These are a few of my favorite things

This time of year is hard. Hard hard. There’s still snow on the ground. You’re a million years from any vacation, past or present. And work is hard for me right now. So instead of whiiiiiining about it all, I thought I’d list out (for you and for me) some of my favorite things.

  • The smell of yeast when you add it to warm sugar-water when you begin a bread recipe
  • The way Mt. Rainier explodes into view when you turn the corner on Mineral Road South
  • The happy look on Thane’s face when he snuggles into bed with Puppy
  • Flowering tea balls
  • The Good Friday service
  • The garden on the next street that is first out with the snow drops and the creeping phlox in spring
  • Reading in the bathtub
  • D20s
  • Doing even stupid chores with my husband, because we end up laughing together
  • The wild patches in the big cloverleaves at the insterstices of busy New England freeways, like 93 and 95 on the North side
  • Advice columns!
  • Listening to Grey read aloud and then get quieter and quieter until he’s reading to himself
  • Text messages – they’re almost always from friends, almost always welcome and pretty much never hum drum or spam
  • Looking out the third floor window of my house across old New England walls, and hearing the carillon sound from Town Hall
  • Catching a real smile in passing from a stranger
  • Rachmanninoff, Gabrieli and Byrd
  • The way my kids walk/bounce/rejoice with every step
  • The smell of vanilla leaf and the tart taste of freshly picked sorrel
  • Friends on my doorstep
  • The sight of a Starbucks logo — still makes my heart leap!
  • Ars Magica — a game that’s been here and gone, like fairy rings, since I was pregnant with Grey
  • Minor music played on trumpet in a cold, dark sanctuary
  • The cliffs on Roundtop Mt. in the golden setting summer sun
  • The deep, hot, clear way jam looks when you add the pectin in
  • The way that the hum of the freeway in summer reminds me of the rush of glacial rivers near Mt. Rainier campgrounds
  • Real letters
  • Grey’s sincere interest in the babies in his life
  • Peach pie
  • Pretty dishes, especially when they have obscure purposes but I manage to use them correctly (looking at you, deviled egg dishes & asparagus server!)
  • The 5 second view of the Boston skyline you get on 128 in Burlington
  • The “kids say the darndest things” stage. (Thane announced the other morning that he wants to be called “Ketchup” from now on.)

    Those are a small subset of my favorite things. What are your favorite things?