Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Simple Things

Thanks to dear Christina, today lots of us around the blogiverse are writing about the simple things that make us happy.
Simple, Happy Things

tree tunnels
skinny dipping
covered bridges
pig tails on little girls
that sweet, baby smell
the smell of a magnolia
a vase full of sunflowers
singing sentimental songs
toe rings and ankle bracelets
postcards full of foreign stamps
telling stories around a campfire
laughing till you cry - or need to pee
the clickety-clack of heels down a hall
wedding rings on strong, manly hands
sending a card to a friend - just because
little girls in polka dotted dresses and no shoes
pretty, new journals just waiting for my words
the graceful hand gestures of flamenco dancers
emptying the shavings from the pencil sharpener
the toe-tapping tune that stays with you all day long
hearing a song from high school - and feeling 17 again, instantly
a secret spot where the daffodils cover acres in a sea of yellow stars
the black that gets all over your hands when you read the newspaper
taking peeks at all the freshly painted toes when sandal season begins
the way a deer will stand and stare at you for as long as you can be still
the shiver of delight when you catch the sparkle of your engagement ring
the cool, crisp way the sheets feel when you climb into a freshly made bed
happily singing and looking over to see someone in the other car doing the same
the way everyone at a piano recital claps sincerely for even the worst performance
a fresh peach, lightly dusted with powdered sugar, served with love on a hand-painted plate

What simple things make you happy?

Amazing photography by Maureen F, Deb5376, and *Sakura*.


Anonymous said...

Your simple list made me smile brightly.

Char said...

gorgeous choices and beautiful photography. i smiled throughout the entire list

Christina said...

"laughing till you cry - or need to pee"

heee, yes mam! this is just a breath of fresh air.

thank you for being a part of our, simply beautiful day.

Wildly Cam said...

You said it, girlfriend!

A fresh peach! I love Georgia right now, and I am indulging my sweet tooth with fresh Georgia peaches! I had one so juicy the other day, it was dripping down my arm...

If it gets better than that, I don't want to know!


Meri said...

What a lovely list! I remember the shivers at the sparkling engagement ring, oh so long ago. My list would now include photographing reflective surfaces, perfect light, the days when my cleaning people come.

Tracy said...

Hi, Relyn! Your post bursts with sweetness and each one. And your photo enhance the joy so well. So nice to meet you and find your beautiful blog. :o) Happy Day!

Joanne said...

Quite simply, this list ... A smile formed in words. This is the kind of post that'll have me thinking of simple things all day, thanks for sharing. :)

Jeanne said...

Family and having all those I love happy and healthy
Love of family and friends and my faith

Listen to your song
That sums it all up
What a wonderful world.
Love you

Mrs. E said...

Love your list. Love the arrangement of your words. This made me happy!!

Marilyn Miller said...

I loved your list so much, I added my list at Delights of the Heart today. What a special thing to notice.

W. Latane Barton said...

I loved it. Made me realize just how fortunate I am to be able to enjoy all those simple things. I am sure going to take more notice now of all those things thanks to you.

Gina said...

Simple Things, great

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Gina from Germany

Leau said...

My favorite thing, well one of them...clean sheets, clean pjs and clean hair all at the same time! What a wonderful list! thanks for sharing...smooches

Bev said...

just today i came upon your blog, it is quite lovely...

cathleen said...

It's a beautiful list, Relyn. I enjoyed reading every single one. Simple things are really what life is all about.

Jaime said...

Beautiful Relyn.

You just make me happy.

Thank you for being the glowing star that you are. I inhale and gently exhale more gratitude and love for all things every time I visit you.

So much love to you.

Jessica said...

Simple things make me beyond giddy. I loved reading your list. So many of your posts I feel like I need to print out and stick on my wall for daily reading.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

From my head to my toes, I am smiling! Thanks for the reminders ~ they are good ones! Blessings, me

spread your wings said...

oh you have such a way with words. i loved this list of happy things,
the smell of lavender - it instantly brings me a feeling a peace.

bermudabluez said...

