Walmart. I love the excitement in the air. I love looking in their carts to see all the wonderful “essentials” they’re buying. I love seeing what they’re going to make for “dinner.” I love listening in on their conversations…

“Do whites go in by themselves or is it okay to wash them with colors?”

“If I set my oven at 5oo degrees, do you think that’s hot enough?”

“I can put tinfoil in the microwave, right?”

“How do you boil water?”

I love hearing all the different languages, wishing I could magically understand them. And I kinda get a thrill when the cashiers think I’M a COLLEGE KID! (when I’m there by myself without the kiddos…) 

I’m HAPPY because, well, I never went to college. I never had the chance to be the “annoyingly happy/obnoxious” freshman.  I didn’t get to fill my cart with mirrors, blankets, wall hanging things, microwaveable food items. I got married 2 weeks after I graduated from high school, so I was buying different things. And thankfully, I didn’t have to ask the questions about laundry, food, or basic household stuff. I was well-prepared for that. 

And, riding a cart full of babies and toddlers just isn’t the same…

So, next time you’re at Walmart and you see a mass of college kids, take a moment to breathe in their excitement! And if you’re one of these college kids, take the time to smile at people with their carts full of kids! 🙂

HAPPY Day 4 & 5

Day #4: New Notebooks and Pens (& Highlighters)

It’s school time! And that means all the stores are FILLED with essential writing supplies. My boys’ school supplies EVERYTHING, so I don’t have to buy them school supplies. But I feel a left out, so I buy them anyway. Notebooks, pens, highlighters . . . oh my!

Oh, the thrill of holding, opening, and smelling new notebooks. The possibilities are endless as to what will get written in them. And new pens & highlighters . . . Gel pens are my friends, the way they glide over an empty page, filling it up, producing something on nothing . . .

Anyone else experience these feelings? Or is it just me?

Day #5: Diner Coffee

I’ve never had a bad cup of diner coffee. I’ve gotten cups from other places (chain stores), and it’s the bottom of the pot–has that weird almost burnt taste. BLAAGH. But diner coffee . . . not sure what it is. Maybe I don’t want to know. It could be that the coffee pot/machine is so old and seasoned, that the coating comes off in the brewing. . . The coffee is probably a cheap brand, but oh how good.

Not only do I love diner coffee, I love the diner themselves. Diner’s are great.  The atmosphere is friendly, and the waitresses have become friends. And, it’s where most of my writing gets done. So thank you diner’s for making coffee that fuels my writing! You are greatly appreciated!

HAPPY Day 3

Day #3: Making Crazy Cake

As much as love EATING crazy cake, I love MAKING it even more. The recipe for Crazy Cake includes two of the ingredients found in science experiment volcanoes: Baking Soda & Vinegar. It bubbles and fizzes…so much crazy fun! 

 CRAZY CAKE

Oven Temp: 350                                         Baking Time: 30-40 minutes

2 cup sugar

2 ½ cup flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

¾ cup cocoa

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 tablespoons vinegar

½ cup oil

2 cup water

*Mix together all ingredients. Put in greased and floured 9×13 cake pan

 

FROSTINGS

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Frosting

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

½ cup creamy peanut butter

¼ cup butter, softened

2 to 3 tablespoons light cream or milk

 

Ingredients for Vanilla Frosting

3 cup powdered sugar

½ cup softened margarine

2 teaspoons vanilla

 

Ingredients for Chocolate Frosting

3 cup powdered sugar

½ cup softened margarine

2 teaspoons vanilla

¾ cup cocoa

TIPS

Don’t frost when the cake is hot.

Can add food coloring to the vanilla frosting for fun colors.

Can use this recipe for cupcakes as well—use muffin papers for easy removal!

HAPPY Day 1 & 2

Day #1: Flip-Flops

Below is an excerpt from my middle grade novel: Flip-Flop Kimmi in Tap Shoes. Her thoughts are mine!

Top 10 Reasons Why I Wear Flip-Flops

By: Kimmi Joy Harper

  1. My feet are claustrophobic. They enjoy breathing.
  2. They’re easy to put on, no tying involved.
  3. It’s my personal style, my fashion statement.
  4. People notice me, especially in the winter, and think about me every time they see flip-flops in a store.
  5. Flip-flops cut down on stinky feet problems because my feet are always open to the air.
  6. I like the sound they make. Flip. Flop.
  7. I can show off my painted toenails better.
  8.  Flip-flops are easy conversation starters.
  9. I don’t have to go to five thousand stores looking for a special pair of shoes that fit. I know flip-flops fit and they’re in almost every store.
  10.  Flip-flops are wonderful because they high-five your feet all day long!

Day #2: Glow-in-the-dark Clothing

Whether it be socks, T-shirts, pajama pants, underwear . . . Any time you can be your own flashlight . . . SCORE!

30 Days of Happy

This time of year is always a little rough for me, emotion-wise. I really don’t understand. Fall is my absolute favorite season. The cooler weather is perfect for coffee drinking. The stores are filled with school supplies (love buying notebooks and pens!). My kids are back to school, which gives me extra time to write, read, and/or nap. My friends’ kids are back to school as well which allows me adult hang out time (stay-at-home-writer-moms unite!) . . .

 

So why am I not dancing around doing Fiddler on the Roof reenactments 24/7??

 

I’ve been learning a lot about happiness. It boils down to: Happiness is a choice. It’s something we can control. We can either lash out and be annoyed at things, or try and find the humor in those same situations. Life is too short to spend your days grumpy and angry or having pity-parties—which I’m a little too good at this time of year. There’s so much out there that is silly and laugh-worthy. (*not condoning laughing in a mean way at another person, or their problems.)

 

I’m determined to make this year different. I’m going to run over the blues with my army truck and choose HAPPY! I’m going to post something every day during the month of September that makes me randomly happy. (Example: I actually have a friend named September!) My hubby, my kiddos, my extended family, and friends are at the top of my HAPPY list for sure. But for this exercise, I’m just going to post the little things—probably unobserved by “normal” people—that brighten my day with HAPPY.

 

So…Who’s with me?

 

Here’s to 30 days of HAPPY! May it continue for the rest of the year!