Ten On Tuesday

I know, because of the comments from last week, that many of you enjoy reading these Ten On Tuesday posts. And I’ll get to it in just a minute but first —- an announcement.

Beginning in October Ten on Tuesday is going to become Ten on the Tenth. That’s right, we are going to a monthly list instead of a weekly one. I’m hoping this will keep those of you who already love these posts happy but I’m also hoping it will breathe some new life (and hopefully new participants!) into this format.

Okay, on with this week’s post. For today I have asked everyone to list the 5 best things they did this summer and then 5 things they are looking forward to doing this fall. (Yes, I am resigning myself to the arrival of fall. Sigh.)


This summer I loved when I

  1. Swam in the ocean. A lot.
  2. Had cocktails and snacks on the deck. Sometimes with Dale and sometimes with friends but all times awesome.
  3. Harvested lots of tomatoes, basil and jalapenos. Our garden was a success despite our dry conditions and lack of gardening knowledge.
  4. Got a cover all for my Summer Book Bingo. I invested a lot of time reading and I loved (almost) every minute of it.
  5. Traveled. I went to Kalamazoo and Chicago and Lake Winniepesaukee and Cape Cod and it was all fantastic.

This fall I am looking forward to

  1. Driving the Mustang with the top down. The dog days of summer are not ideal for convertible driving but fall is just perfect for it.
  2. Our first fire of the season. By January I’ll be tired of the dust and the mess but the first fire is one I always treasure.
  3. Going to King Richard’s Faire. We missed it last year but I’m hoping we get to go at least once, if not twice, this year.
  4. Watching football and eating all that yummy football food.
  5. Decorating the house (inside and out) for fall. Mums and wreaths outside, pumpkins and leaves inside, along with changing out the curtains and artwork in the den. I think fall decorations are my favorite.

So, how about you? What did you do this summer that you loved? And what are you looking forward to doing this fall? If you wrote a post for today please add your link below. If you’d like to subscribe to the Ten On Tuesday (soon to be Ten on the Tenth) email list, please click here.

Ten On Tuesday

Even though I’m a summer girl there are things I like about fall and one of those things is football. There’s the game, of course (Go Pats!) and then there’s the hanging out with friends and the eating good things. So for Ten On Tuesday today I want to talk about my favorite things to eat while watching football. If you’re not hungry now I bet you will be by the time you finish reading this post.

Football Snacks blog size

  1. Buffalo Chicken Dip
  2. Deviled Eggs
  3. Chili
  4. Meatball Sandwiches
  5. Cheese & Crackers, Salami & Olives
  6. Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  7. Corn Dog Muffins
  8. Cheeseburger Sliders
  9. Brats with peppers and onions
  10. Jalapeno Poppers

Hungry yet? Me too! If you wrote a post for today please include your link below. If you’d like to receive the weekly Ten On Tuesday email just click here to subscribe.

Ten On Tuesday

I had a wonderful long weekend and I hope you all did, too. Here are Ten Things I Did This Weekend:

  1. Swam in the ocean. I went in Saturday, not because I was hot, but because I felt compelled to go in, assuming it would be our last beach day. And then Sunday was even more wonderful than Saturday, so I swam again.
  2. Rode my bike. I rode it around the neighborhood with Dale. I rode it to the beach and back. I love that it’s so easy to ride our bikes here because the roads are wide and there are very few cars on them.
  3. Saw a fantastic sunset. The water was as pink as the sky and it was just gorgeous.
  4. Played games. Just Quiddler this time. I lost round 1 to Dale, barely squeaked out a winner for round 2, and then beat him resoundingly for round 3.
  5. Had dinner with Doreen and Mark. Twice. Once at “our” house on Friday night and then again at a restaurant on Sunday night. Truthfully they aren’t that much closer when we are here on the Cape than when we are at home but it just feels closer since we’re all on the same side of the bridge.
  6. Ate ice cream. So good and such a treat.
  7. Read. I read on the beach and I read on the deck. I read in bed and I read on the couch. And I am still not finished with A Breath of Snow and Ashes. 1400 pages takes a long time to get through, my friends.
  8. Knit. Real progress was made on Algiers. I might even finish before the summer ends. Yes, that’s right. Despite what some people think, it’s still summer until 9/22. Sure, Kat’s Summer Knit-Along has ended but that’s just a technicality. As an aside, it always makes me extra happy when my birthday (9/21) is in the summer and not in the fall.
  9. Shopped locally. I got fish from the local fish market and flowers and corn from the local farmstand. Sure, it takes a bit more effort to drive to these places instead of just getting everything from the supermarket but I happen to think it’s worth it.
  10. Danced with Dale. It wouldn’t be a romantic weekend without it.

How was your weekend?

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After a two week hiatus we are back with Ten On Tuesday. And this week’s topic is an appropriate one: 10 Things I Miss About My Home When I’m Away. Let’s do this!

saturday morning coffee for carole knits

  1. Air conditioning. Normally I don’t miss this when we are on the Cape because it’s usually cooler there. Not this year, though, particularly at the very beginning of our vacation.
  2. The garden. I miss picking tomatoes and basil daily.
  3. The deck furniture. We have a lovely deck at our vacation house but it lacks those comfortable couches I have at home.
  4. The container gardens. There’s just nothing lovely to look at while sitting on the deck at our rental. I get it, there isn’t someone to regularly water flowers, but it just makes me miss mine more.
  5. My pillows. I have the-best bed pillows.
  6. The Instant Pot. I actually contemplated bringing it but talked myself out of it.
  7. The Keurig. The coffee pot at the Cape? Slower than slower. I miss that instant jolt of good strong brew first thing when I get up.
  8. The ice maker. I spent a lot of time on vacation filling ice cube trays. First world problem, I know.
  9. Our big TV. I know that yesterday I said my favorite evenings are the ones where we don’t watch TV – and that’s very true. But I do like to catch the news in the morning and maybe a movie once in a while.
  10. Our friends and family. As nice as it is to go away it’s extra nice to come home and reconnect with the people who matter most.

I guess the cliche is true – there’s no place like home. As I said to Dale Sunday night, I just wish we could pick up our house and plunk it down on Cape Cod by the beach. Is that too much to ask?

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Remember those poems you wrote as a kid? The ones where the first letter of each line of the poem spelled out a word? Acrostic is what they are called and I can distinctly remembering writing one of these for my mom on Mother’s Day. Anyway, I had this idea to sort of take the acrostic concept and adapt it for a Ten On Tuesday topic. Today I want to know 10 Words that Describe You and all 10 words need to begin with the first letter of your first name. Ready?

carole first grade for carole knits
me at age 6. I figure a post like this one definitely deserves a throw back photo

  1. Crafty. From the time I was a little girl I have always wanted to make something.
  2. Cute. I’m 50 but I’m still holdling on to this one with all my might.
  3. Courteous. Polite to a fault, some might say.
  4. Caring. Especially when it comes to my family and friends.
  5. Competent. 30 years doing the same job will get you this one.
  6. Complex. I’m a woman, after all.
  7. Confident. Mostly. Definitely about work and leadership opportunities. Not always about my appearance but I’m a work in progress.
  8. Cheerful. Almost always. It comes from living with the happiest guy in the world, it just sort of rubs off.
  9. Content. It’s the secret to a happy life and I embrace this wholeheartedly.
  10. Cool. I do drive a Mustang convertible, you know.

I had Dale help me with this list because otherwise I’d also have to include the word conceited. And, just as note, Dale thought this was a pretty clever topic. I crack myself up. Okay, okay, I’ll cut it out. bwahahahahahaha.

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