Saturday, July 22, 2006

Simple Pleasures

“That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest”
-Henry David Thoreau-

What are your simple pleasures?

49 Comments:

Blogger sumo said...

I like puppies breath...sorry...it's the first thing that popped into my mind.

July 22, 2006 1:13 AM  
Blogger The Beltway B@stard said...

"If you want more, then desire less."

-I have no clue who said it.

My cat in my lap, a good book on the porch and a cold, spicy Bloody Mary with extra Old Bay seasoning in it.

July 22, 2006 2:56 AM  
Blogger oldwhitelady said...

My cats, my flowers, and health. I am always cheered to watch the kitties chase each other, as they are doing this morning. Back and forth, they run. How cute. Even though, someone, I don't know which, I just heard the clunk and saw cats scatter, knocked down a plant pot causing dirt to fly everywhere, last night.

July 22, 2006 3:19 AM  
Blogger a rose is a rose said...

dogs (and other animals)
knitting
coming home to my own bed after being away on a trip
friends
family (well, sometimes....)
hot black coffee
when i finally understand something that has been challange in the past
reading something so intensely beautiful or striking it gives me the chills
fellini movies
van morrison
good (HOME COOKED) peasant food
n'oreaster snow storms
watching thunderstorms on my porch
strangers saying hello to me

July 22, 2006 3:37 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

Curling up with a good book, a mug of hot tea with sugar and lemon, and a warm and mellow classical music CD playing.

July 22, 2006 3:39 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

There seems to be a theme involving being curled up, with liquids, and animals. :-)

Snuggled in my robe in a lounge chair on the patio at dawn with a hot cup of coffee and the cats curled up at my feet watching the sun come up.

July 22, 2006 4:52 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

The outstretched arms of my youngest Grandchild as she runs to me to hug me....priceless

July 22, 2006 5:28 AM  
Blogger Sue Woo said...

rose is a rose, you are my GIRL!

I would only add ice cream.

July 22, 2006 5:34 AM  
Blogger Reflections said...

Family, friends, reading, wood carving, studying, blogging and just being. I don't like taking things too serious, we are only here for a visit!

July 22, 2006 7:04 AM  
Blogger glenda said...

hmmm, walk with my dog under the stars or at sunrise, BLOGGING, a glass of cold lemonade on the deck in the warm morning, jumping into the nearby lake, holding my husband's hand, my granddaughter sitting in my lap while we read a book together. so many small joys in life, the best ones are free.

July 22, 2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Great granddaughters
Cats
Classical Music and opera
San Francisco Giants

July 22, 2006 7:37 AM  
Anonymous karena said...

Waking up and seeing my husband and my doggie and my kitties. Sunshine and rain. Watching my flowers bloom. Cheap plastic chili pepper lights on the deck. Great music and great books. Laughing with friends. A lot of simple pleasures that so many are denied like a warm shower, a bed, a nice meal, things that many cannot have. Almost any beverage, tea, coffee, water, wine, juice, gin, and ice. I bet no one in Iraq has any water, much less ice, unless they are lucky. The stars, I like gazing at the moon and the stars. I am glad I do not have to fear nightfall or watch bombs bursting in the air. We are all so blessed.

July 22, 2006 7:53 AM  
Blogger JM said...

This was a tougher question than I thought it would be. Too many things to choose from. But there's something to be said for the sights and smell of a spring morning.

July 22, 2006 7:53 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Spending time with my kids, taking them swimming, or rreading to them, or just sitting around on the couch together talking.

July 22, 2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger Trial.Lawyer.Richard said...

Listening to Jazz with my Wife at breakfast on Sunday Morning. Just relaxing, drinking coffee and reading the paper while we listen to Jazz on the radio.

Rich

July 22, 2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Richard- you wife is ohso lucky...what a nice thing....

My favorite thing is to sit around and watch TV with my son and listen to him do Roving Commentary...he does impromptu Dialogues that make me laugh so hard that I am crying. He does Leiberman and Rush dining at Arbys that is Killer...

What Else?
Long walks with my deaf dog...
Making Cookies late at night....
Laying in bed on Sunday Morning with a Green Tea Frappacino and reading all the Blogs with some good music ( Seal, Tracy Chapman, Dave Matthews, all good sunday morn tunes...)

