Day 2232: What makes me smile

Yesterday, I got this in the mail from my friend, Janet, who makes me smile:


It makes me smile to read what Fluffy and Spot are discussing and Janet’s thoughtful note at the end:

Hi Ann!  Thought you could use a pick me up after all the not-great news you’ve been getting. Hope this makes you smile.  ❀  Janet

Janet has made me smile MANY times over thirty-plus years, including the smiles in previous blog posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,  here, here,and here.

It makes me smile to think of all the great smiles Janet has given me.

Sharing these other recent photos makes me smile:





Those last two photos were taken by our cat Oscar, which makes me smile:


It also makes me smile that one of the linked blog posts, above, including Janet (who, as has already been discussed,  makes me smile) involved Oscar posting on Facebook.

Oscar’s mastery of technology and social media makes me smile.

It makes me smile to realize I’m seeing my friend Megan for a birthday brunch today and then my friend Arnie for dinner.

It also makes me smile to realize that all the work I’ve been doing to silence my harsh inner critic, who does NOT make me smile, has been paying off!

It makes me smile to see Chicago‘s  Terry Kath, gone way too soon, rocking out on vocals and lead guitar  on “Make Me Smile”:


What makes you smile?

Gratitude makes me smile, every day.



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37 thoughts on “Day 2232: What makes me smile

  1. Our aim in life is to make at least one person smile every day,

  2. Harley, get on a diet! Oscar the Shakespearian cat makes me smile!

  3. That upside cat photo made me smile. As do your posts in general πŸ™‚ Let me repay the favour. You’ll love my cartoon post. I know you will.

  4. You make me smile every morning, Ann. Thank you for your daily wisdom and photos.

  5. Good to see you deal with the harsh inner critic – give her what for

  6. The inner critic is tough. I’m glad you’ve made progress against it. Also glad I saw the picture Janet sent along with the possible conversations. That and that fluffy little cat body in the chair made me smile this morning!

  7. Smiling right long with you. Thank you Ann 😊

  8. The title of this post made me smile, and so does Janet’s sense of humor which is stellar.

  9. All the cute kitties! That made me smile!

  10. Many things make me smile like this blog included and smiling is good

  11. lifeinkarolingston

    Making people smile makes me smile πŸ˜€

  12. What makes me smile is filling my world with kind people who put forth positive energy into this world. Like you.

  13. Janet H.

    Aw, Ann, you (and your fabulous blog!) always make me smile.

  14. You make me smile Ann, and I’m grateful.

  15. My granddaughters make me smile, Ann, in part because they are naturally funny without knowing it! Your positivity makes me smile, as well. You reach for the best of yourself and share with us so faithfully. Thank you! And Oscar is one talented kitty, I think! πŸ™‚

  16. Sporadically returning to visit excellent blogging friends makes me smile (except for being so sporadic about it). Great post, Ann.

  17. Thank you for dropping by, Ann. I too feel connected, but time only spreads so far, so I check in on my internet friends at intervals, but almost never comment. I love this smile post, it really worked for me.

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