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As you might have guessed, I was not ready for today's ToT topic and, therefore, I have no picture of a sandwich at the ready. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy a good sandwich once in awhile, as there are a couple of good GF bread bakers in town. There are as many varieties of gluten free bread as there are of regular bread. The difference is, they just don't have the taste and texture of regular wheat based, yeasty breads.  I usually just have an un-wich when faced with a choice. However, I do have many fond memories of delicious sandwiches and that's what I'll list for today's T0T topic of 10 Favorite Sandwiches.

1. Grill cheese, made with white bread slathered with tons of butter, cheddar cheese sliced from the brick, and made by my mother's hand. It was best served with a side of tomato soup.

2. A yeasty, fluffy, and hot from the oven, slice of Mom's homemade white bread, (carefully) buttered generously and sprinkled with sugar.

3. Open faced turkey sandwich of leftover Thanksgiving turkey atop a slice of bread and covered with homemade gravy. A side of cranberry sauce made this perfection.

4.  A hot French dip sandwich, made by the corner sandwich shop (long ago closed), served with a generous portion of rich au jus, on warm, crisp on the outside, soft in the center, bread. A side of crispy fries made this heavenly.

5. Tuna fish, made by Carole's hand, served at her cozy kitchen table, with a view from the window. It was a delicious lunch made by a friend's hand and served with a side of chat. (As a child I would put potato chips between the slices just to add more crunch.)

6. Our family reunion favorite was Sloppy Joe's made by granma, or mom, and served with crisp cold coleslaw.  To clear the pallet, we always had ice cold watermelon for dessert.

7. My favorite non-traditional grilled cheese was served by a local restaurant on whole-grain bread, stuffed with melted brie and warm sliced pear. It was a delicious paring of ingredients. 

8. An egg salad sandwich has always one of my favorites, and of course, the sandwich made by mom is one of my favorite memories. I make my own on occasion.

 9. Bacon, lettuce, and tomato, but only when the tomato is fresh from the garden. Wheat or white bread, it doesn't matter, but the tomato does!

10. BBQ pork sandwich on a soft bun, served with a large variety of barbecue sauces, so they can be mixed up on top and pour down the sides to coat all layers. Tangy, hot, yummy, with a side of cornbread and cold coleslaw (which is also good on top of the sandwich). We're talking open-faced, of course.

I hope you enjoyed my walk down sandwich memory lane and that you'll share one of your favorite sandwiches, too!



What can you say about a picture perfect weekend?  The temperatures were perfection, high 60s, low 70s, and the sky was a perfect blue. 

The haircut went well and I'm happy with the slightly short, stacked in back do. I'll try for a photo soon.

Saturday is a blur of errands, with the reward of a lovely afternoon in the garden. Everything is blooming or on the verge and spring is at its height. The trees are about a month ahead of schedule and, while beautiful, we know it's very likely the fruit will be lost by frost.  To look on the bright side, we love the blue skies and warm temperatures, so we're taking advantage of it as much as possilbe. But friends, just think what you have to look forward to if your spring hasn't started. 

Also on Saturday, we spent the evening with good friends, which means much laugher, lots of ribbing, drinking and eating. Nothing makes a weekend more relaxing and perfect than friends and laughter. 

Sunday I heard the robins calling me to take a pre-dawn walk and to listen to the dawn chorus. In many ways , it was the most restful part of my weekend. 

After the day had begun,  I ran the rest of the errands, filling the larder with good food, making  delicious soup for my weekday lunches ,and luscious burgers for dinner. It was just the kind of weekend I love. 

Tell me how your weekend was? 

Something New

Welcome to the new Zeneedle! Thanks to the most awesome Vicki for all the hard work in making the header look more like mine! I love it and love the new look Typepad's Nimble design has made possible. There may be some tweaking, but I'm excited about the new look and hope you are, too.

Did you know it was my 11th Bloggiversary the beginning of this month? I just skipped right over it, but now there is need of celebration, don't you think? I think I'll tell you Three Things About Me Right Now. Exciting, eh? 


