This is one of those weeks where I don’t really have anything to say. Nothing is on my mind. That can be a relief sometimes, when it seems like my brain is always churning. So, in lieu of a thought-provoking essay, today I’ll give you a list of things that have brought me joy recently.
My cat, Nyx, curled up tight against me, her body heat almost overwhelming as spring temperatures arrive
Drinking coffee on the couch with my dad, not saying anything, not having to
The mesmerizing observation of my aquarium, from the hulking goldfish to the slimy biofilm carpeting the rocks and wood and plants
Pretzel sticks dipped in Nutella, a delicious and satisfying snack at any time of day
My newly acquired knowledge of how to use my sewing machine, and the dreams of garments yet to be crafted
The arrival of the second half of the NHL season, and all the beauty and brutality that entails
Similarly, the return of NASCAR, and the sound of roaring engines and radio chatter
Riding my bike, sometimes with no destination in mind, simply enjoying the wind in my hair and the slow revolutions of the pedals beneath my feet
Preparing food for all my friends, alighting on my doorstep tomorrow under the guise of watching the Super Bowl, when really, we just want to be around each other for any reason at all
The bright green of ferns on my windowsill, their gentle leaves basking in the morning light
Spackling my walls—not so special in and of itself—as a first step toward repainting my room, where the soft, pale pink paint waits to be applied
The way the afternoon light cuts shards out of the wall, simultaneously severe and delicate
Sleeping with the windows open, listening to the soft sounds of the night as the world continues on
I could continue, but I suppose I have to end this letter sometime. Head to the comments, though, and gift me your own list of joyous things.
Until next time,
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What a beautiful list! and thank you for including my post. ✨ The liminal space has become all too familiar. Cue the “I live here now” meme, lol.
Isn’t that news about Barnes & Noble just fantastic? I spent so many happy childhood moments there as well. :) here’s hoping for the comeback.
Your list is both calming and delightful.