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10 Happy Things!


  1. The color yellow
  2. Vintage blue Ball Mason jars
  3. Going for a walk, camera in hand, with my husband
  4. A cat laying across my arms as I attempt to type on my laptop
  5. REAL hot chocolate
  6. A surprise note in the mail
  7. Knowing I really can trust God
  8. Hanging out with one of my dear friends – girl time
  9. Flowers
  10. Sunshine on my back on a cool day


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  1. Kathy says

    Happy Birthday!!! We must be cut from the same cloth because those are my favorite things as well. One thing I might add though is I like to knit, especially when it’s cooler outside. I love rainy cool days. I love the smell of autumn air and rainy days and the sound the rain makes when it hits the roof and sitting outside on the back porch taking it all in with knitting needles in my hands.

    • Diane says

      Awww….that’s so fun!! Thanks for your kind words, Kathy, and for helping me celebrate!

  2. Jane B says

    Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a special day for you.
    My 10 are:
    1) Annabelle (3yr old granddaughter)
    2) Welcome breeze on a day that will be 105 for a high
    3) Apples with peanut butter
    4) Yellow
    5) Good health
    6) Great haircut this week
    7) Losing 2 pounds
    8) Smiles from strangers
    9) Great neighbors
    10) Blessings

    • Diane says

      You are so kind Jane. 🙂 You just helped make my day!
      I love #6! A “great” haircut is a really happy thing! 🙂

  3. Kim says

    Happy birthday!
    Here are my 10
    1. Autumn
    2. Dark chocolate
    3. My 15 year old cat asleep next to me
    4. A vase of roses freshly cut from my garden
    5. The smell of oranges and lemons
    6. Grey’s Anatomy reruns
    7. The color yellow
    8. Locally grown peaches ( in pie form )
    9. Neatly stacked woodpile, all ready for cooler days
    10. Clean sheets

  4. Happy birthday!! My 10 things: sitting on my back deck enjoying the fireflies come out at twilight. trying a new recipe and getting positive feedback from my family. finding a new poet or poem I haven’t read before. working on a cross stitch pattern and letting my cares slip away as I concentrate on the design. Having my dog greet my at the front door like I’ve been gone for weeks instead of hours. Hearing my daughter say I love you every time we end a phone conversation. Sharing a laugh with my mother. sitting by a huge bonfire while camping under the stars. going on vacation to a new place with my husband. enjoying the companionship of my blogging friends! Have a wonderful day!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Martha!! 🙂
      Enjoying fireflies could be in my top ten too!! I have never seen as many before moving to PA. One night I got up around one o’clock and looked outside to see the neighbor’s tree twinkling with all the fireflies. What a happy memory! 🙂

  5. Linda says

    Happy Birthday! Hope itis filled with blessings that become treasured memories!
    2-birdsong in the morning
    3-thunderheads behind the mountains
    5-hand stitching/needlework
    6-yesterday’s rainbow and God’s covenant
    7-ears to hear music
    10-God’s grace and provision

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet, Linda! 🙂 Many memories were created. 🙂
      Your #2 could very easily be in my top ten! That and what I call ‘bird peep’ – that time of the first notes at day break. I so sorry that the songbirds of summer have ceased their singing. They really are a happy memory. 🙂

  6. Dona says

    Happy Birthday, my friend! My 10 things:

    1. Being able to call someone I don’t know “my friend” because she has touched my life.
    2. Spending early morning ‘quiet time’ outside with the Lord, because that friend suggested it.
    3. Counting my blessings and praying for those who don’t have it as ‘stable’ as I do (yeah, like the friend I mentioned).
    4. Being out in the early morning and knowing, even in Arizona, that fall is just around the corner!
    5. Having the BEST grand kids in the the world. The fact that they continued loving me through their teenage years is proof of that!
    6. Having 2 baby quilts to make for dear friends in my church….one having a boy (her first) and one having a girl (her 4th after all boys!).
    7. Having a job watching an 18 month old boy who is a delight….and his mom and dad are just as sweet.
    8. Having a good relationship with BOTH of my daughters.
    9. Having wonderful friends around me. (truly, this is really amazing to me….I moved down here when I was 62. I left friends I’d had for up to 50 years! I really thought I was too old to make new ones. HA!)
    10. Having a blog like this to read, and being inspired by it every day.

    Thanks, Diane! Dona

    • Diane says

      I could give you the biggest hug Dona! Truly, your words were the warmest hug!!
      What a truly happy list of 10!

