Thursday, December 24, 2009

A few of my favorite things

Ed over at Living A Principled Life tapped me to write about five favorite things. I'm going to stick to things as in objects here, rather than feelings.

And to have to name just five...I have a lot of favorite things but here are my top ones that I am thinking about on this day.
  • The estuaries and oceans have to top my list because they are a source of life, comfort, uncertainty, and great beauty. These are places where I find my peace, where my dreams lay, and where I test my fortitude.
  • My sailboat which allows me to experience being on the water whenever I can slip away. It is like a tree house--I can go there and escape from the rest of the world.
  • Dogs are such favorites because they are fascinating to watch, give unconditional love and make me smile regardless of how I feel.
  • I have a great love for photography and art that tugs at my soul, makes my eyes tear with beauty, and expresses what words can't express
  • This house is a favorite thing for me because it is roomy and filled with so many things that bring back memories through every stage of my life. The house has been a work of love for both of us.
So there are just a few things that come to mind today. I could go on to name many other favorites and when it comes to people, well...I have a few favorites that are near and dear to me. I'm thinking about them and all of you on this Christmas Eve. And in the spirit of the day, I'm posting a few photos of a few more favorite things on the day before Christmas. We are preparing for the buffet dinner tomorrow in which we open up the house to those in recovery who want some food and fellowship.

May your day be filled with joy.


  1. A beautiful holiday wish for you and yours today Syd. One of my favorite things is new blogger friends like you! Thanks! jeNN

  2. Your favorite things are much as I expected, and things that you write about often. I'm so happy I got to know you through blogging! Everyone needs hobbies and activities that take the mind off the stresses of life.
    Your house looks festive and inviting. I know the guests will feel like family.

    Merry Christmas, Syd!

  3. The photos are just beautiful. If you took them, then you really have a photographer's eye. Thank you for sharing your favorite things. Me too on the ocean, home, and pets.

    Have a serene, warm and fufilling Christmas.


  4. Syd, I thank God I found your blog. I pray your fellowship will take hold of each person your share your home with & they will leave with having found a true bond of friendship. I continue my prayers for ALL of us on either side of AA for we all need it daily!! May you have a blessed & joyous CHRISTmas holiday.

    I am partial to number 3! :O)

  5. you have a real eye for true beauty. Merry Christmas and Peace beyond understanding to you!

  6. Merry Christmas Syd. Thanks for being part of our community.

  7. The pictures are beautiful and so are the images that pop to mind after reading about your five favorite things. Happy holidays Syd, enjoy!

  8. Sending lots of wishes to you, Syd, and your friends in recovery will have a wonderful time in those beautiful surroundings ... but more importantly they will be surrounded by your love and that of your wife. All the best.

  9. Is that YOUR house? Can I come live with you? Your guests tomorrow will have a memorable and special holiday.

    Syd, you are full of gratefulness and kindness, I think those of us who read here feel it in your words.

    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely wife.

    Dogs are some of the best people I know.

  10. Hi Syd, hope you have a very Merry Christmas. I love the pics and your favorites!

  11. Best wishes to you this holiday. I'm very grateful for your excellent blog.

  12. Lovely photos and wonderful reflections on some important as well as favorite things.

    Blessings and aloha...

  13. I do love your photography Syd.

  14. wonderful stuff syd. and a merry christmas to you!

  15. I like it when God blesses somebody who gives back.

  16. Great list! Have a Merry Christmas!

  17. Merry Christmas Syd. And thanks for sharing your favorite things with us all the time. It's always a pleasure to see your photos and read about your life on the ocean. Be well, :)

  18. You have the true Christmas spirit...It is lovely to open your house and share the day with others, I love your photos .. beautiful x


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