Ten On Tuesday

Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic was inspired by something I heard in a podcast. The hosts were discussing what books they would save if their house caught on fire and I thought – hmmmm – that could be tweaked to 10 Things You Would Save If Your House Was On Fire. For the sake of this exercise we are assuming that all family, people & pets are safe.

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  1. The Ten Commandments that my great-great-grandmother cross stitched. On paper. That would be the first thing I would grab.
  2. My laptop and external hard drive. Sure, most of my stuff is on the cloud but it would be a lot easier to have the actual computer.
  3. My Reeves spinning wheel. Irreplaceable, in my opinion.
  4. Photo albums. All of them – which actually isn’t that many.
  5. All of my quilts. They are family heirlooms in the making and I’d hate to lose them.
  6. As much yarn as I could carry but I would pay particular attention to my stash of Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn.
  7. Scrapbooks. I have 3 that I did years ago when Creative Memories was a big thing. I would definitely want to save them from a fire.
  8. My cameras and lenses. I know insurance would cover this but still – I love my cameras.
  9. My mother’s silver. Sure, it’s replaceable but it wouldn’t be the silver that she used for every holiday and special occasion. Sentimental value is huge around here.
  10. My copy of The Mill on the Floss. It was a college graduation present from my dear friend, Chrissie, and the inscription is something I treasure. I’d definitely grab this.

We all have so much stuff. It’s been interesting to think about how much of that stuff truly matters. I hope you wrote a post for today and I hope you will include your link by clicking the button below. Don’t forget to sign up to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email by clicking here.

Ten On Tuesday

I do love a weekend that includes a Monday holiday. The extra time to relax, a Sunday night that doesn’t include thinking about work in the morning and planning for the week ahead is a real blessing. And so, while I didn’t do anything particularly excting on this weekend, I always think a long weekend deserves to be followed up with a Ten on Tuesday topic of 10 Things I Did This Weekend.

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  1. I visited my alma mater, Wheaton College, with my friend Doreen and her son as he toured the campus. Doreen and I met at Wheaton way back in 1984 and it was so fun to walk those paths together and reminisce on our happy days there together.
  2. I read. I’m deeply engrossed in All The Light We Cannot See. It’s wonderful but I am pretty certain my next book needs to not be about WWII.
  3. I knit. The Irish Hiking Scarf is growing. Hooray!
  4. I made, I think for the 3rd time in recent weeks, this awesome goat cheese and roasted tomato appetizer. It is so delicious.
  5. I enjoyed a relaxing Saturday with Dale. He was supposed to have an outside band job but it was cancelled due to the weather and we made the most of the day together. We poked around at an antique shop, had a fun lunch out (a very rare treat for us, unless we are on vacation) and saw some pretty foliage on an afternoon drive.
  6. I made a fantastic beef stew with homemade biscuits – the perfect comforting dinner at the end of a chilly day.
  7. I went with Dale to his class reunion. It was low-key and very small but he graduated with some truly wonderful people so it was fun.
  8. I finally settled on costumes and a theme for our annual Halloween party. We’ve been so engrossed in home improvement stuff that we haven’t given this much thought. Now that we have decided, though, I’m very excited to see how our creative ideas will come together.
  9. I watched TV. I caught up on Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood and The Good Wife. Dale and I only recently started watching Homeland and we were able to view a few episodes together over the weekend. I’m so glad we finally jumped on this bandwagon – what a fabulous show.
  10. I nursed a cold. Yes, there was a downside to this terrific weekend that included a sore throat and a cough. Alas, all weekends can’t be perfect.

How about you? What did you do this weekend? Be sure and add your link below if you wrote a post for today. If you’d like to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email then please click here to subscribe.

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The spooky season is upon us, my friends. Scary entertainment abounds from movies to music to books. Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is all about scary reading: 10 Favorite Thriller/Suspense Books. Let’s go!

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  1. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. Vampires at their very best.
  2. The Shining, also by Stephen King. Heeeeeere’s Johnny!
  3. Misery by Stephen King. Maybe I should have just made this topic 10 Favorite Stephen King books.
  4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Another really good vampire story.
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson. Of the trilogy, I enjoyed this one the most.
  6. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. So creepy and scary!
  7. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. It’s really all about Mrs. Danvers.
  8. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. The movie was crap but the book was great.
  9. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I love me a good gothic novel.
  10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Before all the hoopla and hype and attention made it too trendy this was a great suspense story.

