Thursday, March 15, 2012

My favorite things...

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens, Bright Coppper Kettles and Warm Woolen Mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with String.  These are a few of my favorite things…..  What a song.  Recently I was invited to a party called, "A night of Favorite Things".  We were supposed to bring five of our favorite things, (There was a cost limit of $6.00), and then we would go home with five new favorite things.  This party sounded really fun but sadly I could not go as Giuliana had Ballet that evening and since Paul isn't around, I'm the only one that can do that job.  I started thinking about what are some of my favorite things that I use that I really love.  Now I'm not talking about my family, or the gospel, or the scriptures as those are truly my favorite things in life.    I'm talking about little things.  Things that, if they disappeared,  I could get along fine without them, I would just be sad I couldn't use them again.  For instance, I used to love these cookies that I had as a kid.  They were a round crunchy sugar cookie shaped like a scalloped flower.  There was a hole in the middle of the cookie.   On each petal there were raised imprints of 3 circles each circle inside the next circle, like a bullseye, and sugar was sprinkled on top of them.  Like I said, I remember having them as a kid and perhaps I only had them at school because I don't remember my mom buying them.  One day, in the mid 1980's, I was living in Pasadena California, and I went to the store to buy some groceries.  I saw these cookies on the shelf and it brought me back to my childhood.  Naturally I bought them and they were just as good as I remember them.  They were the kind of cookie that when you took a bite and then sucked on the cookie it disintegrated in your mouth and the flavor lingered there in your mouth.  I'm quite sure these cookies were made with coconut oil as that was the flavor of the cookie. They may have been called Sunbeam butter cookies but I can find no trace of them on the internet.  Anyway,   I continued buying these cookies quite regularly.  I didn't buy them every time because I also liked these cookies called Pogen cookies.  These were a shortbread cookie with raspberry jam in the middle.  Then again I often bought the bakery peanut butter cookies.  All of these cookies were melt in your mouth experiences for me and I would crave each kind of cookie, depending on my mood.  I don't know when I noticed it, perhaps after I got married and moved away from California, but I did notice I couldn't find the sugar cookies or the Pogan cookies in the cookie aisle.  I chalked it up to the region we were living in.  I told myself if I was ever back in California, I would go to the store and find the sugar cookies and the Pogen cookies and buy several packs of them.  Well, we have been back to California several times in my married life and much to my dismay, they are gone.  Gone forever!  I even resorted to looking up the cookies on-line to find out what happened to them and found out Pogen cookies were made by a Swedish Company but the last time these cookies could be found was in 1999 in Sweden.  I think they may have sold their business.    The Sunbeam butter cookies?  Who knows what happened with those.  These cookies  were totally favorite things of mine and yet now they are gone.  Devestating?  No, a little sad,  but I will always remember these yummy cookies and life goes on.  So the question is what are a few of my favorite things right now?  I'm not just talking food but all sorts of little things I use that I just really love that I would be sad if these things suddenly went away.  In no particular order here is my list, and it's probably not even a complete list but they are the things that come to my mind today.
1.  My BIC Wite-Out correction tape.  I used to use the liquid white out but sometimes it would get chunky and then I would have to wait for it to dry.  I discovered this when Clint sent Giuliana a Birthday gift of white out tape.  It was so easy and nice to use and I found I kept having to borrow her white out tape.  (I make a lot of errors in my checkbook)  I decided I better buy my own and was hoping they sold something similar to what Clint sent to Giuliana at our BX.  Sure enough, I found exactly what I was looking for and it is a dream to use.
2.My Mitsubishi pen.  Clint sent me this pen from Taiwan and I love it as it slides into my purse so easily. It's really thin, and it is writing is extremely fine.  I absolutely love this pen.
3.My big match!  I love this big match.  You fill it up with Butane and then you click the little switch on it and ..instant flame.  I got this at Smith's Food King in Utah for a buck.  What a deal.
4.Magnetix!  Technically these magnetix are not mine, they are Bryan's, but I use them all the time.  They are the best magnets for holding things up.  I use them weekly in primary, I used them daily last year in seminary.  Everyone who knows I have them wants to borrow them.
5. Church Library Key-This key not only opens the library but opens the gate to the parking lot.  Be jealous! Need I say more?
6.Speculoos-What a delicious spread this is! I spread it on pretzels, crackers, bread and it by the spoonful out of the bottle.  I have even sent it as gifts but I'm not sure other people like it as much as I do.
7.Magic Jack-This is a telephone number I give to people in the states so that they can call me in Germany without spending a lot of money.  The area code is a Utah area code so they are really only calling Utah but it rings to my phone here in Germany.  Sometimes I love technology.
8.Personal Progress Book-Although I have just started working on this book I love the orderliness of it all.  I find I think about the things I am working on all the time and wish I had had something this good when I was growing up.

9.  Breaking Ice-This probably sounds like a strange thing I like, but when it is a cold day and I am out walking I look for ice on the sides of the road.  When I see a nice smooth piece of ice I just feel the need to break it.  It's such fun and I don't know why I like to do it, but I do.
10.  Warm woolen mittens!  Believe it or not, these mittens are one of my favorite things!  A woman named Betty Buffington made them for me when I was a kid.  She actually made me 2 pair but for some reason these are the only ones I have now.  They are knitted and I love them because they are warm.  I have always loved these mittens and they don't match anything, but I don't care!

 So these are a few of my favorite things!

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