My Favorite Things

Sometimes I feel like bursting into song with Julie Andrews as she sings “These are a Few of My Favorite Things”.  I can see or feel something that suddenly brings back a memory and I am instantly filled with joy. I’m smiling. I begin to daydream!! If no one is looking, I might be tempted to twirl!

I decided to record my favorites and like Maria Von Trapp, when I’m feeling blue, I should just remember these things…

Sheets hanging on a clothesline
Chasing fireflies
Hummingbirds darting from flower to flower
Listening to waves on the beach
Endless hours of scrapbooking
Antique silverware
Wooden floors with an occasional creak
The smell of a new book
Finding the record of an ancestor
Cloth napkins
Porch swings
Hanging petunia baskets
Old barns with faded advertisements on the side
Riding the train
Mango smoothies
Spending hours in a library

Have you made a list of your favorite things? I’m already thinking of more to add to my list!

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Journaling. Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to My Favorite Things

  1. If I were to start my list I would begin with:
    Dogs on my lap
    The smiles of Grandchildren
    The song of the birds after a rain

    Thank you for getting me started. I will continue to add to the list an post on my board in my office to remind me to stop and take time to appreciate some of my favorite things.

    Like

    • Ruth Packard says:

      Ohhh! I didn’t think about bird songs after a rain! Quick…I need to add that to my list. That made me remember the sounds of crickets. We don’t have those where I live 😦 This is too much fun! Our lists could be endless…

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

      Like

  2. Ah, such a great list. I love going to antique stores, not to buy but to see the things from the past. I will make a list in the future. I did a list like this once to give my daughters ideas for gifts which they had been nagging me about. The first thing on that list was colors.

    Like

    • Ruth Packard says:

      I added antique silverware to my list several years ago. I had seen a beautiful table setting where each plate was set with a different china pattern and different silverware. My heart melted! To this day, I linger in antique stores just to dream…no purchases…but dreams make me just as happy!

      Before my mother died she told me I had enough things, so she had given her wedding silver to a neighbor. Uhhh, that hurt! Good thing I love visiting silver in stores and magazines!!

      Like

  3. Janet says:

    Ruth, I found you through Michele Bergh’s Forum. Exploring your site, love your About Me words & photo, love your Memory Quotations. On my list of favorite things today:
    being connected with people who use words well, watching the amazing unfolding of 2 young adult daughters, recovering from my first solo show artist reception . . .
    Thank you for this post, lovely!

    Like

    • Ruth Packard says:

      Janet, I’m so glad you discovered this blog. Isn’t it amazing how writing about our memories or daily experiences can help bring our lives into focus?!

      Ah ha…and you are an artist!! More creativity!

      Like

  4. Ethan Billhime says:

    Definitely can agree with you on old barns with faded advertisements, those are so cool. Antique silverware, I have an old salt/pepper shaker that is silver and antique. (as far as I know anyway) I paid 25¢ for it and have only used it as a paper weight, so if you want I will bring it up next time we come. When we went with my Aunt to an Antique Fair, a guy had TONS of antique silver silver wear… And he was destroying it and melting it down into blocks!!! Needless to say, I wasn’t to thrilled. When my Aunt started talking to him and told him her car (which I really like) was for sale, and he seemed interested in buying it, I almost blurted out, “Are you going to take a hammer to that and melt it down as well?” Fortunately I was able to keep my mouth shut.

    Like

    • Ruth Packard says:

      I guess I could add that to a list of things I’ve learned to do: keeping my mouth shut!! Part of growing up, Ethan! Ha, but I’ve slipped a couple of times, too!

      So glad you’re visiting my blog!

      Aunt Ruth

      Like

    • Austin Billhime(your favorite twin nephew) says:

      You mean I paid 25¢.

      Like

      • Ruth Packard says:

        You two are amazing and I am so sorry…I should have added both of your names to my list of Favorite Things. It should read: spending time with my favorite twin great nephews!!

        Like

      • Austin Billhime(your favorite twin nephew) says:

        We’ll count finding the record of an ancestor as it.(: Hahaha, how long did it take us to find that house?

        Like

  5. Love your list. I do a gratitude practice each morning and, in reflection, I realize they often include my favorite things (and sometimes things I’m not loving in the moment and wanting to see differently). My favs include my bird visitors, being able to create something new, my kitties, having my own space including an office.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s