Tuesday, January 31, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1825

HappyUP!!! - a returning member
Why it happened - she got done with a project
Why it makes me happy - GREAT to see this member again....and she came bearing OUTSTANDING news. Very happy for her

HappyUP!!! - slapping fuzzy
Why it happened - it was a gorgeous morning
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't been out on the courts in awhile. While very rusty, it was good exercise to bat it around a little

HappyUP!!! - Dunch
Why it happened - my best pals
Why it makes me happy - I was just minding my own business here at the homestead...and...voilia.....DUNCH was delivered! Nice to put the last meal of the day down around 4.


A returning member
Gorgeous weather
Slapping a little fuzzy
An unexpected Dunch

Monday, January 30, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1824

HappyUP!!! - making someone's day
Why it happened - I was thinking
Why it makes me happy - little gestures mean soooo much to people....especially on certain days

HappyUP!!! - appointment set
Why it happened - I made the call
Why it makes me happy - I have a little project...the fact I got a call back on the day after the big home show tells me a lot about this worker. Looking forward to getting the job done

HappyUP!!! - top down driving with my buddy
Why it happened - he pushed the button
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE having a convertible here in California. That top gets dropped at least once in every month.....a LOT of top dropping this month.

HappyUP!!! - tip testing
Why it happened - it comes up on occasion
Why it makes me happy - it was a PASS! ....on to the next belt! I'm very proud tonight.


Appointment set with repairman
Chat with a contractor
Gorgeous weather to walk the pooch
Top down driving with my buddy
Delicious dinner
Making someone's day

Sunday, January 29, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1823

HappyUP!!! - a later tee time
Why it happened - happenstance
Why it makes me happy - I was a little preoccupied this morning....running a little late for my tee time....or so I thought....it turns out we had a time that 20 minutes later....ahhhh....just the break I needed

HappyUP!!! - Fantasy Golf WIN
Why it happened - got lucky
Why it makes me happy - I not only won with the small group 2 weeks in a row...but I got a win in the BIG group too....wooooohoooo!

HappyUP!!! - coffee
Why it happened - I do that sometimes
Why it makes me happy - nothing better than Sunday morning coffee with my best friend

HappyUP!!! - stupendous weather
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - yeah....I guess one could be on a tropical beach....or a So Cal coast...but....for January......wow!!!....this day WAS it!


A later tee time
Wedge 1...wedge/putt 3...3 wood/wedge 4...8 iron 5...flop 6...buried bunker shot 7....4 iron 8...5 iron 9...flop 11...5 iron 12....high hook 7 iron 13....9 iron 14....wedge 15...6 iron 18
Gorgeous weather
Chat with dear friend

Saturday, January 28, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1822

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - have to eat
Why it makes me happy - delicious fare....wonderful company....ohhhh....so good

HappyUP!!! - 6 iron on 12
Why it happened - made a great pass
Why it makes me happy - Buddy had it in there tight from 170 yards......and I managed to get it inside him........and draining the putt for birdie was kind of sweet

HappyUP!!! - 6 iron on 13
Why it happened - I'm making better passes
Why it makes me happy - the drive wasn't long...but it was straight....and the 6 iron to that back pin was like a laser....7 feet from the pin


9 iron on 1....putt on 3...wedge/putt 4....bunker shot/putt 5....8 iron 6...6 iron 7.....chip 8...putt 9....6 iron 10...6 iron 12....6 iron 13....hybrid 14...drive 15....drive 16....6 iron 17....drive/hybrid 18

Brilliant weather
Great companionship
Nice day of Fantasy Golf

Friday, January 27, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1821

HappyUP!!! - putt on 17
Why it happened - I hit a good one
Why it makes me happy - I was on the ropes.....sun in eyes...shadows made the putt impossible to read....I needed this one....hadn't been putting that well.....and drained this 25 footer. I don't do it often....well...never....but I had to give that one a little fist pump.

