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14,000 things to be happy about. THE HAPPY BOOK BY BARBARA ANN KIPFER ILLUSTRATED BY PIERRE LE-TAN WORKMAN PUBLISHING NEW YORK TO KYLE THANK YOU To Peter Workman: I knew you were the right one. That’s why I pestered you for ten years. And to Susan Bolotin and the late Sally Kovalchick for their support, superb editing, and happy personalities. To my sons Kyle Kipfer and Keir Magoulas and my husband Paul Magoulas. There is no greater happiness than you. This book represents 40 years of recording all the little things that make me happy. Beginning in the sixth grade with a tiny spiral notebook, I graduated to larger notebooks and finally to a computer that today contains more than 95,000 entries’ worth of word-pictures. Words, and the images they create, can be a great source of pleasure and inspiration. Sometimes, on a gray day, I flip through this collection to cheer myself up or remind myself to be grateful; often I use it to get ideas about what to cook for dinner or something fun to do on the weekend. As you read through these pages, give yourself time to conjure up your own images—to reminisce, wish, and dream. I hope you will find, as I did, that happiness comes from noticing and enjoying the little things in life. A stream-of-consciousness list easeful days, dreamless nights going roller-skating on a Saturday morning with corny organ music in the background social and emotional intelligence Holland cheese sniglets, or made-up new words rolled cookies a potato pancake, hot chocolate, and flannel pjs in bed corn-husking and pumpkin-rolling taffy snow peaches hamburger pizza keeping on nodding terms with the people we used to be starting to make good contacts in business the love of the good things we ate in our childhood moonlit dances on paddlewheel steamboats cinnamon apple waffles with maple or cane syrup, pepper bacon, fresh fruit, coffee, and freshly squeezed juice sweet shrimp, lobster, and squid in an intensely garlicked vinaigrette bringing beauty; and meaning into life diamond stars getting a really good haircut dried greenery carrying a map farmwives unbuttoning peas on the porch catching peas with a roll finding a ball (or a diamond) in the rough pails tobacco stores selecting ripe melons semi-boned duckling with plum sauce and fried rice commuter drinking cups filling a vase with red and blue anemones “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” holding your shoulders high answers the taste of cake batter throat-parching days the Pittsburgh airport high-gloss white paint waking up early and having breakfast together outside butter mints formal terraced gardens popcorn popping all over the room the smell of Nair hair remover the butterfly effect tender, loving touches the art in everyday life Ball mason canning jars face creams that soothe rearranging the apartment coleus spilling out of a windowbox finishing the last freezing and canning for the winter supply bifocals a newly refinished gym floor baby rings and bracelets horses breathing ostrich plumes of air budo: the spiritual foundation for martial arts strip sandals in white or brown Dunkin’ Donuts stores hot dog samples part of you always being a child overcoming your acalculia (inability to do basic math) the buzz of a bumblebee ginkgo and willow trees papaya with lemon cream a tight-weave sisal bag for knitting supplies the federal payroll serendipitous plans “A word to the wise is sufficient” a place of secret magic where nature alone quietly renews itself incurable enthusiasm space people stripes and terries on the beach construction paper old-fashioned sock dolls Viennese coffee, ground each morning, filtered into a thermos pot and garnished with a cinnamon stick trampolines poems by Rumi Santa’s Village, Dundee, Illinois strawberry-frosted doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts Gothic novels huge dunes body stockings sturdy stew in white bowls chemise-type sundresses a stalled car catching when the lights come up the soothing winter wind in the hemlocks remembering when leaves were raked, jumped into, or burned and not put in plastic bags or giant vacuums English-style breakfasts and dinners in a riverside dining room cable knit things you don’t have to work at to enjoy New York City feeling the damp freshness of a Cape Cod morning cool on your face checking your fortune-cookie message to see how it matches up with your mate’s French mustard popcorn parties buttering toast generously and immediately so that the butter melts and sinks in getting a job radish spread cheeks all aglow with the outdoors Wyoming: Yellowstone, geysers, bears, broncos two tremendous kettles of soup on a potbellied stove creamy clam chowders the sensuality of a scalp rub olive wood music boxes prizes you have won baa basketball Tudor-style half-timbers absorbent cotton crinkled aluminum foil soda parlors cheering influences hole-in-the-middle cake doughnuts satin-paper ribbon curled into crisp flower shapes a portable whirlpool for the bath rug shampoo organizing time ginger pancakes Christmas ball ornaments that open to reveal smaller balls Kennebunkport, Maine personally witnessing a happy event in history sailing on Lake Michigan an ideal picnic spot Palm Springs, California Angora cats sleeping sprawled out on the bed quick postcards “Those who have . . . get” amber music deep-dish pies an umbrella in a microburst rolling hills catching fish backstops watering your garden the trade winds a leader’s words that stir a nation a widow’s walk thoughts while ironing onion buns colonial wick lanterns effervescence the large glacial deposits that form on the insides of car fenders during snowstorms Introverts Anonymous a sauce bowl and ladle camp shorts the little things in life that really make your day go right plastic dry-cleaning bags driving under an overpass during a storm the old American custom of serving coffee on New Year’s Day where writers, artists, and tourists gather playing among big trees and rocks sightseers in all types of garb pink grapefruit with tons of sugar listening for the sound of a key in the lock gratefulness assembly lines cherry pie à la mode the United States of America life choices dress shoes soft red color getting warm by a fire or in his arms with something to eat or drink after you’ve been in the rain or snow photocopying rare and/or expensive books the gap in the dressing room curtain that can never be completely closed the din of traffic interesting wooden house siding “I’m OK, you’re OK” beige corduroys, patchwork pants, embroidered corduroys a successful first attempt the rainbow and sand colors of pretty hair oatmeal apple bar cookies Monopoly’s 10 most-landed-on spaces: Illinois Avenue, B&O RR, Free Parking, Tennessee Avenue, New York Avenue, Reading RR, St. James Place, Water Works, Penn RR not worrying about having what everyone else has pelicans cooks’ gardens peppermint whipped cream frosting old-style preserve jars Chinese flipflop sandals split-second thrills suit coats pantry shelves loaded with jars of fruit silences in chess games the rising or setting of a star at sunset hot peach conserve, a bottomless coffeepot, and eggs served in individual skillets cinnamon and slate-blue satins dumpling-eating contests returning library books rooms of looms and spinning wheels men putting extra raisins in Raisin Bran cereal T’s and jeans carrying groceries in a backpack gut-spilling softballs Kansas wheat the act of entering a room and forgetting why watching the cook prepare luncheon as you sit on a lawn looking out over the marina things that stand the test of time preparing your Christmas card list before Thanksgiving tepee playhouses wild roses, blush-pink and spicily fragrant in the cool of the evening absorbing nature’s blessings filling a glass bowl with fresh apples and tangerines Jamaica, Bermuda, or clamdigger shorts learning a new sport “Let me bring lollipops and confetti and silly things and place them at your feet” tying colorful ribbons around things for the fun of it homemade soups for purple dye: black cherry bark, cocklebur plant, dandelion root, grape toast and honey butter ball earrings “Away in the Manger” (carol) Starbucks’ caramel macchiato kids and video games draft horses taking a refresher course digital thermometers bidding paddles the structure of things oil boom towns cat hammocks rising early sponge baths Paul McCartney, singer/composer workworkworkworkwork hearing your children praised by others the one leaf that always clings to the end of the rake melting-pot experiences hostess gifts burying the hatchet burnished, russety, cool, quiet wood tones watching an old Woody Allen movie sports shorts clouds and mist rolling over a mountaintop headache medicines tidings of comfort and joy riding in the basket of your bike balsamic vinaigrette downloading music filled croissants, better than store-bought plastic bags for wet swimsuits a charismatic TV weatherperson giving your hands cold-weather first aid going back to your hometown: visiting the schools you attended, bringing back your childhood rereading specific passages and chapters when seeking inspiration guarantees that don’t run out the day before something needs fixing sliced London broil with sautéed onions and melted cheese on rye Chinese barbecued ribs a state of continual “becoming” getting the last newspaper in the dispenser mountains flaming with red, orange, and purple foliage music boxes making the dog taste-test your food natural-wood milk pails the art of “following through” sauntering chocolate pops snow in March a shingled water tower the riddles of space and time lobster ravioli late Sunday breakfast brick floors Tahitian tans waking up an hour early and meditating outdoors spotting a city slicker using sugar nippers to break up big chunks from a tall, cone-shaped loaf of sugar homey touches reliability laundry soap charred hot dogs the segue to a new career the onset of a peaceful feeling rational, clean, spacious, joyous settings throw rugs oven fries planning a rites-of-spring party a spring-flowered leotard padded shoulders frosted-glass walls two ground beef patties, lettuce, cheese, special sauce, mayo—on a toasted double-deck sesame-seed bun vine-covered trellises plants on windowsills lavender-scented evenings workbenches Circle Line tours being delayed in an interesting airport a submarine sandwich of roast beef, shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper an enchanted cottage finding a hammock and setting out to be lazy “skit night” at camp getting snow caked on socks and in jean cuffs fresh, organically grown foods two seats together at a crowded movie songs of the meadowlark winding country roads, leading past rustic farms with weathered barns and stone fences painting a mural dandelions and buttercups an elegant stone terrace where guests drop by for croissants and coffee warm firesides learning a headstand Wi-Fi cards steamer clams, dripping with drawn butter the beach in the fall BLTs and potato salad Rural, Indiana imparting an aura of passion, childlike innocence, or serenity Porsche 911s alkaline batteries a stand for your unabridged dictionary batik dyeing a blue-and-white pitcher filled with jasmine or daisies plastic cups with built-in straws regional offerings on the menu the click of a closing purse toasting marshmallows crêpe de chine library tables the symmetry of roof tiles a room filled with art and sewing reading The New York Times and USA Today every morning writing in your diary in a secret code peach cream-cheese pie skipping waves achieving flow large seashells Rhodes scholarships lengthened lifespans a restaurant with goats grazing on the grass-covered roof fluorescent-bright food stores presidential autographs registered Morgan colts apricot strudel church bazaars taking in a classic tear-jerker rather than the latest film from Europe knowledge, even in its tiniest increments, being one of the few pleasures that really endure putting a pumpkin on the porch and a wreath of dried flowers on the door the Dalai Lama’s smile dermatologists the NFL a night without you or your partner snoring a smile, a sunny day, ice-cold Coca-Cola, and a best friend to share them with anchoring just off a sandy crescent down the creek and casting for pan fish pantry carts the inner city mixed greens topped with chunks of chicken, tomatoes, and