Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ten things that make me happy...

 My friend, Christie,  at My Comfy Escape has tagged me to list my Ten things that make me happy. She tagged me well over a month ago, but it seems that everything I do is late these days. Well, let's just say later than my usual late self, I'm always late. I was born almost a month later than my mother's  given due date so I have a great excuse. And then I married a Greek... so any chance of me being on time anywhere was lost. Although, I have to brag about arriving almost 1/2 hour early to a baptism recently. We didn't know what to do with ourselves, we walked at a casual pace and stood around waiting for the baptism to begin, definitely out of our element.

So, let's get to this list. I have just recently listed 10 things that make me happy for an award that I received -  so I'll add photos to this post to make it a bit different.


1. My friends & family ~~ VITAL to my being and appreciated more than I can express in mere words...the unconditional love and support that I receive daily makes me thrive. The emails... phone messages & texts and blog comments --I'm always eager to see who has checked in.  I'm surrounded by so much love & support, I can only say "Thank YOU"...all of you!! You're always on the top of my list!

One of my favorite photos of Christie & I. Yes, it was really funny...

2. Chocolate.  I think this one is self explanatory if there are chocoholics like myself reading this.

My chocolaty-chocolate birthday cake.

3. Photography. I've been inspired by so many photographers past & present. Some of my favorites include Gordon Parks .

4. Music. I love almost all genres of music. Music is life, I can't imagine a day without music.

Music is what feelings sound like. ~Author unknown

5. Coffee. What kind of coffee do I like? Most of it. Although I'd give anything for a Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha (grande) I'm very happy with my own cappuccino. My cappuccino maker was away for about a month and I was lost without it. And, I love frappé. I have at least one frappé per day ...shaken not 
blended. Oh and Γλυκό με γάλα παρακαλώ ...(Sweet with milk please...)
(Alexandra sneaks a sip of my cappuccino, the kids already love coffee too...shhhh!) 

6. Art. Having said that I'll introduce you to a budding artist, my Izabella. Not a day passes that she doesn't create.

7. Food/Cooking. I love exploring new cuisine and trying new recipes. I also enjoy letting my kids help me in the kitchen. I find that letting them help prepare a meal ensures that they'll eat what we're making, most of the time. 

Yes...I made everything in these photos...

8. The spa.  Recently spoiled by a whole afternoon at  the spa courtesy of one of my bests friends (wink, wink)-that would be the one who tagged me for this list. 


9. Flowers/gardening- I find gardening therapeutic although I'm overwhelmed by the amount of work that it takes to maintain our garden these days. 

 A rose & my garden a month ago...doesn't look so well kept now...

10. Our pets. (well, most of the time...) 

Tarzan & Alexandra

Myself & Gigi

"Torlitza" & Iza

Tarzan again...with Lobo

Thank you for tagging me Christie! 
I miss you!  :)


  1. Ten wonderful things! I am going to have the Coffee one right about now!

  2. Be always happy in your life my dear friend. Hugs from Nicosia, Cyprus to all of you. Your pictures as always are gorgeous.

  3. Love stopping by at yours.....Always a photo to brighten the day.x.


  5. @ Joy...thank you! I hope you had a few great cups of coffee since, cheers!

    @ Phivos...Thank you! I'm happy knowing I have such wonderful friends like you & Popi!!Thank you!!
    xoxo :)

    @ Gingeyginge...Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I hope you're enjoying the summer. Take care...xo :)

    @ ELENI...Thank you soooo much!! We're having fun on the beach as much as possible. I hope you're having great holidays too!!
    xoxo :)

  6. Hello Cheryl,have very nice summer holidays with your family.
    Regards from Sithonia peninsula.

  7. Hello cheryl, congratulations for your feelings, tastes and aromas.Un pleasure to know you more.
    A kiss of colors.

  8. @ Kostas...Thank you very, very much!! I hope that you're enjoying summer as well! I'm off to the U.S. this week to visit family & friends! Sithonia is beautiful, have a wonderful time :):)
    Kalh evddomada!!

    @ Loli...Hello...thank you!!! I Love colorful kisses! Have a fantastic week!!

  9. visiting via prospero's cellphone - love your blog! your experience in greece sounds amazing and i look forward to return visits to hellas!
    p.s. i blog about greece as well so please stop by to visit!!

  10. p.p.s. just signed up to follow...

  11. Olá, visite a maior produtora de Web Novelas do Brasil.A MOVAH Produções tera um grande prazer tê-lo (a) como visitante. Ate mais!

  12. Amanda,
    Thank you so much for the compliment the visit and following me! I've had a moment to look at your blog and it's very interesting...looking forward to following it as well. I'm in the U.S. now, not blogging but I'll be back soon. Have a great week!

  13. The food looks so delicious!

  14. Thank you Ola!! I hope you're enjoying your summer :)

  15. beautiful blog..pls visit mine and be a follower.. thanks and God bless..

  16. So nice to you know your top 10 :)

    Seems you have not posted for a long time now! Hope all is well :)

  17. @ joven... thank you for the compliment and the visit. I'll be back to blogging regularly soon & I'd love to visit your blog.

    @ Bhavesh...thank you :)
    I'm glad you stopped by...things are well. I've just returned from the U.S. I had an amazing visit. I hope you've enjoyed your summer and as always...thank you! :):)

  18. Comment attempt #2 (sorry it has taken me so long to computer has been broken and for some reason A's computer wasn't working when I would try to comment. (I am now using my father-in-law's comp)

    I love love love this post!! I cried when I read it. The pictures are amazing (especially the first one) I miss sitting on that porch more than I miss any other place I've been before. There are days when I close my eyes and pretend to be sitting there having coffee or wine with you and it's that moment of pretending that gets me through the awful days here.

    Words cannot express how much I miss you ma chère amie. I love you!! xoxoxoxoxo


  19. @ Christie...I'm so happy that you love this post since it was you that inspired it! I know how much you must miss sitting on the porch because I miss you here...I sit by myself now. I'm so glad that our friendship & my home brings you such warm thoughts. You are missed here... you and your whole family. I hope to meet up again soon whether it's here or there...
    you know, because you're always welcome here!!
    Thank you for being so wonderful Christie...
    love, hugs & big Cheri kisses!!