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Thursday, August 23, 2012


Aside from your kids, pets, your husband, your coffee and your wine…what makes you smile?

When I saw the above writing prompt from Mama Kat this week, I decided to take on the challenge because I would have been tempted to put all those things on my smile list.

I've never been one to walk around with a big ol' smile plastered on my face all the time.  Not that I don't admire those who do, mind you.  I have just never been one who can pull that off.  If you see me smiling, you know it's for real.  I simply cannot pull off a fake smile.  

So here are some things (in no particular order) that never fail to turn my frown upside down...

1. Dachshunds/Wiener Dogs/Dachsies/Doxies/Little Long Dogs/Badger Dogs.  

Via One Kings Lane
Yes, I realize that I was not supposed to say pets but she did say "your pets" and while yes, my two little Longhaired Wieners make me smile on a daily basis, so do ALL the little Dachsies of the world...Seeing one being walked down the street, a photo or video of one online or in a magazine, hanging out of a car window, on t.v....wherever and in whatever form, there ain't no way, no how I can see one without smiling from ear to ear and probably saying, "Aww...Look, a Dachsie!" I even have an entire board on Pinterest devoted to all things Dachshund. There is simply no shame in my wiener dog game. 

2. Shoes.
I realize it's shallow of me but I have always LOVED me some stylish footwear. Somehow Charlie and I were talking about some story the other day about a man he once knew who found out his wife had been embezzling money from his company and using it to buy drugs.  Devin, being the obnoxious age of 13, piped up with, "What if mom is embezzling money from your company?!" Charlie laughed and jokingly said, "Well, if your mom was stealing from me I don't think she'd be using the money to buy drugs. Nope.  She'd buy shoes!"  
Via Boden USA

3. Birds.
There has just always been something about a singing bird perched outside my window that makes me smile but Red Cardinals and Hummingbirds are downright magical for me.  The Cardinals that I simply refer to as redbirds have held very special meaning for me since those early days of grief when they showed up in droves in my front yard. And Hummingbirds?  Well, can anybody watch a Hummingbird at a feeder without smiling?  

4. A baby with a pacifier, especially if the baby is smiling underneath.
I know it's because it reminds me of Devin's baby days (back when he was still sweet!).  He loved him some Bink.  Oops!  I wasn't supposed to talk about my kids, was I?

5. Jumping on a trampoline.
I did this a couple of months back one evening when Charlie was pressure washing the deck and I couldn't get in the back door so I just decided to get a little cardio in on the trampoline.  While it was a whole lot harder than I remembered it being, I could not help but smile like a fool and wave at Charlie in the process.   

6. Dr. Seuss books/quotes/merchandise.
I've never deprived my boys of books (although they don't seem to share my deep love of them) and we have a very healthy collection of Dr. Seuss ones.  Dracen went through a period where Dr. Seuss was the only thing he wanted to read or have read to him. It has to be impossible to read Dr. Seuss without smiling.  He really did make reading fun.  And I get downright giddy inside if I see that a new movie inspired by a Dr. Seuss book is Coming Soon.

7. Those funny ecards clever people make and put on Pinterest.  I have an endless supply of them pinned to my "Now That's Funny" board. Here's a little sample:
Diane via Jessica
Diane via Vicky S.
Diane via Candy

Seriously, I never tire of those things.  

8. Flowers blooming in my yard.
I'm always amazed when I look out the window to see that something I myself planted has actually bloomed!  

9. The way it feels to slip on my comfy sweats or pajama pants. Especially after wearing something all day that felt a little too constricting.  

10. Comments on my blog. Works every time.  

What makes you smile?

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  1. i love e cars too! This i a great prompt and probably one I need to participate in today!

  2. My dog Tucker and slipping into clean sheets at night.

  3. I think we had 3-4 copies of the Foot Book in our house. Dr. Seuss is good for all ages.

  4. Marvin K Mooney!!!
    lol, I struggled as well not writing about my boxer dogs!!!!!

    Beautiful family; nice to meet you

  5. There is nothing as wonderful as a pair of shoes that just make the ensemble. I love kids and wine, but the smile that spreads across my face when I put on the perfect shoes can never be replicated by either!

  6. Love me my shoes, those e cards cracked me up and comments on my blog will always put a smile on my face. Great list!

  7. I love a few of the same things as you especially the paci smile one :) Adorable. :) Great list!

    I'm also a 2 boy mama :)

  8. As I get older I grow to appreciate pretty shoes more and more. I don't know why. Maybe because I feel I need to express myself more these days.

    And I agree with you. Any bird will make me smile. Ok, not vultures, ha ha. But I love watching them. I always wondered why people watched birds, it was so boring. But I know now that they are beautiful, singing, colorful, interesting creatures that help life slow down for just a few minutes.


  9. Oh, you know that long-haired doxies would be at the top of my list, as well, since we have one ourselves. I think Shih Tzus would be a close second! :) Hope you've been doing well!

  10. Oh my! As soon as I saw those shoes I smiled...can you tell we have a like mind on that? When I was 8 months pregnant with my first I saw these FABULOUS shoes that I so wanted but in no way could waddle in. I actually cried - and blamed it on hormones. My husband who never surprises me bought them for me in secret because he felt so bad for me and my feet. Every time I look at them still, I smile.

    I wrote about a little complication to my life this week.

    Thanks for Sharing!

  11. It's so hard not to include family, pets or booze in a post like this - but you did a great job! Those ecards are hilarious!

  12. Oh man...I am freakin' addicted. I'm kinda,sorta, not really ashamed to admit I've spent an hour or two trying to think of something hi-lar-ious in hopes of it going viral. (My lameness knows no bounds).

    Clickin' in from Mamakat.

  13. #4 for me, too:)

    yesterday, i heard that people were talking about me running fast in our work out. i didn't think it was anything special.

    the television show survivor

    80's music

  14. A nice list. I especially like the baby smiling under the binkie! That makes me smile every time.