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

December 31, 2011

~ Happy New Year~

 I think each one of us have "Reflections" of what our year was all about and what we want to see in the New Year..

As I traveled about Blogland this past few days I have seen all of you showing all the beautiful and great projects you did in 2011..I ran to my picture file and guess what?? I didn't do one project and complete it in 2011..I lost a whole year of doing nothing but trying to breath and get healthy..During this time I have thought about putting this blog to rest also...But this silly little blog of mine is truly a piece of my heart.I love seeing all my friends and reading all your posts...I love all of you guys, Thanks for being you, Thanks for taking the time out of your busy year and just "popping" in to say Hi!! how you doing Gloria!! Thanks for all your prayers, Thank you God for letting me have another year for a do-overs..As I lift my coffee cup to you I wish you all the very best in 2012...and may you all be just "Happy To Be"
My new quote for 2012
"No one grows old by living, only losing interest in living"

Until next year 
From my mountain to yours
Hugs and Smiles Gloria

December 20, 2011

~ Bubba and Patty Ann's Christmas Letter~

Just thought I would share a Re-post from last year with you..Thanks for coming by as I know how very busy all of you are this time of year..

Hey a'll , Bubba and me have had a Great 2010.....Bubba finally is getting a few thangs done around the house...Got me a brand smashing new door bell...And just in time for our family gathering
I got the tree up and all lit..Bubba got laid off from the Gin Mill again this year...said he was drinking up the profits...
I have been trying to make me some Purdy things for our house...make some Advent calendar's to give to family and friends...Bubba found me some wreaths forms...
and some coat hangers trees...
Bubba got me a new dishwasher as our last one died...It came just in time as I was getting so tired of hand washing my best china....
Bubba got a new buck this year biggest one so far...Ain't it a beauty...
We spent one whole hour getting the yard done for Christmas...Bubba said we need to cut back next year
Things are lookin purdy in the "Trailerhood " this year....
Bubba Jr. done got himself married and graduated from the fifth grade all this in one month...We is so proud of him and his first cousin Susie Lou for tie-in the knot...
Bubba the 3th was his best man....We was so glad he was born on time....To attend his Mama and Daddy's wedding day....I made them a special cake....
Grandpa has been doing great this year and was up to attending the wedding...He has lost some weight since losing his teeth...still says our dog ate them...
Bubba and I did get our Christmas cards done....I think Bubba get better looking each year....Well friends and family as you can tell we had another great year...
Merry Christmas Y'all....

Until next time from my mountain to yours.
Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

December 11, 2011

~ Smarter Than Dirt~


George Phillips, an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?"

He said "No," but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available" George said,


He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, the dogs are eating them right now." and he hung up.

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to George, "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"

(True Story)
I LOVE IT! Don't mess with old people.

I hope and pray all of you have a GREAT week...
Until next time from my mountain to yours,
Hugs and smiles Gloria

November 29, 2011

~Better late than never~

The Bathroom is still not done..Many problems..Len and the contractor ran into termites in the studs and ceiling studs so everyone had to come out and all new ones put in..which put us a week behind..I did want to show you the Chandy I got to go above vessel sink..it's sitting on my living room floor just waiting..
This is the french crown chandy I got this year from France and it will hang by the new shower...
And here is what the new shower looks as of today..Still need the faucets put in and the grab bar..I love the arch that Len made above it and the marble tile is so pretty..
we still have baseboards and crown molding to go in and the tin ceiling...
Tomorrow we hope to get the toilet in and I got a killer cherry vanity with a vessel sink and a faucet that looks like an old hand pump..as you can see this is a very small room..it's our bathroom off of our kitchen that company use...I'm so sick of all this sheet rock mess we have had here ha ha!! I have not seen my kitchen floor in a month as Len has it covered with brown paper...We hope to be done within the week on this project..Told Len last night the only thing I want to hear is "Gloria get your soap and towel" as I type this grout is still drying on the floor..
How ever I do have help with the clean up ha ha!!
And what's so great about the hired help is he'll work for food !!

even my stove edge becomes a food tray for him..
Cleaning out my dish towel drawer for his Gigi ha ha!!
Oh now before I forget again..The winner of the 135 piece PINK tool set is Debbie at " Love The Decor".

I want to thank all of you that came by to enter and make my third anniversary so special for me..I also know after thinking long and hard about this wonderful world of blogging..That I can no longer keep it up and am going to take the rest of the year off to try and mend my body..I also found out 3 weeks ago I have a tumor between my skull and brain which is causing pressure on my head and making me dizzy..in fact that's why I went to the Doctor back in August and he had me take a brain scan and MRI and then send me to the heart doctor and you all know how that came out...I told Len no Doctor is getting near me again with a sharp object..unless it's a diamond lapel pin ha ha!! and even then it better be a 10 carat one..

