Tuesday, November 30, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1401

HappyUP!!! - 2 great speeches
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I just enjoyed our members giving it all they had today

HappyUP!!! - fun with Happy the Hampster
Why it happened - I'm silly
Why it makes me happy - through posting the photo to the left....and other things I will do with my new "adopted mascot for Xmas 2010" .....we may get a few more quarters into those buckets

<-----"I was on Facebook today! It's been a tough year for me....but I am coughing up. You?"

HappyUP!!! - distant travellers coming home
Why it happened - relocation
Why it makes me happy - they got here....tired...but safe and sound!


2 great speeches
Looking forward to new club tomorrow
Talking with Lt Governor
Distant travellers coming home
Great comment from my "big sis"
Good talk with a "lil sis"
Beautiful morning walk
Salvation Army

Monday, November 29, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1400

HappyUP!!! - a great walk
Why it happened - I make a habit of it
Why it makes me happy - it was cold out....but dry....and I actually overdressed again. I am just loving these walks after dark in the cold, crisp air.

<---------what's not to like about my Holiday mascot? What shall we call him? How about "Happy." Yes...."Happy the Holiday Hamster" ...that's the ticket!

HappyUP!!! - running into a pal
Why it happened - I walk....I see my neighbors
Why it makes me happy - always love doing a bit of chatting and visiting with people in the neighborhood.

HappyUP!!! - good news from my struggling friend
Why it happened - my friend posts to mylifeline.org
Why it makes me happy - cancer struggle....my friend keeps getting good news.

HappyUP!!! - lodging option
Why it happened - I asked
Why it makes me happy - still determining whether or not I am a skiier this year. Northstar/Heavenly has a nice package. A buddy of mine has a BIG place in South Shore.......which could be a great place to crash on a 2 day Heavenly trip. Northstar is an easy up and back.


A great walk
Running into a buddy
Great e-mail exchange with a "big sis"
Good news from my friend going through a struggle
Lodging option
Setting up a venue
Being warm......good lord...it was -6 to -9 up the road a bit

Sunday, November 28, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1399

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 10
Why it happened - a great wedge and a super putt
Why it makes me happy - it got me a skin.....if I hadn't gotten that one, I would have been skunked!
HappyUP!!! - weight
Why it happened - I weigh every week
Why it makes me happy - down another pound this week. I'm actually down 8 pounds from my high. Looking pretty good considering it was just Thanksgiving

<------------ACTION SHOT! (what was that good looking guy's ball doing in the pond anyway?)

HappyUP!!! - great talking with an old friend
Why it happened - I called
Why it makes me happy - I am rapidly building up ski buddies! I guess I am actually going to HAVE to become a skiier this year!!!


Playing 5
Playing in less than 4 hrs
Birdie on 10
KP on 12
Bunker shot on 13
7 iron on 16
Tolerable weather
Good times at hole 19
Venue next weekend
Great texts
Some closure

Saturday, November 27, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1398

HappyUP!!! - college football
Why it happened - rainy Saturday
Why it makes me happy - no golf today....it was nice to have a lot of choices for football....with BCS births on the line

<------so happy a friend sent me this pic the other day

HappyUP!!! - reconnecting with an old friend
Why it happened - I found an old number
Why it makes me happy - we haven't seen each other in forever....I'm sure we'll grab some lunch/dinner soon. Reconnecting is always a HappyUP!!! for me.

HappyUP!!! - my cats
Why it happened - I think weather is a factor
Why it makes me happy - it isn't often that they lay down next to each other.....ON ME! It was a warm way to spend a chilly evening

HappyUP!!! - another great walk
Why it happened - the rain held off
Why it makes me happy - I took a chance heading out when I did....I was ready...had my "fashionable" rain hat on....never needed it.


Good football
Pearl Harbor
My cats
A nice rainy...not rainy...day
Reconnecting with some old friends
Getting some stuff done
Transcription work
Clean Sheets

Friday, November 26, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1397

HappyUP!!! - great walk
Why it happened - I'm becoming quite the walker
Why it makes me happy - as cold as it is, it doesn't seem to matter...and...once bundled....it actually feels good to be in the chill. Other than rain, I can keep doing this.

