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These Things I Love

Updated on October 19, 2014

Some Things Make Life Special

There are some things, little things, that really enrich life. I love these little things, in fact just thinking about them makes me smile.

I don't know if the same things will make you feel happy, but check out my page and see how the following makes you feel.

Don't forget to mention the things you love in the guestbook at the end.

I Love Soft Kitty Cuddles

Kitty Cat Love
Kitty Cat Love | Source

I Love a Fresh Box of Crayons

Sharp tips and bright colors, just waiting for you to pick them up and start coloring.

I Love Organized Pantries

Pantry By CedarBendDrive
Pantry By CedarBendDrive

The idea of food, lovingly prepared for storage, that one can just walk right in and get is such a soothing thing. Especially when combined with something else I love, organization.

I'd love to reach a point where no matter what's going on in the outside world, there is always plenty for any guests and family at my house.

I Love Organizers

I absolutely love things each having a place and being in that place! Organizers are a bit of an obsession for me.

Stanley 014026R SortMaster Organizer
Stanley 014026R SortMaster Organizer

This is one of my favorite styles of organizers. I have several for jewelry, bits and pieces, and hardware.

Cellar Doors
Cellar Doors | Source

I Love Basements, Cellars, and Attics

I love even just the idea of basements, cellars, and attics.

Perhaps because I've never lived in a place with any of these things, I love the idea of a place for storage and a place to put stuff, whether Christmas ornaments and old clothes or root vegetables and canned goods.

Attics, basements, and cellars always seem like wondrous dusty places for rediscovering things forgotten and as such I've long dreamed of buying a house that turns out to have an attic full of random junk collected over the years.

I Love Storms

Winter storm coming
Winter storm coming | Source

Electricity in the air, the feel of a storm moving over the mountains, winds buffeting you.

I love storms and the way they make everything feel fresh and new.

I Love Sitting Inside on a Cold Day

Sitting inside on a cold day
Sitting inside on a cold day | Source

I Love a Cup of Hot, Sweet Tea

Hot tea on a cold day
Hot tea on a cold day | Source

I Love Soft, Cozy Sweaters

I love to burrow down into really soft, cozy sweaters and having something luxurious against my bare skin.

Soft and Cuddly Blue Sweater

Calvin Klein Jeans Women's Cowlneck Sweater, Soft Enamel Blue, X-Small
Calvin Klein Jeans Women's Cowlneck Sweater, Soft Enamel Blue, X-Small

Blue and soft? This is a great sweater and it looks so comfortable!


I Love Cuddling and Reading by the Fireplace

Reading by a Fireplace
Reading by a Fireplace | Source

There's nothing as soothing as cuddling and reading by the fireplace on a cold winter day.

I Love Strong, yet Sweet Men

Man and Kitten
Man and Kitten | Source

I love good men. Men who understand that their strength doesn't mean they should take advantage of or hurt those weaker than them, but instead should use that strength to take care of and protect them.

Kitten Cuddle

Man and Kitten
Man and Kitten | Source

I Love Cute Little Quails

Coturnix Quail Sitting on Eggs
Coturnix Quail Sitting on Eggs | Source

I Love Fall Colors

Beautiful Fall Colors against the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Beautiful Fall Colors against the Sierra Nevada Mountains | Source

I Love Mystery

Mysterious Forest
Mysterious Forest | Source

I Love Smooth, Soft and Clean Sheets

There is nothing like the feeling of slipping your body between a set of smooth, soft and clean sheets after a long day. Then cuddling up in them on a cold day just feels so luxurious.

Depending on the season, I change what types of sheets I want, warm, soft Egyptian cotton for winter, smooth satin for summer.

I Love Luxuriating on Soft Satin Sheets

Butte-y on Satin Sheets
Butte-y on Satin Sheets

I Love Freshly Laundered Clothes

Clothesline by Peter Blanchard
Clothesline by Peter Blanchard

Clothes that are fresh from the laundry, especially fresh for the dryer or clothesline are so wonderfully fresh smelling and clean that I love them.

I Love Nutella

Mmm, Nutella *drool* :)

The taste of hazelnuts and chocolate is absolutely delicious, especially spread of a nice piece of toast or baked into cookies. Or really, straight out of the jar.

I Love Sitting Around a Fire with Friends

Sitting Around the Campfire
Sitting Around the Campfire

I love camping, especially at the end of the day when we all sit around the campfire and reminisce and share.

It reminds me of the thousands of years humans of all sorts have done the same thing.

I Love Natural Beauty

Xenolithic rocks in a sunbeam
Xenolithic rocks in a sunbeam | Source
I Love Forests and Trees
I Love Forests and Trees

I Love Trees

Trees are amazing.

