Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: Smells

Thirteen of the Best Smells in the World!

1. Fresh baked bread.

I remember reading that if you're selling your house, you should bake bread right before prospective buyers come by. I can understand why! There's just something about the smell that .... mmmmm......

2. Milkweed blossoms.

Yes, really. They smell like a cross between roses and lilacs and are absolutely my favorite "flower" smell in the world.

3. Freshly mowed grass.

Maybe it's because it smells like summer, but I could sit outside and inhale for hours after we cut our lawn.

4. Vanilla.

I love the smell of vanilla when I'm baking. I even used to use vanilla scented lotions and sprays LONG before they were as popular as they are now.

5. Puppy breath.

For those of you who've never held a little puppy (8 weeks or younger) and just smelled them, you're missing out. Puppy breath is the best (and it comes in the cutest package!).

6. Cinnamon.

We boil cinnamon sticks in water on our wood stove during the winter. I really love that spicy smell it sends all through the house.

7. Roses.

I can't grow roses worth a darn, but I really enjoy them. Our library has the walkway from the parking lot to the steps lined in them, and they're just beginning to bloom. I walk through really, really slowly!

8. Babies.

Babies have this great smell of milk and clean and baby-ness that is such a great smell. I'm sure they smell attractive to most people so we'll be suckered into taking care of them (*G*), but I love smelling babies (unless, yanno, they need a diaper change).

9. Liquid smoke.

I suppose I could put "jerky" instead of liquid smoke, but the fact is, I know what makes it smell good. It's why even the dog treats I use make my mouth water -- what is it about liquid smoke that really does it?

10. Freshly brewed coffee.

Best smell EVER in the morning. Mmmm.... and I love to go into coffee places and just sniff. The Gloria Jeans in our mall draws me like iron to a magnet. DD laughs at me, because I slow WAY down as we pass, my nose goes up in the air and I just sigh in ecstasy.

11. New Books.

Even DD agrees with me. When she gets a new book, she'll flip the pages with her face only inches away, breath in and say, "I love how books smell."

12. Molasses.

I think I like the smell because it reminds me of horses. I really miss owning a horse.

13. Fruit.

Just about any fruit, really. Fresh fruit is the best stuff! And anymore, instead of vanilla scented lotions, I use fruity scented ones. I really like them!

What are your favorite smells?


You Try to Tread Lightly

You would like to make the world a better place, but you also don't want to inflict any damage on it.

You try to live a green and sustainable life. The environment matters deeply to you.

You are thoughtful in your decisions and words. You think everyone should try harder not to harm one another.

You don't think big... in fact, you tend to think small. You know that one small action can make a big difference.

Um... not really... maybe a little.



Maria Zannini said...

I like all of these. I'd add laundry drying on a line too. It smells so fresh.

Marianne Arkins said...

Ooh.. yeah!!! That's another good one :-)

Brenda ND said...

I'm with you. Fresh bread is an awesome smell. Great post.

Dru said...

I like most of your smells, especially the babies and books; not so much the coffee.

I was going to say fresh laundry and the sky after a brief rainfall.

speaking of milkweed; have you found any butterbabies?

Have a good Thursday.

Marianne Arkins said...

Dru, no pillars yet -- we're looking! The monarchs won't arrive until July, probably, but we should have swallowtails soon. Can't wait!

I am Harriet said...

You forgot the chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven- my demise...

Enjoy your Thursday!

Hootin' Anni said...

I agree...I don't DRINK coffee, but I love the fragrance...oh and I'll add one...the wonderful smell of Thanksgiving Turkey roasting.

My 13 is TV flashback, with Paul Lynde. Comedy responses HERE

Do hope you can find time to stop by for a visit.

i beati said...

All the years I lived on an Eastern farm and I missed that luscious milkweed. What a loss. Personally I don't like puppy breath but many do- just about every flower I love..splendid list

Tori Lennox said...

Unlike most people who don't drink coffee, I don't like the smell either. But I'd have to agree with everything else you listed. :)

Shelley Munro said...

All really good smells. I like the smell of meat cooking on a BBQ (even though I'm a vegetarian), fresh lemons and lavender.

Brandy said...

Good list! There is something about the smell of babies and new books. What about the smell of roasted marshmallows? *G*

I hope you've had an amusing day!