sprouts, served with honey-mustard dressing special introductory courses old stock certificates a secluded houseboat on Arizona’s Lake Powell tattersall boiling water for coffee patting the cat baked squash stuffed with rice and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and mint having the windows washed the times when you feel you’re the only two people in the world striped ribbons leaves starting to turn buying flowers for home on Fridays an arabesque of vines braiding the door the unique smell of new Play-Doh orderliness heavy glass humidors with solid-brass lids marbleized paper as drawer liners short aprons morning coffee and juice brought to the guest rooms ferry boats sweater dryers sun-touched shoulders cats in between ripples of blankets color film cheese soup bags team studying scarf skirts night crawlers bay swimming French cuffs four baking-soda deodorant and detergent attaché cases scrapbooking stores reading a favorite magazine creamed onions baked with a cheese topping a seaplane base duck-egg blue the Cubs’ Bleacher Bums waxing floors living with the knowledge that you’ve done your best going barefoot around the house starched linens salt packets padded bicycle seats curling up with a book while the hubby is out playing golf or watching sports on TV the magic curl of waves cartwheels a before-breakfast walk Adam’s apple mountains: a canvas for clouds field glasses and bird book by the window spine-tingling views china blue and mushroom colors rockers: Presidential, Windsor, Snowshoe, Whitley bent-back loving your gray hairs garbage plate: baked beans, home-fried potatoes, onion, hot dogs, and barbecued meat sauce with bread and butter on the side old-fashioned summers lining closet shelves with scented paper bread and butter with pots of jam and honey reserving your own quiet corner dried vegetables, hung upside down in bunches challenging yourself with a jigsaw puzzle or electronic game bingo games Speedy Gonzalez Bliss, New York crabmeat with sherried cheese sauce sweet smells that change with passing hours knit shirts “Woodstock,” the bird in Peanuts payday baskets of croissants, brioches, and seed-capped rolls jewelry design French blue going barefoot in grass cropped close as fine baby’s hair a standing clipboard local bon vivants Brie en brioche rent-a-wreck, hire-a-heap, or lease-a-lemon to view the foliage or drive to a football game tomato chutney split swinging doors tall people the exhilaration of pure winter air old-fashioned lemon pie winter bringing long, silent nights to dream on sleepthings frost before November 23 auguring bad weather birds July: National Ice Cream Month auctioneering philtrum = the indentation between nose and upper lip Minute Rice an order of frijoles finding a drive-in and watching from behind the fence pulling the curtains, putting on some music, serving your favorite cocktails, and dreaming about what it must have been like to sail to Europe a long time ago tennis courts Adirondack yellow birch the first star quietly coming out writing a book peach, brown, pink pearls resting under cool trees compliments to the chef not being embarrassed easily correspondence courses having a passion in life “Layla” (song) walking a good brisk mile a private elevator to a dining room the order of colors in a Life-Savers candy roll singing to the radio when you drive Gothic lettering very colorful and cleverly lit oil paintings and watercolors escaping from civilization “Have a nice day” from a checkout person crates of fruit jellies walking tours making lists, from major life goals to dinner menus romantic declarations written in the sand writing a final sentence lady ferns, maidenhair, wood ferns, and cinnamon ferns behind-the-scenes editors noting the tiny details of drawings sugarless bubble gum showing sensitivity and concern for a happy marriage: never speak loudly to one another, unless the house is on fire wide-mouthed toasters farm trucks chugging into the square with loads of fruits and vegetables forming a “mind map” from a key concept an auctioneer’s hammer being knee-deep in foam and icy saltwater tucking kids in sweatsuits making a birthday special 14-inch hanging acrylic arc that makes a rainbow in a sunny room horse-show ribbons on the wall selling lemonade from a big earthenware crock set up on a card table on the sidewalk sleep-away camp archaeology buffs children singing plant-encrusted walls the one song you can play on guitar the splendor of fall fern gardens finding clarity turning on the porch light to watch an evening snow sift down building a model car a prepaid gasoline or phone card mahogany bowls from Haiti chocolate and cambric tea in the afternoon old architectural details friendliness oxford cloth curtains an electric presence lingering in the air Oriental bowls with a fish motif pot roast/mashed potato meals the calm before the storm ham carved into fine-grained slices green or blue eyes and frosted hair antique headboards, tall chiffoniers with brass handles buying a used textbook at a college bookstore Oriental shops big changes that vacation feeling little bits of kitchen knowledge muscle sleeves barbecue pizza, made with shredded barbecued pork in a sugar-and-spice tomato sauce an orangutan bargaining for treats from the zookeeper physical education shirts the rugby tradition of repairing after a match to the local watering hole rainy leaves stuck like emblems on the walk the “upper crust” silicon chips getting stuck in a beanbag chair “Hound Dog” by Elvis upper New York State blueberry cake after lobsters three-way lightbulbs doing well on the SATs swirl-pattern crystal bedside carafe with glass top gored skirts writing a letter to the editor open lines of communication the quiet spirit of holiday music railroad date nails Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Kanga, Baby Roo, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet croissants with country jam and crumpets with honey buying things for your new apartment potpourris of dried flower petals, herbs, and aromatic spices books on posture, body language kids saying “Micky D’s” and “BK” penthouses a carpet of wild strawberries making love after a fight living a long, long time sapodilla pinon- and juniper-covered foothills conversing in many languages and accents how lucky you are planning a purse sale bracelet-length sleeves powder mitts Ivory soap eating stuffing with raisins pineapple-ham skewers straw brimmers a smoke-blackened brick fireplace shadow boxes in kitchens motivation sun worshipers squeezing one more brushful out of the toothpaste tube countrified furniture home: a quiet and personal space snickerdoodles the marvelous lighting effects created by skies, sun, clouds, and moon blue topaz Bermuda onions being a lexicographer pickled pimiento sandwiches with mayo football terms after supper, lying in the grass and watching the fire die an edging of pansies in front of an inn hazelnut waffles with whipped cream stockiness rubber animals a Chinese junk whipped potatoes, coleslaw, and homemade pies a salad-and-relish buffet Bunsen burners elevators splendid “dunkers” with coffee wild mushrooms, dried and arranged in a wooden bowl getting an “I Voted!” sticker always looking people in the eye on your lunch hour: listening to music, visiting a planetarium, ice- or roller-skating, touring a ship, dancing, shooting darts, going to the Y, learning a foreign language, taking a bus ride, visiting a health spa, taking a tour chicken broth winding alleys long winter weekends decorating a flowerpot on-demand movies “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” chuck = the hole in a pencil sharpener into which the pencil goes the sticky sweet steam of a sugar house boiling off bluffing at poker windjammer vacations street maps of Boston squirting someone with a squirt gun window sashes familiar surroundings enchiladas short ribs served in individual casseroles with sauce waking up New Year’s Day and knowing you didn’t make a fool of yourself the pinch marks on the ends of hot dogs a street map of your town goat cheese Palladian windows snow swirls dishwashers paint-by-number kits carving pumpkins cotton velveteen jeans Autograph Day at the end of the school year apple-glazed beef brisket kick or punt = indentation on bottom of wine bottle giving a speech Beethoven symphonies and sonatas the purple of heather and yellow of gorse that inspire the patterns of Irish tweed suspendered overalls suspenders bright yellow yolks the first kiss of the summer the comparatively early retirement age of NFL players a well-balanced life Shaker crafts the thought of leaving work and going home olive orchards that slope down to fields punctuated with clumps of cypress trees a “where did you get that?” item seasonal cleaning of rugs Dutch butter cookies your body being eight times the length of your head blue gumdrops a litter of fluffy puppies a rabbit named Buns short-legged beach chairs getting through the last chilly, housebound nights of winter tying hand-me-down sweaters around your waist or neck thick slices of radish, pepper, and sweet butter on sliced French baguette all-butter pound cake, ice cream, and strawberries the silence and solitude of isolated beaches getting out cashmeres and tweeds sticking with something you committed to Wall Street thyme good news for a change eating peas with a fork getting a swing twisted and then untwirling Venetian blinds hanging in big plate-glass windows sandbox toys the lawn settling into the sleep of frost washed-red color English muffins served with bacon and cheese earphones for stereos putting together a swing set for children and seeing the look in their eyes making sure you take your full vacation allotment Wisconsin dairy products a chemistry set to experiment with celebrating the imperfections of your relationship the White Mountains the strains of the fiddle whales silent deserted shores the roast carved, the corks drawn café society experiencing the thrill and sweat of a locker room dimpling rains ordering books by phone simmering herbs and spices for good holiday smells escargots, fondue bourguignonne, and a luscious grape dessert the freshest of ingredients, the optimum in color, texture, and flavor self-threading needles people who brag that they never watch television but somehow know all the rules of the game shows drivers’ education classes gristmills lessening the impact of a horror movie by filtering it through one’s fingers e. e. cummings, poet being tall enough to reach old medical or legal texts chocolate pound cake diapers and baby food Veronique Vienne’s The Art of Doing Nothing homemade pain de chocolat cows with bells cool limestone cellars a white Christmas Vietnamese cuisine tiny satin pouch bags having a picnic on the living room floor spreading blankets in the yard, chasing fireflies and talking pipe racks the spacious interior of a car bicycle shoes with crêpe soles bacon frying in cast-iron skillets jottings and musings preserved in one place Early American rockers blanket, binoculars, hors d’oeuvres, and the top of a hill the bottom line traveling in the off-season ice-cream cakes the doughnut shop where everyone hangs out browned turkey hash served with mustard sauce sitting and watching a plant grow remembering why you went into a room an inherited book collection looking your best spending an afternoon skating or sledding an enameled coffeepot filled with dried flowers cranberry juice cocktail apricot refrigerator cake brick-paved residential streets with restored Victorian homes chocolate bark one of those lucky days when there is a ton of stuff in the refrigerator a celebration breakfast yellow stacks of National Geographic colonial patterned floors cough lozenges ducking into the ladies’ room for 10 minutes hypochondriacs breaking out of an old routine yin and yang even-numbered ages sounding younger freshly prepared soup dill mustard beating a Game Boy game portable Scrabble games “The Farmer in the Dell” (song) the plastic wand that launches soap bubbles Old Sturbridge Village and the Publick House city planning tanning salons choosing a new ensemble for a Barbie Doll Vermont maple salad bowls mischievousness supermarkets the roller derby soft-lighting effects early summer: deeper yellows, stronger blues, some orange, and a variety of reds an old-fashioned milk strainer for a farmer