Posted in January 2012

One of My Simple Pleasures: Quick Sticky Buns

The great thing about simple pleasures… is that they’re, well, simple, of course!  While the all-time simple pleasure that tops my list is a freshly brewed cup of coffee accompanied by a crossword puzzle or a good book, another really simple pleasure I enjoy comes from the November 2007 issue of Real Simple magazine: a … Continue reading

Birds of Worry

That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent. Chinese Proverb I really like this quote.  It evokes a bold image that so vividly, and, in a way, comically expresses a truth about being human: we are, … Continue reading

The Simple Pleasure of Observation

My cat, Charcoal, often joins me in the kitchen when I am tidying up after dinner.  Sometimes he sits on the dishwasher door as I’m loading the dishes, looking up at me, affectionately, licking his chops in his subliminal way to suggest that I should pour him a spot of milk.  Sometimes I give in; … Continue reading

Simply Stated

I want to take the opportunity to introduce a new page on Simple Pleasures.  Simply Stated is a collection of some of my favorite quotations and poems,  accompanied by beautiful photographs reflecting the sentiments expressed.  Since many of the quotations or poems have been featured in my blog posts, I’ve included a link with each … Continue reading

Winter’s Beauty

You may have noticed, if you’ve visited my blog in the past month, that I’ve changed my header picture.  I like change periodically, like the seasons, and even though we haven’t seen snow in these parts, I wanted a snowy scene.  When I saw this photo, I was instantly transported to a winter a couple … Continue reading

Listening To Our Children

A while back during one of my visits to the recycling center, I came across a sweet little book.   Always Kiss Me Good Night: Instructions on Raising the Perfect Parent by 147 Kids Who Knowis a compilation of elementary school-aged children’s answers to the question: “If I could tell my parents how to raise me, … Continue reading

Growing Older, Living Better

Youth is not a time of life—it is a state of mind Last weekend my husband and I attended a birthday party for a friend who was turning 60.  A milestone year, most would agree, although I’m not sure if any one year is more significant than another.  As we wished Brad “happy birthday”, our … Continue reading

Lazy Saturdays

Thank goodness for Saturday!  For me, it’s that one day of the week when all the pressure is off and there is no schedule to follow or a task that needs to be done.  I can sleep in if I want and be a homebody, or get up early and go see the world.  My … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions

Resolution. I’ve always hated that idea.  Making a resolution at the beginning of the new year.  It conjures up images of torture, for me.  You have to give up something or stop doing something, or do something more.  Or you have to do something better.  Be a better person. But no pressure.  No, because you … Continue reading