HappyUP!!! - time with my best guys
Why it happened - it's golf
Why it makes me happy - love THIS foursome when we tee it up. Nobody played terrible today....nobody tore it up...it was excellent competition down to the end

HappyUP!!! - a great lunch
Why it happened - it soooo needed to
Why it makes me happy - my dear friend and bestie got together....boy did they need to catch up....it puts them in a better place.....and I LOVE it when my friends have an outstanding day.


Drive...9 iron..putt 1....drive 2....punch/wedge 3....drive/hybrid/wedge/putt 4....punch/chip on 5....drive 6 and 7.....4 iron 8.....drive/8 iron/2 putt on 9.....punch shot 10.....punch shot 11....knock down 12...7 iron/putt 13.....recovery shot 15.....putt 17

Time with my guys
Laughs about loser antics

Thursday, January 26, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1820

HappyUP!!! - finding a headcover
Why it happened - serendipity
Why it makes me happy - kind of wrote this one off when I got to the course today....hey....THAT happens to headcovers. Then, when I wasn't even looking, I found it. Don't you love it when that happens. It's a momentary wave of "alright!" LOVE that!

HappyUP!!! - a couple of birdies
Why it happened - putting
Why it makes me happy - birdies and pars are the name of the game.....and birdies are the rarer. HappyUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - great bunker shot on 3
Why it happened - I picked a better club
Why it makes me happy - long bunker shots are tricky.....put this one within 4 feet of the hole....walked off the most difficult hole on the course with my par

HappyUP!!! - new playing companions
Why it happened - I played on a different day
Why it makes me happy - got to play 9 with the pro's son....and another nice guy that I hadn't met. Played 27 with a guy I've only played with once. NICE to expand the group of friends....I'll play with all of these guys again.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1819

HappyUP!!! - range time
Why it happened - I hadn't played in awhile
Why it makes me happy - things seem to be working. Great seeing an old friend, one of my regulars, and getting some quality work done

HappyUP!!! - 3 speeches
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - it wasn't a huge crowd.....but...as above...quality work was done and THOSE speakers stretched today...EVERY one of them. A rubber band...once stretched...never returns to it's previous state. The same holds for those speakers today

HappyUP!!! - rice, mushrooms, and spinach
Why it happened - it's dinnertime
Why it makes me happy - glad to get an invite to a succulent repast


3 speeches
Nice turnout
Sending a thank you to our district
A funny joke
Gorgeous day
Some time on the range....time with friends
Rice, mushrooms, and spinach
Fabulous movie

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1818

HappyUP!!! - a new member
Why it happened - we are a good group
Why it makes me happy - this person is an experienced Toastmaster. She knew what she was looking for. Happy we could provide it.

HappyUP!!! - golf invitation from Zube
Why it happened - I was thought of
Why it makes me happy - who doesn't like being thought of

HappyUP!!! - fresh bread
Why it happened - I own a breadmaker now
Why it makes me happy - the smell of bread baking in a kitchen......yeah....that is a HappyUP!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1817

HappyUP!!! - rain...rain...rain
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - we have seen so little of this.....and I do like to drink water year round...especially in the summer. As I was doing all of my errands, meeting friends, picking up/dropping off.....I appreciated every drop

HappyUP!!! - coffee with a friend
Why it happened - he insisted
Why it makes me happy - this is kind of a new buddy. We have a ton in common. I was thrilled that he pushed to meet with me. Glad we got to spend quality time...very enriching.

HappyUP!!! - Monday Man
Why it happened - I help out
Why it makes me happy - I did a LOT today...more than usual....and drank in so many precious moments while doing so.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1816

HappyUP!!! - great game
Why it happened - football gets played
Why it makes me happy - no, the outcome was not as hoped.........but a GREAT time was had watching the game......lots of excitement. An athletic event was being played at highest level...with every player laying it out there to their utmost. Awesome

HappyUP!!! - fantasy golf
Why it happened - I won this week
Why it makes me happy - it is very economically advantageous to get a win. This one did not seem likely. I came from behind on the final round.

