Ten On Tuesday

When Dale and I flew into Chicago and then drove to Kalamazoo I had a playlist of songs for us to listen to. Songs about Michigan and Chicago, of course. And it got me thinking – there are songs about lots of places! and wouldn’t that make a great Ten on Tuesday topic?! So, here we go with 10 Songs About The Place Where I Live: Boston (and also) Massachusetts.

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  1. Dirty Water by The Standells. This one says it all.
  2. I’m Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys. Loud rock and roll, baby!
  3. Please Come to Boston by Dave Loggins. This covers a lot of geography but it starts in Boston.
  4. The M.T.A. Song aka Charlie on the MTA by The Kingston Trio. If you aren’t familiar with this one it’s definitely worth watching the video.
  5. Rock and Roll Band by Boston. A song from my youth and one of my all time favorite Boston songs – the band and the city.
  6. Tessie by Dropkick Murphys. Again, a video worth watching.
  7. Whoever’s In New England by Reba McEntire. Corny! But the video has some scenes from around the city.
  8. Sweet Baby James by James Taylor. It’s a stretch to make this about Boston but he does mention the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston in the 2nd verse.
  9. Roadrunner by The Modern Lovers. This one is new to me but how could I not include a song that mentions not only Stop & Shop but also Route 128?
  10. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. It’s the unofficial theme song of the Boston Red Sox, in case you didn’t know.

I could have also included songs by J. Geils and Aerosmith since they are from here but I think that lists covers the best of Boston in music. I hope you had fun with this topic and wrote a post for today. Please include your link below so we can all check it out. As always, click here to subscribe to the Ten On Tuesday email list.

Ten On Tuesday

You know when it’s a long weekend that the Ten On Tuesday topic will be a recap, right? So, here is a list of 10 Things I Did This Weekend.

  1. Sat in Cape Cod traffic. I took us 3 hours to get from our house to Doreen’s on Friday afternoon. It’s normally a 70 minute trip. Luckily I was with Dale so the company was good.
  2. Had a great time visiting with Doreen and Mark. I love their home and spending time with them is a special treat.
  3. Bought myself some Cape Cod style bling. There are lots of rules when it comes to spending money at Eden Hand Arts but it’s worth the effort.
  4. Watched some Native American dancing.
  5. Had 2 wonderful nights in our yard with friends. One on the deck, complete with charcuterie and martinis, and one in the backyard, complete with a campfire and wine. Both nights involved unexpected company, which is truly the best kind of all.
  6. Went to a cook out at our neighbors. I love a party you can walk to! And we met other locals and made some new friends, too.
  7. Made red, white & blue deviled eggs.
  8. Read. I finished The Guest Room, Chris Bohjalian’s latest. I’ve been waiting forever for my turn with this one and it did not disappoint.
  9. Knit. But not much.
  10. Gardened. Picked basil. So much basil. And a cucumber. And pinched back the penutias.

What did you do this weekend? If you wrote a blog post for today please share you link below. If you’d like to subscribe to the weekly Ten On Tuesday email, please click here.

Ten On Tuesday

As I mentioned yesterday, I finished listening to LaRose over the weekend. Generally, when I listen to an audiobook, I do so strictly in the car. So, going back and forth to work, running errands around time, that’s about it. It’s maybe an hour or so of listening time each day. Not a lot but it works for me as I don’t mind if it takes a while to finish a book. Now and again, though, I listen to a book that I love and I want to listen all.the.time until it’s finished. That’s howw it was with LaRose and I found myself wanting to listen when I wasn’t driving. And that leads me right into this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic: 10 Things to Do While Listening to an Audiobook.


  1. Knit.
  2. Drive.
  3. Empty the dishwasher.
  4. Clean the house.
  5. Garden.
  6. Walk.
  7. Do your “getting ready” thing. Makeup, hair stuff, you know.
  8. Fold laundry.
  9. Get a pedicure.
  10. Fly on a plane.

