My Favorite Things

Bee dozing in a flower in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Bee dozing in a flower (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

A few nights ago, I watched the newest version of The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood, and I was immediately transported back to the 60’s, when I first saw Julie Andrews sing and dance across a breathtaking Austrian mountaintop along with the seven Von Trapp children.  I remember singing several of the songs from this musical during my earlier school years, in fact I still remember the lyrics (although I can’t remember what happened yesterday . . .) to “Do-Re-Mi“, “Edelweiss“, and my favorite (pardon the pun) “My Favorite Things“.  Those lyrics in particular ring true this hustle-bustle time of year, when we may forget what our favorite things truly are.  Quite often they aren’t materialistic, instead simply the things we may observe or experience during our daily life.  As the song goes:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things.

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, these are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things.

First spring flower-dwarf iris-in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

First spring flower, the dwarf iris (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

And some of my personal favorites, in no particular order:

* Walking in the peaceful quiet of a heavy snow storm

* Holiday embellishments, the lights, the ribbons, the bells, the ornaments

* A coating of ice on the landscape that glistens in the morning sun

* Holiday music, specifically Barbra Streisand’s A Christmas Album

* The way my dogs and horses frolic after a snowfall

* A good haircut

* My mother’s homemade apple pie and chocolate crinkle cookies (thank goodness she only makes these during the holidays, or I would be a hundred pounds heavier)

* Holiday socks!

* A relaxing pedicure to complement the stylish holiday socks

A fragrant heirloom rose in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A fragrant heirloom rose in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

* The smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree

* The first flower to bloom in spring

* The last flower to bloom in fall

* The smell of an heirloom rose

* Butterflies in the garden

* Bees dozing on flower heads

* The many critters that visit my bird feeder all year long

* When someone holds a door for me

* The way my cats snuggle on the bed with me when I’m not feeling well

* When someone calls me “Miss”

* When my granddaughter calls me “Gamma” and my husband “Gampa”

A beautiful sunset in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A beautiful sunset (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

* A fresh cup of coffee in the morning

* A brisk walk on a sunny winter day

* Reading a good book

* Birthday cake

* Birthday cards

* A beautiful sunrise

* A beautiful sunset

* Having a really good time with friends or family

* The way an Arabian horse runs, with tail straight up and nostrils flared

* Fluffy, warm sweaters

* A nice hot shower

* Soup and crackers

* Watching Despicable Me & Despicable Me 2 with my husband, sporting 3-D glasses

Visitors to Bird Feeder in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Visitors to Bird Feeder (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

* A cool stream to stick my feet in on a hot summer day

* Finding a new plant and the place to put it after

* Clean sheets, hung to dry outdoors (could be a little stiff this time of year)

* Trees with great winter bones, coated with a dusting of snow

* Finding wonderful stories to write about, and sharing them with my readers

* Getting a note from my readers (I’d love to hear your favorites . . .) ***

And remember; When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when you’re feeling sad, simply remember your favorite things, and then you won’t feel so bad~


  1. What a great Xmas Story! you only forgot riding thru the snow with your sisters/daughter/Mother!

  2. What a beautiful post! A few of my favorite things:
    Laughing out loud at my teenage son’s remarkable sense of humor.
    That peaceful state just before drifting off to sleep. Usually happens after a cup of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime vanilla almond tea.
    Homemade soup (doesn’t matter if I made it or someone else did).
    A cloudy, rainy, miserable, can’t go outside kind of day – all day. Doesn’t count if the sun peeps out.
    A warm vacation in the middle of winter.
    Finding an awesome moisturizing cream.
    Alone time.

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