Joy To My World – “Who I Am” Chapter 8

After previously posting a list of my pet peeves, it is only right to give equal time to the things that bring me joy.

You’ve heard me say it before, I’m a lucky gal. Pathologically optimistic, I take great pleasure in celebrating life’s gifts.

Certainly, it goes without saying that it is the people in my life who bring me the greatest happiness. Experiences shared with these folks bring a kaleidoscope of color to my days and fill my heart with delight.

With grateful appreciation for the life I live, here are some things that add joy to my world:

Every single second spent with my grandchildren. Snuggling with them, listening to them tell stories and laugh, reading to them and hearing those oh-so-magical words, “I love you, Momo.” – means the world to me.

I could easily end my list of joys with that but it would be a pretty short post so I will carry on.

A perfectly cooked steak accompanied by a fabulous Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. (You knew wine would be on the list, right?)

Outdoor firepits – especially the one on this beautiful deck in Montana.

Montana fire pit brings joy

Football season.  I particularly enjoy college football (including tailgating) but will happily while away hours watching the pro games, too.

Amazon Prime. I consider this to be Jeff Bezos’s gift to procrastinators and those needing instant gratification. Guilty and guilty.

Blogging. I love writing and reading. I love figuring out the technical stuff and design. But ask just about any blogger and they will agree that the community – the people we meet both virtually and in real life – is the very best part of blogging.

Disney World – the happiest place on Earth and the site of so many wonderful family memories.

Disney World Cinderella's Castle

Pizza – my favorites being a Chicago deep dish pizza with green olives or a crispy thin crust with pepperoni and pineapple.

Dining al fresco in a world without mosquitos, flies or bees. I must admit, this is one thing I miss about living in San Diego.

Game night. My favorite board game: Personal Preference. Please visit here to read about the time I called a store looking for this perfectly innocent, “get to know your friends and family” game and, to the horror of the store clerk, called it “an adult specialty game”.

board games

My new computer. She is beautiful and lightning fast. The old one put up a gallant effort after its full-scale crash but was just never the same. Now the old guy is resting comfortably in the closet of electronics to be recycled and is no longer living under the threat of being smashed with a hammer.

A fresh blanket of snow on the ground with a bright blue sky up above. I know people think we were crazy to leave San Diego to return to Chicago but I really, truly love winter.

Thanksgiving and all the trimmings. You gotta love a holiday that solely revolves around sharing food. Also, there are the leftovers.

My house. There’s no place like home.


A basket of warm bread on a restaurant table. And if that warm bread is sourdough? Pure bliss.

On a related note, a warm sweatshirt or towel just out of the dryer.

Excellent customer service. It’s not that hard. Why do some companies treat their customers like adversaries rather than the lifeblood of their business? Mutual respect is a good start.

Snail mail of the handwritten kind.

The Golden Dome.

The Golden Dome

The calming sound of waves on the shore. Of course, for me, this must be experienced under the cover of a slathering of sunscreen and a giant hat. As my daughter says, we Irish are an indoor tribe.

Thoughtfulness, generosity, and appreciation.

The Star Spangled Banner and a flyover. Brings both joy and tears.

Time spent at a winery. My favorite vacation with family is to Disney World. My favorite vacation with friends is wine tasting.

Winderlea winery

Christmas carols – mostly the classics, not the one about Mama needing shoes in heaven.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert.

Springsteen concert

Going to the movies. A matinee rom-com and a bucket of popcorn (with butter if I’m being honest) is how I spell “A perfect afternoon”.

Pay it forward at Starbucks. Either as a giver or receiver, this random act of kindness makes me happy.

Kindness in any form. I’m a strong believer in the power of kindness to soften hearts and minds and the power of kindness to heal the world.

But what else would you expect from a pathological optimist?

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

What about you? What places, experiences, and things bring joy to your life?


Throughout 2016, I am participating in the “Who I Am” project which is the brainchild of Dana from Kiss My List and Bev from Linkouture.

The purpose of the project is to give participants an opportunity to record the story of their life – for themselves, for their children, or just because.

There is still time to join in the fun. Click here to get the monthly prompts.

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  1. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday as well!
    Anything right out of the dryer in the cooler months is just about the best thing ever, especially if it’s early in the morning or in the evening right before bed 🙂
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  2. It’s no wonder you are one of my best buds, I can relate with almost all of them. EXCEPT figuring out technical stuff!! I am thankful that I have YOU by my side during conferences so you can explain it to me. I’m also thankful that your children live in Boston so I can see you!! Great post! Have a wonderful week!!

