Ten things that made me happy in August

August is a crazy month and one of my least favorites.  Nothing exciting to look forward to, no holidays to celebrate and hot, hot weather.  But, through it all, I managed to find ten things that made me happy as I look forward to September.

  1. Final pool days before school begins with these munchkins.  One of my favorite things is the sound of kids at the pool…the laughter, the screaming, the splashing…all things that would normally bother me, but not at the poolella and brendan at the pool augu 2017
  2. Plaid is back!  You will be seeing it everywhere in both home decor and fashion.  Love me some good plaid!

  3.  While the parts of this I can identify with do not particularly make me happy, the whole thing made me chuckle…especially #2, #4 and #9.getting old
  4. Having my daughter in town makes me happy any time of the year!  Her maid of honor from her wedding a year ago was getting married so she was returning the favor.  A beautiful wedding party and a beautiful wedding and, of course, an incredibly beautiful bride.  It was a short visit but this mama will take what she can get.
  5. This article in which I am mentioned and appear in a photo makes me both happy and sad.  The acrimony between the political parties this year has been exhausting but the happy part is that my dear friend, Lisa, and I survived it all and our friendship remains intact.  It has not been easy and this article offers insight into how others with differing political beliefs maintain relationships.  I encourage you to read it.
  6. While I want to share the pics I do not have permission from the photographer to do that so I will just share the link and urge you to click on.  These photos of animals who are normally natural enemies, living and loving together is something we, as humans, should make note of and maybe learn from.  Trust me, the photos will melt your heart!!
  7. This country’s behavior can be such a source of frustration for many of us, me in particular.  At times I am so confused and angry and frustrated and even frightened by what is going on in politics and the media and, most importantly, in our neighborhoods.  But the way this country has come together to help those in Texas and Louisiana renews my faith that those who have fought to preserve the values that this country was built on have not been a colossal waste of time and lives.  My father died an early death as a result of serving three tours down the rivers during the Vietnam war; so my hope now is that this behavior is the beginning of healing for all of us so that we can get back to being proud to be an American and living the American dream which includes prosperity, safety and freedom for all of us.

    texas flag cartoon from wayne dupree show facebook page

    via Wayne Dupree Show facebook page

  8.  Two visits in one month from my daughter?!  This mom could not be happier.  Especially when this visit came with the news that she and her husband are moving back to San Diego!!!!  They will be staying with us for a couple of months while they search for a home so it will be crowded (especially with their 3 dogs) but that is something I am willing to put up with just to have them nearby again.
  9.  Staging job complete!  Sometimes all it takes are some pretty towels in cheerful colors to make an outdated space look livable.  After all, the whole purpose of real estate staging is to inspire prospective owners.  Let’s hope this does the job and results in a quick sale!IMG_3418
  10. One of the best parts of August is looking forward to fall.  Spotting this photo of another one of my favorite things, acorns, made me happy.  Remember, it really is the little stuff that makes us the happiest!

About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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