I'm up (laying in bed) and listening to my coffee machine gurgle. It is not going fast enough. I NEED my coffee and I need it now. Susie is napping at my feet and the dog lies, beside me. On rainy days, I could stay like this for hours. Many times, I will say to my husband, "This is the Life."
These simple pleasures delight my spirit, soul and my senses:
Freshly laundered sheets and blankets. If I was rich - I would want fresh sheets daily on my bed. Maybe not a simple pleasure when you're rich - I wash mine once a week and every other week for the blankets and bedspread comforter due to having pets. I can count on a awesome night's sleep, when I have a freshly made bed, with clean sheets to get into.
Listening to the rain. Maybe it's because we Californians have had so little of the wet stuff, the last 10 years - I am not sick of it yet and we've had a lot! The dark dreary days and the sound of the rain, hitting the windows and the roof. Especially nice, if you don't have to get out in it.
The smell of morning coffee - and the way it still lingers when you go outside and come back in. Sometimes my house smells like a donut shop, which is strange since we never have donuts or pastries for breakfast. Although, I do have a horrible weakness for donuts. I can only have like 2 a year or I would totally binge out.
When my cat lays on my lap and purrs. She stretches out - her paws spread out and she kneads my lap just a little...
Candles and incense is fun. My favorite incense fragrance is patchouli. It takes me back to my youth, and good times. My husband and I love to just sit, listen to music with our candles and incense.
Watching a infant sleep - their little hands, so sweet and soft, curling ever so slightly. In 30 years, of raising my own sons, and other people's children as a daycare provider and nanny, I have had the absolute pleasure of watching babies sleep. Now potty training - that is a different story!!!
Sitting on the beach of a ocean - and watching the waves. I did this all the time, growing up. Every day after school, I would walk down to the beach and just sit. Many times, I tried to do my homework, but was often distracted by some handsome surfer guys. Throughout the years when my head gets crowded with junk - I would need to go to the beach, and just allow the ocean breezes, to knock some sense into me. Clears my head.
|Sacramento River near Dunsmuir|
Sitting on the banks of a river - Since living here, I have grown to love and appreciate the Sacramento River. From the mouth of it, winding around the Klamath Mountains, raging down towards towns and valley crops to a thirsty metropolis, to water their fancy green lawns and fill their oversized swimming pools.
Tall trees - I have always lived around the redwood tree, so it's my favorite. The farther into the forest you go, the taller they are - and older they are and when camping among them, I love hearing that sway, top of the redwoods - back and forth - swooshing. I can't describe it - you would have to hear it for yourselves. Equally I get a kick watching Stellar Jays, hop from tree branch to tree branch, bullying every other bird below them.
I love that sound of the cracking of a baseball bat, upon entering the stadium - and the smell of peanuts and the field grass is so green.
Ahhhh just to just close my eyes, and relive some of these simple pleasures - is a simple pleasure for sure!