bluegrass fairs warming milk for cocoa wind-up animals desktop publishing ship models switching to whole-wheat bread fuchsia, golden-warm marigolds, coral-to-magenta petunias, paper-white gardenias Toll House cookie batter drawing tablets pea-planting day crazy kids bicycle shirts laser printers conviviality the duck motif sending your spirits soaring high school rock bands the smell of fresh-cut greens beating the heat a rainbow of ribbons holiday soaps the practice of eating the cream center of an Oreo before eating the cookie outsides sugar wafers glimmer yarn gleaming gold buttercups and wild geraniums turning pink faces toward the sunrise 50 percent off anything jitney service wheat fields cherry-chocolate color watching a bridal party have pictures taken day headlights on cars shop doorways when friends drop in when the February sky is gun-barrel gray sleeping on the porch in summer local listings of lectures and panel discussions the sun coming up over a fog, a warmth of silver light that seems to come from everywhere Ritz crackers apple, peach, and fruit country parrots making love after tennis rice pudding white on the evergreens planting seeds driving up and down the main street of town mirrors inside closets the potential of 45,000 words per pencil two glasses of iced tea and a bowl of cookies on a tray the U.S. Air Force Ionic columns the visual language of comics and cartoons a pond or lake cupped in a hollow among the green hills the refrigerator egg holder working as an umpire vaudeville something that is one of a kind allowing every guest to hang an ornament on your Christmas tree movable feasts Porky Pig getting asked out on a date early mallards skimming low over the sea political consciousness kicking off your shoes and splashing your feet in a fountain listening to the lowing of cattle in a nearby field the prow of a ship freshly delivered French bread a collection of hot sauces a romantic walk through the neighborhood to look at Christmas decorations cryptograms someone who wants to take you dancing fruit peddlers an off-the-cuff compliment love, 15, 30, 40, game, set, match enlarging a favorite photo Betty Crocker cookbooks snow sculpture free concerts in the park Lincoln wheat-cent coins mixing yellow and red light bulbs rock crystal Christmas ornaments old, old black-and-white snapshots sautéed fresh mushrooms licking a cake bowl little boys in white boxer shorts discovering a different route to work hiding behind curtains every seventh wave being a big one dill butter for corn coleslaw and sliced apple or pear on a burger “Do not disturb” signs Dairy Queen posters and price lists spring training ringing the bell for doggy’s dinner and doggy running over to you a desktop scarred from good use children racing headlong into the water, joy splashing up around them spam blockers the academy chair in all colors fresh fruit pancakes a bowback Windsor chair ticket windows sluiceways buttercream frosting bobbing for apples knowing it’s never too late to learn barrel jumping smiling your smile popcorn at the movies colored logs lighthouses baskets of shells on a low table filling tartlet shells cabooses clam cakes and chowder an analytic approach impaling white bread on a toasting fork and holding its face near the flames of a good coal or log fire fried mozzarella and marinara sauce haunted houses having a different kind of sandwich for lunch clouds with silver linings flat griddles a sky the shade of faded blue jeans a wind on the way when there’s a red sky at sunset a romance between a French shop girl and a Yale dropout secondhand stores making a TV commercial museum lectures Wilson sporting goods cream cheese with chives, minced parsley, and chopped red pepper, spread on toasted rye cocktail bread sautéed eggplant slices never stepping on cracks submitting a sealed bid itching after playing in the snow a wish box dessert picked off trees nutmeg and Worcestershire sauce sprinkled on London broil or flank steak jumping into bed with a good book Bermuda’s pink beaches the Oxford English Dictionary and its Supplements and the New Oxford English Dictionary juicy barbecued delights sidewalk hitching rings for horses blueberries, pine cherries, woodbine, raspberries, cranberries, honeysuckle, wild roses, and beach plums a perennial garden, thick with summer bloom wills changing a college major log fires and feasts slow snowfalls maple-blueberry corncake rainbows a rainbow shimmering its way into existence playing possum getting fresh fish from someone who just caught them skating across a lake you swam in last summer using your powers for good the weathered shingles of fishermen’s shacks digging a hole in mashed potatoes to keep the gravy in visiting a law school Sunday school fajitas: a sizzling platter of charbroiled meat served with soft flour tortillas, cheese, tomato, lettuce, sour cream, and guacamole finding a pretty spot to sit and read the newspaper love between two people an antique pie cupboard words like “akimbo” and “salmagundi” spritz cookies being taken to the zoo Indian wrestling ornithologists gaming tables scented oils rural remoteness happy songbirds fishing licenses some really special and fitting words at Thanksgiving dinner hot-water heating systems winding a maypole digging into baked apples freshly laundered jeans old maps from a museum gift shop plastic or paper cups open-air flower markets “10-4” and other CB talk seven brass candlesticks in graduated heights secret civilizations Pennsylvania Station hard sauce over plum pudding, gingerbread, Indian pudding, or apple pie wild violets growing profusely and making the prettiest of small bouquets spoon bread Swiss chocolate cake a shore dinner Tootsie Roll lollipops wrap robes an ice-cream truck with a tinkling bell and comet’s tail of kids a sense of humor in bed fueling a hot-air balloon cleaning soft-shell crabs snow forts wristwatches little boys with froggies soaps in dresser drawers unsolvable Zen koans an authentic Irish wool tweed tie short-rooted spearmint and peppermint plants G.I. Joe dolls after-hours use of computer room equipment for a gambling network or figuring a stock market takeover a kaleidoscope of colors lasagna servers love-knot rings lying motionless in the warm sun sunlamp goggles squirrels hoarding nuts going to church on Christmas Eve in the New England tradition goggles the scenery along the way, as special as the smells and colors of fresh-from-the-field produce the individual vegetables or tater tots in a TV dinner tray that escape over the wall into the Salisbury steak zone flipping coins into a fountain knowing when to leave the feeling that you’re in a totally different world classical music concerts Difficult, Tennessee poached white peaches pizza samples the first day of winter things that taste, smell, feel, sound, and look wonderful: the stuff that romance is made of lobster tails baked individually in pastry with mushrooms and butter and served with wild rice and a vegetable challenging your own assumptions coffee, light accepting a compliment charcoal-broiled fish chili sprinkled with strong chopped onions and triangles of orange cheese deep red dogwood and sourwood, yellow birch and beech, orange sassafras and bright red maples home-garden varieties of squash, beans, and potatoes felt puppets chic boutiques rented tuxedos Hefty plastic trash bags tank drums nutmeg graters fishing with bamboo poles the thirst-quenching deliciousness of real lemonade Copenhagen ketchup pumps for bottles Sharpie pens in every color steep-walled, water-filled quarries wavy old glass panes tranquillity chefs’ outfits paisley, plaid, cabbage-rose chintz wallpaper gravity sending the sheets out to the laundry for wrinkle-free bliss 21st-century explorers backpack-style handbags the riverboat era a mother calling to her child enjoying the pleasure of discovery the last pickle in the jar that resists being captured walks along long piers your team playing in the World Series scones, delicious when served warm, split, buttered, and spread with jam slop barn houses Frosted Flakes cereal turkey trots hanging lace curtains for an airy, open- window look wooden ice-cream sticks a shopping spree a towel warmer in the bathroom skippies = white sneakers tropical fruits: cherimoya, Chinese grapefruit, kiwi, mango, and papaya honey satin vests Victorian furniture and lamps with red bows power-roar of the sea reading menus rainy days, ideal for special projects you’ve been procrastinating about making concrete cherries in your soda pop crossword puzzle-ese Saturday night dances one singing songs around a campfire serving sliced vegetables and fruits in two large wine goblets for dunking the beat of a drum a classic picnic of cheese and fruit Gummi Bears candy tubing: bobbing in an old inner tube lazily down a tranquil river Midwesternese apples, trees, country sky, the snap of fall in the air New England the snowshoe hare turning white numerology sweet-potato soufflé with miniature marshmallows and raisins sour-cherry jam dryer sheets a big brother reading to a little brother champignons = mushrooms remembering when life moved at a more leisurely pace maple oatmeal muffins keeping a child’s heart happy burning a Yule log only halfway, saving the rest to light the new log the next year not being able to face one more winter clearance sale feeling loved on Valentine’s Day tomato and round steak on skewers “That’s the ticket” brand-new pencils birthstones: garnet, amethyst, bloodstone or aquamarine, diamond, emerald, pearl or moonstone, ruby, sardonyx or peridot, sapphire, opal or tourmaline, topaz, turquoise or zircon a flea market bin of antique photos cold feet under blankets Christmas music adjustable hairbands Dots candy old suitcases as coffee tables the morning room, a quiet center of the home sparking nonalcoholic grape juice something as pretty as a picture broadening someone’s horizons chive butter for corn treating yourself to a massage learning the Latin equivalents for things you say all the time mosquito zappers portable drafting tables small, sun-drenched houses overlooking a bay displaying collections Virginia jumbo peanuts a giant cookie (cakie) for someone’s birthday seasoning with herbs instead of butter or oil dish towels on cup hooks piling tea sandwiches in a pyramid comfortable old shirts as pajamas the glint and glitter of frost crystals in the air, dancing like diamond dust in the sunlight deep-set windowsills a romantic scavenger hunt, steering your lover to a restaurant or back home for a private celebration overcoming scaredness samba contests and confetti-showered parades sliding glass doors Google falling in love with an old friend having good luck on a Friday the 13th climbing on rainbows happy endings carving chicken SpaghettiOs and franks blueprints white grapes the grayness of a sky about to snow the art of cheesemaking floating in tender clouds of silk couriers “Your cake will brown slowly in the oven and rise like a perfect sun” running a country store whirlpools class reunions a self-indulgent lunch all by yourself in a grand restaurant with a marvelous book a spa vacation when your name is pronounced and spelled correctly sprays of true-blue water starting a collection firm, moist, and crusty rye and pumpernickel bread flailing corn transoceanic airlines talking sweetly flickering gaslights November: chrysanthemum horsehead hitching posts old photographs matted with small-print fabrics, a framed doily, and an old mirror patchwork bench pads gumball banks papier-mâché piñatas blue looking through a very powerful telescope baskets of tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers clustered on the kitchen steps feathers wrought-iron chandeliers worn plush movie seats castles and fortresses billionaires Montana: bitterroot, wind-sculpted buttes, snow, copper, sapphires, pasturelands double boilers antique icebox hardware blazers and white pleated skirts the worn patch of ground under a swing velour hooded sweatshirts the hum of a motor finally getting a watermelon baller a window jungle of plants spareribs spiced with herbs and honey a class size of 20 or fewer luggage that lasts 20 years the ability to start over New York City publishing a stuffed toy pig with piglets snapped on advertising delectably crunchy ginger “You’re never too old for Koolaid” pepper enveloping yourself with calm; nourishing