My 50 Faves and How to Join!

After losing my dad in October, my poor mother had looked forward to coming to our home for the holidays. She hadn’t traveled since his heart attack in 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed her trip to our house over Thanksgiving.

She wasn’t feeling well last week, but packed her bags. My family had driven to ski Breckenridge when I got the call. She was diagnosed with shingles. GAH!

I had to go into hyperdrive to gather and send her gifts.

While preparing for a Wild day, I caught up on blog posts. Darla from She’s A Maineiac posted 50 Things to Be Grateful For. I told her that if there was a Christmas miracle and there was no line at the Post Office, I would post one too. What were the chances?

I scrambled to put together a package for her and my brother and then drove to the Post Office. As expected, cars lined both sides of the street. There would be a long wait. I sighed and grabbed my box.

When I entered, my eyes widened. A line did NOT exist! It was a Christmas miracle.

$28 later, I am praying for another one: That my package is delivered by Christmas Eve and my mom recovers quickly.

I’m setting my timer. Here goes nothing, Darla…

I Am Grateful for These 50 Things:

  1. My family. I know. It’s so cliché and yet I would be nowhere without them and that’s not because I’m directionally challenged.
  2. My husband. I held on tight through my health setbacks. (Sorry about those bruises, Danny!) He is my super fan and my rock. Mostly he rocks. Not literally. That would be weird.gapers cheat summer
  3. My dog Roxy because COMIC RELIEF and she is fearless.
  4. My friends. They have been there for me and continue to inspire.
  5. My blogging friends. I have been so lucky to meet some in real life. One of my dreams is meet many more of you! They lifted me up and saved me. I will always believe that.
  6. Coffee. Without it I wood meek alot more erors in comments then I alredy do.
  7. Chocolate because chocolate.
  8. Colorado because there are unlimited adventures right outside my door. I think Roxy read my mind.Roxy wants to go outside
  9. My health. For those of you who read my blog, I’ve had a few surgeries in the last few years. Yes. My boobs are bionic, but after two years, I am cancer-free. *happy dances around kitchen*
  10. My new knee parts. Yep. The cartilage in my left knee is metal and a plastic disk resides behind my kneecap. It’s all good. I went skiing yesterday.
  11. Our mountain house. We bought it during a fire sale. No. It wasn’t on fire, but they sold it like it was.
  12. Our remodel. After owning aforementioned mountain house for nearly twenty years, the first floor is gutted. It’s another big art project. Right now it’s riddled with landmines of nail heads. You have to keep your head down or YOUCH!
  13. Snow! Nothing gets my heart beating faster. Well that’s not true, but where there’s snow out here in the West, there is…
  14. Skiing! I found out yesterday, I started skiing earlier than Danny. Ha! Wait. How come I’m not as good as him? *scratches head* skiing breckenridge
  15. Hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, tobogganing because more adventure.
  16. My Christmas cards, because they are done.
  17. Fleece jammies. Santa brought them last year and they are snuggly soft.
  18. My laptop. It is so much easier to carry around.
  19. Cell phone. No explanation needed.
  20. My home in Boulder County. I can look out any window and enjoy the views.
  21. Traveling. I really have enjoyed our trips around the US and hope to make it back to Europe one day.
  22. My friend, Wendi’s, cookie exchange because it wouldn’t be Christmas without it and I don’t have to spend a week in the kitchen baking. BONUS!
  23. Discovering my passion. I always thought of myself as an artist. Now I tell people I’m a writer. My happy place is sitting anywhere while typing.
  24. MUS – Making Up Shit, a term coined by my husband who indulges in MUS too.
  25. My Highlander. It is a beast in the snow.
  26. Driving in the snow. Yep. Love it!
  27. My lookout tower office. I had to move my desk to face the wall in timeout or I’d get nothing done but daydream out the window because it’s so beautiful and I can see the mountains and little rabbits hopping around and an occasional coyote and neighbors and dogs walk by and…. look at the time!
  28. My bed. There is nothing softer.
  29. A good book. I love being swept away into another world especially one with tons of suspense!
  30. Parties. Being a party girl, I always look forward to them. NOTE TO SELF: host a few in (49)
  31. The New Year. I love the do-over, starting fresh kinda feeling at the beginning of the year. I’m already pretty much over the top optimistic, but the first few weeks put me at a whole new manic level.
  32. Being spiritual. I was raised Catholic, but am open-minded about all religions. Hey, I could swear I was a ballerina in Paris in one of my past lives.
  33. My blog. I love my Wild Ride and having a place to spew my thoughts.
  34. CARBS! Should have been higher on my list. WHAT WAS I THINKING?
  35. Speaking of higher on my list – DANCING!
  36. My camera! Whether on my phone or my digital SLR, I love taking pictures.


