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Quote of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

January 9th, 2011

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.
~ Henry David Thoreau (Walden)

My simple pleasures on a cold winter day…
…a cup of coffee in a handmade mug
…freshly fallen snow
…the morning sun peeking through the clouds
…the little bits of color you spot occasionally during the winter
…the view of beautiful sunsets unhindered by tree leaves

…I can’t forget to mention warming up the bed with an electric mattress pad, it’s so nice climbing into a toasty warm bed! (we turn it off when we get into bed, it’s too hot to leave on all night)

What are some of your simple pleasures?

15 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Henry David Thoreau”
  1. debbie~auen on January 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

    You take such beautiful pictures….I really like this quote…

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  2. heidi on January 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    honestly reading your blog posts is a simple pleasure – thanks for putting such lovely stuff into the world.

    oh, and coffee & sunshine too! ;)

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    • Susy on January 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Very sweet, thanks.

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  3. KimP on January 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    A meal made entirely (or close) from what we have grown or harvested.

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  4. Joshua on January 9, 2011 at 10:49 am

    The sight of a chicken barreling towards you on its stumpy little legs.

    A wood pile getting taller and taller.

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  5. Jennifer Fisk on January 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Turning out the lights and watching my 4 German Shepherds sleep in the glow of the wood stove and then dozing off in the warmth myself with a Maine Coon cat snuggling with me.

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  6. annie on January 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Walks with the dog, tea, hands in dirt, chickens and their antics, germinating seeds, hanging laundry on the line, turning old t-shirts into diapers.

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately… how the things I’m excited about and looking forward to are sewing new clothes from old, dividing and transplanting perennials, picking berries, etc. All things that are free or cheap. I really really like the labor of life. I take such pleasure out of growing and making things to keep us going. I am more content and I feel more wealthy than I did when I had a job and took my pleasures in buying things.

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  7. Morgan G on January 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    My husband’s coffee, our Aussie Shepherd, cooking big dinners in our bite-size kitchen, listening to Carla Bruni or Madeleine Peyroux as I work, and NFL football as white noise on a Sunday morning.

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  8. Lemongrass on January 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    ………a few rows of knit and purl on a knitted project.
    ………a cup of cinnamon tea
    ………mid-day or afternoon sunshine during the winter
    ………walking bare-foot during the summer
    ………a stroll on the beach

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  9. RobinL on January 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    -reading the morning paper with a cup of hot tea
    -listening to uplifting music while I drive
    -poring over garden catalogs on a cold winter’s day
    -getting into a warm bed courtesty of OUR electric mattress pad. Don’t you love it? We do!

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  10. Mrs. Whimsy on January 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    -My morning coffee and drive into the mountains to work everyday.
    -A snowy day to snowshoe.
    -Reading from a good book to my son every night.
    -Baking…any kind, any time.
    -Learning something new…I learned to knit today!

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  11. Rene' Sharp on January 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    …our family afternoon bike rides
    …a camping trip to the Berg mountains
    …checking out the progress of my veggie patch every morning
    …seeing my little chicks waiting at the gate of their hock every morning
    …watching a game of rugby, knitting and sipping some tea
    …winter weather
    …my gorgeous family
    …your blog has become a little highlight in my life too :)

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  12. MAYBELLINE on January 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Comfy warm clothes.
    Jigsaw puzzles.
    Seed catalogs.
    NFL playoffs.

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  14. psmflowerlady/Tammy on January 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    – snuggling under my pile of warm blankets on a weekend winter morning.
    – spinning & knitting
    – how my house smells when I get home from work and dinner’s in the crockpot
    – wool socks that I knit myself
    – laughing with my kids
    – the “ping” of a canning jar sealing and the “pop” of opening it in the cold winter and knowing that “i” made it.

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