your senses and soul the one who loves you stone mansions sweeping chimneys, taking up carpets, painting and whitewashing the kitchen, papering rooms: putting a new face on the house, in unison with nature third basemen indulging in an activity that isn’t constructive or goal-oriented the restaurant pavilion delicate ivory a cast-iron coffee mill wild roses over a cottage door looking forward to the mail each day history’s years of insight breakfast on the porch long days at the beach a sharp pencil air terminals apple wood burning in the hearth taking a shower Spam a riding shirt with gold stickpin on collar “The Night Before” by the Beatles a sudden glimpse of a lit-up Christmas tree through a window a ceramic ovenproof lasagna server roving photographers wrap coats secret cabinets kids who think bath is spelled y-e-c-c-h pages softly turning getting married on safari a vinegary dressing with bits of bacon European cheese tablespoons a string of ponies coffee in a silver pot with a silver jug of hot milk corn, spinach, and bacon chowder running your first mile finding the doll of the child you used to be luncheon orders hand car washes that you wait hours for being offered a football ticket an herb-stuffed pillow important trivia free-form trees of glistening ice ripe grass in need of comb and brush beating people at crazy eights calorie-intake control energy taken out on a punching bag recipes written at night running after rainbows butter curlers liberation from grown-up routines ferries to New England islands street food counted cross-stitch shorty skis the wind whistling and moaning at the window and the stove with its steaming teapot sputtering a contented reply cinnamon-brown birds Monday night football Denver, Colorado striped canvas beach chairs ignoring those who discourage you free hot dogs owls Indiana Dunes State Park razzmatazz skinny ties seam rippers a salmon-colored sunset the yellowing pages of old books blanket-checked fabric liking rain showers catfish and hush puppies lighted swimming pools shawl collars pullover tops reaching toward greater self-awareness, appreciation of beauty, and love of others “The child born on the Sabbath day is blithe and bonny, good and gay” hazelnut gelati plain doughnuts hearty soups straight from the stove putting highlights in your hair straightforward service old fancy two-piece pool sticks irresistible softness spray perfume one true friend snow-clad peaks the sound of the wind school of spring: where little winds go to learn how to blow Coleman stoves roasting chestnuts in the fireplace gourmet tools: oven rack push/puller, adjustable measuring spoon, bowlfitting scraper, egg piercer, honey server, and strawberry huller hour-long telephone calls buying a new mascara putting perfume on your bike, in your hair, on your neck country-manor breeding silkworms concerts on TV snow patterns on windows currant bushes hung with clusters of berries a tall London oil lamp Xerox copiers Pisceans soapbox derby racing a county fair wheeling by in a Technicolor blur of sawdust and cotton candy wave-splashed beaches fluffy puff animals that squish, squiggle, and flop enormous bundles of Sunday newspapers on street corners a recurring good dream drivers who use their turn signals lottos chicken drumettes marinated with spicy sauce doing something that will put a smile on your face Polish sausage diced potatoes seashells in a glass bowl high, sexy heels wandering on brick-paved lanes lined with 18th-century houses the vibrant colors of a Haitian painting babies burping helpfulness collecting jail padlocks racing pigeons two-toned sports jackets taste buds coming alive as you savor the smells of fresh-baked bread, fresh fish, and sizzling steaks the victory in good work being able to fix your own toaster “April Fool-ing is to end at noon, anyone who tries it later is the fool” powder blue/lemon/peach/fresh mint/peppermint/suede/bone colors spring collections of clothing organizing snapshots in an album cowboy bars windowboxes prestige activities: hall monitor, honor committee, yearbook staff, newspaper editor, athletic advisory board a backless sundress the blogosphere one-day hikes when the worst player scores sculpture in papier-mâché fortune-telling sprinklers skier’s suntan blue chambray work shirts drive-in trays hooked onto windows togas menus the munching of a herd of sheep frosty glasses an open fire and the hearth on which it burns pink lemonade graph paper apple pandowdy Danish swirled pastries sociability archaeology a reputation for the best fresh fish in town P’s and Q’s = pints and quarts going to sleep with a line through every item on the things-to-do list an authentic lobster bake manger scenes when your temperature is at its 24-hour low: the time for your deepest, most restorative nap icebox pinwheel cookies wildflowers alongside a highway a pushcart lunch the discovery of a vocation Dr. Seuss books the three-day weekend reviving tired furniture birdhouses a January night that engraves itself on the senses rich and ruddy complexions nosegays of dried flowers a retreat from the outside world knowing when to work and when to play keeping a list of favorite names lingonberry and sour-cream crêpes attic rooms an antique spillholder used for long fireplace matches or a floral arrangement team jackets being able to sample the icing on a new cake without leaving a fingerprint garnishes for soups: crispy fried pork scraps, bits of crisp bacon, julienne strips of ham, grated cheese, sliced fried sausage, buttered popcorn, salted whipped cream, sour cream, lemon slices or wedges, chopped fresh herbs (dill, parsley, or chives), or sliced or grated hard-boiled eggs the camera phone looking out a bus window olés flying midweek milk glasses Danish Brie, Camembert, Havarti, and Samsoë cheese inflatable boats staying healthy when everyone else has a cold the seven virtues: charity, faith, fortitude, hope, justice, prudence, temperance muffler scarves Conestoga wagons answer pages in the back of textbooks making special efforts to get to know each other better spun-apricot, cream-mint, cloud-white colors falling in love with a brass bed on a trip to Vermont skeet shooting a wood fire lush green gardens that roll gently down to magnificent pink sandy beaches telling people you’ve been afraid of exactly what you think of them and having the situation get better raisin bread pudding with fresh lemon sauce eight-ball bake shops magazine correspondents striped chintz pillows NASA odd-shaped mirrors in sinuous mahogany frames old-time radio shows dog dishes that say “Good Dog” wrapping a taffeta ribbon around the waist of a white tunic or tying pastel ribbons around a straw hat ropes of shells yellow highlight pens that don’t bleed through paper evening purses wreaths of pinecones hanging on heavy doors the language of flowers chandeliers flashcards Spanish olives “helpful hints” books street merchants young marrieds gaining energy by exerting energy femininity Canadian bacon and egg sandwiches shared experiences and private jokes sponges paisley laughing out loud rainbow bridges hanging a lamp over the center of the dining room table winter piles drifting over the road visiting a farm to see all the newborn baby animals rainbow sherbet sewing groups begonias blowing bubble gum bubbles a surprise bonus Sesame Street (TV show) whispering preoccupation peanut butter in jars entrance fees wild orchids a steak over charcoal thinking for yourself steam rising from a cluster of casseroles kids riding in shopping carts an enjoyable nickname airing your blankets and quilts on a line in the yard, beating your rugs, and taking down heavy curtains not peeking into a cannon spiced tea a solid-oak Chinese checkers game leaving spaces in your day to do something spontaneous the quack of a duck rams the I-think-I-can whirring of VW Microbuses hickory-grilled duck All Fools’ Day grape-stomping contests secretly planting tulip bulbs all over the neighborhood hamburgers with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, cheese, and hickory sauce sewing-machine stitches an in-room hotel hairdryer when you’ve forgotten yours putting on overalls and getting dirty fried egg in a frame taking a sailboat excursion to nearby islands tan poplin trench coats the Berkshire Mountains an enameled breakfront gas range cheap thrills and satisfying extravagances “Kum Bay Yah” Bible camp song Scotch eggs rainbows apologizing for angry skies going out on a Saturday night and coming home sober, having had a great time resort wear balancing on one foot a portable aluminum camp grill drawstring pants strawberry whipped cream waffles choreographers double-handled soup bowls stoneware and breakfast fixings 19th-century magic shows joining hands at midnight on New Year’s Eve and saying a special prayer for the coming year any sign that takes on a new meaning when a magnetic letter falls off a beach mat that doubles as a tote caves buying a wonderful piece of furniture and enjoying it for years crossword-puzzle books a gentle telephone ring interrobang = a combination of the exclamation point and question mark adjournments the red, gold, and blue-silver leaf of wild columbine fish fries wearing a man’s watch saving almost everything, even Cracker Jack prizes pulse points harp = the metal hoop that supports a lampshade the millions of styrofoam wads that accompany mail-order items firefighting apparatus painting bedrooms yellow crows gathering together food thrills an attic’s forgotten curios bowls of vegetables being passed pumice color passing your driving test your own spaghetti snow bringing a redeeming silence cleaning up your own mess walking into your dreams and coming out a new person raising llamas or alpacas raisin color sun-loving prairie plants Tidewater saltbox homes very romantic things or people your own butter cookies bonfire colors yard sales Labradors that think they’re lapdogs, Great Danes that eat off tables, golden retrievers digging huge holes in the rose garden, and basset hounds sunbathing on the highway building a birdhouse watching Mother as she cuts apples, sews, or prepares the house against a hot New England day a meaningful kiss feeding birds all winter greasy spoon restaurants homemade French silk pie French doughnuts called croquignoles, corn oysters, marble cakes, buffalo stew, hickory-smoked chicken, apple butter, corn cakes, pies, cider, and sassafras tea misty Taoist brush paintings a colorful windjammer sailing fleet crayon-striped sheets the drilling of a woodpecker Cape Canaveral free throws things that might come in handy munching marshmallows the symphony of the wind schefflera trees accordion decorations and lamps not biting when a growl will do Frank Sinatra records deep purple miniature eggplants, with stems and leaves attached, piled high on a round wicker platter and placed on a violet tablecloth with deep lavender napkins tough feet notetaking on your favorite pad planting tulips at Thanksgiving seeing the biggest evergreen tree of your life doodling a romantic train trip tangy iced tea red-dogging the passer a sustaining hot breakfast on a cold winter morning percale sheets making an animated movie evening caftans special children’s menus sitting in the dorm, philosophizing about life burying the hatchet with an old friend with whom you had a falling out dark blue Indian cotton sawing boards basking in the spring sunshine hats: Derringer, drifter, longhorn, panama, safari, plantation that most absurd item you try to sell at a yard sale the Highland fling sitting in a rocker, listening to the silence and reflecting sunshine and weekends prizewinning playwrights making cozy provision against winter needlepoint footstools treasure-hunting with a favorite youngster cherry tomatoes dress shirts cleaning the birdcage joining a health club and getting results strolling in Sunday best after the noontime meal Polartec gloves apples and cheddar cheese cubes large biceps the lawn of an old English country house coffee steaming gently from the spout of a tall blue enamel pot with a hinged lid toys on sticks at amusement parks combinations designing a brochure warehouses antique maps peach and cranberry muffins and sour-cream coffeecake atmosphere drenched in history the branching in the rays of a tail fin pencil asparagus portable talismans smelling roasted sweet corn as you drive