Enjoying the simple pleasures in life

While listening to music over the holidays, I must have heard 1,000 renditions of My Favourite Things, which kind of annoyed me

While listening to music over the holidays, I must have heard 1,000 renditions of My Favourite Things, which kind of annoyed me, because it’s not even a Christmas song, it’s part of the Sound of Music soundtrack. According to Wikipedia, the “wintry imagery” of the song has led to it being adopted as a holiday tune, but I have never seen raindrops on roses or stinging bees in the winter. Anyway, I digress.

As I was saying, despite my frustrations and confusion, My Favourite Things is heard a lot during the Christmas season. Therefore, that song, combined with the heavy doses of friends and family visits I had over the season, made me start thinking about a few favourite things of mine.

As I went through the list of things that make me happiest when I’m feeling a bit down, as the list in My Favourite Things cheers up the singer, I came to realize it is the simplest things that I enjoy the most. At the top of my list for example, is clean laundry.

Going to bed after a long, productive day is always best with clean sheets. During the recent cold snap, I tried to wash and dry my sheets just before bed as an added bonus. That way, I not only got to sleep with clean sheets, I got to go to bed with sheets still warm from the dryer as well.

On that note, if you want to stay warm during winter’s coldest days, try throwing your clothes in the dryer for 20 minutes before getting dressed for the day. I think I speak for the general populace when I say that putting on clean underwear still warm from the dryer is one of the best feelings in existence.

While we are on the subject of keeping warm, I can add hot things to my list of favourites, yet simple, pleasures. Starting the day with a hot (and I mean come out still steaming hot, none of this warm nonsense) shower is the best way to start the day and a great way to dispel, at least temporarily, any stress or slight feelings of sickness left over from the night before (which are most likely very minor anyway if you went to bed with clean, warm sheets and are putting on clothes fresh from the dryer after your shower.)

If you need more than that to start your day, a hot beverage, tea, coffee, even hot chocolate should be more than enough to set you right. Similarly a hot beverage and a hot bath are a great way to de-stress from the day and prepare for the wonderful journey to bed.

Movies are great simple favourites. Everyone has their favourites that they have seen 1,000 times but still pop in whenever they need a pick me up. They don’t have to be good, they just have to be familiar or sentimental to you and that’s what makes them special. Familiarity is comforting and there is nothing better than curling up on your couch to watch a favourite flick on the tube.

Finally, to go full circle, there is music. Cranking up the tunes from your favourite band, singer or composer so loud you can hardly think is a great way to indulge for a few quick minutes when necessary. If you live with roommates or family in your home who don’t share your tastes, sound-canceling headphones are a great investment.

Now, if you will excuse me, it’s been a long and productive day so I think I have earned some time in front of the TV watching one of my favourite shows (Corner Gas) while enjoying my favourite snack (cheese and crackers) with some hot tea. Then it’s time for a hot bath before going to bed with clean, warm sheets. Good night.



Just Posted

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

Member Terry Parsons’ custom built track vehicle.
Forestburg’s Area 53 Racetrack gears up for action-packed season

Site will also host a portion of the ‘Miles of Mayhem’ event in July

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported five additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer at 169 active cases of COVID-19

Province set to move into Stage 2 of reopening Thursday

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Grade 12 students at Wetaskiwin Composite High School took place in the annual water fight off school property on June 11, 2021. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Graduating students in Wetaskiwin throw water fight after being told it could result in suspension

Students were told their participation could result in them being barred from graduation ceremonies.

The arrest south of Winnipeg occurred before Bernier was to arrive at a protest in the city. (Twitter/Maxime Bernier)
Maxime Bernier arrested following anti-rules rallies in Manitoba: RCMP

He’s been charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba’s requirement to self-isolate

Most Read