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

November 1, 2009


Hello Girls !! I hope all of you had a GREAT Halloween and didn't eat too much candy ha ha!! Today I'm joining in on Smiling Sally's for Blue Monday...And guess what it's also my 200 post today...WOW!! where did the time go... Please go my and see our wonderful Hostess... Building the Nest...

Now all you guys know how much I love each and everyone of you..So I also had to do a give away in honor of making 200...This is a series of plates I found that I just love and hope you do also...It's called "Family Circle" These were paintings done in 1875 by Hector Giacometti's who was famous for his images of birds with humane emotions....And were just produced on porcelain for a limited time only....

Now if you would like to have this set and our one of my faithful followers just leave me a comment and I will put your name in the Hat 3 times...If you become a follower 2 times...Please let me know if your a follower...I really wished I could give each and everyone of you a gift from my heart, as you all have been so wonderful to me...Just putting up with my nonsense ha ha!! I will announce the winner on this Friday Noverber 6 th.

Sitting on eggs.....

Taking care of babies....

And letting go....

Are these not the sweetest little plates and the story they tell....Just like real life !!

Now on to a sad note....Len's dog Rex just died this morning he was over 17 years old...So Len feels very Blessed that he had him that long....Len loved this dog with a passion and Rex loved him with a Passion. He had Rex since he was around 6 weeks old...You see this puppy found Len on the streets of Reno,NV and Rex was a Pit Bull and Len knew no one in their right mind would adopt him and so Len took him home...He never in 17 years ever spent more than hours away from his Boy...This dog went every where that Len did...The dog was never allowed to be off his chain unless in was inside, It was so sad when I seen Len outside burying his Best friend....My heart was just breaking for him...We all get to be so attached to your animals that they become family members to us....So rest in Peace now old boy....." ALL GOOD DOGS GO TO HEAVEN"

I pray all of you have a great day on your side of the mountain....

Hugs and Smiles Glria


xinex said...

I am so sorry to hear about Len's dog, Gloria. I hope Len is ok. On another note, I love the plates, so pretty with the blue birds. You know I am a follower, girl! Congrats on reaching 200! Keep them going cause I love reading them...Christine

onlymehere said...

I'm so sorry about the dog. Ironically my married son just got a new dog yesterday and they brought him over for us to all fall in love with. He's a teacup Chihuahua. I'd be honored to be entered in your give-away. Oh, and I'm also already a follower. Cindy Give Len a hug from me. It's hard to lose a beloved pet.

Salmagundi said...

It's so hard to let a pet go, especially when it has been a friend for that long. I ache for Len. Those plates are beautiful. Sally

Tootsie said...

Oh LENNY!!!! My heart is breaking for you sweetie...I know exactly how you are feeling right now.
I am so sorry.
I know I will never win this great giveaway...but enter me anyways..it makes me feel important.
Hope you are feeling better mom...I love you lots...give Lenny a hug for me please!

BrushedByAnAngel said...

Those are such pretty plates - and blue is the color of my bedroom - would look perfect in there. I am already a follower because I love your blog.

Draffin Bears said...

Happy November to you Gloria.
They are pretty plates, I love the bird and nest.
Sorry to hear about Rex, so hard when our best friends leave.


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Please tell your Len that I am so sorry that he lost his beloved friend.
Your plates are fabulous. I have never seen or heard of them!
Glad to see you must be feeling a little better. Have a great week!

Deborah said...

I am so sorry about your friends dog, Rex. How sad, but Rex sounds like he had a nice life and a faithful Dad! So that is nice.

Your blog is awesome, I already follow! Congratulations on you 200 post!
Have a good day,

Sue said...

I personally know the pain that is experienced when you lose a pet, so my heart goes out to Len. I'm sure he knows that he has special memories of Rex that will last forever. The initial loss always hurts -I hope that Len's pain will soon be diminished.
On a happier note, congrats on your 200th post, Gloria. I'd love to be entered for your give-away of the plates. They're gorgeous. You know I'm definitely a follower.
Take care of your guy up on your mountain! hugs, Sue

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria, I'm so sorry about Rex! Do you know that was the name of our Irish Setter when we were little? I've never met a dog named Rex I didn't like. Please tell Len how sorry I am. I lost my babies last year.

