Finding pleasure in life

As retired seniors, David and I relax by listening to CDs on our Bose sound system. We have branched out from the usual classical music to pop music, such as The Carpenters and Bruno Mars.  We especially love Sarah Brightman’s CD.  David says she has the voice of an angel.  Sarah Brightman was once married to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, who composed “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats,” two of my all-time favorite Broadway musicals.  Sometimes, music evokes pleasant memories of where we were when we first heard a tune.

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We also have been barbecuing steaks and burgers and toasting buns on the grill. David said that his mother never had a BBQ grill like ours, so she fried her burgers.  We like our burgers with mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and sliced cheese, with a Vlasic pickle on the side:

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We like to group mementos from our travels. Here’s one group – Thai wood engraving on top, David and I riding an elephant outside Jaipur, India, standing on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, and posing in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India:

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Here are more mementos – Brass peacocks from India, sculptures from Africa, India, and Guatemala, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Tokyo Disneyland, nestling dolls from Dubrovnik, Croatia, and bells from Thailand:

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As you can see, David and I manage to find some pleasure in life.

9 Responses to “Finding pleasure in life”

  1. DJan Says:

    I’m glad you are finding so much enjoyment in your home life, Gigi. That makes for harmony throughout one’s years. 🙂

  2. cmlk79 Says:

    I didn’t know Sarah Brightman was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber, interesting. We are having a cold spring so far, no thoughts of barbecuing here although many Canadians barbecue right through the winter.

  3. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    As we grow older memories become more precious. You and David have some speldid ones.

  4. DeniseinVA Says:

    I have a couple of Sarah Brightman CDs. She does have a wonderful voice. I enjoy my memento’s from our travels. They bring back a lot of good memories.

  5. Hank Chapin Says:

    I think Karen Carpenter also had the voice of an angel. She was extraordinary but perhaps more in the pop vein. Some of her song lyrics are quite poetic and roll trippingly off the tongue. I believe she got into singing because she was the family drummer, and that left her free to sing while she drummed. Her brother complemented her extremely well with his piano playing and charming personality. She was bedeviled by anorexia and died tragically much too early.

    By the way, the Old Manoa Family Homestead was spirited away quite a while ago in the middle of the night. I think it’s common practice to move a house at night when there is not much traffic. Now there are a couple of earth-moving machines and a cinder block foundation is slowly going up.

  6. Olga Says:

    You are making the most of retirement by enjoying your life and your family and appreciating your surroundings. Take good care and continue to enjoy your corner of paradise.

  7. Tom Sightings Says:

    … and that’s what it’s all about at this stage, isn’t it? I keep up with current pop music a little bit, b/c my son is in the music business; but like you I more usually go back to the ’60s and ’70s, as well as B’way and some classical and Sarah Brightman too.

  8. Linda Starr Says:

    love how you display souvenirs from your trips, and your built in display shelf is wonderful; my last trip to Baja I have a Mary Magdelain pottery statue and photographs

  9. Beatrice Says:

    You do enjoy your music and travels, Gigi, and thanks for sharing that joy. I also enjoy listening to varied music forms, except opera.

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