warm-windowed houses and frosted-roofed barns tomatoes, red and sweet planetariums Sanskrit crazy and silly and weird times a cat chirping when it’s happy tangy fresh-pepper hash people who pay Visa bills with MasterCard chicken wings, celery stalks, and blue cheese dressing crisp on the outside, tender on the inside food parfait stripes the Atlantic Ocean churns, copper kettles, oak kegs, wash pots, buggies, wood stoves, cider presses, coffee mills, kerosene lamps—all sold at the general store the promise of untold adventure earthen pots hearing your spouse brag about you individual baskets with freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh-ground coffee, homemade yeast breads with sweet-butter jam the line you draw on a check to prevent someone from writing “and a million dollars” handbags with room for everything Spanish rice making banana splits the moon on the snow not just seizing the day but making the day kids making their own valentines gardens past zipper teeth tomato gardens baked fruit compote in the winter a small act of grace a Parisian tailgate picnic with baskets of charcuterie hiring window washers baking garlic bread and eating it a won’t-leave-you-hungry meal hand-rolled and -cut pasta renting and borrowing for parties the clatter of cross-country skis being stacked in the corner having two magical days with no conversation, only contemplation singing “and many more” at the end of the “Happy Birthday” song heading south aloe early-morning golf illuminated manuscripts sherry, cheese, biscuits, and a Bette Davis golden oldie on a rainy Sunday afternoon getting chills when new dictionaries are published tweeds, Shetlands, pearls small dinners the Katzenjammer Kids Victorian knickknacks “killer mud” = overboiled, reheated java curveballs a fisherman’s sweater no line for the restroom tiny tomato juice cans old-time corn popper with rotary agitator the tiny petals of the mountain ash geek chic the ability of parents to guide their small children around by the tops of their heads church hayrides effective stress management flower-decked floats reservation books at restaurants “Rocky” movies being crazy about someone being tickled pink lamb souvlakia party sounds behind a door you’re about to open pomp old-fashioned stick candy in jars daisies and black-eyed Susans carrying things Sunday naps tapping trees to make syrup pockets full of mittens ties the width of lobster bibs tools you can’t live without refrigerators filled with soda a fait accompli surprising someone with a special event at a hotel, unpacking a romantic picnic, sprawling out on the bed, and listening to the quiet “Tonight” and “Maria” from West Side Story a balcony resting in the top branches of an oak tree class rings Jack Frost and his magic paint pot abandoning all civility and slurping the grapefruit juice straight from the bowl it’s served in keeping your hopes up doing everything with flair and a sense of fantasy discovering a new singer, dancer, actress, writer, restaurant, recipe throwing rice at newlyweds houseguests red plush establishments a city focused on the arts bladed grass: a forest of small spears of ice soaking down a dog and standing back as he shakes dry gymnastics heat lamps in bathrooms secondhand compliments being adamant rutabagas Phillips screwdrivers fences wood and wicker tables chimney sweeps the bottom of the Grand Canyon sleek limos looking for the best and enjoying hand-painted planters a table with pots of fruit-bearing plants placed on it the soothing sound of sprinklers being given a new lease on life a wrist corsage opportunity getting up on a 10-foot ladder for theater scenery work the real importances: the fundamentals with which you have to live sand, sea, and sunset two chimneys holding a house like bookends the chug-chug of fishing boats a cactus as a reminder of summer walking to the baseball field after school pagodas easy-out ice-cube trays an art book on a stand a bag of doughnut holes banister-back armchairs taping your own ankle clear nail polish dart boards I: the most common word in conversation the teacher you remember taking a bus to a small town with an interesting name; staying a few hours and exploring the useless pockets on pajama tops picnics in cars tromping around with a candidate microwave cooking writing paper early snows “healing” the landscape: no tracks, no muddied slush allspice, aniseed, bay leaves, bouillon, cardamom, caraway, celery salt, chives, cinnamon, citron, cloves, coriander, curry, dill, garlic, ginger, honey, horseradish, hyssop, leek, lemon, lime Lake Ontario popcorn balls in plastic wrap tied with ribbon endless space to fly a kite, play Frisbee, run, walk, or just sit and think window seats at a restaurant a roadhouse starting a relationship with a feeling of wonder at the uniqueness of the other person waking up naturally (no alarm), pulling on a comfortable robe, brewing some coffee, picking up the paper, and getting right back under the covers pink cottages saucer golf radish-and-crabmeat salad completing a project while still in your robe and feeling productive all day “Worryin’ is like rocking in a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere” designing a Web page windsurfing in Bora-Bora horses with snow on their back fresh French bread, hot to the touch any reunion that goes well good magazines in the waiting room tightening a loose screw incomprehensible good luck pick-up sticks word processors breakfast-in-a-basket sun-drenched climates extra rest Irish soda bread on St. Patrick’s Day; hot cross buns on Easter doing all that you can to be safe in cyberspace bulk groceries watermelon à la mode getting a check from the insurance company rereading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance glazed sweet potatoes portable desks people who act like ultimate experts on a topic after having read one article in the newspaper get-acquainted parties rippling layers of color harbor lights corny things stubborn spider plants reading lamps that cast the perfect amount of light on the page wilderness jeep safaris two people listening to each other the splintery crack of new books classic shirts an antique two-seater school desk with cast-iron legs, inkwell 60 Minutes (TV show) the churning hum of the washing machine —a splashy mechanical giggle with a grinding note—tossing its wet mass one way, resting and simmering, tossing it another earthworms dusk-time twittering of swallows tomatoes and bacon on toast, covered with melted cheese the pounding of a hammer giving snakes the right of way slumps, grunts, buckles, Bettys, and pandowdies ozone grated peels of fruit brightly striped sweaters postage meters putting all your senses to work lending a hand aluminum pie weights the log-and-chink walls of an old cabin the delicate hieroglyphics of raccoons and deer down by the creek the business of the day falling into manageable perspective tree farms packing a frosted cake for a trip pot stickers Ohio: glass, pottery, steel, tires, mound builders, fertile fields reversible rain slickers pulling pantyhose out of the drawer and finding them run-, snag-, and hole-free chameleons poetry that doesn’t rhyme a conversation that starts with a book roast pork violet: eggplants, beets, blackberries, mulberries, plums, purple grapes driving a jeep playing in a closet as a child bunches of asparagus, tied with ribbons, in a basket cubed potatoes fried in bacon fat, salt and pepper butterflies migrating a big bag of Hershey’s Kisses water’s capacity to take any shape a storm tapering off steel drums and street dancing lush thickness redwood forests and Spanish moss finding the perfect hairstyle desk accessories in country fabrics Pyrex cookware omelet pans wishing for a new car steel bands harp seals taking piano lessons and never practicing tiny mangers a high-placed government source brown eggs, cauliflower, and white onions in a pale straw basket with a few bronze daisies time-tested friends hand-cut full-lead crystal decanters spreading light a wood-paneled saloon bronze mums and red carnations, brown eggs, and bronze daisies making new bookstore friends a drum roll calm tempos socks folded in matching pairs white birch logs in the fireplace in summer cesspools early woodcuts a wintergreen toothpick infatuation chicken and lobster served in a special sherry sauce shepherd’s pie a cat circling a spot three or four times before settling on it sandboxes homemade shadow boxes shumai dipped in its brown sauce Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana (especially the sunset) taking advantage of Indian summer bicycling out to look at the Scotch heather, wood lilies, and wild roses on the moors cheese in 40-pound wheels meeting a quota with pride the six sides of a snowflake light-giving flecks of diamonds a butcher-paper dispenser Mexican jumping beans the clangor of a fire truck guaranteed free delivery seeing The Nutcracker Suite exchanging enlightening interests velvet cushions pocket caddies for reading chairs 10- or 20-pound bags of apples Mother’s Day presents the name “Kyle Brian” Vermont cheddar cheese loving forever framed calico appliqué pictures doughnut-hole machines clubhouses the Sundance Film Festival the wind picking up, blowing the trees around wildly, then rain starting to pour, pounding the surface of a lake and creating rivers in the dirt the salt of the earth seeing the awesome and eerie ruins of Pompeii ecotravelers and ecojourneys soft, puffy, foot-long bread sticks with Italian tomato sauce learning all the words to the songs you usually hum or whistle being glad you have each other a patisserie window that stops you in your tracks having one credit card playing your cards right hot, crusty, yeasty French bread and butter spas learning something new in each paragraph of a book the peace sign and the happy face Boeing 727s and 747s the one you dress up for pork and apples coddled in a nostalgic ginger-raisin sauce and creamy corn pudding on the side honeysuckle old food cans from 10 or 20 years ago studying in a library carrel handmade afghans having a favorite book bound in leather poses men’s cashmere V-necks dusty golden corn for the chickens bubble gum and hard candy pieces in bags of a hundred or more the deep sigh of a baby before she drifts off to sleep outdoor craft exhibits the crunch of a breaking nut oven mitts peeling fruit “little dinners”: combinations of soups, salads, and vegetable dishes Silly Putty Pearl Drops tooth polish luxuriant meadows with wildflowers an elegant military ball vertical barren rocks getting something done by giving it to a busy person space stations showing off collections church bells the empty stretches of bun on either end of a hot dog doing your job like no one else could do it root beer candy cast-off time when sailing pegboards bunches of ducks swimming in water not trying to do everything at once watch fobs going for it lock, stock, and barrel sports “picture” trophies bran muffins piggy banks the pong of a tennis ball colorful stationery in the pigeonholes of your desk a dog’s face when you say “walk” or “treat” a clean litter box an old-time rocking horse the porch welcome light calm soccer moms and dads finding the most luscious piece of fruit you can and savoring it flimflam = nonsense getting in the right line at the store lunch counters many small, worn Oriental rugs the device at intersections marked “push to cross” airtight stoneware jars with attached wooden spoons a romantic garden, an English perennial garden, a traditional herb garden finally getting your hair cut so it’s out of your eyes your book-of-the-moment clam shells the Parker House Hotel in Boston waking up refreshed in the morning hot zabaglione not eating when you’re not hungry family values a warm, crackling fire waterfront buildings softening brown sugar an antique railway switching signal funny business pleasure being life’s major concern wedding buffet suppers succulent baked chicken or country ham accompanied by fresh-baked rolls receiving intelligent answers finger cakes raisin cookies the medieval city of Siena, which gave “burnt sienna” to the artist’s palette iced tea with mint sprigs in wineglasses taking time off frozen chocolate pie and ice cream watering cans synonyms copper pots lines from favorite movies or poems sighs and whisperings a view of sailboats skimming the horizon soaking up some extra