My friend Jen Lemen recently posted on her blog her list of her 50 most favoritest things.  I have been singing the lyrics from the Sound of Music (raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…) all day as I tried to shake the Monday (end of beautiful weekend) blues.  As an exercise in focusing on the positive I decided to compose my very own list right here…right now to help me smile my way into Tuesday…

1.  Maxidoodle and friends deep in conversation or in the throngs of imaginary play.

2.  Taking a long quiet walk through the woods.

3.  Baking bread and then eating it.

4.   Armfuls of fresh cut flowers.

5.  Musicals of any kind, shape or variety but especially this one.

6.  Black tea  with milk and sugar made for me by my father (no one makes tea like dad).

7.  The smell of hyacith.

8.  A fresh breeze blowing through the house.

9.  The sound of a wooden screen door closing.

10.  The Rhode Island shore-any month of the year.

11.  The sound of my mom and aunt singing together.

12.  Flying Star feng shui

13.  Stationary, ribbons, stickers, journals.

14.  Office supplies (I know that’s wierd but I love them, especially little flags that you can put on things to mark them as significant) and the office supply stores where you buy them.

15.  A new notebook–preferably a college-rule composition book.

16.  Uniball Impact RT gel pens–in black.

17.  Music drifting in or out windows.

18.  Wandering around a city with Anne.

19.  Reading aloud and being read to.

20.  Staying up really late talking.

21.  First snowfalls.

22.  Dancing with Max to music cranked up WAY loud.

23.  The month of May.

24.  Yarn stores.

25.  Silk and bamboo.

26.  A week at the lake in Maine.

27.  Getting presents (just because).  Giving presents (just because).

28.  Spontaneous neighborhood get togethers.

29.  Friends who show up unannounced.

30.  Handwritten letters.

31. Following a stream.

32.  Silence.

33.  Getting up early before the world is awake.

34.  Grace O’Malley

35.  Bellydancing (in my kitchen or at class)

36.  The moment when the phone rings and the person you were just thinking about calls you.

37.  Cheese–especially gorgonzola.

38.  The Enneagram

39.  The library and used bookstores

40.  The sound of bells.

41.  Chai tea with steamed milk.

42.  Drinking tea (or wine) from those wonderful cups Jackie makes that fit perfectly in your hands.

43.  Dark chocolate with chili peppers and Oaxacan hot chocolate

44.  Ikea and anything Swedish

45.  Knitting, knitting and knitting

46.  Waking up to find Rosie the cat asleep on top of me

47.  Neighborhood cats and dogs who come by to say hello.

48.  Sitting on the beach with Erica.

49.  A good tough hike.

50.  Watching Max sleep

What do you love?  What warms your soul and brightens your day? If your life was a musical and you had to sing about your favorite things what would they be?

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