Ten On Tuesday

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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The Ten on Tuesday topic for this week was inspired by something I saw going around on Facebook during the last few weeks. I altered it slightly but the task is to list 10 Books That Have Stayed With Me Long After I’ve Read Them. Now, you know how I generally write my list and then elaborate on each thing, explaining why I’ve listed it and stuff? I’m not doing that this week. It’s not because I’m lazy, though, it’s because I have a terrible memory when it comes to books. I know I’m going to have no problem listing 10 books that have stayed with me but I also know that I won’t really be able to tell you why they have stayed with me. You’ll just have to trust me that they are books that have made a lasting impression on me and we will leave it at that. I will link to them on Good Reads, though, so that you can go read all about it them on your own time. Mmmmkay?


  1. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
  3. Before & After by Rosellen Brown.
  4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
  5. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt.
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  7. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
  8. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  9. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
  10. The Historian by Elizabeth
  11. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

I know, I know, I listed 11. And I could have even listed more like The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells and all of The Outlander books and pretty much anything by Chris Bohjalian.

See what I did there? I snuck in a bunch more books. Heh.

So, how about you? What are the books you’ve read that you can’t forget? If you wrote a blog post for today be sure and share you link below. And, if you’d like to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday topic email, please click here.

Ten On Tuesday

I was thinking, as I was writing my post on Fiber Revival, about what a great day it always is. And also, how it’s too bad it’s only once a year. And that got me thinking about Ten on Tuesday and lo and behold, a topic was born. Today we are talking about 10 Things I Only Do Once a Year But I Wish You Could Do Them More Often.

annual things mosaic

  1. Fiber Revival. It inspired the topic so of course it needs to be first.
  2. SPA. I’m not sure my liver or wallet could handle more than that one weekend per year but I’d give it a shot.
  3. Jimmy Buffett. Ditto on the liver survival. I do sort of wish there was a way to go the night before the concert and camp out – that would be bomb.
  4. Our vacation in Mexico. For right now, at least, this is an annual event. I’d be pleased to make it semiannual, though.
  5. Celebrate our anniversary. It’s always such a day full of special feelings and memories. Then again, we try and make most days like that. I’m leaving this on the list anyway, though.
  6. Experience the summer solstice. How about if this was 4 times a year – then we’d never have to have winter, right?
  7. The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Sure, it’s a lot of work but it’s also a LOT of fun. And we make a lot of money!
  8. Go to the Marshfield Fair. I love a good country fair and, since we go on vacation right after the local fair starts, we only get to go one night. It’s this coming Friday and I intend to make the most of it: corn dogs and beer, fried dough and ice cream! Good thing I go to the gym more than once a year.
  9. Attend Tom & Anne’s St. Patrick’s Day party. It’s fun, we get to see lots of great people, the food is fantastic, and there’s lots of beer. Too bad St. Patrick’s Day only comes once a year.
  10. Christmas morning. I debated putting this on here because everything that leads up to Christmas morning is work and stress and spending. But Christmas morning, when it all comes together and my family is opening gifts in their PJs and sharing and laughing and drinking mimosas – well, that moment is pretty sweet.

That’s my list and I can’t wait to read all of yours. Be sure and click the button below to add your post. Sign up for the Ten on Tuesday weekly email here.

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Thank you all so much for your kind comments on yesterday’s post about Dixie. Even though they made me cry it really helped to know that you all were thinking about us and sharing your stories and remembering your own pets, too. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it agin: I have the best blog readers ever.

Okay, moving on.

Today, because this week hasn’t been dramatic enough, my beloved husband is having hernia surgery. It’s an out patient thing and relatively common but still – we’re nervous and apprehensive. I, of course, will have the responsibility of sitting in the waiting room and sometimes I think that’s harder than being the person who is actually undergoing a procedure. And so, today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things To Do in a Waiting Room.

dale west island june 2014

  1. Read. Something absorbing to keep you from being distracted by the noise of other people around you.
  2. Knit. When the distractions make reading too difficult.
  3. Listen to music. With headphones, of course.
  4. Check email. Because one must stay in touch.
  5. Check Facebook. See #4.
  6. Make lists for grocery shopping, work stuff and upcoming vacations. This works especially well if you have a smart phone or tablet with you.
  7. Peruse Pinterest. Sure, Pinterest is a time suck but you’re stuck in waiting room hell so why not waste some time on Pinterest? Plus, it’s pretty.
  8. Write thank you notes. Of course, this means remembering to bring notes and addresses with you when you go.
  9. Doodle. I hear it’s a great distraction but I’ve never tried it myself.
  10. Pray. I will be. Constantly until I know he’s safe.

Now that I think of it, I should have made this last week’s topic so that I could have gleaned ideas from all of you in advance. If you wrote a post for today be sure and click the button below to share it with everyone. And if you’d like to subscribe to the weekly Ten on Tuesday email simply click here.

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This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic comes from Mary and it’s actually about . . .  knitting! Because, you know, it’s good if we occasionally talk about knitting. And so, today, I want you to tell me the 10 Patterns You Could Knit Again . . . and again and again. (All links are Rav links but you’re all on there at this point, right?)

repeat knits

  1. Carole’s Picot Edge Sock. I know I’ve knit this many, many times. It is my go-to sock pattern and I don’t have to think about it at all.
  2. The Ball Band Dishcloth. This is a necessity every now and again when the dishcloths get old and tired.
  3. Monkey Socks. Perfect for when I want to knit a sock that’s a bit more challenging.
  4. Feather and Fan Socks. See #3.
  5. Cedar Leaf Shawlette. I’ve knit 2 already and I’m sure I will knit it again. It works with lots of different yarns and it especially nice for handspun.
  6. Hitchhiker. Like the Cedar Leaf Shawlette, this one is versatile and easy and also looks great done up in handspun.
  7. Baby Surprise Jacket. It’s my go-to baby sweater. It’s clever and fast and can be made bigger or smaller very easily.
  8. Calorimetry. Fast and flattering and perfect for when you don’t want a hat but you don’t want something warm on your head.
  9. Everyday Cardigan. I actually need to make myself one of these in a smaller size. My original one is huge.
  10. Irish Hiking Scarf. I knit a few of these so long ago that they aren’t on Ravelry! It’s a great scarf pattern for a guy.

Wow, that was easy! I think it took me longer to add all those links than it did to write my list. I’m looking forward to reading your list of the patterns you can knit over and over again. Don’t forget to add your link by clicking the button below. And click here if you want to be on the Ten on Tuesday mailing list.

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