Simple pleasures

Sometimes it’s the small things.

  • Filling up a large black garbage bag with clutter
  • Cleaning up your computer’s “desktop”
  • Not screwing up the chicken
  • The return of the chickadees after the blizzard
  • Getting your office finished at more or less the right hours of the day
  • Good coffee
  • The snap of a mousetrap
  • Getting a call from someone you haven’t heard from in a while
  • Locating that quote
  • Having sunshine for a change

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  1. Rachel says:

    Eating sushi while reading Fr. Z’s blog.

  2. Jack Hughes says:

    Sunshine ! In minisota in the Winter; methinks you’re having way to much fun father :), having said that I can sympathise with your satisfaction at praying your office at more or less the right hours, now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to pray Vespers

  3. Good Coffee is no small thing.

  4. priests wife says:

    — being consistent with the Jesse tree
    — a clean kitchen
    — having black trash bags to hide go-to-goodwill-stuff from kids
    — plans to see new Narnia movie
    — caroling with parishioners

  5. MJ says:

    The smell of pine, and the taste of hot apple cider with cinnamon and cloves!

  6. teomatteo says:

    a run through the woods with thick snow on the trees…. with the Saoonahhh heating up ready for my finish…

  7. rakesvines says:

    The ancient Chinese taught:
    If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
    If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
    If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
    If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

    What’s deeper than that is JOY.
    J is Jesus the best of friends. He’s the center of our lives.
    O is others coming second
    Y is yourself coming last.

    (I know you and your readers know that but, I just love the acronym and I though people might get a hoot from it.)


  8. Elly says:

    Getting a good night’s sleep and waking up refreshed!

  9. Supertradmum says:

    Having my kitty, Miho-Chan climb up next to me and want to be petted. She is very independent and does not do this except once a day.

  10. digdigby says:

    A soft all cotton Oxford shirt warm from the iron on a bitterly cold day

  11. Liz says:

    Finishing one’s Christmas letter.
    A simple, but filling meal.
    Getting all of the kids and mom to confession.

  12. Inkstain says:

    – the fresh air and clear light after a rain
    – a Santa Ana wind (hot/warm wind from the desert blowing to the coast) in the Winter

  13. Linz says:

    – Walking and praying
    – Looking forward to Bagna Cauda with the family
    – A rainy day for a change
    – Good black tea
    – Checking up on WDTPRS
    – Ordering my first batch of Mystic Monk Coffee!

  14. Rich says:

    All in one day? Splendid.

  15. Leaving a six pack of Newcastle Brown Ale on the deck taking advantage of the season’s free refrigeration and feeling like a little kid who’s getting away with something.

    Escarole and beans

    Good Italian bread

    A really good Catholic essay loaded with great information – the kind that feeds the hunger to comprehend the Faith so well it makes you feel like you’re eating as you read

    Beer, food, eating… Methinks I detect a theme…

  16. melafwife says:

    A wet drooly baby kiss

  17. mike cliffson says:

    Coming back home late ‘s evening from a domestic errand , bit nippy weather, to find the seven youngest saying the Rosary by themselves.
    Warmed heart’s cockles, it did.
    Sounds abit Pi ? Consider: wife run over pedestrian crossing two weeks ago , hobbling round on crutches, one of the elder ones awa studying, in hospital after car accident monday ,5hrs away, smaller ones went into saint mode two weeks ago but couldn’t keep it up, poured wax into gas fire etc, everyone, me esp.snappy and the devil got in and even just the second night of saying Rosary and you can FEEL the difference in the atmoshere(Physically chilly on account said wax.)

  18. mike cliffson says:

    smaller minor pleasure : wife and self succesfully mending gas fire all by our little selves, it hasn’t blown up yet.This family’s guardian angels deserve a prize for overtime over and above the call of duty!

  19. Jane says:

    I have just received some nice surprises. For the past two years, I have had a novena booklet regarding the Miraculous Medal. It is in the Lithuanian language, which I do not know, but my husband does. I thought that the whole book consisted of prayers, but last night when I showed it to my husband, he translated the pages at the back for me. They were testimonies of favours granted to people by Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Hearing them was like being let loose in the lolly shop. My husband still has to read some more of them to me. He is not finished yet. In addition my friend came last night and brought me some presents. Among them was another amazing account of the Miraculous Medal.

  20. The Cobbler says:

    Is it ever anything but the small things, or are the big joys just little joys that overflowed?

    Here’s one for you: reading my girlfriend’s love letters. (Yes, handwritten. We’re young fogeys like that.)

  21. susanna says:

    Filling the birdfeeder just before dawn, seeing bright Jupiter (?) alone in the sky and the diamonds sparkling in the snow. Having tea, my kittycat next to me, watching the cardinals flock to the tree.

  22. Jack Hughes says:

    The Cobbler

    Seeing my parish priest celebrate the OF Ad Orientem was a Love Letter from Jesus

  23. bookworm says:

    This was a very big joy for me: A local auto repair shop which jump started my car (I stupidly left the lights on all day in near-zero weather!) and didn’t charge me a cent!
    Also, a very important “lost” file at my office, which turned up in an unexpected place. When it turned up, I really did think of the parable of the lost coin, the woman’s joy at finding it, and Our Lord’s joy over “finding” repentant sinners.

  24. Animadversor says:

    Choosing to be generous rather than to stand on one’s rights. God is so generous to us that every day he gives us many opportunities to imitate him by being generous to others.


  25. templariidvm says:

    Listening to heavenly music.

  26. AnAmericanMother says:

    My wild black dog, Psycho Ruby, quietly lying down next to me on the sofa, putting her head in my lap and staring up at me with adoring pumpkin-colored eyes.

    This does not last long, but it’s precious while it does.

  27. cyejbv says:

    Fluffy down filled pillows to lie on- cold to the cheek- with freshly laundered cases. Extra Downy.
    The sound of MOOMMMMM HAVE YOU SEEN MY….. from 2 rooms away.
    The doves that live in our apple tree. Chicks every spring.
    This blog!!

  28. marthawrites says:

    Returning home from our annual “Christmas” visit to NYC to find no messages on the answering machine and a mailbox filled with cards and packages. Posting lots of photos to family and enjoying the memories.

  29. Bagna Cauda?! Another no small thing. Changed my entire life! Where are you from btw, Linz, with your bagna cauda?

  30. Aengus Oshaughnessy says:

    Sitting on the deck of my old-fashioned wood ship, listening to the waves, as my ships cat sheds all over my boots. Best feeling in the world.

  31. Lynne says:

    an electric blanket and knowing that tomorrow morning I can have a cup or two or ??? of Jingle Bell Java!

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