I like old bookstores, the smell of coffee brewing, rainy day naps, farmhouse porches, and sunsets. I like the sweet simple things that remind me that life doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

Brooke Hampton

This photo was taken at the Botanic Gardens just as a cloud passed across the sun and it began to rain. It was a brief sprinkle and didn’t even require opening an umbrella. Reservation requirements and limiting the number of people allowed in, made it a quiet, peaceful, evening. With all the complications brought on by the pandemic, there are still uncomplicated, beautiful moments to experience.

I was reading that baking bread has become a popular pastime. I can understand that. There’s something comforting about the smell of freshly baked bread and nothing you buy at the bakery is quite as good. People are doing more gardening, also. Growing their own fruits and vegetables. A bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with tomatoes fresh from the garden and homemade mayonnaise is a simple, summertime pleasure.

Puzzles and board games have also regained popularity. We, occasionally, have a family game of Scrabble, after dinner. I guess we’re all looking for ways to entertain ourselves, since we are not able to do many of the things we once did.

With all the terrible consequences of the pandemic, one bright spot might be that we have been forced to look for simpler, less complicated ways of living. 

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