HappyUP!!! - morning business
Why it happened - leftover from Sat Night fun
Why it makes me happy - there was just SO MUCH happiness that occurred Sat night. Picking up the easy remnants......just made me smile. Great times!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1815

HappyUP!!! - sleeping in
Why it happened - cloudy skies
Why it makes me happy - didn't want to chance the weather.....it was awesome to laze around a bit....and take full advantage of the weekend morning off the golf course

HappyUP!!! - GREAT movie
Why it happened - I go on occasion
Why it makes me happy - this movie is a BIG ONE....without much said. The costumes, the music, the storyline.....all so PERFECT. Just loved it

HappyUP!!! - an unexpected twist
Why it happened - boys will be boys
Why it makes me happy - the night changed from one plan....to a radical one in another direction.......and......it was awesome fun!

Friday, January 20, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1814

HappyUP!!! - rain
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - we SOOOOOO needed rain all day. Everything just seems dry. We needed the moisture

HappyUP!!! - storm
Why it happened - weather
Why it makes me happy - this was separate from the rain mentioned above. This was an all out STORMY night......so glad to be in such a warm place to enjoy the show

HappyUP!!! - sorting
Why it happened - it's a project
Why it makes me happy - I'm not a baseball card collector. Yet, I was handed this project. If I take on something, I do it! Made some head way today

Thursday, January 19, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1813

HappyUP!!! - baseball cards
Why it happened - I dedicated the rainy day to it
Why it makes me happy - I inherited this set...MANY years ago...I'm not a collector of "stuff"...this person was....I have needed to honor that for years. Pretty much knocked it out today

HappyUP!!! - friends
Why it happened - I reached out regarding the above
Why it makes me happy - while wanting to honor....I also hate wasting time....so glad I got help from experts in the baseball card area

HappyUP!!!- "don't go"
Why it happened - I was leaving
Why it makes me happy - well.....this is one I will leave to myself....touched my heart

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1812

HappyUP!!! - tool shed
Why it happened - part of pre-storm clean up
Why it makes me happy - love getting things in order

HappyUP!!! - a special pickup/delivery
Why it happened - I received a request
Why it makes me happy - quality time with a special friend

HappyUP!!! - great speeches
Why it happened - Wed Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I am always in awe of this group that I helped start....and know...that what these people are putting together....is making a shift in their lives....for the better


Tool shed
Garage door McGyver
Making a special delivery
Ready for the rain
Some great speeches

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1811

HappyUP!!! - alarm disarmed
Why it happened - staff was there
Why it makes me happy - didn't have to go "the long way"

HappyUP!!! - trip to the dump
Why it happened - see clutter message yesterday
Why it makes me happy - I have gone to "the dump" many many times....personally and professionally in my life.....I LOVE the setup my city has....I was in and out in no time....with a reasonable cost.....perfect....so different from the old days.

HappyUP!!! -3 great speeches
Why it happened - Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - I just LOVE to hear people talk when they are prepared to do it


TM 3 speeches....great TableTopics.....building disarmed before I got there
Trip to the dump
Tossing out stuff...so liberating
Good cleanout session of out buildings
Getting ready for the storm
Pretty funny news
Another TJ winner in processed food
My cat is in

Monday, January 16, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1810

HappyUP!!! - lunch invite
Why it happened - friend
Why it makes me happy - so good to hear from this person....and looking forward to grub...been too long

HappyUP!!! - tidying up
Why it happened - kicked self in butt
Why it makes me happy - not "there" yet......but got a lot of clutter cleared today. It's not like I had a lot of it......but nice to rid myself of what I did have

HappyUP!!!-my bro
Why it happened - I picked up the phone
Why it makes me happy - it's great to have an older brother

Sunday, January 15, 2012

HappUP!!! Day 1809

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 3
Why it happened - an excellent chip
Why it makes me happy - 3 is the toughest hole on the course.....and I've now birdied it two days in a row.....THAT is not going to happen too often

HappyUP!!! - fun with a friend
Why it happened - it had to do with pink golf balls
Why it makes me happy - we weren't playing together.....but we ended up slyly getting that pink ball back into each other's possession. What a crack up!

