Monday, November 12, 2012

small treats

"The secret to a happy life is continuous small treats." ~ Iris Murdoch

Small Treats

* a Godiva truffle * a hot, scented soak in a deep, deep tub * a new book and a whole evening in which to read it * strawberries * a comfy chair with a good light source near at hand *  a deep sniff of your favorite perfume * one perfect peony on my nightstand * a quiet evening alone in my small house * cold glass of milk with a hot chocolate chip cookie * rewatching a favorite TV show on DVD * pink ink pens and colored paper clips * talking on the phone to far away friends * writing a letter on real stationary * peaches sliced like moon slivers and dusted with sugar * a pedicure in a daring color * Lay's Dill Pickle Chips * Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade * a plush rug and bare feet * tiny white cottages * a delicious brunch with the family * looking at country churches with steeples * stopping to listen to a carillon * visiting a butterfly house * planting bulbs in the fall * frozen grapes * photographing old farmhouses * a new magazine * checking the mail * fresh sheets on the bed * arm rubs during church * a rainy evening with Texas blues on the radio * barefoot walks * Eva Cassidy's voice * list making * petting the dogs * burning my favorite scented candle * free samples at Russel Stover * fresh flowers at work * pretty file folders * heavy scissors that work perfectly * being the first person to read a new library book * hot chocolate after a cold walk * sitting by the edge of a river watching it flow on by * brand new colored pencils * spending an hour poking around Etsy * plums *

What are your favorite small treats? 

The cottage above is Herbert Hoover's childhood home in West Branch, Iowa. 


Tracy said...

Oooo... yes, please, all of the above! Your list read like my own would, Relyn. Like minds... ;o) ((HUGS))

Amy said...

Oh, I love them all! I might add 'sitting with loved ones around a fire' (candles would work) and 'laughing until you cry'

Debby said...

I agree except for the pickles.

Jeanne said...

If you get a chance to visit my blog today Logan's latest studio pictures are posted.

I love your postings.
Love Jeanne

Mac n' Janet said...

Great post Relyn, I may have to use it on my blog too, i, of course, will credit you.

Anonymous said...

I love this. I like all your small treats. Cute idea for a blog post.

Jennifer Richardson said...

delicious little bits of glory,
Relyn....I love your list:)
oh how it relaxes me
to read into your world,

knitalatte said...

Hi Relyn,
Love your list.
The only thing I might add; Holding a freshly washed baby in your arms.

Roban said...

Relyn, you read my thoughts completely. Your list is my list. I can't think of a thing to add at the moment. Lovely!

Hindsfeet said...

I really liked this, Relyn....very sweet : )

Georgianna said...

What a fabulous quote! And, as always, your list is delicious!


joyce said...

Great list, I don't think I could do better, you seem to have covered it all! Except maybe a purring cat on your lap, an inside day when its cold and rainy outside, starting a new craft project..hmmm...maybe I should make a list!

Marilyn said...

It is the small everyday treats that sometimes get me through a day, like having a warm cup of tea to wrap my hands around or snugging up in bed with a good book or reading your wonderful list and always a fresh piece of juicy fruit.

Countrywoman said...

definitely wonderful things

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Jeanie said...

Is this your front door? Beautiful! My favorite small treat is getting home from the office and being greeted by sweet Lizzie Cosette. I know she just wants food, but I can work with that. (Come meet her on the Gypsy!)

susanna said...

Oooh...good list, Relyn! Frozen grapes are one of my husband's favourite treats. Must add that to my next grocery list...

My favourite (recent)small treats:
*sleeping in on the weekend and having nothing on the to do list!
*discovering new-to-me good music (Lhasa de Sela's Anywhere on This Road)
*discovering a new cool place in the city: The Communist Daughter bar in Toronto where every Saturday btwn 4 - 7pm the bartender sings like Tom Waits and where a glass of red wine is only $5.00
*pumpkin spice lattes!
*beautiful holiday windows
*the scent of fir trees

Making lists like this are a great way to get into a happy mood, aren't they?

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