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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Few Of My Favorite Things - Part I



Okay, so the Julie Andrews song won't get out of my head. But, I thought it would be fun to list some completely random things that are my favorites in this beautiful world that we live in. Please comment and let me know some of your personally random favorite things!

Sanibel Island (I had to be dragged away from this magical island...I will return).

Early Renaissance Music For some reason, this genre really speaks to me. Perhaps it is the emptiness of the compositions, they leave room for personal interpretation and enjoyment. Unlike the 'wall of sound' of the Motown era, these songs are sparse and simple, yet rich as well. I like this. Sparse yet rich. That speaks volumes of good to me.

Tribal Bellydance and West African Dance Yes, I love dancing, barefoot (: Since I was old enough to walk I have been drawn to the rhythms and dance of Africa. When I am dancing, I am one step away from Heaven.

Art Is there anything more liberating to the soul than looking at art, making art, thinking about art? The whole creative process is such an exciting thing. I would surely cease being who I am if I knew that creativity were dead in the world. New things are being created everyday. So exciting!

Dimly Lit Rooms I don't collect shoes, no...I collect little table lamps (: I have always lived with little lamps turned on versus one big bright overhead light. (my husband likens me to a bat sometimes..but hey...it is easier on the nervous system. Bright lights overwhelm me.

1970's Music Was there ever a better time for good straightforward musical ballads? With real instruments and words that told little 4 minute stories, I could listen to 70's music all the time.

Bookstores I am like a kid in a candy store, no...worse...in a bookstore. So many little square packages of worlds unknown, just waiting to be discovered. And, magazines too. Save me! (Don't please).

Going Barefoot I'm sorry, I have never been a shoe person and I could never understand women who were. There is nothing better than the feel of the floor, earth, ground beneath the sensitive nerves that God gave us on our feet, to feel where you are at, what the temperature of the room is, and where you are going. Better yet is the first walk outside in the spring barefoot. Sheer delight. Now, running shoes? Sure, I'll take those (: (Although running barefoot on the beach is a pleasure all it's own). Listen to Michael Franks Barefoot on the Beach

Waking Up Really Really Early I have always been a morning person, an early bird. Now that I have children, it is imperative to the start of a good day that I get up while the sun is still sleeping. The earlier I can pull it off, the better the day! We're talking 4:00-5:00 a.m. ideally. Yikes, I know. Don't get me wrong, I still fantasize about sleeping in! I just know that the early bird gets the worm. It's true.

So: Tell me some of your favorite things I would love to hear them!

10 comments:

CM said...

Totally with you on the dimly lit rooms. I am a dark-cottage-warm-hearth kind of gal. Totally.

And the 70's music...ah, we had joy, we had fun...

The Happy Peasant said...

Yes, dimly lit rooms...ah the reason too that I probably have 'squint' lines on my face (: It's worth it! ~Amy

Jenny said...

The smell of a wood fire, baking bread, cleaning stalls, the scent of the earth after a spring rain, visiting a yarn shop and touching all the fiber, spinning, the calm of milking a goat, teaching something you're passionate about! I could go on and on. And, I've always been an early bird too - 4 a.m. you'll find me in the barn!

Anonymous said...

The smell of a new book, or an old one. Blankets,children laughing-you know that wonderful belly laugh. Prayer in church or out of church...folk music the really twangy kind. Sunday dinner at my dad's. Listening to the kids play outside. I love dim lights too but I am a shoe person not that I need a lot of pairs~just something on my feet!!!

The Happy Peasant said...

Jenny, yes, the smell of woodsmoke, a good one! And spring rain.... (: Thanks for sharing!

The Happy Peasant said...

Oh, the smell of books~ Something Kindle will never replace (: Twangy bluegrass. Amen! (:

Corine said...

Early mornings reading and or writing to a DIM LAMP ;0 - before the sun has had a chance to peak it's head up...

Reading to my kids, or to myself, with a scented candle burning in the room...

Rollerblading - especially backwards (but only on smooth surfaces in barren parking lots away from traffic if going backwards)...

Getting emails from my husband while I am away from home... I love the way he loves me. :)

Thank you for asking me to share a few of my favorite things! ;)

Corine :D

The Happy Peasant said...

Corine, thanks for sharing. Those are some good ones. I liked the scented candle/reading and the roller blading backwards (: Simple joys make for a full life, do they not? (:

Caytie said...

Going barefoot is one of my favorites as well! I feel trapped in shoes :)

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The Happy Peasant said...

Caytie, thank you for joining me at the Happy Peasant! Yes, soon it will be spring and we can walk barefoot through the new cool blades of grass! Not much longer now.... ~ Amy (-: