Java Talk: Describe A Perfect Day


It's been a long time since we've done Java Talk. It was mentioned in the survey I did. So let's get a discussion going!

Describe your perfect day. Here's the catch: you can't spend any money.

Here's mine: 

I drive out to the countryside with my camera. I run across a very old cemetery with lots of trees backed up to a wooded area. I spend a good hour taking photos. 

Then, driving along, I run across some old barns. I love old barns! I get out and take more photos. 

I get to see Andrew, Marley and Riley, my three grandchildren.

I then drive to Jenks, to my favorite antique mall, and stroll the aisles. I get so much inspiration just looking at displays. I come home with lots of new ideas.

I come home, feed the pupsters, and make myself a veggie burger. 

I have a nice soothing bath and think about my day. Then I settle down in my bedroom to read a good book with the pupsters beside me.

That for me is a near perfect day.

How about you? What would you include in your near perfect day? Without spending a dime.

65 comments

  1. That's a good one
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm trying to get us to think in terms of things that make us feel happy that don't cost money.

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  3. Morning coffee and a long walk on our gorgeous local beaches. The weather would be crisp and crystal clear. A tasty lunch at a local cafe and then a movie marathon at home. I may need to make this a reality very soon, lol.

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    1. Sounds good to me! Wish I had beaches to walk on.

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  4. I love a day when a girlfriend and I can just browse our favorite stores and visit. My second favorite day is cleaning house, playing with vignettes and something fabulous cooking in the oven or crock pot. Just a me day.

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    1. You know, I think the happiest people are the ones that are happy with the simplest of things. I think this is a great one!

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  5. Hmmm...Well, I think every day is just about perfect. I have a home, food to eat, a beautiful family that keeps growing, and a wonderful husband that puts up with my kind of crazy! Honestly, I try to find something that makes me happy, in everything I do and in every situation. Sometimes that is difficult but in those times, I remember that we must walk through the fire to receive the blessing, on the other side!

    Grace & Peace

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    1. I feel the same way. We "glass half full" people are the most content I think.

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  6. Not to go to work and go on a hike in the desert with my great trail dog. Take lots of pictures and go home tired and feeling good.

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    1. Sounds good to me. When I wear myself out, I sure sleep better.

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  7. My favorite day is having a movie day with the hubs, all snuggled under warm blankets with something cooking in the crockpot!

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    1. Smelling something good cooking always makes me happy!

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  8. A day that I can play pretty music + either work on a dollhouse miniature or sew. Also something yummy cooking in the crock pot for supper. A feeling of content in my heart mind + soul.

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    1. I am always exhilerated by working on a project. And that crock pot cooking smell is something I wish I could bottle!

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  9. Pups and kitty on my lap always makes it a perfect day.
    Yes, fixing up my home with a delicious dinner cooking away is contentment.
    Driving north to see the changes of the seasons is a perfect day too.
    Kathleen in Az

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  10. An entire day taking care of plants - indoors and out.
    Repotting, removing dead leaves, fertilizing, rearranging......
    In the evening stand back and feel content that so much got done!

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    1. Oh yeah, when it warms up and I can be outside cleaning things up, my spirits will be lifted. Right now it just looks drab and full of dead leaves.

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  11. Well mine would have to be spring or fall..no summer humidity! :) Then probably a day at a park with a creek or lake, maybe the grandkids IF their parents were there to help keep them in order because the perfect day has to be non-stressful, lol.

    This makes me think of a day years ago when the boys were little. We'd had days and days of snow and ice. I was outside by the bird feeders and had brought out suet. One of the chickadees, so used to me by then, came and ate out of my hand. That was a perfect moment :)

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    1. I've never had a bird eat out of my hand, but I'd sure like to have that experience. When I go see Andrew and he needs a diaper change, I always stay put and say: "Been there, done that. Your turn!"

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  12. How I wish for you.....time with your precious grandchildren. I also wish sharing time with you...going to take photos, I would love to learn what you have shared so beautifully with us. 💛

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    1. I don't do anything special taking photos. I just put it on automatic and never use flash.