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Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic comes from my friend Terry, over at Knitting the Blues. She told me the other day about being stressed because she couldn’t find something and then she realized that it was something that made her life better but really wasn’t necessary and she wondered why on earth she was stressing about it. This whole inner monologue she had while looking for this (I don’t want to give it away in case she’s using it for today’s blog post) made her think of a fun Ten on Tuesday topic: 10 Things You Stress About That You Didn’t Stress About 10 (or 15! or 20!) Years Ago.

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  1. Backing up files and photos. My laptop has been having issues lately and I’m seriously stressed about losing photos that aren’t in Dropbox.
  2. Taking a picture every day. Okay, I don’t really stress about this, because it’s something I love, but it’s also something I have to remember to do. And things I have to remember to do can stress me out.
  3. Finding time to go to the gym. Why do I think this will be on lots of lists today?
  4. Hannah being out there in the world. Driving. Working. Going to school. Hanging out. Being a grown up. It was easier to keep track of her when she was 8.
  5. Health stuff. Mammograms, cholesterol, colonoscopies. Aging is not for sissies.
  6. Keeping up with social media. I enjoy Facebook very much but I don’t tweet and I don’t instagram. Forget about Google +. And now there’s Ello? There’s only so much time in the day and I just don’t need something else to follow
  7. Forgetting my cell phone. I guess I had a cell phone 10 years ago. I’m sure I did. But it wasn’t an iPhone so I didn’t really care if I left the house with out it. Now? It’s a national emergency if that happens.
  8. Answering the phone at work. We have a new phone system. It was expensive. It’s supposed to be better. It’s not. Dropped call central over here because we can’t seem to consistently put people on hold, transfer calls, etc.
  9. Insomnia. Hullo perimenopause.
  10. Thinking up interesting Ten on Tuesday topics. So there.

Talking about stress is supposed to help alleviate it, right? Here’s to no more stress! If you wrote a post for today please click the button below to share it. And if you’d like to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email just click here to subscribe.

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Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Cars I Have Had. I’m going with chronological order, here, because I think that is the only way I will be able to remember them correctly. Ready?

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  1. Mazda 323. My first car ever, bought right after my college graduation and it was brand new. I got my driver’s license the same day I got the car.
  2. Ford Tempo. I hated that car. Loathed it, in fact. I will never own another Ford if I can help it.
  3. Chevy Blazer. Dale bought this for me when we got engaged because he wanted Hannah and I in something safe and prior to this we were driving that POS Ford Tempo. I loved this car, not only for the sentiment that went with it, but for it’s style and drive-ability.
  4. Chevy Suburban. I’ve had 2 and Dale had one, as well. In fact, at one point we both drove Suburbans and that was a little nuts. They are great for towing, though, and we had a camper and 4 kids and it was awesome to never have to worry about not having enough space.
  5. Jeep Wrangler. We bought this the year I turned 40 and I love this stupid thing. It’s so much fun to take the doors off and the top down and ride around with the radio turned up really loud.
  6. Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was red and fancy and I loved it while I had it.
  7. Subaru Outback. Also red and the first brand new car I had since that Mazda way back in 1987.
  8. Subaru Crosstrek. My current car. It’s zippy and fun to drive and the tires are very cool looking. The seats, however, are uncomfortable and I think when I trade this in I will go back to an Outback and at that point Dale will get a pick up truck again – and that will make him very happy.
  9. I also had vehicles I didn’t own but that I drove regularly. The first was my mom’s Dodge Diplomat. The thing was a boat and it’s what I drove when I learned to drive. It was banana yellow. You could see me coming and that was probably a very good thing.
  10. We’ve had various pick up trucks over the years, too. A truck is definitely not my thing but they certainly come in handy and it’s Dale’s vehicle of choice. Well, after a Chevy Suburban but those days are over for us.

So, those are the cars I have driven. Some I have loved and some I have hated but they all served a purpose and thinking about them has brought back some great (and some not so great!) memories.

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