Looking back through my posts, I feel as if I'm constantly repeating myself. I bore myself, I feel blogged out, I can't help but wonder how so many people can have so much to say while I feel as if I'm going around in circles. Nothing good seems to be happening...
As Ian pointed out recently:
"The world has been filled with an unnecessary amount of doom-and-gloom of late and I, like many others do, tend to lose heart just a little bit if I let myself."
The end of winter is weighing heavy. The snow is mostly gone in town, but the cold refuses to let up. A little bit of warmth and bang, back to sub-zero temperatures.
The news is all bad (well, that's par for the course), you can't really make a story with:
Today 100 babies were born to ecstatic parents in the Montreal region; Kelly and his dog went for a rambling walk and had a fine time chasing down squirrels in the park. In other news, a few people actually smiled at strangers in the street and several people were released from the hospital because they were cured. And now the weather. Over to you Carole.
Nope, that just wouldn't work, even though it might temporarily lift the veil of grey.
And so, once again, I'll copy Ian and list 50 things that procure me (or have in the past) a bit of happy, however fleeting. Pointless post, but at least I'll not be whining.
- Baloo, Layla and Paluche. Dogs belonging to our neighbours in the country. They're always thrilled to see people, it just means that much more petting and playing.
- Ripe tomatoes, straight from the vine, still warm from the sun.
- A good book
- A good bottle of wine
- Road trips
- Road trips in Arizona
- Or anywhere in the US southwest
- The ocean, sitting on the beach and watching the waves roll in
- Dromana - a little beachside town in Australia, outside Melbourne
- Sitting on the balcony watching the world go by after work
- A Marillion show (and more particularly the thought of the upcoming Marillion weekend in Montreal the first weekend of April.)
- Like Ian, Joshua Tree National Park
- Classical music in general
- Bach's concerto for two violins in D minor in particular
- Montreal singer/sonwriter Ian Kelly
- Because I love him: Kelly Joe Phelps
- Gel pens
- Collage artists (and here, a little reminder you gotta play sometimes! Try the collage machine)
- Abstract art
- Sweet juicy pink grapefruit
- The fact that I'm halfway through this - it's a testament to my bleahness that I'm really having to think hard to find these things.
- Long walks with Mr. Jazz when we're in town for the weekend
- As an adjunct to the previous, discovering all the cool shops and restaurants in my area that I no longer know since we got the cottage and are hardly ever around on weekends.
- Having my back scratched
- Paper shops like Papiers Japonais, which is an awesome place. They sell paper and give tons of workshops
- The desert (any desert - but particularly the Sonoran desert)
- Graphic novels (a new interest)
- Our red Matrix
- An evening with good friends
- Playing Collapse and other dumb/easy online games
- Mr. Jazz's patented "destresser" hugs
- Slow mornings
- Good tea from my favourite tea shop Esprithé (sorry, the website is in French only)
- Chapman's Dutch Chocolate frozen yogurt
- A really good play
- That lovely soft fuzzy green when trees start leafing in.
- Band-aids with cartoon characters on them
- The sound of playing kids hollering on the beach at the cottage in the summertime
- Ripe peaches you can just pull the skin off
- The smell of "sunsweat" in the summer. You know, that good sweat that smells so... I dunno, summery. Especially on kids.