Some of My Favorite Things

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Having just read Fastfreta’s hub titled ‘These are a Few of My Favorite Things’ I felt captivated and didn't want the feeling to end. I felt enthralled.

And so, although my favorite things might not be quite as captivating as hers are, I thought to myself, “Gee, I could make a hub of my favorite things! I could really enjoy relaxing and letting them come to mind, one at a time.”

So here I am. I'll write them in no particular order -- just as the thoughts come to me.

Lilac blossom

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The first Seven of my Favorite Things

I’m going to try the exercise now – of not censoring my thoughts – trying to let some of my favorite things come to mind -- and then copy/pasting them into a hub. Here goes:

A really good symphony conductor. There's just something so exciting to me about watching a conductor conduct! I guess it's the music really -- and the same holds true for me when watching a conductor conduct a choir but to a somewhat lesser degree of awe and exhilaration.
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Listening in comfort to Beethoven’s Pathetique -- at home -- working on things.

Playing hide and seek in the dark with my grandchildren.

Listening to one of my grandchildren tell me about his or her thoughts, plans or events of the day.

The smell of popcorn when I enter a movie theater -- although I pop my own at home because I can't eat the oil-laden popcorn.

My parents’ laughter while we play a game together.

All of my stashes of fabrics -- holding endless possibilities of great projects to be sewn.

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Numbers 8 to 14 of My Favorite Things

Oh, this should have been number one: all of my colors of embroidery threads and their possibilities.

All of my paints and pencil crayons and pastel chalk supplies and possibilities.

My scriptures.

The scent of lilacs.

Chocolate – I really, really should have put this as number one.

The movie, Winged Migration.

Going for long, fun walks with our daughter and her dogs and my husband and our grandchildren.

A Realm of Possibilities

Numbers 15 to 22 of My Favorite Things

Hot herbal lemon tea with honey.

Attending tea parties of my granddaughters' making.

The opening song and scene of the ancient hula dancing at the Consolidated Theaters in Hawaii – with the music. This plays before the show begins.

When leaving on a flight, the feeling of lift-off from the tarmac.

Doing genealogy research.

Daydreaming – of this and this and that – none of which might ever come to pass but “I dwell in possibilities, superior to doors.” (Emily Dickinson)

Listening to a happy song or watching a good old-style dance act.

Watching the birds at the bird feeders outside the kitchen window.




I enjoyed this. It was a fun little exercise in truth and relaxation. I narrowed the list down only to omit anything too wordy.

If you think you might enjoy writing a hub like this, I hope you will.

And since a hub needs photos, I’ll find a few photos to match some of my favorite things. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

What are some of your favorite things?

Tea Party, Tea Party. Dolls and Grandmas Welcome

Watching Birds at the Birdfeeder

Sparrows sparring.  Photo by Chris Waits, Attribution 2.0
Sparrows sparring. Photo by Chris Waits, Attribution 2.0 | Source

Doris Day doing several funny dances

A Postscript. Are you doing your Favorite Things and Including your Favorite People?

Are you doing your favorite things?

So many people these days are getting caught up in social media and letting the good things in life go. People don't do it intentionally. It's something that can sneak up on us, though. Are we still sitting down to spend an evening visiting in person with someone? Are we phoning people and setting up a time we can get together or are we just sending a message through Facebook to see how they're doing?

Are we still improving our talents by sitting down and working on a favorite hobby or trying a new hobby? Or are we isolating ourselves by sitting at our computer for hours and hours every day?

Let us remember our favorite things and let us especially remember our loved ones and the fact that people need people. Many of our favorite things involve doing things with our loved ones -- our friends and family. Let's not become isolated by technology.

And don't forget strangers. Many cross our path weekly who need a smile, a conversation, some help. We can be that help if we're not too caught up with technology.


© 2012 Pamela Kinnaird W

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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you, Brett.Tesol, for sharing and tweeting and pinning, wow!


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Nice idea. Sometimes just thinking about your favorite things can make you happy, but a hub is a nice way of sharing those happy thoughts.

