A Warm

"Thank you" to

sweet Terri at the charming & insightful blog...

Penny Ann Poundwise!!

Please stop by to say "hello" and browse around a bit...

as she shares our frugal philosophy of practical yet lovely living...

makes astute and touching observations & tells a wonderful story!!


As Sweet Terri was so kind to bestow this Happy 101 award,

I will happily follow the guidelines attached to it!

Here are the rules:

A.Copy the award image in your post.

B. List 10 things that make you happy

(then try to enjoy at least one of them today!)

C. Tag 10 Bloggers who brighten your day!!


Ten Things That Make Me Happy

1. Faith in... and focus on... all that is good, right and lovely

2. LoL Cats "I Can Haz Cheezburger" daily email (click here to visit)

3. My family in the evening when we all gather, often with friends, in our small kitchen and laugh, graze, and talk about our day

4. The sound of the cats thumping up and down the stairs in a friendly game of chase

5. Stumbling across an old movie that I haven't seen in a long while(such as "Laura" with Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb~~a wonderful black and white mystery with a lovely apartment too)!

6. Falling asleep reading a good book (feeling sooo sleepy...hard to keep my eyes open...but want to read happens more than you might imagine :)

7. A bowl of delicious home made soup along with a fresh lettuce and tomato salad tossed with my favorite vinaigrette dressing (which I have yet to learn how to duplicate at home~~now THAT would really make me happy too!)

8. Just being at home and puttering about the house

9. The special little squirrels that (literally) run to greet me as I open the door to the porch...they gingerly take a peanut from my palm

10. The pleasure of the many friendships we've created through the ethers~~it makes me happy to know...and to have contact with... such wondrous souls like all of you kind and kindred spirits. It always amazes me how we can create such emotion and camaraderie through this wondrous invention called the Internet (and Bloglandia in particular). (Thank you!)

I Visit so many wondrous blogs it is so very difficult to choose just ten...but here is the first batch of blogs that make me happy!

1. Brenda at "Coffee, Tea, Books and Me"

2. Clarice at Storybook Woods

3. Manuela "The Pleasures of Homekeeping"

4. Mary Ellen at "Mary's Meanderings"

5. The Thrifty Chicks

6. Saver Queen

7. Carol at "Scraps and Pieces of our Lives"

8. Tiffany at Green and Natural Parenting

9. Kathy at "Sweet Up~North Mornings"

10. Dana at "A Cat in My Lap"

AMENDMENT: I'd also like to add Charmaine at Beautiful Things to Share!
I am listing this lovely blog in addition to the others because it is such a special place. She collects beautiful images from amazing places on this wondrous Internet and uses them to create a place that holds the power to de~tangle my nerves when I'm frustrated and put me in a happy state regardless of what mood I'm in!! I didn't mention it initially because Charmaine had taken a temporary break from blogging and I didn't want to burden her quiet time with it. Happily, I've just learned that she has just returned to posting so I have decided to share this award with her...and her site with you!


I forgot to put this in my original post, but I do realize that some

Bloggers do not always participate in blog awards...thus

...please know that if you are listed here

please feel free to opt out of participating if it doesn't suit you at this time...

or adapt it to fit your time/energy (i.e.,3 bloggers in lieu of 10).

I enjoyed doing this one because it allowed me to showcase some of you wondrous kindred spirits (and I had the time available).

As I mentioned, it was so very difficult to choose just I may end up adding more later just to share with you all the wonderful places and kind souls I've found in Bloglandia (no obligations attached)!! For now, I am off to accomplish/experience lunch (soup and salad :)!!x0x

P.S. If you have a few favorite places in Bloglandia you'd like to share I'd love, love, love to hear about them!! Please feel free to put them in the comments section!!


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Thank you, what an honor!

I had to smile when I read the things that make you happy. I first "met" you years ago in the pages of your books and new we were kindred spirits. :)

Saver Queen said...

Thank you so much for mentioning me on your list of blogs that make you happy! I'm so thrilled to be on the list. All your supportive comments have meant the world to me, Tracey. I love hearing from you. Thank you!!!