HappyUP!!! - Packer/Giant football
Why it happened - classic rivalry
Why it makes me happy - what a GREAT thing to come home to after golf. Yeah...it could have been a better game....closer....but it's still football at the highest level this year so far.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1808

HappyUP!!! - seeing my bro's new place
Why it happened - I got invited
Why it makes me happy - his place...has been the "family base" for quite awhile....but...times dictate moving on. I was thrilled by the new place...soooo cool....love the lap pool...that I will use even if I have to hop the fence...LOL. Though old place is filled with memories....THIS is an awesome move.

HappyUP!!! - great 49er game
Why it happened - playoffs
Why it makes me happy - the cherry on top was that the Niners won...but, even if they hadn't, it was an awesome game...both teams laying it on the line....many lead changes in fourth quarter...it kept one on edge of seat......LIFE alive!

HappyUP!!! - three birdies
Why it happened - a little change in the swing
Why it makes me happy - golf game has been miserable.....but....you keep at it. I birdied the toughest hole on the course impressively....chipped in on another...made a great putt on another one......and even missed a close one on another hole that I should have made. Great day on the links

HappyUP!!! - the weather
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - it was SO GORGEOUS....and I am SOOO blessed to spend 4 hours out in it with friends....pinch myself.....it's just a blessing

HappyUP!!! - pro joined us on back 9
Why it happened - 49er game
Why it makes me happy - loved Buddy playing the front 9 with us...and lifting a 5er off off him in the process....he excused himself for the playoff game....one of my LONG time buds, the assistant pro, waited for our group so he could join us on the back 9. Such fun...and an honor.


Lifting 5 from Buddy
Wedge on one
New setup working
Best round in awhile....despite a couple of bad breaks
Drive...6 iron...putt...birdie on 3...toughest hole on course
Chip in on 8
Birdie on 17
Drive....3 wood...wedge on 10
Drive.....wedge on 18
Splendid weather
48er game
Seeing my bro's new place

Friday, January 13, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1807

HappyUP!!! - our weather
Why it happened - it's weather
Why it makes me happy - well...there is a part of me that does not make me happy...we need the rain. Short of that...we might as well enjoy resort type weather in January

------nope.....40 years of golfing....and still no ace. I've seen a bunch of them.....even one that skipped off a pond....maybe someday

HappyUP!!! - ball in the air
Why it happened - I hit a beautiful shot
Why it makes me happy - HOPE....is a beautiful thing....this one had some hope to it....IF I was ever going to make a hole in one...this is the type of shot I would want it to be.

HappyUP!!! - Friday the 13th
Why it happened - calendar
Why it makes me happy - yeah...bad things can happen on this day.....I don't buy into it...they can happen any day. We have THREE of those coming up this year. If I was one to worry about that.....I would be shaking in my boots. GLAD I don't care about that jibberish

Thursday, January 12, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1806

HappyUP!!! - clean car
Why it happened - I LOVE the self wash
Why it makes me happy - 2 bucks....and it's plenty good enough....cheaper than doing it at home, cheaper than sending it through the "wash monkeys", and a lot faster

HappyUP!!! - office progress
Why it happened - time to get things in order
Why it makes me happy - the clutter was building....got rid of that....now looking forward to getting it all dialed in right with furniture

HappyUP!!! - knocking off Toastmasters paperwork
Why it happened - I was a touch behind...time to hustle
Why it makes me happy - when I serve my clubs......it makes me happy

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1805

HappyUP!! - "it's gonna be a great day" text
Why it happened - my peeps were in a good mood
Why it makes me happy - it's always great to start a day with optimism

HappyUP!!! - 1 year celebration
Why it happened - our president was ON this
Why it makes me happy - this is not something I would plan....though I was part of the helping crew to put it together......what a great vision our leader had......a TREMENDOUS event! What a success!!

