Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Never have a bad day ever again!

It's now official, reports have finally started to prove what we knew all along: that it's the little things in life that make us happy.
A long, long time ago, since this little organza bonnet was worn.
This little pink book my daughter bought me is lovely ~ lists nearly a hundred of those little things; simple daily pleasures that cost nothing and can really make a difference.

Here are a few, that you can try~

putting on a hat
finding a ripe avocado
realising you don't actually need that much
saying ' oof ' as you slump into a chair
sending someone flowers for no reason
writing something with a fountain pen

Hello dear friends and thank you for stopping by my blog.
Lately I have been a busy bee and I hope to make my way around blogland, to visit all you lovelies soon.

Have a happy and blessed week everyone.


  1. I love to think about the simple things and appreciate what I have, especially the special mementos! I have been busy sewing so I've been away from the computer, too! Have a good week! ♥

  2. So true!
    I think I may need to find a little pink book of my own as a gentle reminder.


  3. Ah, yes, slumping into my chair after the dinner dishes are done is so NICE!!!

    It's good to "see" you!!


  4. Carolyn amor, I am loving your ideas as much as I am loving that beautiful lil organza bebe hat, not to mention all those beauties in that first picture! :) Besos, Rose

    ps...I am doing my part and eating some ripe avacados from my tree today, will work on the rest of that list as the week goes by :)

  5. Hi Carolyn!!!
    I stopped by again ~ mt Son is already home and I wanted to show him your Seal friend!!! He liked it a lot! I know what it reminds me of... the movie Amelie ~ when her friend takes the little garden gnome around the world!
    Thank you for sharing it with us!

    I agree with today's post! It is the little things and I love your list! My Mom wears hats frequently, and she sings, as well as my Dad would WHEN they would be going out together!!! I have already found an "oof' in my vocabulary!!!
    Have a wonderful Day!!!


  6. Thanks Diane, always lovely to hear from you and have a good week.

    Lovely to see you too Marsha, have missed you and look forward to coming over to visit you.

    Hi Jo,

    It is the simple and little things that are important. Thanks for your visit.

    Hi Mary,

    Glad that you could show the photo to your Son, it is so cute and such a happy little fella.
    Loved your 'oof' you shared in your email! Thanks Mary for your visit.

    Hi Rose,

    It is a sweet hat and lovely to have something from when I was a baby.
    Oh you are so lucky having an avocado tree, how wonderful.
    Thanks for visiting me today.


  7. Sometimes I tend to forget those little things inlife especiall with how fast paced everything always is....time to sit and smell the roses!!! have a nice week Carolyn! Hugs, Jennifer

  8. Ah, the simple pleasures..
    The older I get the more I enjoy, appreciate, and understand, the simple pleasures of life.
    Lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Isn't that the truth!! It really is just the little things that make us happy.
    Wishing you a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Nancy

  10. Hi Carolyn, That's a sweet post! I also love to enjoy the little things like a beautiful sunrise, a pretty little flower showing up on the ground or watching our cat sleeping in a funny position.
    Have a great week, dear friend!

  11. oh what a fantastic book Carolyn!!! and so true ...the little things that we sometimes miss can make all the difference in the world....

    thank you for the wonderful reminder....

    Have a wonderful week!!!


  12. What a beautiful post and so very true. I'd like to add dancing while cooking or doing the dishes.
    What a great little pink book.

  13. I couldn't agree more Carolyn - let the little things rule! Thank you dear for this most timely reminder.
    Millie ^_^

  14. Bonjour Carolyn, I could not agree more as it is one thing that I have learnt from living it France - it is the simple things make me very happy.

    Leeann x

  15. I think that I have that precious little pink book written onto my mind. :)

  16. Sounds like a wonderful book :) And I agree, it's all about the little things.

  17. I am having bad day...I should buy this cute little book maybe it will help me out :-)

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  18. Hello Carolyn, it has taken me a while to get back to you, but finally I'm here..I'm admiring all your pretty things and always sweet words!
    Hope you're having a great week!

  19. Oh, yes!!! Putting on beautiful hat always makes me happy!:-))) I more often now find myself thinking that the simplest things in life are what really counts. I know that long walks with my puppy make me happy, drinking tea out of beautiful cup too. Rain, blossoming flowers...beauty is everywhere. :-))) wishing you wonderful week!

  20. Oh Carolyn, what a lovely, sweet and wise posting! Love it! :o)
    Hugs, Traude

  21. Hi Sweet Carolyn!
    After my terrible day junking on Saturday, I surely needed to read your cute pink book! haha
    You are so right...it's always the little things that should make us happy...sometimes we are just not looking in the right place, are we?
    Love this post!
    And I love the photo in the post below...the little seal made me laugh! He's too cute!
    Hope you are having a Happy Tuesday dear!!!

