Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Smells
3. Good wool
5. Good soap
9. Chocolate chip cookies
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I've got summer on the brain. And Scotland. The trip-planning madness (in a good way) continues... TWO WEEKS!!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Smells
3. Good wool
5. Good soap
9. Chocolate chip cookies
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I've got summer on the brain. And Scotland. The trip-planning madness (in a good way) continues... TWO WEEKS!!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things to Like About the Month of March
1. My brother's birthday is on...
2. St. Patrick's Day!
3. My blogiversary is on...
4. The First Day of Spring!
5. I doubt we've seen the last of it, but the season of snow is definitely waning.
6. The sun is getting stronger and stronger.
7. Return of the light!
8. For me and my family, this year, a most excellent adventure to England...
Oh my goodness, what would I do with the blog??? Thank you all so much for your encouragement and advice regarding packing, travel, and new shoes!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Non-knitting Blogs
Welp. I'm actually quite surprised to find (having first to figure out how to find) that I subscribe to *only* 386 blogs. There are over 1000 unread posts and many blogs that should just be deleted. I do periodically go through and clean up my list, deleting feeds that haven't updated -- though I keep a fair number that don't update, "hope's alive" and sentimental whatnot. I have a feeling that today's topic might spur some feedcleaning.
Anyway, I organize my feeds into different folders, subfolders, and combinations thereof -- local, people I know, knitters, art and photography, writers -- they (folders and bloggers) come and go. "Cooking & Food" didn't last long because it's just too dangerous.
And I actually have a folder called "Not Knitting."
1. The Pioneer Woman. I don't read some of the posts by contributors, and while I love the photography it sometimes drives me nuts... 14 photos about how to measure out a teaspoon of salt, etc.
2. Tasty Kitchen. It's not that I don't subscribe to "Cooking & Food" blogs at all!
3. What Katie Ate. The best of them cross and blur the categorical lines.
4. The Sister Project. This feed is in a folder called "Living."
The rest of these are photography blogs. I subscribe to a lot of photo blogs -- mostly, they are photograph-ER rather than -Y. It's all about inspiration.
6. Daily Dose of Imagery. Just what it says!
7. Beth Jansen Photography. Energetic, colorful, and always interesting!
8. Anda Marie Photography. Anda and I both attended a Dave Jackson workshop last year and I've been following her ever since. I admire her energy -- seemingly boundless -- and style.
9. it's a DiRTY word (El TiDY). Another amazing and inspiring local photographer.
10. David E. Jackson Photography. Also local, Dave's just a guy... a VERY CREATIVE guy who is also very generous with his time, talent, knowledge, and encouragement.
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Oscar-winning Movies
Oh my goodness, I started with a quickly compiled and already pared down list of 40!
8. Funny Girl
10. Doctor Zhivago
That's today's list. On another day, there may be The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, The Miracle Worker, Gold Diggers of 1935, Spartacus, Pillow Talk, To Catch a Thief, Roman Holiday, Oklahoma!, The Quiet Man, Gentleman's Agreement, The Fully Monty, Capote, Fargo, Fiddler On The Roof, Moulin Rouge, Henry V, Out of Africa, Terms of Endearment, M*A*S*H, Love Story, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate... and why is Shawshank Redemption not on this list?
See you at the movies!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things On Your Nightstand/Bedside Table
Oh me, oh my, where shall I begin?
1. Firstly, it's a bookshelf and so there are lots of books -- books are on it, books are in it and, until recently, books were leaning up against it. DH ran the vacuum through there the other day, so the leaned joined the ranks of the stacked.
8. Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. (One of my high school Home Ec teachers was named Wroblewski... it wasn't David, and I don't think they're related.) I just started reading this last night. It's the latest book club pick. I didn't pick it. Usually, I'm the one who picks the Wisconsin authors (David doesn't live here now, but he did and the book is set in Wisconsin) and I don't always feel that my picks are well received. I hope I like it.
10. The organic lavender lotion that I put on my hands before bed every night -- and usually rub on my elbows and a little dab on my nose. I've never knit in my bedroom, so the big ol' row counter must have been riding around in my pocket with the hairbands. This is usually where I dump the contents of my pockets every night.