Now, I want you to do something for me. I thought you wouldn't be here this Monday because I knew you hadn't been feeling well, and unless you want to know what you're getting (the surprise part of your giveaway package), then don't come over to my blog! LOL! There is still one part I haven't revealed, but I showed the other parts today for Blue Monday. LOL! It's your choice, though. Your package should arrive some time this week. I can't find the UPS slip, but I will keep looking. It went out on Wednesday, and I think it should be to you by Thursday or Friday.

Congrats on 200 posts, Gloria! That is something! And I absolutely love the plates. I am a follower already and a faithful follower, so does that mean I get three shots at those cute plates??? I hope so! LOL!

Sending you big hugs for a Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila :-)

Sue said...

I hope you are feeling better! I'm so sorry about Len's pup...we have a 13-year-old beagle who is the queen of the house. It helps me to hear of a dog living 17 years, as we worry about losing her. Please tell him how sorry I am.

The plates are darling and you are way too generous with all these give-a-ways! I am a follower and very glad to be one.


Karen said...

Oh I'm so sorry about Len's dog. Gosh it is so hard! And then we tell ourselves "no more animals! It hurts too much to lose them" but find ourselves with another because the love and companionship they give us over the years is well worth it. I cannot imagine not having a dog any more.

Your plates are gorgeous. What a story they tell.
We sure missed you on Friday at the AZ bloggers tea. More than one person said how we wished you could be there too! We had such a good time Gloria! It was a great day! And CeeKay is just as sweet and funny as you would imagine. It was so nice to give her a hug in person!!!
Yep, I've been following you. I'm so happy to read your happy posts each day.
Thanks for sharing with us!
Hugs. Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Hi Gloria!

Your plates are beautiful!

I just signed up to be a follower!

I hope you have a wonderful Blue monday!

Chubskulit Rose said...

I love your plAte collection! Sorry about Len's dog!

Check out my daughter's Swing adventure.

Kat said...

Gloria, I'm so sorry that you lost Rex. I know how hard it is to love one of our little fur family members. We had a dog (his nickname was #1 son) who lived to be twenty! And when he left us, we swore that we would not have any more pets, the pain was just too much. Then Cait came home with the infamous Sax....
Here is a site that might help
http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/rainbowb.htm. Hugs, Kathy

SmilingSally said...

As someone who has grieved over dogs, I understand the depth of love we can have for our "babies." I am sorry for Len's loss.

Your plates are true treasures. Thank you for the giveaway. My book giveaway ends soon. Happy Blue Monday.

Cindy said...

Poor Len! Even though the pup was old it still hurts.
LOVE the plates, they are so gorgeous!
Have a great Monday

Justine said...

{{{{{{{{Len}}}}}}}} give that hug to the hubby for me. 17 years is a long time for a big dog, so Len was doing something right!

The plates are adorable but not my kind of thing, so don't put my name in the hat. Dont' want to take chances away for others!

How are you feeling? Did you kick your cold?

Justine :o )

EJ said...

I can relate to how how Len feels, I lost my dog because he was ran over by a truck when i was still a kid. My Mom cried about it for months.. Great give aways, wish I could win. Am sure my wife would love that hehehe..

Check out the Senior and Junior in our clan..

Jessica said...

Awe~ so sorry to hear about Rex...he was a beautiful dog....they aren't just dogs...they are family. I love how "they find us".

I just adore those plates! Sign me up, please~ I am a follower. :)

Hugs to you & Len~ J

Madeline's Album said...

So sorry Len lost his dog of 17 years. I love the plates they are very unusual. Have a great day and I hope you are feeling better. Madeline

Dawn said...

