After a very long, dark week, the sun came out today for the second day in a row. It never fails to impress me just how much we are all affected by sunlight. Yay! Hooray! We were all practically jumping up and down every time we went outside and were greeted by bright shining rays. Strains of "good day, sunshine," and John Fogerty's "well beat the drum and hold the phone, the sun came out today..." played through my brain, and I began to calculate the loads of laundry that needed to be washed and hung out in the sun to dry.
And because we had plentiful power from the previous day's sun, my day began with grinding coffee. Is there anything else in the world that smells as blatantly, obnoxiously delicious as fresh-ground coffee? I think not.
While sitting in the Mercantile waiting for the Mississippi Mud brownies to lure another customer in, I made a list of my favorite aromas:
1. Fresh-ground coffee beans
2. Watermelon - the quintessenntial smell of summer.
Photo Credit: Josh.liba on Flickr
3. Cucumbers - so clean smelling
4. Freshly washed babies
5. Sheets dried in the sunshine - I've been known to huff a sheet or two
6. Jeffrey Pines at about 7,000' in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - they smell divinely of butterscotch, and when one encounters a grove of them it is absolute heaven.
Photo credit: James Marvin Phelps on Flickr
7. Bookstores and libraries - yum, yum, yum!
8. Biodiesel made from used fryer oil - cars using this fuel drive away engulfed in the fragrance of French fries
9. Kurt - right there in his neck, where my nose ends up during a good embrace.
10. Puppy breath
11. My own sweaty self after a really good hike.
12. My own squeaky clean self after a shower after #11.
13. Bread baking in the oven.
That's it for now. It's time to head on over to Ironweed Kitchen for a farewell party for Travis. More soon!