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and awesome.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thanks for visiting, Victoria Lynn. It was a nice experience to make a list. It was Fastfreda's idea that prompted me. Yes, everyone should do it. It's so fun.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wonderful list! Perhaps we should all write about our favorite things to inspire others. You must be very crafty; you seem to have a lot of projects that you want to do. How cool!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you, DDE.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Isn't that great! You have quite a choice and I really enjoyed reading a well thought of Hub


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you so much, Becky Puetz, for enjoying the thoughts in this hub and reflecting. And thank you for reminding me subliminally that I need to reflect more often on these past times which help me slow down and enjoy the moment. To me, many of them are an anchor -- but it's easy to forget to put the anchor down and let the waves slip on by.


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Becky Puetz 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Wow- Many of your favorite things are mine also. I can completely identify with the fabric stash, countless skeins of embroidery floss, pastel chalks, charcoal and containers full of paints. I also read my Bible everyday. I love listening to many types of music. I love and prefer to watch old movies and there's nothing that can compare to spending time and special moments with my grandchildren. It's a great idea to take the time to reflect on the things that are or have been small but meaningful moments and things in our lives that make or have made us feel peaceful and happy. I really enjoyed reading your hub. It caused me to sit back, take a deep breath and remember some of the things in my life that make or have made me happy. It was great to take a break from the hassles of daily life. I think that just for today; I'm not going to watch the news as usual. I think I'll put on some good music, have some hot spiced tea and re-organize a few of my stashes while dreaming of all the wonderful projects yet to be created. Thanks again for such a thought provoking Hub.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Loved your comment, Fossillady! Thanks for stopping by.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Love Doris Day!!!!! And I love some of your favorite things....Oh, when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when you're feeling sad...simply remember your favorite things, and then you don't feel so bad! Mary Poppins sure was a smart lady! LOL Thanks for sharing, Pamela!


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seanorjohn 4 years ago

Brill hub. I never really thought about my favourite things until I read this. I too would put walking high on my list. When my beautiful collie died I so missed her I avoided walking across the field she loved. Now I can walk across and still see her infectious enthusiasm in my mind's eye. A very well written hub with much to ponder. Voted up and interesting.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

How very sweet of you, prasetio. Thank you.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Dear, Pamela. Thanks for share about your favorite things with us. You are very kind person. I hope you always healthy.....amen!

Prasetio


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Fastfreta had the idea -- as you read -- and it is good. Thanks, Nell Rose. I see on your profile page that you are a very busy lady! Good stuff.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you for coming by and for your kind words, Eddy.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Pamela, thanks for the smile, these really made me sit there and say, oh yes I agree, oh and with that one! lol! lovely list, and yes what a great idea!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh what a truly beautiful hub and I share and vote up.

Take care and here's to so many more to follow.

Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Kaili Bisson, I hope you do it. It's sort of interesting to step back when you're done and realize, "This is me -- this is who I am now that I'm older."


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you, fastfreta, for the inspiration your hub gave me. It was fun to do.


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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

I love your list Pamela. Thank you for sharing! Maybe I'll put together my list too and write a Hub about it :-)


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California

Say Pam, I really like this. I like the way you put this one together. Some of your favorite things are the same as mine. Voted up, awesome, interesting.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

I'll have to look up the word tangential (and I do love learning). I'm glad you could relate to the love of flying.....and I can relate to your nostalgia of returning to one of the Hawaiian islands. I'm not there right now and I miss those islands.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

She -- Doris Day -- was clever. She really was. I have a special fondness for her because when my mom was younger (20's to 50's) she did a lot of singing at parties with my dad. Mom's voice sounded almost identical to Doris Day's.

I'm quite delighted that you and I have some things in common. Thanks, drbj, for stopping by.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

We have a lot in common, Pamela. The scent of lilacs as well as chocolate are two of my very favorite things, too. As well as watching dance acts on TV, films, in plays, etc. Thanks for the Doris Day dance routines. She was a clever and funny dancer as well as a great singer.


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

This was a fun Hub to read, Pamela...simple, easy, and generous in imagery.

As a reader, I gave myself permission not to censor my own image-laden tangential thinking, and I was actually right there in a comfortable seat on an airplane headed for Kaua'i seconds after reading your beautifully expressed "liftoff from the tarmac" entry.

Thank you for sharing this. Aloha!

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