A Dose of Happy

DOH Monday: Road Ends Ahead

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Last year, for Christmas, we went to the beach. South Padre Island, to be specific. I got to spend Christmas Day on the beach, and it was amazing.

We drove to the place where the road ends and got out and walked and walked and picked up seashells, then we rode to the other end of the island, where the land ended, and walked, and picked up seashells, and saw birds, and took a dolphin watch cruise, and in general, just opted out of the commercial side of Christmas.

Whenever I feel the world pressing in too closely around me, I just look at these pictures and remember when we went to the place where the road ends. I remember the Christmas that was about enjoying the world I live in, with the souls I love the most. I remember the awe I felt as I stood on the beach and watched the gulf crash into the shore, and I remember the tears I cried as I stared at the beauty my creator wrought. And the world recedes, and my heart knows a moment's peace.

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DOH Monday: Mollie The Lion

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So, this week, my dose of happy made me laugh and smile, but I'm pretty sure my dog was pissed off at me.

I made a lion's mane for her to wear for Halloween. Halloween is also when we celebrate her birthday.

She didn't give a shit about the lion costume, she didn't give a shit about the trick-or-treaters. She just wanted her presents. But she sure did make a cute lion, even if she was royally pissed when I took the pic.

Isn't it precious?

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DOH Monday: Bricktown Candy Store

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We were in Oklahoma City recently, and saw an informational card for the Bricktown Candy Store. Gelato. Hot Chocolate. Coffee. 150 flavors of bottled soda pop. and candy candy candy.

As if that weren't enough happy ...they even let my little Mollie in.

And there was a machine that made candy art sculpture things.

And soda pop that tasted like purple. With bubbles in it.

I'll shut up now and let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

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DOH Monday: wide open spaces

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I love wide open spaces. The kid that you can only find in the plains. I find a deep peace in standing in the middle of a field so large that you can't see anything but grasses all the way to the horizon.

When I stand in a field like that, I feel like there is nothing to stand between me and my higher power as I understand it. I am all alone with nothing to distract me from that power greater than myself, the power that keeps me clean.

I find great serenity in wide open spaces.

Recently, on a road trip, I got the opportunity to stand at the edge of a wide open space and listen to the wind blowing through the grasses. It was almost as if my higher power was whispering to me, reminding me that just for today, I am the miracle and life is beautiful.

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DOH Monday: Birthday Balloons

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Recently, Sunshine's grandmother celebrated her 90th birthday.

As if that weren't awesome enough by itself, Sunshine's sister cooked gumbo for the occasion. Sunshine's sister is why I love cajun food; that wench can cook her ass off and that gumbo was fucking amazing.

There were also balloon bouquets on each table.

 

 

After the party was over, nobody knew what to do with all those balloons. So we cut them loose and let them fly so that they could bring a smile to somebody's face as they floated overhead.

 

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