I could easily write a blog post about things that annoy me. I mean…where would I start?
Slow drivers, long lines in the grocery mart, piles of footwear parked at my front door. Believe me, the list goes on and on.
However, I was reading a lovely Bellagrace magazine blog post the other day, and she asked,
“What things, when you go to them or hold them immediately evoke a feeling of calm and coziness, and transport you to your happy place? What are your “touchstones?”
I love that term. Touchstones.
For me, several things came easily to mind. And I do have several but I started out thinking of things that instantly put a smile on my lips while sighing heavily…ah…ah…
It would HAVE to start with pencils. I have a thing for pencils & pens like some women have a thing for shoes. For as long as I can remember I have doodled on paper ( I think I will resurrect an old post about this…) and writing utensils give me a thrill. I almost always seek out a stationery store in any city I visit, and I hold pencils , twirl them about and test them out with my signature on the all too tiny scrap of paper that they provide. Another annoying thing…Sorry. Back to sighing…ah…ah…
Just holding them and checking the lead saturation point ( light, medium, rich and dense) and testing out how they look on paper makes me in a better mood. They must be crisp and have a definite flow… I love them because I also have notebooks as a touchstone. I own many many notebooks and journals, memo pads, list pads etc. And yes I use them for all kinds of things. I was a teacher for 34 years so this obsession was well honed!
Another touchstone would be dried flowers, but only the ones that stay beautiful throughout the drying process and afterwards such as hydrangeas. I carted a suitcase full of dried hydrangeas back from the east coast as my pal Debbie can attest. Many of my Instagram photos feature these gorgeous blooms, so working with them is a joy I never get tired of.
Lastly, for today I would also have to say a cup tea. Usually black, but any cup of tea in my hands spells warmth and love, peace and contentment and invites me to sit down and stop being annoyed by all my pet peeves.
What tangible things take you to your happy place? What are your touchstones? Do tell.