Sunday, February 07, 2010

Weekend Assignment #305: Suddenly The Senses

From For Ellipsis

"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains."

-Diane Ackerman

Weekend Assignment #305: You're going about your day and then you sense something - a sight, a sound, a smell, perhaps even a texture or a taste. Whatever it is, it evokes a treasured memory of the past. What did you see, hear, touch, smell, or taste, and what did it remind you of?

Extra Credit: Are there any sounds, sights, or smells you actually seek out because of the pleasant associations?

-Karen, of the blog, Outpost Mavarin


Hmmm... nothing sets my mind at ease, and reminds me of fond memories quite like the scent of Cloves. I LOVE the spicy scent, and how it reminds me of autumn and the holidays. Alan and I have a lot of fun cooking together, and we seem to do most of it during autumn and winter. My cat, Elvis, loved the smell of cinnamon and cloves so much, that he would always insist on sniffing the cloves and cinnamon when I baked around the holidays. Just the other day, I was using an Cinnamon/Clove scented fabric spray, and I had to smile as I thought about how Elvis would snuggle into the pillows, curl up, and go off to sleep, whenever I used it. He loved flowers, and perfumes. I planted some Stock, because of it's spicy cinnamon scent, in the garden, and that is where he could be found most summer afternoons, sound asleep between the Jasmine and the Stock. He was quite a cat! :) Whenever I smell something deliciously spicy, I think of him.

Extra Credit: How many do I seek out?

1. Jasmine

2. Clove

3. Cinnamon

4. Popcorn

5. Lavender (I have a lavender sleep mask. It's great for relaxation)

6. Oranges

7. Paint... I LOVE the smell of paint! LOL.

8. I used to love the smell of a fresh roll of film, gosh I miss those days.

9. I love the sound of wind chimes

10. Almost any kind of music makes me think of fond times. I love music.


**See you all on Thursday, a little past midnight, with assignment #306!


Karen Funk Blocher said...

Cloves. Interesting! I would never have guessed that Elvis was a fan of cloves. Very cool indeed.

Jama said...

I use a lot of spices in my cooking, cloves, cinnamon, star anise....the smell would linger in the whole house, especially if I'm cooking curry!