22 November 2013

Holy Bagumba! or, Small Delights.

It's rainy. And gloomy. But warm. Which is good because apparently it's going to be frigid in a day or so and there might even be SNOW for Thanksgivukkah. And I'm finding charming things left and right.

1) My father's girlfriend sent me an email. This is remarkable because he does not email. Or text. He still loves his fax machine and has no computer or internet access or smart phone. I was oddly delighted to get her email.

2) On the downtown train, when the doors opened at 34th Street, in wafted the dulcet tones of a steel drum playing "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". I've been humming it happily ever since.

3) I splurged on set of cunning twinkly lights - little light-up lumps on delicate copper wire. I shoved them into an amphora-shaped wedding present vase that lives on the mantel and it pleases me enormously even if it is rushing the season a tiny bit.

4) There's a cheese encyclopedia on line! I was looking up my favorite cheese so I could send a link to someone, and there it was: The Cheese Library. Swoon. I love cheese.

5) I think I'm completely alone in this, but I rather love the deeply subversive and quite demented portrait of the Danish royal family.


6) My sister-in-law sent a book to my daughter for her 10th birthday. It's called Flora and Ulysses, and it's by Kate DiCamillo, and it is completely wonderful. I've been reading it aloud to the girl, and I'm captivated by how nicely the words flow off the tongue. You should put it on your shopping list, assuming you have a 9 to 12 year old who needs a present.

What are you finding charming these days?

8 comments:

Jeanne said...

My cats. They're the one thing in my life that never fails to charm me.

Sarah said...

I quite like that family portrait.

And first graders. They are always charming.

Julia said...

LOVE Kate DiCamillo. Read everything she wrote.

I'm glad for the mishmash of oddities that give you joy.

readersguide said...

I do love that picture. And Maddy loved the Kate diCamillo about something something Winn Dixie, which was a present from an aunt at about that age.

I'm not charmed by anything at the moment, but I am preparing myself to be charmed. Who knows -- maybe it will happen?

Bibliomama said...

I love those lit-up lumps. And I can't name a single thing Kate DiCamillo has written, but I have the impression that I like her writing, which makes me feel a little weird.

julochka said...

I'm reading the dicamillo elephant book at the moment. I think the cheese rec was me (thank you for that!) and I loathe that portrait. but it's because I'm too close to the royal family - having worked with Mary in Microsoft before she was princess and what with husband playing tennis with the prince. plus, I stayed at the Manila Peninsula at the same time as prince henrik, and we ate breakfast together (in the same room anyway). :-) they did capture the creepiness of prince joachim very well tho'.

julochka said...

I'm reading the dicamillo elephant book at the moment. I think the cheese rec was me (thank you for that!) and I loathe that portrait. but it's because I'm too close to the royal family - having worked with Mary in Microsoft before she was princess and what with husband playing tennis with the prince. plus, I stayed at the Manila Peninsula at the same time as prince henrik, and we ate breakfast together (in the same room anyway). :-) they did capture the creepiness of prince joachim very well tho'.

Becky said...

We love Kate DiCamillo. Her latest book will be under the tree this year. ;)