Monday, December 30, 2013


As the current year winds down, I find myself craving a bit of "ordinary", the non-festive pursuits such as picking up the newspaper from my front steps and enjoying it with a cup of hazelnut coffee.

All is snow-covered outdoors, but that means I have a greater appreciation for the African violet which has decided to bloom after a long reluctance to do so. It must like its new home under the countertop lighting.

It's about time to return books to the library and find a new stack of reading material. The collection in the photograph seems a rather incongruous one, but I've been thinking about whether I'd go to see Saving Mr. Banks (have you?) hence the Mary Poppins book. I saw the Mary Poppins movie as a child and distinctly recall leaping over the basement furniture in a girlfriend's house while she played Chim Chimney on the record player.

As for the Louise Penny mysteries, I think I have a bit of a crush on Inspector Gamache.

One little treat to look forward to is this book, a present I gave myself, one that will carry me off to the English countryside.

A bit of reading, a bit of blogging, a bit of walking in the crisp winter air on this sunny day . . .

Ordinary pleasures.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Reminder: For those interested, Sunlit Sunday will resume on January 5, 2014 and run for 3 months. All are welcome to participate.


  1. Such a lovely ordinary pleasures, reading, walking and blogging especially on these winterdays. The English countryside book will be fun reading. Wish you a healthy and happy new year!

  2. Your ordinary pleasures sound pretty special to me! It is definitely the simple, quiet and cozy things in life that make it magical, after good health, I believe. I've been sipping on hazelnut coffee, a lovely Swiss brew, for well over a year now, every morning, and it is the warmest welcome to a beautiful day.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy new year; all the very best!


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  3. Some lovely ordinary! Hope that you have a wonderful 2014! xx

  4. What a sweet name, for your blog. It is so welcoming and cozy. And I do love all which is welcoming and cozy! :-)

    The other day, I did a post about this "in-between-time" and your post, is rather singing the same song isn't it?

    Mmmm, I wanted to see "Saving Mr. Banks," but have not yet done so...... If it's still playing, perhaps next week. Then again, I worry about sitting in a theater, this time of year... And having someone cough on me. -sigh- Such a worry-wimp, I am!

    Enjoy your quite wonderful... Ordinary pleasures.

    Happy New Year!

    "Here there be musing" blog

  5. Quiet pleasures such as these are needed to get life into balance. I love reading Louise Penny - Inspector Gamache is a real charmer.
    I read A Fine Romance when I first got it a couple of months ago and it might be time to re-read it. You'll love it.

    Looking forward to Sunlit Sunday. There's not been much sun around here lately.

  6. Ordinary pleasures are welcome here too in the way of relaxing days and books to read. Glenn and are I are both reading James Patterson books, he from the library, and me on my Kobo.
    I hope you have a wonderful new year Karen. I better put Sunlit Sunday on my calendar or I'll forget. By the way, the Sunday is the 5th.

  7. After many busy days in the last couple of weeks - a day of ordinary sounds wonderful - I think we are striving for that tomorrow...pj's, good food, and just us to ring in the New Year! Hope 2014 brings you all that you have been dreaming of! ... Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG (pst - can't wait for Sunlit Sundays to start again!)

  8. A lovely post celebrating ordinary pleasure, Karen! I love the ordinary too, and enjoy the same things as you do. I have read another Louise Penny over Christmas on my Kindle! also reading some new books that were xmas presents...perfect for wintry days! Enjoy your cosy times, and sending you love and best wishes for a very Happy New Year.
    Helen xx

  9. Une très bonne nouvelle année, c'est ce que je te souhaite de tout

    mon coeur, une année toute en tendresse et en douceur pour

    toi et pour tous ceux qui te sont chers!

    Avec toute mon amitié,
    edith (iris)

  10. Wonderful ordinary pleasures! Wishing you a New Year filled with them!

  11. You are not alone in wanting to get back to the ordinary. As much fun as Christmas was with all my family here, I am very happy to be settling back into a routine again. You are also not alone in having a bit of a crush on Inspector Gamache. :-)

    Happy New Year!

  12. I love a good mystery so I will check out Louise Penny.

    Enjoy many "ordinary" days in 2014!

  13. Ordinary sounds good to me too! All the best in 2014 and Happy New Year!

  14. I love your ordinary pleasures, Karen. They sound lovely. Did you go to see Saving Mr. Banks yet? I'd love to see it and suggested to hubby we should get out in the the freezing air and go to a movie. It's been 5 years after all. lol Happy New Year to you! Blessings. Pam



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