Happy 64th Birthday, Dale!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Eye Candy Friday for this breaking news: It’s Dale’s birthday today. Okay, it’s not really breaking news since I told you about it yesterday but it is an interruption of my usual Friday post.

First, the photo mosaic. All pictures of Dale taken since his last birthday.

dale birthday mosaic

And second, the perfect song for today.

When I’m Sixty Four

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

You’ll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight
If it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

And third, my answer.

YES, I will still need you, feed you, love you and cherish you, forever and always.

Happy Birthday, Dale. And here’s to 64 more!

Throwback Thursday: This One’s For Dale


In honor of Throwback Thursday and in celebration of Dale’s birthday, which is tomorrow, I’m sharing this picture of Dale’s mom, Ruthie, with her 3 boys. (Okay, she eventually wound up with 4 boys and a girl but these were the children she had at this time. Work with me here.)

It was taken in September 1951 at Kozy Kamp Hideaway Village – not that I have any idea where that is. My mother-in-law, gawd love her, was really good about writing on the back of photos. That’s how I know where this was taken and when. It’s also how I know that Randy, the oldest, is 2 1/2 years, Glen is 20 months, and Dale, the baby, is 2 1/2 months. That’s right. 3 boys in 3 1/2 years. And would you just look at her? She looks happy. And like the picture of health with her big smile and her long legs crossed at the ankles. The boys are clean and dressed and smiling and Dale, well, he looks a little milk drunk, but that’s to be expected given his age. I’d be willing to bet the photo was taken by Dale’s dad, Jack, and that would probably account for the looks of adoration on their faces. Well, except for Dale because he’s oblivious. And milk drunk.

I love this photo for a million reasons but mostly for the glimpse it gives me of Dale’s earliest days. He was blessed to be born into a loving family with amazing and supportive parents. They camped and hiked and traveled. They worked hard and played harder. They loved each other and their kids fiercely and set an example that all 5 of their children strive to live up to every day.

Good people, I tell you, and I’m grateful that they raised Dale to be the man he is. So, on Dale’s almost birthday, I just want to say thanks to Ruthie and Jack. You raised a fine man.





Wednesdays Are For Knitting. Except When They Aren’t.

Wednesdays are for knitting around here. We all know that.


All of my knitting is stuff I can’t show you right now.

I have finished socks but they are a gift and the giftee hasn’t seen them yet.

I have socks I am working on but they are also a gift.

I have a shawl I am working on but it’s a mystery shawl. Plus, it’s lace and unblocked lace looks like a blob so really, nothing to see there either.

What to do . . . what to do . . .


blueberry pie for carole knits

A blueberry pie. I followed this recipe and cooked the blueberries first. It was perfect and I highly recommend this technique.

Move along now. Nothing else to see here.

Ten On Tuesday

A couple of years ago we did a Ten On Tuesday topic on great TV moms in honor of Mother’s Day. I decided to include the dads this year, so our topic for this week is the 10 Best TV Dads. These are in my opinion, of course, and your mileage may vary.

dale hannah graduation for carole knits
Dale would make a fine TV dad, too.

  1. Charles Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie. I wanted him to be my dad. He was kind and understanding. And handsome, too.
  2. Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show. Who had more compassion than this dad? No one, that’s who.
  3. Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch. The only steps in this house are the ones going upstairs. My favorite line ever from that show.
  4. Steven Keaton, Family Ties. Funny and smart and geeky, all rolled into one make for a great dad.
  5. Ward Cleaver, Leave It To Beaver. Serious and firm, a good disciplinarian, the kind of dad you’d want to have on your side. And he never fell for Eddie Haskell’s bull.
  6. Howard Cunningham, Happy Days. Cute and loyal and totally in love with Marion. Howard, are you getting frisky? Everybody wants a dad who loves their mom.
  7. John Walton, The Waltons. A dad of the depression, this guy would always make you feel safe.
  8. Jim Anderson, Father Knows Best. Similar to Ward Cleaver, strict and serious, with a soft spot for his girls.
  9. Zeek Braverman, Parenthood. This dad. Oh, this dad reminds me of Dale and how he is with our kids. Loving and dependable and a bit of a rebel. A dad who loves his kids and his grandkids and just wants to be surrounded by them always.
  10. Bill Davis, Family Affair. So, Bill was technically an uncle and the dynamics between him and Mr. French were a little avant garde but this guy became a great day under unusual circumstances. Buffy and Jody and Cissy couldn’t have done any better.

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One Year Old Photo Shoot

I have a treat for you today – I have pictures of my little buddy, Landon, who just turned one.

landon one mosaic for carole knits

Just over a week ago I drove over to his house and met up with his awesome Mom and Dad and we took these photos. Laura had awesome prompts, including those painted letters to spell out Landon’s age.

landon green background for carole knits

I think these photos really capture the little boy he is becoming. Totally adorable, right?

landon by rock for carole knits

He’s such a sweet little boy, always quick to smile. Unless I’m pointing my camera at him. I get this look. The look of, lady? WHAT are you doing?

landon red wagon for carole knits

But Veggies Tales to the rescue. Yes, the smile and look of delight on his face in this picture is due to the fact that his dad is standing right over my head showing Landon his favorite video. The things we do.

Seriously, though, I am so lucky to get to do what I do. To spend time with clients I consider friends. To capture these moments for them. To create something lasting and special.

And then I get to share it with all of you, too!

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