July 22, 2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger Time said...

Sitting outside in the morning while it's still dark. Watching the sun rise, hearing the birds wake up, and watching all the animales wake up, rushing around and doing their morning chores.

July 22, 2006 1:10 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

too numerous to list ... indeed almost all my pleasures are "simple" ... from wandering aimlessly, to kissing, to a well-tied knot, to cool water, fresh berries on a wild bush, to a green hill disappearing in mist ... and so on and so on scoobey doobey doo ... oh yeah ... nice touch with this post ...

July 22, 2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger poopie said...

sleeping with my doggies..beer..sunsets..storms..shootin' the shit with friends.

July 22, 2006 4:47 PM  
Blogger Zee said...

there is no such thing as simple pleasures unless you take oral pleasures in account.
wasn't it the other day that I simply craved fries from McDonald - simple enough?

July 22, 2006 5:18 PM  
Blogger Zee said...

Oh, and sleeping with pets does give me no pleasure, oral or otherwise ...

July 22, 2006 5:20 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Nature and my family.

I think you'll like these:

http://kathleencallon.blogspot.com/2005/10/epicurus.html

Thanks for missing me. I've missed you, too. I'll be back in about a week (or less) and I'll be reading you and Wayne first. Hope you and yours are having a great weekend.

July 22, 2006 5:28 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Puppy breathe...funny and true...I thought I was the only one..

How about a weekend without tv, computers, or cell phoens? How many of us would actually attempt it?

July 22, 2006 5:49 PM  
Blogger Gort said...

One of my pleasures is what many people call work. I am very happy on a hot summer day cutting the grass. A bonus is having a ball game on the radio and a cold beverage. As someone once told me, you know you are getting old when you're good time is a lawn mower and a six pack.

July 22, 2006 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth Branford said...

I think I am with Rory on this.

Nice to see you, PoP!

July 22, 2006 7:13 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Good coffee
A good novel
Fresh mountain air
Hugs - especially from children
Single malt whisky
A moving film
Deep sleep
Interesting dreams
A good discussion
French cheese and bread
Great pasta

July 22, 2006 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

woods + dog = bliss

no clothes!!

July 23, 2006 12:02 AM  
Blogger L>T said...

good smells. fruit, flowers, fresh cut hay/grass, babies, etc...

July 23, 2006 1:24 AM  
Blogger Haider Droubi said...

descovering a new city by walking around in a nice weather

July 23, 2006 5:16 AM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

a haircut

Like Sumo, it was the first thing that popped into my head.

July 23, 2006 6:44 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Excercise is a pleasure. I try to go to the gym alot and I biked for a couple hours today.

July 23, 2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

Watching the sunrise over the the Mts. and kisses from my cats.

July 23, 2006 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

Watching my child sleep peacefully.

My dog wagging his stubby tail when I walk into the room.

My husband's hilarious imitations of acquaintances.

A close football game with victory for my team at the end (plus some decent beer).

Being up late at night or very early in the morning with the family asleep but close by.

The sound of rain on a tin roof with thunder rumbling in the distance.

The austere beauty of a salt marsh.

July 23, 2006 11:51 AM  
Blogger Afrodizzier said...

Puppy Breath
A Long Aromatic Bath
Lichido Martinis with Hubby in Bed
Thunderstorms
Really good sushi handrolls

July 23, 2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger Sothis said...

My favorites are walking in the woods, snuggling with my daughter (when she can actually sit still for 2 minutes), listening to my cats purr, and cooking for lots of people.

July 23, 2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Walks around the neighborhood.
Watching family enjoy a meal I've prepared.
Satisfaction from working in my yard.
Having friends over.

July 23, 2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

POP ( This is OFF Subject)- hey there- I saw you had some questions over on Craigs- will leave you a note both places-
(1) Yes, Craigs takes awhile to load- could be the video- or that there is more traffic ;-) ?
(2) Saddam has been a hunger strike for over two weeks- and last week a psych team was brought in to "Coach" him to eat-this week they are negogiating putting a feeding tube(forced obviously).
He is on strike actually for an interesting reason- requesting better protection of his defense team- since they keep getting bumped off.The judge has said that the trial will continue- with him present or not.
( He thought he would stop the trial-no cigar).Aljezeera did have news of it on their site- a few days ago- don't know if it is still there...( oh yeah NSA I read THAT site- kiss my ass)

July 23, 2006 5:29 PM  
Blogger Chris Casey said...

