So easy! My New Year's intention of presence has made this topic simple.
1. A glass of wine. Something so mundane, yet one still sits up and notices.
2. Yarn. Fleece. I doubt elaboration is needed.
3. Homegrown plants and flowers. They bring a smile, a joy, to think that I helped bring them about.
4. My house. Ha. Sometimes more than others. But still.
5. Unwinding my body out of bed in the morning. Isn't that first stretch of some body part lovely? And isn't it fine to discover you have not died in the night?
6. Packages. Retail therapy. Dangerous. I limit this severely.
7. Blue clothes. So me.
8. My husband. Perhaps I should not think of him as everyday. But I do think of him every day.
9. Food. So blessed. To have it, to be able to enjoy it, to have appetite, means, and people to share it.
10. Smart phone convenience. Makes the details of life so much smoother.
Spring is finally here. Daylily noses have emerged. Snowdrops bravely wave in the up and down of the temperatures. I have some volunteer croci that the voles somehow missed. I am spreading compost as I rake.
So much damage! My entire line of front plantings will probably have to be replaced. Branches that were stuck in the snow were ripped out of trunks when the snow lost moisture and contracted. The weeping green japanese maple is hurried along the road to her premature death. I am sad.
New opportunities abound. I am poring over Michael Dirr's hardy tree and shrub book to search for replacements.
The last ten books I read make up a motley assortment.
1. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo - lent by my neighbor, related to a discussion of what comes after life ends. This didn't do it for me. There was too much possibility of unremembered contamination by a pastor father who really wanted to believe.
2. The Android's Dream by John Scalzi - I like the way he writes, and I like the way he twists a tale. His creature creation is wonderful, and you don't always see where he is headed, which I love.
3. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi - Less strong, read after the Android's Dream. But still entertaining.
4. Fool's Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and The Fool Trilogy by Robin Hobb - This broke little new ground, but it didn't matter. I really wanted to live in the Fitz world once again. This did that.
5. The Martian by Andy Weir - Unlike Carole, I DID like the science in this. But it got far too implausible when the number of problems divided by the available resources became vanishingly ridiculous. (Sorry, Carole. More math.)
6. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard - This woman knows prose. She describes how she rips it out of her unwilling soul. I now own several of her books, just waiting for me to luxuriate during a rare vacation when life isn't falling down around my ears.
7. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander - Far less contaminated, provocative, and thoughtful.
8. Norwegian Pick-Up Bandweaving by Heather Torgenrud - A how-to, plus patterns, plus history. YUM. I am now an official weaving geek.
9. Ski House Cookbook - Yes, read. Delicious! Food you can make in quantity with easily available ingredients, and not a huge time or technique commitment.
10. Uhhhhhhh. No. Too far back for me to remember.