Eye Candy Friday

First of all, thank you all for your kind words of encouragement and support yesterday regarding Bob’s illness. I truly felt lifted up and I know it was from the power of collective prayer and good thoughts. And believe me when I tell you that Bob truly appreciates this. He told me that the prayers, encouragement and support he gets is not only compelling but also inspirational. So, again, on behalf of Dale and I and Bob and his family — thank you.

purple crocus for carole knits

Today’s Eye Candy is brought to you by spring. Yes, it’s finally here and the crocus are blooming, the daffodils are ready to pop, and there are loads of green shoots coming up in my perennial bed. Hooray!

Finally, the time has come for me to say hooray for Mexico! Behave yourselves while I’m gone, mmmkay? And I’ll catch up with you all on the 27th.


Stand By Me

I had a post all set for today but then yesterday afternoon I got a text from Bob. And that text prompted me to write an update on Caring Bridge. And then I decided you all needed to know, too. So the post I had today, the one about redoing our front hallway? It can wait. This is more important.

Photo of Bob & Tina, taken last summer, by Black Thumb Studio

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Dale and the Duds show at the East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School. The guys were only playing for a short time, helping out at a fundraiser for the Music Parents. They opened their set with “Stand By Me,” a song that is sung by Bob. You know how it goes,right?

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No, I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky, that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

I was going to post about this right after the show because I just kept thinking about how appropriate those lyrics are for Bob’s situation. How much it means to him to know we are all out in the world, standing by him and praying for him, and thinking about him and holding him close in our thoughts. I didn’t post,though. Things got busy and then I thought, well, no news is good news and until I say otherwise everyone reading here will know that things are going along fine.

You know what I’m about to say next, don’t you?

Things are not fine anymore. Bob had a PET scan on Monday and the scan showed that the cancer is back. It’s in the same places as before and, while the current situation isn’t as bad as his original diagnosis last June, well, the fact that it’s back is not a good sign. He will be increasing his chemo treatments to weekly now, and hopefully he will be able to tolerate those treatments well.

So. We all know the power of prayer. We all know the value of encouragement and support from friends. And we all know just how much Bob means to each of us. I’m asking all of you to pray for Bob.

Right now. However you do it. Pray. And please know that by praying you are truly standing by Bob. You are helping him to not be afraid, you are inspiring him to fight and you are showing him how very much he is loved.

Wednesdays Are For Knitting

The state of the knitting is the same as last week. The same 2 pairs of socks. The same mystery shawl. And, while I love the mystery shawl, I am bored.to.death of the other two projects. I need something fun and jazzy to take with me to Mexico. Maybe this? I’m open to suggestions if you’ve got any.

In the meantime, I am going to show you a picture of Mason that I took last week, as Mary K. suggested when I posted a picture of a cocktail.

mason april 2015 for carole knits

My beautiful little buddy gave us a bit of a scare last year when he lost half his body weight in a very short amount of time. Now that his thyroid is being regulated with medication, though, he has gained back all that he lost and he’s just as handsome as ever.

Let’s just hope Hannah remembers his pills and his food & water while we are away. Hmmm?


Ten On Tuesday

Margene wrote a post yesterday about being delighted by everyday things. Her inspiration came from a poem by Mary Oliver and Margene’s post and Oliver’s poem in turn inspired me to make this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic be 10 Everyday Things That Delight You. Or, in this case, me. Ready? Here we go.

front door for carole knits

  1. Hot coffee. I am delighted by it’s smell and taste and the ritual of drinking it every morning.
  2. Words. I love to read and I love that words strung together can evoke feelings and sensations that are incredibly powerful.
  3. Sunshine. I guess technically this is not an everyday thing since the sun doesn’t shine every day but when it does I find it absolutely delightful and it can change my mood in an instant.
  4. Birds. We have feeders for goldfinches and bluebirds, woodpeckers and songbirds and they are used frequently. I love to watch the birds fly in and out and about our yard.
  5. Our front door. For years we had a front door that we couldn’t open. Now we have a beautiful door that is fiberglass but looks like wood and I am delighted by opening it in the afternoon and letting the warmth from the sun come into our front hallway.
  6. Driving a car. I didn’t get my license until I was almost 22 and I can still remember the freedom that came with it, it delights me to this day.
  7. Flowers. Inside or outside, planted or cut, flowers are an every day delight.
  8. Flip flops. I have new ones for Mexico. They are a bit sparkly and utterly delightful.
  9. The new lamp in our living room. I found exactly what I wanted at TJ Maxx, it’s right in my line of sight when I sit on the couch, and I love it.
  10. My camera. It’s an everyday thing because I use it every day. And it delights me because of the way it allows me to capture the world around me.

What’s delightful in your world today? If you wrote a blog post for today please add your link below so that everyone can find it. If you would like to subscribe to the Ten on Tuesday email list please click here.


If you had been here this weekend you could have . . .

  • watched lots of House of Cards with Dale and I. We did some binge watching on Friday afternoon and evening and, while it made us feel like slugs, it was actually pretty satisfying.
  • helped me shop for bathing suits at Target. Yes, my friends, our trip to Mexico is mere days away and I wanted something new for the beach. I found 3 suits that I like but there was a lot of back and forth from the dressing room to the display area and if you had been with me you could have fetched the various sizes and styles I wanted to try so that I wouldn’t have had to get completely dressed every time I wanted something different.
  • voted with Dale and I in our town elections. I love our local elections and I would have introduced you to our friends and you could have chatted along with us with the candidates in the parking lot. You would have celebrated with me when you found out that the person I voted for in the one (yes, that’s pathetic, I know) contested election on the ballot actually won.
  • hung out with my dear college friend, Doreen. We would have shared our wine and ate cheese and caught you up on lots of stuff and it would have been awesome

sushi tatami

  • had sushi with Doreen and Jo-Ann and I. You definitely would have enjoyed this was a spur-of-the-moment thing and you would have loved watching these two women, who only know each other through their mutual friendship with me, develop their own relationship with each other. Wine and sushi makes for a great bonding experience. Just saying.

pancake breakfast

  • served bacon to all of the people who came to our Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning. You could have helped me when I was tempted to eat too much bacon since putting me in charge of the bacon is a little like putting the mice in charge of the cheese. Even without you, though, worked out fine and we didn’t run out despite the copious amounts I served. And ate.
  • sat on the deck and read. You would have loved the sunshine and warm breezes and you would have smiled with me when I walked barefoot across the lawn to inspect the crocus in my father-in-law’s yard.

outside snacks

  • enjoyed cocktails and snacks on the deck with us. You would have chased the sunshine through the yard and marveled at it’s warmth. You would have noticed that the snow is, indeed, finally gone. You would have rejoiced

Wish you’d been here.

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