Monday, April 18, 2011

Things That Give Me Joy

Some of the things on this list may not speak all that well of me but, well, what can I say. I am what I am. And if you don’t like me then it is your loss. I am eminently likeable.

It is a cloudy, cold, rainy day. Ah Spring in the Frozen Northeast Ohio. I just needed to do a little list of things that bring me joy to perk me up.


When I receive those unsolicited credit card requests that make me crazy. The ones that clog up my mail box and are just a waste of postage and trees.

I open them up, pull out the pre-paid postage envelope, shred the rest of the contents, and send the shredded materials right back to them. Hoping all the time that it clogs up their machines.

I am sorry but there it is. If the credit card companies would just stop then so would I.


Very early mornings.

Yes, I know that I am wired wrong. It has been mentioned before. But I am sorry to tell you that the best part of the day is first thing in the morning.

And when I say first thing in the morning I mean 5:30a-7a.

The most perfect time of the day. Especially in the summer. But really any time of year.


Reading a book that I have read a thousand times before. One that I know all the words by heart and can tell you at any given point in the book what is going to happen next and what has happened before.

That kind of book just brings me joy.

That must be why I started a re-read of Lord of the Rings on Saturday. I just knew that I had to do it. I am not sure how many time I have read it since my first venture into Middle Earth when I was in 7th grade.

But it is a lot.


Chipped Beef on toast.

Don’t judge.


DSCN2920This picture brings me joy. My Grandpa Pringle and I. My compatriot in crime. My raw green bean pusher. The man who could always be counted on to have a stick of gum, which he would gladly rip in half and share with me.

Some day I am going to buy a bottle of Listerine and a bottle of Old Spice and mix them together. And then I am just going to sit and smell. Cuz that is what Grandpa smelled like every day of my life. Listerine and Old Spice.


The Real Housewives of New York City

The Real Housewives of Orange County

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Suddenly I feel like I should go and take a shower.


Gorgonzola cheese straight up.

Lord. Have. Mercy.


Pansies. You cannot look at pansies and not be happy.


Devil’s Food cake, baked in a 9x13 pan and then frosted with a can of white frosting.


I need some right now.


OK, I am done now. I think I can get through the rest of the day. But suddenly I feel the need for Gorgonzola cheese and Devil’s Food Cake.



  1. doug and i have re-named pansies. they are now called toughies. anything that can live and thrive through winter like those things and then produce such amazing beauty by march simply cannot be called pansies.

  2. oh, and i LOVE the picture. it makes me happy, too.

  3. I do the same thing with credit card solicitations! lol!

    Love the chipped beef on toast, too.

  4. "And if you don’t like me then it is your loss. I am eminently likeable."

    Would you please put this attitude in pill form and send me a lifetime supply? This is wonderful stuff and I so need it. More power to ya!

    That said, I see I must be eminently likeable, too, because I agree with you on every single item on your list. I cannot say I actually partake in "the best part of the day" regularly, but I wish I could.

    And the credit card thing? OMG! I do that, too, except I save them all for Chase CCs. They did me wrong once (smarmy trick played on a delayed-payment thing through Toys R Us). I am keeping track and, until I have cost them the $22 they tricked me out of, they will continue to get quite heavy pre-paids in the mail. My husband thinks I'm nuts, but it makes me feel better. ~ We gotta get our kicks where we can!

    Enjoy your cloudy, cold spring day.

    P.S. That pic of you and your grandfather is absolutely priceless. I love how he is looking at you. Some people go a whole life without anyone looking at them that way.

  5. You make me smile!! And, I actually love the idea for all the junk mail - may start that one myself!

  6. Hey Deb, *You* bring me joy! :)
    You were an absolutely adorable baby! I love that naked gorgonzola myself, though it makes my breath stinky. And I love your method of dealing with unsolicited CC apps.

  7. The credit card thing made me lol and I am totally going to start doing that!

    I can be up all night but I am never a morning person.

    I don't know what chipped beef is.

    I am totally in love with your baby hair. You look like a doll! Like a real doll that you would buy in the store.

    The real housewives? I should wash your mouth out with soap... or errr, wash your hands from typing that? Did you know I live about 15 minutes from the OC ones. Our engagement and maternity pictures were done in the park by their community entrance.

    You redeemed yourself with the cheese. :)


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