memories well-buttered crumpets happy holidays all-purpose flour hope theatergoing open-minded uncertainty rice-basket planters touching-the-sky, dreamy, ice-creamy times knit bedspreads V-formations of migrating geese the eerie appearance and ascension of the bubble in a watercooler making at least a thousand dreams come true the polonaises of Chopin earth-toned, rustic linens for warmth in fall or winter white oiled-wool British submarine turtleneck sweaters making friends with the police the wind brushing past you paper-white gardenias open-toed strapped wedgies short shorts browsing new car lots a unique glory a bed left guiltlessly, spontaneously unmade saying yes yes yes one size fits all furniture woods meat platters spring dinner parties picnicking by the pond overcoming writer’s block cloud 9 working out a problem people who offer you their seat a forest sanctuary Linde Stars: waltzing, six-rayed star rings crêpes stuffed with mushrooms and Gruyère cheese in Mornay sauce this thing called love Easter dinners a refuge from the city with fine, flat beaches food that mittened hands can grasp handling the first few minutes when meeting someone new binding books by hand the sea offering an omnipresent rumble stream fishing for trout contentment in listening to music and staring at a fire pizza sauce words animals of intelligence: porpoise, fox, pig, chimpanzee, orangutan, elephant, gorilla, dog, beaver, horse, sea lion, bear, and cat Scrabble coming out of the sea to dry and toast a Bad Day Survival Kit old-fashioned glass snow domes flopping around in a wading pool when you had seat belts installed in the car winning an eBay auction Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory weathered docks on tall stilts picking a sanctuary in your home: a favorite chair with favorite books nearby, a spot to come to and relax all by yourself giving your least favorite food another chance writing about whatever you think of (things you wish, say, dream); observing people and writing down what you think they think four-slice toasters gentle, warm afternoons created for tennis parties and games of croquet “cut the mustard” French fry dipper baskets gray wanderlust printing out photographs of your last vacation from your digital camera the Chicago Cubs accolades mobile concepts the ring of the telephone the first scratchy, camphor-smelling wool sweater of the season the Energizer bunny cobalt-blue bottles creating exotic life stories for people who walk by beating the odds for a change tool kits taking a snowmobile tour planning a hot summer midnight supper on the beach or near a lake the drone of a passing plane wearing an Indiana Jones-style fedora long-buried feelings and memories the patina acquired by leather jackets, tweed jackets, jeans, sneakers the habit of checking for change in every coin return you pass one-person kayaks for rent basketball dreaming nice dreams soft music Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan ham sandwich sauce: sweet-and-sour red tomato gravy, redolent of cloves baby showers taking advantage of every nook in your house peach, pear, raisin, and rum cheesecakes banana toast “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” (the Buddha) when small miracles occur senior proms stained-wood buttons leaving something unsaid red geraniums Missouri: Huck and Tom, rocky glens, Pony Express, watermelons sitting on a bench to watch the billowing sails of the yachts negotiating the sparkling blue waters of a harbor watching the same TV shows as someone even when you’re not together rejoicing in time alone to catch up a life-goals list Spike, Snoopy’s brother steeples rising like stalagmites a bobbing float hair ribbons grating cheese uneven parallel bars bed bolsters hollow-stemmed Pilsner glasses Trix cereal quiet meals broken corn blades drifting in the breeze red sweatpants the room tariff the color, scent, and deliciousness of strawberries battery fluid silk sleepthings seedless grapes in sour cream and brown sugar planting a tree touch football games wearing white cotton making love miniature jellybeans the season to be jolly: the end of football till the beginning of baseball a turret-shaped study vanity license plate and a college decal on the back window executing a perfect Eskimo roll while kayaking tapioca/Tap City = broke playing kazoos backwards mufflers garage sale antiques people who understand there’s a lot to you wood-burning fireplaces Bach concertos a cosmopolitan atmosphere Flutephones oval picture frames Tinkertoys, Play-Doh, Etch-a-Sketch, Fisher-Price corn popper, Lego blocks, Monopoly, Scrabble, and an Erector set chopping blocks a twosome sitting close together a single orchid being nice to someone who bugs you a blanket rack jute bracelets benches in between rows of lockers broiling meat or toasting bread on the top rack of a wood stove outrageous banana splits writing positive inspirational thoughts in a quote book a baby-powder back rub butter-crumbled eggs playing pool cheddar cheese pancakes a personalized leather-bound diary the very first present of Christmas morning old tree decorations putting a button on the corner of your beach towel so you can pull it on as a cover-up babies in backpacks a communal meal nothing making more sense in the summer than forgetting to be sensible seals learning things from books of questions-and-answers giant popovers colorful flower and produce markets The National Observer and National Enquirer newspapers Philadelphia cheese steak the dizzy smell of fresh-cut hay crossing the bridge when you come to it benefiting from a change in your point of view baby’s-breath flowers everyone needing a little self-love an artichoke or pomegranate remembering when the highway patrol didn’t hide with radar at the side of the road a drive-up mailbox happy feelings emanating from the kitchen traditional French onion soup topped with croutons and melted cheese jogging on a carpet of leaves as the sun-dappled trail winds through a thick, hardwood forest towel racks sharpening your vision a handsome park a tea cozy antique buttons wine tastings pincushion-topped jars swank long sojourns free kittens happiness coming in three ways: anticipation, realization, memory when the sky is clear and clean, the air crisp, the wind free of dust your ring size being the same as your hat size the first snow falling silently through miles and miles of spruce interludes tying shoelaces rinsing pantyhose in almond soap a beautiful calfskin leather agenda poetry in everything walkabouts ceramic glaze secret recipes American Express cards working on a project flames for boiling and baking, coals for broiling and frying baked pineapple platform shoes Ice Capades taking a course campfires, campsites wall storage systems feeding a cow beautiful children a Thermos lunch dark and cushy carpeting golden lion tamarins presents such as little things from the dimestore, secondhand clothes, magazines, toys, costume jewelry, wonderful bath soap or salts, a week’s worth of crossword puzzles, a library book, an article the person wanted to read and could not find finding a seat in a crowded movie theater slabs of homemade fudge coffee and doughnuts, their outsides crisp and sugary, their insides light and spicy discipline in exercise, food choices, and self-care expositions and fairs wearing water wings in the bathtub one rose in a tiny bouquet of wildflowers investigating underwater singing in the shower thick woolen blankets a Brobdingnagian cut of prime rib sun-dried tomatoes, steamed shrimp, and sauce not missing a thing white and oatmeal colors candied apples, pickled beets, buttered potatoes, string beans, and a half-dozen hot biscuits served with a pitcher of honey Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations the turbulent surface of the sun excavating a kitchen midden falling leaves chrome-banded tables the periodic table saved money snow on the weekend pink satin apples with green felt leaves and grosgrain loops for hanging pints watermelon boathouses beige and black class acts the last day of school the spot on the shopping-mall map marked “You are here” ham salad on Canadian white bread velvet Queen Anne chairs handing out invitations playing blackjack or “21” using your time to cultivate gardens giving a soft answer to a not-so-soft question English library ladder chairs fire escapes Arabian horses a teacher who learns from students shells in a shadow box the klunk-klunk of a windshield wiper edification, enhancement window-shopping in the fall effective business meetings escargot, cheese fondue, beef bourguignonne fondue with sauces, and chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and angel food cake a black hole creamy cottage cheese with a toasted bagel swimming pools shy goldfish lining up beautiful books on a mantelpiece being especially partial to book-lined dining rooms chunky cranberry sauce write-in-the-dark pens lemon-lime milk sherbet a robin’s 3,000 feathers surviving a summer job gingerbread houses outlined in white spun sugar, peppermints, corn candy, jellybeans, and mint patties farmhouse-cum-restaurant “Wash me” instructions found on the backs of dirty trucks candle lighting firecrackers time to think things over the yacht club being too busy to notice a basket filled with strawberries, cherries, and green grapes an odd couple “I’d rather play tennis than cook” (slogan) painting your nails fire-engine red strip steak with a tender, charred crust, plump and pink, packed with juices square-legged redwood plant stands the sea of camcorders whirling at the elementary school performance the icy green sky at the horizon, pink/blue above (skim-milk blue) and near the zenith, a half-moon bargain prices online reference books for crosswords barbecuing steaks, chops, burgers summer-style on a cold winter night in a fireplace having someone to come home to highly polished parquet floors plump white berries on mistletoe church bells pealing, lights going on, and a festival beginning the smell of a baby’s skin clear, cool alpine breezes blowing on steep, snowy mountains electric football games a radio pouring out a little Haydn quartet a warm mix of vegetables luminarias clothesline rope a blue ribbon won at a playground pet show dormitories tabletop mirrors fans laughing at cringe-worthy things Mom said meats garnished with parsley and small red tomatoes hand-blended larch and lemon potpourri in an embroidered pillow snowscape of a whitewashed house fabric rosebuds summer research projects handkerchief linen a cast-iron farm bell pasta makers a bowl of matches from watering holes around the world Modest Town, Virginia binoculars and notebooks cleaning up accumulated dribbles of office or housework Aunt Jemima gleaming copper double boiler with ceramic lining a river trip on a stern-wheeler bachelor’s buttons an early hunting owl winging close cream satin furniture ripe plums curtain calls looking at all the colors you can see on a cloudy day brushing your teeth in the shower orange segments an espresso “slushy” white enamel coffee mugs snowboarding in Maine taking a child to the park to feed the ducks recording trivia and fact bites that interest you painting the ceiling sky blue Twelfth Night punch: apple cider, pineapple and orange juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, honey, ginger the student union the local Zen center Fleet Street, London coconut palm, mango, banana trees many candles on a table izzard: the archaic name of the letter Z great human happiness vegetables boiled in a huge kettle over an open hardwood fire biking around campus a broom-swept beach house water pumps stone rubbings raisin bread pudding putting the cover over the birdcage at night using a telephoto lens attic junk chickadees, weighing as much as a first-class letter paintings sold straight from the easel buckwheat mix reversible place mats pound cake and milk butter-steamed carrots learning a new word lobster salad on split wiener buns enthusiastic book reviews vinaigrette babies wearing jeans getting lots of sleep soft French-style cream cheese flavored with herbs and garlic little faces punctuated with the round o’s of wide eyes and open mouths eau de cologne secret doors Vermont scrambled eggs served with local cheddar cheese a steaming pot over a crackling fire snuggling up with gentle creatures the peal of an organ happy times