Ha. So there we are. My bedroom's a bit of a mess, as is my studio/office -- a lot of Sharon's stuff was dumped in both places -- and I'm working on it. And I certainly can't blame it all on her... a bunch of it is mine, too! I aim to change it all up and have a big clean-out soon. It's one of those domino things and I have to wait for the first piece to fall (it's not my play). The game will start soon.
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Health & Beauty Products
I wish I had a picture handy to post. It's a 2-year-old me standing on my mom's dresser as she applied her "lickin," which is what I called her lipstick. In lieu of that, we have this:
Health and beauty "products" have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. While I've worn makeup most days of my adult (and many of my teen-age) (and some of my tween-age*) years, I am not, and never have been, a slave to any sort of regimen. I'm not very good at any sort of regimen and I think it's mostly because of time - and, also, I don't like to have to do things a certain way. I like to do things my way, and that way is QUICK! So anything with more than one step or with any sort of waiting period will soon fall by the wayside. I don't get my hair permed or colored for the same reason; heck, I don't even blow-dry my hair. I'm all wash-and-wear, get-up-and-go!
Not that I've never had my hair permed or colored... but I just can't stand it! I've also used lemon juice and egg on my hair, as well as mayonnaise and beer, and I remember washing my face with Tide for a while in high school thanks to some "beauty" magazine. Ouch.
Here's the "stuff" I use on a pretty regular basis these days, from the top:
1. Shampoo and sometimes conditioner. I'm a firm believer in mixing it up, so I have all sort of shampoo that I use in a very loose rotation - like, whatever I'm in the mood for today. Suave (usually Daily Clarifying), TRESeme, Aveda (Rosemary Mint or Shampure) (oh, how I love the aroma of Shampure), Sylvie L. Solid Shampoo. I use conditioner more in the winter than the summer, and only the tiniest little bit!
2. Toothpaste. Arm & Hammer - various formulations.
3. Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel - crystal clear. I've been using this as my main facial moisturizer for quite a few years now. Once in a while, I'll add a layer of something else.
4. Oro Gold 24K Gold Anti-Aging Eye Serum. I was totally sucked into purchasing this from a dashing and debonair Italian guy in a kiosk on the Miracle Mile in Las Vegas last May. On our first night. Yeah. I totally LOVE the stuff, though, and it reminds me of that fun trip with Sharon. My jug has nearly run dry, so...
5. Instead of the Oro Gold, I've been using Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum.
6. L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation - basically, I use it as powder. I sometimes use Cover Girl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation as foundation, but I hardly ever do the full foundation thing, so that's mostly used as a spot concealer.
7. Estee Lauder Blush - never the same shade twice, though. Each compact lasts me so long that by the time I need to replenish, all the formulas and colors have changed!
8. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - but not Great BIG Lash! I recently tried that and, whoa, that brush was bigger than my entire eye!
9. Eucerin Calming Creme - I've been using a sample of this and really like it, so when I saw a recent special at Walgreen's I nabbed a great big one! I also use a Lavishea lotion bar - I love using it when I'm knitting, and keep it handy. When I crawl into bed each night, always some Larry's Bee Natural Organic Lavender Lotion that I picked up in Door County - it smells so good that I'll sometimes dab a bit on my nose, too.
10. Secret Clinical Strength antiperspirant.
Interestingly, I have never been a regular user of lipstick - or lip gloss or lip balm or anything else for lips. I'll use it if I have to - and then it's usually just a swipe of regular old Vaseline - but otherwise, my lips are bare nekkid all the livelong day.
*I used to sneak into Mom's bathroom right before leaving for CCD classes to put on makeup! I'm sure the nuns were very impressed.
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Games From Your Childhood
1. Pom Pom Pull Away. When I was heading into third grade my parents bought their first house in a brand new subdivision that was packed with kids. Man oh man, did we play the outdoor games -- every night 'til the street lights came on!!
2. Hide & Seek.
3. Tag -- all varieties!
4. Kickball -- a HUGE favorite in the neighborhood.
5. Marbles (at school). I recall being pretty good at marbles!
6. Truth or Dare. Heheh (when I was a little older). We'd hide out in the dirt piles of whatever new house was being built -- there was always a house under construction!