Hi Gloria, Poor Len, Please tell him I'm so sorry aout Rex. It is so hard to lose a pet. Len is such a sweet guy, I'm sure he's taking it hard. Give him a hug from me.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

It's so hard when you lose a beloved pet. My condolences to Len. It's like a child almost, isn't it.

Congratulations on 200! Yeah!!!

Please enter me in your wonderful, wonderful draw. Those plates are darling.

AND I'm a loving follower!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Congratulations on 200 posts, Gloria. That's a real milestone. Len has such a huge heart that I'm sure, when the time is right, he'll find a new companion. Have a great Blue Monday.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Gloria, I am so sorry about Len's dog. It is so hard to loose a pet that you love so much, just like loosing one of your best friends for sure.
I love your plates and they are the prettiest things ever. I would love to win them and you know that I am a follower. Thanks for the giveaway and Congratulations. Hugs, Marty

Deanie Rae's Space said...

Oh the bird plates are wonderful. My Mother was a true bird lover. I put up a bird Christmas tree in her honor each year. I'm so sorry about Len's baby. We get so attached to our pets. Blessing, Deanie

Marice said...

love those plates! wish i could eat and stop staring at them when i try to use it hahah

and sorry to hear about that dog!

u may view mine if u have time

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Mornin' Sis...

Ohhh no...I'm so sorry about Len's dog! It really is heartbreaking to lose one of these furry family friends...especially after having them for so long! Please tell Len that I sure am sorry!!! We lost one of our cats Friday...Russell caught the neighbor's dogs (3 of them) killing our little kitty! It was too late by the time Russell could get outside to save it! It just makes me sick!

Well onto a lighter and brighter note...
Congratulations on your 200th post milestone!!! Wow...can you believe it? I have a little while to go to reach my 200th. I guess I haven't posted nearly as much as you have...hehe! Anyway...you know that I love, love, LOVE these beautiful bird plates! I do love my sweet little birdies!!! I sure would love to have them!!! You are always doing such sweet things for us...I love you, Darlin'!!!

So happy to hear that you're feeling better! You must have been feeling really bad for Dawna to come and stay with you! I'm so sorry honey...I thought you were just having a head cold...I should have called and checked on you! Please forgive me! I sent you a "Get Well" e-card several days ago...did you get it? Anyway...so happy to hear that you're feeling better!!! We just found out that Darrin has the H1N1 flu...he's been sick for a couple of weeks. His mom just called us this weekend to let us know...sheeeshhh! He's doing okay though...he's young!

Well Darlin'...you take care of yourself and get over that stuff! I've been praying for you!!! Hey...have you heard back about any of Len's tests?

Love ya, Sis!
PS...you'll have to come by and check out my fireplace project and let me know what you think!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Very sad day for Len. I know how it feels to lose your family pet(a big hug for Len)
Please enter my name into your terrific drawing. The plates are lovely and such a generous giveaway.
I follow.
Big hugs,

Heather said...

aww how sad. I'll say a prayer for Len to help deal with his loss of his best buddy.
those plates are so cute!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria... you bad, bad, bad, bad girl, you! LOL! Now I'm really glad I didn't put Kyra's present on there so you will have at least ONE or actually make that TWO surprises. LOL!

I'm so happy you liked the gift, and now you can tell everyone that you have a child who is a bird. I really am, you know. That's actually my picture. Lisa of AKA West, Kim of Daisy Cottage, and Kim of Ticklish Mermaids can all attest to it. ;-) AND I have a son who's older than me... now figure that one out, and no, Mr. Magpie has been married to me the whole time. I just adopt people (and animals), too. So you have a grandson who is older than his mama bird. They all come with me, you know. We're one complete package. ;-)

I can't wait for your box to get there, and the UPS man (who took the picture of the bag with his cell phone) told me to tell you to be careful to open every little thing because there are many shiny objects wrapped separately! :-)

Love you...



Anonymous said...

My sympathies for the loss of len's dog. I love animals and teh connection they allow us to have with one another. Give him hugs for me. Tammy

Shy said...

