Saturday, 14 March 2015

Top Ten Simple Pleasures

I was sitting in my kitchen last night with my mate, scoffing a bowl of crisps and drinking tea whilst catching up after what had turned out to be a busy and stressful week for both of us.

As we crunched and chatted it occurred to me that I felt very relaxed and wryly I thought to myself that it doesn't take much to make me happy.

Thinking on this I decided to compile a top ten of my simple pleasures. Not necessarily in order of priority.


  1. Family. Of course you would expect a mother of 7 to list this as number 1 but it's true. Although my neighbours might doubt this as they get to hear me screeching like a fishwife ooh, every morning. To steal a line from an old friend, it's not nagging, it's caring.
  2. Friends; I am never happier than when I am with my friends. And I count some of my family members in this group. I am lucky that I have an exceptional group of friends. Mad as a box of frogs the lot of 'em but I love them.
  3. Food. It was gonna be up there wasn't it? I don't ask for gourmet (although I do love lobster, albeit teamed with chips which makes it my ideal meal) and would probably list a good old fashioned roast dinner as my execution last supper. Best shared with friends and/or family for maximum satisfaction.
  4. Fashion. Well not fashion per se but it fits in with the F theme I seem to have going on. I love clothes and shoes, am as fickle as a chameleon with my style and prefer rooting through the racks at a charity shop than venturing into a boutique. And it's not just about money (although I do love a bargain). I really like the idea of re-using stuff and supporting charities.
  5. Fresh Air. Still with the F's. How long can I keep this up? Well this one might surprise you but the title is a little misleading. I am not one for romping up hills, striding across dales or, to be honest, walking any further than the car park to the cafe. But I do love sitting outside my house with a cuppa and my laptop soaking up sunshine and adore being by the sea breathing in that salty air. Fish 'n Chips on the beach? Heaven!
  6. Faith. It's common knowledge I am an active Christian and I take much comfort from my faith. Maybe not such a simple pleasure as it takes work and commitment but still, it would not be a top ten of things that make me happy without this being included.
  7. Funny stuff. I am that person browsing Pinterest for "fails". I adore "Spotted at Walmart" which reveals I have a slightly childish and off colour sense of humour. I call it quirky. Others call it inappropriate.
  8. Furry things. Aha - it took a while but I managed another F thing. I love my cats. My son calls me the mad cat lady.  I have a collection of adopted cats, one old man and two minxy kittens. I have never ever carried one or more in my handbag.
  9. Facebook. Well not just Facebook. Social networks generally. You either love them or hate them. I am in the former category. I am a nosy old cow so enjoy the glimpses into people's lives and love that round the clock I can find someone to talk to. 
  10. Words. Darn it. Failed at the last hurdle. But I lose myself in words, writing, speaking or reading. They dance through my head, appear in my vision like a script and speak to me like the friends they have been my whole life. I was an early reader and as a child wrote newspapers filled with imaginary events. Without words I would be bereft.

    So there you have it. My top ten. I'd love this to be a new meme so I'm tagging Cathie from Wicked World of Lucas, Kat from Surviving University One Day At A Time, Sam from 40ish Year Old Domestic Goddess and anyone else who fancies it. Let me know if you publish your own list and I'll add a link here.


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3 comments:

  1. Yep, I can go along with your list and definitely family right at the top. they are the bedrock to everything else, the bit that makes you feel complete. #MagicMoments

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  2. What an utterly fab list of simple pleasures, I love most of these too :-) i can really relate to how you've described feeling about writing!

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  3. Great list, Afra! I could not agree more with family, friends and food being there at the top. Could not do without them. Gosh, you almost manage to make the 10 Fs. Tried to think of a words starting with F for writing, but couldn't either!

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