I look forward to writing my top 10 list!

Saver Queen said...

PS - i LOVED your list of things that make you happy!! Wonderful remarks. They really made me smile!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Tracey!

Thank you! I'm so honored that you think of me/my blog in that way. You have certainly brightened my day for many many years with your wonderful books (which I think I know by heart now)! You're such an inspiration to me and it's been such a pleasure to get to know you through blogging.



Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thank you so much Brenda!! We have long been friends in the ethers and it is so enriching to know you. Reading your blog is very much like visiting a good, wise and cozy friend in Jan Karon's "Mitford". Thank you so much for sharing your world with us all. It is my go~to place when the world seems provokes such good thought as well as the art of appreciation.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Saver Queen, your blog is another of my favorite places to visit when I need food for thought. I truly enjoy the way you share the books you are reading by way of pull~quotes and then discussion. As well, you open up about why these books, thoughts and/or ideas appeal to you and how you are implementing them into your life...that always gets me thinking, wondering, and taking away something of value...something I'll use to make my own world better in some small (and,sometimes,large) way.
Thank you!!


Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Such kind and generous words Manuela, they mean a lot to me, thank you!! Your blog is such an inspiration to action and creativity for me!! You are always thinking, creating, doing, and taking all of us along with you. You have such a knack for bringing loveliness into every aspect of life (often for mere pennies!). Thank you so much for your friendship and inspiration.


Storybook Woods said...

Well your blog is one of my favs !!! Congrats on the award. I can not say much about your list, since I am phobicly afraid of cats. But I do love a homemade vinaigrette ;-) Thank you for the award and what wonderful group of ladies to share it with too. Tracey like Brenda I have know you for years, what a real blessing to now count you as one of my friends xoxox Clarice

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Sweet Clarice, LOL, I did not know about your cat phobia but you are in good mother was very afraid of cats too...Mike's mom too!! I have always loved dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, all animals really, thus I am pretty much a soft touch for all that is furry and cute!!

A thousand thanks for the kind words my friend, and please know that you and your blogs are always an enchanting and inspiring place to visit for of course they would be...they carry your mark of creativity, whimsy and enchantment!! Like all storybook cottages in the woods should. :)
Love and good thoughts to you Clarice.

scrappy quilter said...

Awe thank you Tracey. I have to say almost word for word from Brenda's comment. I knew we were Kindred Spirits when I read your first book when it came out. It's the one book that changed my way of living frugally. I found in it that I could live frugally yet with luxuries (like lace). I still collect lace. Now I get to comment on your's a pleasure to do so and I treasure our friendship. Hugs

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Carol, your blog is another of my happy places in that you find such joy in your life and share it with so many others. From crafting lovely quilts (and I do mean really) from, literally, scraps... crafting a meal from what you have in the the way you share what you make and have with a multitude of others (in the physical world as well as these Ethers) you are a wonderful inspiration to me at every turn. Thank you.

Vintage Girl said...

Yes, she has a lovely blog! I had fun reading what makes you happy, it really is the simple pleasures. Hope you are having a great weekend! Heather

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Heather...thanks so much for the kind note! Had a lovely, relaxing weekend, hope you enjoyed the same!

charmaine said...

Hello my lovely Tracey!!!

I'm back my friend! it's good to be back and it was even better that you have been a sweet heart and presented me with this award. Thank You! you are too kind and your words truly touched my heart. Someone else has given me this award too, so i definitely will be doing a post on it.

how are you and your beautiful family? i wanted to say how thankful i am to you for keeping me company during my time off. it was a joy talking with you and i look forward to more emails. i need to read my emails today, i believe i received one from you. i'll be emailing you back soon. thanks again Tracey! keeping you in my prayers, have a lovely rest of the day! talk to you soon!

God bless,

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

It is Wonderful to have you back blogging my sweet friend Charmaine!! To paraphrase one of the comments on your blog... Bloglandia is a lovelier place when you are participating in it!! Although, I do have to say it was also a joy and pleasure to be pen~pals while you were taking your break!! Thank you so much for all the great conversation and the good thoughts and prayers.

Blessing and good thoughts to always!


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