January 27, 2010

the simple things

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in light of the last two weeks and in recognition of the abundance i have, i remember that i'm so blessed by the simple things (won't you join christina today?) For every blogger who signed up to take part Christina and her family are donating $1 to Doctors Without Borders to help in the aid of Haiti. What a beautiful way to help and a reminder what we have...
  • a warm bed
  • a soft blanket, used by my mother, that sometimes feels like her embrace
  • buttered toast
  • a good cup of coffee to get my day going
  • the hugs of children
  • good tires on my jeep
  • co-workers that are a joy to work with
  • blue canning jars filled with purple mums and yellow lilies
  • the fingers of pink clouds that line my sunrise
  • a bowl full of red: macintoshes, honeycrisps and yams
  • houseslippers on my cold feet
  • lime scented soap
  • paints in my craft box
  • pages in my journal
  • silly laughs over a family quirk
  • a clean kitchen
  • pizza together on monday nights
  • my spring countdown
  • the feeling deep in my bones when something feels right
  • the mockingbird singing in the tree
  • the tiny curls on a fern

  • and when i feel sorry for myself - i will remember there is always someone to help
  • and when i feel grumpy - there is always someone that i can make smile
  • and when i'm angry - there is opportunity to make right
  • to remember, change begins with me.

65 comments:

  1. the hugs of children...simply melt my soul.

    we are indeed blessed. thanks for sharing your wonderful list of simple things.

    one love.

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  2. Good morning, Char! Thank you for your list! Pages in our journals ~ the ones that are filled, the ones that are yet to be done. Yes! Have a simply lovely day!

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  3. Love your list..it is so you!
    I especially love the last 4 lines...yes I do!

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  4. I'm coming out of my winter coma and my blog absence, lured out by Christina and the simple things...

    I love your list Char, especially the soft blanket used by your mother that sometimes feels like her embrace. That touched me so very, very deeply.

    I love the photograph you chose as well...

    And your final thoughts...what a blessed soul you are!! xo

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  5. Char, you got me at the blanket that feels like your Mothers embrace...I had to compose myself. I love your list and the last 4 lines too, and yes the writer.

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  6. You moved me too, with your mother's blanket. A very tender, simple line.

    I love the way simple words, marks put on a page, a screen, can really touch people everywhere.

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  7. So many great gifts here!

    Thank you for bringing your list to the world -my day is brighter having read it!

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  8. Hello, Char...I find myself here via Christina's Simple Things. Your have such a beautiful place hre in blogland! And such comfort and delights you share with us today--thank you! Happy Day :o)

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  9. Char, I feel myself misty just reading. 'pages in my journal, blue canning jars filled with purple mums and yellow lilies...' beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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  10. Thanks Char for reminding us all that we are truly lucky and do have so much.

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  11. 'the fingers of pink clouds that line my sunrise'
    'a clean kitchen'
    love those!
    thank you for sharing!
    xo country girl

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  12. excellent list. happy happy things.

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  13. Wonderful list...nothing quite like the feeling of my daughter's little hands clasped around my neck in a big bear hug :)

    And a beautiful image to go with it!

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  14. After my father died in August, my mother gave all us kids one of his jackets. Every time I wear it, it is like getting a hug from him. Reading about your mother's blanket made me think of that ... thank you. Lovely list and thanks for stopping by.

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  15. I adore your whole list, but the very end made me well up. You are a treasure, Char.

    xoxo Gigi

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  16. Hi Char

    Thank you for your visit...I enjoyed reading your heartfelt and soothing list. The "soft blanket used by your Mom" was so touching!
    A clean kitchen also makes me happy as it is a rare event in my house :-)

    Happy day!

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  17. oh yes....the spring count down is on big time in this house, too....

    and Whhaaaaattt ? are you still eating honey crisp apples, now ?

    we only have them a short time....but whole foods has the organic ones right now and I think they are icky...as I can't stand a mushy soft apple and that's what those are....

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  18. beautiful image and a great list :)

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  19. Char....you are a delight....so happy to have found you through the beloved Christina....

    what a treasure of a day she has created for all of us....

    more later, dear one,
    love,
    kary
    xx

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  20. i love the thought of blue jars with flowers in them.

