The Casting Dock

Simple pleasures.

Sometimes in the stress and chaos of daily life, time just kind of slips by without really being savored or fully appreciated. And while milestone events are certainly identifiable markers throughout our lives, it’s really the little things that people always remember and seem to cherish the most. So here’s to the little things that make ordinary days, extraordinary! These are my simple pleasures, the savory snippets of life that cause me to pause for a moment and say, Thank you, God. Life is good.

1. The smell of wood burning outdoors. Especially on a chilly fall night in New England. It connotes warmth, coziness, and community (Who doesn’t have awesome memories of late nights with friends & s’mores around a fire? At least for those who live in a chilly climate…). This is my absolute favorite smell.

2. Taking the stairs. I love stairs. It’s not even a well it’s the healthier option mindset where I convince myself to do it and then convince others that I genuinely like it so as not to be that obsessively health-oriented (and thereby annoying) girl. I really do just genuinely like stairs. It’s kinda weird.

3. The feel of the sun on my face. Absolute favorite feeling. It just calms me in a whole body is warm and tingly kind of way and brings back so many good memories of the endless possibilities of life outdoors and summers in Texas.

4. Falling asleep to football in the fall. Just ask my husband here. I really enjoy watching football, but I think even more so, I enjoy napping to football–the best soundtrack to usher you into that delicious sleepy state.

5. The sound of leaves rustling in the wind. It evokes a fresh sense of opportunity, excitement, and for those in New England, budding life as the seasons change. It’s, you guessed it, my absolute favorite sound…I’ve got a thing for the senses, I suppose.

6. Fruit. The diverse and magnificent array of color, the fleshy and juicy sweetness, the way it springs from the earth, the assortment of sizes and nuances of sweet flavors, all of it. I am entranced by the idea of fruit. I could just gobble up buckets of it. Too bad it gets pricey…

5 comments

1 Nicole Puz { 02.25.11 at 11:04 am }

I love your simple pleasures! I also love a good fire and sun on my face! I also really love enjoying an iced coffee on the first day that feels like spring!

2 Mama Logan { 02.25.11 at 2:16 pm }

THIS WEEK – the simple pleasure for Terri and myself has been a LARGE SWEET tea from Quik Trip each morning. I think it is truly what has gotten us through this week!

3 Rhonda { 02.25.11 at 2:51 pm }

What a great post. Brought a moment’s peace in a very tough week! Mine would have to be the sounds my grandson Josiah makes in his attempt to communicate with me; the smell of rain, a cool breeze blowing on my face, and cuddling with my dog Mojo!

4 k&c's mom { 02.25.11 at 3:18 pm }

Pumpkin Spice Latte. Girlfriend trips to antique-y towns. Time spent with my adult children. Looking children in the eyes when they tell a story. Sunday afternoon naps. Sunday brunch out. Long Quiet Times. Writing letters. Reading this blog. :)

5 114 steps to joy — The Casting Dock { 08.21.12 at 2:28 pm }

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