Friday, July 22, 2016

Five Things to Be Happy About #2

Here we are in the second half of 2016 already! Where has the time gone? If one more person tells me that the summer is more than half over, I will scream!
I love summer and all that goes with it, including the items listed below.

1. Slow, hand stitching. It doesn't always make me happy, but when it goes so smoothly and looks pretty good when it's done, it sure makes me happy! This will be the object of my next post.
It turned out pretty cool. I think so anyway.
If I don't get back here within a week to post, somebody get on my case.

2. Reading a good book. I've always loved to read, but summer reading is the best...sitting on the porch; laying in the hammock; staying up late in bed; in the passenger seat on a road's all good! I finally got my hands on this book at the local library. Good read!


3. Long walks. Summer in Iowa doesn't always supply the best walking weather. Can we say humidity so thick it can be chewed? This is the trail we often walk and it's so pretty in every season.

4. Summer birthdays. Mine was just last week and it was a beautiful day to celebrate. The photo above was a friend's brother who turned 60 about the same time. We have a tradition here to hang underwear in the yard of those who celebrate a decade birthday. Always fun, always a bit embarrassing for the birthday gal/guy, but always memorable!

5. Hugs! Friends, family members, neighbors, pets, anyone you like enough to hug...go do it!
I especially need to thank my friends who posted on my Firecracker Table Runner and talked me into loving it instead of focusing on the mistakes.
Blogging friends are wonderful and I'd hug each one of you if I could!
(I'd also hang underwear in your yard on your decade-birthday if I could! Ha!)

I am linking up with Gypsy Moon Quilt Co. Five Things Friday


  1. I'm glad to read your list. I was very late to the party this week and just posted mine. Better late than never Happy Birthday!! I hope it was a good one. The underwear tradition is a new one to me! What fun...and a little weird! Hahah. So, are they a person's actual underwear? Are underwear purchased just for the purpose of hanging? So many questions.

    Can't wait to see your hand stitching project! Have a wonderful weekend.


  2. Happy Birthday! Did you see that there is a movie coming out for Girl on a Train? Loved this book! And I do love slow matter how hot it is!

  3. The wildflowers are beautiful! I love hand stitching binding down also!

  4. Oh my... that underwear tradition just made me fall over laughing! What a funny thing to do.
    Kathy, summer is only 1/3 over so you've got more time to enjoy it. It sure looks lovely in your photos and the things you love sound so idyllic. Especially the reading in a hammock.
    Looking forward to reading about your slow stitching!

  5. Enjoyed the things that make you happy.....a good read is up there on the top of my list.

  6. Happy belated birthday, Kathy! Love the underwear in the yard tradition, haha. I'll have to remember that one! 😂 Summer reading really is the best. I've had The Girl on the Train on my reading list for the longest time. I just requested it from my library and I'm only #9 on the list! Woohoo! Thanks for sharing your happy things. Have a great week!

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Appreciating your get well. I would add that to my "Things to be Happy About" list for sure. This is my kind of blog to revisit. Thanks for directing my attention to it via your comment.

  8. hey missus, it's been more than 2 weeks and you haven't posted your hand sewing! I loved that book, I've just read I Let You Go which is brilliant