7. Monopoly. My dad took us on a trip around Lake Superior in a motorhome when I was about 12 and we were playing Monopoly constantly... while listening to a Gary Puckett & The Union Gap cassette (must have been the only one we had)! Indelible marks.
8. Scrabble. Particularly at the cottage, and often with Grandma.
9. Cards - Crazy 8s, Fish, and Old Maid were about the extent of it.
I'm organizing on a whole different plane these days.
The photographic retrospective is where my head's at lately. I had to send 10 of my best images from last year for inclusion in a group and I just had to narrow it down somehow, so limited my choices to "portrait" work -- and was surprised to see that there were 15 or so sessions to choose from! Included in that number are my first engagement and wedding sessions, and a big project with a bunch of awesome middle school kids. Not shown are amazing cookies and other foodstuffs, flora and fauna, the flowage, family, a trip to Vegas with Sharon, an amazing Berkeley vacation, and some knitting.
There's some unfinished business up there. I have suffered from lack of organization, time and inspiration, as well as some serious flaws in confidence, but this... these photographs not only make me happy, they make me very proud. Get back.
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Ways to be More Organized
Right now, most of the time, it feels like I ain't got it. Sometimes it seems that I can barely organize a thought. Part of the problem is that there are truckloads of unavoidable distraction slamming in from the left and right. And, yet, while I wade through and make sense of my sister's affairs and start to deal with the family/business end-of-year/tax stuff, I am also helping to plan my first-ever really-far-from-home overseas vacation.
Yeah, I'll bet you want me on your vacation planning team!
Some (probably not 10) Random Thoughts on Organization
Time. I need more time to get/be organized. I realize that I'll have to take that time or make that time.
Space. I need to declutter and TRY to be more minimalistic in my aesthetic, less sentimental about my possessions.
Place. I don't have a place for everything -- I don't know what "everything" is! There's always something that isn't anything. It's so aggravating. (What do I do -- right then, when it comes in the mail so I'm not stacking or piling or handling it a million times -- with that newspaper clipping of a 2yo Katie cross-country skiing that my dad just returned to me?) (It's going to be piled up in the stack on my dining room table and handled a million times before I... don't know... probably give it to Katie.)
Planning. It helps to plan. I don't have any fancy electronics for that -- though I'd sure like some (iWant!) -- it's pencil and paper (notepad, calendar). I am not a hard-and-fast list person, but I have one started for tomorrow.
Flexibility. It's easier to deal with those trucks that way.
Random? Organization is a very left-brained thing and it seems that my right-brained self is showing more and more, so I need to keep an open mind and balance all that taxing logic with... something like vacation planning.
Time. Did I mention that? A month of Sundays would be good for starters.
Completely Random Thoughts NOT on Organization
For what it's worth... With Tramon Williams' end zone interception of a Michael Vick pass to seal the Packers' playoff victory in Philly, I thought, "That one's for Sharon and Gracie!" To borrow a phrase from Wayne Larrivee (the voice of Packers radio), "And there's your wildcard dagger!" (Really, you've just gotta hear him say it.)
Sharon's memorial cards that I designed with Mom arrived yesterday. The lab I used always encloses a card with the name of the person who packed the order and a sweet treat -- this time it was Andy packing it up and he tossed in a Tootsie-Pop. For what it's worth... Andy was my grandpa's name, and Lester was my other grandpa's name -- and Lester always had a box of Tootsie-Pops on the front seat of his delivery truck. Also, for what it's worth... Had the decision on the twins' names been mom's, Sharon and Karen would have been Andrea and Leslie -- named after their grandfathers, Andrew and Lester!
For what it's worth... I know!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Intentions for the New Year
1. I intend to continue eating better -- use better (fresh and local when I can) ingredients when I cook, buy our beef and other meat from Armando or another local farmer.
2. I intend to cook more.
3. Which means planning more.
4. And I want to make more of my own "frozen entree" work-day lunches.
5. And instead of just talking about it (again!) and/or wishing I woulda (after-the-fact), I will purchase a CSA share this year.
