Sunday, May 24, 2009


A Quiet Day

I was presented with a quiet day.
A freshly wrapped candy box of calm and peaceful hours, each one nothing less than a divine morsel of indulgence. For it is rare to partake of an entire box of hours such as these all in one day, rather more likely to sneak a taste every now and then.... a bite of a nap here, a nibble of a garden stroll there. To have an entire day to myself, a glistening pathway of time stretched out before me, with no roadblocks, no detours, was practically an engraved invitation to happiness. Every unplanned hour, a confection, and I intended to feast on the complete collection.

So I savored a butter creme morning festooning the house with freshly cut oakleaf hydrangeas and lemon scented magnolia blossoms. A truffle of an hour was spent finishing a book and then another lazily perusing my library shelves as I considered my next literary destination, with a newly manicured finger running along the colourful spines as if they were travel brochures to exotic locales, which indeed they are. Then, a caramel of an hour baking a coconut cake and licking the beaters myself. I whiled away a totally decadent chocolate bonbon of time dozing in the big red chair as a rainy breeze blew through the cottage windows and ruffled the fur of the white dog beside me. A butterscotch stroll down the lane with Edward and Apple followed by high tea in my favourite cup. A toffee of a hot bath with jasmine bubbles galore.

No phone, no radio, no television.
Just bird song and breezes, wind chimes and sighs.


"Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

Nathaniel Hawthorne


37 comments:

  1. I just gained 5 pounds! sigh :)

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  2. I just came across your blog and wanted to tell you how wonderful I thought your post was today!!..I shall return again when I have time to savour you lovely words and poems....edward is lovely...I just lost my dog after 13 years :-(
    thanks for sharing your day...

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  3. I could eat myself silly on buttercream mornings... especially if orange dream breezes float through the windows.

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  4. I do so love how you have tied it in with all those delectable morsels Pamela - wonderful stuff. I am sure you enjoyed your day.

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  5. Sweet combination: hydrangia and magnolia! The painting is striking in color - I love it:)

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  6. Those days are dreamy, aren't they?
    A bon-bon day. I have had several of those quiet, nothing special to do days lately and they are a gift.
    I do enjoy your words Pamela.

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  7. I love days like these. Simple, beautiful, blessed.

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  8. A delicious day all to your self!

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  9. A most perfect day Pamela!... a day to feel truly blessed.

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  10. Just listening to nature through the windows can be so calming...I had a day like yours; no kids around, just myself and my thoughts and sunshine...isn't it wonderful to enjoy the simplethings?? And Edward, I envision, was curled up somewhere enjoying it, too!

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  11. i would love a day just like that.

    too bad you can't 'box' and sell those.

    xx

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  12. Positively dreamy and decadent.
    pve

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  13. Beautiful description of my favorite kind of day! Yummy!

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  14. Oh, what a perfect day you had - how lovely:)

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  15. This post makes me feel lazy - and hungry. :-)

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  16. That sounds like a day of utter perfection, and it is funny how rarely it seems we get an entire day like (that to do with whatever we like.) Beautiful. Makes me crave some decadent truffles too.

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  17. Quiet times are nice, too. I always feel at peace when I spend time with you!

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  18. What a day of perfection Pamela, xv.

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  19. What a wonderful thought. Sounds like my idea of heaven.

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  20. What delicious writing Pamela!
    It made me want to run Hubby off somewhere and sit down with my Harry & David chocolates and a good book!Truly it was wonderful writing!

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  21. Okay, this piece needs to be submitted to Cooking Light. It's the only way to eat so many good things with gaining an ounce.

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  22. What sweet delight!
    Toothsome and lovely.
    And the painting is a delight.

    Yes, My Family and Other Animals is totally wonderful.
    Mrs.Dalloway , to my mind the most accessible and readable Virginia Woolf.
    She stuns but I prefer her essays.
    Will you post a book list soon?

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  23. Pamela, I am back after a long absence and reading today's entry sharpens my awareness of what I have been missing. I plan on reading back to March so I can savor all your other lovely morsels.

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  24. This sounds like a perfect day to me, Pamela.
    Delicious!

    xo
    Brooke

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  25. Just my kind of day. I love the picture too.

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  26. Times like these are my pleasure as well, though not as well expressed as yours. I revel in days when I can enjoy my own company.
    Thank you for your ever so beautiful prose.

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  27. A beautiful description of a completely delightful day! Hugs to Edward :-)

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  28. What a lovely lazy day. I feel quite chilled just listening to it. :-)

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  29. Hello P&E,

    Please pass me one of those bon bons, would you?

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  30. Beautiful words and what a perfectly lovely day. Much love from myself and Madam Dixon to you, Miss Apple and tres Handsome Edward

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  31. A luscious day, Pamela.
    In reply to your question - (sorry it took me so long) - Topsail Island. My friend lends me his lovely home there right on the beach. We hardly see a soul. Wish I was still there!
    Catherine

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  32. That sounds like my ideal day! God how long it's been since I've had a freshly manicured finger...

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  33. what a lovely way to spend (and describe) a day.

    I've given you and Edward an award, come over to my blog to find out more...

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  34. thanks for your kind comment and this last sentense of this post seems to have been written for me..I will think it over te rest of the day....thank you, I also love your pictures!!

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  35. My favorite post ever!!! Why aren't you writing books yet? You know we would all run out and buy them. You are amazing.

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