Clean Laundry

“It’s the little things, sometimes.”

A friend of mine spoke these words recently and I agree with the sentiment.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much…

A small gesture of kindness

A knowing smile

Chai tea latte

When a new recipe is a winner

Laughing with friends

Game night

A glass of wine or a pint of beer

Shared food

Never being without dark chocolate

A winning raffle ticket

Clean laundry

Purring cats

Another football win

Snow that clings to the trees in the morning and is gone by nightfall

Tire warranties

Pumpkins and crimson leaves

I had a lot of the little things the past five days.

Things that made me joyful and appreciative. Things that saved money and brought a night out. Things that made me laugh and be competitive. Things that made me see beauty and taste delight.

So many little things that weigh as much as one big thing, and perhaps more.

Readers, what were your “little things” from the past few days?

What brought a smile, a piece of joy, or laughter to your personal parade?


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35 responses to Clean Laundry

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This is a very good and most timely post. You have four in a row that resonate with me this week:

    Laughing with friends
    Game night
    A glass of wine or a pint of beer
    Shared food

    Game night was Monday…phew – the rest came yesterday afternoon – an unexpected invite for a couple beers before heading home.

    I’m glad to know that your little things add up to so much, Mary, and I give you 100 bonus points for realizing how that particular math works. I hope you have a great rest of the week.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Bonus points are one of those little things that I enjoy and I don’t mind adding them up. Thanks Dan! You picked a great list of little things to enjoy. How can you beat friends, food and drink, laughter and games? It’s good stuff!

      Soooo…did you win on game night?

      • Dan Antion says:

        We did win. I’m hoping we can salvage a winning season. I’m now depending on you to beat the Pats.

  2. Laurie says:

    Thanks for sharing your little things. My “little thing” is painting whiskers on my face and donning cat ears to go to a party on a Tuesday night! πŸ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Love the kitty costume! I’ve never dressed up like cat, but have gone as a crazy cat lady. 😼😼😼

  3. Ally Bean says:

    My personal parade is enjoying finally seeing the leaves turn colors and fall to the ground. A little thing, although many of these little things need to be raked– but whatevs, I’m grooving on the meaning of the leaves now.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ally, wouldn’t it be cool to have red and gold leaves (on the trees instead of the ground) and smell autumn for six months, rather than the dreaded winter? I could certainly handle that!

  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    I read this post while listening to both my washer and dryer humming away in the background. Clean laundry definitely gets a vote from me.

    Climbing into a bed with fresh sheets at the end of a great day.

    A shower after a long … whatever. That glorious feeling of being clean again.

    Thunderstorms during the night.

    A hot cup of great coffee in the morning. Whether or not I slept well.

    Sleeping well.

    The list is endless πŸ’•

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I love all of your little things, Joanne. When I was a kid, mom used to always hang the bed sheets out on the clothesline and I loved the smell that first night. A shower, fresh sheets, listening to a thunderstorm – all good ways to fall asleep and stay there until morning.

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        My mom did the same and since I’ve owned a home, I dry my sheets outdoors in the summer. It’s still one of my favourite things πŸ™‚

  5. Shelley says:

    My little moment of joy was that the snow didn’t stick around. And that I got to read your post today – it made me smile, that’s for sure! πŸ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Glad I could help with a smile, Shelley. All of our snow is gone too, but more predicted for tomorrow. Maybe the little thing on Thursday will be a snowball or more pretty snow-covered trees.

      • Shelley says:

        Yes, you did help. I do like the first snows of the season. They do bring joy. The ones that hang on into April and May – not so much. πŸ˜‰

  6. Claudia says:

    You’ve hit my topics, too. We should do this every day. There is SO MUCH to be thankful for. We just have to open our eyes. Our ears. Our hearts.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Wonderful comment, Claudia. I’ve been trying to keep up with a gratitude journal, but it seems I’ve been missing many days lately. It’s easy to forget what we’re thankful for with the busyness of life, family and friends.

      • Claudia says:

        Maybe just spending our extra time with those we love is celebrating life enough. ❀️

  7. How true. My son made dinner and did dishes. A phone call to my 101 year old Grandma to hear about her day. Having coffee with my friend. I am truly blessed.

  8. Laura says:

    That new recipe thing rang true for me. I’m feeding a 13- and 15-year-old and we’ve entered winter sports season with conflicting practice schedules and people running four different ways in the evenings — the fact that I made a crock pot lemon chicken yesterday that EVERYBODY loved made my day.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I love it when a recipe comes together and ends up being a favorite. I made Mexican chicken soup with pumpkin on Saturday and it turned out great.

  9. This is a wonderful post, Mary J. (Purring cats is a huge thing to me. πŸ˜‰ 🐱 )
    To me, it’s always the little things. I like to consider things that I call ‘small victories,’ and everyday gratitude. I try to write down a few just before I go to bed.
    Mine is selecting several character and place names (for a new story) this week. That’s bigger for me than it would be for most people. I’ve been called a “collector of names” and I put way too much thought and research into names. LOL. Happy Halloween hugs!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      We are all collectors of something, Teagan. I used to collect unicorns, then scrapbook materials, now it seems to be books even when I can’t keep up with them. I think it’s great that you research names for your books and serials and I’m rooting for the unusual during your NaNoWriMo month.

      • Unusual? That’s the name of the game! πŸ˜€ I’m hoping to give it a B52s vibe. The book cover I made over the weekend features a Ferris wheel, a tarot card, a vintage Thunderbird, and a flying saucer. Bwahahahaha… Unusual much? πŸ˜€

      • bikerchick57 says:

        B52s…Love Shack…that might go well with the Thunderbird. And I hope the flying saucer looks like the Enterprise. Or is a photo of the Enterprise on the tarot card? This unusual Star Trek geek wants to know! 😁

      • Haha! If there is a Star Trek tarot I must have it! I’m afraid it’s a very simple, classic saucer, one that might take us to the Planet Plaid to visit Mo-Dean. LOL, not really. I’m trying to give it that vibe, but I don’t want to take the song.

  10. J-Dub says:

    I’m a puddle over here. But happy.
    My things:
    New socks
    Cooler weather
    Organized inbox!

    Your post reminds me of the saying β€œremember the little things for one day you will look back and remember that they were everything”. It relates to time spent with the kiddos. The older I get the more appreciative I am. I feel I finally have my head on straight.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I know that saying, and I too am more grateful with age. Especially for new socks. I hope they keep your feet as nd heart warm this winter.

  11. joey says:

    Yessss! I live in the space of little things are the big things. I take my gratitude in the little things, which I am convinced keeps panic and melancholy away. I find that the practice of gratitude in small things builds up a reserve, builds a wall against drama and inevitable large bad things. Sigh.
    “Snow that clings to the trees in the morning and is gone by nightfall” is exactly one of the things that would make my list, too. Lovely visual. Have a beautiful week, Mary, filled with all of life’s small, simple pleasures and kindnesses ❀

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’ve had a lot of “little things” happen this past week that has made me extremely grateful and happy. I hope the same for you this coming week…a beautiful one for you too! πŸ™‚

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