<-------my spot at the table yesterday

HappyUP!!! - a lot of great shots
Why it happened - I'm OK
Why it makes me happy - put together a decent found in the cold.....wish the putter would have worked a little nicer....but good to hit it fairly solid

HappyUP!!! - a little breakthrough
Why it happened - I've been working on it
Why it makes me happy - sometimes, you have to do a little cognitive reconstruction.....made some progress today....and so thankful I have the technology on board.


Frost delay
Great foursome
Wedge on 10.....6 iron on 12...bunker shot on 13....8 iron on 14...8 iron on 15....9 iron on 17.....drive on 1....7 iron on 2...drive/hybrid/pitch on 3....putt on 16...putt on 17
Great walk
Continued progress on cognitive reconstruction
A leaf fight

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1396

HappyUP!!! - 5 iron on 8
Why it happened - I striped one
Why it makes me happy - 180 to the pin.....on a cold day......and I put it within 6 inches.....birde, largo, and 3 skins......that put me bucks up for the day.

<-----yep......an 8 iron....right on line.....2 feet short of an ace.....foiled again....man, that puppy looked good in the air!

HappyUP!!! - a place at the table...again
Why it happened - I have a gracious "family"
Why it makes me happy - my life longest friend...and his family....welcomed me...again...on this Thanksgiving Day.....like they have many times before.

HappyUP!!! - 4 birdies
Why it happened - I hit it TIGHT 3 times..made a great putt on the fourth one
Why it makes me happy - THAT wins in a skins game. Easily could have been 5 birdies.


A great foursome
4 birdies
8 iron on 16.....putt on 17.....wedge on 3.....wedge on 6.....5 iron on 8
Thanksgiving with my "family"
Texts and e-mails with my friends

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1395

HappyUP!!! - a dream last night
Why it happened - it was the eve of an important night
Why it makes me happy - today will be 8 yrs since my mom left this world. For the first time, she appeared to me in a dream.........totally real....eerie...beautiful

HappyUP!!! - wonderful wishes on my Facebook page
Why it happened - special posts must have drawn them out
Why it makes me happy - a couple of them....well....they filled my heart

HappyUP!!! - an unexpected inviation
Why it happened - I have great friends
Why it makes me happy - it was an excellent opportunity

HappyUP!!! - a great invitation
Why it happened - it's Cioppino time
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE that my bro and sis-in-law do an annual crab and cioppion feed this time of year.....and soooooo look forward to it.


An opportunity to lead
Staying warm
Thanksgiving Eve
Supportive friends
Drive on 10...9 iron....pitch on 11...drive/wedge on 13....drive/3 wood/wedge 14....9 iron on 15...pitch on 17....drive/8 iron on 18...5 iron on 2...9 iron on 4...flop shot on 6....hybrid on 8...8 iron and putt on 9
A GREAT invitation
A great e-mail exchange
Another great e-mail exchange
Wonderful wishes on my Facebook page
A cold.....but fun day on the links
A dream last night

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1394

HappyUP!!! - an icebreaker
Why it happened - it's Toastmasters...and we have a bold new member
Why it makes me happy - she did great....even though she was not scheduled to speak. She filled in for us, stepped up to the plate, and knocked it out of the park!

<------yum.......leftover from many good bacon days....of which today was one. Anyone need some grease?

HappyUP!!! - a wonderful invitation
Why it happened - I'm a lucky guy
Why it makes me happy - something to look forward to.....always a HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - seeing my financial planner
Why it happened - we have regular meetings
Why it makes me happy - it appears that, for now, my long term financial plan is still working....despite the uncertainty of the markets.

HappyUP!!! - a call from my CPA
Why it happened - he does that from time to time
Why it makes me happy - always great to be thought of. His call was timely after just leaving my financial planner. I had some questions I needed to ask....and got the answers.


An icebreaker
Being called upon for coaching
An opportunity to lead
A wonderful invitation
A great meeting with my financial planner
Some really good bacon

Monday, November 22, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1393

HappyUP!!! - a great breakfast
Why it happened - I went to the right place
Why it makes me happy - my scrambled eggs are always OK......and edible.....haven't gagged myself once. They just don't ever seem as PERFECT as the ones I got today

HappyUP!!! - a lazy day
Why it happened - I think part of it is the weather change
Why it makes me happy - I am so thankful that I have the luxury to take days like this.....and just BE......and enjoy.

