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October 8th, 2008


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05:53 pm - and this is when we turn to MFK Fisher and music
I am anticipating two days of freedom to write (and possibly paint a room in my house), if only I could turn off the bad news. Grimness seems everywhere, doesn't it? It's time to hit the simple pleasures and hit them hard....

And so, simple pleasures!

First, one of the most amazing duets ever -- 1963, Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland combine Streisand's downbeat "Happy Days Are Here Again" and a Mel Torme arrangement of "Get Happy" to spine-tingling effect.

Second, the financial news has sent me back to MFK Fisher's culinary classic How to Cook a Wolf. She wrote it during WWII rationing and then revised it in the early 50s, and reading it now is at once profoundly disconcerting (the things they ate!) and comforting in its beautiful concatenation of words and its fundamental good sense. As she says, It is all a question of weeding out what you yourself like best to do, so that you can live most agreeably in a world full of an increasing number of disagreeable surprises.

Here in the subtropics it is still (regrettably) steamy, most un-October-like. (Luckily, my package of tea from Fortnum and Mason, and my annual purchase of Fortnum's strawberry-and-champagne preserves, won't be delivered until Monday. Perhaps it will be cooler then!) So my dinner tonight, in honor of MFK Fisher, was zucchini and carrots tossed with a little olive oil and black pepper, with slices of my favorite whole-wheat baguette covered in Brie. Most agreeable indeed. :-)

Hugs to all, and... tell me one of your simple pleasures!

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From:anne_d
Date:October 8th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
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What a delicious dinner!

Simple pleasures... Hmmm...

Finishing a project and crossing it off the list.

Watching one of the pussykittens in the patio watching something.

Looking at the parts of my studio that are all nice and organized, with everything in the pretty celestial boxes.

Harper, our resident mockingbird, singing his heart out on the dead avocado tree out front.

Being buzzed by a hummingbird.

Watching the Younger Daughter eat something I prepared for her (she almost purrs).

Waking up without the [censored] sinus headache. Nice, if unlikely.

Happy writing, painting, or whatever you feel inspired towards. Hugs for you, and respectful pats for the Dog of the House.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 8th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I love all of your birds here! And I hope very much for the quick dissolution of the sinus headache.

[gentle hugs and strong good thoughts]
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From:gwynnega
Date:October 8th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
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That dinner sounds wonderful.

My simple pleasure: Ryan's Hope! Also, Trader Joe's Volcano blend coffee. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 8th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
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It was a nice dinner! [shares]

Soaps and a nice beverage -- they can't be beat. :-)
(After your Ryan's Hope post yesterday, I was moved to go find Mason/Julia vids on Youtube. Thank you for the reminder of THAT simple pleasure, hee.)

[hugs hugs]
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:October 9th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
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I love the joie de vivre of your posts. You remind me of how C.S. Lewis described his mother, with "the talent for happiness in a high degree... went straight for it as experienced travelers go for the best seat in a train."

My simple pleasures? Shopping, a hot bath, giving myself a pedicure, and cooking a really tasty meal. It's T-bones and veggies tonight, with a bread pudding steaming in a bain marie, to follow.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
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I'm faking joie de vivre just as fast as I can. ;-)

[hugs you and sends gratitude for kind words]

Your simple pleasures are wonderful! I hope the supper was wonderful (esp the bread pudding, yum).

[hugs for your hard times and your good]
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From:ladyforash
Date:October 9th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
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Kitty snuggles from my cat, Baby, are very pleasurable.

And hugs from the friends list! :HUGS:
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
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More hugs! :-))

[sends them]
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From:paratti
Date:October 9th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
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Lemon Drizzle Cake that's been well doused in lemon to offset the sweetness:)

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
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That sounds fabulous, L! :-)

[gives you your favorite beverage to accompany the cake]

[sends hugs and more hugs too]
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From:freixenet
Date:October 9th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
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Potato Leek Soup, fresh bread, a huge salad with walnuts and cranberries. And wine.

Oh, and in terms of dealing with the financials, I am finding it amazingly freeing and therapeutic to winnow down closets, cupboards, shed...far less baggage to carry with me through lean and fragile times.

:;waves weakly:: Hope it's cooler for the Fortnum package. :)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Mmmmm, potato-leek soup! With bread! You are talking my language... except that it's so horribly, awfully steamy that I can't think about soup right now. (Just got back from a walk.)

Yes, paring down is a wonderful plan.

[hugs and iced tea from the coffeehouse downtown]
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From:headrush100
Date:October 9th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
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A simple pleasure, last indulged a few days ago, was standing in the doorway of the summer house with a cup of tea, the rain coming down, and Bonnie nearby. I really need a grown-up-Bonnie icon!

Good writing to you! And a nice coat of paint can make a huge difference to a room - trust me, we've just had this done!

*hugs!*

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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
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I smile at your simple pleasure -- because I was just standing outside my backdoor, watching a thunderstorm roll by and breathing in the rain (which is not falling here)... and the Dog of the House officiously herded me inside, because she did NOT approve of this activity. ;-)

Hugs hugs to you and grown-up-Bonnie! May your end of week be restorative in all ways. :-)
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:October 9th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Simple pleasure: seeing deer outside my flat or up at the field.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
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A wonderful thing -- and all good thoughts for the continuation of this pleasure once you find your new place. :-)

[hugs hugs]
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From:nashvillain615
Date:October 10th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Simple pleasure:
Watching Baby Girl Rabbit eat the seed tops of the wild grass three feet from our back screened-in porch as M and I listen to your wonderful mix!!!!

We're loving it!!!! It came today! Perfect for a Friday evening at home...

Kimi
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From:laurawise
Date:October 11th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad the mix came! :-))

And hurrah for mellow Friday evenings at home, too.

[hugs hugs] Happy weekend to you and M, Kimi!

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