Tuesday, March 8, 2016

An Easy Countdown When You Are In Arizona....

It's countdown, only 2 days until my birthday and I have quite a list to complete. My last blog post brought me to the count of 50 which means I still have 23 more "happy" things to list.

I am writing this from sunny Arizona where the temps have been from the 90's to the 40's. Last week when I arrived, Arizona was in the middle of an early heat wave and temps were way up.  Sunday brought much cooler weather and yesterday as I wandered around the zoo for 4 1/2 hours it was a comfortable 68 degrees. Perfect.

51. Zoos make me very happy, especially giraffes.

52.  Pink Flamingos make me happy....how can you not love a pink flamingo?  Even their color is happy.

Since I have been here I have been out to eat about a gazillion times, saw 2 movies, The Lady in the Van being one which I totally enjoyed, shopped, went to a concert where the Tokens were performing....now you say "who in the heck are the Tokens?'  They had 2 hits in their entire career (PS they are now in my age category so you know how old they are, (think 1950's do wop music). Their greatest hit was "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" from the ever popular Lion King.  Click on the link and you can enjoy hearing the Tokens.

I've been to the Desert Botanical Garden and Butterfly Wonderland with my sweet friend, Terri, had a pedicure (ahhh), sat on the patio and snoozed in the sunshine, a wonderful time away from the not quite spring Midwest.

53. The desert makes me happy....there is great beauty to be found among the palm trees, the cactus, the birds,  And it especially makes me happy after a winter in Chicago.

54. Birds make me happy...their colors, their sweet sounds.

55. Happiness is living in the USA and proudly displaying our flag.

56.  Happiness is butterflies...

OK now on to more practical happy...

57.  Garbage disposals make me happy. I can remember the days when getting rid of kitchen garbage was nasty business.

58.  Campfires make me happy, sitting around, enjoying the flames, roasting a marshmellow or two.

59.  Daffodils in springtime.....

60.  Pasta of any size shape or form.

61.  Pedicures - having my toes. feet, and legs messaged, fresh polish on the toenails, and softened feet and legs is darn close to heaven.

62.  A car wash and a full tank of gas.

63.  Big Band Music....love Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing "Sing, Sing, Sing"

64.  Baby Christenings

65.  Checking 2 bags free with Southwest Airlines makes me happy.

66.  Walt Disney and his talents - where would we be without Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmations, etc etc

67.  Berries of any size, shape or color (but red is my absolute favorite)

Only 6 more to do. How completely satisfied this exercise has been.  Not only am I happy about so many wonders in my life, I feel I am totally blessed with all. It certainly helps erase any negativity in my life, when you count your happy's and your blessings. As good ole Louis Armstrong would say...."it's a wonderful life!"

Until next time.....


  1. Your pics always make me happy. Enjoy your vaca!

  2. What wonderful photos to go with your list of things that make you happy!

  3. These photos are gorgeous!!
    Happy almost birthday!

  4. Well, Look at you just counting down the Happy List....delighted for you!! I am going to see you soon.

  5. It is not happiness that makes us grateful but gratitude that makes us happy. And you, my friend, have figured this out. But I must tell you - I sure am missing you and Terri! Enjoy! And I'll see you in October. I almost said 'September' but then I remembered that was a song.

  6. Your images are so incredibly beautiful, Deanna! I'm loving and totally relating to your gratitude/happy list!! I may follow suit and start posting leading up to my 51st birthday next month! Have a wonderful vacation and please continue to share your gorgeous macros and other images. They are so inspiring!

  7. yes I think that is an excellent exercise to make a note of happy things in yourlife. All your photographs ae wonderful

  8. I've been following your list, it's a good one and a great exercise. Love the butterflies, and the last image is really just so magical!

  9. Gosh only one day to go for a Happy Birthday! I love so many of your happy things, too. Mainly, I kinda wish I was sitting on my best girlfriend's patio in AZ, having a glass of wine! (She's in NZ though, so I don't think that's going to happen.) Love your sunny, AZ photos. Enjoy your vacation!

  10. Exquisite photos . . .
    Hibiscus and butterfly . . .
    Berries . . .
    So lovely . . .
    Love your happy list . . .
    Happy Birthday!


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