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Inspiration from Ravelry

Mary-Heather (RainyDayGoods)  from Ravelry.com linked today to a list on that site, where folks were talking about their simple pleasures. My first thought, a small pleasure for me, was a hot wet washcloth on my face. Then when I posted I got so inspired by other happy thoughts that I did not even include that in my list.

I have posted here before about small things really being the essence of my happy life. I have had some big things before (perhaps the biggest was my 5-week trip to Africa with my friend Altu). However, banking on big things to make life OK, does not work well as a life strategy.

So today I’m going to share with you the list I posted on the Ravelry Thread (if you are a member of Ravelry, which is free, you can read the whole thread… highly recommended).

  • Watching my beloved hubby light up when I walk in the room.
  • Singing/performing on stage with beloved. It’s more fun than I dreamed when I was a kid.
  • Having my 24-yr-old Goddaughter call me and ask for time together.
  • Having my 6-yr-old “fairy-Goddaughter” accidentally call me Grandma.
  • Hot tea, dark, black and “straight up.”
  • Baking something from scratch, with ingredients I’m not allergic to (yesterday, chocolate cake ), and eating it still warm out of the oven.
  • Real whipped cream, whipped with brown sugar rather than white.
  • Buying produce at the neighborhood (city) market, from the people who grew that food.
  • My front porch. Especially naps in the hammock on the porch (in the city, but nobody can see me there).
  • Wool, alpaca, kid mohair, any combination of them.
  • Two colors next to one another which create more “zing” than one alone. This can stop me in my tracks.
  • Running into someone who has made one of my patterns. It still lifts my heart to see that.
  • The first day of the year when I can open front/back doors, let the breeze flow through, and wear my favorite African clothing. Bye, bye winter!

What about you? What simple/small things make your heart sing?

Yours may not do it for me (or mine for you), but I think it would be wonderful to get a little inspiration going in the comments here. Or, by all means, run over to Ravelry and join the larger thread.

The photo I wanted to post with this column? Fresh, organic strawberries from the East Lansing Food Co-Op. They were so perfect they looked fake, and they tasted perfect, as well. I made some of that brown-sugar whipped cream to put on the berries. No fancy torte is as good as that combination!

Unfortunately, I’m having a few computer issues which I think are temporary. No photo today. Sorry.

3 Responses to “Inspiration from Ravelry”

  1. Inspiration from Ravelry | Lansing Rocks Says:

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  2. Lindy Says:

    Great list. When you can post photos how about some pics. of some of your African clothing? I would love to see these garments – especially the color.

    I really like your comment about putting 2 colors together that create more zing than one color by itself.


  3. Cynthia Says:

    Here’s a seasonal favorite – frog and toad songs from the swamp down the hill.

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