A Few of My Favorite Things

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”

                                                                –Iris Murdoch


Coffee with creamer
and Triscuits with cheddar
bright belly dancers
and big Zumba classes…

Oh dear, that doesn’t rhyme at all.

Years ago, I read Sophia Loren’s 1979 autobiography Sophia: Living and Loving: Her Own Story. (I can’t wait to read her newest memoir, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life.) In the former book, Sophia gave this bit of advice: Always combine a chore you dislike with something you enjoy. I believe she used the example of listening to your favorite music while ironing. Imagine that—Sophia Loren ironing! In any case, that’s very sage advice, and I forget it all too often.
It’s funny how seldom I take the time to remember my favorite things. Is that true for you too? I find myself schlumping through my ordinary routine wearing ordinary clothes and thinking ordinary thoughts. It only takes a few simple treats to light up my day, but far too often I forget to include these small treats.

And so, for the record, here is a list of things that bring me joy. Henceforth, I resolve to do at least one of these every day. If I can manage to do five items from the list, I shall paste a gold star upon my calendar. (I like to start resolutions with “Henceforth”—makes it sound very official.)
• Listening to my favorite music: samba, blues, jazz
• Belly dancing
• Lighting a scented candle that smells of pine, or orange
• Attending a live music performance
• Zumba class
• A good workout at the gym
• Reading a cookbook or cooking magazine while eating breakfast or lunch. Weird, huh?
• Reading a girly magazine in the bathtub
• Plopping down on the couch with a good book in the middle of the day
• Going out for coffee—with a friend or by myself
• Taking a walk through the park, or along the waterfront, or just through the neighborhood
• Belting out jazz standards. No one will ever pay to hear me sing; nevertheless, there’s something so satisfying about a classic like “Come Rain or Come Shine.”
• Petting a friendly dog or cat—or horse, or sheep, or… Animals always lift my mood.
• Wearing something fancy. I have some lovely, sparkly jewelry, some artistic clothing, but I tend to reach for the same old jeans and sweaters over and over again.
• Making soup
• Strolling through antique shops and other funky emporiums. I seldom buy anything, but I enjoy browsing.
• Going to the library. So many books, and all free!
• Visiting an art museum or gallery
• Visiting a book store
• And of course, spending some—ahem—“quality time” with my beloved.

Let there be treats! What are your favorite small treats?

One thought on “A Few of My Favorite Things

  1. Bill Passmore

    1. Reading while having a good cup of coffee.
    2. Going to the theatre
    3. Las Vegas
    4. Gaining knowledge from peculiar sources.
    5. Traveling with my loved one.


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