6. I intend to ride my bike more.
7. I seem to like cycling events and organized rides (something to shoot for), so I intend to search them out. (That doesn't necessarily mean that I will be competing again.) (I'm also not ruling it out.)
8. I intend to do the finishing on the couple of sweaters that are awaiting finishing... and that I'd like to wear!
9. I intend to shoot. More. I like to do it, and sometimes I do it well. (Reminder, above; I can't believe that was only 3 weeks ago). It's getting sort of late, but I might find a 365 -- I like some structure, though.
10. The wind's been knocked out of my sails and the joy in anything and everything has been muffled, if not altogether muted. I intend to fill those sails in the new year and be joyous -- but first I have to get used to the new me -- the one who's lost someone dear, a sister, the sister most like me in many ways -- there's a process and I'm struggling. I hate this feeling right now -- I hate and resist being defined by my sister's death as much as she hated and resisted being defined by her illness! It'll happen... I have a whole year, right?
Bonus #11. My grandmother died on June 8th, my uncle on November 1st, my sister on December 17th, and my great uncle on December 23rd. This year, I intend to connect more -- visit and do things -- with cousins and aunts and uncles (there are even knitters, artists, craftspeople among them) that I don't want to be seeing only at funerals and memorial services!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things On Your To-Do List
1. Get a grip.
2. Finish writing that damn email (middle school parents).
3. Finish writing that other damn email (Christmas Bake-Off and dinner).
4. Design Annie's 2011 calendar... and mine, too!
5. Write that post about my camera bag that I've been meaning to write since, oh, June or so.
6. Clean, organize, and MOVE out of my office/studio/work space; clean, organize, and rearrange the guest room that's left behind... and make ready for a possible long-term guest; clean, organize, and rearrange the NEW office/studio/work space.
(Really, Vic? That's like 10 Things right there.)
7. Hunt for those two checks that I misplaced a couple of weeks ago; now they're just playing hard to get.
8. Figure out gifts for co-workers.
9. Make a plan for how I'm going to lose 25 lbs. (minimum) by January 21, 2012, to fit ito the dress that I haven't found yet (have NO idea) for my daughter's wedding (venue -- and pretty much everything else -- also yet to be determined).
10. Check out the indoor compu-trainer cycling fitness thing at the local bike shop. I really miss riding. (This could work with #9.)
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things You Love About Thanksgiving
7. Pumpkin pie
10. Turkey soup
We're having Thanksgiving at Annie's this year and there's going to be a house.FULL.of.people! Mack & Addy will be at the wound-up best, I'm sure. Rusty's making the pies (pumpkin and cherry), of course, and I'm in charge of sweet potatoes... thinkin' fries. They're yummy and a little bit different.
I have Friday off, too, and I'm more than ready for a long weekend! We'll be hanging work in DH's gallery above the coffee shop on Friday for Saturday's opening and reception for a collaborative show featuring the work of our whole family -- A Family Affair -- for the first time ever. (Maybe not the last? We'll see how it goes.) I'll post about it over the weekend!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Movies You'd Like To See In The Theater
...on the Big Screen, baby!
1. Doctor Zhivago. This was the first "grown up" movie that I really remember seeing -- I feel like I was maybe 11, but if we saw it in the year it was released (1965), I was actually a bit younger. I went with my mother. She was fresh from a course on Russian history and full of knowledge -- which she whispered into my ear throughout the movie. "Lara's Theme" definitely found a place in my piano repertoire. I loved -- love -- everything about this move; certain scenes etched for eternity on my brain. Rod Steiger as Komarovsky made a very big impression on me... very big... and definitive.
2. The Sound of Music. A sing-along would be fun! Or spontaneous dancing in Antwerp!
3. Show Boat. I saw this movie -- dark and grainy -- on late-night TV when I was a teen and was riveted and mesmerized by the actors, the story, the music. Show Boat solidified my love of musicals!
4. Oklahoma! Oh, what a beautiful mornin'... Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain. I adore this movie!
5. Das Boot. This is the first foreign, subtitled movie I saw -- with my sister in an old Milwaukee theater -- and I loved it! I asked for it a few years ago at my local video store and, when the computers suddenly went haywire, I couldn't help but wonder if he'd typed in "DOS boot."