  22. Oh this is a very cute book. So simple but brightens your day I bet.


  23. Wouldn't it be nice if we could never have a bad day again? But I must tell you, Carolyn, when you do go through a bad time, you appreciate the simple things all the more!

  24. Sounds wonderful Carolyn!

    Have a happy week sweet friend! ~Melissa :)

  25. Carolyn,

    This is wonderful! It really is the little things that make life special:).



  26. What a sweet book that your daughter gave you. It is so easy to forget the simple things that make us so happy. Have a wonderful day.

  27. Hi Jennifer,

    I could not agree more, we do need to take the time to smell the roses.

    Thank you Laura, for your visit and yes, the simple pleasures are always the best.

    Many thanks Nancy and wishing you a wonderful week.

    Thank you Julia, oh yes a sunrise or sunset and watching a cat play and sleep always brings me pleasure too.

    Many thanks Diana and great to have a visit from you.

    Hi Dolores,

    It is a pretty little pink book and makes me happy when I sit and look at it.

    Thanks Millie, always great to hear from you, dear friend.

    Bonjour Leeann and thanks so much for visiting me today.

    Hi Charity,

    Great idea to have the simple pleasures, written onto your mind.

    Thank you for your visit Audrey, loved seeing the photos of your day out.

    Oh no! ... Bardot in Blue, sorry you are having a bad day.
    Wishing you a better one tomorrow.
    Have enjoyed seeing the photos of you and your Mum's holiday.

    Thanks for your visit Cheryl.

    Many thanks for your visit Michela and I understand that life can get busy.

    Lovely to have a visit from you Anya ~ your new pink Bondgirl scooter is so pretty and will be a lot of fun.
    Oh yes, they are lovely things too, drinking tea out of a pretty cup, rain and blossom flowers.
    Have a wonderful week.

    Thanks very much Traude and lovely to have a visit from you.

    Hi Jodie,

    Oh your terrible day junking.... so sorry and disappointing when you have a day like that. Maybe and hopefully the next time will be wonderful. Happy Tuesday.

    Thanks Twila, seeing your pretty purple post made me happy when I visited your blog today.

    Hi Barbara,

    Would be so nice, to not have a bad day again.
    Yes, it is the simple things that get us through the bad times.

    Thanks Melissa and I hope that you are having a great week.

    Many thanks Kim and blessings to you.

    Thank you Valarie for your visit, and looking forward to coming to say hello to you.


  28. Hi Carolyn, Oh this is so good. Thank you for sharing. I do believe, it is the simple little things, we don't take time to think about that are truly special. It doesn't cost anything to enjoy most of those simple pleasures either.
    The pink book is perfect. What a sweet gift from your daughter. That in itself is a happy maker!!

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind words about my recent redo. Been so busy, and I read you have been too. It is nice to be done and spend time in the studio again.

    Have a great week.
    Blessings to you, Celestina Marie

  29. How great! What a lovely book! I cannot wait to read it! Your sweet bonnet is lovely!
    Hugs, Lisa

  30. You are so right!!
    It's the little things!
    Thanks for the visit!!
    I think we are all busy bees lately.
    Chat again soon,

  31. Carolyn you are so right...it is definitely the little things that make this girl happy. One of my favorite things is hearing the birds singing outside my window in the morning.
    I love your beautiful pictures.

  32. I am going to try to find that book it looks wonderful. Blessings, Martha

  33. You are so wonderful Carolyn! What a precious hat, book, post! Great perspective. Thank you! XOXO Trish

  34. Carolyn darling your little pink book is simply adorable, so precious. I love the "Saying oof as you slump into a chair" because that's exactly what I say, it just feels good to oof right before landing in a chair.

    Love & Hugs

  35. Totally agree, dear Carolyn, it's the little things in life that are important and make us happy.

    Don't know if my current post will make everyone smile though!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

    Hope you're having a great week!


  36. You are so true my friend... it's the little things that we must take pleasure in! And I love that you added "wear a hat" to the list for me that is an instant pick me upper!!!

  37. Beautiful indeed
    Love you

  38. you are right, if everyone just found one little thing a day that mad them happy...well, everyday would be a good day.

  39. Oh Yes girl it is the little things that mean the most to me....seeing all the birds outside and the flowers budding sighs...Just post my friend thanks for the reminder...Hope all is well on your side of the world today my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  40. Wow, what a great book that seems to be! Would love to have a copy of it...

    I guess I should start looking...

    Great post, by the way! :)

  41. Great advice in that little pink book! It's funny how so much of how we react to things that happen is based on our own decision to never have a bad day ever again! Thanks for the reminder, Carolyn. Hope you are accomplishing a lot!


  42. Ooooooh! Such a precious post, Carolyn! Love each and every detail and word of it!
    Thank you!

  43. Hi Celestina Marie,

    You must be happy having all your renovations complete and how lovely everything looks.
    Have fun in your studio.

