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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Real simple pleasures

I received my July issue of REAL SIMPLE  today.  Don't you just love opening up the mailbox and finding a new magazine?  I may not even read much of anything in some issues of the different ones I subscribe to but I still love getting them and flipping through them to see what jumps out at me or inspires me.  And that is a real simple pleasure.

There are so many simple pleasures that each of us enjoys on a regular basis, though often times we become so accustomed to them that we forget to appreciate them.

Here are a few that come to mind for me...

* fresh hot coffee with amaretto creamer and splenda first thing in the morning

* the over-the-top excitement my doggies show me every single time I walk back through the door


*my satin pillow case and memory foam pillow

*an unexpected breeze on a really hot day

*the smell of rain on a summer day

*seeing a dog hanging out a car window with its ears in the wind and tongue out in a smile 

*the refreshment I get from a drink of water when I'm hot and sweaty from working out

*having a pedicure and then not being able to stop staring at the pretty color on my toes for the rest of the day

*being swept away to another world when I'm reading a really good book

*baby and toddler pictures of my boys

*having one of the boys recall a wonderful memory that I thought they couldn't possibly remember

*recalling a wonderful memory myself

*Bath and Body Works lotion (warm vanilla sugar and cherry blossom are my favorites)

*waking up and realizing it's Saturday and I actually do not have to be anywhere!

*listening to a song that I really feel, whether it be an old song that takes me back to another place and time or a current song like Good to be me. 

*the satisfaction and relief I feel when I'm done with a chore, like vacuuming and mopping the entire house

*getting an email or facebook message from a good friend

*those next to rare moments around here when the boys actually seem to like each other

*a heartfelt smile or hug

*sincere laughter

*writing in my blog

*comments on my blog :-)

*being still enough and quiet enough to hear God.

What about you?  What real simple things make you smile inside?


  1. This is another good one! My simple pleasures?
    ~Leaving the house with all the beds made.
    ~Finding I have everything on hand to make a really good salad.
    ~Freshly shaved legs under clean, cotton sheets.
    ~Feeling empowered, behind the wheel of our John Deere mower.
    ~And reading a Bible devotion and feeling in my heart, that it was written just for me :)

    Thanks, sweet friend!

  2. I love this post. Such good reminders. :)
    -hearing my kids playing and getting along
    -hearing the coo of a dove
    -fresh mountain air
    -a sweet email or comment on my blog
    -someone telling me they love me

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  4. I love this post! There are so many things to write! I love new magazines in the mailbox. It is so cute to watch doggies hanging out of the window. Saturday mornings are the best! have a great day!

    Mama Hen

  5. I'm running a 5K tomorrow with a dear friend who has trained with me since January. I can't wait to see her cross the finish line. So simple, yet so meaningful to her.

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  6. Real Simple is one of my favorite magazines...hoping it will be in my mailbox today!

    I love Bath & Body Works lotions too, my favorite is coconut, lime, verbena.

    One other simple pleasure...listenting to the quiet when the kids are all asleep.

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