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    2. Brenda, you do something SPECIAL!!! You know what to look for and how to share it. You are right some of the simplest pleasures are the best!

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  13. A perfect day for me would be a spring day with temps in the 70s, and not too windy. I would love to go to a nearby nature park with a picnic lunch and treats for my dogs too, then after eating take a long leisurely walk with my husband and our dogs. I haven't been able to walk since my surgeries a year ago so this truly would be my idea of a perfect day! And meet up with our daughters and grandkids later, then enjoy watching the kids play in the park. Then off to our little house where we all would enjoy a yummy dinner together. Lasagna, garlic bread, and ice cream for dessert. The grandkids love making ice cream sundaes at my house. I keep all the sundae toppings and ice cream stocked up, ready for their visits on warm days. :-)

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    1. Sounds delightful. You haven't been able to walk in a year???

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    2. I get around my house with crutches and have to use a wheelchair when leaving my house. I had two major back and neck surgeries, and I have a neuromuscular disease. I have permanent damage in the nerves and muscles in my legs. I don't know what I would do without my husband. He has been a saint the past year taking care of me....

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  14. The perfect day for me is being home while a raging storm is outside. I love sitting on my couch and looking out my big front window at the wind and rain...snuggled up with my dog.

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  15. My perfect day would be spent touring country gardens with a loved one to get ideas for mine!! I did this a few years back and it still stands out in my mind as a great day. I can spend hours in a beautiful garden just looking at all the lovely plants.

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    1. Me too. Wish we lived close and we'd both go.

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  16. A walk in the woods with my husband. A picnic of grilled chicken potato salad and sweet tea. Sipping my evening coffee in rocking chair with a view of the mountains in Georgia.

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    1. Oh, you could write a whole essay with this one!

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  17. My perfect day would be waking to a beautiful snowfall. Sitting in my most comfy chair, drinking my morning coffee and watching the birds getting their breakfast from our two feeders out the living room window. For my perfect day it would continue to snow all day and add up to several inches. I would be making a great supper for my husband David and I. It would be great for our 4 grandchildren to come over so we can play in the snow. I will be 57 on Saturday and people have always told me that as I age I will hate the snow. This is not the case for me. Winter and snow has always given me peace and makes me smile! ~Bobbie

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    1. I will be 59 next month, and I love to watch it fall. And I love to watch the birds too.

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  18. My sister will walk in and say she's going to take care of Mother today! I go to my house and spend the day there. Reading, crafting, sewing, gardening...anything I feel like doing without the worry and anxiety that governs my days.

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    1. You mean she won't help you? That's awful!

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    2. Hi,
      Not to butt in, but I took care of my mom for about 6 years with most of the help coming from my husband. It isn't that siblings won't help, it is that they can't deal with the reality of the situation. It took me several years after my mom died to understand the dynamics of the situation. They loved mom and did what they could bear to do when they could. We tried a variety of 'shared care' solutions. They really didn't work. In the end, most families find that one person ends up being the caregiver most of the time. Judy will one day appreciate every minute that she spent with her mother no matter how hard it was at the time. Ask your sister to help or use mom's money if she has any to pay for a day or night off. There are now some support groups for caregivers. Find one and use it even it it is only for a friendly voice on the phone. Sincerely, A.

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  19. I love a lazy rainy day. While rain is pattering against the windows and roof, I am in a comfortable chair with a great book. A purring cat is on my lap , a cup of tea and a shortbread cookie are nearby. I read a few pages, take a sip of sweet tea, and scratch that sweet spot under the cat's chin. He opens drowsy eyes to give me an appreciative look then drifts off again. I return to my book happy to be warm and dry.

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    1. You guys need to be bloggers! You can write wonderfully!

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  20. After having my coffee in the morning, I'd drive out to Lake Michigan on a really windy day and walk and sit for hours watching the waves crash over the lighthouse and pier and take photos, using my tripod. It's so awesome to watch and the last time I did this, there were tons of people who were doing the same thing. It's so relaxing and you are literally living in the moment. No thoughts, no worries, just watching nature at it's best.

