65 thoughts on “Happiness is Once More a Warm Puppy

  1. Flew to Chicago to visit family for the weekend, including 98 year old grandmother who is still pretty tough and doing well, but a little too deaf for the phone. Very good to see them and very glad to see husband and kids after a little break

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  2. We got half a foot of snow last night. Happiness around here is watching my dogs play joyfully in our snowy yard, while keeping my own toes nice and cozy.

    And I was happy to see this news story this morning. Organizers in Berlin planned a march against racism, xenophobia, and the far-right, with the idea that about 40,000 people would participate. More than 240,000 people showed up for basic human decency. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/14/german-march-against-far-right-draws-huge-crowds-in-berlin

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  3. Having fun hugging my kiddos — and Preschooler has been bonding with his doggie cousin, my BIL’s pup. Sweater weather is here and we’re all getting cozy!

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  4. My friend who has a place in Provence (yeah, I know, but she is really kind and fun and thoughtful so I can overlook this) is there on her annual visit. So I emailed her this message:
    L.,
    When we were in Provence in October (about 30 years ago), we found lots of game on the menu. I particularly remember an amazing rabbit stew in which Jeff found a piece of buckshot. I don’t know why I felt I needed to share this. I guess I just had a wild hare. J.

    She replied:
    J. That must have been a hair-raising experience! L

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    1. So finding buckshot IS a thing? I tried pigeon at a fancy restaurant in London and was a bit surprised to find buckshot! Phew, thought it was just my luck all these years! LOL

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      1. I remember this happening several times when eating pheasant (probably as a teenager: my uncle by marriage used to cook expensive/posh things like that. And serve them with excellent wines. In his fifteenth-century farmhouse.)

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    2. When I was a kid, I once bit into some buckshot in a wild turkey. It kind of opened up a whole new world about where food comes from, LOL. It certainly is memorable.

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  5. Thinking about Happiness Sunday earlier this week, I decided one of the things that make me happy almost every day is the first few minutes when I go to bed and lay flat on my back. Everything falls into alignment and the bed is comfortable and the blankets are warm and I feel good. Of course, I can’t sleep that way so as I flop around the aches and pains reappear. But for the first few minutes, everything is good and I am happy. Physical well-being counts for a lot.

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  6. For the first time, Phryne fell asleep downstairs waiting for me to come up to bed, instead of bird-dogging Stephen, and she’s doing great at picking up the training we’re teaching her despite the constant taunting of squirrels. Also came up with a concrete schedule to purge and reorganize all our stuff in anticipation of moving out of the rental we’re in to someplace that better serves us (and costs less).

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  7. There is a big cluster of dog shows in town this weekend, and I went Friday with my daughter, and Saturday by myself, and I’m going today in half an hour. I get to pet an assortment of dogs, lots of beautiful dogs to watch, and dog people to talk dogs with. Now that’s happy. And possibly a new puppy. Yes, thank God for dogs.

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  8. DH and I cancelled our trip to Chicago this weekend due to work commitments. Disappointing but the right decision, since both of us would have been stressed. We , went out to dinner with our favourite friends and had a lovely evening. Plus, I have an additional weekend to garden. I lost my beloved 13 yo standard poodle in August to bone cancer, but lots of dogs in my neighbourhood who let me give them ear rubs.

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  9. I’ve taken a three-day weekend, and am feeling a bit more human. Didn’t know what to do with myself on Friday, and ended up watching TV in the afternoon, which I never do: the new Dr Who, just because it was set in Sheffield (where I’m from originally), and ‘The Martian’, which was too long but I liked the heroic gardening.

    Then yesterday I bumped into a friend in town and we had coffee. And this afternoon the rain stopped and I had a good walk in the evening light.

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    1. I just loved the new Doctor! So much energy, but kindness radiated from her no matter what she was doing — I think she was just a perfect casting choice, especially after Peter Capaldi, who couldn’t help grandstanding practically every scene, including his long-drawn-out pre-death soliloquy. I like the companions, too — I’m so looking forward to this whole series.

