My Favourite Things

Many years ago I made a cassette tape recording of this song from the movie, “The Sound of Music”, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Along with other relaxing pieces of music, I could use this recording to quiet my mind and allow myself to fall asleep under almost any circumstances.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudel
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

As I look over this list, these are not really my favourite things. So I’m not sure why this song was so effective in helping me to relax. Maybe it is time to think of what my list really is.

  • Sewing a fancy dress for an upcoming party. This was usually done in a panic, the night before said event. I haven’t done this in years. Closest thing was making a dress for my daughters doll, doesn’t really count.
  • Taking off my ski boots.
  • Reading a book in the hot tub.
  • Casting on and casting off knitting projects.
  • Cooking and eating great food.
  • Watching a thunderstorm roll by, (whilst safely tucked into a warm and dry vantage point).
  • Riding a wave all the way to the beach on a boogie board.
  • The heat of the sun on my skin, and the feeling of sipping a cool drink.
  • The first sip of coffee in the morning.
  • Hearing my children laugh, and babies when they are learning to laugh.
  • The first night of sleep at home after a week away in Europe or Asia and the long haul flights. It is the deepest, darkest sleep.
  • Sitting around a camp fire telling tall tales, roasting marshmallows and eating s’mores.
  • The smell of freshly watered dirt after planting seeds that will turn into something yummy to eat.

Some of you may have noticed the different spelling of the same word in this post. Favourite is the British way and we Canadians side with the Brits. The Yanks remove the “u” from a number of words, favorite being one of them.

Related post: Some Favourite Things

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