Earlier this summer the lovely Leanne over at From Australia to Italy gave me this fun Sweet Friends blog award. Grazie, Leanne!! According to the rules of this blog award, I must list 10 things that make me happy and pass on the award to 5 others. Can do, Leanne!  Here we go … in no particular order and deliberately not thinking too hard …

10 Things That Make Me Happy

#1 – Raspberries. Yes, exactly like that opening scene of Amélie.

#2 – Fats Waller singing just about anything. This will do:

#3 – A beautiful morning on the Amalfi Coast. Sigh…

#4 – The art of Henri Matisse.

#5 – Avocados. Especially when my friend Emily makes guacamole.

#6 – Puffy. Otherwise known as “Poof-man,” “Squeaky” or “The Pooks.” 

#7 – The sound of little pebbles washing back and forth in the sea.

#8 – The smell of sheets that have been dried in the sun.

#9 – Fred Astaire films.

(Did you know he actually was from Omaha, Nebraska? I am strictly from corn, too.)

#10 – The samba music of Vinicius de Moraes.




Now that I have your toes tapping and made you hungry for guacamole, here are the five blogs I would like to share this award with. You all make me happy, too!

#1 – Anne from Anne in Oxfordshire

#2 – Lisa from Wanderlust Women’s Travel Dreams

#3 – Carol & Bill from Our Year in Italy

#4 – Katie from Olio di Olive e Sogni di Vino

#5 – Linda from News From Italy

  • Anne in Oxfordshire

    Ciao Laura, How sweet of you Thank you. Made me smile today when I saw it..:-) Will do post soon 🙂

    September 20, 2010
  • Global Butterfly

    I'm obsessed with Henri Matisse too!

    September 20, 2010
  • Wanderlust Woman

    Ciao cara e grazie.
    Please don't hate me for not re-posting this but WWT is no longer "blog oriented"…so can I post my happy stuff here?
    1. chestnuts soaked in mandarino
    2. old friends who love you no matter what
    3. R
    4. Motown
    5. Claude Monet
    6. trustworthiness
    7. unlimited travel
    8. beach days
    9. spa days
    10. Amalfi Coast

    September 20, 2010
  • Leanne in Italy

    What a lovely list!

    September 20, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Anne! Always happy to share the smiles around. 🙂

    Ciao Andi! Oh, I know… one thing on my bucket list is to see the Henri Matisse museum in southern France. Have you ever looked at the drawings he did later in his life? So simple and yet so beautiful!

    Ciao Lisa! No worries! I meant to include the little caveat like Leanne did that there's no pressure at all to continue the award if you don't want to. It was just to say that you make me happy and smile! Thanks so much for sharing your list here. 🙂

    Ciao Leanne! It was fun to think of… plus it made me get out all my Fred Astaire CDs last night and listen to them for the first time in a long time. I think it's a good idea for everyone to stop occasionally and think about the things that make us happy. It's too easy sometimes to forget to give those things to ourselves on a daily basis. Thanks for the reminder!

    September 21, 2010
  • LindyLouMac

    Oh Laura, I am touched, only just seen this properly. I wondered what it was yesterday posted on my FB page.
    I recently decided that I would not post any award posts on my blog as they are not really right for the blog (I have posted a message explaining)so hope you do not mind if I also just list here!
    1. My lovely husband
    2. Our daughters.
    3. Family and Friends
    4. Italy
    5. The beauty of Nature
    6. Music
    7. Reading
    8. Photography
    9. Travelling
    5. Our Garden

    September 21, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Linda! I don't do blog awards very often either, so I completely understand. Sorry I missed that post explaining! 🙂 Thanks so much for leaving your list here in the comments. It's a great list!

    September 21, 2010

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