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.

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  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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Ten On Tuesday

I think the idea for this week’s Ten on Tuesday came from something I saw on Facebook. I can’t remember where I saw it or who posted it – as is so often the case with things I see there – but I remember instantly thinking this would work for us. What’s the topic, you ask? 10 Musicians I Would Bring Back from the Dead.

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  1. John Lennon. For Dale.
  2. Freddie Mercury. I’d like him to see that we would do better by him now. Plus, Bohemian Rhapsody.
  3. Frank Sinatra. For my father-in-law. He loves When I Was Seventeen. I think it’s just depressing but it makes Jack happy so I play it for him.
  4. John Denver. I have always felt that we got robbed when John Denver was killed in that plane crash. He had more music to make for us and I wish he’d gotten the chance.
  5. Johnny Cash. Do you think the first thing he’d say is, “hello, I’m Johnny Cash”?
  6. Michael Jackson. The King of Pop should live forever.
  7. Mary Travers. I always always wanted to go see Peter, Paul and Mary but I never got the chance.
  8. Luciano Pavarotti. Because La Donna E Mobile.
  9. Mozart. I think talking to him would be a trip.
  10. Jim Morrison. That’s if he’s really dead, of course. Plus, I think it would be cool to see him grow into an old man.

I’m grateful for the music they all gave us when they could.

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I think most of us have been inspired to collect something over the years. Knickknacks, craft supplies, books –  we’re all susceptible. Today I want you to tell me what you have collected and that’s why our Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Collections I’ve Had Over the Years.

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  1. Dala horses. These may have been the first thing I ever collected. I got my first one at the Kaffe Stuga at the Lutheran Church in my neighborhood when I was just a girl. I got my most recent one just last year.
  2. Strawberries. Well, not strawberries but stuff with strawberries on them. Monogrammed sweaters, prints, pillows and other home decor. My room my freshmen year of college was covered in strawberries and I’m surprised my roommate tolerated it.
  3. Snowmen. My collection of snowmen started the first year I was married. I picked one up at a craft fair and that was the start of a lifelong, ummm, obsession.
  4. Longaberger Baskets. I have many. Many, many. At least this is a useful collection.
  5. Seashells and seaglass. I go to the beach for vacation pretty regularly. This one is a gimme.
  6. Pappagallo Purse Covers. Do you remember those? I was quite the prep in junior and senior high school and I had these in every color and for every season.
  7. Decoys. This is probably more of a collection of Dale’s but we have them throughout our home. We don’t have any truly valuable ones but I love them for their folk art appeal.
  8. Yarn. And also, fabric. This counts as a collection, right? I mean, my Vesper Sock Yarn is a collection unto itself.
  9. Cookbooks. I don’t really collect them now that most recipes are online but I had a lot back in the day. I actually still have some of my favorites and I won’t give them up.
  10. Scrapbooking Supplies. Back in the days before digital cameras I did a lot of scrapbooking and therefore amassed a lot of stickers and cardstock and other fun scrapbooking stuff.

Collecting is fun, right? Not an obsession at all, right?

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Reading is something many of us love to do and if you guys are anything like me you are always looking for new and terrific books to read. Sometimes the books we love are part of a series and that is a bonus because — look! there are more books just like this one!!! Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic, as you may have guessed by this introduction, is 10 Favorite Books in Series.

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  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My favorite, hands down. I haven’t read them all yet as I am savoring them rather than tearing through them.
  2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Simply the best for all ages.
  3. The Alphabet Mysteries by Sue Grafton. She’s almost done and, while I will be sad to see these end, I do think it’s time for Kinsey Millhone to try something new.
  4. The Goldy Bear Culinary mystery books by Diane Mott Davidson. I’m a sucker for books that include recipes.
  5. The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. These were very very good and I enjoyed them so much. I tried the Divergent series thinking I would enjoy them as well but —- nope.
  6. The Hannah Swenson mystery books by Joanne Fluke. These include recipes and they are fun to read but certainly not anything close to good literature.
  7. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The first series I ever read, I think, and then I read them over and over again. I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  8. The Kay Scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell. They get darker and darker and I didn’t even realize until I looked at Good Reads that there are about 8 I haven’t read but if you like suspense then this series is for you.
  9. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I am not a fan of science fiction but this series of 3 books are among the finest I have ever read. The first is the best, I think, but the other 2 are excellent and I can’t recommend this highly enough.
  10. The Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde. If you’re a fan of Jane Eyre then the 1st in this series is a must. I will admit that I lost interest after the 5th (mainly because I read them one right after the other) but I’m thinking I’d like to get back to them and try again.

I’m looking forward to expanding my to-be-read list today! If you wrote a post to share please click the button below to add your link. If you want to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here to sign up.

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When there is a lot going on and things get stressful I think it’s really important to focus on the good. To look at the small things you do regularly that are positive. To treat yourself like you would treat a friend. And so, today for Ten on Tuesday, the topic is 10 Things You Feel Good About Right Now.

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Okay! Right now I feel good about

  1. Going to the Y 3 times last week. And making plans to go 3 times this week, too.
  2. Growing out my bangs and letting my hair get longer. It’s easy to take care of and I can wear hats whenever I want and I love it.
  3. Raising $1100 for Kiwanis at our Dale and the Duds fundraiser last weekend.
  4. Getting lots of compliments on our Halloween Party from our guests. We do it because it’s fun but it’s nice to know that people enjoyed themselves, too.
  5. Relaxing and reading in the new den. It’s so peaceful in there. I owe you pictures and they are coming.
  6. Starting my Christmas shopping. If yours is already done please shut up about it.
  7. Setting up my new laptop. It was pretty easy and I feel good about getting it all done so quickly.
  8. Stepping away from online games. I was pretty addicted to Bejeweled for a long time. And then I took a bad road and started playing Farmville 2. But I have shut myself off from that stuff completely. Yay me.
  9. Being caught up with posting photos to Flickr. I have been behind since missing 2 weeks while we were on our summer vacation. I think – if I don’t skip any days – that I will be completely caught up by the end of this week.
  10. Thinking of this topic. It’s a good one, right?

In the words of James Brown – I feel good! And I hope you do, too. If you wrote a post for today please click the link below. If you want to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here.

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