Day 24: Give Thanks

This post is brought to you by the annual "Thankful Post", but Carole put a little twist on it and brought it into the NOW! 

10 Things You Are Thankful For RIGHT NOW 

Not quite full

1. Knowing all the members of my family are safe, albeit scatter across the county. I know they will each have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration of their own.

2. A roof over my head. Even more, a home.  I think of it as humble, but it is more than many people in this world have.

3. Electricity. It's hard to imagine life without it.

2. Running water. Chances are, without it, we would be sick constantly.

3. Easy access to a wealth of food (and wine).

4. Choice. I can come or go, eat or no, and safely walk the streets of my city and my neighborhood.

5. A good job that gives me more than a paycheck.

7. My own car. Being mobile means so much to me.

8. My friends. So, so many people make my world go round and I would not be the person I am without all their love, support, and encouragement.

9. My dearest husband.

10. My hands, my eyes, my legs, my heart.

Day 17: The Best Places


Having a "hang out" isn't something we think about. This is Utah and local bars and pubs just aren't a usual thing, at least not in the 'burbs where we live.  We have a favorite restaurant or two, but not a bar or any kind of "Hang Out". Carole asked in the Ten on Tuesday query,  What are the Ten Places We Hanging Out but, as it turns out when it comes to hanging out, there is no place like home.

My favorite places are:

1.  Our living room, most of the time this is where you'll find us.  This is our most oft used room, the place we sit when we come home from work and catch up on our day, the place Smith reads the paper, and I do most everything. 

2. Lone Star Taqueria, especially their patio in summer, although we go a once or twice a month all year round. This is one of our favorite places to go when it's just the two of us or when we're meeting up with friends. 

3. On the couch, which is where all my crafting supplies hangs out, so this is where you'll often find me. Yes, it's in the living room, but it's still a place within the living room. This is where I sit and read, craft, talk on the phone, even watch movies and sometimes eat a snack. I like being here when Smith is working. It's my comfy zone. 

4. Stella Grill, when we want a quick night out. They know us and treat us well. We can eat as simply as a burger or a nice entree style meal, cocktails, wine, beer and a special GF dessert (Chocolate Decadence cake, in case you're wondering). 


5. On our patio. Only in summer. We hang it there if it's not too hot and we often have dinner there if the weather is fine.  It's not a very fancy spot, mostly rocks and concrete, but with the wind chimes, Japanese lantern, and my garden goddesses, we call it home. 


6. Silver Lake, which is at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon is one of my very favorite places to go when the snow is gone from the mountains. It's a place I can go alone, with Smith, with friends and family, a place I can feel my body relax and my soul sing.  Once in awhile we catch sight of a moose or three. The walk is an easy mile around the lake, but it's also the trailhead to several longer hikes. 

7. Our family room, the place we watch the occasional TV show. This is Smith's favorite place, but I only hangout there if he's at home. 

8. The kitchen. This is where we cook, clean up, and afterwards sit at the table to eat--or work, sometimes craft, or when friends come over. This is our "bar", the place we often entertain. 

9.  The Jitterbug with my SLC SnB grrls. We meet up a couple of times and week and it's always nice to catch up with everyone. I learn so much from the SnB girls and little of it has to do with knitting. 

10. My favorite hangout is anywhere my friends and family like to be. 

Ten on Tuesday brought to you by Carole Knits.


Day 3: One Liner


When I was a kid I thought it would be wonderful to be a best selling novelist. I read as many books as I could, my nose constantly buried in a book, and I thought writing a novel would be FUN! But, novel ideas rarely came my way, therefore, I never put pen to paper. I've concluded novel writing would be a very hard thing to do (especially when you have no novel ideas).

Here it is ToT and Carole has requested we writing the first line of a novel, but I don't think my first line(s) will capture your imagination. Instead, I thought it might be fun to turn this into a quiz. Each quote comes from one of my favorite novels and I want to see if you know any of them (without searching for the answer on-line). Answers to be revealed at a later date.

1. Barrabás came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. 

2. I am fifty-four years old, the age my mother was when she died.  

3. A candleflame and the image of the candleflame caught in the pierglass twisted and righted when he entered the hall and again when he shut the door. 

4.The idea of eternal return is a mysterious one, and Nietzsche has often perplexed other philosophers with it: to think that everything recurs as we once experienced it, and that the recurrence itself recurs ad infinitum!

