Friday, May 3, 2013

Celebrate the Small Things


 Celebrate the small things is the brilliant idea of VikLit. Each Friday we post something we wish to celebrate achieving or doing during the week. It can be writing/reading or life related. You can find the list and join us here.
  I made a small modification to the way I do this Meme. Instead of listing what I did during the week, I will  list every week ten things I love about my life. The challenge is not to repeat myself and mention things that meant a vivid joy when I lived them. So here it goes:

1. Awakening the inner child and putting the inner ancient one to sleep.
2. Earning a doctor's white coat with a red nose.
3. Getting to meet the real Patch Adams.
4. Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World.
5. Walking along cobbled streets.
6. A delightful Italian or Mexican meal in good company.
7. Having a drink in the terrace or by a small square in little town, just watching people pass by.
8. Carefree heartfelt hugs.
9. Family shrugging the risk of ridicule to make me smile for the first time in two years.
10. Nessun Dorma (Turandot):
"Dilegua, o notte!               Vanish, oh night!
Tramontate, stelle!              Fade, you stars!
Tramontate, stelle!              Fade, you stars!
All'alba vincerò!                 At dawn I will win!
Vincerò! Vincerò!."            I will win! I will win!



What are you celebrating? You don't have to mention ten. One will do. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. I'm a particular fan of #8. Good for the soul.

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  2. You met the real Patch Adams?
    Combine six and seven and I could spend the evening there.

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    1. Yes, the one and only. Great guy with a huge heart. :)
      Ah yes, it was good to remember those times while I wrote this.

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    2. This makes me smile! The movie was so touching on so many levels~
      :D
      I can see the swimming pool of spaghetti noodle!

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  3. Oh, and glad I make you smile and we have more in common than you thought!

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    1. You do more than that. You make me laugh from my heart and that's HUGE for me, you know. Laughter makes me enjoy life and that makes life better, therefore I love it more. Laughing with my heart heals me every day it happens. So basically, I'm saying each time you do that, you're helping me save my life. What else could I need to like you?

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  4. This list made me smile. You sound like you have such a charmed life. I mean you're a dragon after all!

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    1. That's right, Dani. Dragon charming here. *Hugs*

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  5. Didn't know dragons liked opera. Nessun Dorma is one of the favourites in our house, we particularly like our recording of Pavarotti singing it. Like Alex, I would also enjoy your 6 and 7 together. I hope it isn't really 2 years since you smiled.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    1. I like the three tenors version. It always manage to make me shiver with emotion but it was a longer video. I've done 6 and 7 many times together but I put divided it to make two points of it. (Cheater me)
      When family did their trick, yes it was. But that happened in 95. Now I smile or laugh almost everyday. :)

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    2. It occurs to me Al, if you could send me an email at Prideth at rogers.com about what you can eat these days, I could see if I can find some interesting recipes for you now and again.

      JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    3. That's extremely kind of you, Jo. I'll send you an email. The list is pretty simple actually. Thank you very much! :D

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  6. I could go for some Italian or Mexican food right now. Okay, maybe in a couple hours when it's closer to lunch.

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  7. All good things. I love sitting in a small outdoor cafe with good food, a little wine, a few friends. The best. :)

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    1. Ah yes, that's when you say life is good. :D

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    1. Thank you, Beverly! Welcome to the Dragon Cave. :D

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  9. I'm hoping to celebrate, real soon, the disappearance of the sound of construction. Silence . . .

    Wonderful list, I could see your pleasure within each word!

    Happy Friday!

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    1. Silence is a blessing, yes. Happy Friday to you too!

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  10. I like #7; it sounds lovely and relaxing.

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  11. Patch Adma's Gesundheit! Institute is in my state of West Virginia...which is totally cool.

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    1. Wow!! There, you see? That's one big reason to go visit you, besides of course, visiting you. :D

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  12. Beautiful list, as always ;)

    I do have to say, my favorite is carefree heartfelt hugs!

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  13. Wonderful list!
    I'm celebrating the bright blue sky on a sunny spring day!

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    1. Seems you and I are sharing same sky. :)

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  14. #4 is one of m favorite songs of all time! Love Louis Armstrong.

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  15. 'What a Wonderful World' that song gives me goosebumps. Husband played it when our first daughter was born so special to me too.

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  16. Aren't we all so fortunate to appreciate those small things that make up our lives. Those hugs are the best, arent' they?

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    1. There should be a hug day, no, better a hug year! :D

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  17. Oh my, haven't you been posting a lot. So sorry, I cannot keep up. I think you will know I relate to the first one. The wisdom of the inner child tells us the truth about unconditional love.

    Wishing you a peaceful, relaxing weekend, my friend. Your smile will light up the world!

    Gary :)

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    1. Thank you for the support, Gary. Yes, I must reorganize myself and quit the rush feeling the challenge left me.

