Why Polka Dots?

I have been thinking about things that make me happy lately. What are those little things that bring a smile to our faces, but we don't really appreciate?

I was out for coffee with my friend Heather last Friday. She wanted to stop in a nearby store before leaving the mall. As we walked through the mall, some brightly colored wrapping paper caught me eye. They had florals, stripes and, yes, polk dot papers in wonderfully cheery colors : mango, magenta, citron, aqua, purple. I just couldn't help but think "aren't those cute"? I especially liked the citron polka dot paper and thought it would brighten the bookshelves in my new craft room. Heather told me that her daughter Molly always says that "polka dots make her happy".

You know, she's right. Think about it, would a polka dot ever make you feel sad, crabby or anxious? No! They are fun and whimsical. I dare you to look at something with polka dots and not feel your inner child smile. So that's the theme of my blog. Everyday I plan to find that little something that makes my inner child say "ooo, look at that!" and brings a smile to my face. I hope you do the same!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pancakes at Pop's

I was sorting through pictures and came across this gem. It is one of the best pictures I've ever taken.

Will and I visited my Dad in Colorado in February. We were treated to pancakes and bacon everyday for breakfast. Being a master short-order breakfast cook, we were also offered eggs to order, coffee cake and coffee, but the pancakes were our favorites.

Can you say SPOILED?????

Dad is famous for his breakfasts. When we were kids, we went skiing every weekend. Dad would whip up pancakes, eggs and bacon every morning for a crowd of people. All of this was produced out of a small, but efficient , kitchen at our condo. When I say crowd, I mean crowd. There were usually six O'Dea's, two dogs and various friends and neighbors packed into a Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon every weekend. Such great memories.

What made you happy today?


  1. These are great! And I do LOVE the shot of Grandpa cooking carefully in the background, Will in the fore, savoring the creations! And your Dad is so cute cooking in his turtle neck and crew neck sweater!!! Very polished chef look! THIS makes me happy today--Thank you, Kitty!