Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!


It would be silly for Mom to be a writer if writing didn’t make her happy. So I guess it makes her happy… At least most of the time.


She writes just about every day. When she works, she’s challenged, inspired, enthusiastic, and motivated. Except when she’s disappointed, hopeless, worried, and bummed out. Luckily, that’s not too often. Only when she thinks Print Book #2 and E Book #2 are taking too long to happen. Most of the time, she thinks they’re just around the corner….

My friend Lexi the Schnauzer tagged me to participate in the 8 Photos of Happiness Challenge. Since I am never disappointed, hopeless, worried, or bummed out, I would be able to post 8,000 photos of happiness. ….but I won’t. Here are my 8.

1. New toys from PupJoy.

1. New toys from PupJoy.


2. Showing off.


3. People watching.


4. School visits with Mom. And KIDS!


5. Listening to stories at the library.

6. A cool drink of water after a hike.

6. A cool drink of water after a hike.


7. A nice, warm street nap.


8. Bringing smiles to my friends at the Veteran’s Home.

Did I say 8?

I can't post about happiness without the baby swing at the park.

8 1/2. I can’t post about happiness without the baby swing at the park.

Here are the rules for the challenge:

Thank your nominator and link them in your post. (Thanks Lexi!)
Link the creator. (Ariel’s little corner of the internet)
Post your 8 photos of happiness. (or 8,000)
The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy.
Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it or let the photos do the talking!
Spread the happiness and tag up to ten other bloggers! (I’m tagging all of my friends – if you want to share some happiness, jump in!)

Comments on: "Happiness" (67)

  1. Cupcake you and your Mom make EVERYONE smile……her with her books/writing and you with your smile, cute dresses and sweet disposition. You ALWAYS make me smile when you show us that picture of you in the baby swing – I have loved that from the minute I first saw it!!!!

    Love, Sammy

    • Thanks, S. I’m long overdue for another trip to the park with the baby swings. I hope Mom takes me soon. REAL soon.

      Love and licks,

  2. Dear Lovely Cupcake, you ALWAYS make us happy. And we are very happy that you can cheer up mom when she gets a little down. Her advise on securing happiness is very wise btw! xo Johanna and Chalrey

    • Thanks J and C. I do have a way of cheering people up. Mom says it’s the dumb look on my face. I’m fine with that….

      Love and licks,

  3. wonderfully HAPPY photos!

  4. You are indeed one of the happiest pups we know Cupcake! Now about those new toys…that tiger paw is just…well…PAWSOME!!!!
    Wally & Sammy

    • Thanks, W and S. The paw is definitely my favorite, too. But guess what – Mom put it in the closet! She’ll surprise me with it sometime soon. She’s weird that way.

      Love and licks,

  5. oh of course the baby swing deserved a place in your gallery :o) that are wonderful things what make you happy… and I love that you bring happiness to the veterans and the kids too.

    • Thanks, E. The kids all taste delicious – like candy. And dirt. And the veterans make me as happy as I make them!

      Love and licks,

  6. Had to come and check out your HAPPY 8… and one half! Love you in the swing!!! You in a sundress always makes me smile!

    • Thanks, Pix. Sundresses are a great look for me. It sure beats snow boots – which look cute but make me walk like a chicken.

      Love and licks,

  7. fredrieka said:

    Pursue your passion my passion are squirrels

    • Thanks, F. You look like you could easily outrun a squirrel. I might be able to outrun one too, if Mom ever let me off my leash.

      Love and licks,

  8. Those are such great Happy pictures.We especially like the one on the swing. You just keep smiling Cupcake.

  9. Cupcake you make us smile ALL the time..8 ways or 87 ways..straight away when i saw this i was delighted..and Fozziedad even said “what is Cupcake doing this time”.. he said you made his day ..he has been feeling iccky all week with a cold so you made a big happy here 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx

    • Thanks, FM! I’m so happy that FD is feeling better from smiling at my pictures. I wish I could give him some kisses. That would be good medicine.

      Love and licks,

  10. Your photos brought a smile to my face & happiness to my heart. Thank you for making every day brighter, Cupcake, and for the reminder of why folks like your Mom & I keep on writing for kids.

    • Awwwww. Thanks, P. I’m super happy that I can bring brightness and touch your heart. That’s why I’m here.

      Love and licks,

  11. Just had to get onto comments before Mary sees. Awesome photos and yes that’s a wonderful doggy smile telling us humans how happy we are.. Love Benji

  12. Very happy indeed, Cupcake. You have superb balancing and people watching skills and as a baby, completely darling! 😉

  13. Cupcake, you always make me happy. I love you in a dress…such cool legs…huba huba! I’ll bet the man pups are crazy for you. Now, you on a baby swing takes the cake. You look so relaxed and ready for a push. Love the photos my cool friend.


