Friday, 23 August 2013
My list of Favourite Things
all of you who had a go at this too, you helped to unblock my blockage! And I loved reading about you. I love your lists! Some things that you wrote down I already had on my list in exactly the same words, others helped prompt me of similar things.Thanks for really understanding the angle I was getting at on this too, it's a broad topic but you got it just as I meant.
When it comes to good things in life, there is of course a lot missing. I haven't listed all of the best memories. I haven't really listed people, or food, or music, or overseas places, or things I may never experience again - though a few slipped through. There are too many, and too much, and also I want this list to remind me of why it's good to be alive now, not of what I am missing out on. I've just now remembered the white camellia that grows over our back fence (see above), and I keep thinking of skiing - something from another lifetime that I love love loved but it's hardly me now is it?! So I think I have come to the right place to stop (though of course reserve the right to continue adding...).
If you haven't given this a try, can I encourage you to carry a pen and paper round with you over the next few days and note down your favourite things? It'll do you good.
My favourite things :
Hydrangeas and peonies
Morning sun in the bedroom
(& navigating, and 3d models of places, and the view of the land from an aeroplane)
The stationery aisle, anywhere
The smooth top in a newly opened jar of spread
Nice old chairs
The smell of Daphne
A hot flannel on my face
Friends who care and are there
Music, and the places it take you
A tidy house (well, mine)
The sound of an aeroplane landing (from the inside)
Choosing exactly the right thing on the menu
The sparrows on Lambton Quay at dusk
Fin pants (no longer in my wardrobe but always in my heart)
Washing hanging in the sunshine and breeze
Discovering new places that are tucked away just behind familiar places
A baby sleeping in my arms
A piping hot shower at night
Baking (the verb)
Magnolia and cherry blossoms
Old cream bottles
Being called "Mamma"
Wooden window frames
Books so good you live in them and they in you
The hill at Makara
Whipped cream (and everything it goes with)
Friends with whom there is just too much to talk about
The Pauatahanui hills and inlet
Tongue and groove panelling
The feelings and memories that come with the change of season
Cold roast chicken. Straight from the fridge. No cutlery.
The sizzle on the water after the breaking of the waves at Waitarere
The top of Mt Kaukau
Words that, when combined, create beauty