I have such a long list of Happy Things! Your list is beautiful Relyn and many of the things you mentioned made me smile as well. I would have to say COLOR makes me happy! I'm a pretty bright and loud creative, artsy type person! Not so black and white! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Spudballoo said...

Oh your list is just perfect, every single one made me nod and go 'oh yes!'. Lovely, very eloquently written. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm just drawing up a cushion to sit by your fire for a while...

georgia b. said...

just beautiful! i ESPECIALLY LOVE the second.

what a great song your readers get to hear when they visit—especially for this post.

Martina said...

Hi Relyn - Nice to meet you too! I love your list and looking at your profile I would say we have quite a few things in common! Am looking forward to being a reglar reader of your lovely blog! Christina's great, isn't she :)

Polly said...

Hello! Your list is simply wonderful! The best thing in life is to notice beauty and happiness in the very simple things, you spotted so many! I need to look around more carefuly. Thank you!

Gayle said...

Your list is perfect! I love that you included things like emptying pencil shavings from the sharpener! Such a simple thing that makes me happy, too! Love it!

Derrick said...

Hi Relyn,

Your list is so long, you must be in a permanent happy state!

marinik said...

hey.. thanks for stoppin by my corner, love you list, and your blog. I'll be stopping by again soon :)

~ ennui ~ said...

have a wonderful weekend!!

Suvarna said...

all good stuff, love your poetic presentation, the secret field of daffodils, Oh yes!
That last image is so perfectly, beautifully, simple, have a wonderful weekend!

SE'LAH... said...

simply MAGICAL!

I thought the 2nd photo was my favourite and then I saw the third. Wow.

and i so love the clapping at recitals...encouragement is everything.

Gigi said...

What a lovely blog you have. I love "postcards full of foreign stamps." They are a favorite of mine, too! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Christina was brilliant to get us all doing this. It made my week so much brighter!

Stacey Childs said...

Wow! Such a great list, well done!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

So nice to read about what makes you happy and think to myself..."I like that too"

Sometimes I exert too much energy being grouchy and need the shake of a good friend to get me out of it.

Your list did that for me today.

susanna said...

Ohhhh...such a good list here, Relyn. Reading your list is the perfect thing to do before bedtime. Thank you!

PS: I still want to join Goodreads...or Goodbooks with you.

rochambeau said...

Beautiful list and wonderful photos Relyn! So glad to find you!
Happy Weekend!


Southern Drawl said...

Your list brought peace and perfection.... :)

Elizabeth said...

ahhhhhhhhhh .. happy sigh. love the photos, every item on the list, and the way it looks like a christmas tree on the page!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Relyn~ Love your lists! Have to agree with another commenter: Clean sheets! Love that feeling! And a ladybug landing on me!
Thanks for sharing your list!
Happy Weekend!

Gillian said...

I've seen a few of these lists about, since my return, but it was only here that I clued in to the fact that Christina had asked everyone to do a list!
Your list is beautiful...even the way you typed it out...resembles a tree! xoxo

Tricia said...

lovely. so lovely.

Ruth said...

I got several smiles from your simple list, Relyn.

So we also have Christina (besides Dutchbaby) in common.

My Castle in Spain said...

oh..i love every single item of your list!
and yes..there are simple things but at the end of the day, i'm sure these little things are what make us happy...

i must've got such a great attitude towards life Relyn!

Jac said...

Oh Relyn, such a lovely list, I love the sound of clickety clackety heels and also that your list just looks beautiful on the page. It was such fun joining in with the 'simple things' with Christina, ( I can't wait for the next one!) and all the other lovely participants!!

Delena said...

I loved your list. I made a list too. I especially love the clickety clackety heels. It brought back memories of my mom who passed away 19 years ago. I really miss thos clickety clackety heels that walked across my kitchen and now are only in my heart.
Beautiful posting!

Teresa said...

This last photo with the lady bug is so adorable.

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