Right Now

Want to know what’s going on with me right now? Read on . . .

morning sun down back for carole knits

Savoring . . . The warmth of the sun.

Watching . . . Outlander. Last week was the wedding. It was very well done and Claire’s dress was amazing.

Also Watching . . . The return of my favorite shows. The Good Wife was great this week and I can’t wait for Grey’s Anatomy tomorrow night.

Reading . . . A Winter’s Tale. I’m halfway through and finally enjoying it. Greatly.

Knitting . . . Flower Cactus. And Hannah’s socks. And Len’s scarf. Nothing new here, move along.

Sewing . . . Something to wear to King Richard’s Faire this weekend. This may or may not have involved a quick and dirty re-do of one of my Civil War reenacting dresses.

Wearing . . . Wool socks. It’s the first day of fall and I’m glad I held out until then.

Choosing . . . Carpet. And paint. And lighting fixtures.

Enjoying . . . The patio heater Dale got me for my birthday. It’s awesome for these chilly nights.

Processing . . . Senior photos of my friend Doreen’s son. I love this kind of work.

What’s going on with you right now?

Ten On Tuesday

Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Cars I Have Had. I’m going with chronological order, here, because I think that is the only way I will be able to remember them correctly. Ready?

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  1. Mazda 323. My first car ever, bought right after my college graduation and it was brand new. I got my driver’s license the same day I got the car.
  2. Ford Tempo. I hated that car. Loathed it, in fact. I will never own another Ford if I can help it.
  3. Chevy Blazer. Dale bought this for me when we got engaged because he wanted Hannah and I in something safe and prior to this we were driving that POS Ford Tempo. I loved this car, not only for the sentiment that went with it, but for it’s style and drive-ability.
  4. Chevy Suburban. I’ve had 2 and Dale had one, as well. In fact, at one point we both drove Suburbans and that was a little nuts. They are great for towing, though, and we had a camper and 4 kids and it was awesome to never have to worry about not having enough space.
  5. Jeep Wrangler. We bought this the year I turned 40 and I love this stupid thing. It’s so much fun to take the doors off and the top down and ride around with the radio turned up really loud.
  6. Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was red and fancy and I loved it while I had it.
  7. Subaru Outback. Also red and the first brand new car I had since that Mazda way back in 1987.
  8. Subaru Crosstrek. My current car. It’s zippy and fun to drive and the tires are very cool looking. The seats, however, are uncomfortable and I think when I trade this in I will go back to an Outback and at that point Dale will get a pick up truck again – and that will make him very happy.
  9. I also had vehicles I didn’t own but that I drove regularly. The first was my mom’s Dodge Diplomat. The thing was a boat and it’s what I drove when I learned to drive. It was banana yellow. You could see me coming and that was probably a very good thing.
  10. We’ve had various pick up trucks over the years, too. A truck is definitely not my thing but they certainly come in handy and it’s Dale’s vehicle of choice. Well, after a Chevy Suburban but those days are over for us.

So, those are the cars I have driven. Some I have loved and some I have hated but they all served a purpose and thinking about them has brought back some great (and some not so great!) memories.

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Summer Book Bingo: The Results

glasses for carole knits

You may recall this post from June when I talked about Books on the Nightstand Bingo. I already had checked off a couple of squares on my Bingo card at that point and I was planning on a cover-all.


I did not get the cover-all. I did, however, play 2 Bingo cards (one from Books on the Nightstand and one from my library’s Bingo program) and I managed to get 3 Bingos on those 2 cards. And I read 18 books in all!

From the first to the last I read:

Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin – for the cozy mystery square.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – for the nonfiction square
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – for the classic-that-I-should-have-read-in-high-school square
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – for the currently on the bestseller list square
The Giver by Lois Lowry – for the ages 8-12 square
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls – for the borrowed from the library square
The Borden Tragedy by Rick Geary – for the graphic novel square
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich – for the part of a series square
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – for the historical fiction square
Room by Emma Donoghue – for the recommended by a family member (Hannah) square
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – for the longer than 500 pages square
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – for the set in the place where I live square
Byrd by Kim Church – for the small press square
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – for the set in another country square
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead – for the biography of memoir square
The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck – for the book that I think I will dislike square (I was right, by the way)
Winter People by Jennifer McMahon – for the book I chose because of the cover square
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith – for the book I saw someone else reading square

Whooo boy, that was a lot of books! And I mostly enjoyed every single one of them. Some stand out for various reasons, though. Unbroken was terrific. The Fault In Our Stars made me cry. Room made me think a lot and I made Dale read it, too. The Book of Life was a disappointment. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was a slog. Winter People was great and My Life in Middlemarch brougth back wonderful memories of my senior seminar on George Eliot.

It was an awesome summer for reading.

Eye Candy Friday

library sunset for carole knits

Not all pretty sunsets happen at the beach, some of them happen right outside your office door. I snapped this photo at the library one evening as I was leaving. The sky was glowing and absolutely beautiful.

Look for the beauty outside your own door this weekend, my friends!

What’s Knitting?

Way back in August, I talked about vacation knitting. I talked about mindless knitting, necessary knitting, and challenging knitting. And the thing is, I talked about all of that knitting like I’d have it all done when I got home from that blissful 2 weeks on Cape Cod.

How about a moment of truth?

september knitting progress for carole knits

This is the current state of my knitting projects.

I find it very interesting that I did very little mindless knitting, absolutely NO necessary knitting, and lots and lots of challenging knitting.

Here’s the thing, though. The challenging knitting is fun and I love that Cactus Shawl but the mindless knitting is a pair of birthday socks for Hannah. And her birthday was September 3rd. And the necessary is a birthday present for my cousin Len. And his birthday was also September 3rd.

Why is it that the minute you put a deadline on something it becomes infinitely unappealing?

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