HappyUP!!! - an upbeat attitude
Why it happened - I found out I have a very sick friend
Why it makes me happy - hearing that an old friend has colon/liver cancer is the farthest thing from a HappyUP!!! that there is. I was reading through his blog postings about the journey. I was buoyed and uplifted by his remarkable attitude about the process. He is not out of the woods but I am a firm believer that a positive attitude helps one heal. See Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins for more info. I'm glad he is girded up for the fight!


Great Breakfast
A lazy day
Supporting a suffering buddy
Support of a friend

Sunday, November 21, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1392

HappyUP!!! - great YOUTUBE music video
Why it happened - a buddy posted it
Why it makes me happy - it was a wonderful video....by a relatively unknown artist....that "spoke" to me.....and to another friend that I shared it with.....at a time when I know that it was heard at the deepest levels by all. Coincidence that it came up then?

<-----hey...buddy...get a job! This was your job...not mine!!!!

HappyUP!!! - raking leaves
Why it happened - they fell
Why it makes me happy - it helped me prove to a special buddy that, yeah....I have a job!

HappyUP!!! - great evening
Why it happened - I threw out the invite
Why it makes me happy - thoroughly enjoyed the dinner at Mikuni....with a gift card from a friend....and the movie, "Hereafter." Not sure what the reviewer's thought about that movie....I thought it was GREAT!


Cool walk in the morning
E-mails from a special friend
Raking leaves
Great YouTube music video
Good news from one of my golfing buddies
Waking up....feeling great
Great dinner

Saturday, November 20, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1391

HappyUP!!! - more rain and snow
Why it happened - weather...it happens
Why it makes me happy - it was awesome up on the second story....reading....candles.....listening to the rain just nail the roof.

<-------any guess as to who got to the couch first....The Queen

HappyUP!!! - a late night walk
Why it happened - the rain dissipated
Why it makes me happy - the tumult ended....and everything got eerily at the snap of a finger. I thought, "I was couped up all day....yeah, it's late....but why not bundle up for a little walk." It was a GREAT walk in the quiet evening.

HappyUP!!! - brekko out with the family
Why it happened - it's Saturday...and it was raining (no golf)
Why it makes me happy - good to enjoy some good food and great conver with my adopted family. It's always a great Saturday morning when this happens


Phone call from my buddy
Brekko out
More rain....and snow
Glad I didn't try to golf

Friday, November 19, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1390

HappyUP!!! - relaxing day at home
Why it happened - felt like the first wintry/wintery day
Why it makes me happy - nice day to take off from the links....catch up on some paperwork... laundry....and stuff....with a fire going....great day to be inside

HappyUP!!! - good conversations
Why it happened - my friends
Why it makes me happy - good stuff going on all around me

HappyUP!!! - a brisk morning walk
Why it happened - I HAD to walk this morning
Why it makes me happy - while I hate to see the end of shorts season, it's time. The breeze and chill felt a little different today...it was like a whisper.....portending the rain that has now set upon us....that old man winter may be upon us.


Relaxing day at home
Enjoying the rain
A brisk morning walk
Heartfelt exchange
Good news from my buddy re: evening plans

Thursday, November 18, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1389

HappyUP!!! - driving the ball
Why it happened - I golf
Why it makes me happy - yeah...I still had 3 really loose ones today....and they cost me.....but the other 11 drives were all pretty tasty. Some of them were as long as I can probably hit the ball.....pretty good for November

<----"Let me out of here...I'm innocent, I tellya!"

HappyUP!!! - great evening
Why it happened - my friends did a shout out to go have some fun
Why it makes me happy - what can be better than to be sitting at home on a Thursday afternoon and then get the call to go out and have a ripper time!

HappyUP!!! - trip to the pet store
Why it happened - I needed some stuff
Why it makes me happy - OMG!.....can you say "kittens playing???" The pictured feline had a cell mate....and adorable black kitten. It had been soooooooo long since I had seen a couple of kittens going at it full on.......want to put a little joy in your heart? Get lucky enough to see this again. (NOTE: No.......no felines were brought home from said store......tempting as it was!)


