Ten On Tuesday

Margene wrote a post yesterday about being delighted by everyday things. Her inspiration came from a poem by Mary Oliver and Margene’s post and Oliver’s poem in turn inspired me to make this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic be 10 Everyday Things That Delight You. Or, in this case, me. Ready? Here we go.

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  1. Hot coffee. I am delighted by it’s smell and taste and the ritual of drinking it every morning.
  2. Words. I love to read and I love that words strung together can evoke feelings and sensations that are incredibly powerful.
  3. Sunshine. I guess technically this is not an everyday thing since the sun doesn’t shine every day but when it does I find it absolutely delightful and it can change my mood in an instant.
  4. Birds. We have feeders for goldfinches and bluebirds, woodpeckers and songbirds and they are used frequently. I love to watch the birds fly in and out and about our yard.
  5. Our front door. For years we had a front door that we couldn’t open. Now we have a beautiful door that is fiberglass but looks like wood and I am delighted by opening it in the afternoon and letting the warmth from the sun come into our front hallway.
  6. Driving a car. I didn’t get my license until I was almost 22 and I can still remember the freedom that came with it, it delights me to this day.
  7. Flowers. Inside or outside, planted or cut, flowers are an every day delight.
  8. Flip flops. I have new ones for Mexico. They are a bit sparkly and utterly delightful.
  9. The new lamp in our living room. I found exactly what I wanted at TJ Maxx, it’s right in my line of sight when I sit on the couch, and I love it.
  10. My camera. It’s an everyday thing because I use it every day. And it delights me because of the way it allows me to capture the world around me.

What’s delightful in your world today? If you wrote a blog post for today please add your link below so that everyone can find it. If you would like to subscribe to the Ten on Tuesday email list please click here.


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I’ve been reading. A lot. I’ve been reading some really great books, some good books, and 1 not very good book. My guess is that you all are having similar experiences and I really want to know what you’ve been reading because I don’t want to be missing out on reading something great. So, for Ten on Tuesday today, I have asked everyone to create a list of the 10 Last Books You Have Read. Here are mine:

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  1. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Love it. It’s not The Red Tent but it’s a good story.
  2. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Best book I’ve read in ages. Seriously. Go read this right now.
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir. I had to skim this one because the science was just too much for me. But I was interested enough to want to know what happened. It would definitely appeal more to science fiction fans.
  4. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. This is like a mash-up of The Help, The Pecan Man and To Kill a Mockingbird. Pretty good and not at all what I expected.
  5. Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston. The things that stand out for me with regards to this book are all the things that are never said. I read it wishing people would speak up, say what they really felt, and then heal from their tragedies. I guess, much like real life, it’s not always linear progress.
  6. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Very cute, quite entertaining and I’m starting The Rosie Effect next.
  7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I love it much more than Gone Girl!
  8. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. You know, I really liked this one. A little bit gothic and dark but very entertaining and pretty well written.
  9. We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. This was too long and I really didn’t care for the main character much. But it’s very well written and captures the feeling of real life, marriage, jobs and day-to-day living very well.
  10. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I don’t know why this book is as popular as it is. I liked it well enough, I suppose, but I didn’t really care for any of the characters and I was often frustrated by their behavior.

And there you have it – the 10 books I have most recently finished. How about you? What have you been reading lately? If you wrote a blog post for today’s topic please add your link below. Click here to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email.


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Today’s Ten On Tuesday topic, inspired by Vicki’s list last week, is 10 Favorite Sandwiches. Who doesn’t love a good sandwich?!

