Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thinking on things that make me happy...

I read this post earlier. It got me started thinking of all the things that make life pleasant. Of how it isn't the things money buys, although it can help. But honestly, there are things that have no price. I even think I did a post similiar to this last year...but it really does a body good to dwell on the pleasant things in life. So I am doing it anyway. And since family and friends are on everyone's list, I will assume that you know they would be at the top of my list. How could you not with all the times I post Lorelei....

Even though I have had time to think this through, I haven't. So here is my list off the top of my head...I'm attempting to do a list of ten.

1. I love the way evening light hits things...there is a glow about it that can not be reproduced. It makes even the most boring subject beautiful.

2. I love the feeling I get when I finish a quilt. (How boring is that?) I can't help is such a feeling of accomplishment..

3. I love the big puffy clouds that are dark with a silver takes me back to younger days. One of my very best friends in life and I always loved them and we always quoted the lines,
Be still, sad heart, and cease repining
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining.....
So any time I see that type of clouds it immediately transports me back in time.

4. I love finding new music that I love. And it is even better if a song mentions Tennessee.

5. There is nothing finer in life than to be able to sit outside in the swing and have a cup of coffee, and have breakfast out there. Or to just sit outside with Lorelei.

6. Finding ginseng. I just like to see it growing. I hunted it as a kid, to sell, to help buy school clothes. So any time I am in woods, I look for it. But I very seldom dig any...I just like to see it grow. At one time I had some growing in my yard...actually in a corner by the porch. A dog dug it up, and no I didn't get mad at her. She was a collie that had been abused...not mine, but she stayed with me here if I was home.

7. Seeing cats curled asleep ...there is just something so pleasing about that.

8. I love have a cake or brownies, still warm from the oven....with butter!

9. Wrens make me happy. Just their big happy song from such a little body. Who can resist them?

10. Finding a new author is always a joy. Or a new book by one of my favorite authors!

11. I cannot leave out smells...the smell of wood smoke, the smell of new mown hay, how it smells so fresh and new after a rain...and there are more...but need to finish...

I am sure once I publish this I will think of half a dozen things I wish I had thought of. But it is late, so I am going to click 'publish' and be done with it.
edited to add:
BTW, Betsy just gave me a new name...and Fishing Guy followed suit...but that is okay. I like Ruth just as well as I do Rose. haha


don said...

Well, it's a fine list as is! I loved the video of Lorelei who was so vocal this time. Great stuff to watch and hear! It is certainly worthwhile to contemplate the things that really matter in life. Family is a huge part of mine.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ruth, It is hard to stop at only 10 isn't it???? I want to do this sometime myself. You have a great list--using alot of the senses... Smells are special to me also.. They bring back memories..

Have a great day. We MAY get some sunshine today.... (I hope!)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Ruth: I love your list, it is so complete.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

OH MY GOSH.... I'm sorry... Must have had Ruth on my mind. I do know your name, ROSE.... Just a Senior Moment!!!! Sorry about that.
Betsy--or you can call me NUTTY

George said...

I guess I should add to my list the fact that I love the name Rose. I really like the things you came up with. They truly are the best things in life.

Carletta said...

What a terrific idea Rose to think of the pleasant things. We tend to think more of things we have to do or don't like and forget to look at the positive.
Evening light is beautiful. It sometimes takes my breath away especially in autumn.

BTW: The postcard was sent to a lady from a gentleman. His only words on the card were 'will ans your letter soon'
The only color on the card is a soft red where the faces are.

Carletta said...

Meant to say - wouldn't Rose Ruth be a pretty name? :)

merrytait said...

Ah, lots to be grateful for, including the giggles you gave me with your comment. Lovely beautiful baby. And smells, always smells, mmmm!

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful list, Rose. The best things cannot be purchased with money. You just have to scan the magazine covers in the grocery store checkout to see that. Tons of money and so much unhappiness!

Lowell said...

I think your post will resonate with lots of your readers...and perhaps help us remember to stop and smell the roses amidst the rush of daily life...

And the thing is a list like this could go on and on...there are so many things -- simple and inexpensive -- to take pleasure in.

High on my list would be a special photograph that zings when you look at it!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

And I love those snowy haybales! :-D

(Not that I'm not sick of snow, but they are very pretty!)