The other day, my husband called and was so excited. He’d stopped at a little country store and found some caramel corn that he liked and then chased it with a grape soda! I teased him by saying it was funny or maybe sad, depending on how you look at it, that a good snack was the highlight of his day! He replied, “Well, it’s the little things.” I immediately responded that he’d just given me an idea for the journal. Sometimes, it really is the little things that make a moment special or add happiness to our day. Maybe it’s as simple as a grape soda and some caramel corn but it creates a feel-good moment nonetheless. Here are some of the little things that make me smile:
Apple cider and caramel apples in the fall
Seeing pumpkins on porches (also in the fall)
Hot chocolate – Bob Evans (popular Midwestern restaurant) has the very best…yum
A fuzzy blanket on a chilly day (good book optional)
The sound of wind through trees – Al Gore would be proud…I’m a bit of a tree-hugger
Scented candles – especially pumpkin vanilla featured in the fall
Pretty much anything that has to do with the fall in Ohio – just wish it was longer
A good diet coke (like you didn’t know that one!)
Popcorn at the movies – it doesn’t taste the same anywhere else (chased with a diet coke, of course)
Early mornings – it’s the newness and the promise of it all
Lying in bed during a thunderstorm – I feel so safe…“He is my shelter” in every other storm
Sitting on a porch swing and daydreaming – (ask my sisters, I’ve always done this!)
The feeling I get when I walk into the Longaberger Homestead (again, ask my sisters!)
UGGS – God bless whoever invented these comfy slippers, shoes and boots…I call them hugs for feet!
The sound of a fountain or waterfall and water in general – “I still feel small when I stand beside the ocean”!
Sitting by a fire or fireplace – so cozy
Still seeing my kids asleep – sigh…so angelic
Driving alone with good music – I do sing along…sadly, this embarrasses my kids
Embarrassing my kids…it’s a sport to me (Est. during the teen years)
Text Messages that are sweet or make me laugh from my peeps (i.e. hubby, kids, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends)
Ok, I hate to admit it, but a guilty pleasure….People magazine (I really do read it for the articles!)
Flannel – I never met anything flannel that I didn’t like – maybe not my best look but who cares?!
Laughter – the feeling of it, the sight of it, and the sound of it…“a merry heart doeth good”
I guess that scripture really explains my list. I’ve described my favorite things before but they’re on a grander scale. These are just some of the little things that give me moments of simple pleasure. These moments are called blessings and blessings are simply the favor and love of God. I think He gives us appreciation for these little distractions. After a tiring day, my flannel, my UGGS slippers, and ah…a good diet coke can take my mind off pressures and problems. My list makes me merry, even for a moment, and “it doth me good”! Not very good English, but you get the point nonetheless!
Now it’s your turn…What are some of your “little things”?