Couldn't decide what to post about this time. It was a toss-up between 'Keep the Noise Down' -
which I feared may be misconstrued as a complaint about November 5th Fireworks and I didn't want no misconstruing on my blog -
Or my 'Simple Pleasures' idea.
Then I read my pal-who-lives-in-South-Africa's blog post over at Weezafish and, not only does she talk about (among other things) Simple Pleasures - she actually uses the phrase.
A sign! A sign!
(We have a bit of link, WF and I. Well I like to think so anyway. One time, during her last pregnancy, I had a dream about her trying on about a thousand different dresses and being indecisive about them all. Turns out that is exactly what had happened in real life - she had started labour and needed something to travel to hospital in and couldn't find an outfit she was happy with! And I hadn't known anything about it at all! Cosmic!) (Is it just me who thinks these kind of tales are interesting? )
I wrote some notes about this but have subsequently lost them so I am just going to busk it. Please indulge.
I've been thinking about how lovely very simple, often small things are. And how sometimes it really does me good to remember what my Simple Pleasures are. And in the spirit of sharedom, I am going to start a whole new page (get me) entitled Simple Pleasures - not just for me, but hopefully to pleasure other people too*.
*I really wish that didn't sound quite so rude.
Perhaps we could all share our Simple Pleasures and I could add them to the page. Oh now, wouldn't that be fun? :o)
Some of my choices may strike you as a bit odd, but you know the saying - 'One man's meat is another man's poison'.
Is that right? Actually I'm not even sure that is setting the kind of tone I'm after.
I'm just going to press on if that's okay with everybody? I don't seem to be flowing with poetic style just now.
Simple Pleasure #1
A UPS van.
Is that weird? I don't even mean one pulling up outside to deliver a parcel to me. I mean any UPS
van, anywhere. There is something about their Vintage look that really appeals to me. And the driver's brown uniforms - they look like you could fall back in time about 60 years and they'd still be appropriate. Imagine how comforting the UPS van and driver would be if you found yourself inadvertently travelling through time, zipping around the decades...turmoil and displacement agonies immediately soothed by the one constant - the UPS van.
Simple Pleasure #2
Crows. Or Rooks. Or Ravens. Which is which? I don't know. I just love their moody demeanour.
The way they look at you sideways - I can never work out if it's a look of pity, or if they're thinking 'I know exactly what is going to happen to you and it will make me laugh in a sardonic fashion'. Or perhaps it's a mixture of the two? Or perhaps they are simply thinking, 'why is that grinning human coming towards me? I'm off! Caw!'
And finally, for now, Simple Pleasure #3
A new notebook. Oh the joys. I am getting that feeling in my stomach right now (or is that the
brocolli I had for lunch?) A brand, spanking-new book filled with pages blank or lined - waiting, just waiting, for my masterpiece to be inked upon its pages. The potential is beyond awesome. Whenever I get a new notebook I promise myself I will write neatly - not my usual erratic schizophrenic scrawl - and will order my thoughts. What usually happens, of course, is that they become a mish-mash like all the others. So what to do?
Buy another notebook and let the cycle continue! Ha ha.
Or...even luckier...have someone buy you one as a gift. No guilt and the joy of a design of book that you might have overlooked! Oh I could weep.
(I literally have hundreds of notebooks. Most of them empty because I can't even decide what to devote its pages to).
So there you are. I have shared but a few of my own Simple Pleasures and hope that what they reveal about me is not too disturbing.
I will add to my Designated Simple Pleasures page regularly (although I seem to remember promising that about my Hall of Heroes page...) and hope that they brighten your day too. Even if it's only because you can reassure yourself that at least you are not as tragic as I am :o)
Have a happy week!