5. I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine's father over the top of the Standard Oil sign. 

6. On a mountain above the clouds once lived a man who had been the gardener of the emperor of Japan. 

7. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. 

8. The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country. 

9. I had seen her just the day before--a day of pale blue skies and summer breezes. 

10. They dressed me in white for my daddy's funeral. 

I'd love to know if any of the first lines make you want to read the book. If so, leave a comment and I'll share the title with you and I'll reveal the titles on the list later in the week. 


At this point, I am only toying with the idea of posting in November. I'm not sure I want to put that kind of pressure on myself, as there are days I just do.not want to post. le sigh  As my mom would say, "Would you follow everyone over a cliff if they are jumping?" Apparently, as I have followed many friends into this month of angst for the last few years. In order to encourage and stimulate the imagination, Carole has asked us for 10 Tips/Ideas/Topics for Daily Blogging in November. NaBloPoMo or Bust!


I have ONE big one. 

TAKE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING!  (My biggest failing.)

2. DO everything that comes your way. Don't shy away. DON'T FORGET THE CAMERA!

3. Print out a calendar and plan ahead. Use a theme (there are many to choose from) per day. 

4. Commiserate with friends on themes and play off each other (Ten on Tuesday is an excellent example).

5. Knit and take pictures of your progress, or not progress. Just talk about it. This is, by and large, a knit blog community. 

6. Craft your heart out and talk about it. DON'T forget the pictures. We like pictures. Even a picture can be enough for a post. 

7. Look back at old posts and use the pictures or repost them. It's very likely few have gone back through 12 years of posts and read 

8. Look back at old family photos and find a story for #TBT (Throw Back Thursday)

9. When you eat, blog it. When you drink, blog it. When you play, blog it.

10. Just do it (or don't). There is no reason you MUST do this, but it can be fun and a little challenge never really hurt anyone. You might just learn you CAN do it (can you tell I'm trying to convince myself) if you WANT to do it.

Hanging out with your buddies is never a bad thing. One theme I' going to reprise is Saturday Sky, just to remind me of the very kind, Sandy, who make Saturday Sky a "THING" way back in the halcyon days of blogging. Join me if you'd like and show off your sky!  Let's have some fun! 



Traveling On

When I travel, which isn't often, I try to pack as little as possible. Also, if I'm driving and I can fill up my car with my comforts of home, I WILL, but if I'm flying I try to go with a single bag (as you probably do, too). Carole asked for "10 Things You Take In A Travel Tote Bag" and I took this to mean I can have MORE than 10...but I stayed with the game. 


1.The pink bag right in the middle holds my toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, make up (what little I wear), medication, shampoo, and all that sort of thing. You know the drill.

2. A book! I must have a book with me and my current favorite, and most recent purchase, is Mary Oliver's Felicity.  I read it in one setting and I will read it again and again. Reading Mary's poetry first thing in the morning, and just before going to bed, makes for nice bookends to my day.

3. Lotion. My skin is very dry (due to our very try climate) and I'm constantly reaching for a bottle of hand lotion. Usually, I have a travel size on hand, but at the moment, big is it.

4. The Kindle Paperwhite is there to represent my phone (which is often in my hand). Who would go anywhere without their smart phone?

5. My favorite blue hairbrush. Wouldn't it be sad to get out of bed and be unable to brush ones hair?

6. A nightgown. I like wearing one to bed.

7. A black T-shirt, which one can wear anywhere.

8. A granola bar just in case there isn't any GF food available or I decide to dye of hunger. 

9. A shawl, as I'm always on the chilly side. I have an over abundance of shawls, but that doesn't stop me from knitting more.

10. And, last but not least, in the Jessalu sheepy bag, a project to knit or stitch.

When the Unthinkable Happens

Over the weekend, Carole and Dale lost a dear friend, which brought up today's subject for Ten on Tuesday, 10 Things You Can Do To Be Supportive When Someone Dies.


Grieving is often hardest after friends and family have gone back to their lives and the bereaved is left alone. Maybe a week or two, even maybe a month after the funeral, your friend will face a quiet house and a ton of grief and it's likely they'll need you more after the dust has settled.

 1. Call and catch up on a regular basis. Listen to anything they have to say. Yes, this might require a phone call instead of just texting. 

