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Happy List: #275

Hi! After taking last week off, I’m thrilled to be sharing another Happy List with you.

This week on the blog I tiptoed through a grammar minefield and wrote about our Halloween front porch and the witches’ hats hanging there. I also discussed the very important topic of how to decorate with wheat. Decorating with it is only second best to eating wheat-based products.

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Here’s the Happy List!


Take a hard look at the profile on these cabinets in Marie Flanagan Interiors’ headquarters.

Have you ever seen a profile quite like this? I don’t think I have noticed it before, but I like it!

hospitality area marie flanagan interiors on the happy list

(image: Marie Flanagan Interiors)


This one is for the chocolate and peanut butter lovers in the crowd! This Reese’s Cheesecake from Spaceships and Laserbeams has a brownie crust!

Recipe here.

reese's cheesecake spaceships and laser beams on the happy list

(image: Spaceships and Laserbeams)


I don’t even have a word to describe how I felt when I learned that Americans are predicted to spend an estimated $3.1 billion on Halloween candy this year. This figure is according to Candy Store.

Yes, BILLION. Goodness, gracious. I’m not sure we should brag about that.

Don’t get me wrong, my kids are very happy about this statistic. Halloween is pure sugar joy for them.

It’s just an interesting thought exercise on how relatively small expenditures by millions of people add up to a sizeable number.

candy store halloween top 10 candy america 2022 on the happy list

(image: Candy Store)

P.S. If I had to choose one candy on this list it would be Sour Patch Kids followed by Hot Tamales. Handy Husband would pick Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


I would never have thought to use a pool noodle to help store fishing poles. Have you seen this idea before?

Full details at Family Handyman.

Family Handyman Fishing pole storage with pool noodle on the happy list

(image: Family Handyman)


Here’s a bit of trivia for you. Did you know the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44?

Here’s a sampling of the ages of the signers at the time they signed in 1776 from The Journal of the American Revolution:

Thomas Jefferson, 33
John Hancock, 39
John Adams, 40
Samuel Adams, 53
Benjamin Franklin, 70

Official_Presidential_portrait_of_Thomas_Jefferson_by_Rembrandt_Peale via wikipedia

(image: Wikipedia – Thomas Jefferson in 1800 | Portrait by Rembrandt Peale)

For a full list of the individuals (and their ages in 1776) that were important to the American Revolution, read this article. For instance, I didn’t know that Betsy Ross was only 24 on July 4, 1776.

P.S. Historians believe it is highly unlikely that Betsy Ross sewed the first flag. She might have come up with the 5-sided star shape though.


This table runner by Books and Timbers on Etsy that is made from book pages would be so versatile. You could pick book pages that work with a party theme for a bridal shower, baby shower, Halloween, or Christmas.

I’m sure you could make a table runner from sheet music. For a cheeky graduation-themed party, how about a table runner made out of graded tests or those Scantron forms? Do they still use Scantrons?

Or just buy one from this Etsy store that seems to have the idea down pat and you don’t have to do any work!

book pages table runner via Books and Timbers on Etsy on the happy list photo by www.henry-tieu.com

(image: Books and Timbers via Etsy photo credit: www.henry-tieu.com)


Some of you on-the-ball folks are taking family pictures for your holiday cards. I salute your initiative both for the pictures and the holiday cards.

If your teen needs an outfit for family pictures, let me recommend this Amazon dress. It looks great in person (way better than the picture) and can be dressed up or down with accessories. It also comes in black.

beings women's lace patchwork ruffle dress via amazon on the happy list

(image: Amazon)


I read this poem by Jack Prelutsky on Poets.org this week and it immediately made me smile. It was just the right amount of silliness to balance out the heavy news of the day. I hope you share it with your kids or grandkids.

Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face
Jack Prelutsky – 1940-

Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.

Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.

Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.

Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.

Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place–
be glad your nose is on your face!

I’m glad my nose is on my face and I’m glad your eyeballs read today’s Happy List!

Be good to yourself and others this weekend.

I’ll see you back here on Monday.


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