It’s difficult to choose only 8, from a lifetime of memories, but here’s what I came up with:
[Is it cheating to use photo collages? 😉 ]
Of course, you knew it had to start with dogs, yes? 🙂
1. Three things that make me happy in one photo, namely Hubby, home and doggies. This photo was taken in 1998, two years after we moved in. The Dalmatian was our beautiful Tasha. I used to sing “You Are My Sunshine” to her because she was. ♥ The others were houseguests, including little Saba, the Jack Russell, whom we knew for over 17 years. Read her story HERE.
2. This one goes all the way back to 1975, again showing three happiness items in one photo. The puppy was 8-week old cockapoo Sheila, our very first dog together. ♥ This was my favourite poncho, purchased during a visit to Germany in 1970. I wore it often and still have it. The car was a snazzy 1971 Torino 500, which hubby had purchased three years earlier (coincidentally – or perhaps not – on my 17th birthday).
3. & 4. We’re going back to 1968 now and my grandparents’ home in Germany. Here they are with my parents, on Christmas Eve. The second photo is me with my cousin, enjoying New Year’s Eve festivities. Some of the happiest memories of my youth were from that time period, 1965 to 1969 when we lived in Germany.
5. Another thing that always makes me happy is music. I love going to rock concerts and am on a “concert high” for days afterwards! (Making up for lost time, as you can read HERE.) This is a collage of some concert photos. Top row, l-r: John Kay & Steppenwolf, Eric Burdon & The Animals. Second row, l-r: Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones. Third row, l-r: Black Sabbath, The Who. Last row, l-r: The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart. (Click on the links to view more of my posts about these musicians.) If you’re interested, you can see the most recent concert list HERE.
6. Hubby and I had some of the most fun in the late 70s and early 80s, running an amateur men’s soccer club. He played, of course, having started at the age of 6 in Italy. Our entire social life revolved around the team and there were parties after every game. They did well, which made it even more exciting. Many victory celebrations! I was the PR person, liaising with the local paper and writing the weekly newsletter.
Travel always makes me happy too and there have been so many fabulous trips!
7. One of the earlier excursions took place in March 1967 when my mother and I vacationed in the Canary Islands. This included a day trip to the Spanish Sahara (now called the Western Sahara). You can read details HERE.
8. Saving the best for last! In 2013, I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream, by taking a two-week tour of Greece, as part of our month-long 40th-anniversary trip to Europe. Ancient history is another passion of mine and I had been yearning to visit Greece since I was old enough to read about it. That first night in Athens brought tears to my eyes. One of those “pinch me” moments! Top row, l: First glimpse of The Acropolis from the hotel rooftop bar. r: We made it up to The Parthenon! (Easy, compared to some of the other ruins we explored.) Middle row, l: Flame cauldron at Ancient Olympia. r: Hanging monasteries of Meteora. Bottom row, l: Palace of Knossos, Crete. r: Santorini; a true paradise
So, these are my 8. A collage only counts as one photo, yes? 😉
[Collages made using FOTOR]
To participate in the 8 Photos of Happiness event:
- Thank your nominator (me) and link to them in your post.
- Link to the creator (Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet)
- Post your 8 photos of happiness (The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy.)
- Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it or let the photos do the talking!
- Spread the happiness and tag up to ten other bloggers!
Rather than tagging a whole list of people, I’m only going to nominate two – with the proviso that there’s no pressure to participate. These ladies are both excellent photographers and fellow Ontarians:
In addition, I’m extending an open invitation to anyone reading this. Please join in if you’d like to. The more, the merrier! (See above for guidelines.)
What makes you happy?
Looking forward to your comments!
Also linking up with Write Tribe’s #MondayMusings initiative.
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