7. A Busby Berkeley song and dance extravaganza.
8. The Jungle Book. This is the first movie I remember seeing with my siblings -- my mother took us and it was at a theater some distance away. We arrived late, after the movie had already begun. Somehow she talked the usher into letting us stay -- or we just stayed put -- for the next showing to see what we'd missed, and we ended up staying for the whole thing!
9. Gone With The Wind. I was still in high school when GWTW was being shown in theaters again and I talked my then-boyfriend into taking me (WHAT was I thinking). We arrived late (though, as it turns out, we literally missed about a minute). He positively did NOT want to be there and was NOT going to open his mind, so we left early... way, way, WAY early! I never did see it on the big screen.
10. The Wizard of Oz. The showing of The Wizard of Oz on TV every year when I was a kid was an EVENT -- even on our tiny black and white TV! I never knew that the whole Oz part was in color 'til many years later -- and, actually, I think it was a little scarier in b&w. There are many wonderful actors in this movie, of course, but Ray Bolger was always my favorite -- and I still cry at their good-bye, every time (*sniff*).
P.S. I finished seaming Parcheesi last night! SQUEE!!! Now all I have to do is cast on 93 million stitches and knit the border.
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Dream Vacations
1. A Mediterranean cruise.
2. An Alaska/Inland Passage cruise.
2.a. Those are the only cruises I've ever dreamed of, though a sail through the warm Caribbean in the middle of a long cold winter seems more inviting with every passing year.
3. A year in Greece.
4. Part of it on an island.
5. A year in Italy.
6. A leisurely trip up to and through The Maritimes.
7. Let's tango! Argentina!!
8. Wiesemscheid, Germany, (and vicinity) for some in-depth family research.
9. An extended staycation with unlimited funds and skilled work crew.
10. A Knitter's Magic Bus World Tour to visit the many friends I've made over the years, all the wonderful shops, mills and farms, and... here's the real dreamy part... there'd be room for everyone!! Party on the knitters' bus!!
I have never had more fun at the grocery store -- particularly in the produce department. Once permission to photograph was granted, we slapped on lenses (15mm fisheye and 100mm macro) and tried not to get in anyone's way (too much) (one tends to get lost in the world that appears through the viewfinder).
I've lost count of how many photos I took on this trip! Here are a few faves from Berkeley Bowl.
Artichokes -- one of my favorite veggies. I can get them in Wisconsin, but I'm usually lucky if I can find enough decent specimens for our whole family from the paltry number available at any given time.
The Berkeley Bowl set on Flickr.
And I guess I'm in: NaBloPoMo 2010! I've done this a few times over the blogging years -- successfully, for the most part. I think.
Arguably, signing up for NaBloPoMo might NOT seem to be one of the 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life -- this week's Ten on Tuesday topic -- but (and I'm totally riffing here) I might be able to spin it my way.
10 Ways to Simplify Your Life
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Ways to Have Fun on Long Car Rides
1. Rockin' it out! It's a sunny 75F, the windows are rolled down, my hair's blowin' in the wind, and it's nothing short of another miracle if I get where I'm going without a speeding ticket (knocking on wood). Beep Beep!! Yeah.
3. Read. I like to page through and catch up on periodicals.
6. Play the "ABC" game. When we go up north, we often go through Minocqua -- a resort and tourist area with a DQ and plenty of pizza joints -- and I've been known to run through the ABCs twice before we're driving through nothing but forest again!
10. Knit. I have a photo somewhere of my knitting on the dashboard of Ali's car, but I can't find it right now! Picture it in your mind's eye... I'm pretty sure it was a Mason-Dixon dishcloth. FOUND IT -- June 2006!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things To Love About Fall
10. And apples.
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things in Your Refrigerator Right Now
1. Process American Cheese. I bought a package to make All-American Cheese Soup on Sunday, and bought another (smaller) package just because... it's my favorite in grilled cheese sandwiches.
