Cee asked, “what are the things that make you happy?” Essentially, that is, for that is the theme of her fun photo challenge this week. For this theme, I will focus on the things that make life pleasant to live. I will avoid the givens – happy family life, people I love, faith, and similar stuff. So, here goes -
Some of these books have served nothing but decorate the shelves or tables with their beautiful covers. Had I seen my stack of Agatha Christies when I took the photo, they should be here along with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. These days, I find myself avoiding the more angst-laden classics and novels. At the end of the day, when I want to relax, I just want to be entertained. I do not want to be crying when I go to bed at night.
A couple of days ago, I managed to make a pie without throwing a big grump. The art of pie crust making that eluded me for the longest time just came to me. I was able to roll the dough and drape it on the pan without the crust crumbling. That was a major accomplishment for me. In game parlance, I leveled up in a cooking skill and suddenly, cooking possibilities opened to me.
Coffee and cream, no sugar. It wakes me up. I grew up drinking coffee because I came from a coffee-growing place. I will be really glad if there is sweet bread or cookies to go along with it. That is snack bliss to me.
Gardening is one of those activities that bring me joy (and grief). Anticipating the fruits from the garden is like waiting to open Christmas presents.
Roses! Res ipsa loquitur.
Music, good music. I have always been drawn to classical/baroque what have you music. I like listening to the orchestra. They make the spirit soar and explore possibilities.
A beautiful peaceful place. Solitude is good – it allows introspection. Silence lets me appreciate the beauty around.
I did not plan to include a picture of family. But I was practicing with my new camera and this photo came out. I am happy I am learning, happier still that there is this child – a happy child, all innocence and giggles and smiles. He would eat cookies and candies all day if only he is allowed to.
Please visit CEE and friends for more of the things that bring happiness.