I will miss all of you..You all have become such a special part of my life..Thank you, May you have a Blessed CHRISTmas..
Until next time from my mountain to yours, 
Hugs and Love Gloria

November 3, 2011

~What's Up ? ~

Hello!! all my Dear blog bud's...I first want to thank all of you wonderful peeps for all your prayers, cards and emails you have send me!! WOW I was overwhelmed that people I have never met could mean so much to me...I wished I could say this past month has been an easy one for me..but let's face it having a triple by-pass is like having an 18 wheeler truck parked on your chest ..But once again God was great to me !! And what a shocker that was to me..to just go to the hospital for an Angiogram test and be told it would take about an hour and I would have to spend the night and go home in the morning, well I had a cardiac arrest during the test, and they the doctor put me on a heart lung machine while they got together a team and by 9 pm until 2 am I under went open heart surgery..See what I mean God truly blessed me with being in the right place at the right time..Thank you God..
I really don't remember much for around 2 days from that point on...When I did awake I was in terrible pain and here comes the nurse with a needle and I thought WOW!! it much be the good stuff "it's in a needle" ha ha!!
Any hoo lots has been going on since that time..I did want to share my little pride and joy Landen James my great grandson's picture from Halloween with you..He was "Fonzie" from Happy days he even had a pack of blackjack chewing gum in his leather jacket ha ha!!

My other pride and joy is my Grand daughter Candace (Landen's mama) I really don't know what I would have done without all her wonderful help this past month..she is truly a sweetheart..she was at Disneyland when all this happen and of course wanted to come right home...My Daughter Gina and Dawna also came and helped me..Thank's girls your mama loves you to pieces..Who would of thought that I would change their diapers and one day they would be changing mine ha ha!! Hey Great pay back!!
And of course I have to Thank Lenny for running and getting pizza's because he doesn't know what a kitchen is ha ha!! I did teach him to finally use the washer and dryer..but his folding left alot to be desired...He even tried to make the bed..how ever it did look like a body was still in it when he got done ha ha!! But he really has been my rock through out this whole ordeal..

Do you guy's remember me telling you I have an "outhouse Bathroom" in my house?? well the darn shower pan cracked also last month so what does every woman do when it spring's a BIG leak..?? This is my in house outhouse door with all my olden door knockers on it..

Why they tear the whole bathroom out and start remodeling it ha ha!! I have wanted for over 10 years to redo this bathroom so now is the perfect time for it...Why you ask is this the perfect time?? I can't do a thing to help ( perfect ) ha ha!! I can't even sweep the floor until 4 months from surgery love it ha ha!! We ordered everything from Lowe's from new marble tile floor to sink, toilet and a travetine shower...Len and the contractor hope to have it all done by the first of December...I have 2 french chandy's I'm going to hang in here..one I got from my dearest friend Vanna aka *winks* at delusions of grandeur she by far has the best french things you have ever seen and was so kind to sell me one of her prized chandys like 6 months ago that has been sitting on my bedroom floor just waiting for the perfect place to hang it...Also this is my 400 post and October 18th was my third Blogovery...I know I'm late but I still want to offer all my loyal followers a chance to win a Apollo 135 piece Pink tool kit...If you would like a chance to win this please leave me a comment!!
You must be a follower of "Happy To Be" if your not become one and I'll toss your name in the hat to try and win!!
I wanted to get out and buy a special gift but sorry I have to get this from Amazon and Amazon will mail it to the winner for me...

I will run this give away from November 3 th and announce the winner on November 11th...Good luck to all who enter !! I really wished I was Gloria Vanderbilt and could give each one of my loyal followers a gift..but I'm the "Poor little Gl♥ria" ha ha!!

I really hope to be back to full time blogging by the first of the year..but right now I don't have the energy to keep up!!
Again a HUGE Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers they really have help me with my recovery...A BIG cyber hug to each of you...And may  God Bless each of you as he has me...

Until next time from my mountain to yours,
Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

September 28, 2011

Update on mom

Hello all,
I would just like to let you know my mother was released from the Hospital.She is at home resting and let me tell you she is one of the strongest women I know and I am  so very proud to have her as my mother.I love my mom as she is my best friend  and that was quite the scare, for those of you out there for one reason or another that have loved ones that you have not kept in touch with do so as forgiveness is a blessing in itself.She is very weak and in time will get her energy back shes a fiesty redhead what else can I say anyways,
Take Care,

September 25, 2011

Update on mom

Hi everyone,
I just got back from the hospital and let me tell you my mother is one of the strongest women I have come across.She is off the oxygen and more than likely will be coming home on Wednesday.I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts.I know her very close friends in blogland have her address and she would love to hear from you as far as sending a card or something.My mom is probably one of the most giving people and never asks for anything in return well now as her daughter I think its time she is shown how much people love and care about her,
Anyways take care and she needs lots of rest and plenty of prayers,Love Dawna

