A Few of My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up in string, these are a few of my favorite things.

Is that not the catchiest tune ever sung by Julie Andrews? Love it.

This post was inspired by Laura of  Riddle from the Middle. I love to hear about the simple things that brings joy to other people.  Without further ado, here are some of my creature comforts.

The sound of flip flops.  It conjures up memories of holidays, Summer, beaches, sunshine, coconut scented tanning lotion, the sound of the ocean, easy livin’.  I have several pairs; I even wear them indoors in the Winter months.

Fresh cherries.  These little babies are the perfect combination of sweet, pulpy, crunchy; nature’s candy.

My little black kittes. Coming home at the end of a work day and seeing my two mini panthers waiting on the other side of the door to greet me.  I love their names; Angus Mckitten and Pacino.  They make my heart smile.

Podcasts – oh my.  I wish I would have discovered them years ago.  They are a magnificent way to pass the time and to feed the brain.  My top five are Late Nite Last week with Mark Whitney (snippets of the best of late night shows), 10% Happier with Dan Harris (talks of the benefits of mediation. He is the news correspondent who had an anxiety driven meltdown on live tv.  Look it up on Youtube).  His book was very interesting, which led to following the podcast)  Laugh Out Loud from CBC radio (proof positive that comedy does not have to consist of the f-bomb every other word), Love Life with Matthew Hussey (this Brit is absolutely adorable and occasionally offers sound advice), Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids (no explanation needed and seriously funny stuff).  Let me know if any of you decide to check them out.

Luxurious shampoos.  My latest obsession is finding sulfate free products.  My most recent purchase was Scentuals 100% natural organic Grapefruit shampoo.  Smells heavenly!

Kayaking.  The comfort I feel when I step into a kayak is like nothing I’ve experienced before.  I love the water and navigating through it like this is a match made in heaven.

Last but not least – my blogging community! You all don’t know it, but I love hearing from you, your comments, and your posts.  It does a writer’s heart good to be able to connect with others who truly understand the need to write.

My goal in this was to inspire you to remember the little things in life that make you happy and to share if you so chose.   A big thank you to Laura from having spurred this on.

 

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Staycation Days #9 & 10 (Saturday and Sunday)

I really have commitment issues.  This reality has been hitting me square in the face of late.

Saturday night I was supposed to attend a mix and mingle event through a Meetup group.  It was at the Botanical gardens.  About three hours prior to the event, I cancelled.  Why?  Not sure.  It’s not like I was uber busy.  I think I’m just loving this slow, relaxed pace I’m living this past week.   Showing up to something feels like “work” and I’ve been just fine in my own company.

So, instead of going out and meeting new people, I opted to stay home and watch some Netflix and chat on the phone with  friend.

Not much happened today.  Sundays are a day of rest and I love the quiet routine I’ve set up for myself.  I make a cup of tea and head downstairs with my kitties.  We were out there for about an hour.  They were sniffing and chasing bugs and eating grass.  I was sipping tea and reading Scripture.

I did a little reading and blogging and then head out for church at 4pm, followed by a bowl of soup at the diner with a friend.

It was the perfect Sunday.

 

 

Staycation Day #3 (Sunday)

Sunday.  The day of rest. The weather here still was not cooperating all that much.  Maybe its for the best?  Knowing me, I would be racing around all over town trying to cram as much in as I could.

I did my best to truly relax, but I’m still having trouble with that. Sitting still and reading a book and doing JUST that would be amazing.  I truly envy people who can do that without getting up to put another load of laundry in, wash dishes, spot tidying up.

So, this was my version of a rest day.  After my morning smoothie, I went downstairs with the furballs and let them enjoy fresh air as I sipped my tea on the steps.  They LOVE going outside and never stray far from me. It’s pretty funny.  People on the street always stop and ask if they ever run away.  Nope, they do not.  They stay very close by.  I’m sure they think I’m some sort of witch with her two black cats.

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Open. The. Door!

 

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Who needs a weed whacker with this guy around?

I spent some time in Scripture.  It was nice, so quiet and the cool wind was refreshing.

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Then I moved on to my latest read, CEO of Everything by Gail Vaz Oxlade.  Remember her?  She is the loud mouthed financial guru that would tell people how it is on the series Till Debt do Us Part and Princess.  My e-reader decided to up and die though! Aak!  Thank goodness for the wonderful world of apps on my iPad.

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I basically just poked around the apartment until church.  Service starts at 4pm; I left the house at 4:15.  Every. Single. Week.  Yes, I have issues with time management.

After church I went out for a bowl of soup with a friend. Oh I know! Soup! After church! Woohoo! Livin’ the dream, folks!  All kidding aside, I do this because I know this lady from church is a little lonely since she has retired.  She never married and has no children.  She’s a sweet person and I enjoy chatting with her.  Although she is somewhat naive in some respects, she is very strong in her faith.  We have some great conversations.

My day ended with just sitting with my feet up in the evening, browsing on the internet with some jazz playing in the background.

Speaking of jazz, today I’ll be heading down town to the Montreal Jazzfest downtown. And yes, I’ll be bringing my umbrella.