What makes me happy? This week's #ListifyLife challenge was a hard one because the small things that make me smile are everywhere, like coming home to an empty dishwasher or the groceries put away or the hot, sugar-loaded coffee my hubby brings me every morning. And then there's sunshine after a week of rain or seeing green in the yard after a season of brown or my pups greeting me at the door with their toys...or quiet, studious, kids with noses stuck in books (the quiet, studious part I totally made up...try rambunctious, loud, messy kids with noses stuck in books).
I could go on but for the sake of my time (and yours) I'll stick to the smallest things that mean the most...
Specifically, watching my kid play. As soon as he could stand he was swinging a club. He played his first nine holes at age three and now he's enjoying tournament play. I love watching his face brighten when he hits a good shot or pars/birdies a hole. The photo below was the coldest tournament he'd ever played in. It was in the thirties and he was in the last group. This is the last hole, which he birdied by cart light. Amazing kid! I would've bowed out at the first hole!
Any shape, any size! Soft, fur balls of fun. This is Kylie my fifteen year old lab who only listens to me...or did until she lost her hearing. Now she does whatever she wants, when she wants.
...and Cooper, my snuggle-bug, pillow-bringer, shadow who we think is ten. He's our rescue golden retriever and hasn't left my side since the day I picked him up three hours from home, and he proceeded to climb over the seats of our SUV and curl in a ball in the passenger seat...twice. I can't imagine life without him.
I love it! Like love, love it and very much miss it since moving to the north where tea comes unsweetened and if you ask for sweet tea, they stir in a few packets of sugar that don't dissolve and you end up sucking in nothing but grit. (That is NOT sweet tea by the way.) If you feel like trying something different...sun tea is also fabulous! Click the picture to visit my Pinterest page with a link to the recipe.
Specifically, my daughter playing cello. She's so serious when she plays, and like any typical kid, whines about practicing, but to see her smile when she nails a hard song with sharps and naturals and different positional shifts just wows the crap out of me. She wows me every day.
Beautiful, colorful, neat and orderly. I love flowers, especially a grouping of all the same color like my tulips below. And I welcomed (and said a quick goodbye) to my crocus a week before April's freak snowstorm. Last summer, I had one peony bloom...gorgeous, yes?! Sure hope there's more this year! The waterlily blooms in a pond nearby. They're the size of volleyballs and cover the entire pond for several weeks. Click the photos below to visit my Pinterest page dedicated to the wedding floral arrangements I envisioned in my debut book, LOVE ME CRAZY coming out this summer.
Need I say more? Yes, yes I must. People up here value their street corners and plop a Dunkin Donuts on EVERY SINGLE CORNER. What they're missing is a Krispy Kreme. When I travel, I search the airports for the KK kiosks and stuff my face with as many glazed donuts as I can. And no, I don't share. Click to see some amazing Hot Donuts Now!
ART : PAPER : PENS
I love pretty papers. I love colorful papers. I love not using them and hoarding them and keeping them from my kids for years, just because they're too pretty to use. I also love post its, lists and sharpies that have gone rogue and refuse to be anything but black! And I love how it feels to spend a couple hours painting or sewing or making something. It's my therapy, my quiet happy time. Click the pics for inspirational crafts using pretty papers.
No summer is complete without peaches. In fact, life without peaches would be the pits (ha, see what I did there?). However, I no longer get to gorge on peaches because the peaches grown up north are the...pits. They're really hard, really NOT sweet and go from hard to mush in a single day. But real South Carolina peaches are the best. If you're ever driving through in July, grab a basket or two! You won't regret it.
My favorite cobbler recipe comes from the recipe book TEE TIME AT THE MASTERS and even cooked Northern peaches are on "par" with the better Southern peaches I grew up using.
1 quart fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
3/4 -1 cup sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup shortening
5-6 tablespoons cold water
Combine peaches, sugar and margarine in 1-quart saucepan. Cook slowly, stirring often, until peaches are tender and syrup begins to thicken. Transfer to 1 quart baking dish and set aside. Sift flour and salt together; cut shortening into flour with pastry blender or fork until particles are size of peas. Sprinkle water evenly over flour mixture, using just enough to dampen flour. Stir gently until dough clings lightly together when pressed with fingers. Place on floured board and roll out in a thin layer. Cut into strips 1-1 1/2 inches wide. Cover peaches with some of the pastry strips. Bake at 350 until pastry is lightly browned. Gently punch browned pastry into peach mixture with a spoon. Add another layer of pastry strips and brown. Serves 6.
LOVE 'n HEARTS 'n MORE LOVE
The last and most important small thing I can't live without...which is really a huge thing I can't live without, is love! LOVE LOVE LOVE!