2. Some cheddar and mozzarella and string cheese, too (at least). Hello, this is Wisconsin!
3. Milk (skim).
4. Yogurt (mostly Greek).
5. Half & Half. The threat of running out of Half & Half prompts an emergency run to the grocery store even more than the threat of running out of milk. I like my coffee "just so," thanks.
6. Butter. The real stuff -- both salted and unsalted.
7. Chicken soup from Friday's chicken dinner leftovers.
8. Bacon, of course. (Duh!)
10. Eggs. I wish I could find a local source for eggs. If things go the way I hope, maybe I'll BE my local source for eggs next summer -- well, not actually ME, but perhaps the hens in my own back yard!
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Reasons To Love Bacon
1. BLTs. Thanks to the timely arrival of the Ten on Tuesday topic email, it's what we had for dinner on Monday night.
2. Liver & Onions & Bacon. I hated liver when I was a kid because it was cooked into shoe leather (the bacon was always good, though); thankfully, DH is the best liver cooker in the world.
3. Bacon Cheeseburger. I rarely go this far with a burger (usually don't even have it in a bun), so it's a real treat when I do.
4. Bacon & Eggs. When I think of bacon and eggs, I think of childhood and early summer mornings at the cabin, sleeping in the loft... the smell of bacon and eggs prying open my eyes enough to spot grandma, at the stove in her robe, preparing fishermen's breakfasts.
5. Hm. It's bacon! Fry it up in a pan!
6. Filet mignon.
7. It's good to bring some home now and then (or have it directly deposited... but not to my thighs).
8. It's crispy.
9. It's salty.
10. It's oh so yummy.
Yep, I'm tardy.
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things To Bring On Vacation
Packing for vacation -- no matter where or how long -- is hard; it makes me feel so confined! Hopefully, in 6 or 7 months, I'll be packing for my first overseas trip, so it might be good to start thinking now about what I should bring along.
1. Underwear. I'm always afraid that I'll forget to pack it altogether, so I try to pack it first -- and extras.
2. Travel documents. Tickets, passport, reservation confirmations, maps, list of contacts/info.
3. Footwear. At least two pairs of good, worn-in (but not worn-out), comfortable shoes. I won't be dropping in to visit The Queen, so casual will be fine.
4. Electronics. Camera, laptop, chargers, adapters, cards, readers.
5. Reading material. A book and a couple of magazines for the plane and bed-time reading; I love to read, but don't see making it a priority when I could be doing, oh, I dunno, ANYTHING ELSE in London. Or Scotland. Or Ireland. (But I vote for Scotland.)
6. Knitting. This also for the planes, trains, and automobiles. It's the choosing of the project(s) that can be tricky -- engaging but not too difficult, not taking up much space, containable.
7. Various forms of tender.
8. More cash than I think I need.
9. Clothing pieces that look good smushed. There are some. A few. Every little bit helps.
10. My list.
Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things to Do Instead of Watching TV
I watch a fair amount of TV -- sometimes more, sometimes less, sometimes hardly at all -- I always have and suspect I always will; frankly, and with no apologies, I LOVE TV.
It started with Romper Room and progressed to (in no particular order) Captain Kangaroo, Shari Lewis & Lambchop, Snagglepuss, Casper, Wyle E. Coyote, The Flintstones, (all of Hanna-Barbera), Let's Make A Deal, The $25,000 Pyramid, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Hollywood Squares, Password, Batman, Dark Shadows, The Galloping Gourmet, American Bandstand, The Beatles, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, The Honeymooners, After-School Specials, Green Acres, Gilligan's Island, I Love Lucy, The Carol Burnett Show, Three's Company, Home Improvement, Saturday Night Live, The Midnight Special, Sunday Night at The Movies, Phil Donahue, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett, Ed Sullivan, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers, Little House On The Prairie, How The West Was Won, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, The Rockford Files, The Streets of San Francisco, Mannix, Miami Vice, L.A. Law, Boston Legal, Hawaii Five-O, CHiPS, Baretta, Starsky & Hutch, Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues, The Six Million Dollar Man, Murder She Wrote, MacMillan & Wife, Hart to Hart, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, All In The Family, Family Ties, The Love Boat, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murphy Brown, Cagney & Lacey, Laverne & Shirley, The Cosby Show, One Day at a Time, Happy Days, Good Times, Dallas, Roots, Cheers, M*A*S*H, E.R., not to mention entire franchises such as Star Trek, CSI, Law & Order, channels such as HBO, and the birth and heyday of MTV and music videos... don't even get me started... and I'm leaving out about a million shows, not to mention networks... Bravo, The Food Network, American Movie Classics, Turner Classic Movies, The Discovery Channel.