Im sorry about Lens Dog, May Rex rest in peace. Im sure those years that Rex was alive, they had so much fun together. Hope Len is doing well now that he is still grieving for his bestfriend Rex.

Anyway, Ms. Gloria that plate is lovely and I like what it says on the print. Congrats also in your 200 post wow way to go Ms. Gloria.

Happy Blue Monday to you!

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

Im back here Ms. Gloria just want you to know that your give away is amazing, and i wish I could have it right now hehe just kidding.

I followed your blog twice using my two account of blogs

This account and the other one is Shydub.


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Gloria,
Your such a sweetie and what a great give-away! You are such a generous gal and if anyone was talking about you at the luncheon it would only be about how fabulous you are!! I am sorry about Len's dog, that is just very hard. Congrats on your 200th post my dear and someday we're going to meet too, I am a follower of course, who always loves to read about one my favorite gals! Love Ya, Cindy

Cottage Rose said...

OH Gloria; I am so sorry for Lens loss of his best friend... my prayers are with him...

You plates are just beautiful, the detail on them is so amazing...
and yes I am a follower of you,, would love a chance to win them.. have a great week.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria, I'm baaaaaaack. Just wanted to let you know that your gifties are on schedule and should arrive on the 4th. Now, my calculations say that is WEDNESDAY! Yea! I had thought by Thursday, but they say the 4th. :-)

I also emailed something to you so please be sure to check your email box.




Jacquelene L. said...

Tell Len I know exactly how he feels. We had a pitty, she was 8 yrs old, we lost her last may. My heart still aches, and sometimes I still cry. She was my baby and she slept with me. The picture of Len's baby reminds me of Mimi. Tell him it will get easier with time, but he will always miss his baby.

Jacquelene L.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I am so sorry to hear about Rex, Gloria!!

I think I might be a follower, but if not I will be!:-)

Congratulations on your 200th post. Your giveaway is beautiful!

9405018--Pat said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Len's dog, it's so hard to lose a pet. Wow Congrats of your 200 post. I am a follower here everyday......Love your blog .....the plates are beautiful..thanks for sharing.....Pat H

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Oh Gloria...I am so sorry for Len! I can tell how much your heart breaks for him! All good pet owners go to heaven too...please tell him how sorry we are!

(what would I do without your sweet comments and emails! You brighten my life so much, Gloria!)

Melissa Miller said...

~Ah Gloria I am so sad for Len and his dog. My heart just aches and I have tears when I hear a sad animal story. They did have many years together that's for sure.

Congrats on 200 posts my sweet Cali blogger Mom! What beautiful plates. ~Lovely.

Thank you for entering mine as well! My fingers are crossed for you.

Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Oh, Gloria, I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your husband's dog. Have you ever read the poem "Rainbow Bridge"? If not, you should Google it.

Congratulations on your 200th post. That is a lot of blogging. I just had my 100th. Those blue plates are beautiful. I would love to have them, as my living-dining room is blue. I should join Sally's Blue Monday meme. I have been a follower for a while.

Tardevil said...

Oh Gloria, I'm so sad that Len lost his best animal friend. He will miss him forever. I do hope he is ok. Your plates are gorgeous. I would love to find some like that for my mom. I bet Susan @ BNOTP would love some of them too, since she likes birds. I don't know how you part with them! ;O) Thanks for coming by. We do adore our new bundle of joy. Never thought I would be so attached. I do hope you're feeling better. My oldest has H1N1 & my husband and I have a touch of something, so I know it's a pain to be sick. Just praying we can keep the baby healthy! Hope you had a good Halloween!

Nutty Gnome said...

Loosing a beloved pet is so hard - I hope Len is okay.

I wandered into here from Tootsie's blog because I was looking for how to make tea cup lamps and even though I couldn't find them in my quick trawl (I've got to go to work soon!) I've really enjoyed reading your posts.

Thanks for a lovely and fascinating blog :)

Rosann said...

What beautiful plates! Congratulations on your 200th post.
So sorry to hear about Len's dog.

