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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Simple Pleasures


Bonnie from Simple Beauty shared pictures of 6 things that are simple pleasures for her. These are things that are not vital but bring happiness! She challenged us to do the same.
I recently did a list of things like this, but finding pictures adds a new dimension. Here's what I came up with:

1) Spending time with family! This picture taken last summer at Lake Michigan. In the picture are Heather, Bob, Laura and Aaron. Right after this was taken, Andy called from Korea, so in a way we were all together.
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2) Flowers make me happy! Seeing them blooming outside is always great and a vase on the table in the winter, adds cheer to the cold months.
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3) Our kitten, Oliver. He is the funniest thing to watch. This picture was taken after he fell asleep on Laura's lap. He sleeps in the craziest positions!
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4) I don't have a picture, but music brings me so much joy. I love to play the piano when I have a little extra time. I sing a lot, although my family doesn't always appreciate it. Hearing a favorite song on the radio will always bring a smile!
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5) Beautiful mornings! I enjoy the time of year when the sun is coming up as I go to work. Seeing the world around me in such a beautiful way is the perfect way to start the day.
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6) I really enjoy trees. They have a different beauty in each season, and I think they get more interesting the older they are. I think the rough bark of an old tree is similar to the wrinkles in an older persons skin. They have both been around for a while and have a unique beauty to show for it!
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Do you have any simple pleasures to share?




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27 comments:

Nancy said...

Really nice things to make you happy. I agree with all of them too!!

Mike Golch said...

Oliver looks soooooo cute!

Melissa said...

I really like this idea, and I really like the things that make you happy! I think I will try this out :)

skywind said...

Oh, has filled the creativity picture. :)
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Andrew Bruins said...

I love that picture of Oliver. He looks so happy.

jenniferw said...

What lovely and evocative photos ... I especially love the one of your children, and the fact that you felt Andy was there! Your flowers are beautiful too. I have no luck with those so I must appreciate the ones grown and tended to by others! I also love the fact that you play the piano! My contribution is to hum constantly!

A Captured Reflection said...

Lovely list. I love trees too, and beautiful flowers...ah so many things. The simplest so very often the best!

Just Mom said...

Please tell me you weren't driving while you took that beautiful shot of the scenery on your way to work. ;-D

I love your list of simple pleasures.

Bonnie said...

Your list is great Mari !! I love it. Ah tree's ... aren't they so interesting ? And so big ! I love trees too !! And your kitty !! He is adorable and so funny ! How on earth does he sleep like that ?!

Hootin' Anni said...

Absolutely wonderful idea to go along with the six things that make you happy. I could sit for hours on that bench...is this the one that your husband made? Ahhhhhhh, serenity.

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Those were nice pictures, and you could have snuck in that video of the couple playing the piano for music! You know, Oliver is very, very cute. Maybe it's the boy cat, because Peka also sleeps in funny positions. He also likes to cover his eyes with one of his paws when he sleeps.

~Ginger said...

Mari, this was one of my favorite posts by you. I love seeing into your heart and finding more reasons to love you and appreciate your sweet, sweet spirit!

Rebekah said...

LOL- Oliver looks like a real character!

The Sullivan Sitcom said...

Love this little story! So sweet!

Cherdecor said...

I love how Oliver sleeps with a smile on his face. =)

Pat said...

What a peacful, lovely post. I love the family picture, to me that tops the list!

septembermom said...

All of those are wonderful "happy" things. I especially like the first photo. Really cool shot. I love music too. It always relaxes me and brings me peace.

Julieann said...

What a happy and beautiful post. The kitty is absolutely adorable!

Happy Wednesday.

Julieann

Brooke said...

just waking up to see my husband smiling at me. :)

Mary said...

Mari,

The simple things in life are the best. I love the photo of the tree. I also like trees and the ones that are mishapen and knarled have so much character.

Thank you for the encouraging words left in my comments for Brandon. Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated.

Blessings,
Mary

Kim said...

Lovely photos and things that make you happy! Your kitty is too funny! We once took care of a dog that slept really weird too, scrunched up close and facing the wall with all his paws touching the wall.

Me gusta mucho arboles! One of these days I want to try creating a quilt that shows the "wrinkles" in a tree trunk and the multitude shades of green in the leaves.

Lynn said...

wonderful list....

I'll add....the smell of clean sheets, blog comments, and a great haircut

Musicaljean said...

Great list - you took all of mine!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

FANTASTIC phtography, Mari! Teh one with the people across the window is my favorite. GREAT!

I also love your slow cooker thrusday post. I always look forward to those each week!

Mary / Mariah said...

Thanks friend , My memories of mom and dad are so sweet .They had a lot of flowers I can now enjoy .
I love the white bench with the yellow flowers . I have a dark green bench I want to put on pavers with yellow lillie around .
Thanks for the idea .
Mary

Crown of Beauty said...

Dear Mari,
I must confess that I went over this post four or five times before putting down this comment.

It was such a joy to read, the pictures did make a huge difference than just reading the words. I can't believe we are alike in so many ways, if you look over my blog you will see many sunrise pictures, trees, flowers... and I love cats and dogs too, not to mention my family.

ANd thanks to you, one of my plans as soon as I get back home to my home town is to buy a brand new slow cooker pot!

Brenda said...

What a neat picture of your family with the shadows.
One of my simple pleasures is being back home in CO. I forgot how beautiful and green it is, and didn't realize how much I missed it's beauty.