2. Suggest something they might like to do, something as simple as going for a walk.  It's very likely the bereaved will be processing their grief for quite a long time.

3. If an event is coming up, like Halloween, take them a special treat and make sure they're not left to the ghosts and goblins alone. Decorate their front door, send them cute notes, and  cards in the mail.

4. Make sure they have some place to be on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some people have family, some don't.

5. Don't be afraid to ask them what it is they need, although, some people don't even know what they need. Let your friend know (by your actions) you're there for them. Every day, every month can hold a new landmark. Every holiday, every event will bring up new grief.

6.  By making other friends aware you may find willing compatriots to help lend a helping hand or listening ear. Create a circle of support, love, and listeners.

7. Listen to silence if that's all your friend has to offer. Just sit next to them and let them grieve quietly, but be there if they need you.

8. Share pictures with your friend that they may not have. Maybe you have enough to share that will make up an album or a little book. Share memories and stories as you sit together.

9. Don't forget your friend on the first, second, third anniversary. Time may have passed but the pain and loss will be strongly felt.

10. Celebrate with your friend (if they are up to it) the life of their loved one. Be kind, gentle, not needy of your own grief. Surround your friend with love.


In Season

Fall season has a bounty of my favorite foods to eat and, almost all, come from my garden or the farmers market. Carole asked us to name 10 of our favorites and here's my list.


1. My number one favorite is Vicki's Roasted Tomato Sauce because it is so versatile and full of the bounties from the garden. Small eggplants, hot peppers, left over zucchinis, onions, garlic, and maybe a fennel bulb, find their way into the sauce. Oh, and tons of fresh tomatoes make up the most of the pot. It takes only a couple of hours before you have a flavorful base for soups, sauces, veggie dishes, and anything else you can imagine you'd like a tomato sauce to do.

2. Squash and sweet potatoes make up my second favorite fall deliciousness. Squash is also versatile and is packed all the things that make up a good diet. I love any kind of squash you can think of and eat it any chance I get. Roast it, bake it, microwave or grill, you can't go wrong. You could include pumpkin here, but not pumpkin flavoring. 

3. Home made soup, any kind of homemade soup, from veggie, to chicken, to beef stew, to tomato, to chili. It's all offers so much flavor in every bite.

4. Potatoes fresh from the garden, whether red potatoes, fingerlings, russets, or Yukons. We've got them all and they are all extra delicious.

5. Figs and apples, which I eat in small quantity, but which I love adoringly.

6. Peaches and pears, which I eat as often as I can, but, sadly, they are so finite.

7. Beets and carrots, which seem a teem with a  freshness and sweetness that personify fall.

8. Grapes and cranberries, which remind me of my grandmother (she made concord grape everything) and the upcoming season of Halloween and 


9. Brussels sprouts, which I love with a bit of bacon, or cooked in balsamic vinegar, or fish sauce (my new favorite).

10. Thanks to Cheryl, I just tried my first Hard Cider (a GF way to enjoy the season and get plastered fast) and I think I'll be drinking it more often.

Yes, I realize mine are all vegetables or fruits, but I don't very often eat cakes, cookies, or other types of baked goodies and I'm not a fan of pumpkin flavoring in anything.

Do you have a favorite fall food or flavor?

It Can't Be Over!

I refuse to believe summer is over! The weekend was cool, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the waning summer and packing as much into the weekend as I could.  My contribution to Carole's ToT is here to tell you all about my fabulous (long) weekend. 


1. I made 4 batches of Vicki's Roasted Tomato Sauce. Everything I pick on any given day goes into the batch, which means a variety of flavors from one to the next. So many hidden treasures go into the sauce. One batch might have carrots, the next eggplant and squash. One batch we had to mark HOT just so we'd know it had an over abundance of hot hot peppers. It's ALL delicious and can be "doctored" when preparing a meal this winter. 

2. Saturday morning first thing I had a pedicure (love my red toe nails) and a manicure (buff to make the nails shine, no polish, thank you). It feels so good to have the cuticles cleaned up and the nails cut short. 

3. Smith and I had a chance to have lunch together and we went to our favorite tacqueria, Lonestar (of course). I always have the delicious fish taco and the fruity, flavorful ice tea. 