Currently, I'm loving the reality shows that have to do with creativity -- So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef, Iron Chef, Hell's Kitchen, Cupcake Wars, etc. Also Glee! (I love musicals!) The Closer.
What's not to love? My viewing is cyclical and sporadic -- very much influenced by the other things going on in my life and, especially, the weather/seasons. The DVR is one of the best inventions ever, and so is high-speed internet, streaming video, Netflix, and a whole bunch of technology that at one point in my life I'd have been totally up on but I lost the trail a long time ago, so, yeah...
It was always sort of a treat to watch TV when I was a kid -- I had more of an awareness and desire of TV programs than I ever had regular viewing time -- and have some vivid memories of what I missed -- like The Beatles on Ed Sullivan because we were visiting my aunt and, despite my silent prayers, left for home just as the show was starting. Dark Shadows was forbidden at my house -- which made it ever so delicious to catch an episode at LuAnn's house! I don't remember my mom and dad ever watching much -- Dad like boxing and Sunday afternoon football, often the news (Walter Cronkite), special events (astronauts on the moon!).
When I was about 11, our TV (black & white - the only one we had) shorted just as summer vacation started and my parents didn't replace it all summer. I read a lot that year, and helped Mimi (who was a few years older than me and lived across the street) organize a big neighborhood carnival in our yard. I think that was also the year I tried volunteering -- first as companion to a rich widow (I just walked right up and knocked on the door) and then, when told that my services weren't required there, at a nearby nursing home -- where I was also turned away, told that I was too young.
What's a kid to do, then, but build forts, form air guitar bands, and put on shows in the garage!
1. Go to a local Farmers' Market -- most are held on Saturday mornings, but around here there's at least one weekday morning market that I know of, and I think there's an afternoon/after-work market nearby, too.
2. Cook something using ingredients acquired at the Farmers' Market!
3. Tend the garden -- plant, weed, harvest.
4. Take a day-trip!
5. Plan something and/or make a list -- things-to-do, groceries, a menu, vacation, knitting projects.
7. Listen to music -- and dance!
8. Start something! You know, one of those other things you've always wanted to try... or get back to.
9. Purge something -- a closet, the junk drawer, filing cabinet -- it feels so good!
10. Go for a bike ride!
10 Things to Bring on a Camping Trip
I have camped -- ages ago! -- but I am not a camper. At all. Period. Not in any way, shape or form. Don't try to convert me; I've heard it all about how much fun it is; I don't like it. It is not putting it mildly to say that I hate it. There are certain aspects that I find quite appealing, but the big picture involves too much work (before, during, and after) and WAY too many variables. Hell on earth, to me, would be spending wasting a rainy and/or humid and/or mosquitoe-y vacation week (or a weekend) in a tent (or a camper, doesn't really matter) -- clothes that never dry, wet sand that sticks to everything. Ugh. I have roughed it, spending many a summer in a cabin that had no indoor plumbing, but that's my limit. I like walls, a roof, a solid floor, electricity, a real bed.
I might be able to "camp" in a motorhome, but it's the "motor" part of "motorhome" appeals to me most. My dad took us on a trip around Lake Superior in a motorhome when I was 12 and it was one of the most fun and memorable vacations I've ever had. Can we do it my way? Let's GO!
6. My bike
8. Board games and cards
10. Marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey chocolate bars
By the way, my motorhome is pointed toward the Maritimes and beyond.
One of the most amazing and beautiful things I saw at Conrad Art Glass & Gardens on Sunday was this long, narrow, curving, somewhat undulating, bench-like fence structure that held a multitude of miniature gardens planted mostly in hypertufa vessels. There were so many things that I loved in this particular spot (hello, hostas nearby! hypertufa! succulents!), where do I begin?
