Paula SchneiderI decided that in honor of Oprah and Ellen I would publish a list of my favorite things.  Too bad that I don’t have the money to send everyone I know and love a care package containing one of each of these items, but that’s the way it is for now.  I know that you will all appreciate my taking the time to share a few of my favorite things.  I’ll put it in bullet format, in no particular order, for your reading ease.  Here goes!

  • Baking soda.  I buy mine at Costco in huge bags and use it for laundry and cleaning.  And occasionally for cooking.
  • Egyptian Magic.  Also purchased at Costco.  Use this on my dry skin every night without fail.  I don’t think I could live in Nevada without it.
  • Neti Pot.  Use this faithfully as well.  I use the store-bought saline solution because it is pharmacy grade.  My nasal passages stay so dry just about year round, that I irrigate my sinuses almost every day.  Once again, this allows me to continue to live in the high desert.
  • Health Craft cookware.  Larry and I bought this waterless cookware at the Tampa State Fair almost 30 years ago.  Paid an arm,a leg, and a pint of blood for the entire set, but it’s been worth every penny.  Replacement cost today is well over $2,000!
  • Vita Mix.  Good ole Costco came through again.  Have had mine almost 10 years and I use it almost daily for one thing or another.  Especially good for making homemade almond milk.
  • Yogurt.  Just about any kind, but I love Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt, full fat.  Mixed with about a tablespoon of maple syrup, it is exquisite.  I eat some almost every day.  Good for seeding the gut with positive bacteria.
  • http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php.  My all-time favorite web site for science and health abstracts of excellent studies reported in world renowned journals.
  • Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo.  They make a clear one and a cloudy one.  I like the cloudy one—seems more emollient (I’ve only found it at Whole Foods in Reno).  Use it every day and sometimes twice a day to wash my eyelids with.  Been doing this for over 15 years.
  • Oberon leather cover for my composition notebook.  It was a gift from Larry, and I use it daily for note taking, journaling, and reminders.
  • Bible verse:  “Cease to dwell on days gone by and to brood over past history.  Here and now I will do a new thing; this moment it will break from the bud.  Can you not perceive it?”  Isaiah 43:18-19
  • Coffee:  Dunkin Donuts or Organic Mexican Zaragosa from Whole Foods in Reno.  Note:  If you are a fan of Starbucks, you will NOT like this coffee, as it is mild and the beans are not burned.
  • Essential Oil:  Lavender.  Use it as perfume at times, often mix it with water to spray around the house, and sometimes put a few drops on my pillow at night.
  • Olbas Oil.  A blend from Europe, available at Whole Foods and Dubois in Carson City.  Great for a stuffy nose!
  • Epsom Salt.  Especially in the winter, I love to luxuriate in a tub of hot water with a couple of cups of salt:  one of Epsom, one of Dead Sea Mineral Salt purchased from the San Francisco Salt Co. and a few drops of essential oil.
  • Salt lamp.  I have two in the house and I love them both.  They put out a nice warm glow and are supposed to put negative ions into the environment, but I haven’t seen the research on that.  I just like the way they look.
  • Bose radio.  How sad that I waited 20 years to give myself permission to buy this jewel.  The sound is incredible, and I just love it!  I actually plan to buy another one for the guest bedroom as soon as I give myself permission to purchase a second one.
  • All CD’s by Liquid Mind and Anugama.  Highly relaxing and meditative.
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols.  By far, one of the most interesting and mentally stimulating books I’ve ever owned.
  • Nordic Walking sticks.  I use these for my daily walk.  They are wonderful!
  • Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap.  Sometimes I scent it with my own essential oils and use this wonderful, all-purpose soap to clean everything from countertops to toilets.

Well, there you have it – the short list of my favorite things.  As I went through the exercise of bringing to mind my favorite things, I realized that this is also a gratitude list.  I encourage you, too, to make your own list, and I would love to hear what your favorite things are too.