My heart is full of gratitude, and I just had to share some things that make me feel truly blessed. Here is Part I in my list of favorite things; things that enrich my soul and delight my heart

WHISKERS ON KITTENS

Yes, I have that song running through my head. But seriously, they are fantastic. I love how our cat’s whiskers were three different colors, all on one whisker.

One morning, I found most of our cat’s whiskers were missing. The cat was sporting short little stubby whiskers instead of the long ones he usually had.

“Where did your whiskers go, buddy?” I asked.

“I cut them,” said my daughter. “I thought they were too long.”

Photo by Edgar on Unsplash

THE SMELL OF GRAPEFRUIT

Grapefruit smells so good. I love grapefruit-scented candles and quality essential oils, so I can smell that grapefruit smell whenever I need a pick-me-up.

Image by Bob from Pixabay

Granny Smith Apples

I love the crisp, tart flavor. Gala and honey crisp are my text favorites. We have an apple tree, but it is not a Granny Smith apple tree. I eat the apples before they ripen to mimic that granny smith taste.

Caramel Covered Granny Smith Apples

Granny smith apples are made even better with caramel. The tart apple contrasting with the sweet caramel is so, so good.

Image by John R Perry from Pixabay

Looking for animal shapes in the clouds

As a child, did you lay on the grass and gaze up at the clouds, searching for animal shapes, etc.? Most of us did.

A few months ago, I recalled how much I loved to do that as a child, so I plopped on the grass and searched the clouds. It is a free, no-calorie, favorite thing to do.

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

The Smell of a Newborn Baby

Newborn babies have an incredible smell that I love. It is the smell of innocence.

Reading a Book on a Snowy Day

Snowy days just beg for a book to be opened and devoured. Reading by a fireplace makes it even better.  

Homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles

I love to make homemade old-fashioned noodles for a good, hearty chicken or turkey noodle soup. (Yes, those noodles in the photo are not the right kind. I couldn’t find an image that matched)

Sitting by a stream in the Rocky Mountains

My family owned a couple acres of mountain property in the Rocky Mountains. At the end of one of those acres was a stream. I loved sitting by it, listening to the sound of water lapping over the rocks. 

The Flame of a Candle

Gazing at a candle flame is relaxing. It’s not the same as sitting by a fire, but it can still be relaxing.

The Patina of Oxidized Copper

I almost got arrested photographing some copper patina once.

When we were in Washington DC, I stopped to photograph a wonderful gate that had this beautiful patina on it caused by oxidized copper. I believe it was at the National Archives. As soon as I took the photo the security guard asked what I was doing. “Taking a photo of the cool gate,” I said. “It has some incredible patina and is beautiful.”  He said I was not allowed to photograph the entrance due to security reasons and the included that beautiful gate. Bummer!

Crusty Bread Dipped in Balsamic Vinegar and a Good Olive Oil

A good solid crusty bread one thing I really miss after I went gluten free. A crusty baguette dipped in a high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I love it so much that I will have a gluten-free cheat day and devour nearly an entire baguette.

What about you?

What are a few of your favorite things? Let me know in the comment section below. 

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