1. I'm a shaggy dog in need of a haircut and I'm wondering if I need a change. Not short, just different. Any suggestions? 


2. I'm trying out my artistic skills by doodling and drawing, follow the steps on this blog. She has great ideas and some easy techniques, although, I think she makes everything look easy. 


3. I'm loving the weather (so sorry my Eastern friends!) and spending time in the garden walking the labyrinth. It's going to be a fabulous weekend.  

Messed Up

This post is brought to you by the demise of my iPod. By the end of the day I'll have one, but right now, I do not have it in hand. I love(d) that device. I downloaded podcasts, books, and music, plus used it for a pedometer, and a clock. 

Sadly, I am not vigilant about checking the pockets of my pants before tossing them in the laundry and, know the rest of the story. I didn't even realized what I'd done until I saw it in the bottom of the washer. (!!!!!!!!!)

The heartbreak, the self-anger, the sorrow, the acceptance...all emotions ran through me just about as fast as you read that sentence. All this happened about an hour before the Apple store closed and I came thisclose to running to the mall. I restrained myself, but by morning I knew I could not live without my precious.


Yesterday my plan was to go right after work and buy a new one, but Smith had the day off and took pity on me. I wouldn't have thought of taking my poor deceased beautiful red iPod with me, but Smith did, and he was able to buy a replacement, new but without packaging and with only a limited warranty for $75. This made me about as happy as can be! Now I can listen to my books and podcasts without being tethered to the computer.

However, there is one good thing happened when I pulled the pants from the dryer. A ten dollar bill fell out onto the floor and I don't know if it was from my pocket or Smith's (my guess would be mine), but it went towards my new red friend.

I won't swear I'll never wash anything I shouldn't again, and I won't swear I'll check my pants pockets every load (I try, but you know how it goes), but I will do my best to be more vigilant.

I Dare Not

Living without cheese is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I gave up gluten happily and I've given up a few other foods, too. But...cheese, dear cheese, how I do miss you!

Carole asked us to pick our Ten Favorite Cheeses, which lead me to spend an hour and half feeling sorry for myself, but I decided to give in and list a few of the cheeses I miss most.  (PS.I have no cheese in the house for a picture.)

1. Some of my very favorite cheeses are from a local company called Beehive Cheese. Their signature cheese Barely Buzzed has won a ton of awards. I also adore their TeaHive.

2. Baked brie or Camembert with sprigs of rosemary and gloves of garlic. This is Monica served this on Christmas Day as an appetizer and it was a hit.

3. Good ol' English Farmhouse cheddar.

4. Any cheese from Wisconsin. (I had to throw that in for Vicki.)

5. Goat cheese covered with  (Massachusetts) cranberries. (I had to throw that in for Carole.)

6. Stilton with lemon peel. So, good with wine.

7. Parmigiano-Reggiano (I can still eat small amounts with a lactaid.)

8. Feta cheese in a Greece salad. (Sheep's feta with a lactaid is also ok.)

Don't feel sad for me. There are many wonderful foods available to me and I eat a wide variety of things. I'm just a pain for other people to feed, not for myself.

Blue Skies


It seems I packed so much into my weekend it has all become a blur.  One thing I did twice was walk through Red Butte Garden, once with Cheryl and again with Smith. I'm very glad we bought a seasons pass as I've more than paid for it already. 


Saturday was a blue sky day and, even though we had a lot of them lately, it was still wonderful. We worry about water and the summer fire season ahead, but we live in the moment and the moment brings sun. The week ahead looks cloudy, but I hear 70s are in next weekend's forecast.

Yes, I've been silent, but I've also been planning and doing. At the moment I have many balls in the air, but you'll have to wait to see what's in store. 

At The End of The Rainbow

Carole asked us to spill the beans on what we'd do if we found a pot of gold. 


1. Smith and I would retire.

2. We'd fix up our old condo with new carpet and furniture. 

3. I'd buy a new car. 

4. I'd make sure Smith bought a new car, too. 

5. We'd travel to visit family and friends we rarely have a chance to see. 

6. We'd spend a month in Italy, the one place I've always wanted to visit, and we might think of another place or two we'd like to visit. 