exotic coral seashell and barnacle clusters short socks peppermint showing a dog blueberry pancakes made with stone-ground whole-wheat flour, granulated sugar, homogenized milk, and blueberries drawing tables shaggy Dartmoor ponies biochemistry Hank Aaron, baseball player laughing to keep from crying artists who come to paint a scene and stay on to open studios and galleries manicured hands two or three cabbages opened like flowers in a basket swinging beds a porcupine, half asleep up in a big pine when that first cup of coffee kicks in blue light bulbs steaks sprinkled with fresh parsley lying down on the grass and following a cloud across the horizon saying “Sure” plants and shells as centerpieces Herefords standing knee-deep in lush grass super showers floor-to-ceiling screens a baby’s quilt handed-down Christmas ornaments the loon’s distinctive white necklace in contrast to its black plumage peppermint-stick ice cream with a whipped cream topping and fudge in a small pitcher on the side rope railings large scrapbooks symphonies popping salted peanuts personalized golf balls waterproofing your shoes stopping to think about how you wish it could be and realizing how good you’ve got it courage white-water canoeing sandwich glass knobs golf clubs wild cherries ivory-mist color the individual squares of a waffle windows with tinted glass squirrels building nests low in the trees “moo” cows Tibetan handbells rain on a thirsty field 100 acres of mountaintop with saltbox house in New Hampshire gardenias and candlelight frozen yogurt a third opinion burly country tweed jackets in herringbone, houndstooth, or Harris tweed the history of a four-poster bed drafts scurrying like mice about the house throwing a pot truck headlights that invade your motel room at three in the morning tomato paste in tubes from France Gray’s Anatomy, unabridged 1901 edition finding lyrics on the Internet regatta stripes cream cheese and watercress triangles when you think you’re a kid again feeling the heat of the sun while sitting in a car long light glowing on a crusted meadow the impossible encounters that live in the imagination and somehow become reality a copper-and-brass coal scuttle used for kindling or small logs or as a sewing caddy or popcorn bowl straw-blown paintings checking out a foreign grocery store Mexican seven-layer dip a sushi chef’s eye for aesthetic detail washing your hair in rainwater having orange juice and champagne while wearing silk pajamas bookworming impoverished students word-of-mouth: a dish we find irresistible hobby shelves the writings and etchings on school desks “Pronto!” home projects Peru’s Machu Picchu a thick mattress pad, soft feather pillows, fresh flowered sheets, a cotton comforter, and lace bed skirt when a hamburger can’t take any more torture and hurls itself through the grill into the coals loving thy neighbor one day’s accomplishments that make up for the previous week’s interruptions a bright, cheerful breakfast room New Hampshire primaries doing something against all odds believing in yourself when no one else will going up on the roof and examining your neighborhood peas amandine curtains whispering joie de vivre someone loving the smell of your skin wire baskets barbecue chips Salieri and Brahms, composers UFOs potato knishes “Keep on truckin”’ buying a cord of wood driving by the house in which you grew up seasonless corduroy, cotton gabardine, velour, denim “A man thinketh, so he is” cellophane miniature golf crewel needlework pillows pyramids of fruits and vegetables arranged in stalls credit cards handsome Georgian and Greek Revival mansions November clouds, high, gray, and passing boccie balls American cheese condominiums buying soap bubbles and blowing them at an unsuspecting person swim meets rubber-tipped doorstops drop-leaf tables blunt-tipped scissors, paper, and crayons for a child a train huffing and puffing out of the station trying something you haven’t before: an artichoke or pomegranate election signs on front lawns narrow-ruled paper an evenly lighted room to reduce eyestrain choosing a watermelon being motivated by self-knowledge a team of chefs the art of reading faces cookies: the perfume of the Yankee kitchen low wood beams hanging clean, dry towels in your bathroom a reawakened curiosity about nature good advice omelet-making pioneer ways tiny carafes 40-hanger coatracks doing something spontaneous on a “snow day” lush trees Snoopy standing on a beach ball wafer cookies “Oooh doggies, the hoggies are out!” short necklaces a smooth transition Irish linen place mats an enameled pierced-steel pie keeper turning cartwheels, doing headstands or somersaults old-fashioned kitchens liking to share bread boutiques VCRs cereal parties railroad ties raisins drying in the sun hors d’oeuvre fork, mini ladle for dressings and sauces, nut and berry spoon, and olive and pickle fork red knit caps the National Register of Historic Places choosing a chandelier stirring up warm, friendly feelings on a cold morning flat-bottomed paper bags a bubble of quiet air sitting in the kitchen with your hands wrapped around a hot cup of coffee and musing on your life braised short ribs and apples in cider sauce dainty French daisies the retort “Don’t make me laugh!” Concord wagons lamps with wicker bases Slinkies catching the breeze in a hammock fresh flowers, crisp vegetables, hot popovers, hearty portions, lots of bath towels back doors: the ones best friends enter by the headlight on a vacuum cleaner folding auditorium chairs swell smells transmission fluid hearing a brooklet gurgling and making bewitching sounds under the snow as it goes to join the waters of the pond water sports vegetable sauces: butter, hollandaise, Mornay, polonaise, sour cream/mustard, vinaigrette, white or cream multicolored file folders white asters, pale as dry champagne a window shade that allows itself to be pulled down, hesitates for a second, then snaps up in your face painted turtles the boxed area on a U.S. map where the 49th and 50th states are located woodchucks so fat they waddle idea exchanges for blue dye: blueberries, elderberries, indigo plant, larkspur flowers white sand trapezoids, pentagons, hexagons, octagons waxy rubbings from scratched-off lottery tickets hot dog stands patching and sealing a driveway listening more than talking remembering when bubble gum cost a penny, comic books 10¢, hot dogs a quarter, and water was free discovering a niche market listening to Tchaikovsky’s lilting “Nutcracker Suite” cabana boys daffodils looking like a carpet of yellow an antique-lace hankie the contagious act of yawning bright sun causing an afternoon nap a C average epistemology working toward goals Old English lettering meeting friends strolling troubadours errant clouds chasing each other across the blue sky making toast the old-fashioned way: on the end of a toasting fork over flames roaring in the fireplace wooden curtain rods and brackets a rocking chair in front of a window overlooking a lake jelly jars meat that is buttery textured, tender like pot roast pails of first-run sap tiny ice-cream stores the smell of peat moss gel pens 10 most beautiful words: chimes, dawn, golden, hush, lullaby, luminous, melody, mist, murmuring, tranquil pigeonholes for stationery and supplies whiter-than-white angel food cake sunshine filtering through hanging plants 100-watt eyes bowling leagues starchy white material watching people eat corn chips a Coach handbag Geiger counters herbs and plants used for yellow dye: alder leaves, apple bark, aster flowers, bayberry leaves, camomile flowers, horse chestnut husks, catnip, peach bark mustard and dill sauce the first few snowy mornings of any winter, wonderful and crisply beautiful English rose potpourri in a jar uproarious laughter that must be forcibly squelched due to its inappropriateness in a situation studying seed catalogs believing that crying is good for you mountain daisies at 11,000 feet in the Rockies wood carvings cats not holding grudges noontime visits passing a car summer storms leis placed on visitors to Hawaii papaya, avocado, cucumber, snow peas, chives, and green onion salad with mint vinegar mirror neurons in the brain saying yes elegant tea services marinated vegetable salad backyard screen houses tearing home from work to finish a book Brunswick stew firing a salute free books senior year breakfast toast rolls and honey Belgian endive with chicken or Swiss cheese Saks Fifth Avenue baby powder cooking a steak painters’ pants cider presses falling asleep to music volunteering as a cuddler for premature infants dairy cellars pregnancy yellow boys’ raincoats with hoods helping others carte blanche the return of plain white Keds, the yo-yo, clove chewing gum mouth-watering flavors Amish quilts in a double wedding ring pattern tiny books to hang on the tree: The Nutcracker, The Night Before Christmas, and A Treasury of Christmas Carols voicing your opinion where no one can hear you a gigantic breakfast at Denny’s playing in autumn leaves esoterica = singular things, done by a small group sitting up straight lunch and milk money special people viewing every problem as an opportunity for learning new things dinner menus an aging flowerpot meeting in the park for a touch football game sunup and sundown colors a baby’s yawn chasing evil spirits carrying field guides in the trunk heart-shaped ottomans something as fresh as candy mints reading outside on a blanket wearing a big sweater in the autumn sun roast duck cooked in caraway seeds Sierra Club hikes turntables ivory chokers woodland paths Greenland’s icy mountains coffee-colored kitchen appliances wandering the fairgrounds, watching demonstrations of making soap, Christmas ornaments, and apple fritters someone dependable and solid with dimples the whole kit and caboodle renting a slick sedan snugglier, snuggliest paper-bag lamps breathtaking skating over transparent ice serving flaming bananas for dessert shearling fleece multi-hued vineyards avocado trees burning calories while resting Oktoberfest celebrations boats wearing earmuffs a sympathetic ear hunks of cheese in plastic wrappers asking him to breakfast: croissants or warm rolls, good jam, sweet butter, hand-squeezed orange juice, an egg dish, ham, sausage or country bacon, and good coffee miles of ribboned highway tied with cloverleaf bows night sports black lights eating everyone’s discarded pickles sandstorms pressed-tin ceilings, arched doorways, and a winding stairway cast-iron floor registers New England diners improving eating patterns checklists putting up the storm sashes, checking the woodpile, and making sure the oil tank is full footed bowls sun-dried tomato pesto your inner hum modern art the night smell, feel, and wonder of October earthquake-proofing clearing your head a tapestry-and-hardwood Victorian rocker runnels of condensation on the panes “Rain before 7, fine by 11.” a Scottish thistle-design shortbread mold bootee slippers taking off to a place you’ve never seen before abstract art guardian angels snow in October hot-weather architecture water mains white-painted bamboo searchlights orange soda Shaker jelly cupboards hot-water method iced tea the chapel choir loft, an excellent nook for necking broccoli-stuffed chicken going to three museums in a row the perfect spot starlit beaches being addicted to the systematically popping bubbles in packing material shrimp color herringbone twill pants adjusting the sugar/cream level of your coffee, only to have a waitress come along and ruin it pens with clocks on them glazed pears stuffing a phone booth with people skewered steak and shrimp swimming with dolphins making an “I wish” list and then taking action so the wishes come true the flashy, robust season of fall sturdy plastic plates, knockabout cutlery, simple gingham napkins, and an old blanket to spread on the ground remembering to take the shampoo into the shower appearing on TV bring-a-friend banquets laying in a supply of paper plates and taking a week’s vacation from dishwashing white wicker furniture contrasting with a patterned brick floor, jungle plants, and a fountain making at least a thousand dreams come true taking Christmas cookies to friends empty bottles scrubbed and tubbed baked potatoes, not cooked in foil regional, semi-state, and state baseball championships “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas pouring