They grow in the oddest places, struggle against such harsh odds, and just their existence is so surprising when you think of just how complicated they are.

Trees provide food, shade, and comfort.

When I feel sad and depressed, there is nothing that is as soothing as as walking through a forest.

Walking through the forest
Walking through the forest | Source

I Love Books

My Bookcase
My Bookcase

Books are full of magical lands and wondrous animals, all waiting to be discovered. I absolutely love books and the places they take me, and would spend every day living through their pages if I could.

I Love Mountain Lakes

Sierra Nevada Lake
Sierra Nevada Lake | Source
I Love Cute Cat Tongues
I Love Cute Cat Tongues | Source

I Love Cute Little Cat Tongues

There's just something adorable and charming about a kitty sleeping or relaxing with just the tip of their tongue hanging out.

They look so at peace and content with just the tip of their tongue protruding.

I Love Falling Snow

Beautiful falling snow
Beautiful falling snow | Source

I Love the Smell of Leather

I love the unique smell of leather.

The scent of it is so thrilling deep inside me.

I Love Wide, Open Land

Cattle in a Pasture
Cattle in a Pasture | Source

Land means openness and freedom to me.

I'm not a fan of cities, I'd love to live in the country and enjoy the sense of life around me.

I Love Camping

Sunrise at Camp
Sunrise at Camp | Source

I Love Fruit Fresh from the Garden

There is nothing like being able to walk outside when you feel hungry and just plucking a piece of sun-warmed fresh fruit from the garden.

Then sinking your teeth deep into its flesh, tasting the ripe sweetness and feeling the juice drip down your chin.

I Love Mysterious Caves
I Love Mysterious Caves

I Love Caves

Caves always seem such mysterious and fun places.

I love many geologic features, but caves hold a special place in my heart.

Caves are so secretive, there are so many we haven't explored and so many we haven't even found. They contain such strange and unusual formations too.

I Love Eyes

Dark and Lovely Eyes
Dark and Lovely Eyes | Source

I'm passionate about eyes. They communicate so much.

Just a glance from beautiful eyes makes me smile. I'm especially partial to dark brown or black eyes, but all eyes are full of beauty.

My Favorite Things - By Julie Andrews

I Love Bright Colors

Bright Colors by Viktor Hertz
Bright Colors by Viktor Hertz

Bright colors are so cheerful and great, they just automatically make you feel better.

I Love Hot Springs on a Winter Day

Snow Monkeys in Hot Spring
Snow Monkeys in Hot Spring | Source

Sinking into hot water and feeling snow falling all around me is a wonderful feeling.

I Love Knowledge

I love knowing things and learning and want to know about everything.

Knowing why things happen, what caused them, why things are the way they are. It's all wonderful.

I Love Winter Wonderlands

Frozen Waterfall
Frozen Waterfall | Source

I love all the seasons, but I especially love winter.

The gleaming of light on freshly fallen snow, sunbeams shooting through crystalline icicles, and the fun of snow falling from the sky.

Making snowmen and snow angels, having snow fights and making snow forts, sledding and wandering through forests covered in snow, the entire season is full of magic.

I Love Road Trips

Taking a Road Trip
Taking a Road Trip | Source

I know it's a bit of a cliché, but I absolutely love the freedom of the open road.

Whether driving roads I've grown to know and love or roads I have never been on that are full of new things to explore and discover, there is nothing like the feeling of a good road trip.

I especially love to try to get lost, just drive wherever I feel like, and just see where I end up.

I Love Rivers Running Through Forests

River running through the woods
River running through the woods | Source

I Love Rough Stones

Faceted stones are lovely, don't get me wrong, but I love raw stones.

I especially love to find them myself, but some of my favorites aren't around where I live, so I get them where I can.

There's just something precious about a rock that has formed over millions of years, that you can cradle in your hand and cherish.

I Love Snow Forts

Snow Fort
Snow Fort | Source

I love how creative snow can be.

It's possible for anyone to make a private, little fort to hide and have fun in. Everyone enjoys having a space that's all their own.

That any snow buildings, no matter how extensive, are ephemeral makes is rather bittersweet.

I Love Rain and Rain Puddles

Reflections in Rain Puddle
Reflections in Rain Puddle | Source

Having been raised in what's considered a desert, rain has always felt special to me.

I have a huge affinity for earth and water, and dancing around on wet dirt while water falls from the sky still thrills me to my soul.

And then, after the rain has stopped, the world is so new and fresh and clean, and there are rain puddles to splash my way through.

I Love Surprise Kisses

Couple Kissing
Couple Kissing | Source

Unexpected kisses are just so fun and delicious.

