A to Z Reasons to Smile - "T"

Each day this month I'll be sharing a list of things corresponding to the alphabet letter of the day that encourage and uplift me, the little things that make smile. I hope you'll join me, and maybe add some of your own in the comments! 
"T" Things That Make Me Smile... 

Tarantulas - I find tarantulas fascinating, I love their fuzzy bodies. :-)  This one was discovered crawling up the side of our house one afternoon!  While I'm not a fan of regular spiders, tarantulas are cool, and they are big... this one was over three inches, and I've seen much larger ones.  

Texting - Texting has provided us with the ability to communicate briefly and instantly, and that's the way I love to interact.  I exchange frequent texts with Papa Bear, my children, my sisters, my niece and a few other folks that make my heart smile.  There's always time to exchange a line or two, yet it doesn't steal big bites of what little free time I have... perfect!

Tiggy - Our beautiful "orange" kitty... she is also Gracie's littermate, and was born here from a rescue mommy.  She is a big girl, larger than either her father or her mother, and has fur as soft as a rabbit.  Papa Bear reminds me that I was dismayed by him choosing  the "plain orange kitty" from the litter of ones with beautiful markings as the one he wanted to keep. But I am so glad he did, she has a wonderful, peaceful nature, and loves to sneak into our bedroom for some cuddle time at bedtime.

Toby- The "toddler" of our kitty clan, Toby is an incredibly handsome boy, adorable clown, a love bug, and a brat that refuses to take "no" as a directive.  He is already nearly as big as Tiggy and he's just a year old, so has more growing to do.  He came home with us from a PETsMART adoption day for one of the local shelters as the 60th birthday gift of my choice, and God willing, he will be around to grow old along with me. Papa Bear and I both believe that he was meant to be our kitty.

Truffles - Heavenly little chocolate balls that come with a wide assortment of delicious melt-in-your mouth centers!  It doesn't get much better than that, when it comes to sweet treats!  What's your favorite kind?  It would be hard for me to choose just one!

Trustworthiness - This is so very important to me.  Trust is such a fragile thing - easily broken and extremely difficult to repair.  People who prove themselves to be trustworthy always make me smile. It is something we should all strive to be.  If  you can't be trusted with the small things, you definitely should be trusted with big things!

Trees - Trees have been my friends since I was young. I have always sensed their spirits and found peace and comfort sitting on the soft ground at their feet. I love their Spring buds, their soft Summer canopy of green leaves that provide shade from the hot Texas sun, and their beautiful Autumn colors.  Even their stark naked branches in Winter look pretty against the soft blue sky.

Tiny Houses - A relatively new phenomenon that has captured our attention and left us contemplating such an arrangement as a possible retirement plan.  We love the downsizing to life on it's simplest terms, free of all the clutter and things we really don't use all that much.  Mobile tiny houses are the coolest, as you can easily hitch them up to the truck and tow them down the road to a new place to stay for awhile! My favorites are the whimsical ones that resemble old Gypsy caravans. There is a weekly TV show called Tiny House Nation that features the building of tiny houses for various customers. I watch it an fantasize about parking my tiny house near an isolated stretch of sandy beach. :-)

Turtles - Turtles are cool critters!  From the tiniest baby garden turtles to giant tortoises, they are amazing and fun to watch as they trudge along toward their intended destination.   The townhouse I once rented came with them in the yard and flower garden, and I can also attest to the fact  that they love dry cat food and seem to spend a great deal of time making baby turtles. :-) 

Truth - Is there anything more critical in a relationship than being truthful?  If I find out that someone is dishonest I generally choose to have nothing more to do with them, it goes back to the trust thing - you can't trust someone who doesn't tell the truth.  We also need to remember that half-truths are not really the  truth at all, they are an attempt to deceive or distort the real picture.  I can deal with the truth, no matter how harsh it might be, but please don't hide it from me!
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  1. Tarantulas!??? eeeeeeeeeeeeek. Texting? boooooooooo!! Everything else gets thumbs up from me! Cheers!

  2. Tarantulas are wonderful! And someday, if i can, i would love to have a tiny house. So much less to keep clean!


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