  3. These are so good, Mo – and I agree with almost every one! I need to check out that board game soon.

    I hope one day I can visit Disney World with my grandchildren, although first I’d love to go to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with no kids in tow. That’s on my empty nester bucket list!
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  4. What a great post! Thanks for sharing of yourself, Mo – your posts always make me happy and while I think I feel like I know you pretty well after several years of reading your blog, these “Get To Know You” posts just affirm why I like you so much! xoxo
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  5. Mo, This is a lovely list, and I’m so happy to make the acquaintance of a “pathological optimist”. Keep the good feels, and the lovely photographs, coming. 😉
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  6. Great to catch up last week!
    LOVE the roar of jet engines momentarily drowning out our national anthem.
    Loved Bruce Springsteen ever since I heard Greetings from Asbury Park being played down the hall in Farley. Saw him twice at the ACC – how about you?
    Love pineapple on just about any pizza (much to the bewilderment of my husband).
    I enjoy sending snail mail, making cards, and buying note cards, greeting cards, stamps, address labels.

  7. You love many things that I love, it is no wonder I read every word of your posts. Have a great week!
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  8. It should come as no surprise to you that your pizza description garnered attention from me. As for me:

    Places: Swannanoa, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Tallahassee, Fla.
    Experiences: Watching my girls play; connecting with kids as a coach; the art of writing, during easy times and difficult.
    Things: A big spoonful of sun butter; a baseball cap that fits just right; the open road.

  9. Love your list Mo! And speaking of college football – it starts Friday night for us and then a big game in 2 weeks at Notre Dame. Will you be there?
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  10. What a happy, feel good post. I’m going to have a better morning just having read these. Thanks for the warm fuzzies…and yes – I can’t wait for college football season to start.

  11. What a great list, Mo, especially because I can relate to sooooo many of them! Love that photo of the Golden Dome and can hardly wait for college football to start. I, too, am a hopeless optimist and I love your daughter’s expression about being an indoor tribe. I hadn’t heard that before, but it’s so true. Sigh. No lovely tans for us Irish lasses — guess that’s why “tan-in-a-bottle” is so popular!!
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  12. I’ve had black olives on pizza many times, but NEVER green ones. I’ll have to give that a try.
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  13. you know what’s even better than warm bread? creamy butter along side it…not that hard stuff that you can’t even stick a knife in.
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  14. What a great idea! I will have to check it out. You and I have a lot in common!

  15. “An adult specialty game” had me hooting out loud. SO funny. And guess what? One more thing in common: I adore Winter. Absolutely adore it. Give me a chilly night and a glass of red and I’m yours. This fits in with my oft-mentioned (at least to my darling family) theory of how important a role our heritage plays into the seasons. Most of my pals who hail from warm countries such as Italy adore the Summer while those who hail from Ireland, England or other less than warm climates tend to prefer Fall and Winter.
    I’m SO happy you’ve got a new computer, too. Yay! How refreshing to be able to sit down and hammer away without the deep-seated desire to bash away literally. May it bring you years of peaceful joy. Looking forward to reading your many, many upcoming posts.
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    • Kelly, that is absolutely brilliant! I’ve never before made the connection between heritage and climate preference. Peter – with Italian ancestors – doesn’t quite love winter as much as I do. It must be a combination of his Italian blood and the fact that his chores include shoveling the snow and scraping ice off the car window. He will happily join us, though, over the glass of red!
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  16. You and I have lots in common. It would be fun to be neighbors. The blogging community will have to do. I’m a farely new football fan. I haven’t watched any pre-season games. I’m not there yet.
    Have you tried the game Headbandz? It’s pretty fun.

    Love your house, it is beautimous!
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  17. Being kind, steaks with a good wine, hugs from grandkids, football… I love all of this. My husband is from TN and so is a college football fan (VOLS) and I’m from Denver so am a Pro-fan (BRONCOS), but I do love a good football game. We thought about enrolling Tucker in little league football but found out they practice 5 nights a week for the last 2 weeks of summer and three nights a week (from 6-8pm) during school so I was like NO.
    I love a fresh blanket of snow on the ground with blue skies. Like I said, from Colorado! Where in Montana were you? My mom lives in Bozeman. It’s a happy place of mine.
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    • Kristi, the picture is from our friends’ house in Whitefish looking out toward Glacier. Beautiful country!!! I can’t believe the practice schedule for little league football!!! It sounds like you made the right call. I’m currently watching my college football team, Notre Dame, losing so I decided to take out my computer for a distraction. Thanks for helping with that!
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