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Simple Pleasures – The ReSet

Vacations like the one I just had are the perfect opportunity for a reset. I did not plan it that way as I planned to blog throughout the trip. It took a couple of days, but once I settled in, I hit the wall that said: “Stop!, Relax and Enjoy yourself.”

Thankfully I listened. But I have been home now for five days, and now as I get back to the grind, I am trying to remember the simple pleasures of my daily life, so I don’t “need” a vacation reset so much.

Paper and Ink

It has been a long time since I read a book. I need to change that. While on vacation I read two books. It has been ages since I picked up a book and finished it within a week. And when I say book, I mean paper and ink. I have several “books” on my tablet and phone, but I never get very far. Somehow using technology feels all wrong. The simple pleasures of touching the page, making a note in the margin and seeing just how many pages you have left that pushes you to get there are what I need when I read. That is what I love about books that I had forgotten.

simple pleasures - Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash
Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

When I was in high school, I used to read my mom’s Sidney Sheldon books after she read it. Then I started reading John Grisham, then Michael Nava. I still like mystery, but more than anything else I need a compelling character that pulls me into the story right away.  What are you reading? Sure could use some help finding books to read.  I want to stay away from the “big names” that push out one or two (even three) books a year as I can’t imagine any one person being that prolific.

I would not mind mine learning something, but mostly I want to be entertained. Cork Dork (which I will share with you in another post) was both educational and entertaining.

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What are you reading that I might enjoy?


A Simple Tomato

My sister back in Ohio has a garden, and she grows the most amazing vegetables. Sweet corn, green beans, potatoes and the best tomatoes I have ever eaten. Local tomatoes in Charleston are best in June. But in central Ohio, they are best at the end of August and September. So imagine my joy when I got a call from her on Thursday asking me if I was going to be home on Saturday because she was shipping down some of her prized tomatoes.  She said a cold front was coming through and she had to pick a bunch of tomatoes that were not quite ready because the chilly nights would turn their natural sweetness into starch. She had way more than they would eat and she did not have enough to start canning. “Darn,” I said, “I will certainly take some off your hands.”

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Fast forward to Saturday.

The ding-dong of my doorbell on a Saturday morning only meant one thing, Mr. Fedex was at my door with a box of tomatoes. I carefully opened the box and unwrapped each individually wrapped tomato. This is going to be a great tomato-filled week.  So far I have had a tomato sandwich and a BLT, and it’s only been 24 hours.

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On Sunday with Breezy on my lap, we took a nap. And because it was Sunday it was not a 15-20 minute refresher nap; it was a 2 1/2 hour weekend nap. These are the best. We curled up on the blue love seat in the office with the aquarium bubbling in the background and we both zonked right out.  The best part of napping is waking up several times and then falling immediately back to sleep. Finally, when I do not nod back off, I get up. It felt marvelous!

simple pleasures Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash
Not me or Breezy and I do not have a hammock in my living room although that could be nice. Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash

What are some of your Simple Pleasures?

I’d love to know.  I want more simple pleasures in my daily routine. So please leave me a comment and share your favorite simple pleasures. And do not say drinking wine or coffee as that is a given if you are reading this blog.

And don’t forget book suggestions?

That is all for now.




  1. LuAnn

    The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown.

    Our book club read this book and we all enjoyed it, then we passed it on to our significant others …they enjoyed it just as much. I have recommended this book to men and women …inspirational, educational and a story of some very incredible college students and their their coaches, a very worth story! My simple pleasures include getting up early, sipping coffee, reading your blogpost (thank you for that!) along with other blogs, taking photos with my iPhone and reading.

  2. Steven E. Clem

    Reading is definitely a “simple pleasure” for me, and rarely does a day go by that I don’t spend at least a few minutes nose deep in a book (books go really well with wine, I have learned!) And while I absolutely ~love~ my Kindle, I agree that there is something about ink and paper that is unmatched.

    For book suggestions, you might want to check out Mark Gimenez. His genre is legal/thriller, but he does a much more thorough job of character development that most in that space. Also, Richard North Patterson, and for a quick and breezy, cotton-candy reading experience (not to mention food and wine porn), try Stuart Woods’ Stone Barrington series.

  3. carol

    The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.
    Excellent story about 2 adult daughters and their Russian born mother and an event that happened to the mother in childhood.
    Not chic lit.
    Kept me up reading!

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