WELCOME to HAPPY TO BE...This is a blog about my love of Antiques, My family, humor, as humor keeps us laughing and my every Day life...I hope you enjoy your visit...Please leave me a comment to let me know you Came by so I can visit with you Thank You !!...Hugs and Smiles, Gl♥ria

October 13, 2009


Hello Guys...Just another sneak preview of my upcoming 1 year Anniversary give away...I know you can't tell what it is...I'm so sneaky that way ha ha!! Now Please come back for my 1 year on October 19th to see it all I'm just dying to give it to one of my followers...Can't believe it's been almost a year now...I also can't believe all the wonderful people I have met this past year...How much I have enjoyed going to each of your blogs...it's like looking through the windows at night time...Don't you love doing that when your driving by at night...I don't mean I'm a peaking Tom here ha ha!!

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.

'The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? ''That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.

'For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.

'Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the Mountain.
Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria


Melissa Miller said...

Sounds good girl! I can't wait!

Mine will be shortly after on November the 1st! ~Woohoo! :)

Shelia said...

You know I'm cracked! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue said...

What a sweet story. I'm anxious to see your year anniversary post...I know it will be fun!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Gloria, whatever it is, it looks beautiful, and yes, I am definitely a cracked pot, but hopefully somebody still sees finds something good in me. I love that story, but once, when I emailed it to a friend, he wanted to know why she didn't plant on the other side of the path and switch the pot every other day, so flowers would grow on both sides. Some people just over-analyze everything! laurie

Connie said...

Hi Gloria,
Sure we all love to peek in windows at night, though none of us will admit it. I think it's to look at how it's furnished.....don't you think ?

btw, thanks again.... You are a great friend !!!!!!! You should see my test blog, WOW. your advice worked so well. Now I'm changing the font as I just can't leave well enough alone.
Stay warm.

Connie said...

Hi Gloria,
Sure we all love to peek in windows at night, though none of us will admit it. I think it's to look at how it's furnished.....don't you think ?

btw, thanks again.... You are a great friend !!!!!!! You should see my test blog, WOW. your advice worked so well. Now I'm changing the font as I just can't leave well enough alone.
Stay warm.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Oh, Gloria, you are such tease with that giveaway. I'm nearly dead to see what it's going to be! I love the story about the cracked pots. Thanks for sharing, and I'm really looking forward to the 19th!

Sue said...

I haven't thought of this story for years! But how true. We each have our own little idiosyncrasies, and that's what makes us such unique individuals. How fun that you got to meet Dawn. Wouldn't it be such a ball to meet everyone we've come to love on our blog lists?
hugs, Sue

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Gloria...I would become a follower, I just don't remember how. I just come over through my Blogroll....so if you remind me how to do this...I will follow you!!

Coloradolady said...

I read your title...and thought, well she sure knows me!! LOL....congrats. I'll see you Thursday.

Four Paws and Co said...

So sweet! Hugs from one of your crack pot friends! ☺

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a great post, Gloria. I love the story and will remember it forever. And yes, blogging is sort of like looking through windows at night, because we will probably never know one another in the daylight. Oh, that makes me sad...

Congratulations on winning Mrs. Magpie's giveaway. And I still have no clue what you have up your sleeve for yours!!!

Jane (who is still in Vegas and homesick for Chicago and her dogs)

Kat said...

Gloria, can you believe an entire year has almost come and gone? Can't wait to see what you do for your celebration. I love the "crack pot" story, what a sweet little tale. Kathy

Jessica said...

Time flies when you are having fun, doesn't it? This blogging has really enriched my life...I have 'met' so many talented,amazing and strong friends. Including you!

Big hugs~ J

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I can't wait to see all those goodies~~ and I am proud to be one of your cracked friends! Hugs, Cindy

Madeline's Album said...

I just loved the tale about the Chinese woman and her two pots. We all have flaws especially me and I hope all my friends looked past them. I hope as I go along in life that I spread a little sunshine and flowers for all my friends to see. Have a great day.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, precious... loved reading this! I wear my cracks proudly!

Congrats on your upcoming anniversary. Love you and your blog...


Sheila :-)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Gloria, this looks intriguing..you know I'm terrible at guessing..but will keep checking in to see what it is.... We are both soooooo close my friend...where has this last year gone to.. heading out for another LoNG day at work.. miss ya darling..hugs ~lynne~

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Gloria,
Thank you so much for stopping by "Home is Where the Heart is" for a visit. Its wonderful to meet you!
I have enjoyed reading many of your posts. I am going to sign on as a follower so I can keep in touch with you.
Have a wonderful and creative day,

janet said...

I love your story about cracked pot friends, thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful story. Happy upcoming one year first Anniversary.