Drive/Wedge on 1....Drive on 3...8 iron on 4....Recovery hybrid on 5....Drive/chip on 6....Drive/8 iron on 9....Hybrid on 11....pitch on 12...Drive on 13....9 iron on 15...pitch/putts on 16/17/18

Single that filled in our foursome
Trip to the pet store
Great evening

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1388

HappyUP!!! - a great evening
Why it happened - sometimes they do
Why it makes me happy - hard to describe...you know when it's good

HappyUP!!! - shotmaking
Why it happened - you know you have some skillz
Why it makes me happy - nope....the putter wasn't there...but I had FIVE birdie looks inside 10 ft today...pretty good for me...didn't get any of them....the game is just a few tweeks from being there even though the scores wouldn't say it

HappyUP!!! - reconnecting
Why it happened - Facebook
Why it makes me happy - absolutely AWESOME touches from dear old friends

HappyUP!!! - e-mail
Why it happened - I have e-mail
Why it makes me happy - FABULOUS interaction with a dearest friend. It's why I am on the planet


Re-connecting with two long lost sweet friends on Facebook
Knocking it within 10 feet 5 times
Drop dead weather
Cutting the lawn
A GREAT hot dog
Coffee with my friend
Great conversation with another friend
The honor of deep discussion

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1387

HappyUP!!! - knowing a funny old schtick
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I got a TableTopic thrown at me today.....my brain synapsed bace to an old ditty by George Carlin...circa 1968...very appropo... and very entertaining

HappyUP!!! - brussel sprouts
Why it happened - had some at a restaurant recently
Why it makes me happy - always thought I hated them. Had them one night out...thought it was a fluke...made them here...another food I can learn to love. And, courtesy of Facebook friends, another tasty way to make them.

<----wow!...he kinda looks OK when you clean him up!

HappyUP!!! - haircut
Why it happened - my hair has been bugging me
Why it makes me happy - the damn mess is under control now!!!

HappyUP!!! - ski season coming
Why it happened - Facibook, e-mails, and phone calls
Why it makes me happy - it looks like I am going to be a skiier this winter.....cool!


Table Topics
Knowing an old funny song
Ice rink story
Buddy living in Tahoe Keys

"I LOVE Brussel Sprouts!"....Who Knew!

I know - you HATE brussel sprouts. I hear you because I used to say the same thing even though....

I'm NOT SURE I EVER EVEN HAD THEM BEFORE - I was out a local eatery not long ago. I ordered the swordfish which was served on brussel sprouts in a bacon reduction sauce.

Were they delicious? - well, let's just say the kitchen staff was queried and the bulk of the ingredients were obtained to give this a shot at home.

I hereby declare - brussel sprouts have gotten a bum wrap! Yeah.....if you were forced to eat them at some point, I'm guessing it was a boiled situation.

We aren't - gonna do that to you here!

So...here is a rundown of what you need - and never ask me for how much of anything to put in...that's all personal taste. You know what you like...it's more fun playing around with it.
Brussel Sprouts
Balsamic Vinegar
Chicken or vegetable stock

1) Start frying up your bacon
2) Start your chopped garlic and onions sweating in some oil in another pan
3) When bacon is done...remove from pan...but keep that bacon grease
4) Add butter, balsamic, lemon, onions, garlic, chicken/vegetable stock, salt and pepper
5) You had already cut your Brussels in halves...throw them in as well.
6) Break your bacon up into little pieces and toss those in
7) Sautee over a low to medium heat
8) Let sauce reduce....and pull the sprouts out at desired tenderness (I like a bit of crunch left). Anywhere from 3-6 minutes depending on your heat and firmness you want
9) Pour your remnants over the top of the sprouts

Yeah......-you could have thrown some cheese over the top while sauteeing. I didn't....THIS time.

You are flat out doing some eating now - and brussel sprouts are very good for you

Yeah...I know - the butter and bacon grease probably aren't going to make it to the top of the American Dieticians Society as being good for you.....but...if that is what it takes to eat them sprouts.......

Bon Apetit!!!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1386

HappyUP!!! - falling leaves
Why it happened - time of year
Why it makes me happy - can you believe it is November and it was so gorgeous here that I could have my door open with just the screen door to look through. A capricious breeze was blowing...enough to knock the leaves down off my neighbor's Japanese Maple (or whatever tree it is). They kept falling like yellow and red snowflakes. Nice.

