Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy 101 Award..

I've been awarded a Happy 101 Award by the very sweet country girl. Ten things that make me happy. hmm. I could easily do ten things on my daughter alone, but will spare you all the pain of a gushing mom. She is number one on the list though...

1. She's now two and when she sings, she closes her eyes. She is living the moment, feeling the song. She sings with passion and utter conviction. It makes my heart ache with happiness. Photo is by Janis Nicolay

2. The photo credit leads me to something else that makes me happy. My friends. I don't have a large entourage of girl friends. I know a lot of people, but only a handful are my true friends. I know they are there for me, and will come running if I ask.


3. My guy because he takes my crap and gets my jokes.
We had a surprise wedding in the frozen woods on a lake here in BC. After the wedding, we played hockey and drank polar bears. How very Canadian of us. That memory makes me extremely happy.

4. Chocolate


5. Yellow primulas. They smell better than all the other colours and make me smile.



6. Art. We have tried to collect a piece from every place we have travelled. The memories attached to each work make them more treasured. This one is from a street painter in Key West in front of Hemingway's home.

7. My new sugar bowl from Walrus.

8. That today, I got two apple trees and a quince tree pruned. It's a fantastic feeling, pruning a fruit tree. There is anticipation - it's an odd sense of accomplishment. Mind you, I have 500 blueberry bushes, three figs, a pear, two peach, 300 raspberry canes, an asian apple pear, and cherry tree to go. Hmm. I've just lost a touch of my happiness.

9.That a blogger from Austria found my blog, and told me that I make her happy. How bloody lovely is that.

10. That I live in Canada. That I have a house to keep me safe. I have some money in the bank and my family is healthy. I can turn on my tap, and water comes out. I have blankets and coats to keep me warm. I have food in the cupboard. I have medical. I am not afraid for my child. She will be educated. My husband loves me and I love him.

34 comments:

Jane said...

I love reading these posts. I loathe doing them myself but I love seeing what makes others happy. Reminds me of the universality of life because many of yours are also mine. But I have a very important question: how do you drink a polar bear? Do you chop it up and liquidise it and drink with a pinch of sugar? How do you stop it biting you? xoxo

country girl said...

Heather, these are all the reasons you make that chick in Austria happy! ;-)
Sings with her eyes closed.....that is so amazingly sweet.
And the water coming out of the tap....I can relate. There are things which seem small to us but which really make our lives so much easier, and which many others in the world would be grateful for daily.
I am so tickled that I made it onto your list...definitely bloody lovely.
You're a gem....
xo
country girl

Tom Stephenson said...

I did the snow-sculpture thing in Quebec and Grand Bend, Ontario a few years ago, Heather (I represented my country, but they didn't know it). Was it cold? Yes - about -40 at one point, so I'm glad and surprised that water comes out of your tap this time of year, and I'm glad that your husband loves you. Hope you find your goat! Tom.

mise said...

That sounds like a wonderful wedding, and it's a great photo. Most weddings are so samey, though all with their own hopeful charm, that it's good when people do things differently. That's a fine list, and it seems like you sure have reason to be happy (despite the mammoth pruning task).

Barbara said...

What a lovely post, Heather. I have read a lot of "favorite thing" lists but yours is the first to use photos. So typical of you and your obvious love of life.

flwrjane said...

made me happy just reading them. it's always the little things isn't it?

Restyled Home said...

Great list and a great choice in chocolate: Cadbury.

Talented, grateful and smart. That's a good combination!
Cheers,
Linda

Heather Cameron said...

Polar Bear - not just a white bear in the north. Take one cup of hot cocoa, mix in a shot of peppermint schnapps, add a candy cane for a hint of frivolity (also doubles as a stir stick) - voila - Polar Bear - the cocktail of choice in the frozen woods on your wedding day.

Tom Stephenson said...

Chicken Cups - take one frozen chicken....

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! I adore your blog. It's so peaceful and lovely!

kate / tinywarbler said...

congrats heather! that's a lovely list. i really like number 10. and now i know how to make a polar bear. yum!

Libbie said...

Fun to read about you! I have to say those chicken cups on the side of you blog grabbed my attention! I LOVE them!!!! So cute! I have a little soft spot in my heart for the glass covered chicken salts. SO I will be dreaming of the chicken cups tonight!

