40 Things that I Love
Janis Cox tagged me in a challenge to list 40 things I love. As this will take me some time to come up with 40 things, I will substitute this for my regular “The Lie I Once Believed About …” series.
Here is my list of 40 Things I love (in no particular order):
- Jesus. I’m a Jesus-Chick. He’s my Saviour, my Lord, my best friend. I can’t imagine life without Him. I’m only sorry that it took me until my 30s before I accepted Him into my heart.
2. Birds. I love all birds. I love seagulls because they remind me of summer at the beach. I love owls because of their big beautiful eyes. I love robins because they symbolize the arrival of spring. I love cardinals because of their sharp colour. I love hummingbirds because of their shimmer. I love them all!
3. The Beach. Although I was born in October I am definitely a summer baby. There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to the sounds of water lapping on the shore.
4. Naps. I nap every day after lunch. It doesn’t matter where I am, I can close my eyes and have a power nap. I do it in a comfy chair in the cafeteria at the college I work at. Nobody has woke me to tell me I’m snoring yet.
5. Big Band. I love Colin James and the Little Big Band. I can get a lot of household cleaning done with that music blaring on the stereo.
6. The Dump. There is just something very cathartic about taking my garbage and recycling to the dump. A clean space, a clear mind.
7. Heated Seats. When we first bought my new car, I thought it silly to have heated seats. But now I can’t imagine driving anywhere, especially in the cold Canadian winters, without it.
8. My granddaughter. She is a 2-year bundle of joy. She calls me “Oma” and pulls my hand to walk with her and hide in our fort under the kitchen table.
9. Garage Sales. Saturdays in the summer are the only time I will willingly wake up early. I love to find treasures — especially those for less than a dollar!
10. Calvin & Hobbes. I own every comic book created by Bill Watterson. He is a creative Genius. It doesn’t matter how many times I read about Calvin’s antics, I will laugh every time.
11. Laughing. I had a girlfriend in university (who has since passed) that would always have me in stitches. It didn’t matter how miserable a day I may have had, I only had to talk with her to have me belly laughing again.
12. Yellow flowers. They look so happy.
13. Facials. I won a free facial 3 months ago and have had 4 more since then. I can’t believe I waited until my 50s to have one!
14. My children. If someone would’ve told me that my 2 kids would still be living with me in their twenties, I would’ve scoffed. But here they are and I am loving the full house.
15. Colouring. I bought myself a colouring book at Christmas and have loved colouring every night to unwind before bed. The pictures are beautiful with scripture verses.
16. Photography. At one time I thought about starting a blog called “Macro Girl”. I don’t know anything about the technical side of taking photos but I did capture some pretty gorgeous photos.
17. Cuba. I’ve been twice. The beaches are the best in the world. And the Pina Colada’s by the poolside are delicious.
18. Pina Coladas. I don’t drink much any more but when I do I really enjoy the sweet drinks and nothing beats coconut and pineapple together.
19. Massages. The only thing I don’t like about massages is when they end.
20. Cookies. Any kind of cookie. Cookies are my kryponite. I try not to eat refined sugar but when a co-worker presents me with a homemade oatmeal, chocolate chip cookie it’s almost impossible to resist.
21. Prayer groups. I belong to an online prayer group of fellow Christians across Canada and there is such comfort knowing that they will lift up my prayer requests to God on my behalf.
22. Hiking. I love to trek through the woods in all seasons.
23. Biking. My husband tricked out my bicycle so that the handlebars are higher and it’s a much more comfortable position to ride. I like to bike around my neighbourhood and there are many great bike trails near me.
24. My husband. He was a direct answer to prayer 18 years ago.
25. Spyder motorcycles. I created a bucket list when I was a young adult and one of the things I wanted to do was to learn to ride a motorcycle. I have since lost that interest, but I would like to ride a Spyder motorbike. They look so cool and the extra wheel would give me assurance that I wouldn’t fall over.
26. Canadian health care. It’s so nice to know that if I break my arm, or need an appendix removed, or become dehydrated my Health Card is all I need. I won’t go broke trying to pay for hospital bills.
27. Ice cream. Like cookies, ice cream is one of those delights that I could indulge in day-after-day.
28. My parents. Closing in on their 80s, my parents are two of my closest friends. I love to do things with them — hiking, biking, kayaking. I plan to go snowshoeing with them tomorrow.
29. My neighbourhood. The pine trees, the lakes, the deer, and even the bears. It’s so peaceful and beautiful.
30. My neighbours. I live on a Circle with 12 homes and have come to know most neighbours. We get together at least every other month, with summer BBQs, Girl’s Nite In, Drinks on the Patio, and Christmas Teas.
31. Pizza. Specifically “Ampiessa Olivo” from Pizza Alloro in Buckhorn. Ingredients include olive oil base, mozzarella, sprinkled with herbs, chicken, spinach, green olives, feta, mushrooms, bacon and red peppers.
32. My sponsored children. Densley from Haiti and Aksha from Sri Lanka. I love to know that I am making a difference in their lives.
33. The Netherlands. I have visited Holland 4 times: age 7, age 17, age 25 and age 32. I have many relatives there and we keep in touch through social media. Looks like I may be due to visit again soon.
34. The Leviathan. The tallest and faster roller-coaster in all of Canada. To think that when I was a teenager I was deathly afraid of them. Now I love them!
35. Seinfeld. It’s a classic
36. Gel Ink Pens. They write so smoothly it helps me to write to keep up with my thoughts.
37. Francine Rivers books. Her biblical fiction brings the Bible to life. Her writings have actually helped me to understand and appreciate the Bible more.
38. The Bible. If I was stranded on an island and could only have one book, that book would be The Book. I have read it cover to cover at least 10 times and each time I read it I discover new truths.
39. Clean Sheets. I love the fresh smell and crisp coolness of clean sheets on my bed.
40. Clocks. I don’t know why but there is just something about them that I love.
When I first started this exercise, I didn’t know if I could make it to 40! But here I am and I’m already thinking of more things that I love. I love steam rising off the water on a cold morning, I love boxes of all sizes, I love my three older brothers, I love lighthouses, I love a full tank of gas, I love Christmas lights, I love camping….I could keep going but I think I’ll go watch Seinfeld while I colour a page in my colouring book.