Eye Candy Friday

pink and yellow tulips for carole knits

Guess what was on sale at my grocery store this week? Talk about a breath of spring! I am definitely ready.

We’ve got a mostly unplanned weekend ahead of us and I couldn’t be happier about it. Oh sure, we will watch the Super Bowl, but we’ve got no dog in this fight and that’s just fine with me. I’ll be enjoying the half time show and the commercials!

Have a great weekend!


Here’s what’s happening in my world right now:

yogurt and granola for carole knits

Reading: I finished Fatal Grace, the 2nd in the series by Louise Penny. I loved it! I wasn’t crazy about the first one but this one? So.good. I’m now just starting A God in Ruins which I have been waiting for since forever.

Knitting: Stopover, of course. Last night I got through the waist shaping and I’m working my way up.

Watching: Anything I want since we have now seen all of the Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees. Spotlight remains my favorite, with Room and Brooklyn following close behind. At the bottom of my list? The Revenant.

Eating: Homemade yogurt every morning. I add a scoop of granola, a dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. It’s so delicious! And it’s pictured above, by the way.

Planning: A vacation to New York City. Yes, these country bumpkins are headed for Times Square. Now taking any and all advice on what we simply must do while there.

Loving: Customer service from Homer Laughlin. We recently got all new Fiesta dishes and we love them. One of the dinner plates got a chip on the edge and when I called to inquire about their warranty program the awesome woman on the phone had me email her a picture of the chip. I had a new plate in less than a week, no questions asked.

Not loving: Shipping from Kohl’s. They are having a sale on Fiesta this week and I wanted to add a few pieces to our collection. Last night the large vegetable bowl I ordered arrived. It was wrapped in a thin layer of bubble wrap and then put into a large plastic mailing bag. No box. The thing was smashed to pieces. I’m supposedly getting a replacement but it’s a hassle that could have been avoided with some common sense people in the shipping department.

Enjoying: New morning routines that include shutting off the news and meditating and journaling instead. It makes for a much better start to my day.

Driving: The Mustang convertible. In January. And February. With the top down. Unbelievably, I have managed to get at least one top-down-drive every month since we bought her. I love it!

What’s happening in your world right now?



Wednesdays Are For Knitting: Stopover KAL

Like the rest of the free world, errrr, knitting world, I cast on for a Stopover sweater on Monday. And I knit and knit and knit.

On Tuesday evening, while watching Bridge of Spies on DVD, I knit and knit and knit.

Here’s the current state of the sweater.

Yes, the needles are big. BUT. I’m knitting the XL, a size up so that I have a good 4″ of ease, and I’m also adding a couple of inches to the overall length so that it falls below my hip, therefore my progress? It’s good but it’s not good as compared to others.

Don’t believe me? Check out the instagram feed for #bangoutasweater.

It’s all good, though. It’s not a contest and I’m enjoying the process and I love the colors I chose.

I will persist.

Ten On Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and it’s Groundhog Day and in honor of the fabulous movie that goes along with this day Kym came up with what I think is a brilliant topic for us: 10 Moments/Events/Days In Your Life You’d Like To Repeat. I’m ready to go back in time and relive some of those glory days. Let’s sit back, relax, have some cheese and crackers and a cocktail and consider those days and times I’d like to repeat.

manhattans and cheese for carole knits

  1. My junior and senior years of college. Everyone always says it’s the best years of your life and, while I love my life now, I have to agree that college was the bomb. Seriously. If they hadn’t kicked me out at graduation I’d probably still be there.
  2. Summers when I was a kid. They stretched on forever, filled with long mornings watching Dick Van Dyke and I Love Lucy and even longer afternoons lazing in the backyard with a book. Heavenly.
  3. Hannah’s infancy. I was so overwhelmed and completely insecure about being a mom. I’d love to go back and relive it and just relax and enjoy it.
  4. Hannah at 6 months old. She was SO fun. Crawling around and communicating with sounds, sleeping through the night, nursing like a champ, and just a joy. I’d love to go back and see her little face light up the way it did each day when I  got home from work.
  5. A Saturday with my mom. Really, any given Saturday. We hung out, sometimes went to craft fairs and out to lunch, sometimes did craft projects at home or cooked something delicious. I’d love to go back and repeat an ordinary day with my mom.
  6. The summer my Nana tried to teach me to knit. She thought I’d knit left handed so she tried to teach me that way and it never took. As it turned out, I’m a left handed person who knits right handed. I wish I could go back to that summer and have my Nana try again and show me to knit the way she knit herself. I could have been a knitter for 44 years now instead of only 15.
  7. The day I married Dale. Another cliche but it was the happiest day of my life. That’s not to say we aren’t happy now, in fact I think we are happier now, nearly 19 years later. But. That day? So much joy and love with all of the people who mattered most to us in one room. It was beautiful and perfect in every single way.
  8. Our trips to Mexico. I can’t decide which was best, the first, when we went with Sharon and Al and everything was new, our second, when we went on our own for the first time and mostly just chilled, or our third, when we got a little adventurous and did new things but really found our groove. We aren’t planning on going this year as we’re saving for a bigger type of trip next year but I hope we will go back the following year because some of my favorite days are the ones I spent there with Dale.
  9. The first time I went camping with Dale. I was such an idiot and had no idea what I was doing. This was a pretty strange feeling for me and I remember being so completely cared for by Dale that I just let him teach me and show me and it was so nice for me, the person who was always in charge and in control, to let him take over.
  10. The day I got my Master’s Degree from URI. I did not originally want to go to the ceremony but my mom, who happened to be dying of cancer at the time, insisted. And who says no to a mom? And particularly a dying mom? Anyway. I went and I’m so glad. It was just about a month before Dale and I got married and he was there, of course, along with my parents and Hannah and they were all so proud of me and it felt great, not only to be done done done with grad school, but also to share that moment with my family. It was a completely different feeling than when I got my undergraduate degree and we all had a lovely lunch in Newport afterwards and it’s a day I’d love to repeat.

So there you have it – 10 great times of my life that I’d love to go back and experience again.

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A Month of Photos: January 2016

Project 366 is underway and the first month of 2016 is in the books. Let’s take a look.

january mosaic

Lots of food and drink. A couple of selfies. Some flowers. And the cat. January is not an easy month to photograph – the twinkle lights and Christmas decorations are gone, the merry making and parties are over – and yet, I had a great month and captured it every single day. I love my photo diaries and hope you all enjoy seeing them, too.

In other news, the weekend was great. I did a fair amount of knitting, which is sort of miraculous. I got to hang out with Dale and we had a great Friday and Saturday night. We had long talks and a walk, some singing and dancing, a few cocktails and some great food.

How was your weekend?

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