Oh Happy Day


Joining in with Cathy’s brilliant meme – a In a Vase on Monday.

Hydrangeas and asters with the bag that Miss E (8) is making.


Last night goes right into the top 10 most surreal nights I have ever spent. I set the alarm for 1.30am so that I could watch the eclipse of the full moon – which was well worth staying up most of the night for. Magical, russet for a while and weirdly beautiful.

I knew the eclipse would take a few hours – what to do – I found a website where I could watch the eclipse in real time on my lap-top, as it was too bright to look at to begin with, got back into bed with lap-top and put a DVD on the TV to keep me awake. Every so often I would pause the DVD, put on my sunglasses and go outside to watch the moon.

The DVD was Hector’s Search for HappinessDSC_0654

with Simon Pegg – a nice easy watch for most of the time but taking me and my mind on a journey around the world searching for happiness – whilst also watching an eclipse on a computer as well as in reality, outside in the dark with sunglasses on – it sent my brain off in even more weird somersaults than usual, and set me thinking about what made me really happy.

I realised that sitting crafting all day listening to Radio 4, was one of the ways I get to feel that all’s well in my world, and that I have not had a whole day like that for ….. hmmm…… well …… years.

So I gave myself a ‘Happy Day’ and I sat and played with beads and made beaded decorations:

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They are to be sewn onto some tote bags and shoulder bags that Miss EDSC_0662

is making with me. I thought I would make a selection and then she will no doubt come up with her own brilliant ideas to decorate her bag,DSC_0666

and the ones she wants to make for presents

DSC_0668It thrills me to bits when I can justify keeping all sorts of strange objects like these funny little animal boardsDSC_0656

which I will make some holes in with a bradle that belonged to my Grandmother,DSC_0667

and hang the dingle-dangles from them.

I worked/played from 8.30am til 5.30pm (with a short walk at lunchtime) and then I quickly put a vase together to join Cathy and her gardening pals. I didn’t want to miss out.


Oh Happy Day!

What would you love to do all day if you could?


29 responses to “Oh Happy Day

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  2. How about this? I’ll also be 81 in 2033 (on Halloween, wouldn’t that be the best night for it) and my hub and I sat out late (not as late here though of course) and watched from lawn chairs in our driveway. My phone doesn’t do well on moon shots, so it was nothing for me, either. Love your colorful beaded danglies!

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    • Hey! Join the club! We’ll have to have a cyber party! The 1952ers Stargazers Knees Up – or should I say Moongazers. So glad you like the ‘danglies’, they are fun to make.


  3. Ann Edwards Photography

    lovely muted pinks in your vase and your decorations are great too! Sadly, it was too cloudy here in the east to see the eclipse – such a shame as the skies had been clear for several nights before (and after!)

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  4. Sounds like a perfect day to me!

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  5. Asters and Hydrangeas go beautifully together and I would never have thought to put them in a vase next to each other due to their different sizes. But your arrangement looks lovely! Love all the beads too… 🙂

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    • Thank you Cathy. I don’t have much colour in the garden at the moment and I needed to be quick, so I just grabbed what I could and bunched them in my hand – it seemed to look ok so I tied them all together just as they were – sometimes speed helps! So glad you like it.

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  6. I love the flowers, so pretty. Those decorations you made are lovely, I am sure Miss E will find something amongst all those treasures to decorate her bag with..
    Glad you had a lovely, chilled out day 🙂

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  7. It was a happy day indeed…your decs and vase are lovely.

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  8. I feel I missed out. I did take some photos of the full moon before settling down at 11.30 but didn’t even contemplate waking up to watch it in real time. Your dingle dangles are so pretty and it’s so good to hear about your crafting exploits with Miss E. Radio 4 and crafting all day (with a lunchtime walk of course) sounds heavenly.

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  9. Love your Hydrangeas. Glad you were able to view the eclipse. After hardly any rain all summer, we had rain last night during the supermoon eclipse event. Oh well.

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  10. That must have been a surreal experience – no wonder you have been basking in strange energies all day and been so creative!! We woke up at the time of the eclipse but sadly you couldn’t see it from our house – the full moons always seem to shine directly into our bedroom at bedtime, which is always amazing, but of course had moved by the eclipse time. When I was working our Headteacher ‘gave’ all staff a half day off as a thank you so I made sure I was quite self-indulgent with mine (swimming, steam room, holistic treatment, etc, all the things I didn’t normally have time for). It’s a bit different when you are retired and every day can be as self-indulgent as you want!! Glad you had a happy day – and managed to squeeze a vase in for extra happiness! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  11. Very pretty beaded decorations. I especially like the blue beaded ones.

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  12. Your vase is beautiful, and your decorations lovely, lots of inspiration around there! I saw all the eclipse from my backyard, really a magical night!

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