My pleasure is snuggling with my wife in front of the fireplace with some wine during an early spring Thunderstorm. The three Cocker Spaniels are at our feet, with my fat little black one, Lucy, trying to propel her girth onto the couch to get between us, so she can rest her head gently on one of our legs. My 4 best friends in the worls all in one room with me. that is a pleasure.

July 24, 2006 6:57 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Before I read anyone elses (yah, I know I'm late to this party. Any booze left?)

Seeing someone smile at something I did.
Yah, puppy licks. What the heck is it with those? lol
The last blooming of the roses, towards the end of Autumn. Good timing there, buds.
Looking at someone I love, and both of us spontaneously smiling bigtime, w/o caring why.
Bittersweet, but knowing I've done the right thing, even though doing the wrong thing is what someone really wanted of me.
Cool comments from unexpected sources on my blog, when I was just venting about how much trouble I happened to be having with whatever it was life was throwing at me without my wanting it.

Walking outside and seeing a moon the size of a mansion at the end of summer.

Ahhh... Thanks POP. I too often forget to savor this stuff on my own. {-;

July 24, 2006 3:30 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Oh! And the sound of the automatic coffee grinder wakin' me up at 4:30am! I've not lived alone for the past 4 years and am dearly looking forward to getting reaquainted with that one.

July 24, 2006 3:40 PM  
Anonymous chigeeng said...

Sex.....and the hope that someday I'll get some.

Really though, they sell garbage bags at Canadian Tire(I'm in Canada)that are really strong. Hero garbage bags! What a pleasure! No worries! no ridiculously thin bags that stretch and break rather than stay together when you lift a heavy load.

July 24, 2006 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Pat Babb said...

Bacon. I'm eternally grateful to pigs for bacon.

Going out to the garden on a hot August afternoon and finding big red tomatoes ready to -- well, ready to mate with bacon to make the best BLT ever.

July 24, 2006 7:01 PM  
Blogger JBlue said...

The sound of my boys giggling helplessly.
Books, books, books.
When my cat snuggles with me.
The smell of coffee.
The taste of coffee.

July 25, 2006 6:06 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

watching cats play with a paper bag.

peace, p

July 25, 2006 8:57 PM  
Blogger Sue Woo said...

Dogs and coffee are winning! I concur! Waking up in the night and hearing the sounds of happy dog and kitty dreams-fabulous.

July 26, 2006 4:47 AM  
Blogger Zelda Parker said...

Hard not to repeat what has been said before but my favorites are:
The first cup of good coffee,
Lstening to the birds sing in the morning,
The serenity of my own garden,
Walks, especially at the beach (off season),
Great books and films that provoke meaningfull discussions,
(Trying) to do impressions with my pal Pax Romano,
Good food, especially Italian,
Cooking for/with friends,
Making friends laugh,
Beautiful sunsets!
A Good night of sleep!

July 26, 2006 12:12 PM  
Blogger Zelda Parker said...

Hard not to repeat what has been said before but my favorites are:
The first cup of good coffee,
Lstening to the birds sing in the morning,
The serenity of my own garden,
Walks, especially at the beach (off season),
Great books and films that provoke meaningfull discussions,
(Trying) to do impressions with my pal Pax Romano,
Good food, especially Italian,
Cooking for/with friends,
Making friends laugh,
Beautiful sunsets!
A Good night of sleep!

July 26, 2006 12:12 PM  
Blogger Vj said...

A walk in the clouds,
far from the madding crowd,
in the himalyan valleys,
to touch a clowd ,
to see the sun rise from horizon,
to read under a big tree on a lazy afternoon
to be on the mountains,
to hear the water streams,
the sound of air flowing in a valley

Oh , there are so many of them


cheers,
VJ

July 27, 2006 4:08 PM  
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