Thursday, September 9, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Simplicity~lack of complication

Have you captured the feeling (emotion) when something evokes special memories?
A calmness can be felt  and a smile can be seen.
 It is almost like your heart wraps around it.
These longings have no wrong, if we don't have these, something has gone wrong.
  We were wired for simplicity.
  We were not made for rush-hour traffic and the fast paced life.
  Calmness over chaos is what our bodies prefer.
 When we start to slow and enjoy the simple things, our senses come alive.
  We start looking, resting and enjoying life.
 I would hope we all slow long enough to remember, enjoy, but most of all, be grateful.

I had set the jars of banana peppers in the window to enjoy the beauty of them.
 (Yellow is my favorite color, I might add.)
  Then when I looked at the picture later, I realized what a sweetness!
  The zinnas in the milk glass vase and my special plates.
 I have finally taken the peppers out of the window,
 but the plates and the vase have a permanent home there.
  I hope you enjoyed my view and you didn't even have to do the dishes!

"The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what's ahead.
 He puts a little of Heaven in our hearts so that we'll never settle for less."
  2 Corinthians 5:3-5 MSG

My path crossed last week with Dayle @ A Collection of This and That
on Thursdays she hosts

Project Simple Pleasures2
click on her link and
let your heart and mind be simplified...


Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

I SO enjoyed your view...AND...those banana peppers..YUM-OH!! I'm in <3 with banana peppers...and I knew thought about canning them.

Way to go girl.

Have a BLESSED day.


elizabeth said...

Oh I am so happy to have you as a new follower over at my place. Your blog is a feast for the eyes and makes me just want to come over to you house for coffee and a chat! LOVELY!

Cindy said...

a true simple pleasure to enjoy the view of your hardwork and the opportunity to share the fruits of your labor with family and friends.

Hope your having a blessed day.

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Karen, this is beautiful! And I love the picture of the jars in your window. Thanks for stopping by my place today!

Debbie said...

I do enjoy the view and would think it pretty to go ahead and leave the peppers there too. You are so right that we're wired for simplicity.

After all, how else can we hear the still, small, voice?

Your music this morning made coming here an even simpler pleasure. Loved it.

Christine said...

Good job on the peppers.
Still life at it's finest.

sarah said...

awesome view. love those jars sitting on the ledge. Looks so inviting and homey.

Dayle said...

Ah ... this is a perfect simple pleasures post. Just admiring those pretty peppers in jars makes my heart feel calmer. What a charming setting.

So happy you linked up today. I'd love to see you every week.

Julie Harward said...

Just beautiful..nothing like newly bottles produce! Come say hi :D

Joan said...

Karen - you are so right, we do need to slow down and enjoy the simple things. The jars of banana peppers are lovely.

Thanks for the visit today!


Karli said...

So funny, I saw the picture of your banana peppers and my mouth watered! It really did! I love those. I guess eating them on a sandwich at Subway doesn't really count; I'm sure your are delicious! :-) Have a wonderful Friday!

Sheri said...

Simplicity makes my heart sing it's truest song. Wonderful scents wafting from the kitchen. A pie (or canned peppers) on a windowsil. It's the simple things i long for.

Traci Michele said...

SO SO beautiful Karen ! Thank you so much for your prayers for my sister in law's family!


♥Georgie♥ said...

this was a beautiful post!

Heather T. said...

Oh, Karen. What a blessing this post is. Beautiful words! And, I love the banana ring peppers....even more so, your attention to the plate. It made my heart smile, when I looked up from your reference to it, and I saw the precious simplicity there that brought me a joyful retreat for a split second in time. Really. I know that my words can often be dramatic in effect, but this is my heart ♥ Dramatic joy, beautiful sight and a dance to the inner music of God!!

I think I'll follow ♥

A Hopeful Heart said...

Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday. It's so nice to meet you.

I love your photo. It's beautiful. Those peppers look delicious. They would have been fabulous on the sandwich I just ate for lunch.

I spent many years on the fast-track of busynesss...aka the hamster wheel of chronic activity. Sadly, we live in a society that deems slowing down as laziness. When I was in go mode all the time, I was chronically unwell and totally joyless. By slowing down, I regained my health...and I've discovered beauty and joy in the simple.

Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

Shelia said...

Hi Karen. What a lovely post! I do love simplicity too but get so caught up in the business of life!
Beautiful photo. You should print this out and frame it.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Ms.Daisy said...

I love the view of those put up banana peppers! Reminds me of my grandmother canning her tomatoes! Such a simple plesure for sure!


Kathleen said...

Just popping over from Simple Pleasures. Calmness over chaos, I like that. Your photo is a feast for the eyes.