<-----greatest T-shirt ever made....still kept it from high school. Just came across it the other day. Nope...it's not going to Goodwill

HappyUP!!! - fun with my friends
Why it happened - there is an overachiever amongst us
Why it makes me happy - it was a great accomplishment....glad I had a chance to honor it with a special card

HappyUP!!! - great wake up
Why it happened - did some tossing and turning
Why it makes me happy - ever notice that, when you don't sleep well, you sometimes sleep right to your buzzer. Sure, you may not feel like getting up but it is like your "sleep thing" went into overdrive late in the night. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready


Great wake up
Nice morning walk
Falling leaves
Beautiful Day
Great phone conver with buddy, L

Sunday, November 14, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1385

HappyUP!!! - birdie putt on 4
Why it happened - I hit a good one
Why it makes me happy - it won me a skin in the big game and basically allowed me to "play free" the rest of the day

<-----yeah, Slamson.....it's me....down here...sitting on the baseline! Hi, buddy!

HappyUP!!! - Kings Game
Why it happened - my buddy is a season ticket holder
Why it makes me happy - it's always good to take in a game. My friend knows people and we got an upgrade....FLOOR SEATS! Great perspective for a game.

HappyUP!!! - a long walk...and a nice bath
Why it happened - just felt a little sluggish
Why it makes me happy - I'm not one that bathes very often..I'm a shower guy. My walk was excellent..........and that bath afterward felt OH SO GOOD!


Birdie putt on 4
9 iron into 9
Wedge into 10....wedge into 13.....chutt on 15
8 iron into 16
Scrambling par
Kings Game.....and an upgrade
A nice long walk
A great bath

Saturday, November 13, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1384

HappyUP!!! - wedge into 14
Why it happened - I have some skills
Why it makes me happy - 14 can be a tricky par 5. When you get a chance to get after it with a wedge, you need to take advantage. I darn near jarred it from 120 and had a tap in birdie. It didn't win me a skin but it tied up another guy to make the other skins worth a little more

<------good to have an angel on your side when golfing.

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 17
Why it happened - we were desperate
Why it makes me happy - our team was down...we needed to "go to the whip." I stepped up and striped a 9 iron and made a HUGE putt...clutch!

HappyUP!!! - battling back to even
Why it happened - my partner and I birdied 3 of the last 5 holes
Why it makes me happy - few things feel as good as a great comeback! Things looked bleak with two holes to go but a birdie-birdie finish by my partner and I got the job done!


Wedge into 14
9 iron/birdie putt on 17
Chatting with friends
A confession
Playing golf with Buddy...don't get to play with him much

Friday, November 12, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1383

HappyUP!!! - finding a beret
Why it happened - I got some help from a friend
Why it makes me happy - while it turned out to be unnecessary (few people went along with the theme), I was happy to have made the effort to look French at "Evening in Paris."

<---------is he really French after all?

HappyUP!!! - lunch at the mall
Why it happened - I had a bit of shopping to do
Why it makes me happy - first time I had been to the Galleria since the fire. Actually, it's been awhile since I had been there at all.....they actually have a Gordon Biersch!!! 3 mini-sliders and a beverage later....ready to shop!!! I have a feeling GB is going to be VERY popular with holiday shoppers. "Honey, text me when your done...I'll come carry everything...in the meantime....."

HappyUP!!! - great news from a friend
Why it happened - there's been a bit of an ordeal going on
Why it makes me happy - I don't know if it could actually be true........but I think I am happier or as least as happy when my dear friends get great news regarding something that has been on their mind.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1382

HappyUP!!! - cute 8 iron on 9
Why it happened - a moment of consciousness
Why it makes me happy - the situation...distance, lie, and wind....made for a confusing shot. I decided to take "too much" club and hit a half shot to take the variables out of equation....and executed it to within 8 feet of the pin

<----while it didn't happen today...THAT is a great brekko.....ever have Sausage Rigatoni Scrambled Eggs?

HappyUP!!! - a fabulous midday invitation
Why it happened - people like me
Why it makes me happy - it gave me something to look forward to all day long....and the invite did not disappoint

HappyUP!!! - a great walk
Why it happened - it was the evening
Why it makes me happy - I borrowed my buddy's dog.......love having the dog pad along with me. We went long and fast on the walk.....good for the pooch...good for me.


Drive/wedge on 1
Recovery on 4
Cute 8 iron on 9
Recovery on 10....drive on 11....putt on 11...bunker shot on 13....wedge on 18
Talking with Duluth buddy
Nice walk
Fabulous invitation

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1381

HappyUP!!! - near ace
Why it happened - I hit a great shot
Why it makes me happy - well.....I got a birdie...kicked it in with my foot. I'm happy about that. There is the part of hitting a 7 iron up into a stiff breeze from 163 yards that comes down just 5 inches from the hole that....well....makes me a bit less happy. How looooong must I wait for my first Hole-In-One?

