February 22, 2010

Things That Make me Happy.

My blog friends are very kind to me and I simply keep getting these awards. This despite the fact that I am guilty of two major offenses:
1) I never pass them on myself
2) I take forever to acknowledge the award givers

Still, better late than never, it is time to thank those of you who gave me these beautiful tokens.

The first one, called Inspiring Blog Award is from Radka, an artist who writes a lovely blog about her little boy. It carries the name of her son, Matýsek. She is my only Czech reader and I appreciate her kind visits and this lovely attention.

Then there is my most avid and devoted reader sprinkles. I have gotten three awards from her recently. Well, one of them is actually meant for Batcat. Yes indeed, Batcat starts to be a popular blogger in his own right. Thank you so much dear sprinkles!

Sprinkles awards came with a tag, to list ten things that make me happy. What a delightful tag this indeed is. An optimist and a very happy person by nature, I have no problem with naming ten things that bring smile to my face.
However, in order not to make this post extremely long, I decided to list only five and return with five more at another occasion.

Views Out Of My Windows.
They are endlessly enticing. In any season, at any time of the day - stunningly beautiful, pristine and tranquil. Images of nature, of the fascinating yearly cycle in the life of the trees and plants. The breathtaking sunsets, as the sun moves on its journey across the sky, painting the blue canvas in every imaginable colour. In snow, in bloom, after a summer rain, when the foliage is on fire in autumn - gazing out of my windows is a feast for my mind and soul.

My House And My Garden.
I love my house. I have dedicated numerous posts to my home, as the place where we lay our hat is one of the most important places in our life. I am happy being home, in fact so happy that I need not to leave it for days. Either being inside, or being outside on my two terraces, while hours pass away as I plant flowers or tend to bushes and herbs, feeling the soil between my fingers and the sun on my face. Gardening is very therapeutic and brings an infinite tranquility to me whole being.

The Sea.
The unforgettable moments in my memories includes time spend at the sea. Views of the ocean, sound of the waves. My favorite is the summer sea, when I can stretch out on the warm sand, feeling its soft and warm texture, while the soothing sound of the moving water plays a calming harmony in the background. Gazing at the endless body of water fills me with unrestricted freedom and happiness.

My devoted friend and companion. As cute, funny and hilarious, as he is calm, independent and elegant. A perfect pet, adding ambiance to my home, making it feel full of life at all times. Gifting me with unconditional love and relaxing me with his presence and his ways. Inspiring me and astounding me and making me smile on daily bases.

My Man.
Love needs no words and description and so I leave you only with the notion, that the feeling of loving someone and the feeling of being loved back is one of the greatest sources of happiness in my life.
It is that which makes it worth living.


Elizabeth said...

How good it feels to be in love with your life!!!!

Hope you can get to work today. We got another pile of snow last night.

Have a day filled with whatever you wish for.

xoxo Elizabeth

Lynne said...

Congratulations on the award Zuzana. Lovely things to think about. I like the view out of your window I must admit. In fact the view of your window is lovely too.
Enjoy your day.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the award... I love, love, love the sea too :0)

Reasons said...

How lovely - i look forward to reading five more. xx

Kath said...

So heart warming! You deserve great happiness, lovely Zuzana! XX

Nessa said...

Those are wonderful things to make you happy. Lovely.

Mad Hatter

S. Susan Deborah said...

Dear Zuzana:

I liked all the things you have shared about yourself. I wish you more happiness and joy. The pictures accompanying the fiver was also lovely.

Congratulations on both the awards.

Joy and love,

Reading Tea Leaves said...

A lovely warm post Zuzana and I would have to agree with those five choices in my own life too!

Congratulations on your well-deserved awards - and you do pass them on you know! I was the happy recipient of one you passed to me within weeks of starting my blog for which I was absolutely chuffed!

Jeanne x

Gal Friday said...

You are a very wise and content person with those five "things" in your Top Ten list of things that make you happy. It doesn't get much better than that.
I LOVE that sprinkles deemed Batcat worthy of his own "award"(and he does!).

Congrats on all your awards, Zuzana.

steviewren said...

I love your big window. I have a somewhat similar window in my living room. The big view of outside opens up my home to the outdoors. I especially like the light that pours in. Like you, I love my home and could be happy here never leaving for days at a time.

A Bit of the Blarney said...

A beautiful and tender post!!! Thank you! And Congratulations!!! Cathy

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Be happy always Zuzana because we live once and we die for ever...

Betsy Brock said...

How very nice! And your rewards are well deserved! :)

Hilary said...

So cute that Batcat has his own award. Great list of happiness-inducers. :)

Brian Miller said...

love your happy list...glad your man made it too...always great to see. i stink at awards as well...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your awards. You keep getting them because you deserve them!

CJ xx

Claus said...

well-deserved awards!! and AMAZING list!! Isn't it great how the simple things are what fills us with happiness? One often tries to come up with fancy stuff, but in reality, it is the daily simple things that warms and brighten our days. I have the same feelings towards my home. I love being there, and I love always having something to do to make it a warmer, more comfortable place. A zen place indeed.

Have a great day!! may it be a happy one :-)

Anonymous said...

A very nice lists of happiness!! Wishing you many years of it!!
Have a great week :) The Bach

Holly said...

Very similar things make me happy as well. You always deserve awards Z,...many awards!:):)

Sumandebray said...

The view out of your window is what everyone will love
Wish you many more awards and rewards for the future
Keep writing .. keep walking

Kat_RN said...

We smile for much the same reasons. You desearve the awards. I always enjoy reading your posts and looking at your pictures and collages. You make me smile too.

sprinkles said...

Congrats on the awards! As I always say, they're very much deserved!

I like the view out my window too. It's not particularly pretty like yours is but I like it just the same just because it's MY house! Well, mine and the bank's! I probably just own the doornob and maybe a window, the bank owns the rest. LOL

Looking forward to reading the next set of 5 things that make you happy!

Unknown said...

So fortunate to have understood the happiness in your life :)

Sandy said...

Hi Zuzana,
Your list is just perfect and I'm sure your Man and BobCat are at the top!

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the award! I really enjoyed reading your happy list. It's so nice to acknowledge the happiness in our lives : )

Margie said...

Hi Zuzana
Congrats on the awesome awards!
I so loved your happy list as all those things you mentioned would be on my list too.
Now where is that cat Smokey that I love so much?
I think she's hiding, I shall go find her and give her a hug!

I so miss the sea!

Lovely post!
Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Margie :)

Kata Wagner Berg said...

Congratulation for the award!
I like how you write!

Have a great week!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Love your happy list! What a wonderful window from which to gaze out upon the world! I love a room filled with natural light! Congratulations on the awards--they are well deserved.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

This is a WONDERFUL place to visit!
I loved this post...knowing the things that make you happy and why!

Zuzana said...

Elizabeth, Lynne, Eternally…, Joanne, Kath, Nessa, Susan, Jeanne, Tina, Stevie, Cathy, Philip, Betsy, Hilary, Brian, CJ, Claudia, The Bach, Holly, Sumandebray, Kat, sprinkles, RepublicOfChic (welcome!), Sandy, LadyCat, Margie, Kata, C&V and Jill – you are all so very kind to me. Thank you for these lovely comments and your appreciation of this place.
Happiness is a state of mind and if we only look, the simplest things in our surroundings can bring joy into our daily lives.

Your visits and kind comments are yet another source of happiness for me.
Thank you so much.