Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Simple Pleasures





I've always been enchanted with the idea of collecting simple pleasures (think Amelie). Instead of the typical vices you cultivate delight in the simple things. Here's my budding list:

1. Taking off my sandals and feeling the cool freshness of summer grass
2. Writing with a dip pen--I like the sound of the scratch on paper, so satisfying
3. Making a small batch of chocolate chip cookies because I get to eat the dough

What's on your list this morning?

Images found here and here, thank you flickr

41 comments:

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

feeling the cool freshness of grass is one of my favorites too! I also love the warm feeling of winter sun in my face when I'm cozy in my deck chair!

knack said...

love simple pleasures....like a warm chai in the morning.......ceiling fans.......and ocean waves....xo

littlebyrd said...

I have been enjoying taking a few minutes each day to practice picture taking. If something catches my eye I just stop whatever I am doing and snap away. I might need to bake some cookies too!!

paula said...

sitting on my front porch smelling the gardenias with every slight breeze.

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Ahh..sounds lovely!

The feeling of a summer breeze on my skin is divine!

Debra said...

I like your list-especially the cookie part! On my list today... some sketching, a little research for a friend, dinner tonight with our best buds-that's it- Oh yes and clean the bathrooms....

please sir said...

I'm finally catching up in blog world and I love seeing your refreshing simple pleasures list. Today my simple pleasures is catching up with you guys! And this yummy tootsie roll on my desk...hehe.

Emily said...

My simple pleasure was walking across the Mass Ave bridge on a beautiful June morning with a stunning view of the city! Such a wonderful way to commute!

Lisa-Marie said...

mine are - your cookie one, being able to cook a meal from scratch, and spending time doing it, having time to read a whole book in one sitting, wearing woolly scarves in winter.

Lizzy said...

That grassy picture is fantastic! My list today isn't as pleasurable as your sounds. I get to go to the dentist today. Eew.

hmstrjam said...

love that soft grass! off to my simple cafe au lait ;)

Amanda Nicole said...

I with you on the simple pleasures. I get so much excitement and satisfaction from a great thrift store find that I certainly don't feel when I purchase something from, say, IKEA. I love that pic, so fresh and interesting!

down and out chic said...

my chicken salad on croissant has made me pretty happy this morning...

Miss Aimee said...

oh how I loveeeee your list. we are all so sick here in Texas this week and reading thi smade me smile. I can see it all so well.

Brittany Noel said...

Almost every time I go outside to the backyard, I shun my shoes aside to feel the grass. And, when I was planting all my flowers and herbs and veggies, I liked to garden barefoot. I needed to hose my feet of every time, but there's just something I love about getting really dirty when I'm in the dirt. I've been wanting to bake, too, so maybe that will be on my list today. It's so ucky out, I could really use some warmth!

Thanks for the inspiration, my friend :)

Brittany Noel said...

One more thing: whenever I pass the dining room table I can smell the peonies I picked. Heaven.

Rachel said...

Sitting outside long enough to enjoy the birds chirpping!!

Savvy Mode SG said...

too true!

amy @ switz~art said...

that room is spectacular...what a sanctuary...

simple pleasures should always be relished, shouldn't they?

Rachel Follett said...

Love your budding list! The cookie one is definitely on mine as well. I also love sipping tea in the morning and cuddling with my big cat.

{this is glamorous} said...

Adore your list, Julia! Today it was the first cup of morning coffee, letters in the post from long lost friends, and bright, warm Spring sunshine flooding into the living room . . .

xo

Chessa! said...

I always have so many things on my list...I just put one together too and the smell of freshly cut grass was on it...also, hearing the kiddies play in the park next door to my building, warm baguettes, the sound of windchimes...so much...
:)

bronwyn said...

Oh, I love this game and play it quite frequently. Let's see, today it's: the sound of fog horns, making (and eating) soup from scratch, and the flicker of a pretty candle. (Can you tell it's cold here today?)

cindy : quaint said...

i love your list, especially the grass. my list today was simple, take pictures, sneeze, take a shower, sneeze some more - in that order. sending you another hug!

Blair said...

Oh, I love your list! I just love the feeling of grass on my bare feet:) I love that moment of calm when I realize that I have finished all my chores.

Vicki Dvorak said...

Gorgeous room...I would love to spend a day there. :) Thanks for the post!

GUGAW said...

Ooh yes love the feel of grass on toes! Small pleasure, hmmm...guess it's getting a cuddle of my hairy cat, both small and rare!

tanya said...

I love your little list. Taking off my shoes to feel the cool grass under my feet is definitely on of my top simple pleasures in life! I love the smell of the air after it rains as well :-)

Hello Lindello said...

i love the smell of tea when i first drop the bag in, peanut butter toast with chocolate soy milk, and mowing the lawn!

Joyce said...

I love the photo of the grass! Some how my morning list grew into a night list! Enjoy... xoxo

PS~Erin said...

a clean house (not the process of getting there though)... getting personal mail... ice cream... coffee consumption while just sitting and enjoying it... hearing a favorite song on the radio...

Jules said...

i love making a fresh pot of coffee every morning - i'll put on a pot while i shower so i can enjoy a hot cup when i get out. for some reason, that makes me really happy and it's a great way to start my day :)

Slices of Beauty... said...

First pic is so cute!

Hubby and I talking very late in the night like there is no tomorrow...

Kellie ~ Ada and Darcy said...

Oh the green interiors.... I love the softness and elegance.

Laura B said...

the smell of baking bread,
watching little birds dance on the grass,
seeing my pup's tail wag franticly when I come in from hanging out laundry!

Georgia B. said...

going for a walk with my camera.

love amelie! it's a favorite flick. for the very reason that this post is about. :)

wonderful photos—especially the second!

Miss G* said...

That first picture is beautiful, that home looks warm and fresh, I like it.
xo.

Christine said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and wishing me well! I am glad you found me and introduced yourself, because I am certain your blog and I will be great friends!

dojski said...

I love the first photo!!! =)

LethaColleen said...

i adore that top photo so much... wish I could hit 'transport' and just sit on the floor for a few tranquil moments!

MissBliss said...

Amelie is such a GREAT film.

Love your white and green room.

floating in the ocean is one of my favorite things... salty tubs work, too ;)