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      1. I agree; I’m recording it in case this time I actually want to stick with it. Despite the brilliant actors, the grandiose and (underneath) depressing stories have thrown me out up to now. Fingers crossed.

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  10. I spent a couple days with friends at what will be their retirement house in a few years. It’s way out in the Virginia countryside, so peaceful and lovely and relaxing. Ready to take on the last quarter of the year, when I’ll be preparing for my “gap year” (focusing on nothing but things that make me happy), sort of like people prepare for NaNoWriMo by getting chores dealt with and meals frozen and supplies (including story outlines) stocked up, so once the new year is here, the distractions from un-fun things will be minimized.

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    1. In academia, I believe, this would be a sabbatical. I so want one! Sadly, despite being faculty, librarians don’t get them.

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  11. I remember “Happiness is a warm puppy” was a thing for a while. But everyone forgets that the next cartoon (it was in canon, somewhere) is Snoopy licking Lucy’s face and her running into the sunset screaming “AUUGH! Dog Germs! I’ve got DOG GERMS!!”

    My situation doesn’t permit pets (I suppose I could have hamsters or gerbils or a goldfish – instead I have [pause for counting] nine plants), so I indulge my warm puppy moments with the daughters two dogs… who bark at me until I start with the skritchies.

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  12. I started my vacation week as of today. The laundry is done, I put the flannel sheets on the bed since the nights are getting cold, the bathrooms are clean, and the floor has been mopped. I made a quick trip to B&N for a large chai latte and have spent the last half hour sitting on my deck in the sun. The air is cool but the sun feels warm. Not a bad way to start a stay at home vacation ( especially since the weather for this week is going to be very iffy!). I have hopes it will I,prove enough so I can do some outdoorsy things like hiking, sitting in my hammock swing, and visiting the Women’s Rights Hall of Fame (about an hour’s drive away from me). I used to live very close to it but still have never been there. So I am due for a first time trip.

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  13. Happiness is consent, even with dogs. I will use the term “pat-pat” when I’m talking to my my dog before I let him. I’ve started saying, “Can I give you a pat-pat?” when he starts eating after following the sit and stay instructions. This is to give more positive links to touch. He lets me do it now, without snapping at my hands. He trusts that I won’t take his food away. I am happy and will continue to try to be worthy of such trust!

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  14. Happiness is a warm dog, in partifular this house our old boy who gets more and more white hairs every day, I try to make sure has a bed in every room and touch his face, let him rest it in my lap when he keen on affection and tell him how much I love him and that it has been a privilege being his human for 12 1/2 years and I am so grateful he still is trucking a long with the rest of the pack, even if its a bit slower, and he has quite a” hitch in his giddyup”.

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  15. This weekend was family. My huuby’s sister and husband, their daughter and her hubby, and their two kids were all up to visit with us and hubby’s parents. A total of 12 people running around. It was so fun to play with the little ones, age 3 years and 11 months. ❤️❤️❤️ This is after having 40+ freinds and family up last weekend to celebrate my 50th birthday. 🎂👑

    October has been fun. 😁 Party all the time.

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  16. We went through every framed but not hung picture in the house (I’m guessing 150 but a lot were those 3×5 standing plastic frames) and decided what gets hung or put out, what gets tucked away on a shelf and what gets given away. Most are just photos of my kids and they make me happy every time I look at them.

    We didn’t actually hang any up but they are now sorted and we can hang a bunch at a time on rainy days. And several are now standing around where I can see them.

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  17. I let my sweet pup do her crazy weave through my legs while I told her what a good girl she was and pet & scritched her back. I let her do her thing until she was done, which I don’t normally do. Now were both relaxing.

