DE-STRESSING with Simple Pleasures …

I learned this week that Dayle at A Collection of This and That is ending her wonderful Simple Pleasures series … just as I was thinking how much I’d love to join the party!  Even though I’ve never participated, I’ve often enjoyed reading about the simple pleasures that she — and some of you — have found … and it’s caused me to open my own eyes and look around my own world a little more closely. I’d say Dayle’s mission was successful.
Unless you are as relaxed as Little Man, I dare say that some (most?) days you’re so busy that you have to make a conscious choice to de-stress.  Am I right?

How do you do that?
Do you take a long soak at the end of the day?
Pick the green one … It’s great for stress relief!

Sometimes I sit on the porch for a few minutes.
I’m so glad cooler temps are finally here!

Other times I just want to get away from home entirely.
I’m fortunate I only have to drive five minutes to find wide open spaces. No mind clutter here…

Other times I go shopping.  I often don’t spend a penny.
I just like to see what makes me smile…
It’s all about finding the simple pleasures, remember?




I only dream of being a napper …

Maybe your simple pleasure is a treat …

This is my treat (probably a leftover from childhood). Pick the one on the left.  There’s only one real flavor …

Sometimes I don’t do anything except adjust my attitude…

… and pay attention to the things around me.

Little Man helped me learn that lesson when he was only a year old.  When the sunlight through the blinds screamed “dusty floor” to me … he saw a zebra!
It’s nice to have a grandson who looks at Life with eyes wide open!

So how’s your life going today?  Do you need to slow down a bit and look for some simple pleasures?  What kinds of things do you consider to be “simple pleasures?”  What are the things that help you go from frazzled and unfocused to peaceful and productive?  Tell me!  I’d love to know.
I’m joining Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.
I want a day like this! I would be stress-free for sure…



  1. I am totally a bath person – bath with candles lit if I am really stressed and if really, really, bath, candles plus a chocolate!

    Loved the Walmart to Neimans sign. Nice to visit you from MM. You were the post right after mine. My sister is right before and I have already visited her so I will visit someone else. Come visit and join my giveaway for a Williams Sonoma Hammered copper pot.

  2. Beautiful post! I’m a outdoor person and long…long drives with my DH and children make me super happy. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  3. Your collection of bath salts just makes me want to take a bath right now. Your Wal-Mart sign made me laugh out loud. :o)

  4. Oh I just love your destressing ideas!

    Pleas stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

    Happy Monday!

  5. It is morning for me while I read your post and the icee still sounds really good. These are great ways to step back and relax.

  6. Susan, what a lovely post. Although I no longer have the Simple Plesures linky party each week, I’m humbled and honored that it inspired you to write this. Simple pleasures are all around us. Sometimes we just need a little nudge in the right direction to notice them. So glad I could help, and I’m hoping someone else will pick up the meme and run with it.

  7. This is just wonderful to me. I was either nodding or giggling or outright laughing as I destressed my way through this.

    The Walmart to Neimans thing was my favorite.

    Well, besides Little Man’s feet, that is.