Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's The Simple Things That Count

In today's post I wanted to share some lovely simple things from my week that have made me happy. It seems to have become a bit of a ponderous post for me though after our read-aloud time this morning. So instead of speaking about those lovely simple things, I will pen out my thoughts and pepper this post with pictures of them instead :)

I am reading the book 'Daddy-Long-Legs' by Jean Webster to my girls during our read-aloud time. In today's reading the main character, Judy, writes to Daddy-Long-Legs of her first visit to New York. She writes,

 "I can't imagine any joy in life greater than sitting down in front of a mirror and buying any hat you choose without having first to consider the price! There's no doubt about it, Daddy; New York would rapidly undermine this fine stoical character which the John Grier Home so patiently built up."
Watching my teenage children still enjoying balancing on a beam while on our nature walk
Her very next letter sees her in a more rational frame of mind. Daddy Long-legs evidently sent her a cheque after reading her letter, but she returns the cheque with a note explaining why she cannot accept the money, she writes, 

" I am sorry that I wrote all that silly stuff about the millinery shop; it's just that I had never seen anything like it before."

The first Dandelion Clock I've seen this season. So delicate and pretty
I'm sure we can all find a time in our life when we felt like Judy. It is so easy to get sucked into a world of materialism. I usually try to avoid shopping malls that hold every top brand name, or those streets in London that house the same. It sucks you in and you begin to feel a little like Judy. I know what she means when she says that *New York (*fill in your own city/mall/shopping weakness here) would undermine her stoic character.

I love how our cats seem to love being with us while we do our lessons. They do get in the way sometimes!
Materialism is a terribly enticing and bad master and the truth is that shopping up a storm or adding 'stuff' to your name does not make you a happier person. Unfortunately we spend our lives having advertising companies bombarding us with messages on why we will only ever be happy if we buy x-y or z.

Enjoying the first BBQ of the season with my family, a spur-of-the-moment decision :)
The best way of counteracting this is to cultivate a spirit of thankfulness for what we have and appreciating the simple things in life. 

There are many, many things to be thankful for and appreciate if you just look around you. Here are some of mine this week:

* The good health of everyone in my family

* BBQ's on a warm spring evening

* Nature walks with my children

* New life springing out from all quarters every single day

* A roof over our heads and food in our tummies

* A good job to keep us in above-stated condition :)

* Being able to sit quietly and work in my nature journal

* Good friends to talk to

* Happy memories of family holidays and times together

* Living in England! I love this country and feel blessed to be here

* Seasons - I love the seasons

* Birdsong - how can you not be cheered when you stop to listen to them

* Buzzy bumble-bees and fluttery butterflies - all out in the sunshine

* Washing dancing in the wind as it dries outside on the washing line

* Freshly cut lawn

* Clouds scudding across the blue sky

* Blossoms and blooms - they are everywhere at the moment

* The feel of my fountain pen moving over paper as I write in journal entries

* Reading good books together with my children and for myself. We have many wonderful memories of books read together. I'm so grateful that I have given my children a living-books rich curriculum

* Jumping on the trampoline with my daughter and laughing until our sides hurt

* Eating ice-creams outside in the warm sunshine

* Seeing the Cowslips blooming - they are so sweet, I love them.

Beautiful, delicate little Cowslips are out in force at the moment.
I could go on but I fear I might bore you LOL. But I'm sure that as you read my list you will see that none of the things I have listed as precious and thankful memories and moments have cost very much or anything at all.

In a world that seems to have gone half-crazy on materialism, I'm immensely grateful that its the simple things in life that make me most happy.

A blessed Thursday to you all...


  1. What a great post - I really enjoyed reading it. Our cat loves to hang out with us too - he really likes the Math-U-See guy for some reason lol,

    Thanks for the thoughts - they are good ones!

  2. A lovely post my friend and great to see you Braai-ing ! I love all your words delightful. Thank you also for the package which has safely arrived and been put away. You must also look out for the postman later this month as I know the date of your birthday too! Can you e-mail me your e-mail address as I don't seem to have it xx

  3. Good Afternoon Shirley, I found you after visiting Gilly Makes and I am so glad I did, because I loved this post. You are so right, materialism seems to be a way of life now. We are bombarded with advertising telling us that we need this and we need that and then we need some more.... but like you I don't agree. I feel we need to focus more on what we already have.
    Best Wishes to you.

  4. Hi Shirley, Thanks for your visit. How exciting to be moving to Plymouth in the summer! We love Devon and visit there as often as we can! If you look at label bar at the side for Devon there are several more posts and nice places to visit. We love the South Hams area too. Sarah x

  5. Excellent thoughts and I have never read Daddy Long-legs, so I hope to remedy that this year. Love your thankful list.

  6. Yes and yes! Love each word of this post.


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