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  18. I could go for 5,6 and 8. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Wonderful weekend for you too :)

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  19. You paint a lovely picture of precious happy moments. Thanks for sharing them with us and letting us be a part!

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    1. Thanks for being there for me. Hugs!

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  20. What I wouldn't do for some good Mexican food right now. I was born and raised in San Diego. Moving to Florida ended my days of being able to find authentic Mexican food. :(
    Yes, carefree, heartfelt hugs and walking along cobblestone streets, laughing like loons to see Father Dragon chuckling at everything.

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    1. What else could we ask for, right? You make me dream. :)

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  21. I love your list and the fact you met Patch Adam's is awesome.

    My little celebration runs through this week into next. My eight grade grandson had a band concert last night. Fifth grade granddaughter has hers next Tuesday, and my eighth grade granddaughter and sixth grade grandson both have orchestra concerts next Wednesday. I will be at all of them. How lucky am I to have all my grandkids living that close?

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    1. Very lucky. If I had my nephew that close...World would probably come to an end, hahaha.

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  22. Love that video. I remember watching the Paul Potts Britain's Got Talent clip on youtube and it literally moved me to tears.

    Enjoy your weekend, Al. :)

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    1. I saw that video too! Amazing, his story. Have a great weekend, Julie.

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    1. Not a bad idea at all, Jo. Good thing about being a dragon is that I can hug many in my arms. :)

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  24. I'm celebrating the fact that I have enough money to pay this month's bills!

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    1. And not the fact that you got me to pass you chocolate under the table at Jo's place? But next time you tell on me hiding behind the curtains, I'll pass those chocolates to someone else instead. :P

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    2. Okay, now it was my turn to spit on my computer screen. Sugar Smacks. I have now officially been scolded by a dragon. And lived!

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  25. I love people watching--always so entertaining. Enjoy your weekend!

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  26. Walking along cobbled streets and eating in dainty cafes
    Yes, that's a wonderful way to spend some of my days:)

    Happy Friday, Al:)

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    1. I think it's one of people's favorite things. So relaxing. :) Happy weekend, M.J.

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  27. Making an art date with myself and keeping it! Walking downtown in the historic section of town and letting the ideas flow ;D Yes, we have cobbled streets and I love to stop at my favorite watering hole, Muddy Waters for a Liquid Brownie-sugar free Frozen slushie goodness~

    Nicely done! I love that song and your list!

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    1. That sounds delicious. I have a dragon size sweet tooth and my favorite are sweet frozen things. Next time you go, have one for me too. :)

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  28. You met Patch Adams, wow...how fantastic. I'm celebrating that life is good, even with lack of jobs and less money, we are managing and that deserves to be celebrated.

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    1. Definitively. That's look at the good side of things. :)
      Yes, Patch has an extraordinary fit funny bone in spite of his age. You have to smile as soon as you see him, just like that.

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  29. Carefree heartfelt hugs - definitely a celebration!

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  30. Ya know Al, if there is another place in all of Blogland as warm and fuzzy as your Dragon Cave, I'll eat my Texas Quilt. Ten Vivid Joy's shared...amazing list. White coat with RedNose...that's definately YOU...Dr. PatchDragon.

    Thanks so much for your great comment on my Reflection Post. My 'Roots Are Showing' will be an ongoing theme while I put together my Georgia Ancestors.

    Here's a 'MuchoGrande #Ocho' for Staying In The Ring! (made ya SMILE, huh...I do have a TexMex accent)

    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ Reflection Post

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    1. You made me laugh, Sue. I don't want you to eat any of your beautiful quilt. Dr. PatchDragon? hahaha, it sounds good. My name was Dr. Ala Frank Einstein. It was fun because I had a fit every time someone called me Frankenstein, which was like all the time, and people laughed at that.
      So TexMex uh? :D Can tell, hahaha.

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  31. This list was wonderful. I especially liked the part about walking on cobbled streets. I don't know what it is, but I agree that it is a wonderful thing ...to think back on how things used to be in the world and how far we've come ...but how much care was put into things before modern technology has made some things cheaper and less resourceful.

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    1. I like to think on that too. Mostly on colonial streets. Thanks for reading. :)

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  32. Nessun Dorma, performed by Andrea Boccelli moves me to tears... everytime... what a voice!
    I'm sending you a special South African hug, all the way across the blogoverse ====== HUG!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. Dragon Hugs back at you. :D

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  33. Those are all wonderful things to celebrate. Yesterday, I celebrated golden rays peeking out from behind Table Mountain. :-)

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  34. I like the number 10 and always will love heartfelt hugs, they feel your day, your heart and improve your mood!

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  35. I'm way ready to do number 7! Save a drink for me. :) Writer’s Mark

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