Lynette said...

All of us bloggers must have started around the same time Gloria - my one year is today actually! I think we all migrated over from RMS when it started getting really ugly - I like blogging so much better!!

Come over and enter my giveaway if you get a chance - it's on until the end of the week!

I'm so glad we are all blogging and not trudging through RMS anymore!!

Happy Wednesday Girl -

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Gloria, I love that story - really sweet! Linda

Melissa Miller said...

Noooo! I'm sorry girl. Being without power is the WORST.

Did you ever get my e-mail about all of this blogging stuff? I sent you a long one after you replied to mine. Hmmm....:)

Take care and don't trip in the dark house. ~Melissa :)

"Blossom" said...

Too cute; how do you come up with this stuff. I can't wait to see what you come up with; that's scary and so close to halloween this is could be interesting. Yes, I guess you have a few cracked pots in blogland.

Justine said...

What a beautiful story that was!!!!

I can't wait to see what you're giving away.

Justine :o )

Brenda Pruitt said...

I'm smelling the flowers. I just want to take a picture of one too!

Anonymous said...

I love that story. The video of the bride and groom was quite entertaining. I have never seen a medley danced to. That was fun. The solo by the groom was so cute. I know you will have a great give-away. I will be having one in early Nov. for my blogaversary also.
You know I can't leave a follower icon either, Google says can't honor my request. I deleted all my cookies and that didn't help either.

SmilingSally said...

From one who is cracked to another, I enjoyed this.

9405018--Pat said...

what a great story...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Gloria,

That is such a sweet story and I have heard this before.
I hope that you are having a lovely week.


susan said...

What a great story and reminder! Besides, perfect is boring :) Can't wait for your big day!

Jewel Sauls said...

I am looking forward to your anniversary! Love the cracked pot story! :D Jewel

Cindy said...

I always loved that story!

You must be getting some of the rain we had yesterday! It rained all day long! Stay dry!

Sue said...

Gloria-my name is Sue! I try to always sign it at the bottom of my comments, but it is easy to miss I guess. When I started the blog, I wanted to focus on the "mom" advice and hints...so, I went with using someone's mom. I'm in too deep now to change it, but I'm not hiding my name. You can call me "girl" anytime you want. At 54, it doesn't happen much:)

I appreciate that you always come visit. Sue

Tootsie said...

I knew I was cracked for a while now...lol

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sis...

Oooh...what a pretty snippet of what is to come! Can't wait, my friend!!! Now...I just love your story about the Chinese woman and her cracked pot...that was such a sweet analogy! Sure made me feel better...considering all my cracks and flaws! Hehe!

Love ya Sweetie!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

It sounds like from the comments you are the blog guru, nice to know, I am always learning, love your blog and I will be back, intriging...come visit me

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great story....Your blog is absolutley beautiful and your pictures are so good. Just out blog hopping on tonight...really should be working... Hope you will stop by my Christmas blog and leave your favorite Christmas song...and enter a great giveaway. Also, a birthday letter to my daughter on my main blog...http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

cindy said...

Beautiful story...makes you stop and think...maybe we shouldnt all be so judgemental and except others as they are....Thanks~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Gloria... just dropping back by to say I'm home and just looked at your spoon. Can't wait for you to have that baby in your hand! :-)

Sending you love...


Sheila :-)

Unknown said...

Congrats on your anniversary.
Wonderful story, thanks for sharing.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I love that crack pot story!

Can't wait to learn what your give-away is going to be! I'm sure it will be fabulous!


Kristens Creations said...

Hi Gloria, thank you so much for your prayers. We are going to believe everything is going to be just fine.

What a wonderful story! I loved it!! Kristen

bj said...

Oh, boy...my 2nd yr blogging anniversary is coming up in a very short while. I have been gathering some wonderful things to giveaway, too. Isn't it fun!!!
xo bj

Tootsie said...

girl...you don't know how cracked I really am! lol
hockey started full force...players meeting, contracts...and stink like you never knew! I think my little man is growing up...he got his first pimple the other day...we were running for "zit cream" and now...DEODORANT!!!! yes...maybe he has finally got a reason for all that cologne that the school keeps saying he wears too much of!!! Oh mom...he's only 10...why do they have to grow so fast!
You better post that plant soon...I want to see how good I did!
I am primping and playing with my kitchen tonight to see if I can't make that new ROO flaunt her feathers in there the way she needs to! I love it all...I will post it when I get it all done...got myself a gigantic headache coming...thinking I better just head my big round bum to bed!

Deanie Rae's Space said...

Hi Gloria, I have a new blog it is http://deanieraesspace.blogspot.com come by and see me. Blessings, Deanie