My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.

These are just 60 of my favorite things…


This was a post that I wrote and published over at Veggies, Crafts and Tails  back when I first started blogging, in 2006.  I recently took another look at this list and except for a ‘tweak’ here and there, the same 60 favorites still apply.

Thought my readers at MPP might enjoy sharing my favorites list too. Perhaps it will inspire you to then create your own list to share. I know I’d love to read some of my fav blogger’s favs!  😉

So without further adieu: These are just 60 of my favorite things…

  • chocolate (brownies especially)
  • cats (all shapes, sizes, colors, breeds, ages )
  • violets (deep purple velvet!)
  • varigated yarns (in brilliant colors)
  • making earrings (so relaxing)
  • sewing (so relaxing)
  • veggie cooking (a passion)
  • avocados (yummmm…)
  • mountains 
  • islands (the smaller, the better)
  • crimson maple leaves (absolutely amazing)
  • brown basmati rice (can’t get enough)
  • potato soup (comfort food at it’s best)
  • scones (fresh from the oven!!)
  • velvet (tactile and memories of childhood dresses)
  • lilacs (still on the tree, fragrance and color)
  • a room with a great view (have seen a few)
  • Diana Krall (all of her CD’s)
  • Mozart (I am brought to tears, listening to his work)
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles(John Candy was such a funny guy)
  • Casablanca (classic romance)
  • the late, great David Janssen (for so many reasons)
  • swimming in a clear, cool lake on a hot day (sigh!!)
  • garnets (my grandmother’s stone)
  • aquamarines (from my Joe)
  • Matt Dusk (another talented Canadian, wow can this guy sing)
  • the color green (all shades)
  • fires, in fireplaces (cozy, warm and out of the storm)
  • fresh snow on a calm morning (icy diamonds)
  • beaches (all sizes and locations)
  • good memories (recalling them always makes my day)  
  • rain (softly falling)
  • zebras (just the coolest animal!)
  • butterflies (freedom, color, beauty)
  • baby’s hands (so perfect)
  • mac and cheese (homemade, of course)
  • painting (pictures not houses)
  • crocheting chunky yarn (tactile pleasure)
  • honest, kind people (there are never enough, treasures)
  • walking in crunchy leaves (great sound)
  • fresh herbs (the brilliant color and aroma!!)
  • really nice pens (I have a couple, one for autographing books)
  • books (most genres, especially beautifully-bound ones)
  • pumpkins (since I was a kid, the look of them and great pies too)
  • a man with a genuine smile (my definition of SEXY)
  • a perfect day (many definitions)
  • a perfect night (mmmmm…..)
  • knowing for sure (not often enough)
  • poetry (touches my heart)
  • running (with energy to spare)
  • liy of the valley (remind me of my Mom, her favorite flower)
  • coffee (one of my last vices!!)
  • kaleidoscopes ( I have a handmade one, treasured gift)
  • harps (the large orchestra type, beautiful)
  • Danny Boy ( a song that I sing well)
  • lavender (the color, plant and scent)
  • Beatle tunes ( almost every one)
  • turrets (especially in houses, we want one!)
  • Where or When (another song that I love to sing)
  • beefsteak tomatoes (remind me of my grandma’s tiny but abundant garden)

Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 2): Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my inspirational, pro-active and fun book/eBook, all about aging well: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well. I am also the author of: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 1): Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance). Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: Haiku Reflections: The Four Seasons (Volumes I, II and III) and My Poetic Path. These titles are available at all the Amazon sites. When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, the yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! 🐱 With Blogger, I also host my new author's site: Geraldine Helen Hartman and my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews. I hope you will visit often and enjoy all of my sites.😂 Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste!

17 thoughts on “These are just 60 of my favorite things…

  1. “Just 60 of my favorite things” is a marvelous statement. It says there is so much to love in life.

    I share your love of many of these things. I will be thinking of my own list and linking back to your blog this weekend, Geraldine.

    Right off the bat I can say I love the smell of boxwood. Like your beefsteak tomatoes, they remind me of my grandmother’s garden!

    God bless.

