Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Simple Things




Christina at Soul Aperture is doing a day of Simple Things that bring us joy. Please check her blog and the many people who participate in this musing today. Christina is donating money to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti for every blog that participates. The horror in Haiti continues long after our cameras move on to something else. 




The simple things. The burden many of us often feel, the turn life has taken precludes the realization of the simple things. The everyday events that make a life evade my notice, tucked up under the strain of managing. So at Christina's urging I am spending a little time thinking about the everyday things that make me smile, make me think. That make me grateful. That make me, me.

good cheer
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good wine
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warm soup
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pie



horses
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trees
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sunshine
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rain after it's been too dry
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the nicker of a newborn foal
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a mare nuzzling her baby
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my goofy stallion


a sturdy barn
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hay in the loft
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freshly bedded stalls
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enough food for all of us, on two legs and four
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the people in my life



the unexpected surprise of nature
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a hardworking, steady husband and partner in life
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a child who grew into a decent, kind adult
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my parents long lives
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a sense of humor
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wisdom
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reckless abandon
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serious thought
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mystery novels



memories
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loyalty
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a wag of a tail
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joyful barking, wiggling bodies
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soulful eyes


a hot shower at the end of a long day outside
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my Mac
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a warm bed
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strong coffee with cream
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black tea with sugar & milk




the beauty of a rose
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dirt under my fingernails
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the bounty of my garden
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the smell of leather


the sound snow makes on a sub-zero day
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walking into a warm barn
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horses quietly munching their hay




the joy of my dogs
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a clean house
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brownies
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elastic waistbands


These are a few of my favorite things.

25 comments:

  1. Sandra, I would list each one of your favorites as mine as well! An outdoor shower is the BEST! We use to have one back in Massachusetts and we would use it from April to Nov. It was always fun to see how late in Nov. we could use it. It was all enclosed (a naked shower) and we only would use candles for light. No one was allowed to use the inside showers in the summer, At all!! Oh, how I miss it!

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  2. warm soup and a mystery novel. That's how i want to spend my day.

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  3. WOW. That wasn't a list...it was a beautiful journey! Thank you so much for sharing that with me....
    I stared for a long time at that photograph of your horses playing in the meadow with autumn foliage behind them. Magical.
    Glad I found you.
    xo country girl

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  4. I agree with country girl, that was a beautiful journey. Each photo, better than the last..that tree so huge, what kind is it? I love them dressed in frost..gorgeous.

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  5. honestly~ this is what it's all about. warm soup, your doggies.
    i adore this.
    xo

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  6. the unexpected surprise of nature. doesn't she always have something wonderful in store for us...we just need to look.

    love your list.

    one love.

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  7. Sandra: I always seem to be asking you odd questions. ☺ But what does snow sound like on a sub zero day? That phrase really caught my attention ~ being something I've never experienced & all.

    Great list. You forgot a purring cat in your lap while you sip your soup & read your mystery. :P

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  8. I don't know which I loved more -- your list or your photographs...I enjoyed both immensely!! And then laughed out loud at "elastic waistbands"!!! I was just thinking the other night I might need to get myself some of those!! :)

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  9. Judy, out of the blue you frequently surprise me!

    iasa, thanks for commenting. I would love to spend a day like that as well!

    country girl, thanks for the very kind comment. Horses and fall foliage, what more could a person want!

    Debra, the tree is an old, huge Japanese Elm. I love it and worry over it.

    Christina, I was so pleased to find your blog and participate in your expression of contentment. Soup and my dogs are valued in my life!

    SE'LAH, thanks for commenting. Yes nature is full of surprise. Living in the country gives me many opportunities to observe her.

    Ganeida, Snow, when you walk on it makes distinct sounds. The freshly fallen fluffy stuff has a soft muffled sound. As it becomes packed it crunches. And when it is very cold it, for lack of a better description, it squeaks! Although I have a cat I am slightly allergic, so no sitting on my lap!

    Sherry, if you noticed some of my list was food and drink. Elastic waistbands are my friend. : )

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  10. my warm milk is ready, my book is on my bedside table and just before 'clicking' my laptop good night and promising myself to visit the rest of the bloggers with their simple things tomorrow, i decide to read one more list; it happened to be yours ~ now i'm a happy girl that will go to bed with lots of beautiful words and images to warm my soul on this cold night.
    thank you!

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  11. Ok. I've experienced the muffle & the crunch but *squeaking* snow?!!! OH my. My world will never be the same again! Are you sure? It sounds like mice.

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  12. Beautiful, Sandra. and an awesome reminder of what is important. thanks!

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  13. Yiota, this is a very nice thing to say. I'm glad I sent you off to bed with a happy feeling. Thank you for commenting.

    Ganeida, more of a rubber squeak than a mouse squeak!

    gsc, I am happy that you joined in. It is for a good cause. Check out gsc's blog. She is contributing to the Simple Things.

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  14. Excellent list!
    Beautiful pictures as well!

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  15. a sense of humor is something you defiantly have... elastic wait pants you crack me up.

    Love the list. sorry I've missed a few post on your blog, I'm so busy and going to get busier.

    I loved you 1980's Demi Moore hair cut.

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  16. When I looked at your blog post yesterday, I was so taken aback by your great list that I could not even comment. Country girl sure did hit the nail on the head by saying that it was a journey. Again, a tribute to your ability to paint a picture with your words and fortify it with your photography. The "elastic waist" comment interjected into the the list populated with thoughts that awakend the senses, brought a smile to my face as well. That one awakened my sense of comfort, instead of smell, taste, hearing and sight. :~)

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  17. Thanks paint girl!

    Liss, when you need elastic waistbands you also need a sense of humor! Those were my days of the Vidal Sasson look. I never had the 80's big hair. : )

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  18. Jean, we need a little comfort and a little laugh! Sometimes it's all we have.

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  19. Beautiful list...and a sense of humor is always at the top for me...Elastic waistbands made me smile :) Heehee!

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  20. you are a girl after my own heart, as you will see on my simple things list on my Blog! I am so happy to have found you and delighted by your gorgeous horses. Hugs to them all, Catherine x

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  21. Cora, they make me smile as well: comfort!

    Bumkin Bears, we share much in common. Thanks for stopping in.

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  22. Your marvelous list set me to dreaming outdoor dreams. It sounds to me like you've created a life you absolutely love.

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  23. Hi Relyn. It depends on the day! Mostly, yes I have.

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  24. What soul warming visit here.
    You have great perspective, and it is a pleasure to see through your eyes, in words and pictures.

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  25. deb, thank you. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of what we have.

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I really appreciate the concept and sentiment behind awards, but I cannot participate in them anymore. I have too may and I have not got the time to devote to participating properly. To all who have honored me, I am grateful but I don't have seven more things to tell anyone about myself! And I'm a terrible passer-oner.