Today’s post is inspired, in part, by a recent blog I read on simple pleasures by Broadside.
To read her post, click here.
It reminded me that a lot of the things that bring joy to me are really quite simple.
Activities that cost little or nothing at all.
I’m not really a morning person. But I love when I wake up early on the weekend, especially in the summer.
I open my sliding door to the quiet street
listening while the birds are singing, I sip my morning coffee
and the sun warms my face.
Walking is one of my great joys. I can choose nature walks, explore 17th Ave or go downtown.
I like leaving my Blackberry at home.
No phone calls, no texts, no facebook updates, no tweets.
Just me and my thoughts and the beauty or goings-on of my neighbourhood to inspire and refresh me.
More than newspapers
I enjoy reading the thoughts of people on the blogs I follow.
Often I am struck with the realization of just how similar we all are.
I feel connected with my ‘blogging’ brothers and sisters.
I admire the courage of those who are struggling. I am ignited by the passions of those who are driven with purpose.
I’m reduced to tears of laughter by those gifted with a funny bone. And I treasure the stories of each and every one of you as if they were a part of you – perhaps they are.
Rotic, a term first coined by my friend Carmen.
Rotic is Romantic without the ‘man.’
A rotic evening can be spent with my girlfriends sharing a meal together or going out dancing.
Or trying out a new recipe, eating the meal and drinking a glass of wine by myself.
Being a tour guide
On Canada Day I had the pleasure of showing off my great city to my friend John who lives in Alaska.
John is on a motorcycle vacation and has passed through
Washington State, the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta
with a pit stop here in Calgary. In the next few days he
will be heading to Banff and Jasper
and then eventually back up to Alaska.
We did a walking tour through downtown Calgary.
We walked the Red Mile, and then down to Olympic Plaza and Prince’s Island Park and then back up to my neighbourhood.
We encountered hundreds of people, and took in the scent of blooming flowers and the mouth-watering aromas of scrumptious food.
We probably walked 80 blocks that day!
When I need to think things through or just clear my head, I’ve always been drawn to water.
Here in Calgary, I most often end up at the Elbow River close to where I live.
I love the way the sunlight dances on the moving river.
How the ducks and geese land and take off from the river.
I love watching the joggers and cyclists who take advantage of the pathways winding through our city.
And I take it all in while pushing myself back and forth on a swing.
I’ve always loved writing.
Sharing my experiences and stories in the written word.
Being able to express my thoughts,
and encourage conversation.
Writing enhances and fuels my passion to relate with, promote and speak community.
N.B. I would like to take this opportunity to wish my neighbours to the South a very Happy 4th of July!
What are some of your favourite things?
- Calgary in Black and White – 30 Hours (purehappytravel.com)
I am new to the blogging world (may 5th to be exact) and I couldn’t agree more with your comment about feeling connected to your blogging brothers and sisters! I have these same connections that I value and look forward to spending a little bit of time each day with them! I look forward to learning more about your voice and views!
It’s a great community for sure! And I only started blogging in March. It’s fun. 😉
Hi, Diana. I couldn’t find a comment button on your Friday Pick 6 post so I thought I’d make a comment about that post on this one. Thank you for your wonderfully kind words about my blog in that post. As I type this the sun is shining and I can hear several kinds of birds joining together to sing a joyous song through my open window. That is also what it feels like in my heart from your post: Warmth and joy. And gratitude. I have already “met” some of your readers and I love what I’ve experienced from them too. May your day be as wonderful and heart-warming as your post just made mine!
Thank you Russ. I typically close my comments on Friday Pick so that people will share their comments on the post I’m directing them too. I started Friday Pick because I was overwhelmed with awards and all they entail…so it’s my way of showcasing blogs I enjoy.
It doesn’t happen often for me, but I would agree there’s fewer things better on a weekend than waking up early and sipping that fresh cup of coffee. And water! I spent a summer in Chicago and I can distinctly remember spending hours just looking out at Lake Michigan, it’s where I decided I wanted to start a blog.
Hey Timmer, thanks for dropping by! I’m glad you started your blog – so we have Lake Michigan to thank for that eh?
I guess we can thank the lake! And glad to stop by, I’m trying to get better with reading and commenting along with everyone.
Our Life In 3D said:
I ma with you on all those Diana, except the mornings..I don’t like getting up early although by now you think I would be used to it. But you are right the peacefulness of the morning is very cool. I really love being a tour guide (Hospitality background) and the water too, being a beachbum. Writing and creativity are very high on my list as is running and walking.And for all of your neighbors to the south, thanks for the b-day wishes. I hope we didn’t keep you up late.
I don’t like getting up early by alarm, but when I do on the weekends because I went to bed early and I am well rested, etc., I love it!
August McLaughlin said:
Lovely post! You’ve named some of my favorites. I also find joy in animals—my dog in particular, healthy and tasty food, time with loved ones and writing.
I had to read that twice! At first I thought you were telling me that your dog was healthy and tasty food!
for me it’s a really good book…paper…..although I do have an ereader……also writing…..for many years I kept a journal….cooking…it relaxes me and of course now blogging! 🙂
🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I love cooking and blogging too.
Walking my dog, bike rides with my husband, movies by myself – especially on a weekday, photo walks, bubble baths, crushed ice…so many! Thanks for helping me remember some of my favorite things!
Oh that’s an awesome list! Mine is maybe too short now! 😉
I am sure we could both go on for hours! Good to remember that life is full of simple pleasures. 🙂
a good cup of tea and real hugs …
agreed on the real hugs but make that coffee!
Ooo! Thanks for introducing broadsideblog – I’m following, too.
This was a great post. I lived in Calgary for about seven years and I love hearing about it. This post made my heart happy.
Awesome Broadside is also a transplanted Canadian! I’ve been in Calgary for 22 years now so I think I can call it home now, right?
Louise G. said:
What a delightful post — and very inspiring.
Me too — I love the concept of ‘rotic’. I’m off for some ‘rotic’ tonight! 🙂
Ha! Simply LOVE the term ‘Rotic’. I will remember that one.
I clocked up six of your seven likes, so maybe we are soul sisters. Therefore your point three is very true to me as well……
haha! I knew it!
haha me too! Thanks for inspiring me. 🙂