  2. so many… my goodness.. i don’t know that i could pick 25.. maybe i will try later… quite a fun list tho i have to say….

  3. All these things tell me something about you! 🙂 Also your photos are beautiful!

  4. Please feel free to join Ruby Tuesday. I’d love you to participate! 🙂

  5. I followed you here from veggie, tails and yarns … I can well understand the need to take a blogging pause. While I haven’t stopped completely, I’ve certainly slowed right down … to a snail’s pace.

    This list was great fun to read – variegated yarns flew out at me, lavender, coffee, books, knowing for sure and really good pens too.

  6. What a fabulous list G! I can think of so many that I’d have a hard time dwindling it down. LOL

  7. I do agree with your definition of sexy – there is an old saying, “the eyes are the window to your soul”, I believe “a smile is the door to your heart.”

  8. I went as far as 10 for this morning, Geraldine! Thanks for getting me thinking in a positive direction!

  9. Geraldine,
    I meant to but in my haste did not link you. Silly me. Thanks for calling my attention to this. I’m back to pick up the code! God bless, friend.

  10. Hi Sandy, What a dear you are! I’m glad that we share some of the save favs. Great minds think alike perhaps. 😉 Thanks for the linkback too.

    Hi Paisley, Ill look forward to reading yours too.

    Hi Mary, I guess they do! I am looking forward to the next Ruby Tuesday. I already have 2 posts on the ‘backburner’ ready to go. GREAT idea for a prompt!

    Hi Kate, Thanks for continuing to read my posts. I am adding you to my blogroll today. I’ve enjoyed your posts too, very much.

    Hi Tammy, Then you are indeed blessed my dear!

    Hi Cricket, Oh, I like that one. And I do agree!

    Hugs, stay cool (it’s about a gazillion degrees here today, way too hot for me) and hope to ‘see’ you soon, again. G

  11. We share many. Up at the top would be those tomatoes — home grown, of course; lilacs, brown basmati rice, potato soup; green; among many!

    Thanks for your kind comments on my recent post!


  12. What a lovely, inspiring list. Just reading this list makes me feel good. So many things on your list are simple pleasures that we often take for granted but which we would miss if they were suddenly snatched from us, because our lives would become colourless. You have got me thinking…..and remembering.

  13. Do you have any cat horror stories, or have all of your cats been relatively easy to live with?

  14. Uh oh– I know why Jason is asking….

    I love your list– many of these would be on my list too! Especially chocolate, green, pumpkins, and genuine smiles!

  15. What a great list…..I share many of these favorites, also! 🙂

  16. Hi Diane, Part of the lure of the beefsteak tomatoes when I was a kid: cutting a nice juicy slice and it would perfectly cover a slice of homemade bread (at grandma’s natch) edge to edge. And of course, the glorious sun-kissed taste. Yummmm…

    Hi Selma, Thanks so much. I ‘m hoping to see a list of favs for you at SITC very soon.

    Hi Jason, I think for the most part that cats and their behaviour are very dependent on how they are treated and their history. Mine (and there have been many) have had a variety of ‘pasts’ some hard to even imagine that they endured (particularly Mr. Cheddar) but with love and patience they have all become wonderful and for the most part well-behaved pets. If you put pets in a noisy, threatening and frightening environment what do people expect. Case in point, expecting a pet to eat with music blaring in the background then wondering why they don’t like their food. Duh…Can you tell this is a sore point for me? I was Education Officer with a Humane Society at one time and the stories…..don’t get me started. My advice, if you are planning to get a cat or a dog, don’t unless everyone in the household is ready and willing to have them there. It’s not fair to anyone and it never works out unless it’s a positive experience for the pet and the family. There’s my rant!

    Hi Aine, Did I guess that one right? How did I guess that you’d like green? Any chance of seeing your list at Clarity….? Love to. Jason’s too. 🙂

    Hi Michelle, Nice to ‘see’ you M.

    Hugs and wishing you all a great day, G

  17. Thanks for the thoughts Geraldine! I’ve lived with a few dogs over the years, so I do know what that species entails. With cats, I’ve heard stories about them being very easy to take care of, and other stories about very destructive behavior.

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