HappyUP!!! - using the license
Why it happened - favors need be done
Why it makes me happy - I like to help out.....glad I got this one done for someone today

HappyUP!!! - birdie on 17
Why it happened - a decent shot...and a great putt
Why it makes me happy - this little deal put me right back "in the hunt" today....desperately needed....at just the right moment.


1 year celebration
Being honored
Gorgeous weather
Running an errand
punch on 6.....hybrid 8....punch 9.....birdie 10.....chip 11....wedge 13....putt 14.....6 iron 15.....punch/chip 16......6 iron 17.....drive 18

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1804

HappyUP!!! - water
Why it happened - someone needed some help
Why it makes me happy - can you imagine.....how nice it is .....to serve.....another...with the simple gift of water? I had that privilege

HappyUP!!! - adding spice
Why it happened - I had a minor role today
Why it makes me happy - it's always good to dress things up at Toastmasters

HappyUP!!! - 3 great speeches/3 great evaluation
Why it happened - we had a robust agenda
Why it makes me happy - people are moving on, doing what they are supposed to, and accomplishing things

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - I whipped it up
Why it makes me happy - you can't beat this American Classic for dinner

HappyUP!!! Day 1803

HappyUP!!! - helping out
Why it happened - I often do
Why it makes me happy - the driver's license is the way I serve others

HappyUP!!! - something personal
Why it happened - comfortable
Why it makes me happy - can't share this one....can only make reference to it...but can only say that it was a nice arrow delivered to my heart. I was surprised it was shared.

HappyUP!!! - car washing
Why it happened - nice day...no rain in sight
Why it makes me happy - I got two out of the three done today....I'll knock the third one off tomorrow. Some people are anal about their car's look...and that's OK...I guess. I try not to obsess about external things. At same time, I don't like to be slobbish either. Definitely got some winter grime off the wheels today

HappyUP!!! - nice evening
Why it happened - sometimes planned....sometimes not
Why it makes me happy - the serendipity of the afternoon blending into the evening....into dinner....into relaxing...... was stupendous. What a wonderful day this turned out to be.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1802

HappyUP!!! - Bronco/Steeler game
Why it happened - playoffs
Why it makes me happy - I LOVE an exciting contest...in the playoffs.....and, while my preference would have been the Steelers, I really don't care that much. I just love the excitement

HappyUP!!! - John S joining us
Why it happened - he needed a game
Why it makes me happy - we only had 3.....and a foursome is always better for a little team competition

HappyUP!!! - steadying the ship
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy - I was off to a bad start on the links today.....then some nice up and downs on 7, 8, 9....followed by a birdie on 10.....looked like great things.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1801

HappyUP!!! - the return of the PGA tour
Why it happened - tis the season
Why it makes me happy - I love golf

HappyUP!!! - playoff football
Why it happened - it tis that season too
Why it makes me happy - OK....the games didn't make me that happy.....pretty much blowouts.....still entertaining

HappyUP!!! - getting done today
Why it happened - perserverance
Why it makes me happy - golf is not at it's most fun when the north wind is gusting over 30 mph.....but it sure was good to get it into the clubhouse....didn't play that bad all things considered....and the company was good

Friday, January 06, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1800

HappyUP!!! - the park
Why it happened - the boyz were assembling
Why it makes me happy - one NEVER gets too old for park time fun.....especially
in this incredible weather

HappyUP!!! - bunker shots
Why it happened - technique
Why it makes me happy - while I would prefer to NOT be in the bunkers, it happens. Threw a couple of QUALITY shots out of the kitty box today

HappyUP!!! - squeeking out a victory
Why it happened - steady, solid play
Why it makes me happy - I pay this guy more than he pays me....usually.....here's to 2012!

