Monday, July 27, 2009

To Spiral Up or Down? That is the question....

In perusing photos from past trips, I found this terrific photo I took of the spiral staircase in the Vatican Museum which got me thinking about my latest downward spiral into the summer doldrums. How can one have summer doldrums? Well, we've had weird, ookie (that is a technical term...honest!) weather this summer, the hubby is still gone, and I have also been location bound for far too long. You see, I'm a wanderer: I love to travel and see new things. My father warned my husband shortly after getting married that I have always been a busy, on-the-go type person and that he'd better get used to it. Joe hasn't always embraced this part of my personality but for the most part, he goes along with it. If nothing else, it has proven to be a blessing for a family that moves a lot! Getting back to my downward spiral, I find that I get a little depressed if I can't get out and DO things, like travel. Between Alex's summer job, Jordan's summer enrichment program, and now dealing with the aftermath of Jordan's surgery, it has been difficult for us to get out and about for the past few weeks. Don't get me wrong: I don't begrudge the kids the opportunities they've had this summer and I'm thankful that Jordan's surgery has been a success but I'm starting to get a little stir crazy! I said all that to say that I decided to keep on the positive side and create a list of ten things that make me happy (not in order of importance):
1. Cows! Mooooooo!
2. My children
3. Grape Bubble Yum
4. Upcoming Family Camp in Belgium (travel! yippee)
5. Jokes
6. Living in Europe
7. Joy in knowing that God never gives up on me, despite myself
8. A wonderful, sexy, fantabulous husband who loves me, despite myself :)
9. Chasing Mr. Bubbles around the coffee table (Bubbles is a West Highland terrier owned by Alex's clarinet instructor...he occasionally enjoys sticking his face up into the bell of Alex's clarinet while she is playing. What a hoot!)
10. The friends and family who have encouraged me while Joe is gone
How can I not feel better after compiling this list? So I've elected to "spiral up" instead of down and be thankful. To spread the wealth of happiness, I've decided to have a few giveaways this week! Free crafting goodies will make all the crafters in my life happy, right? So here's what you need to do: respond to this post (click on the word "comments" directly below this post) and in your post, I want you to give me a list of the ten things that make you happy. All comments need to be posted on my blog by this coming Friday, July 31st. On August 1st, Joe will have been gone for four months so beginning that day I will draw one winner each day for four days. Think how much better you'll feel for writing down your list of "happy things" and know that you might win free crafting goodies at the same time! For you non-crafters, if you want to play along, I'd love to read about your ten happy things as well. Hope to see your posts soon!


kerry porter said...

10 things that make Kerry happy:
1. Being home from 7 months in Iraq
2. Travel opportunities in Europe, both near and far
3. Having a great crowd of friends
4. My 2 cats
5. Being 9 hours away from both my homes in Italy and UK
6. Smell of fresh mown grass
7. Hobbies
8. Enjoying good health
9. Wine tasting
10. Thought of the upcoming Autum Fests and Christmas markets in Germany

Tasha Enderby said...

I guess I get to be first! Let me see, this may be a challenge this week.
1. Dove chocolates
2. A good book
3. My dear husband ( who is keeping the kids all week while I go to convention)
4. Knowing each day was planned by a loving father even before I was born.
5. Craft workshops with some of the most super ladies I know
6. A romantic movie ( with theatre butter popcorn)
7. a full night of uninterupted sleep.
8. My girl scout troop on their good days.
9. Bubble bath
10. a good devotional book ( it will get you through the worst of time.)

James said...

Definitely Spiral Up
1.My kids
2.The most gorgeous granddaughter in the entire world.
3.My boy toy hubby (he is 4 years younger) HA
4.When my dog buries his head in my lap and looks so pitiful.
5.Working in my flower beds and veggie garden.
7.Walking the beach.
8.Walking the ownderful trails here in Germany.
9.Being able to travel all over Europe.
10.My church family.

10 is not enough. Isn't that great that God has blessed me so much!!!

Jennifer said...

Great picture of that staircase!
10 things that make me happy:
1. Having my totally wonderful husband home from his 14 month deployment!
2. Watching my kids get excited when they do or discover something for the first time.
3. Traveling....LOVE it and can't seem to get enough.
4. Having the opportunity to live in Europe and take advantage of our time here.
5. Being cool...heat makes me cranky and I'm from Fl (go figure).
6. Growing flowers.
7. Growing vegetables.
8. Watching comedies.
9. crafting...many different kinds:)
10. Just really love spending time with my family!

Heather Majorwitz said...

This is a great idea! 10 things that make me happy are:

1. My children
2. My husband
3. My friends
4. My kids at school
5. Living in Germany
6. Traveling
7. Reading
8. Creating (stamping, scrapbooking, crochet, etc.)
9. Date nights with my hubby ;)
10. My job

Number of cows visiting my pasture...


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