Playing Chopin's Prelude in C minor. The chords are chilling and in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. I think (in my own delightful fancy!) that Chopin never sat down with the intention of writing that piece... I think he was improvising just for his own pleasure and then went back later and wrote down what he played. :)
Receiving letters. I don't know what it is about snail mail, but getting a letter in the post never fails to bring a smile to my face. Maybe it's knowing the effort that person went to...
Ticket to Ride. If you haven't played this board game, you need to. It is so cool! I have the European version. I love how the train tracks wind around a vintage, Victorian style board... the strategy of it makes it different every time.
Mushrooms. I know a lot of you will not relate here, but I love mushroom. Especially the little marinated button mushrooms in the Chinese noodles we buy occasionally. Yum! ^_^
My piano students. They are really such delightful little girls - they make me laugh and I am so proud of how they practise and learn so quickly!
Poetry. Both in reading and in writing it, poetry gives me the words to describe a thing, an emotion, or an event that I could not otherwise describe in straight prose. It's almost as though words elude me in they aren't in rhythm... I often go groping for a word when just talking to someone, but I'll think of the write words as soon as I'm writing a stanza of a poem... that always thrills me somewhat. :)
The Piano Guys. I need say no more. When did those guys get so good???!!! What is their secret???!!! (And don't tell me it's practise - I already know that! :P )
Babies. We don't have any more babies in our house (Annie is three now!) but whenever I do get to hold one, I am amazed at how such a beautiful, full life can be held and sustained in such a tiny, fragile little body. And to think that our God came down and dwelt in such a body! Amazing!
Musicals. I love them! The Sound of Music and Singing in the Rain are my favourites... the stories and the songs are so funny and sweet. :)
And last that I can think of right now - but far from being least! - is one of my favourite scriptures:
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
(1 John 3:1-3)