14 June 2014

What are your simple pleasures?

Hello lovely readers,

In our crazy, busy Willy Wonka world, I think it is useful to stop and take stock of what really makes us happy, of what keeps us grounded and prevents a feeling of burn out.   It often only takes the most simple of actions that allow us to unwind and reflect, to find joy in our lives.  They are not necessarily expensive or overly complicated.   Take a deep breath and relax, think about what simple pleasures are your life treasures.  Keep your list handy.  Here are mine: 

1.  Drawing, designing, doodling 

Pages of pencil drawings, sayings and messy loose pages are perfect for settling me, I have a busy mind!  I have many notebooks of various sizes where I have jotted down ideas and oodles of doodles!  The doodles are sometimes unrecognizable but surprisingly can occasionally lead to ideas of  a project to make. 

2.  Sleep!

The best friend of all shift workers, I think.  I can never really get enough of it and nothings makes me feel better after a hectic week, than realizing I don't have to get up early in the morning.  My early starts are usually 5.45 am so you can see why this is a luxury!  I can sleep or nap at anytime of the day or night. Just put me in a horizontal position and I will oblige with snoring in a matter of minutes!  "Nanna naps" in the afternoon occasionally are a quick pick me up, give me a cozy quilt and I will see you a bit later on.

3.  I Love Friday 

Friday evokes a feeling of winding down, of the relaxing part of the week coming for myself and the family.  Such a simple pleasure I know, a day of the week, but I can't help that feeling!  Please note I do work some weekends, so when this day comes and work is not on the horizon, excitement and contentment prevail at the same time!  

4.   When the dogs walk me!

I have two very energetic and entertaining beagles who love exercise, Lucy and Banjo.  It is excitement plus when I get out their leads and call them for a walk.  Two beagles on the leash who follow their noses at all times makes for a take me there and I don't want to walk in a straight line type of wander!  They are occasionally off without leads in a safe area and you can see the look of pure joy on their faces as they run and play, swim in the lake and just have plain, good old fun!  


5.  Give me tea and a magazine

Make it a Friday, with a nice hot cuppa and a bundle of glossy new magazines and I am happy.  This is especially nice outside in a sunny or shady spot depending on the weather.  Magazines are like books to me, it is an ongoing addiction that I have not desire to get rid of!  Some of my favorites are Mollie Makes, Australian Country Style, Flea Market Style, Stitch and Quiltmania.


6.  When nature calls 

A nice wet garden bed after it has rained and a trip to the plant nursery usually yields some happy time in the garden, getting messy and adding more colour or greenery.  It is the connection to nature that I crave after a childhood spent in the country.  A good hike or bushwalk in the fresh country air has the same effect.  Have you smelt the eucalyptus leaves after it rains?  Gorgeous.   





  7.  Family traditions 

Ice-cream Day - this was a favorite with my two boys when they were at primary school.  Friday (there it is again!), was a special day when I would take them to the corner store after school and they would pick out an ice-cream to eat when they got home.  We are in walking distance from the school, so it was a quick walk home.  As they got older, they would try to negotiate for Coca-Cola, chips and lollies to replace the ice-cream!
Pyjama Day -  A cold winters day with two little ones at home and what could be more fun than staying in your pyjamas for the day!  We would watch movies, play games and cosy up for the day until Dad got home in the evening.  
Spending time together is special as my boys are grown up, at university and working.  It is harder to get everyone together but when we do, just being together is the most wonderful feeling.   I look forward to creating some more traditions as they have families of their own.  



  1. I'm so with you on this one, give me tea (or sometimes coffee) and a magazine and it truly is one of life's most simple pleasures!

    1. I'm glad to see there are other tea and magazine girls out there too!


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