7. I'd give a lot of money to my favorite charities. A LOT of money.

8. We'd go to New York, because I've never been to NYC and we'd visit friends and family all over New England.

9. I'd have a great big dinner party and have a bunch of friends over for lobster and crab, and steak, if they want it.

10. I'd buy Smith a tractor.

Birthday Weekending


Have you ever heard of a glyptodon? Well, I hadn't either, but it's a very mega relative of the mammal we call the armadillo. Smith and I went to the Natural History Museum and visited the Extreme Mammal exhibit and, let me assure you, it will bring out your internal kid. I wan't even sure it was possible for me to curl up that small, but I did! Not bad for a 65 year old, eh? 


You may remember Saturday was the Pi Day of the Century. Thanks to my sister, Neena, I have the T-shirt to prove it. What you may not know, is it was also my birthday! I had a wonderful weekend with a whole boatful of love coming my way. I feel very grateful to have so many wonderful people in my life--my friends and family, who make me feel nourished, loved, and full of joy. I open my heart and hope to pass on the love and joy to others. 

What's Happening Now

Watching ...House of Cards. I losing interest in Frank and his wife and would rather watch the last episode of Downton....hopefully tonight.

Reading ...The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, I was hooked after reading the first page. I haven't decided on my next audio book.


Knitting ...I'm having a bit of a redux, as I bought a lovely kit of Zen Yarn Garden in the Monument Valley Series. What else would I do with three complimentary colors, except reknit my favorite shawl, Germinate

Dreading ....I'm trying to not dial up the anxiety level, so I dread not.

Listening to... Jazz on the NPR website because they no longer podcast the shows. This does not make me happy, NPR!

Thinking about ...completely redoing the look of my blog. But, if the red umbrella goes, it won't come back and that stops me in my tracks.

Celebrating week, my birthday.

Planning outdoors in the extra light of day. Hurray for DST!


Itching to ...finish outlining of the petals on my Alabama Chanin T-shirt and start to cut (and bead). 

Drinking ...The last of my Royal Golden Safari tea from TeaZaanti. I need to find a new favorite and Hong Shui or Gin Shan Creme are running neck and neck.

Needing to ...try out some of the crafting materials I purchased. Needing to carve out the time to do.

Organizing ...I still haven't tackled the pantry (after months and months of wanting to do so).

Inspired by ...Beverly and Maryse who have been sharing their artwork on Instagram. And, by Kym who is sharing her artistic pursuits on her blog.

Delighted by ...The snow! Any precipitation that comes to the very dry West is welcome, although, spring is returning this weekend.

You're Invited...


Carole came up with a topic for ToT that had me searching through my book shelves. This is a difficult subject, as I rarely think about hanging out with characters from the books I read. I read to lose myself in other people's lives, in their times , and the places about which I know nothing, but wouldn't necessarily want to stay. I decided to go for some of the memorable characters from books I've read over the last few years in hopes of having an unpredictable evening.

1. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the main character from the Louise Penny's Gamache series, one of my favorite characters of all time, as he is a very kind person.

2. and 3. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and if you don't know why, you haven't read the book. Yes, I'd like Atticus at the table, too.

4. August Boatright from The Secret Life of Bees because she is no nonsense and down to earth, but also has a magical quality about her.

5. Lily Bere from On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Berry because her story has never left me. 

6. Aritomo because he created the garden in Garden of Evening Mists.

7. Ifemelu the main character Americanah because she's a complex character I would like to understand better. I also think she would add much to any dinner conversation. 

8. Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, because who doesn't want a rogue at the table.

9. Josefita (Tita) from Like Water for Chocolate, because she couldn't help but cook a passionate meal for us.

10. How do I introduce my last choice? This one may surprise you, but I think you'd all agree, Winnie-the-Pooh would be a wonderful character to invite to dinner because he'd bring the honey.