Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Happy Days

I have been following Ricki at Art @ Home for quite awhile and I love reading her Tuesday Feature.


I count my blessings daily and have much to be happy about, but I have never written a Happy List post.

For the month of September, I was waiting for a particular event to happen that would make me very happy and it finally did so today I am sharing what has made me happy recently.


These chrysanthemums have been covered with buds ready to burst for weeks and finally each plant is popping with colorful flowers.


I love to swim, but I have been LAZY and blamed Lulu for not getting to the pool to swim, but yesterday I changed that and it felt wonderful to glide through the water and use those swim muscles.

I promise myself that I will swim at least 3 days a week to keep my mind and body happy.


Steve and I are both happy that Little Lulu is okay.


 Our naughty little puppy, with such an innocent face, made a visit to the emergency room last night after swallowing one of my socks.


And this neglected house and yard are making me really happy.


Steve and I are over the top happy because our daughter KC, who has told us for years that she will never return to her hometown to live, is coming home.

KC is leaving San Francisco to take a position with a world wide company headquartered in Ventura.


We pick up the keys today to this little duplex where KC will be living and I will be creating an outdoor garden room for her to enjoy.

And the best part - she will be living on our lane.


Just like in this painting Steve did of KC years ago, she will be surfing along with cycling, running, and playing tennis with me.

We have both been pinning things to her New House Pinterest board and can't wait to be shopping to decorate her duplex.

I am one happy camper now that my daughter will be 4 houses away.

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Head over to Art @ Home to read Ricki's Happy List and more.

52 comments:

Stacey said...

How Awesome! You do have plenty to be happy about. Oh how I wish my oldest son would move here. :)

Susan said...

It is wonderful to have your daughter close by, to share things with - enjoy!

Debby said...

I do know your happiness. My son and his family moved back to our village in August. He hasn't been home since he left for college , other than visits. He went to college in Florida. (We live in Ohio) From there he was in the military stationed in Hawaii but serving a year in Bosnia and then a year in Afghanistan. He has been living in Colorado since his oldest was born....7 years ago. So having them close by is just the "best". So happy to be able to more of a part of the grands' lives. Happy Happy Happy. My other two sons live close by but my daughter is still in Colorado. You will have so much fun with her close....really close. She is beautiful by the way. You and your hubby are a cute couple as well. So happy for you. xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wow! So much to be happy about, but your daughter moving close is the BEST! I love living near my daughter and her family! It has changed my life and added so much joy! I know you can't wait!

20 North Ora said...

How exciting that your daughter is moving back and so near! It will be so much fun helping her get her new home all done.

Judy

Glad LuLu is okay.

Mary Clark said...

That's some really happy news, that your daughter will be living on your lane! You'll have so much fun playing tennis and decorating together! Glad Lulu is okay, phew!

Mary

Debbie Freitag said...

I'm sure you will have a lot of fun with your daughter decorating her new bungalow. My dog used to eat socks ALL the time. He's a 120 lbs Labrador. We would eventually find them in the backyard or in my son's bedroom floor. I'll spare the details but after the first couple of times of panicking I learned he would be ok. I ended up carrying pet insurance for him just in case. He is 12 years old now and thankfully has given up on the sock habit! Glad Lulu is ok.

Patty Antle said...

So glad Lulu is OK! Wow I can't imagine swallowing a sock. How wonderful to have a new playmate so close by. Congrats on having KC back home! You will have such a great time decorating her place. I'm going to check out the Pinterest board. Glad you joined in on the happy list!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

That's really nice. Having living in the bay area and southern California, she made a great decision!

I'm so glad LuLu is okay.

Susie said...

I am so happy for you. I would love to have my daughters that close. I love the surfboard on the fence. Your husband painted a wonderful picture of your girl xoxo,Susie

Kathy said...

What wonderful news, I can imagine you are over the moon!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, you do have much to be happy about. Swallowed a sock? My oh my.

Down by the sea said...

How wonderful to have your daughter coming back to live close by. Poor Lulu ,glad to hear that is OK again now. I'm so glad you have so much to make you happy.
Sarah x

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol I am so happy for you that KC will be moving near you. How nice will that be!!!! I am a big believer that things happen for a reason and this is a special blessing for you and Steve to have her back near you to share more time in life. Congrats. That face of LuLu's is so smoochie cute. You just want to kiss it!!!! So happy for your news.
Kris

NanaDiana said...

