…these are a few of my favorite things. (And for all you young pups out there, that’s a reference to the song “My Favorite Things” by Rogers and Hammerstein in the movie The Sound of Music.)
I love iced tea with lemon (which explains the name of this blog–that and the fact that I had tried 57 other names before I found one that hadn’t already been used). It is my drink of choice at every restaurant, and waitresses who keep my tea glass filled get BIG tips.
I love curling up in my recliner with a well written book. The genre doesn’t really matter–fiction, non-fiction, history, philosophy, mystery–I don’t care as long as the author can string beautiful sentences together.
I love cherry limeades from Sonic.
I love having intellectual conversations with my adult children. I love having silly conversations with them, too.
I love the luxury of a long Sunday afternoon nap.
I love watching Cardinals’ baseball, especially when I’m sitting in the stadium and gorging on a burnt kosher dog with sauerkraut and grilled onions.
I love walking on an early morning beach with the waves lapping at my bare feet and the breeze ruffling through my hair. And when I’m on Sullivan’s Island, I love that I can be walking on that beach without another soul in sight.
I love the gift of January snow days (every educator out there knows what I’m talking about!).
I love everything on the menu at Ocean Zen in Springfield.
I love carnations, daffodils, and daisies–all beautiful in their simplicity.
I love kittens on the prowl, especially when they pounce on the tail of my grossly overweight rottweiler and she is too lazy to acknowledge them.
I love my potted herbs and my tomato and pepper plants. Every morning when I go to work I can tell they’ve grown since the day before, and this starts my day with a smile (sappy, I know, but true).
I love being surrounded by Zac’s paintings, Sam’s photos, and Lucas’s overall awesomeness.
I love the smell of freshly mown grass and the smell of Cool Water cologne (and the smell of bacon frying, bread baking, and onions grilling).
I love afternoon thunderstorms and the tinkling of my wind chimes.
I love living in the same small community for 29 years and becoming friends with former students (most of whom still can’t bring themselves to call me by my first name!).
I love purple and pink sunsets over the lake.