    • Gah! “Huba. Huba” Thanks, S. Mom says my legs look like sticks. Plus she says I’m like a walking meatloaf. I like your vision better…..

      Love and licks,

  14. I love happy photos! Love the street nap and the baby swing! Your mama is a disciplined writer.

  15. You’ve made me smile today, Cupcake. Your photos are lovely. Your bowl for your drink after a hike looks a lot like mine!

  16. Yes, most of the times I also wish I could be like you and Simba Cupcake. No worries, no stress most of the times and just happy-go-lucky. And you’re such a sweetheart and you have such a caring and loving mom. It makes me happy to see you happy as well. I love the photos mom took of you. You are such a cute darling!

    Tell mom I send lots of hugs and kisses your way. 😀 ♥

    • Thanks, S. Even though I have no stress, Mom says I give stress to her, like Typhoid Mary. I’m a carrier…. That’s good. Right…..?

      Love and licks,

      • Bwhahahahha! Yes, sometimes Simba also causes me stress, especially when he’s not feeling well, but that’s not a bad kind of stress and definitely not like Typhoid Mary. Whahahahaha! Oh, that was so good! LOL!

        You are adorable Cupcake and so is your mom. I love her writing style and gorgeous photos and posts of you. 😀 ♥

  17. You have tons (8 thing?) to be happy about. Good for you, dogfriend. Did you mention mom? (I’ll go back and look) ❤️🐶👍🏼. And mom has nothing to worry about. Book/ebook # 2 are just around the corner. Trust me.

    • Thanks, G. Mom loves when you have that complete confidence in her. I didn’t mention (show) her in my 8+ photos, but she’s definitely one of the happiest things in my life. She makes the other 8 things possible!

      Love and licks,

  18. Oh my gosh so cute! What a great little face! Thanks for making me smile!

  19. Such great photos! You obviously have a very happy life, Cupcake!

  20. You could have just posted 8 photos of your smile Cupcake! As I was scrolling through, I just knew there had to be a street nap photo in there somewhere. No prizes for guessing what my 8 photos would be 🙂 MJ xx

    • Ha! Thanks, MJ. I am pretty predictable about my street naps. Sometimes Mom can intercept them and say the word, “No. No. NO,!” and pull my leash just as I’m about to hit the deck. You have no shortage of smiles at your house. Probably 8,000. 🙂

      Love and licks,

  21. LovableLobo said:

    Thanks for sharing your happiness, Cupcake. It’s contagious. 😀

  22. Yay! I’m happy now! 😀

  23. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake…you are adorable but I know I have said that before. But I do want to ask you if your mom lets you take a warm street nap? Or is it your driveway?

    • Thanks, KI. We don’t have a driveway. I nap in the middle of the street or the middle of the parking lots by the garages. When I sleep in the street, Mom drags me into the gutter if a car comes.

      Love and licks,

  24. I had to get in here and see you my beautiful friend. I ❤ your 8 pics of happiness. hubba – hubba. ❤ Houdini

  25. I knew I’d see a street nap in there! LOVE it.

  26. Oh Cupcake, you’re a wonderful happy dog. Love your shirt in the first photo. And the challenge is wonderful too.

    • Thanks, T. I like writing about happiness. There’s so much of it around, I don’t want it to go unnoticed!

      Love and licks,

  27. I absolutely love that first quote. So so true.

  28. You little cutie-doodle you! I think you must be smiling anytime you’re awake and maybe even in your sleep, ha! I like the ‘showing off’ photo. I had this exercise ball I attempted to use in the Boom-Room once instead of a chair. Apparently it’s a good tummy muscle workout. But everytime I went to reach for something, I’d roll off. I also think the aqua lawn chair is extra fabulous. I wonder if street sleeping will ever catch on? bahaha! Those lucky seniors must just love you to bits, how nice for you and mom to swing by and put smiles on their faces. Are you allowed to sit in laps? That’d be awesome! Geez, I hope when I’m in a home, someone like you will visit. Of course that’s decades from now. OMgosh, where would I put all my crafty stuff? LOL xo B

    • Thanks, Boomdee. It’s lucky you didn’t get hurt falling off your exer-ball. Sheesh! I AM allowed to sit on laps at the VA. Mom warns my friends that I will leave behind a mess of dog hair, but they never care. They’re like, “Bring it on!” In many decades when you are in a home like that, you can be in charge of decorating! What a place that will be! Cheerful doesn’t begin to express it! So fun.

      Love and licks,

  29. Seriously LOVE the happiness challenge. Particularly enjoyed your photo in the swing! Will enjoy reading about you and your adventures supporting mum.

    • Thanks, TB! Nuthin’ beats the baby swing at the park. ….unless there’s some goose poop in the grass for me to eat when Mom isn’t looking. Those geese leave me lots of delicious candies! 🙂

      Love and licks,

  30. Those are wonderful things to be happy about:-)

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