Monday, May 24, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Hey y'all, it's Stephanie Newton here.  As I made my coffee this morning, my house is still (for a few more blessed minutes) and I can hear the birds chirping outside.  The sun is coming up and the pink clouds are spreading across the sky.  As the aroma of my coffee fills my kitchen, I am filled with a quiet peace.  Life is good.

I think, maybe for today, I'll try to stay in this moment and look for others like it.
  • hugging my child before he goes to school
  • a rare face-to-face conversation with a friend
  • a walk on the beach
  • the roses on my front porch
  • sharing an inside joke with my daughter
  • playing with the dogs
  • folding warm towels fresh from the dryer
  • reading a good book
Artist Henri Matisse said, "There are always flowers for those who want to see them."   Want to join me in looking for them today?

Stephanie Newton lives on the Northwest Florida coast with her husband and two kids and often gets inspiration from the many fun and interesting things you see when you live at the beach.  If she's not in her writing chair with her laptop, you can usually find her wherever they're serving good coffee.

Flashpoint, her next book in the Emerald Coast 911 series, is a July release.


Terrie said...

Looking forward to read this book. Sound like a good book to read for summer time.

Renee Ryan said...


What a great reminder to "bloom where we're planted" and enjoy all the simple things in life. Blue cheese crumbles on a salad or a burger or all by themselves in a big ole wad. I'm smiling now!


Stephanie Newton said...

I hope you enjoy it, Terrie!

Stephanie Newton said...

Ooh, Renee, you are making me hungry! :)

Stephanie Newton said...

I agree, Edna--I like the fact that I can stick them in my purse and they don't weigh a ton! :)


Sheila Deeth said...

So I look out my window and see - mushrooms. I thought I got rid of them weeks ago...

Still, maybe there's flowers somewhere under the rain.

Stephanie Newton said...

Oh, no, Sheila! The dollar weed is what we can't seem to get rid of. We spray and spray--I told my husband the other day I thought he was feeding it instead of trying to kill it!

Good luck! :)

Stephanie Newton said...

The art department gets all the kudos! (But it is great, isn't it?)

Thanks, Cindy!

Amanda said...

I can wait to read the this book. Amanda

Lucinda said...

This is an excellant book and it has a great cast of characters! I didn't want to put it down until it was finished!