    Thanks Lisa, for your visit.

    Hi Rosemary,

    Life does seem to be busy which is a good thing, we never have time to be bored.

    Hi June,

    Aaah yes, hearing the sweet song of a bird outside your window is lovely.
    Thanks for your visit.

    Hi Martha,

    Thanks for visiting me today and I loved seeing your pretty china cups and insect brooches.

    Many thanks Trish, for your kind note ~ I love to visit your blog, it is always a treat and love everything you share with us.

    Lovely to have a visit from you Duchess, and it is the noise we make when we sit down in a chair, to relax.

    Hi Lola and Nora,

    I will come across and visit to see your wordless Wednesday, you always make me laugh ~ thank you.

    thanks for your visit Antique Diva, always great to hear from you.

    Thank Jeanne, lovely to have you as a blog friend.

    Hi Stefanie,

    The world would be a far happier place wouldn't it.

    Hi Gloria,

    Yes, all is well on this side of the world, thank you and I hope that it is for you.
    Loved seeing your Spring flowers and all your Antique laundry memorabilia.

    Thank you J for your visit.

    Many thanks Constance ~ I know I spend way too much time on the computer and I really need to do some things here. Not enough hours in the day sometimes.

    Thank you Monica for you visit and kind words, always great to hear from you.


  44. How true, we need to put less pressure on ourselves and love what life has to give us. We need to smile more and think of happy thoughts, how sweet to stop a moment and read from a pink book. I think that would make me feel better instantly!!
    I really love the little organza bonnet, how delightful!!!
    Maybe I have lost my muchness, but your wonderful post makes me feel better!
    Margaret B

  45. What a sweet reminder for all of us. I love it, what a wonderful gift. Your images are so pretty.

  46. Oh Carolyn what a sweet little book! Loved the list of simple pleasures...just makes you think and feel grateful, I have had that kind of week.

  47. Ooof!

    Oh, you are right, that DOES make me feel better! :)

    The organza bonnet is so feminine, delicate, beautiful! Lucky girl who wore that. I think I shall wear a hat tomorrow.

    Have a wonderful day, Carolyn!

  48. Hi Carolyn,

    Thanks for this beautiful reminder of simple things. ~jermaine~

  49. Thanks Margaret, and just reading your note made me smile.
    Thank you for your friendship.

    Many thanks Lorraine and lovely to have you visit me today.

    Oh Bella, love it that you are going to wear a hat tomorrow.
    Have a great day, dear friend.

    thank you Jermaine, have enjoyed seeing your wonderful French holiday photos, merci beaucoup.


  50. What a lovely post! I couldn't agree more. And don't forget that many little things tend to amount to one big thing anyway. It's easy to neglect the beauty and gestures of everyday life, but it makes such a big difference indulge and take notice of simple little pleasures.

  51. what a sweet gift is that book. i like that cute white bonnet too :)

  52. I completely agree about the little things and the most wonderful part is that the little things happen ever so much more that the big things!
    Have a glorious day Carolyn!

  53. Thanks for you visit Haute World and always lovely to hear from you.

    Many thanks Gleenn, the little white bonnet was one I used to wear, so it is special to me.

    Thank you Sares, and good luck with your new shop, looking forward to seeing the finished look. Love the colour of the paint.


  54. oh Carolyn thanks for sharing all this- I always feel at home when I visit your blog and read your words, all that a hungry heart needs...
    thank you, thank you, thank you.
    have a beautiful weekend, hugs

  55. Dear Carolyn, I stopped by t wish you wonderful weekend and thank you for your wonderful input on my Dior dilemma. I could never imagine how intimidating it would be to wear a coat! Thank you for the wonderful ideas!:)))

  56. Dear Carolyn,

    Oh, how very beautiful post!!!
    Thank you! So sweet and so true words!!!

    Lovely weekend to my friend there far away, you are so lovely person!
    Hugs, Marge

  57. Thank you, Susan and I always love to have you come and visit me, sweet friend.

    Dear Anya,

    The Dior coat is beautiful and you will look fabulous in this gorgeous piece. Maybe we will get to see a photo of you wearing it out, that would be lovely.

    Dear Marge,

    It is great to hear from you, dear friend and the words you leave for me, always makes me smile.
    Happy weekend

  58. Those are cute little advices. And I think... it kinda work? Just the idea of it puts a smile on my face... Cool!

  59. Thanks for your visit Fe and glad that this put a smile on your face.


  60. It is certainly always the little things that cause the steady happiness we all seek.

  61. Thanks Jenny for your visit and I agree with you, it is the little things that make us happy.


  62. Love your little pink book!! ~Mandy

  63. Thanks for your visit Mandy, it is a sweet pink book.



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