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  18. I was writing a blog post about a knitting milestone, and my husband and I made a photoshoot to illustrate it. We gathered every hand-knitted garment which I had in the house, and then I lay outside in the garden and my husband piled me with knitwear. I was under a mountain of knits and could not stop laughing! Only my head and my boots peeked out. It was very good mood therapy; I reckon it was nearly as good as puppy therapy! (You can see the photos here: https://knitigatingcircumstances.com/2018/10/13/100-on-ravelry/).

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    1. That’s beautiful work, Kelly! I’m so envious. I’ve tried to learn to knit several times over the years, but it’s never taken. Instead, I have the happiness of looking at the lovely knitting projects of others.

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      1. Hi Nancy. In the old days, grandmas taught us to knit. Now we have youtube and the internet! There are fantastic resources on line to teach you how to knit and to demonstrate virtually any knitting technique. One of the resources which I think is pretty cool is The Simple Collection from tin can knits (http://tincanknits.com/thesimplecollection.html). This is a collection of videos and PDFs, available for free, to teach knitting, with 11 easy projects. Many learn-to-knit resources have totally ugly projects, but these are pretty nice. If they don’t strike your fancy, there are literally thousands of resources available on-line to teach basic and more advanced knitting skills. I wish my grandma was still around to knit with, but truth be told I’ve learned as much from the internet as I did from her. Also you can look at Ravelry.com, which is like Facebook for knitters, and is also free. It has 8 million users so can be a bit daunting at first, but they have good how-to tutorials on how to use the site. And if it still doesn’t take: life gives us lots of opportunities for happiness, as you seem to be well aware!

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    2. Kelly, you’ve inspired me! I haven’t knitted since I was a child, but recently decided to relearn after reading some of Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series. I got as far as buying needles and practising some basic stitches and then stalled again. But now, I must learn, because I MUST HAVE that skirt!

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  19. Despite allergies and an epic fibro flare brought on from going overnight from the hottest summer ever to what is shaping up to be the coldest fall, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps (okay, I was wearing gardening clogs, but “clogstraps” just sounds wrong) and went out to put the garden to bed for the season. Mostly because it was sunny and mid-50’s today, and the 10-day weather forecast was both rain and cold.

    It took 2 1/2 hours and my back is Not Happy With Me, but all the beds are empty except the one with kale (which will last until it snows) and all that is left to do is plant the garlic and cover the beds with straw. And I have a huge thing checked off my to-do list, which makes me very happy indeed.

    (What with Life and Stuff, I am insanely behind on everything there is to be behind on.)

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  20. Happiness was sleep. Last week was pretty crazy, going back to work after hand surgery and trying to do everything one-handed. Friday night after it was all done I piled in my bed and didn’t get out (other than bathroom breaks) until this morning. It was glorious. This coming week is at least that busy, then I’m off for an entire week. Supporting my Kindle is about as much weight as that hand can tolerate, so I’ve already got my week planned. Much excite!

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  21. I wasn’t going to church today because the choir had the Sunday off, but I was reading the NY Times, and thought, Oh, my God, I have to go to church, this news is so terrible. So I did, and was heartened. Then I went for a walk by the sea with a friend, and then we sat by the sea and kind of drank a bottle of wine while talking about life. I MEANT to be inside fixing up my rather nice new laptop, with 12 GB, and a finger print sensor, and ….other cool stuff. But there are plenty of cold days coming when you can’t sit in the sun by the sea drinking wine with a friend, so I have no regrets.

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  22. Bypassed a concert in our ticketed series in favor of yoga class and a local meet-the-candidates session. Necessary because — who are they? What do they stand for? Did routine medical appointments, picked up our native plant buy, ordered Italian in for Friday date night – love me my eggplant parmesian. Finished an enjoyable read of Lethal White by – wink wink – Robert Galbraith. Oh! Rain! if that’s what you call the stuff that’s just enough to dampen the ground while it thunders and lightenings. Yesterday I cleaned/cleaned out two shelves of a clothes cupboard, so victory over sloth and procrastination.