QuoteUP!!! 25 Eddie Rickenbauer

"There are no atheists in a lifeboat"

Thursday, January 05, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1799

HappyUP!!! - visit from R
Why it happened - he stops by once a month
Why it makes me happy - I always love the visit

HappyUP!!! - visit from EO
Why it happened - he was in the neighborhood
Why it makes me happy - it was great to catch up and find some new things out

HappyUP!!! - making a special delivery
Why it happened - people were in a bind
Why it makes me happy - using the driver's license to help someone out is an easy one that I like to do


Visit from R
Visit from EO
Making a special delivery

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1798

HappyUP!!! - Potatoes O'Brien....homemade spuds
Why it happened - made them a million times
Why it makes me happy - I have a potatoe peeler..... DeliciousUP!!!

HappyUP!!! - great meeting
Why it happened - Wed Toastmasters
Why it makes me happy - the first week back in a new year can be a little off....today was ANYTHING but...3 great speeches....superb evaluations....so proud to be part of this groups journey

HappyUP!!! - paperwork
Why it happened - I have responsibility
Why it makes me happy - I don't get paid to operate in the background.....and people don't know all I do...but I do...and that is all that matters

HappyUP!!! - leaves-be-gone
Why it happened - my city
Why it makes me happy - another leaf season has come and gone. Maybe one more "light rake" for the stragglers. I'm just happy that I raked the other day when I didn't feel like it.....as the big scooper made a surprise visit today

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1797

HappyUP!!! - helping a fallen friend
Why it happened - I was asked
Why it makes me happy - you always get more back when you do someone a favor

HappyUP!!! - Dean-o
Why it happened - I popped into his office
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't seen this guy in years.....and I was thrilled that he is doing so well.

HappyUP!!! - flexibility
Why it happened - a locked room
Why it makes me happy - no complaints from anyone...and a little improvisation....everyone had a great time.


2 great speeches
Flexibility with the crew
Speaking with Dean
Helping out a fallen friend
A bonus walk
Finding a needed item
Nice stock market start to 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1796

HappyUP!!! - relax time with the buds
Why it happened - holiday
Why it makes me happy - love my golfing friends....so many

HappyUP!!! - hot dog
Why it happened - I was hungry
Why it makes me happy - the Happy Shack makes one of the best dogs anywhere...and it was good today

HappyUP!!! - birdie on one
Why it happened - 3 good shots and a putt
Why it makes me happy - a GREAT start is always hopeful


One more day of holiday
Taking care of my girl
Drive/hybrid/wedge 1.....punch 2....up and down 3....drive/hybrid/wedge 4....up and down 8....bunker shot 12...drive/6 iron 13....4 iron/9 iron/putt 14....pitch 15...drive/wedge 16
Relax time with my buds
Dyson mini vac
Hot dog

Sunday, January 01, 2012

HappyUP!!! Day 1795 Sun NY Day

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous weather
Why it happened - the pattern continues
Why it makes me happy - what a perfect situation for the trip

HappyUP!!! - coming home
Why it happened - it's part of travelling
Why it makes me happy - as fun as away is....it's always good to come home

HappyUP!!! - the house back "together"
Why it happened - it was finally time
Why it makes me happy - I love it when....everyone....is back in the nest

HappyUP!!! New Years Day 2012

"Peeps get all jonesed up over New Year's Day...I understand it...but...it's silly....so NOT being a pessimist...U2 said it best..."NOTHING changes on New Years Day." The calendar is just a calendar....created by some guy...a guy no better than you or I.....at some time. EVERY day is New YOU's Day. If you want change, change ALWAYS happens in an instant. Jan 1 may not be THAT instant for you........but...IF....you want change....you WILL grab that instant....whenever it happens to be." - Me