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    1. Oh, I've never been able to do that! Wish I was there with you.

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  21. On my perfect day- I would have sunshine criss-crossing the lawn and I would sit out back and look towards the waters of Green Bay...I would sip my hot, black coffee and listen to a light off-shore breeze ruffle the leaves above me. Then, I would get in my car- drive across the peninsula and travel south along the shores of Lake Michigan-ending up in a little town south of us--catch the back roads home and end up back on my porch watching the sun go down and sipping my last cup of coffee for the day.
    Trying to get a few blog visits in tonight while hubby is feeling good. xo Diana

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    1. I know you're chasing your tale these days. (I hope you know that phrase and don't think it's something ugly!) I KNOW you're a writer and you could write a book with this.

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  22. Your perfect day sounds great! I just did a post on my perfect day and it didn't cost me anything! If you get a chance, check it out.
    Rebecca

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  23. Perfect day for me would be in the Spring and it would be warm enough outside to finally start to plant. The day would start off with a trip to the Nursery and loading up the back of the van with an assortment of grasses, flowers, and vegetables. Then the pots would be pulled out and filled with fresh soil and the decisions would begin as to where the pots would be placed....which determines what will go in the pots when the time of day the sun hits that spot is figured out. After the pots are all planted and set out, the yard "art" comes out to be set out as well.
    Now, I went against the rules and DID spend some $$ on my perfect day, but that is all budgeted for every year!! Oh, and in addition, our grown kids would come home to help plant!! Now THAT IS a perfect day for me!!

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    1. That sounds pretty darned perfect! I love going to the nursery and as I'm driving home, think about what might go where.

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  24. A perfect day, for me, would be to wake up on a beautiful spring morning and go for a walk down near the river. A nice gentle breeze blowing. I'd walk for maybe an hour the just sit and peacefully watch the river flow. Maybe do some people watching as they walk or jog by. Then I would go home to work on my latest quilt (the one I've been promising myself I would make using the collection of vintage hankies from my husband's aunt). And then wind up the day snuggled on my couch with a favorite movie.

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    1. I wish I had a river to walk next too. I would sure have my camera!

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  25. I've enjoyed reading everyone's perfect day. In this season of my life, my perfect day would be a day spent alone. I would wake ( without the alarm) to a rainy day. I'd wake slowly, drink my coffee and think about projects I'd like to work on. I'd make lists and plans without interruption. Then I'd do whatever I wanted... without interruption. A long day spent thinking my own thoughts doing my own thing. My family would all arrive around dinner with takeout of course and we'd all share our day. A simple day and doable.. I need to make this happen.

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    1. I can tell you, I sure love my days of solitude! When you have an empty nest, you'll get lots of them.

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  27. Brenda, I would really enjoy your perfect day! I love when it when my kitty is in my lap, purring loudly. Always gives me a feeling of contentment...

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    1. When I had Bonnie and Clyde, my cats in TX, I felt the same way.

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  28. A day spent in my sewing room working on projects with no interruptions!! Plenty of ice tea and taco soup and a favorite movie playing in the background. Ahhhh!!!

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  29. I blog and read blogs, sip on coffee, have a lunch which usually consists of some kind of sandwich and a slice of avocado on the side. All of this with the curtains thrown open so the sunshine can pour into the house. Then I pet my pups, hug them, and read more blogs, perhaps getting up from time to time to snap a photo of something pretty in the yard. Simplicity. Happiness. Joy. Life can be soooo good.

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    1. I agree. It's the simple acts of our days that are so rewarding.

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  30. My house is sparkling clean, grass has been cut, garden has been weeded and watered. dinner is cooking, and I am sitting on the front porch waiting for my son and his family, whom I have not seen in 6 years, to arrive. That would be a perfect day for me.

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    1. Wow. Six years. My oldest daughter and I haven't seen one another in a couple. I try, I write letters to her. But she's stubbornly resisted seeing me. Hurts, huh?

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  31. My perfect day would be a walk in the woods with my husband and grandchildren.

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