simple pleasures . . .
a. getting a good night’s sleep in spite of the current heat wave
b. listening to my canary sing while I am checking email
c. making a breakfast smoothie that tastes like a milk shake because of the frozen fruit: fresh banana, frozen peaches, frozen blueberries, almond-coconut milk, pure synergy powder, handfuls of fresh spinach
d. reading the New York Times newspaper
e. knitting a sweater for myself from sumptuous Noro Hitsuji multicolored yarn emulating the design of a sweater I could have purchased but decided to knit instead.
f. coming upon a deep brown Lopi pullover vest that I had knit and forgotten about while I was looking for larger size needles to make the sweater described above.
g. cooking rose-colored chioggi beets that I bought at the farmers market in Northampton yesterday which are hard to find with their striated pink flesh and delicious sweet flavor
i. looking for a red agate canary to join the part goldfinch canary and finding a few possibilities within an hour’s drive from where we live
j. taking a whiff of the blooming gardenias on the small tree that is flourishing despite the heat
k. watering the gigantic “money plant” that is pushing up against the ceiling and now has decided to thicken its trunk and limbs instead
l. brushing my hair, liking the color and being glad I am growing it out (the length, not the color!)
m. watering the garden
n. looking forward to talking with my daughter to see how she did on her chemistry test
o. wondering how my other daughter is doing with my granddaughter on their daytrip to Versailles
p. glad that Jeremy Lin is going to Texas where he’ll get a shot at realizing his destiny rather than being put on an expensive shelf with the Knicks who treated him badly last season
q. making Lapsang Souchang tea in the morning so it’ll be iced for dinner
r. finding a patchwork design jacket on Etsy for little money that reminds me of my youth that I can wear next week to have sushi on Newbury Street with a new acquaintance
s. a perfectly cooked soft shell crab tempura at the Osaka Restaurant in Northampton yesterday
t. corn on the cob from the farmstand for dinner last night that had good flavor and was also tender
u. yellow-red rainier cherries in season and available at $3.99 a pound at Market Basket in Oxford
v. finding a Shell station in Northampton and getting 30 cents a gallon off gas by using my Stop and Shop card
w. watching reruns of “House” on TV in the middle of the afternoon while I knit
x. glad the power is still on and the air conditioning works