Monday, November 12, 2018

Finding Delight in Simple Things

The motto at Saint Mary's Hall- the girls' boarding school in San Antonio I attended for four years and graduated from was
Teach Us to Delight in Simple Things

That was and never has been a hard concept for me to grasp.

I think it was in my DNA when I was born.

And so jump ahead many , many years from that graduation date to this blog White Spray Paint that I created long ago , and my tag line says it all. 

Here at White Spray Paint I share how I enjoy

Finding Delight in Simple Things.

Now please don't misunderstand.

This message of simple things is not about minimalism.

I do love simple things- all dolled up that is:)

And I may have used the expression 'more is more' a time or two in my life.

But this current holiday season reminds me of what this all means to me.

And so what does finding delight in simple things look like in my daily life?

Yesterday was a perfect example.

I woke up at 4:00 am ( a quirk in getting older), and I fixed a cup of my favorite coffee- Wal Mart's Colombian . 

I had several cups while sitting on my closet floor and sorting through my shoes.  

Everything hurts my feet these days (another quirk in getting older), but sorting my hurting shoes into donate piles felt right.

I was hungry around 6:00 am so I cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast. My husband was pleasantly shocked when he woke up later to a big breakfast.

And then the fun began.

A garage door repairman was due to arrive to replace our garage door opener , but first the garage needed to be emptied.

His words when he came by for an estimate may have included 
'M'am...I can't get to the garage door opener to replace it...'.

I hired two men that have worked for us many times to empty the garage because I just can't lift heavy things like I used to (another painful quirk in getting older- with the positive benefit of hiring someone).

And so the day went.

Days like this really make me happy.

I got to speak in Spanish , I laughed at what was found in the garage, I drank lots of icy cold Diet Orange Crushes that were in the garage refrigerator, and we were all working hard.

What a great day it was- for me and my personality-finding delight in simple things.


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Sarah said...

I, too, live by this motto. Great post, Laura. You are always on target!
As for the feet....I'm dealing with Planters Fasciitis. No fun!!!

Betty said...

This is awesome Laura, just like you!

Nancy's Notes said...

You finding delight in the simple things all dolled up is just the best way to live! You so know how to live, my sweet friend.
Miss you!

Stacey said...

To find delight in something could be very aggravating is a gift! Thanks for the reminder that it's really all in how we look at things.

I need an Orange Crush now. :)

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

It is so important to find the good and positive in everything we do....if we don't, life will certainly drag us down. BTW, I also just ditched a bunch of shoes, too, for the same reason!!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...


Mrs. Murphy said...

It's amazing what you can accomplish when you create a life with simplicity. It's also so very sad that our feet betray us as we age...

Anna Garza said...

The life we live today has become a true rat race that we forget to stop and “find delight in simple things.” It’s true as I’ve gotten older that we need to embrace simple things, tasks,moments to live in peace. I’ve learned from you a very valuable lesson but ‘ more is better’ is cool at times too!!! Love the pumpkins!

Jeanie said...

I love this post, Laura -- it's so what I believe and I love that you had this wonderful day!

Lea said...

Your posts are ALWAYS so refreshing and I so enjoy stopping by. I do believe finding delight in the simple things in something most have no idea how to do. As I get older I find it easier to do for sure. Hope all went well with the garage door and that your week is off to a super start!

JB said...

I love this post! I too love keeping it simple...just my style! Oh Lordy, sorry about the garage and our stuff in it!

Vee said...

It’s going to be so great to be able to use the garage door opener again. My garage is definitely in need of two workmen to lift and tote and haul stuff away. Your velvet pumpkins and blue and white looks so nice in the trencher.

Andi Cox said...

Beautiful table scape and thought "Finding Delight in Simple Things". We recently moved too, been in our next home for three weeks! I'm nearly box free.... you know what a thrill that will be. I'm going to hold on the sentiment of taking delight in simple things, may just keep me sane. Happy Thanksgiving -

Bonnie said...

Loved hearing about your getting older quicks. I relate to them all!
Also enjoyed your morning schedule and great attitude about cleaning out the garage.
You are on target about enjoying the simple things. I haven't had an orange crush in years!
Your table is beautiful with your blue and white urns and velvet pumpkins in that lovely basket.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving. My daughter and her family are coming Wednesday- Sunday so I am excited!

Creations By Cindy said...

Great post Laura. My motto for my blog and for my life is, "It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest pleasures". And oh is that so very true for me. I do enjoy the extra perks in life for sure but it's in those simple moments of times that I truly feel so very blessed and thankful. Happy Thanksgiving dear Laura. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Donnamae said...

Great post! I think finding delight in simple things is a benefit of aging. We now have more time to do things, because we simply can’t do them as fast as when we were younger. That’s my reasoning at least for taking my time these days. Happy Thanksgiving! ;)

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