Friday, February 29, 2008

An Extra Day

makes me happy.

I love leap years as they provide me with one more whole day to love my friends, family, strangers, my life and of course my husband. Bonus!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Muffin Fluffer

makes me happy.

Need I say more?

Cause if I do... then I will.

Or you could spell it out for everyone if you'd like.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Tease

makes me happy.

So these little guys are back, hanging out under our awning, pooping everywhere and waking me up with the love songs they sing to each other at four in the morning.

It's all good though because I know when they come, the spring comes too.

And on days like today, when it's - 23 degrees Celsius under my awning I look out and try to make eye contact with one of them and then mouth the words 'Karma's a bitch, eh?'

I think I might be getting a little bit tired of winter.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Neita Baker

makes me happy.

That's Neita, in the purple-floral print, playing cards with Kevyn, Al and my mom last August.

My parents have always chosen the most spectacular people to befriend and Neita was no exception.

See that big smile she's got on? She wore it ALL the time. I honestly can't say I ever heard her complain... EVER. And while not complaining is great, what she did even better was live, every single moment to it's fullest. Always present, always ready for a game of cards, a match of tennis or a spin on the dance floor.

I was probably about ten years old, making Neita approximately 58, when she taught me two very important to water ski and how I want to live my life.

To say Neita had an impact on me choosing to live my best life ever is a gross understatement and when she died on Friday I felt no anger, only gratitude for having her in my life at all.

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Table With A View

makes me happy.

Does anyone else get right into The Oscars?

Well we do. And if that means moving our dining room table into the living room so we all have a great view of our Canadian darling Ellen be it.

Emotions flew high and marriages were tested when the winners were announced in those highly anticipated categories such as Achievement in Sound Editing.

Hey, I thought the Transformers sounds were pretty cool too Adel, you were robbed!

And as the music played over Kevyn's acceptance speech for Achievement in Oscar Pool Selection for about the 8th year in a row, I was thrilled to throw three fingers in the air, one more then the two I raised last year, as indication of the number of correct selections I made.

Proof that it was truly an honour just to be nominated play along.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Being On Track

makes me happy.

How do I know I'm on track?

Because it feels like it.

And really, aren't our feelings and emotions the best guides we have for this journey?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sending Grandma Love

makes me happy.

It's been one year since my grandma passed on. This morning my mom, Cash & I went to the cemetery to visit her grave.

I speak to her through my heart all year long and in return she always sends me back peace and guidance, but on days like today and her birthday I feel our connection even stronger.

So I would like to take this opportunity to tell her publicly how much I love her, how much I appreciate her continuing to watch over me and our family and remind her that she always was and still is my role model for healthy living. What a gift.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Being Able To Help When Asked

makes me happy.

In the winter, when Cash stands like this, she needs my help. She's either got a little snow ball stuck between her toes or some salt stinging the pads of her paws. When this happens I'm always more then happy to wrap my mitts around her paws, warm them up and clean them off.

Most other times, through out the year, she does not need my help and I rarely offer any. She's a smart dog and I like giving her her independence to be the best Cash she can be all on her own.

I feel the same way about my human relationships. I'm more then happy to help when asked, but I prefer sitting back and watching my friends and family figure their best lives out for themselves.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Living The Dream

makes me happy.

Here's a question for you.

If Kevyn and I began with the intention...

of having some people over...

to celebrate their lives...

and eat some cheese...

and play some tennis...

and maybe some Hearts...

would it be realistic to believe that the Universe provided us with such a magnificent evening because the intention included love for everyone?

If I were a gambling woman, I'd bet it all on... REALISTIC.

And if we applied that theory, that the Universe responds quicker and more efficiently to intentions which serve, and are a source of joy yourself AND everyone else involved, to all our chooses, would we not begin living our dreams that much more promptly?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Laying Where You Fall

makes me happy.

Sometimes...every now and then... as Cashius demonstrates for us above, we should simply take a moment to lay where we fall.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Being Your Own Valentine

makes me happy.

How about this for Valentine's Day... love yourself first.

I believe it's only when we have learned to respect ourselves, care for ourselves and love ourselves that we can then begin doing the same for others.

So keep doing what you're doing Kev, cause you give good love - to you and me both!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My Husband

makes me happy.

Today is our 3rd wedding anniversary.

Kevyn bought me these lovely red shoes to celebrate. I love them but, he truly didn't have to buy me anything.

Taking this journey, hand in hand with him, is the best gift I could have ever received.

But since he did...I'm sure I'll look pretty darn cute carving out our path, or going out for dinner, or taking a spin on the dance floor, or...

writing my blog, in my hot new red pumps.

I love you baby.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snow Angels

make me happy.

I was simply going post this photograph of my mom with the title and leave it at that, as it is a fairly straightforward expression of the love I feel towards her.

But I remembered a conversation her and I had on this day that I wanted to share with you, as I believe her words were beautiful and profound.

As my mom is no stranger to the trails and tribulations of weight management her opinions and revelations on the subject are always of great interest to me. Here is what she had to say about the topic on this day...

'I've learned to stop beating myself up over it. I now know what, and how, I should be eating and I focus on doing my best at that, rather then using all my energy in a negative way, beating myself down when I make a mistake or two. Since then, I find it very easy to get right back on track if I do fall off momentarily.'

If I were to paraphrase it would sound something like this...'The joys and benefits of loving yourself!'

Monday, February 11, 2008

Together Again

makes me happy.

Kev and I manned the same stretch of wood last night (read - bartended together),

thanks to our good friend Timmy, who needed a couple of people to work his restaurant's staff party and thought we might be into it.

He was right. Kev and I tended bar together for the first five years of our relationship and I always remember those times fondly.

Five years later I still feel no way about serving the customers while Kev takes a moment to rehydrate...

likewise, I don't mind getting more ice if he's busy striking a pose...

and further more, if a microphone happens to fall into his hands...

I'll polish the rest of the glasses while he entertains the crowd.

Now that's what I call teamwork!

In all seriousness, I relished the opportunity to work beside this most wonderful man, enjoy some good times with Timmy and...

and remember what 3am in Toronto looks like...chilly.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Any Way You Want It

makes me happy.

Cause 'that's the way I got it'... depending on the time of year you visit me.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Having A Break

makes me happy.

So it kept snowing...and snowing...and snowing.

Not to worry, I took many, many photographs. It's just... I'm too exhausted from shovelling the driveway to put them together in a post right now.

Instead I'm going to have a Kit Kat...and a hot tub...and then play some guitar hero.

Happy snow day to me.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Not Monotonous

makes me happy.

Last night Toronto got spanked with another HUGE snowstorm.

As a very proud Canadian, who thinks this country is probably one of the very best places in the world to call home, I've developed a fond appreciation for all our seasons, winter included.

After all, wouldn't life become a wee bit tedious if it were all...

breezy skirts...

seashell necklaces...

turquoise waters...

flower printed shirts...

pink dumbbells...

and palm trees all the time?

Someone, please tell me this would get tiresome...please!