Some of My Favourite Things

At this time of year, I sometimes find myself feeling slightly melancholy, as I remember things in my past that can be no more. I don’t like to let myself wallow in self-pity (or even dip my toes in it) as there are so many simple pleasures in life from which I can take joy or inspiration, if only I stop and notice them. This morning I thought I’d make a little list of simple things that give me pleasure, in no particular order, but just as they occur to me.

    1. smooth, clean sheets
    2. fresh berries for breakfast
    3. my sweet little dogs
Pixie and Rascal

My sweet little Pixie and Rascal, loyal studio companions and bed warmers. They make me laugh everyday.

    4. my gorgeous studio/sanctuary
    5. the view out my backyard, over the wooded ravine to the lake
Studio Doors

The big doors in my studio lead out to a south view over Lake Ontario. On a sunny day, it’s sometimes hard to stay inside!

    6. the constant bird visitors to the feeders in my yard
    7. my current love affair with red paint
    8. my current love affair with gold metallic paint
Red Paintings

A few of the red and metallic gold paintings I’m working on right now. This will be a new series which I’ll launch sometime in the new year. In the meantime, I’m buying more red paint!

    9. oils and cold wax 25-year-old box turtle

I’ve had Boxer the box turtle for 25 years.

    11.the scent of fresh rosemary
    12.the funny chipmunks in my backyard, stuffing their cheeks with birdseed
    13.the first green shoots of spring
    14.pussy willows
    15.toads in the garden
    16.warm sun on my face of a starry night
    18.French rosé wine
Tavel Wine

Just give me Tavel—any Tavel!

    19.viewing other artists’ work online
    20.Saturday newspaper, especially the comics section
    21.morning coffee
    22.animated kids’ movies
    23.a good golf shot
    24.walks by the lake

Okay, that’s enough although there are hundreds more. But you get the idea. Have you made a list recently of the simple pleasures in your life?

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6 Responses to Some of My Favourite Things

  1. Evy Dueck December 9, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    This is lovely Dorothy! Always so good to start the day with gratitude … and end the day as well … and be grateful throughout the day!

    • Dorothy Siemens December 9, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it, Evy! I find the older I get, the more I appreciate all the little things in life, and so important to remind ourselves of them!

  2. Rebekah December 10, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    What great advice that’s so timely. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying the winter months can be very dreary… I will have to make myself a list.

    I love all your pets! Animals are the best studio compsnions.

    • Dorothy Siemens December 10, 2015 at 7:43 am #

      I thought you’d like the pets! I left one out though – I also have a Kenyan Sand Boa, a small, gorgeous orange and black snake. But he mostly hides so I hardly notice him. 🙂

      • Rebekah December 10, 2015 at 8:43 am #

        So kewl! If he ever pokes his head out and your camera is handy I’d love to see him!