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  1. Peanut Butter & Jelly. Old school on white bread. Still probably my most favorite sandwich ever.
  2. Tuna Salad. Not too much mayo, thank you very much. I like it best with lettuce, pickles and Swiss cheese.
  3. Ham. Honey Maple, please. With lettuce and honey mustard.
  4. Grilled Cheese. With tomatoes when they are local and in season. White bread, wheat bread, marble rye, it’s all good. I’ve been reading lately that the best grilled cheese is made with mayo on the bread instead of butter. I’ve never tried that but I’m willing to try anything once.
  5. Thanksgiving Sandwich. You know the one – with leftover turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo. Yummmmm.
  6. BLT. Only only only when the tomatoes are local.
  7. Lobster Roll. My favorite is from The Raw Bar in Mashpee because they are absolutely huge but so long as it’s got lots of lobster and not a lot of mayo and is on a very fresh roll I’m a happy girl.
  8. Egg Salad. Another childhood favorite, I loved it best when the eggs were still warm. Very little mayo, maybe some celery, lots of salt and pepper.
  9. Salami & Cheese. Toasted. Lettuce, tomato, pickles, extra hot peppers. No onions.
  10. Club Sandwich. Preferably turkey but I don’t mind it with a cheeseburger either.

Honestly, I could keep going but I think those are my 10 favorites. Maybe also a hot turkey sandwich and a tuna melt, but those are definitely the highlights of the sandwich world for me.

How about you? What are you favorite sandwiches? If you wrote a blog post for today please use the add link button below so that we can all come and read your list. If you’d like to subscribe to the Ten on Tuesday email list please click here.


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It’s been a while since we had a Ten on Tuesday topic that has to do with food. And, next to topics about books, food topics are pretty much the most popular ones we do. I learned so much about cheese at that cheese class we went to a few weeks ago – I discovered new cheeses and let me tell you, I have spent more time in the gourmet cheese section of the grocery story lately than I ever have before.  In case you can’t tell, this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is my 10 Favorite Kinds of Cheese.

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  1. Fresh mozzarella. Also included here, burrata. My temptation is to eat it like an apple but I resist.
  2. Washed Rind cheeses of any variety. This is the number one cheese I discovered in that class. The one I loved best is called Oma and it’s made by the Von Trapp Family and I think the only place I can get it is Whole Paycheck, which I try to avoid. The good news is that I have also discovered other washed rind cheeses that I like. They are stinky and soft and absolutely wonderful.
  3. Blue Cheese. We have a local one called Great Blue Hill that’s very good. It’s strong and nicely marbled with mold and it’s absolutely amazing when stuffed into a green olive and put in a dirty martini.
  4. Cabot Cloth Covered Cheddar. It’s pricey but worth every single penny. As the cheese guru said at the class we took: if you don’t like this cheese the problem is you, not the cheese.
  5. Cheese Spread from the Red Coach Grille. This is a throwback to my childhood. I have found halfway decent substitutes but none are exactly the same.
  6. Brie. Preferably warmed and topped with cranberries.
  7. Cracker Barrel Aged Reserve. Also a throwback to my childhood, this is the one my mom always served on Sunday afternoons before dinner. She topped it with sliced raw onions and there was always a tin of smoked oysters on the side. The crackers: Sociables, of course.
  8. Swiss. My favorite on a sandwich.
  9. Pecorino Romano. The best for grating over pasta!
  10. Pepperjack. Nothing fancy about pepperjack but I love it’s spiciness.

The truth is that I like pretty much all cheese, including American in a grilled cheese sandwich, and pimiento cheese spread on celery. Cheese, glorious cheese!

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Top of the morning to ya! It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I’m on the search for a leprechaun so that I can steal his pot of gold. Do you want to know what I would buy if I found it? My list follows since this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things I would Buy If I Found a Pot of Gold. And, just so you know, according to the research I did, a pot of gold would be worth about $335,000 based on today’s price of gold. Ready? Let’s spend money!

June Rainbow for Carole Knits

  1. Pay off the mortgage
  2. Pay off our car loans
  3. Buy Hannah a new car
  4. Buy a new refrigerator
  5. Install a hardwood floor in the dining room
  6. Get new kitchen counters and cabinets
  7. Visit London
  8. Hire a professional to landscape the yard
  9. Put on an addition that would include a master bathroom and closet
  10. Invest the rest – there wouldn’t be much by the time I did all of that!

It’s actually the perfect amount of money. I could pay off any debts we have, do some work around the house that’s just a little above our means right now, and a bit of traveling. Life at home would be more comfortable but not drastically changed and that sounds just right to me.

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