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.

front pumpkins and mums for carole knits

  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.

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Ten On Tuesday

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?

mini pearl

  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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Ready or not, fall is bearing down on us here in Southeastern Massachusetts. Yesterday when I got up it was only 40°! Time to break down and try on those blue jeans. And time to get everything ready for fall – which leads me to this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic: Ten Things You Do To Get Your Home Ready for Fall.

living room lamp for carole knits

  1. Swap out the spring/summer curtains for the fall/winter curtains. I don’t actually have to do that this year since I never swapped out the curtains last spring as I was enjoying them so much. I will, however, be making new table runners and matts so that I have red/white ones to match the red/white curtains and blue/brown ones to match the blue/brown curtains. See above photo for reference.
  2. Wash the windows. I won’t have to do the living room and bedroom ones this year since they are new(!!!!) but the ones in the kitchen (and there are 6) must be done.
  3. Put away the pretty decorative candles I have on top of the woodstove. They can’t stay there once we start having fires.
  4. Speaking of candles, swap out the summer scents like Pineapple Cilantro and Paradise Spice for the fall scents like Macintosh and Buttercream.
  5. Purchase and plant mums. Of course, this means giving up on my beautiful summer container gardens and I’m not ready to do that just yet.
  6. Stack firewood on the deck. Much like my plants, I am not ready to put away the deck furniture and Dale just bought me an outdoor heater for my upcoming birthday so we’re going to have to put off firewood on the deck for a while. I hope.
  7. Get out the extra quilts, the flannel sheets and the down comforter. I do like how cozy all of that makes our bedroom feel.
  8. Finish up any decorating projects. We often have something going on and we also have an upcoming Halloween party so everything must be finished. Now. (I really hope Dale is reading this post today.)
  9. Decorate with pumpkins and gourds and fall leaves. Right now my house is in a transitional state – the sideboard in the dining room still has beach glass and shells in glass containers but the mantel is decorated with shed antlers and mini pumpkins and gourds.
  10. Clean and sort the sock drawer. Time to get rid of any socks with holes and make sure they are clean and ready to wear. I haven’t had to break out the wool yet but it’s coming, I can feel it.

That’s my list and, while I despise winter, I do enjoy fall so some of this actually makes me happy. I’d be happier, though, if I didn’t have to do any of this until, ohhhhhhh, November.

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