Thursday, May 24, 2007

Simple Pleasures

The first thing that came to mind from this week’s prompt is simple pleasures. I thought I would list some simple, everyday, things that give me great pleasure. They are in no particular order. Since I am very hedonistic, the list could go on forever:

A child’s laugh

A puppy hanging his head out of a car window with the wind whipping its ears

A fish pulling my bobber under

The unmistakable feel of a well-struck golf shot

The smells and sounds of a summer night

Any body of water

Finding a twenty in an old pair of pants

A smile from a stranger

A good dream

The feeling I get from giving money to someone who needs it

Reading Major League Baseball box scores and finding my favorite players had a good game

Watching a favorite rerun of Seinfeld

Meeting someone new

Watching a couple in love

Playing with my grandchildren

Seeing the flag fly

Playing golf with my son

Watching my children participate in sports (I miss that)

Dipping cookies into ice cold milk

Human touch

Watching the sun rise or set

A new shirt ( really anything new)

Waking up on a camping trip

A really good book

A really good movie

Being right

A really good meal with friends

Riding with the top down

Walking on the beach

Praise or compliments

Passing a woman with just the right cologne

Hearing my lover’s pleasure

Arriving home after a trip

The end of a workday

Anticipation of pleasure

Being with friends

Being alone

Peeing when I really needed to (more of a pleasure the older I get)

Seeing a man/woman in a US military uniform, shaking their hand

A massage

Being met at the door by a wagging tail

Driving fast with AC/DC blaring on my IPOD

Sitting on my balcony 1) watching boats go by 2) watching a lightening storm 3) watching girls at the pool

A winning scratch-off ticket (no matter how small)

Waking up early and realizing it is my day off

When people surprise me

When I write something that I think is clever

A day with no pain



Being the first group to tee off just after sunrise

The smell of popcorn

Stranding on a scale that reads less than the day before

Looking in the mirror and liking who I see

Crème brule

Getting a haircut

A long, hot bath

A task well done

Fresh, clean sheets

Killing time at Brookstone

Sleeping in a cold room with a heavy comforter

A carnival

A song on the radio that I had forgotten

Watching an old man/woman with their mother/father

A really funny joke

Holding the title to my car in my hands

Watching a duck with her ducklings

Oysters at Hooters

Finding a golf ball

A fighter jet flying by (see previous blog)

Seeing a truly beautiful woman walk by (not talking inner beauty here)

A full moon

Reminiscing with a friend


The word benign

Seeing a herd of deer

Ice cold water on a hot day

Seeing something I am not supposed to see (guys will understand)

Receiving a comment about my Sunday Scribbling Blog


spacedlaw said...

Isn't it great to see such a long list ? And I am sure that you could add up to that effortlessly.
In a way this list remind me of some parts of the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon.


myrtle beached whale said...

Actually, I left off many. One of them is "hearing my children sing". It is one of my favorite of all pleasures. So much so that I forgot to list it.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Great to see such a long list of simple pleasures!

sognatrice said...

I love this list! I did something like this a while back on my blog b/c I keep such a list in a journal--great fun, and always good for a smile :)

Regina Clare Jane said...

It makes you greateful that you have have experienced all these simple pleasures- at least once, I daresay! A beautiful list for sure...

Tracy said...

A great list of simple pleasures!

Pinehurst in my Dreams said...

Your list has the makings of many good posts. Of course, I see lists as ideas that lead to other ideas.

Noticed your list was primarily sensory. Shows you're really in touch with the world around you. . .particularly your family members.

Great list. (Sorry for the analysis - I tend to be more analytical than sensory.)

I will have to read your list from time to time, to see if I missed any simple pleasures in my day - minus the guy stuff.

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

By all means, let me add to your simple pleasures with my approving comment. :-) Lovely list.

myrtle beached whale said...

Thank you all for your supportive comments. I just spent the day out on a boat with my son and daughter-in-law. I should add that to my simple pleasures even though I don't think I used enough sunscreen.

myrtle beached whale said...

I am particularly impressed by Nathalie's comments, very succinct. I have taken your words to heart.

Jennifer said...

Girls will understand too...LOL
Good list! I think I'll make a list like that and put it on my fridge to remind me of the simple pleasures in life...

Lucy said...

beautiful simple pleasures, reminds me to stop and smell the roses in my busy life. thanks :)

gautami tripathy said...

Great list. I too like quite a few from that.

khambagirl said...

Simple pleasures are the best. Great list! Hope this adds to the enjoyment of your simple pleasures.

Patois said...

How wonderful that you could come up with so many simple pleasures. I'd like to think I have as many, and I would like to remember to look at them when I'm feeling "off." Nice post.

sundaycynce said...

Indeed yours is a wonderful list. I also liked someone's idea of doing one of my own for the refrigerator. You took a prompt I found too challenging to produce anything but pap (I think I have used that word appropriately.) and did exactly what I imagine was intended. Bravo!!

myrtle beached whale said...


I have read your blog and it is anything but pap. That is a great word by the way and a lot of what I write could be categorized that way. The great thing is that I don't care. I am a pretty simple guy. It is definitely rewarding when I receive such inspiring comments. Thanks so much.

payrollprincess said...

excellent list, you must be a very deep person, to see the beauty in all of the things around you

myrtle beached whale said...

Actually, I think it is just the opposite. I am a very simple person who is easily pleased.

boliyou said...

Awesome post! Some of my favorites of your favorites:

A puppy hanging his head out of a car window with the wind whipping its ears

Finding a twenty in an old pair of pants

Dipping cookies into ice cold milk

Human touch

Watching the sun rise or set

Being alone

Driving fast with AC/DC blaring on my IPOD

The smell of popcorn

A song on the radio that I had forgotten