Simple Pleasures

@JudyEv (126354)
Bunbury, Australia
March 5, 2017 11:11pm CST
In a comment on a photo of me as a child with one of my pet sheep. Fiacre Banks (@xFiacre) remarked that playing with pet lambs might be as much or more fun than playing on computers. When I came across this photo of my mother and sister, it reminded me how simple pleasures can be such a lot of joy. My Mum is well into her 90s in this photo but they are both just enjoying the moment and each other's company. Although not too crash hot photographically (I took it, not Vince) it is one of my favourites of my Mum and sister. Do you have simple pleasures you enjoy from time to time? Or maybe often?
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• Richfield, Utah
6 Mar 17
Love the pic, my simple pleasure (of the many) is plugging in my earbuds and cranking the music.
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@moffittjc (43986)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Mar 17
There have been many days where I have put my earbuds in and then put my iPod on shuffle and just jam to tunes all day! Or I'll put on Pandora or Spotify and just let the music take me away somewhere far away!
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• Richfield, Utah
6 Mar 17
@moffittjc I have mine on Spotify
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
#librarygeek @moffittjc That would bring a lot of joy to you both. And it costs nothing.
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• United States
6 Mar 17
This is YOUR sister not your mothers correct? What a lovely photo. It's just another proof that you are in charge of your own health and happiness. There are many others who couldn't be so active at that age your mother.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
Mum was lucky to have good health almost up to the day she passed away. That is my Mum on the left and my sister on the right.
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• United States
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv That's wonderful to hear! She was able to enjoy all of her years then. Thanks for the clarification. I thought it must be your sister but my brain was a bit scambled at the moment and I wanted to be sure!
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@sharon6345 (131131)
• United States
6 Mar 17
No in this day and age. when the weather turns nice I will be riding my bike and that is fun
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
Riding a bike is great fun and certainly counts as a simple pleasure. :)
@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar 17
@Lupita234 That would be very relaxing too.
@moffittjc (43986)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Mar 17
I have a feeling that part of the reason your mum has made it well into her 90's is that she took the time to enjoy the simple things in life. We don't realize how important it is for our health and well being to simply slow down sometimes and enjoy the moment. And even as adults, we need a little play time to keep ourselves feeling young!
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
Mum took great pleasure in many simple things and always remained young at heart. She particularly loved her garden too.
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@moffittjc (43986)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
@JudyEv I think those are recipes for long life! Keep things simple, remain young at heart, and take up a hobby you enjoy!
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Mar 17
@moffittjc There is a promotion going on here called ABC - Act meaning get out and get active, Belong to social clubs or groups and Commit to volunteer projects. I think it is geared more towards mental health. It would work to keep ageing at bay too.
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@LadyDuck (163770)
• Switzerland
6 Mar 17
I also love outdoors activities with my husband much more than the computer. Walking, playing bowl or badminton, even reading a book while enjoying a soft music.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
All good occupations. Almost anything outdoors can be enjoyable.
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@LadyDuck (163770)
• Switzerland
6 Mar 17
@JudyEv I agree Judy. Your Mum looked great at almost 90.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Mar 17
Well, riding my bike comes immediately to mind.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
That's definitely a good one.
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@jstory07 (68282)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Mar 17
I enjoy any time spend with my grandchildren. They are fun to hang around with. That is my simple pleasure.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
Spending time with kids can be so much fun.
@just4him (120567)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Mar 17
They look like they are having such fun. I love the swings and playing. I don't do it nearly as often as I would like. I think now that the parks will be open soon, it's time to go have some old fashioned fun.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Mar 17
And that's the exact right term for it - good, old-fashioned fun.
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@just4him (120567)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Mar 17
@JudyEv I love your picture. It's a good expression of the fun they are having. Did you join in or just watch and take the picture. Your mother is proof that you're never too old to have fun.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Mar 17
@just4him I honestly can't remember but I'm sure i would have had a swing.
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@else34 (13606)
• New Delhi, India
6 Mar 17
&JudyEv What a nice photo!! You say your mom in the photo is at her 90s.Really?? She looks so agile and active.....I try to enjoy each and every second of my life.Even a sapling dancing in breeze or patches of clouds in the sky or a herd of cows grazing in a field leaves me spellbound.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
There are some wonderful natural occurrences that are very pleasurable. Mother Nature is continually providing us with marvels to wonder at.
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@else34 (13606)
• New Delhi, India
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv Exactly.Mother Nature has a treasure of wonders.Whenever I see the sky covered with dark black clouds I spontaneously begin humming verses from the great Sanskrit epic "Meghdoot"by the great Kalidas.My friends tease me saying I am a child of 29.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@else34 Nothing wrong with being a child of 29.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
6 Mar 17
A cup of tea and good book. A bit of choc wouldn't go amiss!
