Favourite things

Today I had no idea what to base my blog on and then it came to me – Here are a few of my favourite things.

Julie Andrews (and many artists since) sang of

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

But really none of these make my list of favourite things except perhaps doorbells that ring heralding the arrival of family and friends.

My list is made up of (among other things):

  • Bright spring mornings after a long, dreary winter – Spring starts here officially on September 1
  • And as it’s spring, the first daffodils pushing up through the earth and soon will be showing their yellow heads along with the crocuses and soon the roses will flower and we will know the winter is past.
  • My faithful companion Lotte, the Tibetan Spaniel
  • My four ever-growing, sturdy grandsons.  All with one exception are now taller than their Granma
  • My son and daughter and their spouses
  • The smell of home baking in my daughter-in-law’s or friends houses
  • My two sisters though on other continents and far apart we share an ongoing love and commitment to each other
  • The early morning birdsong heard here even in the middle of a busy city
  • The happy sound of children walking past on their way to school
  • My first cup of tea in the morning
  • My warm shower to start the day
  • My friends both in real life and in the blogosphere
  •  My coffee with friends each day
  • My time spent at the Hospice each week among people doing what they do best, helping the sick and dying, and doing it with charm, grace and cheerfulness
  • One piece of particularly good chocolate to savour
  • Fresh flowers around my house at any time of the year
  • cup of latte

    Latte from my favourite coffee shop

Daffoldils

Photo - Anthony Hall, Dreamstime

Lotte at the window

Watching the world go by

My list can go on and on but what about your favourite things?

 “The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things.”
Veronique Vienne, American Editor, writer, commentator

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34 responses to “Favourite things

  1. what an excellent list of what truly matters. Of course now I’ll be going around the house singing that song all day!
    walk in beauty.

  2. You have inspired me to attempt my own list. Shall blog and credit you for the inspiration.

    A great list and I hope that mine will come up to your expectations.

  3. Thank you for a feel-good post to read with one of my favorities, my morning coffee. It reminds me of the saying “cherish the little things in life for one day you will remember that they are the big things.” It’s true, isn’t it?

  4. I tried to read your list but I could’nt get the sound of Julie Andrews trilling those verses in her chirpy “come on girls” manner. Still, clinging to sanity by a thin margin I have to admit I always love my early morning cuppa, which I make for me and “her indoors”

  5. jacquelincangro

    I love your list. Many of these are my favorite things as well!
    It reminds me of a post I did about a year ago:
    50 things that make me smile. Maybe some of these things will make you smile too. 🙂
    http://jacquelincangro.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/50-things-that-make-me-smile/

  6. My favorite thing: hearing” Grandpa, grandpa!”

  7. We can only live happily ever after on a moment by moment basis.

    Great list!

  8. Making a list of favorite things reminds us of our blessings. We all should do it more often.

  9. I love your “attitude of gratitude.” 🙂

  10. Ah, favorite things! I love this idea. 🙂
    Maybe I shall do a post on all MY favorite things, as well!

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  12. Christine in Los Angeles

    Well, Middle Sister, you and Little Sister, (we sound like something in a Pearl Buck book), are right up there, near the top of my list, following My Only Daughter.
    Lovely post.
    God bless, Big Sister

    • Aren’t we so lucky to have each other and our children. The list wasn’t in any order. Maybe when I expand it I will do this. Love from Middle sister. 🙂

  13. That is one of my favorite songs. I love your list…all the things that matter in life!

  14. Happy spring, Judith! It’s beginning to look and smell like fall here. While you watch in expectation for your flowers, I’m cutting back as their season ends. A list of favorite things is a good idea for a future blog post, though I saw many of mine on your list, too.

  15. That wonderful tune will be in my head all day, thanks.
    When we were little my Nana used to babysit different grandchildren each weekend at her house. We all believe it was simply so that she had an excuse to go again to the Saturday afternoon showing of The Sound of Music which was shown at her little local cinema for months and months.
    Needless to say it’s one of my favourite films. 😀

  16. Those are some wonderful favourite things. I was humming another song from The Sound of Music (one of my favourite films, by the way) earlier today. It’s nice to switch to something different. 🙂

  17. This was some interesting stuff. Posting to facebook 🙂

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