...with a husband and 5 sons, I am truly outnumbered....stories and thoughts on life from a mom in a houseful of little men!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Official "Sourdough"

My deck thermometer reads 46 degrees on April 25. The sky is the usual and customary shade of gray and gloom. It's official--my love affair with Alaska is finished. Rather than whine, here's a stream of consciousness list of
Some of My Favorite Things
sleepy newborn babies, cuddled in softer-than-soft blankies
brand-spankin'-new, striped, SmartWool socks
hot sand beneath my bare feet
fields of tall grass and wild flowers, and the sound of the breeze blowing through them
coconut body butter
the smell of wool yarn
old red barns
white Lilies
white roses
purple roses
beach combing
long walks in the country with no destination
sipping iced tea on a front porch
chubby, bare baby feet and their pitter-patter
the smell of a new book
old, heavy, hard-cover Classics
dormer windows
sea glass
walking through a greenhouse at the very beginning of spring
chocolate haupia cream pie
the smell of fresh-cut grass
stories that "old people" tell
my Bible--it's been with me for 23 years and becomes more alive every year
fresh, just-opened Birch leaves (have you ever FELT them??!)
Siberian Husky fur, warmed by the sun
hugs and kisses from my sweet Kaleb
spiritual conversations with my sweet Nicholas
the rare times when my sweet Noah will cuddle in my lap
alpaca fiber
playing my violin
seeing the baby lambs frolicking up Twin Peaks in the spring
blueberry picking in Hatcher Pass
canoeing on a clear lake in the heat of summer
tea in "real" tea cups
Jane Austin stories
dreaming of exotic travels
the crunch and swish of fallen Maple and Oak leaves beneath my feet in fall
reading with a cat on my lap
Alba products
Glad Heart Acres soaps
clean flannel sheets on the bed
fresh organic strawberries
star-gazing on a warm, summer night
the sound of ocean waves rolling in
fresh pineapple
Anne of Green Gables series
the sight, sound, and smell of canning jam
outdoor swimming pools
garlic cheese bread from Evangelos
neatly filling out forms with a perfect ink pen (weird, huh.)
silhouettes of trees
giant, old Cottonwood trees; they look like gnarled old men, don't they?
the clicking sound I make walking down a long corridor
Dutch Blitz

These are obviously in no order whatsoever, and I know there are many, many more things to add to this list. What are your "Top 5 Favorite Things"? Now we all want world peace and we love our families...I'm talking the simple or not-so-simple details...the stuff of life..."raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" stuff!


Jodi said...

My comfy chair (in winter)
My hammock (in summer)
Stripey SmartWool socks :)
Ice water

JJ said...

THUNDERSTORMS!!! I definitely need to add that!

Pam said...

fun over-the-knee socks
our yard full of kids playing in the summer
fresh pinneapple
the smell of freshly cut grass
pussy willows in the spring

...just to name a few!

vince+shannon+mattie+ireland +afton+chamberlain said...

I'm mentally check-marking about 80% of your list (I don't identify with all the smells, of course - do you realize what a smell-sensitive person you are?) :)

My 3 additions:
Earl Grey tea with cream and sugar
old glass bottles
white sheer curtains
sunbeams across the wood floor
clean babies in thick towels
cats sleeping on my feet

oops...that's more than 3...I was never very good at following rules... :D

mama said...

My top 5??? I dunno. I gotta come up with stuff soon. Life has been so hard, for so long, that it's just drained out of me. I know I'd start the list with something purple, but even now (August!) my purple passion plant has lost its vibrant color. It needs sun, too!! :(