Thursday, June 11, 2009

it doesn't take much to make me happy

I've been tagged by Karen, of Some Days Are Diamonds. The tag is to list 6 UNimportant things that make me happy.

This was harder than I thought it would be. First off, I consider myself a happy person in general. It might have been easier to come up with what makes me unhappy. I could come with all kinds of things that I love, but that's not the wording of the tag. And then there's the description of unimportant. Well, I can come up with all kinds of answers that seem to fall more into the important category. Here's what I came up with...

} Driving west - which is done nearly on a daily basis - and seeing the mountains. It never gets old. They are so beautiful and majestic. Looking west, I can also look towards the north and the south and see the mountain range. I feel so blessed to live where I do.

} Going out on my deck really late at night. It's dark and it's quiet. I sniff deeply through my nose and enjoy the smells. It's hard to explain, but it's intoxicating. It's a peacefulness that seeps into my bones.

} Just being outside makes me happy. If it's sunny, then it's the sun that warms my skin. It's the fresh air. It's the smells. It's the beauty that surrounds me. Included in this (I thought of making it a separate item) is eating outside which is one of my favorite summertime activities.

} Photographic opportunities. Yep, give me a good photo op and I'm a happy camper. Of course, I'm even happier if I get really good photos.

} Reading a good book. I enjoy reading but I'm really happy when I find and am reading that really good page turner.

} Watching fireworks. If I'm watching a firework display, I have a smile on my face.

I'm tagging... Christine (Chris's Coop), Karen (Over the Backyard Fence), Jamey (Three Little Tigers), Just Mom (Just Mom's Musings), Leigh Ann (Living to Learn & Learning to Live), and Sarah (Short Stop).... and anyone else who would like to play along.


Karen said...

Oh, how I would love to have your view of the Rockies! Maybe someday! I agree, they affect all of our senses, sight, sound, smell - even taste and touch if you are doing something as wonderful as camping there. The warmth of a campfire that you are roasting marshmallows over! How wonderful is that?
Thanks for playing! I enjoyed your list!
Have a great day my friend. Karen

MightyMom said...

liking your quote of the day today! The school I went to (Baylor) has the largest collection of Browning (Mr and Mrs) works...all housed in a special library (unusually named the Browning Library) that is singularly beautiful. Truly. You'd love this one room in it has almost a whole wall in yellow stained glass so it ALWAYS looks like it's either sunrise or sunset.

I don't like the meme's that use the word "unimportant" nothing about me or you is unimportant and nothing that affects us enough to remember it is unimportant.

I love your list of important happy moments for you.

Momma Roar said...

I love walking outside after dark and just taking everything in!

A very fun list - I will play along - just need to give it some thought!

Just Mom said...

Unimportant things that make you happy??? There's no such thing!

I'll play along. :-D

Just Mom said...

Unimportant things that make you happy??? There's no such thing!

I'll play along. :-D

Heidi Jo said...

given your response to at least one of those...i guess we can all understand even more deeply why your blog is called, 'sunshine on my shoulders'.

Karen said...

This was a great list. I agree, we're so blessed to have the view that we do every day.

I finally put my list together. Thanks for tagging me!

Short Stop said...

I loved this list!

When Jason and I lived in Baltimore, we would sit outside at night, staring at our pool and talking for hours. I still remember how nights like that smelled out on our patio

And, photographic opportunities - I can relate to this on every level. I love capturing moments - and when I get really good pictures - just nothing like it!

It's almost fireworks time!!! I feel the same way about them that you do!

nancy said...

Diana, I think I'd like to play this one. Will let you know when I post it.

nancy said...

Sorry, I hit the enter too soon. I enjoyed your answers. You're blessed to have the mountains. My husband often observes (of Ohio) "This is a beautiful place - just needs a good mountain or two."
Well, you know what HOmer is like!
A beach wouldn't hurt, either.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

I am with you - just being outside.

And reading a GOOD book while outside, well THAT is wonderful!

Melissa said...

What a great list... I'll have to think about that... and really, are they "unimportant" if they make you happy? :)