Unlike Bob Geldof, I do like Mondays, because I look forward to reading the blogs I follow on WordPress. Other people’s blogs can be funds of information. This week, from Meredith Allard’s blog, I learn about Anne Bradstreet, an early American poet. From Blog About Writing, and Words about Writing and Writing about Words, I find out about about new writing competitions. From several other blogs, I discover books I want to read. One of my favourite blogs, however, Campari and Sofa, is just fun. Written by two mature women (one in LA and one in South Africa), it often just contains a quote, but this week was about ‘#143 Things We Love’. #143? Sooo… I think I’d better get going and list #1 Things I Love… not in any particular order.
- Relaxing with a cup of tea or coffee, made exactly the right way, right temperature, right strength, right amount of milk and no food served with it to spoil it. Btw, I don’t do herbal teas and I don’t do instant coffee.
- A cup of tea in bed – made by someone else.
- Hanging-out washing on a warm, spring day, listening to the lambs bleating in the field half a mile away. (You didn’t expect that one, did you?)
- Shutting the dishwasher-door and switching it on, thinking about how it’s doing all my work for me.
- Stationery, especially blank, lined notebooks, smelling of freshly minted paper. The hardback ones, especially with a pretty pattern on them, are the best. I also have a thing about pencils with rubbers on the ends, staplers and hole punches.
- Roses, and dahlias, because of their strong colours, and range of colours.
- A really good book.
- Having a piece of my writing accepted by a webzine or other publisher.
- Chancing upon something funny, such as a road sign or notice, like the ones below:
- The roar of a football crowd.
- The moment you touch down on the tarmac in the UK on returning from holiday.
- Warm, sunny days at home in England, you know, the ones that are so warm and pleasant that you consider cancelling your holiday.
- Walking outside early in the morning in summer, into a world fresh, untouched and full of amazing potential.
- Sitting by a roaring fire (in the grate) in winter.
- Ooh… and writing.
I know I’m supposed to mention things like ‘spending time with my grandchildren’. I love them dearly. They are the reason I haven’t been doing much writing recently, but I’m listing THINGS not people.