Beach Vintage said...

I LOVE that wedding of yours. Amazing stuff.

Grace said...

Your daughter closes her eyes when she sings - that is so sweet. I have to say chocolate would definitely be on my list as well.

AnnaVallance said...

That was a wonderful list of ten.

Colleen said...

....Ahhh Heather you know how to make me smile....such genuine sentiments......!
p.s. ....you should post more pics of that wedding of yours......since we talked of it I think of it often and how special it had to have been!

Tom Stephenson said...

Shed a tear for Cadbury's chocolate - it has just been bought by the American food giant, Kraft, after over a hundred years of English, Quaker ownership.

Pinecone Camp said...

Too bad about Cadbury, Tom!
Heather that is a perfect happy list of 10. Tell me, does Midge still eat her feet? I loved that shot.

koralee said...

I adore your happy things today...1 is sweet..4 and 5 make me crazy happy too. My yellow primroses are up and blooming in my garden!!!!! crazy as it seems. I love this weather! xoxo

Tom Stephenson said...

@ Pinecone Camp: I really don't want to put a dampener on Heather's great news, but I need to put the Cadbury thing into perspective. Kraft will offload a massive amount of paper debt onto Cadbury in the UK, putting 1000s of jobs at risk here. Having done that, they will then favour US companies (which are also in trouble) when assigning manufacturing contracts for future products, thereby all but finishing off this fine old UK company with socially responsible attitudes. The UK shareholders have been blackmailed into accepting an offer they cannot refuse, and the only winners to come out of this situation will be Kraft.

Meanwhile, our Machiavellian 'business minister', Mandleson (the most hated figure in British politics), is saying that he will try to stop Cadbury chocolate from being called Kraft chocolate. The Titanic. Deckchairs, etc.

Sorry about this heavy comment, Heather, but it is important for both the UK and Canada, I think.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

well..i see two of my favorite gals here....janis from pinecone camp and my friend, dawn from country girl.....

LOVED your 10 favorite things...and when it comes right down to it...it is the simple things and being cozy at HOME....

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What an absolutely beautiful list.

Tracey said...

That is a seriously fantastic list Heather!!! You are blessed!

Congrats on your award! I adore your blog!!!

:) T

Heather Cameron said...

Ok, Tom is upset about Cadbury - and he and I have chatted about this via email. He didn't think I would post his comment, but I have as he has an issue and needs to be heard. So, Boo Kraft! Boo!
I knew I should have grabbed the Jersey Milk bar!!! Damn.

Liz@Violet Posy said...

I'm in the UK and your blog makes me very happy too. I love that picture of Burrard Bridge - my favourite view in the world, and the cadbury's chocolate isn't bad too :) thank you x

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

heather....thanks for stopping by to visit Farmhouse..... we are out here on the Central Coast of California...riding in rowboats...yikes...

i love your blog and will be back to visit soon....

kary
xxx

pollydove said...

I just happened upon your blog and I immediately fell in love! Wow. Beautiful photos. Beautiful words. You have incredible style, and I will now consider you my new online "magazine" since, as you have said, so many are sadly becoming non-existent.

Thanks for sharing what you do. I read every blog post you've done (I'm a fairly new blogger too) and it was truly a treat.

So thank you!

Firefly Hill said...

A beautiful list...

xo,

annie

lightingtheweb said...

I love the pic of the baby trying to gnaugh on its foot

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Love, love, love your list of things that make you happy.

Thanks for your great writing and beautiful ideas.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Celestial Charms said...

Such a lovely post. These types of posts are my favorite to read. We really get to see inside each other's souls...to an extent. Thanks for taking us there, and great photos.
Maureen

CRO MAGNON said...

Tom Stephenson seems to get everywhere.

Boycott Kraft!

c and d said...

beautifully said. and for everyone who hasn't had the pure pleasure of meeting heather in person, she's the real deal! she doesn't just blog it, she truly lives it...so grateful to have met her!

Tom Stephenson said...

Sorry, but this what I was talking about, and bear in mind that British money was used in the take-over which will also mean extra British money to pay for the doll of the 400 Cadbury's employees. Your favourite chocolate will now be made in Poland, and not 10 miles away from where I write now.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8507066.stm