First off, I love Ricki Jill. She is such a good person and has quite a quick wit. Love that your daughter is coming home to live. How special is that!?!
Your Lulu is quite pup~ I had a cock-a-poo that ate a bow off my shoes one time...crazy dogs!
Good for you for swimming again. That is wonderful exercise and I love the pic of you and hubby.
Hope you have a wonderful day- xo Diana

bobbie said...

Poor Lulu!! I'm glad she's OK ~ Peanut was trying to playing with a wasp?yellow jacket?hornet this morning... silly puppehs!

Yay on your daughter coming home ~ you two will have a blast playing together!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

This is wonderful news Carol! I know you're both thrilled to have your beautiful daughter so close to home. Think of all the fun you'll have.

Vicky Hunt said...

Such wonderful news! You definitely have many things to be happy for and I know you are over the moon thrilled to have your daughter not only moving back to Ventura, but to be living so close! I am so happy for you and also happy that sweet litle Lulu is ok after the sock incident! Have a blessed evening....Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Diane said...

Well, I know you must be ecstatic! How wonderful to have your daughter nearby. As far as Lulu is concerned - will you please feed that dog already? Just kidding! Glad that sweet girl is all right - wow, a sock! I found out today that a classmate of mine has been diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer and was thinking about how thankful that I should be for my health. Maybe, I should write out a whole list like yours - it is a good thing to do once in a while.

Anne said...

I am so glad Lulu is okay! What a scare!And I am thrilled that your daughter is moving closer to you! I cannot imagine living far from my daughter.
xx
Anne

podso said...


that is wonderful news. No wonder you are smiling

greenthumb said...

how wonderful that your daughter will be close again.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Oh how wonderful............that is how we felt when our son moved back to our area, we never ever expected him to be here again.
So happy for you, I have had the joy of having my daughter close by for 29 years, and she just moved to Asheville, N.C., but as
sad as it was I really can't complain. You enjoy every moment of fixing up her place, and how fun to know you will get to spend
hours together and that she will be living so close. Wonderful news..............
blessings, nellie

Melanie said...

What a great post full of happy things (oh, that naughty Lulu!), especially that KC is moving back to your town and only 4 houses away! Happy, happy!

Chatty Crone said...

You are so blessed to have her coming home. WIsh my son and his family would move home! I guess the pup got rid of the sock somehow....

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol. I know that you and Steve are so happy to have KC moving back home. What fun helping her decorate her new place and making a garden for her. You have so much to be thankful for.
I am so glad the Little Lulu is okay - they can sure scare you to death when something goes wrong. Give her a BIG hug from me.
Mary

Carrell said...

So happy for you and Steve

Jann Olson said...

A lot to be happy for Carol. Awesome that your daughter will be so close. I can see lots of fun posts of your two coming up soon. Glad your puppy is o.k.
hugs,
Jann

cynthia lee designs said...

Carol...I'm so happy for you that your daughter will living near you. My oldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids only live about 20 minutes away and my youngest daughter had to move back home about 6 months ago...and it is so wonderful having them close by. Glad Lulu is okay...a few months back, our little Yorkie puppy ate part of my hubby's boxers and hade to be rushed to the vet. Luckily she passed all of it. What silly dogs we have!!!
hugs,
Cindy

Debbie Lynne Malison said...

I so envy your daughter moving home!!! I miss mine so much!

I just heard about another dog who ate socks. I had never heard that before. What do they do for that?

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

AH this IS a happy post indeed and I smiled all the way through it. Glad that Lulu is ok. Sheesh an entire sock!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH CAROL! I am very late here, but I am over the top happy for you that your girl is COMING HOME! AND I am also excited to see you, your beautiful smile and STEVE! THE MAN WHO PAINTED MY DREAM! And little Lulu.....dear oh dear....thank goodness she is OK. How in the world does a dog swallow a sock? teehehe

You are going to do wonders to your daughter's new yard. What a dream. Have a marvelous time! Anita

Karen said...

Lucky you, to have your daughter living close by. That's always the conundrum, we raise our children to be happy, healthy, independent adults, then when they are, and that means living a plane ride away, we wish we weren't so convincing. lol.
xo,
Karen

must love junk said...