I Love Animals

Kitty Cat Love
Kitty Cat Love | Source

Animals are a huge part of my life.

I love them, their gentle souls, their love and affection, their beauty.

In fact for years it was assumed I'd become a marine biologist or somehow work with animals since I love being among them so much.

I also can't stand to see them harmed for no reason when I can help them, so I run almost a mini pet rescue. I have far too many cats and a couple of dogs because there are just so many animals that need help.

I Love the Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
Sierra Nevada Mountain Range | Source

I Love Kayaking

I love the feel of a paddle, sliding through the water, propelling me toward interesting views of nature.

Then there's the zen-like nature of the almost meditative state you reach while paddling and the feel of my muscles pulling and flexing as we slide forward. It's so soothing and at times thrilling.

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Kayak - 2013 Light Blue
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Kayak - 2013 Light Blue

One of my favorite kayaks is the Wilderness Systems Tarpon. I prefer the sit-on-top kayaks since I don't like sitting inside kayaks, and the Tarpon is very stable which I like. It's great at sliding through the water on a beautiful lake.


I Love the Ocean

Ocean Sunset
Ocean Sunset | Source

I Love the Moon

My Favorite Things the Moon
My Favorite Things the Moon

I love the moon. It seems to sit up there in the sky and observe the going-ons on Earth dispassionately and yet somehow comfortingly.

It varies so much, going from a thin, nearly not there crescent, delicate and pretty to a pearl, glowing and caught in the branches of a tree to a round, full face staring down at us.

What Do You Love?

What special little thing do you love the most?

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    • tonyaalves3 profile image

      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. Thanks for sharing

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      Anahid LM 5 years ago

      I love cats, the sun and the trees. I love your lens and your kindness All the best. Anna

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      This lens! Blessed.

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      I also love books and Nutella and fresh boxes of crayons...and I really love this lens! :)

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Do you know what I love? This lens and Sweet Tweets. How sweet.

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      I love this lens. Blessed.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      I love camping and road trips and kitties too! Lots of wonderful places and things here to love. Great lens.

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      wonderful tribute to the things you love!! A+!

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I agree with the Nutella, I'd love to try hot springs during the winter.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      uplifting article indeed, I enjoy several of these items you listed ... *blessed*

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      NeverTooLate2012 6 years ago

      This is a great lens I just got up & what a way to start the day!

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      wheresthekarma 6 years ago

      AWw this was a really cute lens. I loved it. I love a lot of the same things as you :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I feel like I just got to know you in the nicest of ways and enjoyed our time around the campfire together and felt its warmth on my skin and the warmth in my heart at realizing we share many things that we love....delightfully blessed. Congratulations at receiving Squidoo front page honors.

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      totalhealth 6 years ago

      i love simple things, forests, i love being with my family, the feeling and the surroundings after the rain.

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      Lindrus 6 years ago

      We apparently love many of the same things! Love your lens!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Great topic for a lens, made me smile and reminded me of many things that are on my list of everything I love... :)

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      I love nature, photography, hiking, animals, reunions with friends, music and traveling. I love life :) Beautiful lens about your favorite things, well written and illustrated :)

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      ScrollSawChuck 6 years ago

      I love mountains, trees, and rivers. The wide open spaces with a creeping thunderstorm raises my pulse rate with excitement.

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      earthybirthymum 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beautiful Lense! I would add a hot cup f tea and a knitting project by the wood cookstove.



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      kathysart 6 years ago

      What a dear sweet person you are to create such a kind and thoughtful lens. I just adored my visit. Angel blessed.

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      jeremykim2011 6 years ago

      I also love some of the things you just mentioned here, especially road trips!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love this lens! I smiled all the way through! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love my new job. I recently started working as a substitute teacher and I love doing it. And, of course, I love chocolate.

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      I love the cuddling kittens, the caves, winterwonderland and the lovely picture of the forest trees, very nice. well done.

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      We have a lot of "loves" in common. I'd add sleeping late, snuggling under an afghan on a chilly day with a hot beverage and a good book, and watching the birds and squirrels on my patio.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      Hi Alisha! You're a gal after my own heart! Good for you for pointing out all those wonderful things you love! I share many of them! (I actually recently did a lens called "Songs I Love" so I can relate!). This is a terrific lens and gives great insight to who you are. Blessed!

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Some of my favorite things are on this page, and I would add a hot cup of tea first thing in the morning, and time shared with the people I love most in the world.

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      Joanie Ruppel 6 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I love the ocean, it's power, the roar of the waves, the feel of the sand in your feet, and the aura around it. I also love this lens, one of my favorite of all times!