<---------How many more of these must I endure? Will I ever get an ace?

HappyUP!!! - my golfing angel pin
Why it happened - thoughtful friend
Why it makes me happy - I haven't tried her out on the links yet.....but maybe this angel will end the drought? (see above) It also was a very nice thing to receive.

HappyUP!!! - brekko with my buddy
Why it happened - he was hungry
Why it makes me happy - a nice light brekko on the way to the golf course? What could be better?


Near Ace
Morning walk
Wedge on 3
Bunker shot on 13
Receiving a golfing angel

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1380

HappyUP!!! - Beowulf
Why it happened - it's Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I delved into a new area today...Storytelling. I told the tale of Beowulf and....to my amazement.....received stunning reviews.

HappyUP!!! - afternoon coffe
Why it happened - my pal was in town
Why it makes me happy - I received an invitation to a wedding. More importantly, I got to spend some face time with a dear friend that I haven't seen in a couple of years.

HappyUP!!! - bread
Why it happened - I have a tremendous friend
Why it makes me happy - who the heck wouldn't LOVE some homemade bread delivered to their door? Bread is a very symbolic thing, you know.


Delivering a great story
Meeting my buddy for coffee
Great texts with my pal
Taco Lunch

Monday, November 08, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1379

HappyUP!!! - Fabulous breakfast
Why it happened - leftovers
Why it makes me happy - ever have spicy sausage rigatoni scrambled eggs? You should.... especially when the eggs are scrambled perfectly

HappyUP!!! - desqueeking
Why it happened - there was a squeek
Why it makes me happy - you know how irritating a squeek can be......and how satisfying when you fix it....and test it....and your fix seems to have held

HappyUP!!! - seeing my nephew and his girl
Why it happened - he brought back my truck
Why it makes me happy - it was nice to visit for a few minutes....even nicer to know that they got back home from the mountains safely........and with my tank filled and truck washed!


Great night of sleep
Finishing up a project
Knocking another project off the list
FABULOUS breakfast

Sunday, November 07, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1378

HappyUP!!! - the rain
Why it happened - who knows....it's been unseasonably warm and gorgeous all week
Why it makes me happy - time to get those leaves knocked down.....start thinking about that permanent change in the weather.....Thanksgiving....etc.

<-------hey....c'mon....who doesn't love a Lava Lamp? HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - a rainy day project
Why it happened - this one had gotten put off
Why it makes me happy - it was great to tackle this one on a dreary, rainy day....it was fun....and, at the end of it, a feeling of accomplishment.

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - had to get out after being couped up all day long
Why it makes me happy - I ate at the old Granitos long ago. They were legendary for lots of garlic.....and bad service. Yes...they took pride in being so slow. It wasn't my cup of tea but, hey, they had plenty of customers who didn't mind. Anyway, they moved to a new location....close by. The food?....TREMENDOUS. The service?.....OUTSTANDING. Yes....I will be back there again.


Helping out a buddy
A rainy day project
No hassle at the store
Great night of sleep
An extra hour of sleep
Clothes project

Saturday, November 06, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1377

HappyUP!!! - early morning walk
Why it happened - I decided
Why it makes me happy - an early morning walk clears your mind...and can clear for other things to happen

<----yes...I could have put this pic up last week...but they aren't really Halloween pumpkins. Nov still works

HappyUP!!! - a belated birthday gift
Why it happened - my nephew is heading to Tahoe
Why it makes me happy - my truck...buying dinner for their gang...glad I can do it.

HappyUP!!! - a stop n go
Why it happened- I was home
Why it makes me happy - a touch of notice....friends telling me they are in the neighborhood...a quick "howdy do" visit. Life is about small contacts.

HappyUP!!! - yardwork
Why it happened - storm tomorrow
Why it makes me happy - I'm ready for the rain that is coming


Early morning walk
Chat with a friend
Another friend had great news
Giving the nephew a belated birthday present
Stop n Go from some other friends
Leftover spaghetti

Friday, November 05, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1376

HappyUP!!! - hearing great news
Why it happened - my friend shot me the news
Why it makes me happy - it's not easy being in the military. There are certain times that can make you have nightmares, I am sure. Glad that there was GREAT news that came sooner than expected


HappyUP!!! - my evening walk
Why it happened - it almost didn't
Why it makes me happy - I was just about ready to turn in for bed. Then....I went....I really need to go do a little walking. It was a GREAT night for a walk.