How exciting that your daughter is returning home and will be living close to you! :)
Susan

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am so happy that your daughter is moving close by! What fun you'll have! And a happy list is a great way to share our joy. Sweet hugs!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a beautifully happy post Carol - I have a smile from ear to ear so you've made me happy too!
How over the top fantastic that your daughter will be living down the lane - HAPPY DANCE is definitely in order:)
XOXO

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That's wonderful that your daughter will be so close!

Oh dogs, especially puppies are like two year olds. They put everything in their mouths. Our Golden Maxie had to have stomach surgery because he swallowed a rubber band. Not fun! Glad Lulu is ok! You all look so cute!

chateau chic said...

I can just imagine all the fun you're going to have with KC living so close! Another house and garden to decorate...does it get much better than than?? I'm SOOO happy for this wonderful blessing you and Steve get to enjoy!
Mary Alice

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh your daughter coming back home. How wonderful. My oldest moved out last month and I miss her so much. I call her many nights and her dad and I chat with her on the speaker phone. I am glad she is only about twenty minutes away though.

Poppy said...

Oh, Carol, how lucky you are to have KC close to you, once again! My daughter left last November for Toronto and plans on making it her permanent home, as the economic crisis offers no future for young people here. Thus, I hope to slowly start spending more time in my hometown, which now houses my one and only child! I am SO elated and over the moon ecstatic for your family!! Can't wait to see KC's garden bloom with beauty and love, as well as her new home, just STEPS!! away from her talented mama!

Poppy

Mimi Sue said...

Oh YIPPEE!! So happy for you all. Love to have my kids close. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the new space. Mimi

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You must be so happy your daughter will be living so close to you. And a new place to decorate is so exciting.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Wow, Carol! You are one lucky duck! I know you'll be so happy KC so close! *and* It sounds like a great opportunity for her! Plus Lulu's all better, bless her heart! She has been one naughty pup! But when are furbabies aren't feeling well, no one's happy at home. I've been at the vet and the cardiologist with Bonnie this week. That's why I haven't been posting much, and why I'm so late visiting y'all.

Thanks so much for linking-up to My Happy List! You've made my week! Oh, and now I'm curious about your Pinterest board....I want to go lurk around over there and see what y'all have been up to!

xo,
Ricki Jill

My Garden Diaries said...

I'm so emotional right now! I am over the moon that she is coming home!! And 4 houses down?!?!?! This is so wonderful friend! I can not wait to see what you all do with her space! And your garden blooms are making me happy too! Isn't it wonderful when the blooms finally burst...well worth the wait! And I'm glad your little one is ok! My goodness...that shot of you and Steve is so sweet! Awesome things happening all around (minus the sock!) Keep us posted!!! Have a great weekend friend!! Nicole xoxo

Paula said...

What fun to have your daughter living close by! I love having my daughter living in the same town and doing things with her or having her just drop by.

Prince Snow Farm said...

Carol, I am so happy that your daughter is coming home....this is wonderful....and that she is living right there near you....what a treat! And of course I am also thrilled that your little fur baby is ok! It is so scary when something like this happens!Have a wonderful weekend.

Renee said...

How exciting for you. I know you will have so much fun helping with the garden and shopping for the new home. Glad Lulu is okay. Guess you will have to hide all socks :)

Something Nice and Pretty said...

My daughter Michele lives 7 miles from me, I don't know what I'd do with out her and the grandaughters. So happy for you!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

All wonderful news.
I've been so busy typing and blogging and doing... I have missed reading and catching up with all my fellow bloggers!
I'm happy that Lulu is OK.
I already read that your daughter will be arriving tonite...so that is thrilling for sure.
I love having my kids close by.
I didn't think any of my kids when grown, would settle down here. I thought they'd all move away.
But so far, they all live close by.
Have a great week!
Pat

CatieAn said...

Oh that is so very wonderful that your daughter is not only returning to your hometown, but living a few doors away!!! Can't be happier than that. ANd poor LULU---glad she survived the sock incident---poor baby.

fiona anderson said...

Poor Lulu, glad she is ok. Lovely picture of the three of you and great news about your daughter. What a fun project that will be !

LivingVintage said...

I had to smile when I read about your puppy (not that you thought it was funny). We had a similar mishap with our Jack Russell puppy (she's now 3 years old) when she swallowed a Christmas ornament. $1,200 later, we bought pet insurance for the little rascal.