Ten On Tuesday

I was thinking the other day about how much I love our house. Dale is probably reading this and saying, whaaaat? Because I do sometimes complain about the lack of closets and the one bathroom but mostly, I love our house. I thought it might be fun to make a list about the things I love about our house and so, today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things I Love About My Home.

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  1. The color. This was something I wouldn’t have said until last year when we changed it from faded blue siding to beautiful white siding.
  2. The windows. They all have grids since this last work we had done and I think they go great with our colonial style house.
  3. The new carpet in our living room. It’s so soft! I love walking on it with bare feet. We also recarpeted the bedroom and the den – hooray.
  4. Our little den. It’s tiny but I love the crank out windows and it’s the perfect spot for hanging out and reading.
  5. The woodstove. There is nothing like the heat of a wood burning stove for creating atmosphere and coziness.
  6. The deck. I spend as much time as possible out here when the weather allows. It’s like adding an extra room to our small house and it’s the perfect spot for entertaining.
  7. My flower garden. I have several perennials I moved from my old house when I married Dale. This year I bought a few new plants and I’m expanding perennials to the front yard, too.
  8. Our furnishings. I love our dining room set and sideboard, the couch in the den, our white metal framed bed and our antique kitchen table, just to name a few things.
  9. The artwork. There are pictures I have taken, paintings by Dale’s brothers, antlers and folk art and more, all carefully curated by yours truly.
  10. My craft room. I waited a long time to have a space of my own. It’s wonderful to be able to leave projects out, especially quilts and other sewing things, and not have to pick everything up like I did when I was sewing in the dining room. Plus – lots of space for yarn and more!

I hope you all love your homes and I can’t wait to read why. If you wrote a post for today please include a link below. If you want to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here.


Ten On Tuesday

A couple of years ago we did a Ten On Tuesday topic on great TV moms in honor of Mother’s Day. I decided to include the dads this year, so our topic for this week is the 10 Best TV Dads. These are in my opinion, of course, and your mileage may vary.

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Dale would make a fine TV dad, too.

  1. Charles Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie. I wanted him to be my dad. He was kind and understanding. And handsome, too.
  2. Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show. Who had more compassion than this dad? No one, that’s who.
  3. Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch. The only steps in this house are the ones going upstairs. My favorite line ever from that show.
  4. Steven Keaton, Family Ties. Funny and smart and geeky, all rolled into one make for a great dad.
  5. Ward Cleaver, Leave It To Beaver. Serious and firm, a good disciplinarian, the kind of dad you’d want to have on your side. And he never fell for Eddie Haskell’s bull.
  6. Howard Cunningham, Happy Days. Cute and loyal and totally in love with Marion. Howard, are you getting frisky? Everybody wants a dad who loves their mom.
  7. John Walton, The Waltons. A dad of the depression, this guy would always make you feel safe.
  8. Jim Anderson, Father Knows Best. Similar to Ward Cleaver, strict and serious, with a soft spot for his girls.
  9. Zeek Braverman, Parenthood. This dad. Oh, this dad reminds me of Dale and how he is with our kids. Loving and dependable and a bit of a rebel. A dad who loves his kids and his grandkids and just wants to be surrounded by them always.
  10. Bill Davis, Family Affair. So, Bill was technically an uncle and the dynamics between him and Mr. French were a little avant garde but this guy became a great day under unusual circumstances. Buffy and Jody and Cissy couldn’t have done any better.

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Ten On Tuesday

It’s June and it’s summer (well, almost) and it’s my favorite time of year. Of course the irony is that as I am typing this it’s currently 52° and raining but whatever, it will be warm again soon. I love the summer because it’s warm and the days are long. Our schedules are more relaxed and this time of year it feels like there’s time for everything. We know, though, that time has a way of slipping away from us and the best way I know to make sure I get things done that I want to get done is to make a list. And so, for today’s Ten on Tuesday topic, I am sharing with you 10 Things On My Summer Bucket List.

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  1. Visit the Mark Twain House. We’ve talked about this for a while and I think we are finally going to visit.
  2. Pick blueberries. Make a blueberry pie. Make blueberry cake. Freeze the rest.
  3. Walk more with Dale. It’s nice to walk outside in the evening light together.
  4. Complete at least 3 Summer Book Bingo rows.
  5. Sit on the deck. A lot.
  6. Swing in the hammock. A lot.
  7. See Jurassic World.
  8. Ride my bike.
  9. Eat outside whenever possible.
  10. Play Yard Yahtzee. This one is dependent on Dale actually getting this made. I’m putting it on here to, errrr, remind him about it.

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Ten On Tuesday

Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic comes from Kym and I hope you will find it funny. At least, I mean it to be funny. The prompt is, 10 Words You Use When You Can’t Swear. As in, you’re at work or with children or just in a place where it would be inappropriate to, say, drop an f-bomb. Now, I wouldn’t say I swear like a truck driver but I have been known to express my feelings with a few choice expletives mixed in to really get my point across. Here is a list of the words I tend to use when those other words would get me into trouble.

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  1. Friggin’, freakin’, frickin’. Probably my substitutes of choice, right there.
  2. Sugar. As in, oh sugar. Honestly, though, the real word is more likely to slip out. Particularly if I have just dropped something on my foot.
  3. Shut the front door. One of my favorites. Honestly, I think it’s better than the expression it is meant to replace.
  4. Geez/Jeez. Also Geez Louise.
  5. Son of a nutcracker. You’ve all seen Elf, right?
  6. Bites. I use this in place of sucks because I just hate that expression although I don’t particularly consider it a swear.
  7. Arse. It’s much classier to call someone a pain in the arse than it is to use the other word. There are times, though, when asshat is my word of choice.
  8. Crap. Holy Crap. One of my all time favorites, I must admit.
  9. Heck. Okay, not really. I would probably just say hell but I’ve got a list to write and I’m coming up with ten no matter what.
  10. For cryin’ out loud. Usually said with the word Oh in front. Oh, for cryin’ out loud. Are you kidding me? The tone of voice is key for this one.

And there you have it. I’m hoping you all are more creative than I have been with this list – perhaps I will be expanding my vocabulary! If you wrote a post for today’s topic please include a link to it below. Click here to subscribe to the weekly Ten on Tuesday email.


Ten On Tuesday

It’s been a while since we talked about music for a Ten On Tuesday subject. Yesterday I mentioned how much I enjoy Pandora and, in particular, the Laid Back Brunch station. I thought it might be fun to listen to the station and list the first ten songs that came on. And I thought it would be even more fun if you did the same thing with your favorite Pandora station. Today’s Ten on Tuesday subject? The First Ten Songs That Play On Your Favorite Pandora Station.

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the hammock is a great place to be while listening to music. just sayin.

  1. All In by Life House
  2. When A Heart Breaks by Ben Rector
  3. Here Without You by 3 Doors Down
  4. Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
  5. Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson
  6. Good Life by One Republic
  7. The Giving Tree by Plain White Ts
  8. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  9. Bright Lights by Matchbox 20
  10. Falling Slowly by The Swell Season

I’m short on time today so I’m just writing the list. I will say, some of those songs I know and some I had never heard before. And while this was great for listening to on a rainy Sunday afternoon at home, well, on Monday at the office? Not so much. Something a little peppier might have been in order!

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