Ten On Tuesday

We haven’t gotten one yet but I know it’s coming. What am I talking about? The dreaded Christmas letter. The one that will come in a Christmas card and be all about how wonderful someone’s year was. The one that will brag about perfect children and amazing vacations and 6 figure incomes. I’m mostly just kidding but I’m partly serious and it got me to thinking, what are the 10 Things I would Put in a Christmas Letter? You know, if I actually wrote something like that. Here goes.

merry christmas 2014 for carole knits

  1. We did a lot of work on the outside of our house this year. We had new siding put on, we got 6 new windows, a new front door and new storm doors. We spent a lot of money.
  2. We also did some inside work on the house. We redid a very small room and turned it into a usable space. We spent a lot more money.
  3. I still knit. A lot.
  4. Hannah passed her MTEL. This is the exam that will allow her to do her student teaching and finish her program and graduate. Hallelujah.
  5. Patrick turned 16 this past October. I like this arrangement that we have where he gets older but we don’t.
  6. Brant, Heather and Ambrynn didn’t visit this year. We miss them.
  7. We went to Mexico and had a fantastic time. The weather was perfect and the beach was beautiful and the tequila was plentiful.
  8. Our beloved Dixie crossed the rainbow bridge in August. We’ve decided not to get another dog and are truly grieving for her and miss her terribly.
  9. I finished up my year as President of our Kiwanis Club. It was a lot of work but it was fun and solidified for me even more how important it is to volunteer.
  10. I officially started my photography business. I have, like, one client, but it’s all good.

I guess that’s a summary of a year with our family. Succinct. Truthful. Hopefully not pretentious.

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For today’s Ten on Tuesday, I have asked everyone to hit “shuffle all” and list the first 10 songs that play on their iPod or whatever device they use for music. I have to confess here, though, that my list is actually from November 24th. I had thought of this prompt and was going to use it for a blog post during NaBloPoMo – I had written the list and filed it away – put it in the freezer, as Vicki used to say, but then I never actually finished it and posted it. So I’m doing that today, partly because it’s already done but also because any list I create right now is going to be all Christmas music since that’s all that is on my iPhone at the moment. (My storage is full and I had to rotate off all of my other playlists to fit my Christmas stuff on there. There’s a solution to this problem arriving by the end of the week, though.) And so, on a Monday in November, these are the 10 songs I listened to on my way to work.

January 12, 2012

  1. Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
  2. Try to Remember by Ed Ames
  3. The Long & Winding Road by The Beatles
  4. I’m Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys
  5. Lawyers, Guns & Money by Warren Zevon
  6. Jolly Mon Sing by Jimmy Buffett
  7. Old Fashioned Love Song by Three Dog Night
  8. Eighteen Wheels & A Dozen Roses by Kathy Mattea
  9. Halo by Beyonce
  10. All That I Want for Christmas by The Rescues

It’s an eclectic list, that’s for sure, but any list from my music is going to be. I listen to oldies and 80s and schmaltzy stuff that my parents liked. I listen to rock ‘n roll and country and folk. And I love it all! I think it’s very appropriate that the last song of the 10 is a Christmas one. Yes, I started listening in November. Not to all of it and only in the car but that one by The Rescues is from a Grey’s Anatomy episode (season 6, episode 10 if you want to know) and it’s a real favorite of mine.

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The season of shopping is upon us. Ugh. I hate shopping. I know, that’s weird, right? But it’s true and I try and buy as much as possible online. Nevertheless, real-live-in-person shopping is a necessity and I am doing my best to be pro-active so today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Stores I Like.

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  1. Roche Bros. My local grocery chain. It’s small and the quality of the food is excellent. I have other locals tell me it’s expensive but I’ve done some price comparisons on the things I buy frequently and it all evens out. Plus, I get to see my friend Wendy every Friday because she works in the floral department there.
  2. Target. I have a love/hate relationship with Target. I love all their stuff. I hate that I spend $200 every time I walk through the door.
  3. Pier 1. Poking around at Pier 1 is one of my favorite things to do. I adore their serving pieces and tableware and glassware and seasonal items.
  4. Sephora. I feel about Sephora much the same way I feel about Target. Ca-ching. But oh so good.
  5. DSW. See that photo above? Need I say more.
  6. L.L. Bean. We have a local store and an outlet both within 1/2 hour from us but it’s the store in Freeport that I love. I went there so much as a kid and I still get all excited walking through those very tall doors.
  7. Lowe’s. My favorite home improvement store although they have a lousy lighting department. Paint, though? And seasonal items and tools and more? Yes, please.
  8. Rite Aid. I always went to CVS and then I tried to fill a prescription there after Dale’s surgery. As in – on the way home in the car and my husband needs his meds right now. And they couldn’t do it because their computers were down. Now, I work with computers so I understand that this can happen. But the attitude I got? And the lack of customer service from them? Sent me scurrying to Rite Aid and I have not looked back. They are friendly and helpful and I love them.
  9. WEBS. I don’t have a local yarn shop, isn’t that sad? If I need to buy yarn, though, I can make the 2 hour drive to the mecca of all yarn stores. I try and go at least once a year which means . . . I’m due for a visit!
  10. Keepsake Quilting. Read #9 but substitute fabric for yarn.

This was a stretch to write for this girl who doesn’t like shopping. I managed, though, and hope you did, too. Don’t forget to add your link below if you wrote a post to share with everyone today. Click here to sign up for the weekly Ten on Tuesday email.


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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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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.

Hard Rock Cafe

  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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