  7. Velia says

    May this birthday be just the beginning of a year filled with wonderful moments and memories to hold on to through the years and your continued grace.
    Some of my Happy Things
    1. Speaking with my children
    2. Husband’s neck and shoulder rubs
    3. Petting my dog
    4. Photographing just about anything and creating photo books
    5. Taking weekend drives to surrounding towns
    6. Autumn and its colorful harvest
    7. Spring’s beauty and renewal
    8. Music, Music, Music
    9. Red Velvet cupcakes
    10. American flags on display

    • Diane says

      Your words of blessing are warmly receive Velia! Thank you so very much! 🙂
      I especially love #4 & 5! Together, they would make me happy too! 🙂
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!

  8. Jean says

    Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a super happy one! Here are my 10 things:
    1. Warm, sunny summer days
    2. Butterflies especially monarchs
    3. Sunflowers
    4. My family (should have been number one probably 😉
    5. 2 silly one-year old cats and watching them play
    6. My computer desk
    7. Pearls although I do not wear them very often
    8. Hearing songs from the 80s on the car radio (especially when I am alone and can sing along without backseat commentary)
    9. Happy people
    10. Time spent at the swimming pool on a hot day

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Jean!!
      Don’t worry about family not being listed as #1. My happy things were in not particular order and it’s okay yours aren’t either. 😉
      I also love #2. This year I have seen lots of Swallowtails….but I haven’t seen a Monarch yet, at least not in PA. Maybe now that I’m in MI I’ll see some. My fingers are crossed!!
      Blessings, my friend!

  9. maria jenkins says

    Happy Happy Birthday to you..I love birthdays
    My 10 happy things
    1. my hubby my very own true love we been together since jr high , this October will make 35+ married years !
    2. phone calls & visits from my kids
    3. my happy doggy Maxie
    4. sunflowers and all things yellow
    5. the beach
    6. chocolate cookies
    7. cups of hot tea and a good book
    8. uplifting music
    9. fellowship of friends
    10. God’s unfailing love
    Thank you for allowing me to share ..it really brightened my day

    • Diane says

      And YOU, Maria…YOU brightened MY day!!! Thank you so much!!
      I love your #1 happy thing! That is just the sweetest happy thing of all!!

  10. Gwen says

    Happy Thoughts for You Diane!!!
    1. It’s your BIRTHDAY and I’m smiling and singing Happy Birthday to You!!
    And because I was a teacher and loved birthdays, we all said nice things about the BIRTHDAY child and shook their hand…so with a firm handshake and a hug just because I will make my next nine about YOU!! Served on a silver tray!!! With sprinkles of delight all around!! So here is my gift to you this fine day!
    2. Diane photographs something new for my eyes to behold and finds a verse or a quote that makes me reflect upon The Lord.
    3. Diane is a gifted hostess who enjoys making things tasty and pretty for her guests.
    4. Diane can mix an heirloom, a newly painted picture, a bit of nature and end up with a beautiful setting. Creative is Diane!!
    5. Diane makes new friends and keeps long lasting friendships and makes both feel special because she tells them so.
    6. Diane prays. It does not matter if the wind is blowing, the house did not stand, the floodgates have opened, Diane is firmly strong in her Faith and trust in her Lord to provide from His riches in glory. And as she waits and waits and little gifts arrive as she waits for daily provision, she gives GOD THE GLORY for even these little yet wonderful gifts…
    7. Diane can show us how to grow in faith, trusting our Lord, when our personal world has been shaken. She is giving others a personal example of what does one do when doors only close and nothing opens…and it’s a message from God’s Word and as Diane teaches us, she herself is reinforced in her faith.
    8. Diane has a wonderful imagination and an upbeat outlook on the world around her.
    9. Although faced with more loss, Diane continues to write us daily and what fun to see what spin her blog will take now in this new path. Thou wilt show me the path of life. In thy presence there is fullness of joy. At thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
    10. Diane has never met me. She has not met my Mom. But in a recent crisis that both of us were not well Diane prayed. And let me know. And praised with me when my Mom got better and prays for me who this last ordeal will take close to a year of recovery. She is a faithful pray-er. She devotes time to talk to God, her Friend, her Guidance, her Lord and Savior.
    Happy Birthday Dear Diane!!!!!

    • Diane says

      Dear sweet Gwen…. My eyes are moist as well as my cheeks. I am humbled by your kind and thoughtful words. You are my encourager, blesser, cheerleader, and inspirer. Thank you for these 10 things. 🙂
      Love and hugs!

  11. Carolyn says

    Whaaaat? It’s your birthday? How did everyone know that but me? I looked back on the “So nice to meet you” introduction and…
    Well, never mind me. I do want to also express my best wishes & prayers for you to have a very happy & blessed Birthday Weekend!!!
    It’s late where you live now so I will just celebrate “Diane” over the weekend.
    May God give you the desires of your heart as you walk this journey with your camera & heart ready for extraordinary things.

    • Diane says

      My dear friend. You put a smile on my face!!
      Thank you for helping me celebrate this life of blessing!