  37. The Force Awakens! I was super pumped after that movie.
  38. Homeland. Carrie is the bad-ass I want to be without terrorism, guns, explosives or bi-polar disorder.
  39. Music from alternative to pop to classical to house.
  40. My imagination. My brain holds a pretty crazy environment, but it is so entertaining. Danny often hears me laughing and asks, “What are you laughing at, now?”
  41. My imaginary friends. I wrote half of Funeral Beenes then death happened. (That sounds very ironic.) I needed to quit for a few weeks. I was putting books away two weeks ago and BAM! An idea for a new novel popped into my head. I wrote the first chapter on my phone while waiting for a hair appointment. The main character doesn’t play well with others, but is hugely fun to hang out with.
  42. Drawing. Sometimes an illustration is the only way to convey the voices in my head. boy and girl fighting
  43. Challenges. I’m always up for them like trying to find an agent. Know anyone who wants to represent a Wild Rider?
  44. Going out for breakfast. That is my favorite! Bring on the tators, fruit and eggs Benedict and I am one happy girl.
  45. Sparkly things. Wait. What was I saying? See! There it is again!!!
  46. My out-going personality. I’ve tried to fit in as a writer and be an introvert. Wait. I can hear you laughing. I know. I only lasted 45 seconds. Okay. 15. OKAY. 5 SECONDS!mustachemarch
  47. My own or anyone else’s sense of humor. I hate cracking jokes and only hearing the sound of crickets. Lighten up people.
  48. Slang. Even if I have to use the totes adorbs Urban Dictionary to understand it. Slang is my bae. I even make some up every January. (see #24. MUS)
  49. Talking to strangers. I HAD to approach the costumed families eating dinner together before The Force Awakens. We made new friends in NOLA too! Why is my mouth always open in pictures?selfie on Bourbon Street
  50. My Wild Life. It keeps surprising me and gets WILDER every year!


51. IS SANTA!!!

If you would like to participate, here are the rules. Dawn, who writes the blog Tales from the Motherland, is hosting this event.


If you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: set a timer for 10 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; write what comes to mind in the time allotted. When the timer’s done, stop writing. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.

To join the bloggers who have come together for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at the bottom of Dawn’s post HERE. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List.

Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for, will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise.

Happy Holidays!

I can’t wait to read your 50 faves!

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      1. You are welcome. We will head up after Christmas. Like you we’ve experienced loss in the past year and we are navigating new territory, of sorts. I wanted to create a new tradition and spend Christmas Eve and day by the lake – but B didn’t want to haul everything, so we are staying put until New Year’s week. Also, there is no snow and my guess is the lake isn’t frozen yet. But it is still a slice of heaven. Working on ‘my fifty’ later today – that will be one of them. Peace.


  1. Your post made my day – thanks so much for the friendship and blogging support (((((HUGS)))) 🙂 I am praying that your mother heals quickly – sending healing thoughts. Here’s to the Merriest Holiday and a Very Happy New Year!!!


    1. Ha! Right???? At least on my blog, what you see is what you get in real life.
      A storm blew in and we got a few inches of fresh pow, but it was icy in places. More is on the way. Woohoo!


  2. YAY! So happy you could do this! Your photos are always gorgeous and your attitude so positive and contagious. And I also love MUS and eating chocolate. I’m so blown away by your drawings. Are you pitching agents a book you wrote with illustrations? ‘Cause I’d buy it. I’m sorry to hear about your mom and I hope she has a quick recovery. Wishing you and you family lot of love this holiday, Susie!


    1. Thanks, Darla! I am so glad I read your post. This exercise was a lot of fun. MUS is a blast!
      I doubt if my book will include illustrations, but you never know! It depends on who publishes it. Thanks!
      I appreciate your warm wishes! I wish you the very same and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! *muah*


  3. Thanks for sharing all your positivity! So sorry to hear about your mom. Shingles is extremely painful. I hope her doc’s got her on some good anti-virals and pain meds. And I hope she’s being taken care of (not alone). Have a very Merry Christmas!


  4. What a great list!

    Sorry about your mom, though – this will be a tough Christmas for her. We’re loading up the sleigh and heading to Michigan tomorrow to spend it with my folks. We’re so blessed to still have them in our lives.

    Best wishes for a fabulous Christmas, Susie.


  5. Susie, am so sorry to read your Pops died. It’s not going to be an easy Christmas for your family. But judging by the photos and your lust for life, I think you guys will make it one to remember.


  6. Susie, SO glad you joined my Gratitude Blog Party! LOVE your list, and feel like I should just repost it and call it mine! Homeland, music, your photos, imagination, … love. it. all! Reading each (and every one) of these lists has been so rewarding! I feel like my own gratitude is expanding! Thanks for joining in!


  7. This is just so great. Go, you. You truly have had a wild year, and it sounds like you have much indeed to be grateful for. ❤

    P.S. Your sweet pup's face gets me every time. 🙂


  8. You really are an exceptional woman, Susie Lindau.
    If there’s a God, I want to thank him for bringing you to my attention.
    Have a very Merry Christmas, young lady.


    1. Awww! Thanks Hook! You made my day! I remember the first time you stopped by my blog. I could “see” you reading one post after another as the “likes” piled up!
      Merry Christmas, friend! Maybe one of these fine days, I’ll make a trip to Niagara Falls!


  9. Oh you’ve got some great ones, Susie! You even have the pictures as proof. 🙂 I hope your mama recovers soon (I had shingles and it’s so painful!) The poor thing not being able to travel. BTW, I have been wanting a “Roxie” lately. My friend just got a little cotton ball and I’m in love with it! I hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful Christmas, Susie! Party on! I’ll join you. xo


    1. Thanks, Maria!
      How long did you have shingles? It sounds miserable.
      Bichons are the best little companions and they are hypoallergenic.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family! May your nest be as full as your belly come Christmas Day, I always say. Wait. I’ve never said that before… 🙂


  10. I love this project. I do like to make a regular list of the simple pleasures for which I’m grateful. Life can be dominated by ambition and striving for big victories but you have to find joy in the hundreds of little things.


    1. Thanks so much!
      If I had to wait for big victories to make me happy, I’d be a Mild Rider instead of a Wild Rider! A small one today? My computer finally shut down and updated itself, compiling all my pictures.Yay! It’s a Christmas miracle.
      Merry Christmas, Paul!


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