September 24, 2011

Update on mom

Hello everyone well first of all let me tell you I got  the name of the Hospital wrong she is in Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento on the PCU unit and in room number 492 sorry bout the confusion.I have just had a lot on my mind as can be expected.Anyways my mom was up walking for a bit today as well as getting some of her appetite back this is great news .I will be here till the 3rd then my other sister Gina will be coming on that day to stay for the following week,She will be well taken care of and I just want u to know how much she appreciates your thoughts and prayers,Until next time take care,Love Dawna

September 23, 2011

Update on mom

Hi all,I just got back from the hospital and mom is doing so much better.She is out of ICU and in her own room yeah!!!!!! My mom is such a strong lady and she is my hero what a few days she has been through and she just hangs in their like such a trooper,I was able to talk to her and she even ate a little bit of pudding and a few bites of dinner.If anyone would like to send flowers she is in room 492 at Sutter General hospital in Sacramento.She will probably be home with hope by Monday she is well aware of everyone that has prayed and sends there well wishes as I let her know.I would give her about a month to respond to any e-mails or post that you might send.Until then keep her in your thoughts and prayers,All my regards Dawna


Hi thank you so much for all your prayers and thoughts for my mom.I am on my way down there to go see her and will let her know everyone that has given their best wishes ..Will update later this evening until then keep praying and continue to keep her in your thoughts, Dawna

September 22, 2011

Update on mom

Update on mom, Hi I would all like you to know that my mom is in stable condition.They were able to take the breathing tube out and she is purely on just oxygen.She was able to sit in the chair for about an hour.I also was able to comb her hair and get her to feeling a little better about herself.With any luck she will be able to get out of ICU tomorrow and as soon as I have a room number for those that are interested in sending flowers I will let you know.I was able to talk to her and carry on a conversation with her shes a pretty tuff cookie we all know how those redheads are lol anyways please continue thoughts and prayers for my mother .

Prayers for my mom

Hi to all my moms  blogger friends.This is Dawna Glorias daughter what started out as a simple procedure last night ended unexpected.My mother had to end up going into emergency surgery and ending up having a triple bypass open heart surgery .I just would like all of you to please pray for my mother as we all know the power of prayer.She is not only my mother but my best friend I love my mother with all my heart so please please have her in your thoughts and prayers,

September 12, 2011

~Hats -n- Shoes~

Hello guys, I thought I would show you my hat gift boxes...These are the cutest little hats..Everyone that see them thinks they are for dolls,
BRIEF HISTORY:In the good old days, when a man wasn't considered dressed without a hat, it made a great gift for Dad, Grandpa, Great Uncle, or any other man in your life. But Mom wouldn't pick out the hat Dad would actually wear, any more than she would trust him to pick out HER chapeau. She would go to the haberdashery (a fancy word for a men's clothing store) and select the brand, type and price level of his gift. She paid for the gift certificate, and went home with a darling little hat in a darling little hatbox, and wrapped it up for Father's Day...or Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza...or his Birthday. Having received his gift, Dad then had the pleasure of visiting the haberdasher to be fitted for his personal selection of headgear, handing over the certificate to complete the purchase. The darling little mini-hat in the darling little mini-hatbox, might end up in the kids' toy box, to be worn by a favorite doll or Teddy bear, or it might just be put away in a drawer. (Needless to say, collectors pray for the latter, since those can turn up in mint condition.)Most often, the certificate would be for a specific brand of hat, not for just any hat in the store. Hat manufacturers competed to offer their merchandise in miniature. minis from Adam, Biltmore, Cavanagh, Champ, Churchill, Dobbs, Evans, Kennedy, Knox, Lee, Mallory, Resistol and Stetson. . The heyday of Gift Certificate Premiums seems to have been from the 1930's to the 1950's.
I just love them and have about 15 now in my collection..

I also love old shoes...

Old mens paper collars and boxes
collar box and beaded jet black purse
Some of my antique photo albums

This album with the stand I got when I visited Chari at " Happy to Design" in June in Colorado
and she took me to her favorite antique malls..Don't you love going out of state and seeing all the great antique shops??

Christmas photo album
Pink glass beaded purse from ca. 1900

I have all of these olden things in my tower antique display case from a general store ca. 1900 this case sits on a antique library table in my hallway that goes into my bedroom..

Love her sexy legs...
And nothing would be complete in my house without a Chandy

Or 2 ha ha!!
Thanks for stopping by today...

I'm still going through tests to find out what's wrong with me..I will find out this Wednesday from my heart Doctor the results of all the tests I had last week...They ( doctors) still think I'm having TIA's which are mini strokes and hope to find the cause of them before I have a big stroke...
Landen's fist birthday is this Saturday and I have been trying to help my Grand daughter get things ready for his Party at the park..It's a Mickey Mouse theme party..We have made each and every decoration for it...He loves to hang out in  front of my mirrored closet doors and see himself dance ha ha!!
My grandson Jayson got married on the 10th and it was a beautiful garden wedding at a 1865 hotel just a fun night for all..

Until next time from my mountain to yours,
Hugs and smiles Gloria