4. Saturday night we celebrated at my sister's wedding. Two happy brides add up to a crowd full of happy people. The cake was fabulous and the cake cutting ceremony the best ever! They cut the cake and each held a piece as if they were going to smash each other in the face, but the intended targets (which they both hit) were the unwitting groomsmen standing behind them. Maybe you had to be there, but it was a hoot! 


5. Sunday morning I went to a new to me coffee shop, the Coffee Garden, which has been around for a very  long time. It is a staple of the 9th and 9th district of SLC and even ran one of the big names out of the neighborhood (THE big name). I also had my first macaroon and enjoyed every.single.bite. (I'll have another, thank you.)

6. Sunday I, also, made progress on my Ropedance, which is a bit of a feat, as I need to keep a chart to check off each row. Staying on track is difficult when I in a  social setting, but I foresee it getting easier over time, as I make progress and become more familiar with the pattern. 


7. Monday morning I went for a walk around Red Butte Gardens and ran across a cipher left by another visitor. Maybe you can read the code, but I left it for the next person to puzzle through. 


8. While walking through the park I ran across a Sea of Susans. I got a kick out of seeing the sunny bright yellow faces and when the name a Sea of Susan's popped into my head a had a little giggle. Colorful blossoms were everywhere, as autumn has not yet taken over the garden. 


9. FINALLY, I finished the beading on my Alabama Chanin T-shirt! Monday afternoon I had time to sew the shoulder seams and sew in the D.I. Y. label. This made me especially happy. Next I will follow Vicki's lead and baste in the neck band before sewing it in place. 


10. We had BLTAs on the patio. The weather was perfect Sunday evening and since Smith worked the early shift, we had a lovely evening together.  We cooked bacon on the grill using the skillet he picked up at a garage sale a couple of years ago and enjoyed a tomato or two from the garden. Since I don't eat bread, I added a soft cooked egg to my bacon, tomato, avocado stack.  

How was your last official weekend of summer? Please don't tell me summer is over, as I want to live with the illusion of summer for a little longer. 

Always the Simple Things

I intended to have all sorts of pictures for you but we spent a serendipitous evening with our neighbors, which means my blogging time was used up, but I did pull together a list for Carole's 10 Seemingly Ordinary Things That Bring You Joy.

1. Reading a book, whether paper, Kindle, or in my ear. 

2. Snacking on a bowl of popcorn, freshly popped, but even a bag of vegan white cheddar will do. 


3. Watching the scrub jays fly away and hide the peanuts I left for them and talking to the male who isn't one bit afraid of me. 

4. Whiling away an afternoon on the patio...reading, knitting, sipping tea or wine, with or without company. 

5.  My smartphone, the device that keeps me in touch with family and friends by several different mediums (media?). 

6. My headphones, as I can listen to podcasts, books, the radio, as well as talk on the phone hands free. 

7. My eyeglasses, as without them I couldn't read a word. 

8. The old, yet trustworthy, Cuisinart, without which I would have a very hard time making (yet more) batches of Vicki's Roasted Tomato Sauce

Moonshine9. The moonrise, especially the full moon as it crests the mountain peaks. 

Earlysummer10. An amazingly beautiful sunrise. Watching the sky is a free endeavor and one worth taking the time to do.

City Life


This clock has been part of Main Street ever since I was a kid. I remember seeing it for the first time when I was about 8 years old and I'm glad to see it's been preserved.  Even though Salt Lake City is quite accessible and is full a fun things to do, and is a great place to visit , it's a place we rarely venture. Carole's Ten on Tuesday was a great reminder of this jewel that runs off our beaten path. When I'm downtown I enjoy it immensely and there are many things I like to do. 

1. I like to go to the "art house" movies playing at the Salt Lake Film Society's theater, the Broadway.

2. I find unique places to eat. 


3. Or I have a drink at Bax X and food at the Beer Bar.

4. Enjoy a walk through the flower gardens of the LDS church.

5. I sometimes visit the mall and, perhaps, do a little shopping, and/or people watch.

6. I love to see live music at one of the many venues. We go to jazz concerts at the Capital Theater and I'm looking forward to the new season.


7. I love looking for funky art pieces scattered around the streets of the city.


8. And, being amazed at the new buildings, the TALL new buildings under construction.

9. I'll go downtown just to buy postcards a the grocery store, one of the best places I've found for procurement of postcards.

10. And, I always like coming home to the "burbs".