Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Simple Gifts

When the amazing Christina over at Soul Aperture said she was hosting another Simple Things day, I knew I wanted to play along again.  
Here are just a few of the simple things for which I am thankful:
~oatmeal with brown sugar~vintage post cards~knowing that when hail is falling like quarters from a jackpot (as it was today in the photo above), my best friend and I will wait out the storm together~homemade lemonade

~the secret world of the terrarium Marlowe made me~a day that's sunny and dry enough to play tennis~rediscovering a stash of letters from a childhood pen pal~ferris wheels
~penny jars~seeing my husband's harness boots by the door~Virginia's strawberry-rhubarb jam~second chances~the roof over my head and the skylight that lets me see the stars

~eating popcorn and re-watching the Harry Potter films in preparation for the new one~seeing a red-tailed hawk this morning just outside my window~coffee ice cream~campfires
~the way strawberries bring a blush to a bowl of cream~the scent of lavender~an email out of the blue from a long-lost friend~the sound of Scout's purr (a little engine she is)~trying again

~strangers who say hello on the street~singing along to 80's songs~cinnamon toast~wooden bowls~Queen Anne's lace~curling up in a quilt with a book and a cup of tea
~forgiveness~old keys that long ago lost their doors~playing Scrabble with my family~the scent of cedar~mix & match dishes in a camp kitchen~sea-polished stones~typing this list~the candle that's burning on my desk~the rain (softer now) that's falling outside my window~my love, who lies near me, fast asleep. 
"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life 
which are the real ones after all."  
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

38 comments:

  1. What a fabulous and richly textured list! So many things on here had me going yes, yes, yes...

    So pleased to have found you and I'm going to try out that Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp - it sounds like just my sort of thing! :)

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  2. such a simple exercise and yet so pleasant. making a list like this is like cleansing the soul, brings us back down where we should be. have a great day.

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  3. campfires and vintage postcards....I'm right there with you !

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  4. I totally loved that post Gigi, just beautiful.

    ps love Mrs Ingalls Wilder, have her books.

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  5. I'm visiting here from Prairie Girl's blog. Your spot here is lovely...so very sweet. The list you have shared warms my heart. We are indeed blessed by the small things in this world.

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  6. you had me at popcorn and a movie oh and I can forget the rhubarb and strawberry jam, lovely list.

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  7. Your list is all magic, sensual delight and wonder...Such warmth radiates here...Thank you, Gigi :o) ((HUGS))

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  8. Love your list and that photo of the hailstones is amazing :)

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  9. Your words brought me to tears. I know who I would want to wait the storm out with.. he has been my best friend for over 22 years.
    "vintage post cards" along with the keys and so much more. I am so glad our paths crossed. You know we would have a blast together. ; )

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  10. What wonderful simple - yet profound - things! Lovely images too.

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  11. oh gigi ~ i was so lost in the first image, it took me a minute to get to the list and then i too was going ... yes, yes, yup, yup, yes ... we are surrounded by many many simple gifts every moment and when you start to list them you are reminded how rich life is indeed ...
    thank you thank you ~ you are one of life's gifts!
    prairiegirl

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  12. "Hail falling like quarters from a jackpot'-wonderful. What a lovely list! I adore your terrarium. Thanks for delighting my senses this morning with lavender, the scent of cedar, campfires, polished stones, strawberry rhubarb jam, cinnamon toast.... (I'll think I'll have to make some now, with a cup of Earl Grey.)

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  13. Incredible list - forgiveness, second chances. And that hail photo is magical. So, so glad to have found you. Thank you. And thank you, Christina, for bringing folks together.

    :) Debi

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  14. old keys, blushing strawberries, jam and stars. yes, yes, yes. a most splendid list.

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  15. That was wonderful, Gigi, thanks for sharing! I just finished a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, and am listening to percussion gun. I thought of you :)

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  16. The scent of cedars and second chances...oh yes!

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  17. great list, love coffee ice-cream too, thanks for swinging by my corner too :)

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  18. oh too much! what a most magniloquent list!
    have a simply lovely day!!!

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  19. Loved your eclectic and delightful list.

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  20. Forgiveness, yes and terrariums with lovely little secret maidens hiding.
    A beautiful list, by a person that I can just tell has a gorgeous heart!

    Constance

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  21. Your list is luscious and soothing and I want it all!

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  22. GiGi,

    You had me nodding my head so vigorously at so many of these delightful things! Isn't it great to appreciate every single special moment or simple thing!?!?

    Life is good!

    Bisous,
    Melissa

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  23. Hi, I came here to check out your simple things list and what a list! I love the strangers who say hello in the street, second chances, your skylight that lets you see the stars and your lovely first photo. That first photo makes me smile, (even if it was hail stones it still looks beautiful!).

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  24. All of it, yes, all of it. But! Scout, the scent of cedar...and second chances to be sure.

    A poet? How lucky am I to have found you through a simple day! I will be back, Dear Gigi. I will surely be back. xo

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  25. A beautiful and deep list. Hearing Scout purr is perfect.

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  26. My brown coffee cup in the morning; David's chipped tooth; Trin's hair; Nancy's snort when she laughs; G to B-minor; the curve of a baseball pulled hard down the third base line; seeing David and Trin rub Todd's head. Great to see you two this week!

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  27. So glad I came here via Christina's list...there isn't a single thing here that I didn't go "oh yes!" to...

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  28. a beautiful, beautiful list. so many times i was smiling and saying, "yes! yes! i agree!" :)

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  29. yes yes yes! hearing from long lost friends and reconnecting - such a good feeling!

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  30. Oh my husband and i LOVE popcorn...... I often eat so much at the movies my lips go funny from the salt :)

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  31. your images add so much magic to a list of life's delights!

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  32. Ah, a kindred spirit....lovely list...lovely lady....thanks for stopping by....for kind words and for being you!

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  33. Love your list -- it made me think of other simple things I simply love.

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  34. aww, i have a 'Scout' too - she's a little gray cat.
    lovely post!
    xox
    www.froufroufashionista.blogspot.com

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  35. loved this line and photo: old "keys that long ago lost their doors" and the quote at the end. loved a lot in this post :-) the first photo reminds me of the west coast of Canada! Our world is small afterall.

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  36. This post makes me love you more. Oh, what a lovely, lovely list. You notice so much that is beautiful. And your noticing helps us to see.

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  38. I love seeing Ball jars! Made in Muncie, IN. The Ball family was a very philanthropic family to us- Ball State University, Ball Memorial Hospital.

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