milk into a cereal bowl and knowing to stop when the edge starts to move taking advantage of walking weather cheese and crackers served from atop an old potbellied stove the persistence of dandelions Swiss steak sandwich with butter and salt scarred desks fields of tall yellow flax stalks reading guest registers Kriss Kringle plate-size cinnamon buns pizza, stamp, poker table, and gumball jigsaw puzzles Memorial Day parties being offered free HBO for a week people who know exactly where they’re going the sweet crunch of corn on the cob V-8 with lemon tree-watching tiny graph-paper checks a high-yield savings account a quiet observer peach melba with whipped cream the flavor and ambience of the Maine woods puffy sleeves walking through fresh snow and listening to it crunch the fun activity you saved for the end of the day the upward flight of skyscrapers chicken salad platters tester beds a great cat named Sidney an echo crème de menthe parfaits pancake tossing honesty being so delightfully, pink-cheekedly seductive someone who looks right at your eyes and smiles a huge, sweet smile fresh and tangy lime noticing how dirty your windows are and knowing that winter is almost over spaghetti sauce paper airplanes marble sinks toast points linden trees in the autumn, ravines aglow with the fiery brilliance of sugar maple and witch hazel tic-tac-toe in the dirt pincord slacks sleeves pushed up for hard work or eating apple and sweet-potato purée, served with pork or chicken or at breakfast with sausage or bacon putting food by moving from the needlings of nervous energy to a deeper level of stillness chipmunks garnering grass seed and lining nests with thistledown a baseball game going into extra innings reusing an old bridesmaid’s dress the new math fire escapes slashing down sides of buildings like wrought-iron lightning chunky wooden bracelets bleached blue jeans seeing 200 sails of different colors jack-o’-lanterns woven baskets concerts in the park compulsions unusual artichoke plates small packages wrapped with foil papers, bits of calico, embroidered ribbons, lace, and tiny flowers the Mach band that runs along the edge of sky and touches the ridgeline just after sunset writing labels recording the jam’s fruit and birth date a rasher of bacon done to a turn handcuff-size onion rings barrettes dancing with a lover to 50s music bays and marinas jammed with boats hot chocolate and big marshmallows at a hamburger joint pickled peaches inserting tabs pierced-tin lanterns chocolate-dipped graham crackers bouquets of old-fashioned country flowers a barn home or studio the preposterous rituals that people resort to to get rid of hiccups wedding spoons riding the wind sailing picnics Old Town, Wells Street, Chicago celebrating togetherness art classes mocha tarts the cold coming and knitting a film of ice barns sweet with hay and leather bangs that finally grow out BLTs at the corner coffee shop kiln-dried oak making words from Alpha-Bits cereal Dictionary Day, October 16 being an archaeologist in your own backyard traditional chants sung at the butter churner tweed hacking jackets playing kick-the-can celebrating Sweetest Day, the autumn “Valentine’s Day” long, flat berry baskets caramelizing a wool gabardine Baltic cap with commander’s “scrambled egg” visor marriage certificates outdoor chaises bird safaris a small fragrant disk of sausage microphones the commonest words: the, of, and, to, a, in, that, is, I, it, for, as Dijon mustard and freshly ground pepper to add spice to life fabric patterns: check, cord, dapple, diamond, dot, floral, geometric, herringbone, pin-check, plaid, polychromatic, print, rib, solid, speckle, stripe, swirl, windowpane pilots in uniform purse atomizers gumbos low-bush blueberries Cobb salad with gorgonzola dressing when your fingertips have shriveled like prunes and you’re clean enough to put on fresh pajamas white china drawer pulls apple squares with cream cheese scented clothes hangers indirect lighting the Boston Children’s Museum intellectual rigor dolls in a doll the spicy odor of lasagna fine-print maps many surprises coming in one day gizmos winning acclaim Walt Whitman, author Bibb lettuce alarm clocks greeting cards that “say” something the energy to squeeze some juice, grind some coffee, and stir up a batch of muffins little things cream in coffee, or half-and-half wooden baths blankets: army, baby, crib, horse, military, cotton, electric, down, thermal, woolen polished ash and walnut long walks across the frozen lake to the post office flickering lights with shimmering reflections a trout pond watching it snow three-gallon ice-cream tubs bikini season singing along with a Beatles song note-taking in college scenic, sandy, salubrious Cape Ann words pertaining to the nose: sneer, sneeze, snicker, sniff, sniffle, snipe, snivel, snob, snoop, snoot, snooty, snore, snort, snout, snub, snuff, snuffle living in a 200-year-old house pitching tents, setting the campfire blazing, and serving spaghetti with meatballs and tossed salad Veronica Mars (TV show) red Ferraris 50s music Vermont’s atmosphere chopping veggies with a mezzaluna Shari Lewis and Lambchop daring to write on the lines as well as in between them cicadas’ shrill songs Oriental grocery shops the sounds of geese high overhead the softness of kitten’s feet, like raspberries held in the hand reading four dictionary pages a day a shade that lets in just the right amount of light salmon-orange-pink color cozy robes, morning newspapers, chocolates on the pillows, milk and cookies at bedtime, and coffee 24 hours a day passion purple, fire engine red well-coordinated charm cashing in your chips the silence of close friendship smile lines accidental meetings pineapple, cream cheese, and crisp bacon on a burger young robins trailing their mothers on a search for worms Mozart piano concertos strapless bras forest walking “Works for me!” kids keeping you moving Central American bananas lynxes dolman sleeves three selling subscriptions butter bowl with ladle attached small snowmen with twigs for arms flat, smooth, cool sand, just out of reach of the incoming tide a 20-hour workweek starting an herb garden carrots growing deep the snort of a nose-blower The Wizard of Oz (movie) putting on heavy ski socks and a good warm bathrobe a very soft, old-fashioned teddy bear with plaid paws, ears, and ribbon staring off into space getting tickets to a play writers’ houses strewn with “tools of the trade” old calfskin wallets mountain climbing over molehills buying some lacy underwear and wearing it for everyday a zillion breezy notions buttery suede slippers coed night at the health club television broadcasts from space satellites sleep the fragrance of cookies baking chicken pot pie steak-bite appetizers seeing the moon rise checking out new grocery stores alpine trails above the timberline old Bible racks hooked on a cabinet to hold cookbooks a bright red maraschino cherry atop a snow-capped whipped cream mountain white doves restlessly circling a chateau discovering that there is no real difference in the various cycles of your washing machine being a playground leader paint rollers watching out for traffic, holding hands, and sticking together the rare pileated woodpecker butcher coats a candlelight parade unconventional tablecloths: country quilt, painter’s dropcloth, unfolded road map, sheet of butcher’s paper, tartan wool blanket, festive rag rug not taking your computer’s health for granted winter, a time to emulate nature Twinkie “fixes” green candles sitting on a bed of leaves stone-ground wheat cakes and maple syrup a screened-in gazebo a 20-question marathon in the car baby dandelions night music Elmer’s Glue-All letting color predominate exploring, taking chances, being adventurous and spontaneous Crenshaw melon cast-iron pans the field hockey team in college cheese samples ice-cold melon a wire Easter-egg dipper mustache wax wicker knitting baskets a wife and a husband as best friends meatballs in onion gravy or barbecue sauce comfy chairs in large bookstores children who behave in restaurants little graces “S” pothooks a tall octagon aquarium the miracle of cool sneakers and a straw hat plants you can take care of hot potato salad letting go of inhibitions without need of excuse buying fresh flowers counting the miles an evening of zero productivity leprechauns a reading nook post office cubbyholes brandied cranberries Candy Cane Lane, LaPorte, Indiana an area that is happily underdeveloped and underpopulated city britches kindergarten drawings New Mexico: mesas, canyons, caverns, pueblos blue pencils strawberries and powdered sugar packing a flask of coffee, hot chocolate, or your favorite chili recipe using the things you had been “saving” for a special occasion spare ribs cooked in pineapple juice, garden corn on the cob dripping with butter, and fluffy mashed potatoes with lumps wading knee-deep in fallen leaves the cheery glow of a crackling fireplace tin-lined copper pans the Sunday crossword puzzle and the ultimate country pleasure: a tractor inner tube gooseneck floor lamps when the dog brings the paper and there’s a hole in the middle straw fedoras narrow columns of type, meant to be read quickly a contemplative corner of your own being booted, mufflered, and storm-coated shells collected from the beach with single orchids growing out of them aging a stew or soup lengths of knotty pine for a paneled effect soup du jour the sloshing of soft bristles around a soapy mug singing waiters and waitresses aglet = shoelace tip seeing rainbows “sipping” fun down to the last drop Easter basket treats when someone throws you a curve red ribbons tied in bows around tree limbs non-dairy cream seeing interesting people in an elevator a curved restaurant booth fishing booths a band concert a tailgate picnic before the kickoff a scarecrow that does not work garbanzo beans turning your pillow over and over, looking for a cool spot parsley-butter patties on steak satiny shirts a Greek picnic: bread, feta cheese, and retsina colorful shopping bags loaded to the brim containers and bottles—smoked salmon, pâté, prawns, chips, fruit, wine—and some fine crusty bread the regular harbor contingent of mallards adopting a parakeet and teaching it to talk island-related music: watered-down reggae or steel drums the unmistakable message of love boneless prime-graded, dry-aged strip steak in a black mantle of char boys’ bikes getting home, turning off the telephone, turning on the radio, and hopping into a scent-filled tub for one hour trying to figure out the theme of a conversation in a foreign language apple pie time appetite-whetting exercise thinking good thoughts shining, smiling, sweetly peanut-buttered faces paper cups of cinnamon-flavored applesauce a troop of kangaroos writing down all the different roles you play the tickling sensation of facepainting red-carpet treatment prodigal sons crustacea when the whole school assembled in the auditorium to watch a space shot a cascade of foliage the common people: hoi polloi speaking kindly pinning your hat on philosophies on posters going to an outdoor café Sun-In spray for lightening hair a beloved pair of cushy shoes the inn launch birthday wishes that come true absorption of information gourmet provisions for a week-long adventure red and white signs on old jalopies open-air cinemas experimenting with color cozy rooms with pretty details the dignified face of a woman well into her 80s fresh air after a stuffy room lingering over coffee and buttered muffins small evergreen hedges dimmers for lights things that are quiet and old and simple and ordinary and very real “Next window, please” signs paper quilling listening to chickadees horn-rim glasses a bird feeder hanging outside the guest room window slicing a fruit into a continuous helix old country inns to get lost in a new bedspread apple blossoms cut-crystal decanters huts tubs of Pepsis and ice first-aid books the tangerine flash of Baltimore orioles a real person answering the phone planning an audition for a community play the soul-stirring sound of rain on the roof jewelry cleaner believing in yourself peanut butter and cranberry sauce sandwiches potato and cheese blintzes as large as toss pillows bleached or stenciled floors bay leaf flavor seedless oranges story hour collapsing in bed and cuddling smells of baking cookies, cannelloni, sauerkraut, hot