Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Surprise



Layla cannot understand why I squealed with surprise and delight when Hubs walked into the house this morning with this. A big fat Sunday paper! FREE! 

I read the news for FREE every day on my trusty Mac, so what is the big deal about a thick folded messy newspaper on the driveway? 

Hubs cracked up at my reaction because he knows me well. He knows how much I used to look forward to a Sunday afternoon spent reading every single page (except sports section) of the weekend newspaper. 

My hands ended up inky and I usually had to grab scissors to save some "important" article or coupon. I loved columnists like Erma Bombeck, Herb Cain and Dave Barry. I wanted to be them. 

One year my favorite birthday present was a weekend subscription to the paper! So silly, but Hubs knew exactly what I wanted. So instead of stopping at a news-stand after church every Sunday, I would awake to the big fat roll of paper on my driveway! Bliss! Haha!

This morning while eating the yummy scrambled egg burrito wrap that he made before going to work, Hubs and I sat in the sun and I read the front page. A fascinating story of the new version of "communes" happening in San Francisco in recent years. There are at least half a dozen luxury mansions being bought up by groups of young tech entrepreneurs and they are sharing costs and chores in order to live in a more creative and beautiful environment. Love it! Kind of like the reality show houses but for real. So interesting!

The rest of the paper is being saved for later this afternoon after I get some other work done. It will be my reward and treat to myself. So silly, but silly is good for us, don't you think? 

Small pleasures need to be grabbed, enjoyed and noticed in our lives. When the little pleasures are not recognized and noted, they turn into a need and the delight is lost. Remember when stopping into a Starbucks was a small pleasure and a treat? After time it morphed into a need, a must-have instead of a fun treat. It still tastes wonderful, but did you lose the delight somewhere along the line?

November is the month for remembering the large and small delights in our lives. Being thankful will change an ordinary day into a lovely one. But it takes notice, it requires paying attention. What are some of your small pleasures? I'd love to know, really....

Thankful for you,
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12 comments:

  1. Reading your blog today is one of my "small pleasures"...although not really that "small"...it's huge in fun and content! You lift up my spirits when I'm spiraling in other directions. You pull me back to the fun and happy side of life! Enjoy your paper! I think we have one too, but I've been sitting here and not there...we don't get a paper regularly anymore either, so it is always fun to look at on Sunday afternoon just like you! I think my hubs told #1 son to go pick one up today when he went out so we can start looking at the ads before the holidays. Not that we are going to buy anything...just like to keep up with what's out there so we don't look totally stupid when people start talking about the new gadgets!

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    1. Oh thanks for telling me that my blog is a pleasure for you! Yay! We never read the paper-paper, just the online news and so this was a fun treat. Actually here it is almost 5pm on sunday and I still have not read it yet! Cleaned the bathroom, wrote a blog, added 500 words to my WIP and had some lunch. Guess it is time to treat myself! Ha!

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  2. the newspaper being delivered daily; clothes that fit perfectly esp because i may not have shopped in years; going to my daughter's soccer games even though they hardly ever win; socks so i dont walk on cold floors; mirrors that allow me to see the back of my hair as i style - the medicine cabinet has 3 mirrored doors which allow me to angle them perfectly; indulging in a cup of tea with a good book..

    you got me thinking and smiling...thanks.

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    1. Sigh, I loved reading your list Nysle! Wonderful little snippets of thankfulness!

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  3. Oh you know, I haven't read the Sunday paper in so long. this post makes me long for the comics, Parade and hordes of coupons I don't really use. Sigh....

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    1. Yes, I loved the comics, editorials, coupons and parade! I ended up reading that paper late in the evening yesterday. It felt like another world! Weird! I do miss comics, though. We have funny stiff on Fb but the old traditional comics were a fun giggle on Sunday afternoons.

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  4. It's the small pleasures of life that make it so sweet. On our anniversary we went to Red Lobster. That was something special, Hubby surprised me by taking me there. One of my friends is going there for her sister-in-law's birthday this week.

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    1. Cannot remember the last time I ate in a restaurant. o yes, we have a fav chinese near our house. We used to eat out every week and i did not treasure the habit at the time. But now it is more special, so that's a good thing right?

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  5. I loved your comparison of Starbucks every now and then as opposed to Starbucks every day. A treat isn't a treat when it's an everyday thing...then it's routine. Lovely post, Susie!

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  6. I loved this, too! When I first saw the photo, though, I thought it was going to be all about that beautiful black doggy! I know what you mean about small pleasures. My husband gets a kick out of some of the things I get so excited about....and darn if I can't think of a single one right now. I'm way over tired at the moment, so I'll blame it on that. We always laugh and say it sure doesn't take much for me to be happy! :) Have a wonderful, blissful weekend!

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    1. Yes becky, some of us are very easy to please. That's a good thing! Thanks for reading!
      Susie

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