Awards: Things That Make Me Happy

My friend Novroz from Novroz Favorite Things tagged me with the Happy award. Thanks, Novroz!

My task is to write down 10 things that make me happy and pass on the award to fellow blogger(s). Let see – in just any order, really:

  1. Not having to get up in the morning and waking up to find this out! The alarm clock is off but I wake at the usual time. No, it’s OK, I can go back to sleep. Ah, lovely!
  2. Cooking with my sons (13 and 11). They really enjoy making food (special food, not standard evening meals) and I only need to guide them a little, they do the rest.
  3. Turning my computer on in the morning and finding that many people have checked my blog (and left comments, the best part!).
  4. A nice cup of tea and some plain chocolate (or plain with hazelnuts) – yummy!
  5. Sitting around with my friends and some coffee. Just talking about this and that and not having to go anywhere.
  6. Going for a cycle ride with my husband in the country side. Wind through our hair, sun on our face, the smell of grass and trees.
  7. Putting my books in our new book cases. Well, this will happen in a few weeks, when the book cases arrive. Looking forward to it!
  8. Shopping in IKEA. I like IKEA for having modern furniture and accessories, and because it’s so cheap, I can always afford buying a few things.
  9. Dancing on 70s music (Abba, Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin).
  10. Sitting in the bath with a good book. With the water level increasing as I keep adding hot water.

I’d like to pass this on to two other bloggers. I won books from both of them recently. And this actually also made me very happy. I love to win and I love books!

  • Rikki from The Bookkeeper. I just love her blog! She has more than just reviews and that makes it varied and interesting.
  • Amy from Amy Reads. She reads even more than me, and often books that I didn’t know about, but that look like I might enjoy them.

Versatile Blogger AwardI also won the Versatile Blogger award, from Laurel-Rain Snow. Thanks, Laurel-Rain!

The award comes with some rules, which are:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them when creating the award post.
  2. Share seven things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 15 recently discovered blogs.
  4. Contact the bloggers to let them know about the award.

Seven things about me, after having just shared 10 things that make me happy? OK, there’s more….

  1. I used to live in a pig sty. Yes, before it was rented out to students, the room I lived in was a pig sty. It had a very low ceiling which isn’t handy for someone who:
  2. is 1.82 m or 6 foot tall.
  3. I lived there for about 7 years. Six years of study plus part of a year after that.
  4. I have an eternal fight with the weeds in the garden. We have a small front and a larger (but far from large) back garden. Because of all the recent rain, the weeds are winning.
  5. I have no book cases in the living room. There is no evidence for a visitor that I read… unless they go to the attic, where several old (IKEA!) book cases are brimmed full of books.
  6. But soon (see happy #7) I will be the proud owner of proper (non-IKEA) book cases. They take 10-12 weeks to arrive as they are made on order.
  7. I really don’t like the Dutch way where hardly any furniture is in stock. We had to wait 16 weeks for our sofa. I mean, what were we supposed to sit on in the mean time?

Now, I’m not going to pass this award on to 15 other bloggers, but to a selected few. They are:

  • Sabrina from About Happy Books, who celebrated her 2nd blog birthday this week, but her blog is quite new to me!
  • Lydia from The Literary Lollipop, who I only discovered very recently but her blog looks very interesting.
  • Dominique from Coffee Stained Pages, who reads and reviews a variety of books.

Congrats with your awards! I hope you will pass them on.

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

15 Responses to Awards: Things That Make Me Happy

  1. I loved reading about your happy things, Judith – we share so many in common (especially about the alarm clock, the coffee drinking and organising books – oh and seeing your blog has comments too; I love that!).

    Congratulations on your awards 🙂

  2. Wallace says:

    Lots of fun getting to know you better through this post 🙂

  3. amymckie says:

    Thank you so much for passing the award on to me! A lot of what you list would make me happy too, so I will have to think hard to come up with something new 😀

  4. Novroz says:

    Those are really nice happy things Judith 🙂

    Hehe number 3 is really a happy moment for every blogger.

    You’re 1,82meter!! wow…I look small next to you 😦

    How come ordering furniture become that long?

    • leeswammes says:

      Yes, I’m tall compared to many people, Novroz. But luckily, many more women here are tall now and I’m not an exception. The younger generation is quite tall.

      The furniture: yes, I wonder too! Why should it take so long? I think they make every piece of furniture to order and they probably do orders for the same furniture (like other people that ordered the same book cases) all at the same time. So, we wait… and wait.. 😦

      • Novroz says:

        Yeah younger generations are taller…My students are taller than me.

        Can you just walk into a store and choose a bookcase? that’s how we do it here…unless we want a spesific type

      • leeswammes says:

        It depends on the book store. The book cases on display are not for sale (only at the end of the season). The cheaper stores will have book cases and other furniture on stock, but the other ones don’t – they will only notify the factory to start making something when they have an order from a customer. It’s the way these things work, here! Sigh!

  5. rikkiscraps says:

    Oh, wow, Judith, I just came here and realized you gave me an award. Must think about this carefully! Thank you so much! A lot of your happy things would apply to me as well.

  6. Congrats on getting the award and thanks for sharing some things from your life with us.

    And thanks so much for passing it on to me.

  7. Thank you very much!

    And, I don’t have a couch either. I’ve been using kitchen chairs for the past week. 🙂


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  9. gnoegnoe says:

    Hee, I didn’t know you were a ‘bath reader’! That’s something I really don’t feel comfortable with — and that’s not just because we have a shower LOL.

    • leeswammes says:

      Gnoe, occasionally I like to read in the bath, when I have a lot of time and a thinnish, non-library book, that I’m keen to continue reading. A shower is less handy!

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