Life’s simple pleasures bring to my mind’s eye a lovely spring day that the air is fresh and has a light coolness to it and the sun is sparkling reflecting off the peaks of Lake Albert’s waves as the sun glistens across the lake. That is what I’m most fortunate to see every day of the year. Not always under those conditions but to me every day has its mood sometimes it’s sparkly and bright and some days its grey and cloudy. I consider every day a pleasure and a blessing here at my home.
Every day has its own special pleasures from the minute God opens my eyes in the morning, rituals like enjoying my coffee brewing first thing in the morning with having a special reverence for the solitude. Taking the first sip of my coffee and beginning to think of all my blessings and feeling humbled and grateful all at the same time.
Here at Cedar Lake retreat, I have the solitude of living with nature from all the birds and critters that have taken up residency in my outdoor sanctuary. Which myself and my husband enjoy immensely as they put on an acrobatic performance as we watch intently.
I get pleasure from doing my laundry and hanging it out to dry and the finale is taking it down and smelling it, and finally folding it perfectly, yes that’s probably one of my favorite things. Pleasure presents itself in getting into a freshly changed bed and smelling the freshness and feeling the crisp tightness of the sheets, almost like a present from Mother Nature. You can’t buy that in the store.
I have to say one thing I love most is winter and the stillness of the season. It’s a time to reflect, to meditate and observe. Nothing is better than being snowed in and feeling the comfort and safety of your home. In the kitchen, a nice large pot of chicken soup is steaming away as I am sitting in front of the crackling fire and reading my favorite Mari Sands mystery novel. Another of winter’s treasures is not only Thanksgiving but the anticipation of Christmas. The excitement, the preparation, and all the planning. When I was a child the big thing about the holidays was to prepare your home with first doing in-depth cleaning like moving furniture cleaning walls, ceilings and about every third year giving the rooms a fresh coat of paint. My Mom would say its time to prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. This was our Fall cleaning time. So I, like my mother, did, to this day, Fall cleaning, as Josie’s would do. And when I go through this changing of the season ritual it brings me closer to her, once again.
After all the heavy cleaning is completed you know its time for decorating for”the most wonderful time of the year. As soon as November has made its debut for the year its time to start decking the halls. And that’s exactly what takes place in our humble abode. Nothing exclaims the holidays like cutting the holly and pine branches and spreading the season’s scents throughout the house!! The anticipation of the countdown to Christmas, using the advent calendar for the kids to help them understand what will be happening in just a few weeks. But to the kids, that’s not the most important thing that’s going on; their busy making their list and checking more than twice.
With being a blogger there is, even more then meets the eye for planning. Not only do you have to plan your menus, but you also have to schedule all of your blog posts and with food blog postings, comes, cooking the food, photographing the food, editing the pictures and editing the written articles. So at this most wonderful time of the year, there is a lot to do!! You really need to be well organized, without this assessment I would be lost. I hope I can live up to my own aspirations.
Spring and summer ain’t bad either!! When you think about spring your mind’s eye just lights up with daylight savings time and all the trees start bursting with the most beautiful color of spring green. Everything is bright and new. It’s almost like being revived after a long winter’s nap. And what makes it even more spectacular is the days become longer. We find ourselves going out and working around the yard because of the longer days, preparing to fill our gardens with the most outstanding flowers. If I could I’d put every flower I’d know that is hardy and that would do well with simple care in my gardens. I have reframed though since my soil is not the best I tend to stay with the hardiest plants for my soil type. I envy anyone who can make anything grow.
Another one of my most enjoyable pleasures is the privilege of holding a newborn baby. Babies are probably the closest you can get to God here on earth. Their scent is just the most heavenly scent on this side of heaven. I would gladly babysit for anyone in need of a sitter and I’d do it for FREE. I pray that God would bless our family with just one more grandchild; oh how happy I’d be to have a privilege of that level.
I guess some of you have deducted this of me already that when I’m happiest is when I’m preparing a meal for my family. Nothing makes me happier than when I’m preparing dinner for the whole family. Like my mother, I love feeding my family. I’ll pull out all the stops for them.
To me, I feel this is the most precious gift God has ever given to me. You know what they say about youth it is wasted on the young; well no truer statement was ever stated!! After seeing my children grow up and become productive loving, caring, adults with a strong sense of their responsibility and pride, I know I inspired them to give more and be more and I can see the journey is continuing into the next generation with the grandchildren. But to finish the thought I stated about motherhood being my most precious gift, well I wish I could live that time all over again. After going through a good part of my life I have to say becoming a mother has to be my Number #1 most rewarding, most pleasurable, and I’d say most gratifying gift God has bestowed upon me, Thank You, Lord!
One of my very, very, favorite things is dancing, I’m sure I’m not alone when I mention this pleasure!! Just the music dictating which way you’re body will move has so much control over the dance. Dance being up there at the very tippy-top of the list. As a child, this was my dream to be a New York Rockette. Oh how I’d fantasize about that; then, of course, came “Dancing with the Stars” and to this day the fantasy goes on….
If I could have my pick I think I’d love to be on Dancing with the Stars, only thing is I am not a star. But if I could be on that show, my fantasy is to dance with Derek Huff and I’d probably do great because I am a good dancer, just would need to learn all the rules of ballroom and of course, get back to my “fit days”. Yes, I did have many, many fit days. I taught exercise for about twelve years, and at that time, that was my answer to dancing professionally, so I can’t say I haven’t had some fulfillment in that respect. Matter of fact, I was doved the “Aerobic Instructor From Hell” and I wore the title with pride. We had great times at “Body Quest Aerobic Studio” back in the day, many fond memories! And we got great results with consistency and regularity. Like anything in life when you give it your all, you stay at it, results are within your reach.
In my lifetime I have enjoyed the simplicity of life. People make things more complex than need to be. Simplicity is uncomplicated it’s to the point, it just is. You look at the mountains, you look to the sea, you look to a flower, you look to the bees or butterflies they just are, and I am in awe of it all. All the handi-work of our Savior, Lord Jesus Christ, whom we are so much more to Him than the birds and the bees! I thank God for our Lord Jesus Christ and for seeing the beauty in everything He has created.