    My husband came home with Adult Dog Food, and now we’re debating whether our darling, dim-witted twelve-and-a-half-year-old Maltese is sufficiently mature to eat the stuff. We’re still assessing …

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  23. Had dinner at a friend’s house this evening. They are a fun couple and I enjoy going there a lot. Plus, they have two dogs, Nolan, who is warm and friendly and always lets me pet him, and Honey who is skittish and afraid, but let me pet her today for the second time. This made me feel all warm and squishy. Then I came home and petted my own dogs.

    I was about to tell you all how many words I wrote today, but then I thought that might make someone feel unhappy because they hadn’t spewed as many words. So I’ll just say that I’m happy with the number of words I wrote today and I’m going to reward myself with Grey’s Anatomy in just a minute.

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  24. My biggest happy this week was getting a much belated call back from my favorite farmer girl. I haven’t been able to see her or her DH much this summer so it was a real treat to talk to her directly as opposed to hearing about them from her parents. It is a huge treat to know her as a friend and not only as her parents’ friend or her friend’s aunt.

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  25. Happiness yesterday was getting a window frame stripped and prepped for painting (finally!) and the floor of our little farmhouse prepped to tile, while my boys enjoyed the sunshine and had an archery competition, and then we finished up with fish and chips before heading home. The hedging roses we planted a couple of years ago are finally starting to look like a hedge, which makes me happy, and the lilacs are in bloom. And we saw an echidna trundling along beside the road, which is always special.

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  26. I’ve been haunting Craigslist for bunches of tablecloths and napkins. Yesterday I found exactly what I wanted at a great price. Only drawback: the seller was nearly 20 miles away. Because I want character shoes for our son’s wedding, I decided to check for dancewear shops in that direction – and found one two blocks from the seller’s house. And they had my size.

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  27. Had my dog fix last night at a family dinner. Yummy food and Aussie shepherd kisses. Have four days of work and a conference this coming Friday. The work is getting done. New computer. Everyone is healthy Good happy.

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  28. I found my happiness in my kids this week. my Spectrum girl is now in a special ed classroom, and doing so much better. It’s a joy to pick up a smiley, happy child at the end of the school day. She’s very charming when she is able to let her light shine through, but her anxiety was so bad all last spring that every smile and giggle is a gift. And I am so grateful that she is a snuggle – so many spectrum folks can’t bear to be touched, and that would make things so much harder for me.
    This time ne essarily happymaking, but my almost 12yo girl seems to be on the cusp of menarche. She had some spotting last week, and complained of a weird stomach ache this week. Ugh. I’ve been so hoping that her body could hold off another six months or so, but I don’t think it’s in the cards. It’s not a bad thing, but she’s still such a child. I wish she could get a little more maturity on her. Anyway, sorry, not many venues to share such things.

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    1. I started at 11, and was an odd one out. I was tall and a B cup already, too, so people expected me to be a lot more grown-up than I was. I don’t know what could have helped; not that it was dreadful. But I understand that now it’s much more common for girls to start menstruating while still at junior school – so even younger than I was. So maybe she’ll have friends in the same boat, which will help.

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  29. Gorgeous weekend at Lake Tahoe celebrating a friend’s 60th. Great group of friends gathered there, in one of my happiest places. And on the drive up, we stopped at Yosemite, which I’d never visited, despite being a native Californian. Beyond beautiful. Well-filling in the extreme. And came home to cat snuggles, which I would put on par with a warm puppy.

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  30. I went to Hanmer Springs, and sat in hot pools while it snowed, went back to the bach and ate fish and chips and drank red wine in front of a fire. The next day we drove to a slightly higher elevation where it had settled and made a snowman and had a snow fight under crisp blue skies. Then we went to an interactive drumming concert – the audience each got a drum, and more than half of that audience were kids. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it was awesome. Collective flow.

    You know I bitched about school holidays last week? I take it back even if the to-do list is still making me hyperventilate.

    My phone autocorrected drumming concert to drinking concert. Brilliant.

