Eye Candy Friday

valentines tulips for carole knits

More snow = more tulips. Okay, not really, because these are the tulips Dale bought me for Valentine’s Day. That’s right. No roses for this girl, I much prefer tulips.

My plans for the weekend include hanging out with Dale, a night of dancing, and the Oscars! I hope you have fun weekend plans, too!

Socks for Dale

What do you do to show your appreciation for someone you love? Specifically, for the guy in your life?

dale shoveling front walk for carole knits

The guy who shovels the walk ways?

dale snow bank height for carole knits

The guy who goes out in the cold and still manages to smile?

dale clearing ice dams for carole knits

The guy who climbs a ladder and clears the ice dams?

Well. First you buy him a snow blower.

dales socks 1 for carole knits

But then, if you’re a knitter, you knit him socks.

dales socks 2 for carole knits

He may still have to go out there and clear the snow . . .

dales socks for carole knits

But at least his feet will be warm.

P.S. Details on my Ravelry page.


Ten On Tuesday

As Kym said yesterday, we are deep in the winter blahs these days. It’s snowing again and it’s bitter cold out there. My spirits are failing and I’m looking to uplift them so today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is Ten Things I’m Looking Forward To Right Now.

out the front door for carole knits

  1. The weekend. I generally say this by Tuesday of every week.
  2. The Valentine’s Dance with Dale’s band. As I mentioned yesterday, it has been postponed until this Saturday and I am ready for a night out with our friends. Bring on the dancing!
  3. The Oscars. My favorite television event of the year is this coming Sunday. Hooray!
  4. SPA. I love this annual weekend with my girlfriends in Freeport, Maine. All the spinning and knitting and drinking and laughing is definitely something I’m looking forward to.
  5. Finishing listening to We Are Not Ourselves. I feel like I’ve been listening to this forever. I’m more than halfway through the 20 hours now, though, and I’m not giving up.
  6. Mexico. 59 days. Nuff said.
  7. Being able to run more than a mile. Last week I did a mile without walking, then I walked for 3 minutes and then ran another half mile. My goal is in sight!
  8. The Spin-A-Thon! It’s coming up on March 7th and I’m so excited about this opportunity to raise money for my local Y. Should you wish to donate you can go here to do so. And really, no amount is too small! If everyone reading this post donated $5 I would raise a whole lot of money for this very worthy cause.
  9. Attending a wedding. We’re going to one in just over a month and it’s going to include some of our closest friends and an overnight at a beautiful inn. I can’t remember the last time Dale and I had a night away.
  10. Summer. It seems like an awfully long way off but I’m truly looking forward to it’s return and all that comes with it.

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Another Monday, another day off. Seriously. This is the 4th Monday in a row that I haven’t worked – the past 3 due to snow and today due to the President’s Day holiday. Although, given the 24″ we got dumped on us Saturday and Sunday, today may have wound up being another snow day.


It was a good weekend.

On Friday I took down all of the twinkle lights and greens and I put up Valentine’s Day decorations. I was just so sick of everything about my house at that point and I needed a change. So I gathered everything I could find that was red and I put it on the mantel in the living room and on the shelf of the bay window in the kitchen. And I felt better about it.


I picked up a new chalkboard sign last week and I wrote on it for the holiday.

I made Dale a book of coupons for Valentine’s Day. Coupons for things like “a movie of your choice” and “your favorite home cooked meal”. That’s the gift you get when your wife already spent $800 on a snow blower. Ahem.

I also made him cream puffs. Because family tradition.



For something different I made heart shaped cherry hand pies. They were cute. And pretty yummy.

We got together Saturday night with our friends. We were supposed to be going to a Valentine’s Day dance with Dale’s band but that has been postponed until this weekend because of the snow. What are the odds it won’t snow again this coming weekend? Heh.

It was a fun night, full of laughs and drinks and delicious food. And Quiddler. Oh, and a dip in the hot tub in the snow. That was fun.

Sunday it snowed and snowed some more but then the sun came out and everything sparkled.

And Sunday night ended with an impromptu visit with Dale’s brother that included lots of story telling. And a finished pair of socks for Dale. More on those later this week, of course.

How was your weekend?


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