That last one? The one about flying on a plane? That’s what I’m doing today because Dale and I are going to visit Kym and Tom! It’s not exactly a state secret; I’ve alluded to it here on the blog and also in some comments I’ve left over at Kym’s blog. But now it’s officially here and I’m officially telling you that the four of us are about to embark on a week of sightseeing, hanging out, fishing, beer drinking, reading, knitting (those last two might be mostly done by Kym and I) and whatever else comes our way. Woo hoo!

There may or may not be blogging on my part. And/or Kym’s part. There will, I’m sure, be plenty to follow on instagram. You can find me here and Kym here if you want to check out our adventures.

In the meantime, Happy Tuesday! If you wrote a post for today please include a link to it below. There won’t be a Ten On Tuesday post next week but I’ll catch you back here for sure on the 29th.

Ten On Tuesday

Summer is almost officially here – going by the calendar – and summer is officially here if you’re going by the weather. It’s my favorite season and I love to savor it. One way to do that is to make a list of things to do and so, today’s Ten On Tuesday topic is 10 Things on This Summer’s Bucket List.

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  1. Make ice cream. I actually already did this last weekend. I bought, on Bev’s recommendation, the Kitchen Aid ice cream maker and it’s fantastic. I used Pioneer Woman’s recipe for strawberry ice cream and it was fantastic.
  2. Spend as much time on the deck aka our summer living room as possible. It’s like having a whole ‘nother room and I love it so much.
  3. Travel somewhere new. Happening soon!
  4. Swim. I’m a big fan of the beach but I don’t often go in the water. This year, though, I want to make sure I do.
  5. Harvest my own vegetables. Our raised bed is off to a great start!
  6. Read. Lots. Get a cover all for summer book bingo as a result.
  7. Visit Heritage Museum and Gardens. We went last year and had a wonderful time and this year they have an exhibit of costumes from movies that sounds fantastic.
  8. Go camping. Or, even better, glamping.
  9. Go to Lake Winnipesaukee to visit Jo-Ann and Shawn. Ride in the boat as much as possible.
  10. Dine al fresco. I love a restaurant with outdoor dining, whether it’s with a beautiful water view or even just a few of the parking lot. Everything is better outside.

How about you? What’s on your summer bucket list? Please add a link to your post so we can all read it. Go here to subscribe to the weekly Ten On Tuesday email.

Ten On Tuesday

I don’t consider myself a very curious person. Maybe it’s the fallout of working in a public library for the past mumblethirtysixmumblemuble years but I’m generally good at accepting things at face value and moving on. BUT. Sometimes I do get curious about stuff and I want to learn more. And so, this week, for Ten on Tuesday I am giving you a list of Ten Things I’m Curious About. Right now.

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  1. The behavior of snapping turtles. A big one laid a bunch of eggs in my stepdaughter’s front yard the other day. I want to know more about their behavior, the incubation period of the eggs, etc. etc.
  2. Why I can’t grow lupine successfully. I try and try but they just don’t come back.
  3. Why my poppies don’t spread. I have exactly ONE poppy every year. I see other gardens with loads of poppies but not mine. WHY?
  4. Why the payroll spreadsheet doesn’t add a column up correctly. I have 3 payrolls I complete every other week for work. The final total column for 2 of these adds up correctly. The other one is off by a penny or two every.single.time. I have checked the rounding issue and everything else I can think of and I cannot fix this.
  5. How to paint with watercolors. And acrylics. I’ve been reading and I want to try more. Hullo new obsession.
  6. The real story behind the assassination of JFK. Conspiracy theories abound and I’d like to know the truth.
  7. Does food taste the same for everyone. I mean, love lamb and Dale hates it. Is that because it tastes different to him? Or does it taste the same and he doesn’t like it? Know what I mean? (I can’t think about this too long or I get a headache.)
  8. Speaking of food – who had the idea that lobster would be edible?
  9. How does the fax machine really work? I’ve read about it and I understand it in the sense that I can read the explanation. But really? I don’t get it.
  10. What was that one thing I was going to list on here that I can’t for the life of me remember? It was good, too. Damn.

I hope you wrote a post about your own curiosity today. If you did be sure and include the link to it below. And, if you’re curious about the Ten on Tuesday topic each week click here to subscribe.

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