  12. Donna Krobock says

    Happy Birthday Diane!!! My ten things are:

    ~ Having two happy, healthy daughters
    ~ Having a hubby who loves me
    ~ My three fur babies snoozing at my feet as I type this
    ~ Yellow, my favorite color and orange a close second
    ~ Fall in New England
    ~ Living by the ocean
    ~ All the great people I’ve met thru the military and on blogs
    ~ Enjoying the stillness and being content
    ~ Friends and family
    ~ My Faith


    • Diane says

      Thank you for your BD wishes, Donna! 🙂
      There is really something special about Fall in New England. I hope your colors are truly extraordinary this year!!

  13. Glenda Kremer says

    I sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU on your wall! 10 happy things!
    1–Jesus my Saviour
    2–my husband
    3– my kids
    4–my 5 grandsons
    5–. the baby we expect in April–6th grandchild!
    6–our condo at Hilton Head
    7–many renters for our condo in Hilton Head
    8–a great church
    9–special friends
    10–Holy Spirit power

    • Diane says

      Yay!! Another grand baby on the way!!! WooHoo!
      Thanks for helping me celebrate, Glenda!!

  14. Marie says

    Happy, happy, happy birthday!
    There is a lot to be happy about so I limited to these 10:
    My sweet, sweet husband of 41 years
    3 precious fur babies (cats) and yes there’s often one of them vying for may attention when I’m on the computer
    Summer mornings drinking coffee on the patio
    Really good friends
    A healthy body
    Walking in the early morning
    Playing the piano and singing
    Our church family
    My brothers and sisters

    Blessings to you!

    • Diane says

      I love your ten happy ‘things’ Marie!
      There is something so sweet about a kitty wanting your attention when on the computer. Mine do that too! 🙂

  15. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday! I would list many of the same things you do! so to start:
    1. Yellow
    2. Early morning birdsong
    3. Bug song……locusts, crickets and katydids
    4. The fact that each bug species has its own schedule of song, and it also changes through the season. I could tell you how far along summer is by the sound!
    5. Hubby’s beautiful smiles and wonderful hugs
    6. Having all the cats hanging out with me for morning devotionals. Every day.
    7. Morning Coffee!
    8. Exercise
    9. Homemaking. Chores. Caring for my family.
    10. Canning homegrown produce…..gardening!

    • Diane says

      Yes! Bug song!!! I never thought about it in those terms….but this year I have enjoyed their songs ever so much. Some are very percussive and others almost melodic. And though you are right about how their tunes signify the changes in the season, there’s something about those songs that sadden my heart in knowing that summer is quickly fleeting.
      Thanks for taking time to share your 10 and celebrate with me, Carol!!
      Blessings to you!!’

  16. Mel says

    10 Happy Things

    You having your birthday!
    A bouquet of ditch flowers.
    Happy Birthday songs!
    A bag with sticker books and colors.
    Birthday cake.
    Fluffy pillows.
    Birthday cards with happy wishes.
    Singing cicadas.
    Birthday hugs.
    Being cared about.

    HAPPY birthday to you, dearheart. This was such a loving, giving thing…thank you for that.

    • Diane says

      And my #11 is YOU…after an incredible ordeal….taking time to share 10 Happy Things with a joyful heart. 🙂
      Thank you for the birthday wishes and for celebrating with me.
      YOU [[[Mel]]] are extraordinary!!

  17. Judi says

    Hope you had the happiest of birthday’s Diane ~ It is also my one of my grandson’s birthday on 8/30~
    Celebrated my MIL’s 99th Birthday on the 31st ~ Thinking of you while I’ve been absent from the internet and keeping you in my daily prayers … xxoo Judi

    • Diane says

      Today I celebrated my BD with a dear friend. After the packing and storing ordeal, this was a perfect day to spend with a dear friend and just what I needed. Sometimes the best celebrations are delayed. This one was certainly worth the wait. Thanks for your sweet wishes Judi….and for letting me know that I am in such wonderful company on this day! [hugs]
      p.s. You’ve been on my heart too.

  18. I’m a few days late. Happy Belated Birthday, Diane! You’re one of the sweetest, kindest gals I know.
    10 Happy Things.
    1. Pictures of Delainey Belle.
    2. Butterflies anywhere.
    3. Red flowers.
    4. Smell of lavender.
    5. Good tea.
    6. A good bargain.
    7. The beach.
    8. Tea pots/cups.
    9. Chloe, my new rescue Mini-Aussie.
    10. God’s grace to enjoy all His wonderful gifts.

    • Diane says

      Ahhhh….the best birthday celebrations go on for several days, Susan! 😉
      Thank you for the sweetest of wishes and your 10 Happy Things. Each one is a true blessing from God!! 🙂 He is the giver of all good and perfect gifts!!

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