Random 5 Friday: Happiness Spilling Over

posted by Sharon July 26, 2013 11 Comments

Here are 5 random things from my life this past week.

Happiness spills over. We went to a favorite restaurant of mine for my birthday. Our table by the window looked out on the garden, and on beyond that is the small airport. A helicopter did touch and go landings. Then a wedding party paraded through the restaurant. The young couple got married in the garden as we ate inside. Next, a party of 10 or so arrived and sat next to our table. The young girl in a raspberry-pink dress and sparkly shoes ran around greeting the food servers. Everyone knew everyone. We figured this was the owner’s family having dinner. And finally, the wedding party moved inside and the garden was redecorated for a 40th birthday celebration. Somehow all the happiness around us spilled over and our evening’s joy was greater because we were surrounded by smiling, lovely people.

Surprises. This birthday brought some sweet surprises. A package from my daughter with a gift card to Anthropologie. I would gladly live in that store. My coworkers gave me a gift card and surprised me with a bouquet of roses. Then midday Saturday a man came to the door. He held out a package from Edible Arrangements — a box of chocolate-covered strawberries, a gift from my son and his family. These unexpected gifts brought fun, color, and flavor!

Perseverance. Two piano students in a row showed up feeling under the weather. They both assured me they weren’t contagious. But I figured they would rather be at home resting. One laid his head down on the piano keys at one point. They showed up, though, and they played their songs. Woody Allen said, “Eighty percent of success in life is showing up.” I admire these students who soldiered on. They inspire me.

Friend time. One of my long-time friends and I had dinner this week. Over cashew chicken we caught up on the last several months of life — a wedding, surgeries, work, family crises. We laughed. We asked each other for advice. Conversation crisscrossed from wedding attire to Downton Abbey. Life is good when you can be yourself with a friend who cares.

Summer reading. I’m reading Daniel Silva’s new book, The English Girl. What a page-turner! I’ve read Silva’s previous 12 books and this one is another fine adventure. Set in France, London, and Israel, this thriller is intelligent and well written. I highly recommend it.

So how about you? What’s happening in your corner of the world?

Linking up with Random 5 Friday. The photo of one of the roses from my bouquet is edited with Nancy’s texture Argo.

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments

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Anne Payne July 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

That is a stunning Rose! Unexpected gifts are such beauties. So glad you had an enjoyable birthday.

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Snap July 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

Gorgeous photo. Happy Birthday to you and happiness spilling over for sure! What a wonderful week. Thanks for the reminder about Silva’s new book. I heard him on NPR recently. I’ve always enjoyed his books.

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Debra @ Homespun July 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

A happy post indeed! Sounds like a wonderful week and now I think that I’ve been missing something in life…choc strawberries! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Robyn July 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Happy Belated Birhtday, Sharon! Glad you had a great day and time with a good friend. Priceless!

It is interesting what we experience in life that can motivate us or help us see the bigger picuture.

I stayed up past my bed time to finish a Barbara Freethy book last night. What shall I read next? I have a few choices on my kindle. Gone With The Wind is on my summer list.

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a gathering of days July 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

What a wonderful week you had! happy birthday. I want to go to that restaurant.

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Erin @Detroit Magpies July 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Sounds like a week of love and happy times! Friend time is really so important. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Belated Birthday!

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Melanie July 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Sounds like you had a lovely birthday!! Life is good when you can be with a friend that cares! Enjoyed reading your Random 5!

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Sharon Wagner July 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

It all starts with showing up. That is for sure.

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Veronica Roth July 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Hi Sharon, happy late birthday! My birthday was in July too; we’re a bunch of nice people, we July babies, aren’t we? ๐Ÿ™‚ Your restaurant experience sounds wonderful and memorable and your children, with those lovely prezzies for you! Wow, you’re a lucky mom. You know, I always wanted to learn piano and had to chose between skating and piano when we immigrated to Canada. One of these days I’m going to take some lessons and learn. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ida P. Krause July 27, 2013 at 4:20 am

Oh my your photo is lovely.
Happy Belated Birthday – Sounds like it was wonderful. Such lovely unexpected gifts.

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal July 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

Busy busy! Good stuff going on this week for you Sharon! Love your sweet little rose in the glass vase. So pretty!

Thanks so much for joining in @ R5F.

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