My Joy Jar

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This week these things brought happiness to my life:

  1. Cava (Dune’s mom) is Casey’s (puppy #3) litter-mate
  2. every time Dune pees & poops outside
  3. Dune & Jacob cuddling
  4. talking to Sue on the phone
  5. getting more sleep
  6. the power of food protocol
  7. new panel behind my desk
  8. Dune’s spunky attitude
  9. helping my sister learn to email attachments
  10. helping Kris
  11. Dune relieving
  12. Dune sleeping
  13. Dune snuggling with Zodiac
  14. Yakira in class
  15. Dune in her jacket
  16. colors of my knitting project
  17. Dune on the stairs
  18. purple
  19. finishing my fingerless gloves
  20. watching Dune take a nap
  21. Dune sleeping until 6 a.m.
  22. Zodiac doing his happy dance
  23. warmer temperatures outside
  24. coming home to a dry Dune in her kennel
  25. how good Dune & Zodiac were at puppy class
  26. Dune pooping outside
  27. thinking of seeing Yakira soon

 

My Joy Jar

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I had so much fun doing something every week last year for my 50th birthday that I decided I wanted to something this year but of a different sort. I think the seed got planted when I was doing research for Gift Idea #49 – Memory Jar. One of the ideas was to put slips of paper in a jar as things you want to remember happen each day. The next piece came when I was listening to a talk by Dieter Uchtdorf called “Of Regrets and Resolutions”¬† One of the things he suggests we decide our own happiness. And I believe he is right. I think these two ideas combined somewhere in my brain and the “Joy Jar” was born.

I took an old canning jar that I really like and added some ribbon and tags in the happy color, yellow. I also collected a bunch of yellow tags and pieces of card stock to write my joyful moments on. My plan is to post a list of my Joy Jar moments each week (hopefully on Saturdays) for the rest of the year. So here goes my first list:

  • bright sunshine
  • Yakira is in phase 6
  • seeing Zodaic and Kai romping through the snow in the backyard
  • Bill and Zodiac playing
  • taste of good ice cream
  • how good heat feels after being outside on a cold day
  • eating pomelo
  • Zodiac’s cute little face
  • 99 countries visited my blog in 2012
  • a brand new year (2013)
  • eating Lindor chocolates
  • visual image of Lotus (a puppy in training) wearing ankle socks in pink and yellow because his raiser thinks his feet are cold
  • Zodiac’s joy
  • aurora borealis
  • thinking of our trip to Alaska
  • homemade pizza
  • being back inside our warm house
  • cuddling with our cat, Gandy
  • Tillamook yogurt for $.59 each
  • seeing Zodiac and Gandy looking out the window together, Gandy in his tower and Zodiac with his front feet on the bottom part of the tower and his body underneath.

I had fun doing this. I’m looking forward to the coming weeks. What has brought you joy this past week?