Lois Christensen said...

Beautiful plates. Sorry about the dog. Must be very sad to lose a pet after having him for so many years. Enjoy your day!

Gucci Mama said...

This is my first visit, and I looked all through your blog and became a follower before I even knew about the contest. I tell you this lest you think I am the big butt who joined only to win. Not that I wouldn't be overjoyed to...;)

I am a huge antique lover; I'm so happy to have found your blog!

I'm sorry to hear about the dog; I remember when we lost our Lucy I was actually surprised at how difficult it was. I loved her, she was an incredible dog, and her loss hit harder than I would have thought.

Anyway, nice to "meet" you. I'll be back often!

Betty said...

So sorry to hear about Rex, and Len's loss, It is so hard to loose a beloved pet.
Those plates are so beautiful, especially the sentiment behind them.
Hope all is well with you.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Gloria,
My heart goes out to Len. God Bless him on losing his best friend, Rex. Maybe Santa will bring him a new friend for the holidays. Keep that thought in your heart. There are so many critters out there that need a good home. Len would make a great Dad to one of them.

Please enter me in your give away. I am already a follower. I love birds, and this plate collection is absolutely awesome.

I am so happy to see your smiling face again sweetie. I have so missed you. Please stop by soon and say hi. I so love it when you do. Country hugs and love, Sherry

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Gloria! I'm so sorry about Len's beloved dog! I know the pain of loss where our animals are concerned. I'll be praying for him. Bless his heart.

Oh, those little plates are darling, Gloria! Now you know I'm a follower. Please please enter my tiny name!!
Congratulations on your 200th post! Isn't blogging the most fun! I just love this stuff! ;)

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

susan said...

Gloria-I am sorry to hear about Rex.. I know that pets can feel like family--and yes, I think there must be dogs in Heaven! I love your plates for the giveaway. The "letting go" part is the tricky part! :) I clicked your follow button!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

OH Gloria,what a shame,so sorry!! The plates are lovely!! Thanks so much for coming by your visits mean alot!All the best,Chrissy

Tootsie said...

hi mom! I mentioned you in my post for today...

Picket said...

Morning to you sis....I am so sorry about Len losing his furbaby Rex...I had little Maggie for over 16 years and I know how he feels..give him an extra hankie girl and a extra hug these next few days.

Congrats on your 200th milestone!!!! That is awesome and the plates are beautiful! Gosh.. will I ever make it that far?!!!! lol Yesterday between visits to mama & daddy's I finished painting the kitchen...today I am gonna try to squeeze in painting all the baseboards...Bill was off yesterday so he hung all the new blinds in there and did all the taping for me while I was gone (lordy that man is worth his weight in gold and then some....I love him so!)

Keep on doing what you're doing girl cause you are a light and a blessing to all of us here in blogland..I love you dear friend...keep me in your prayers! I hope you and Len have a great week and in between sad moments of grieving for Rex that Len will have some happy times and even have a laugh as he remembers all the wonderful years he was blessed with his furry companion.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria, if you come to see me, I will give you the suite of honor!
It is a fun place. We've had our place there on the market, and we've come close (real close) to closing a deal... but it didn't. Got to admit, I sighed a sweet sigh of relief when it didn't happen. Sort of. LOL! ;-)



Chari at Happy To Design said...

Mornin' Sis...

How are you doing today, Darlin'? I'm just sitting here with my morning coffee trying to wake up! Thought I'd come by and have a cup with ya! Hehe! My old bones are really playing havoc with me this morning! What you got going today? Are you feeling better? Sure do hope so, honey!!! I just sent you a long email so I'll keep this short!

Love ya,
PS...I really want those pretty bird plates! Hehe!

Carole Burant said...

Well of course I've been eating too much Halloween candy, I had so much leftover of it! lol

Congratulations on your 200th post!! Oh be still my heart, those plates are absolutely darling and how I would love to win them:-) I'm already a follower. Such a wonderful giveaway for sure!!

Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear of Len's loss of his dog Rex. Losing a beloved pet is never easy, as you say they truly become part of the family. My heart goes out to Len...just the thought of having to watch him bury Rex brought tears to my eyes. xoxo

Unknown said...

Gloria, How sad for Len, one of the saddest days was watching my husband bury one of his beloved dogs. It is amazing how they sneak right into your heart! I love the plates please place my name and I have been one of your followers! Thanks, Sue

Unknown said...

Oh and by the way, you do give us each a gift everytime you write a new post, or make a comment on one of our blogs! Sue

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love the plates -- I'm a follower and would love to be entered for a chance to win such wonderful plates.
I'm so sorry about Len's dog -- I know that heartache too. Dogs hold a special place in our hearts and one day he'll feel a nudge from somewhere deep inside that says, "It's ok ... and time to give your heart away again". Each dog I've owned holds a special memory and place in my heart.

Anonymous said...

I am trying to get ready for company coming and almost missed your post!

So sorry to hear about Lens sweet dog- they are such a part of our life it sure does hurt when they leave us.

Are you feeling ok friend?


Unknown said...

I hope Len is feeling a bit better... Time heals but... when its your dog. Your loyal, always at your feet, loving you NO matter what... My heart feels for you both...

Sue said...

Hi Gloria,
I am so sorry for Len's loss, I saw my husband lose his dog of thirteen years earlier this year, and my heart broke for him too. He too was so attached to him.

Congratulations on your 200th post, and you have chosen some wonderful plates to celebrate. I would certainly love to have you put my name in the hat.

The Tablescaper said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Len's loss. My two fluffy ones are sitting by my side as I type this (trying their darndest to get me stop typing and play with them instead). I can't imagine life without them, so I can so appreciate where Len is at. Please let him know about everyone's thoughts in blog land.

On a lighter note, love the birds! Particularly since we are all such nesters! Throw my hat in the ring.

- The Tablescaper

Simply Debbie said...

dear precios gloria,
i am so very sorry that i was not able to get over here and visit you as much as i would have liked. You are surely one of the most loved ladies in blog land....your light must always shine on......now for the quintessential magpie, sheila, you will have to take times sharing her with me....i have also adopted her.....
please hug len real tight for me....it is a sad thing to loose your dog....i love what picket said,
give him a hankie and some hugs....it hurts...16 years is like loosing a child....always together...very sad.....don't let people rush a puppy at him right away....he has to have time to say goodbye in his way
I know we are not to give a reason why we would love to win these beautiful plates but my baby girl is gone to heaven and seeing the plates brought me joy.....such joy. The one that wins them will truly be blessed....i hope they view them as that is their children in the secure nest with mama taking care of them and keeping them safe.
love you gloria
angel hugs

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

So sorry about Len's dog. I know how hard that is to go through.
Just joined your lovely site today and I feel bad about wanting to enter the giveaway but I really love those plates and your site.
So please enter me and thanks
Oh I have a giveaway too come by and get your name in the pot

Ms. Bake-it said...

I am truly sad to hear about Rex. I know how hard it is to lose a cherished animal companion.

I am a faithful follower and hope it is not too late to enter. Those are fabulous plates! I love blue birds! Congratulations on your 200th post!

~ Tracy

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Those little blue birds are so sweet and cheerful. You know I've been a faithful follower for quite some time. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Gloria, I'm finally getting around. Too much to go into on here. I am so sorry to read about Len's dog. I know he meant the world to Len. I can't imagine how your heart was breaking watching Len bury him. It is so hard to say goodby to our beloved pets. Many many hugs and thoughts are headed your way. I'm sorry I'm just now reading about this. Congrats on your 200th post my dear friend.. here's to many many more.... I see you're having another give away..you sneaky sneaky gal... missing you darling.. I'm off to work.. hugs ~lynne~

joyh82 said...

I would love to win the plate and become a follower. So sorry for the loss of Len's dog. I have a ten year old and I thought she was getting old. 17 yrs is a great life span for a dog but still hard when you lose them.