life : happy things

video : someday by rob thomas
for aimee, bella & pj who lost someone dear this week

we visited charlie last weekend and ran into one of his neighbors in the elevator. she told us he really missed helen and was looking forward to our visit. he told her about it three times and we felt so sad. but, once he started to talk about the people who hoard the food and talk too much at the senior center, the tears in our eyes disappeared because he was so funny. he's made a friend there and her name is helen. she's a nun :).

Charlie's Pie

we brought him a nice lunch, his favorite key lime pie and scott helped pull together his tax papers. if you think doing your own taxes is crummy, try to help your elderly parent. while going through his folders he found this post and commented that it was so nice. by the end of the day he seemed 'happy' and sent us on our way - translation, dismissed us.

Pizza Pie

so, i was happy when asiye tagged me to come up with a list of things that make me happy because life is short and we should appreciate the simple things that make our days nice -
  1. flowers, i know it's shocking.
  2. music, especially new discoveries.
  3. feeling well-rested, which is rare.
  4. the sandwich scott makes me for lunch each day.
  5. doing something creative, well.
  6. a clean apartment, empty laundry hamper and no ironing.
  7. italian food.
  8. anything that makes me smile like your nice comments and the word darling (pronounced dahling).
  9. hearing 'cutie, i'm home'.
  10. hugs, hugs, hugs!
now, i'm supposed to pass this along to ten people and i'm happy to do it, but don't feel obligated y'all: candace, cassie, dawn, erin, joyce, julia, julie, meg, rachel and suzanne.

xo, cindy

ps usa vs. canada for the gold medal in women's hockey thursday night - yikes!


Jamie said...

That pie looks divine!

As always your blog is a bright spot in my day.

Joyce said...

Cindy the tulips caught my eyes and then I died and went to heaven when I saw the key lime pie. I knew Charlie was someone special we share the same favorite pie (well actually I have more favorites)! Ooh my eyes swelled with tears reading about Charlie. As we are going through the same with my mom. I'm glad we moved her near us, but now trying to help her find her way. Too bad we didn't leave near one another she is a great pie maker!
Thank you my friend for giving me the honor to list my happy things. I will try to get this up on Friday. Love! J xo

erin said...

loving your happy list and the photo of that key lime pie (not as much as i'm sure i'd love a taste of it though;)

will think up my happy list. thinking it will have to come this weekend when time is...well, somewhat on my side. xo.

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Love those floers...someone sweet bought me tulips today...
wonderful list...
HUGS sweet lady.
P.S.I'm routing for'll be tough game!

Dandelion and Grey said...

Oh the pizza & the pie look delicious!

Lovely list! xo

My name is PJ. said...

Key lime pie is a favorite of ours.

I so enjoy your tales of visiting Charlie, Cindy. It's good to know he's doing well.

blue moss said...

so glad to have a charlie update...i think of him often
love your list of happy things....
your blog is honestly one of the things that makes me happy

L'Atelier said...

a very beautiful and intimate post- it made me smile , as your posts often do.
love your happy list! it made me grin!!
oh and i loved your comment on my happy list- i guess if that were to happen to me it would be the best day of my life ;)

OneCraftyFox said...

I have been craving pizza forever and your lovely blog has made me very hungry!

Fifi Flowers said...

Those are ALL happy photos!!!

Megan Walker said...

*love love love* the pink tulips with the soft pink background!

I was sad at first hearing about sweet Charlie too... but like you, was happy to hear how he became funny (probably without knowing it, right?) and you ended up having a nice lunch and afternoon with him. I love how you are so good to him.

Thank you for the TAG! I am delighted to think about happy things - one of my favorite things to think about! I enjoyed hearing about yours Cindy! Especially "cutie, I'm home" - adorable :)


Anonymous said...

what a sweet post!

dana | yellowtrace blog said...

Hi Cindy,
What a great post and such a beautiful and special blog you have. I absolutely love the concept behind it. Celebrating the joy of you life with your husband. It's magic.
My very best,
x dana

Ann Marie said...

mmmm. key lime pie. i think i'll have to make one this weekend.

D-lyn said...

I love fresh flowers too!

thanks for visiting

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, Cindy. Thank you for that dedication up front. So sweet. *mwah*

I'm glad to hear Charlie's doing well. And that PIE! Yummmm

You have a great list of happy things. It really doesn't take much to make a girl happy. "Cutie, I'm home" made me go awwwwwwwwww.

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

Sweet post. You paint a near perfect life (add: no dirty dishes in the sink/clean kitchen counter).

May I inquire where that INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS LOOKING PIZZA is from? Willing to travel great lengths for such a slice.