Eye Candy Friday

indoor coreopsis for carole knits

When the cold weather landed in earnest I couldn’t bear to throw away all of my outdoor container plants. I brought this coreopsis inside with the hope that it would survive. I don’t think it will (odds are against it) but it bloomed last week and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a weak bloom and the flowers are on very thin stems and they are hanging down rather than up, but still – it’s blooming. There’s a life lesson in there but it’s early and I’m under caffeinated and over pie-d so I’ll leave it to you to figure that out.

Enjoy the weekend. Or, see you tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving! My favorite holiday of the year. What’s not to love about a holiday that celebrates all that we have by stuffing our faces? Seriously, though, I love Thanksgiving because it’s steeped in tradition and family and food and love. And pie.

Speaking of pie, yesterday I made 5 pies. There will be 9 people for dinner at my friend Lois’ house. Let me repeat: 5 pies. 9 people. That’s a pretty good pie to person ratio, in my world. So what did I make? Chocolate Cream, Cranberry Pecan, Pumpkin, Mincemeat and Apple.

apple pie 2014 for carole knits


I’m particularly proud of that apple, I can tell you that. My idea came from here and Dale helped me by designing and cutting out the trunk and branches. I used Wilton Food Coloring Paste on 3 little blobs of pie dough and then cut out the leaves with a tiny leaf shaped cookie cutter from Williams Sonoma. I attached them to the pie with a bit of egg wash and then sprinkled the whole thing with Wilton Sparkling Sugar. It took some extra time but it’s a showstopper.

I also made Bourbon Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry Cake for Dale to share as he goes pheasant hunting this morning, a Thanksgiving tradition for the men in our family. As for me, my morning will be spent with a piece of that cranberry cake, a bit of glogg and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year I’ll be starting a new tradition while I watch: Jimmy Fallon’s Thanksgiving Parade Bingo.

And so, let me take this moment to wish all of you a wonderful and very happy Thanksgiving. Whether your feast is big or small, may you be filled with joy and contentment and love as you give thanks for all of your blessings.

Wednesdays Are For Knitting: Len’s Scarf

Knitting a scarf is an epic undertaking. It’s even more epic when the person you are knitting it for is a guy who is 6 foot 3. Yeah.

lens scarf 3 for carole knits

So, this scarf? It took a while. Almost 2 months, in fact. It was worth all the boredom, though, when I gave it to my cousin Len last Wednesday night and he wrapped it around his neck. And remarked about how soft it is. And how nice and long it is. And how store bought scarves are a) expensive and b) not nearly as nice as those that are knit for you by someone who loves you.

lens scarf 1 for carole knits

He gets it.

lens scarf 2 for carole knits

And that’s why he gets the hand knits.

Ten On Tuesday

It’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and that can only mean the Ten on Tuesday topic must be 10 Things I’m Thankful For. I thought about trying to come up with entirely unique things this year but I don’t think I can. I will try and put a different spin on all of it, though.

give thanks for carole knits

  1. My friend Bob’s remission from stage IV pancreatic cancer. This is nothing short of a miracle and I am thankful every single day that he is doing so well. There is some stuff going on with his wife right now that really sucks but Bob’s remission is our bright spot.
  2. Farmers. Truly, where would we be without farmers? I love our CSA and I love the Farmer’s Market and I love that farmers protect our open space.
  3. Photography. I love that I can learn and grow and get better at taking photos. I am thankful for my website and the clients I am cultivating.
  4. One Little Word. This is the first year that I have participated in this project and I have learned a lot from it and had some fun, too.
  5. Technology. It makes my world so much easier. Need to send a press release? Use email. Need to ask someone to help out with something? Facebook message. I’m fighting with printers right now but all in all technology makes my life better.
  6. Kind and generous people. I joke around a lot that I “hate” people. I most often say this when I’m in my car. The truth is, though, that I am extremely grateful for kind and generous people. Specifically, those who are kind enough and generous enough to donate to the food pantry. Most of us have so much and there are many who have very little, it’s good to be generous when you can.
  7. Dale. Okay, I was trying to come up with all unique things but I just can’t write a thankful list and not include the love of my life. He’s my safe place and my anchor and the bright spot in my every day.
  8. Our kids. Hannah, the one I brought into the world, and Brant, Jessica and Luke, the ones I was blessed with when I married Dale. They make me laugh and they make me proud and, while the road hasn’t been easy, it has all been worth every moment. And with these kids also come other family members and two grandkids, too. Pretty cool for the girl who had no family.
  9. My job. It’s stressful sometimes but I know it’s where I am meant to be. Dale helped me out with delivering Thanksgiving dinners and he kept pointing out the humorous situations I deal with every day and it helped a lot to see things from his perspective. It’s not only nice to have a paycheck and help support my family but it’s also nice to feel like I’m making a difference in people lives, whether it’s through a book they need or a song they want to download or a can of peas. It’s all good.
  10. All my stuff. The cameras and the TVs and the laptop and the cars and my home and all it’s comforts. I’m a lucky woman to live where I do and yes, I know it’s all stuff, and I don’t need most of it but it sure makes my life good.

I honestly think it doesn’t matter whether our lists include the huge things like health and family or whether our lists include the little things like iPhones and Netflix – it’s the idea of being thankful that matters. It’s stopping and taking a breath and looking around and saying . . .

I have much. I am grateful. I am thankful.

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Weekending, Now With Statistics


Number of miles run: 2. Not all together but total.

Number of episodes of Homeland watched: 4.

Number of books finished: 1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. It was so-so.

Number of over-the-knee pirate boots tried on: 1.

Number of over-the-knee pirate boots purchased: 0.

Number of times I have regretted not purchasing the over-the-knee pirate boots: Countless.

Number of lunch dates with my daughter: 1.

Number of Bloody Mary’s consumed at said lunch: 1. Each.

Number of pie crusts made and frozen: 8.

Number of dollars spent at Sephora: 102. Seriously?

Number of points the Pats scored yesterday: 34.

Number of points the Lions scored yesterday: 9. Heh.

Number of sweater inches completed: 6. Not quite the goal but very close.

Number of times I have coughed since being felled by the plague: Limitless. Ugh.


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