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
Yay! Three good simple pleasures. And an occasional ice-cream!
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
6 Mar 17
@JudyEv That would be my summer time treat!
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@Ronrybs It's never too cold here for ice-cream!
@xFiacre (4582)
• Ireland
6 Mar 17
@judyev Does a nice cup of Earl Grey tea count? Walking along the edge of a long, empty beach on a sunny day with the waves washing around my ankles. And it's all free!!
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
Definitely a cup of tea counts. And walking along the beach too. Free is very, very good. Walking in the bush watching out for snakes and crocodiles is good too. I was bitten on the toe by a bull-ant today. It is itchy, swollen and painful. Best you don't come to Australia.
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@xFiacre (4582)
• Ireland
6 Mar 17
@JudyEv When I lived in the bush in Africa I never worried about nasties, I grew up with Malawian kids and just seemed to instinctively gain a sort of bush savvy that my parents didn't have. Now however I'd be a nightmare in the bush, imagining snakes everywhere.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@xFiacre I really should have put my sneakers on. It was stupid of me not to.
@velvet53 (16997)
• Palisade, Colorado
3 Aug 17
Sitting outside at night by a fire and watching the stars. It is so relaxing for me. I love your picture. They are sure having fun.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Aug 17
A young family at this camping site moved from a big, noisy campsite with lots of activities for kids to this lovely quiet one with a little creek rippling over stones. She says that's all they need and I think she might be right, At school, children's lives can be very structured and it's nice if they can be free to make their own pleasures sometimes.
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@velvet53 (16997)
• Palisade, Colorado
4 Aug 17
@JudyEv I do agree with you. Children needs to be themselves and explore and be natural.
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@Tina30219 (34487)
• Onaway, Michigan
7 Mar 17
Looks like fun looks like they was enjoying themselves. I loved swinging as a child and still do.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
We all had a lovely day that day.
@Tina30219 (34487)
• Onaway, Michigan
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv Glad to hear it.
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@Bodyandbrain (13815)
• Gurgaon, India
7 Mar 17
Yes, I try to enjoy every moment of my life. Me and my family really enjoy simple pleasures like playing chess or any other board games, having our meals together, watching movies or just sitting together and teasing each other.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
That's lovely to hear. I think that's what all families should be doing.
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• Gurgaon, India
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv yes, every day and moment is so special, we should not waste it in worthless works.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Mar 17
I like swinging, blowing bubbles, reading a book
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
These all qualify. I don't blow bubbles too often.
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• Centralia, Missouri
8 Mar 17
@JudyEv I am prob going to pick some up soon for blowing
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• Ujung Pandang, Indonesia
6 Mar 17
yes, alternated
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
There are many enjoyable pastimes that needn't cost a lot of money.
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• Ujung Pandang, Indonesia
7 Mar 17
@besweet (7227)
• Greece
6 Mar 17
I enjoy spending time with my friends, on sunny Sundays, we go for long walks in the city and then find a nice place with a view to sit and enjoy our coffee. I am trying to take pleasure of every moment, even at work sometimes. It is important to appreciate what we have and value the people in our lives. You have capture the joy in the moment in the picture, I love the contrast of colors too!
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
I am glad you like the photo. It is important to try to enjoy life as we go along and not always be waiting for something more.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
6 Mar 17
@JudyEv It is hard to manage that every day, things used to be simpler in the past. Those little joys can help with stress management and happiness. It's also what we have to remember from our daily lives.
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@Inlemay (16654)
• South Africa
6 Mar 17
that looks like fun - however in SA the swings have a sign that say "NO under 10's"
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
Some of our swings wouldn't take adults either but these were nice strong ones. In one town there is an adults' playground and the slide is about 12 feet off the ground.
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@Inlemay (16654)
• South Africa
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv oh dear - that slide is far too dangerous for this adult, so that wont do as I am afraid of heights
@silvermist (20073)
• India
6 Mar 17
@JudyEv It does not matter who took the photo.It has captured the essence of the moment nicely . That moment of being happy together.Nice photo.You are good.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
Thank you. They really look to be being enjoying their swing.
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@silvermist (20073)
• India
6 Mar 17
@JudyEv Yes,they are enjoying their swing and talking to each other.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 17
Those simple joys are more special. Nowadays, it is rare for kids to play outdoors. Most just play with their gadgets.
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar 17
It is sad that often it isn't safe for children to play outside without supervision. Such a shame.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 17
@JudyEv true. The world had changed a lot.
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