The fence is built on and from an old arborvitae hedge. You can see the trunks in their role as fence posts in the photos above. The crosspieces and "xylophone" top are all created using the cut branches. It is just nothing short of spectacular in its creativity and beauty. I am completely in love with this fence. There, I said it!
Ten Things I Like About Where I Live
1. I love my house.
2. I love my local coffee shop. It's pretty cool and the owner is real nice. Also, there's an interesting guy who has his art studio/gallery upstairs.
3. It's an easy, one-hour drive through small towns and farmland to the beautiful Lake Michigan shore. I can't see the other side, but I always glance over and wave to my near-and-yet-so-far friends in Michigan.
4. I can grow lilacs. I remember how disappointed I was to learn that they wouldn't grow in Oregon. I ordered one, anyway. The amazing rhodies sort of made up for the lack of lilacs, but not really. They're two different things.
5. There are some cool local projects that bring people together and highlight some of the great things about our area. (I've been slacking on the mural progress photos so far this year -- time to fix that!)
6. It's only a few hours to the beautiful, peaceful, wilderness of The Big Woods -- way up north -- it's even further north than most Wisconsinites think when they hear the words "up north." Those kids in the canoe represent the 5th generation of my family to find it the perfect place to retreat and recharge.
7. There are some great local yarn shops that host world-class events with big names in the fiber world -- some of whom don't mind crawling around on the floor to autograph people's feet!
8. Definite and defined seasons (without which one cannot grow lilacs). I'm not a big fan of winter, but am willing to suffer it for spring and summer and fall. But mostly spring. Then fall. Then summer. There's good and bad about them all, really; you just take your lumps and enjoy your nuggets.
10. So many of my favorite people live here! Even the one who will be living in London for a semester next year! Congratulations, Maddy!!!!
1. Make and eat fruit salad! This is a variation on the green theme, which seems to be this summer's salad inspiration! Grapes, honeydew, kiwi, Granny Smith apple, blueberries, currants, thinly sliced rhubarb, a few splashes of both lemon and lime juice (more lemon than lime), a drizzle of honey, lots of basil. I think I use more basil every time I make it. It looks sort of patriotic, doesn't it? 'Specially in that stars and stripes bowl. I made this salad twice over the weekend. Oh so yum.
3. Go on a road trip (or several). This is the old Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in Two Rivers; we'd never really been before, so made it a stop on the day's itinerary.
5. Cook stuff on the grill! This is my stepdad's grill -- a shot from last summer, when it was brand spankin' new -- it's sort of HUGE! Our grill is a tiny little thing, big enough for those first six burgers.
And that's your 10 this Tuesday! Thanks Carole!
This week: Ten Books on Your Summer Reading List
I literally grabbed the to-read pile of books on my nightstand/bookshelf and sat down at the computer to type them up. Books #1 and #2 were not in the pile for reasons that you will soon learn!
Last night I finished House of Dance by Beth Kephart (also because); knowing it would be a quick read, it was skimmed off the top of the to-read pile when The Help decided to take a hike in Wisconsin Dells.
Ten Ways to Entertain a Child for today's Ten on Tuesday!
I just spent a couple of days entertaining two little boys, so I'm pretty fresh!
1. Read. Always read! Morning, noon and night!! Despite paring down numerous times, I still have a vast and varied collection of children's books. I will be ready when grandchildren start to appear. (This should not be taken as an outright request for grandchildren.) (Come what may.) (And when.)
3. Chase, Catch, Tickle & Release (Over and Over and Over Again) (with omissions and variations as your spirit -- and energy -- allow). This is best out on the grass, but adaptable for use inside or out!
7. Play in the playhouse! Or make a fort!! The all-time favorite, of course, is to employ the outside clothesline. Working with what was at-hand, I draped hotel sheets and blankets last week to make fun little play places between the beds. We also pulled a sheet, tucked in at the foot of the bed, over a chair to create a fun space -- I sat happily knitting in a chair while my feet were up on another, holding down the other end while the boys nested in pillows underneath. What? Someone had to do it! It's a hard, hard life.
And whatever you do... HAVE FUN!!!