Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Simple Things

I have enjoyed considering some of the simple things that make me happy. I have picked a few to share.Writing-the physical act of writing rather than composing what I write. I find it soothing. I also love to doodle and do lots of repetitive patterns, which have the same effect on me.

Toast-long time friend and easy delicious meal. I worry when I look at this picture as I seem to have put rather a lot of butter on it. The plate is from New York. I have an Orio cookie one too!

Rust-These are two things from my rusty things collection. I see rust and I feel happy. (Not on my car though-I have just had a large and expensive piece of welding done due to rust! The best thing about it was that Mick the mechanic gave me a piece of the rust to demonstrate how bad it had been! Rust souvenir.)

Stones-in general and this one in particular. My friend Sarah gave me this stone. She had collected it on holiday, carried it home and brought it to me all the way from Holland. It makes me happy because she knew it would-if you see what I mean!

The view from my kitchen sink. I look out on this view when I am washing up. I have lived in places with the view of a wall from the sink, which is not half so much fun.

Rain, the colour yellow and sunflowers. I was greeted by this sunflower on Monday morning when I came to school and started to set up the garden. Beautiful!

Visit Christina here to see the simple things she has chosen, and to visit other people celebrating simplicity!



28 comments:

kendalee said...
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kendalee said...

Oh I love your list Sarah! I am SO with you on the toast thing - ambrosia's actually just the Greek word for toast, surely? And what a lovely view you have from your kitchen window... it makes a such difference, doesn't it?!

Have a happy Wednesday!

Liz said...

Great list! I love the rain too! The sound is so soothing.

Hey Harriet said...

I love these types of posts! It's always good to just stop and look at, and appreciate those everyday simple things that make us happy. And I certainly like your list! Hey I also slather the butter on my toast. It's really the only way to eat toast I say!

margieandkath said...

i have a thing about rust as well. i can't drive past a rusty truck or tractor in a field without stopping and taking a photo. simple things that can make us happy!!

Tracy said...

Such a fun post, Sarah...full of magic, wonder and sensual delight! Give me the sound of rain while eating toast and writing...oh, yes! Happy Day :o)

Liss said...

I found it really interesting you listed rust in you simple thinks post. I never new how beautiful rust was until I started taking photos.

nice list

Candace said...

What a wonderful post and what a wonderful exercise too. So many of us forget it's the simple things... I love the view from your window and know what you mean about staring out at yet another wall!
I too love the colour yellow and that sunflower is just amazing -- like it is popping up to say "hi" to you!
Take care!
Candace in Athens x

Christina said...

No, no that butter looks, just perfect! Yum! I am a toast fan too.
These photos are lovely. Yellow! Yes, yellow!
xo

Renee said...

I love the things you like especially yellow.

I have to say I laughed out loud when I saw rust.

Rust?

Love Renee xoox

frayedattheedge said...

Oh Sarah - just wait until you visit - there is a wonderful rusty corrugated iron shed near here - we'll have to take you to see it!! (I'd love to take a photo of it but it's on a busy road) I love your list, especially having a view from the kitchen window while at the sink -obviously kitchens without a view from the sink are designed by men!!

Caroline said...

What a view from your kitchen sink!! Great list...now I think I will have some toast for breakfast.

Jac said...

Hi! I found your blof theough Christina and her simple things. I kove your list. Yay, I'm with you wit the stones and pebbles - the one from your friend looks particularly lovely! I love sunflowers - so cheery - hard not to smile when you see them and I love doodling also - I agree it's so relaxing to do! Lovely list! :)

Gigi said...

Toast! Definitely one of my all-time favorite simple things. When nothing's in the cupboards or even when they're full, I can think of a better supper. What a lovely list! Thanks for sharing.
xo

Graciel @ Evenstar Art said...

Toast and rust and writing and stones. I am your kindred. :) And yellow is my new friend.

Wonderful list of the simple!

Sweet Pea's mommy said...

funny writing is something so simple yet incredibly soothing!!! i write whenever i feel stressed!
and I LOVE love love toast!!! don't think I could have gotten through college without it!!!

elk said...

sarah, your simple images are part of a wonderful list...the kitchen wwindow is an everyday joy...rust too...


I teach music for preschoolers as I see you are a teacher as well

elizabeth said...

my 2 cents - you can never have too much butter on toast :)

I love your photos and list, especially the yellow slide. There is just something about the color yellow that brightens everything up!

Kelly and Kelly said...

toast. definitely should be on my list. loving this, thanks!

Oliag said...

Such a beautiful simple list...love the rust... and there is never too much butter on toast is there?

Janet said...

such delightfully simple things! great!

Kamana said...

hot toast with butter melting on it - yumm.
but rust??? ((giggle))

Esther said...

That sunflower is great, I seem to fail on sunflowers, two years in a row though I do have a couple of dwarf ones in pots that are suddenly showing signs they might do something.. the big ones for my eldest to try and grow a monster one didn't even sprout!

Lynne said...

I just love toast. I think I've a photo of some toast I posted when it was a bit dark, cold and miserable here. A lovely comforting food . The more butter the better.
Simple pleasures!

paris parfait said...

Such lovely things and what a view from your kitchen window! I love stones and rusty things too, although you're right, not on cars. Once I lived in a cottage two blocks from the ocean in Pacific Grove, CA and the sea/salt air made the car door lock rust (in less than four months).

Poetikat said...

I rarely get through the day without at least 2 pieces of toast. Often, I'll have another 1 or 2 before bed. I love toast! Do you remember the "Toast" song from the 80s?

Kat

Anne said...

Hi, Sarah! I love your list of simple things! And the photos that go with them! Thanks for sharing them! :-)

Relyn said...

I've been out of town so I'm just now getting around to visiting all of Christina's friends. Isn't this the most wonderful idea? I just wanted to say hello and tell you how much I like your list and the way you illustrated it with photographs.