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  21. Lime scented soap?! Ah! I need that. :) I love your list, Char. Your last 4 bullet points are so right on. Thanks for sharing those thoughts.

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  22. Ohhh the last four things...what a beautiful reminder. xoxo

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  23. i adore this loving photo. and your list... well it is holding me like a warm hug.
    xo

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  24. your photography is such a joy to see char...the list swells with happy things.

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  25. Beautiful post, Char dear, as always.

    xo,
    -maria

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  26. what a wonderful list - those simple things that can make all the difference some days and i like your last 4 recognitions the best.

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  27. i am back on your blog..i LOVE it here, Char...everything is so wonderful..and we are both under the sign of cancer...we LOVE to be HOME !

    more later, my friend

    kary
    xxx

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  28. Wow Char. Many posts popped up on my reader and I thought, "I haven't been away that long." Thank you for including my link and I looking forward to going exploring!

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  29. Oh Char, your heart is so immense! Becoming aware of how much we have in our lives brings an awareness that our true needs are very simple.

    I have great gratitude that YOU and your photo's and kind thoughts and words are my life!

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  30. What a lovely, loving list.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    take care.

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  31. Big Big smiles... this was such a lovely list.

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  32. a great list and that shot is gorgeous!!

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  33. your list is exactly what i needed. thank you so much!

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  34. You are so beautiful.
    To me.

    Love that etched glass, too. Had to get that in there.

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  35. Dear Char
    Your list warms my heart:)
    and a clean kitchen rocks my boat too:)

    xo

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  36. I'm nodding my head in agreement to so many simple things on your list that it could be mine as well. Thank you for your visit on mine today! =)

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  37. I love your photo and your list; there are so many things close to my heart ~ hugs of children, a blanket used by your mother (I miss you mama) paints,.... beautiful!

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  38. "The tiny curls on a fern" -- oh yes! :)

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  39. I went looking for apple scented soap the other day as my mum use to buy it when I was a child I could buy i anywhere. I'm now on the hunt for lime smelling soap after reading you lovely list of simple things.

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  40. Another great list I have read today.

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  41. lime scented soap* buttered toast* a clean kitchen*- all of these make me happy :O)

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  42. "to remember, change begins with me."
    yes.

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  43. This is just so totally awesome I almost can't bear it! I guess the feeling of when something feels so right you can feel it in your bones--I'm going to take that with me. That and lime-scented soap. btw: hoping you did get that soap, maybe you already let me know--I might be slightly senile this morning ;)

    xo

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  44. I love those things too....especially the hugs from kids, silly laughs and the feeling deep in my bones when something feels right.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  45. very touching list and a great way to appreciate the simple things.
    Char

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  46. Char, I love this post. Most especially I love your reminders to self at the end of this post. I think they were great for us all. Thank you.

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  47. Your blanket one made me cry. I miss my mother too. Oh and I so agree with the cup of coffee! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  48. I most of all love the pink clouds that line your sunrise...
    Brenda

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  49. loved your list! having buttered toast right now...

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  50. This is so amazing. I love this idea. Great list too. It's the simple things in life, really.

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  51. I was also grabbed at the blanket. A thoughtful list.

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  52. one word: HAITI!!!!

    there is always someone in a much more difficult position, and i try to remember this when i am on a pity trip!

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  53. Hi ...just stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend...and i loved re-reading your list..it just makes me feel good......

    kary
    xxx

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  54. I love your list Char, especially the bullet points at the bottom, so true that change begins with ourselves which is pretty liberating, as it means we don't need to get stuck but can make change happen! I hope you have had a lovely weekend. :)

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  55. Genial dispatch and this post helped me alot in my college assignement. Thank you for your information.

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  56. your lists are always so life-affirming and uplifting...thank you

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  57. Excellent post and writing style. Bookmarked.

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  58. Well I agree but I think the collection should prepare more info then it has.

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  59. The simplest things are the best things, aren't they? They weave our days together and keep us happy and thriving. I love this list of yours.

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i feel as if each comment was between us as we sat and sipped something warm....i love to hear what you're thinking.