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  31. Happiness for me was having a day off after seven straight shifts including four 5am starts and one 11pm finish. Sleeping in this morning was sheer bliss. And then there were bees all over my wisteria vine today! I’m taking it as a sign that I can start planting again, which makes me very happy indeed.

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  32. Happiness was yesterday when our son came to pick up his girls from a sleepover and walked in on us all playing cards instead of the girls playing on their phones. He also sat in the downtime too.

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  33. Got up all the Halloween decorations except for the do-at-last-minute-so-don’t-kill-grass inflatable ones. Might remember to take a picture for Working Wednesdays on the 31st

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  34. Every day, my happiness is snoozing with my dogs. Every evening when we come home, me from work, them from day care, they have supper and then, if my sister isn’t home yet, all three of us pile on my sister’s bed and just sort of share energy. They snooze and I either read or play solitaire.

    This past week’s happiness was emptying three (or four) big storage bins that have been in the garage for almost two years, finding out what I need to do to properly dispose of a broken TV and a broken microwave, spending time with the sister who lives an hour away and getting kisses from her horse and her two German Shepherds, and just generally relaxing. I stayed away from the news, which helped me settle down.

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  35. Happiness was 1) calling out sick semi-legitimately on Friday 2) plumbers finally coming to fix the broken sewer pipe under my front yard 3) rain 4) a day at a dancesport event taking photos and indulging envy 5) a visit with a friend 6) going out dancing with the DH 7) picking up several days’ worth of nutritious food that I do not have to cook and finally 8) wrapping up a very productive writerly weekend.

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  36. Happiness is also a warm cat.

    Also, when my husband wants to cheer me up, he sends me Snoopy cartoons through email.

    Also, I know everyone doesn’t get excited about this… BUT Harry & Meghan! And a baby! I heard that first thing this morning with my first customer on the phone. She was so excited, and so was I. 🙂 I can’t help it, I adore William and Harry. (I was at the perfect age to fall in love with Diana and her fairy tale come true. She was just a little bit older than I was, and I thought she was so glamorous, and beautiful, and charmed. I believed in the fairy tale and the romance of it all).

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    1. OH! and Mookie Betts. I’m not even a Red Sox fan (Go Cubs! or Phillies!). BUT he has the most perfect baseball name in the history of baseball. And I’m a Charlie Hustle (Pete Rose) fan. And a Slammin’ Sammy (Sammy Sosa) fan. But that is just the Best Baseball Name Ever. 🙂

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  37. The two young dogs are floofing up for winter; they roll over and show their bellies and I’m not quite sure where to scratch, because I’m more of an ear-person (and they seem to enjoy the ear scratches when they are sitting). I think my husband must be very good at belly-rubs, and they’re hoping all two-legs are good at this.

    Old dog didn’t ever lose her winter coat this summer, so I’m a little worried about her. She doesn’t roll over, but always comes out of her house, stiff-legged, for an ear-scratch when I come by. Her tail wags her, in some geriatric ecstasy, and she’s so damn adorable as she rocks back and forth on her front legs. Dear old girl.

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  38. Cortisone shots and international travel.
    I’ve now had a cortisone shot in my knee (arthritis) and hip (bursitis). I hadn’t realized how much pain I was in. Living without pain is incredible!
    I’ve been fussing over plans to spend Christmas in France because my son and daughter-in-law live in Poland and my daughter-in-law had surgery for a detached retina so she didn’t want to take a lot of time off at Christmas to come to the US just after taking a ton of time off for recovery after the eye surgery. Planning for France has been fun, but my daughter uses a wheelchair, and buying wheelchair train tickets is close to impossible. Now it’s done.
    Concurrently, my son (husband of daughter-in-law) just got a potential employer in the US very interested. Son is flying to the US next week for interview.
    It is possible that we’ll end up canceling the French trip because son and daughter-in-law would be in the process of moving to the US by Christmas.
    I’m just glad to be prepared. And free of pain.

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