HappyUP!!! - incredible golf shots
Why it happened - doggone it...I do have some skills
Why it makes me happy - the scores aren't showing it at the moment but......I can flat out hit some golf shots that most of the population can't. The putt I made for birdie on two was CRAZY!...as was the putt on 12! The bunker shot on 18? Insane!


Hearing great news
Comfort to a friend
Golden leaves outside my office window this morning
Putt on 2
Drive/8 iron on 5....Drive on 8.....Drive/3 wood on 10....6 iron on 11...putt on 12....wedge on 15....2 putt on 16.....chutt on 17....bunker shot on 18

Thursday, November 04, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1375

HappyUP!!! - fruit smoothie
Why it happened - I'm ill and I have good friends
Why it makes me happy - when you are fighting off a cold, who wouldn't welcome an immune boosting smoothie delivered?

HappyUP!!! - great day in stock market
Why it happened - Repub win in elections
Why it makes me happy - hey.....it doesn't mean much in the long run. You try not to get too bummed during the off days...but one can have concern. Therefore, a little celebration on a good day is to be noted.

HappyUP!!! - feeling better
Why it happened - been laying low and getting good care
Why it makes me happy - so far, I am on day 4 of what has really been no more than a stuffy nose. At times, it hasn't even been that. I am optimistic that it stays that way.


Great day in the stock market
Getting some sick care
Fruit smoothie
Feeling better
Astounding weather
Finding all my products at Sunrise Natural Health

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1374

HappyUP!!! - coffee
Why it happpened - it always does on Wednesday
Why it makes me happy - got to share some good information....gave me a chance to lend a hand.

<-----a friend sent me this picture today.....I loved it!

HappyUP!!! - great dental appointment
Why it happened - I had an appointment
Why it makes me happy - I've made some progress per the "floss nazi"! Less bleeding....shallower pockets. It's all I needed to hear. I'll get this flossing deal down eventually

HappyUP!!! - a lovely walk
Why it happened - it was just soooo nice out
Why it makes me happy - there are walks......there are great walks....there are nice walks...just thoroughly enjoyed my walk this evening.


Gorgeous day
Great trip to dentist
Helping a buddy out
A good gargle
Leftover soup
Dr Oz info
An issue resolved

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1373

HappyUP!!! - doing an easy favor for a buddy
Why it happened - my buddy was driving by
Why it makes me happy - it always makes us feel better to do a good turn for a friend....especially when it is something that's not that hard to do

HappyUP!!! - wor won ton soup
Why it happened - felt a little of "the grime" coming on
Why it makes me happy - I'm doing all I can to keep from coming down with a cold.

HappyUP!!! - Facebook Chat back
Why it happened - who knows....their help desk finally got tired of hearing from me?
Why it makes me happy - I have been without this feature for a long time....it's nice to be able to strike up an IM dialogue with friends


TM opening up
Got my chat back
Nice evening walk
No fever
Wor Won Ton Soup
Doing an easy favor for a pal
Laying low
Basking in the win

Monday, November 01, 2010

HappyUP!!! Day 1372

HappyUP!!! - GIANT victory
Why it happened - pitching and an older guy named Renteria
Why it makes me happy - I'm so happy for the people that have suffered so long waiting for this season. So many announcers kept putting the Giants down....even when they were up in the various series'. Just THRILLING

HappyUP!!! - family time
Why it happened - it was my nephew's birthday
Why it makes me happy - the entire family was together watching the Giants victory....got to meet a new person involved with the family.....and the cutest little thing, Kaitlin...what a doll!

HappyUP!!! - birdies
Why it happened - I played in a Pro Am
Why it makes me happy - this was a "net" tournament. I don't get a lot of strokes given to me. I also don't make a lot of birdies....especially at away courses. I got three of them!

HappyUP!!! - almost holing a wedge
Why it happened - I took a chance with the driver and cut the corner
Why it makes me happy - for a second there, I thought I had dropped this one in the jar. It ended up being a "leaner" to about 2 inches.

HappyUP!!! - our team
Why it happened - a buddy put it together
Why it makes me happy - we got 4th place......could have easily tied for first....not bad for a team thrown together at the last minute.