Good morning from New York.
What a grey, muggy Monday has appeared unto us. It is the kind of dawn that does not energize. Well, it does not energize me.
I will try to counter that lethargy with my cups of strong coffee, and focus on presenting my favorite smells and sounds, as requested by Exmoor Jane. I will just toss them out as they occur to me.
One. Any form of cooking that involves brown sugar and melted butter creates an aroma that I find irresistible.
Two. Lavender, fresh, dried or making an appearance in soaps.
Three. King's College choir singing "Once in Royal David's City" will make me cry.
Four. Hearing almost any Bob Marley song will make me want to dance.
Five. Freshly ground strong coffee. Freshly brewed strong coffee.
Six. Hearing almost any word from a dear friend whom I've not heard from recently.
Seven. Fried bacon.
Eight. Bossa nova music played by my favorite street saxophonist, who plays in Central Park on moody, cloudy days.
Nine. Chocolate. Up close.
Ten. Ripe peaches.
Eleven. The sound and even the smell of being close to someone I love.
Twelve. The sound of laughter from someone I know, or even someone I do not know, particularly if it is a child's laugh. I include the sound of children giggling in this entry.
Any of the above would be a very welcome sensory signal. Many of them would make pleasant combinations, too.
I hope that you all will find that we share some of the twelve.
It is still grey and muggy, but I am feeling energized. Off to work!