Wooden It Be Lovely

Wooden It Be Lovely

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means!

Carole has a list for us to share of 10 things and this week it is all about wood, that’s right:

10 Favorite Things You Have That Are Made Out of Wood


Well, this is kind of fun – at first I read this and thought it said 10 things I HAD made of wood. Perhaps a bit more challenging, especially since I am a knitter, not a wood worker! I was actually wondering if putting IKEA furniture together would work! LOL

But, re-reading on a Monday is always a good thing!

This list is easy and fun as I have long been a collector of antiques – especially wood and painted wood. Now, you will get a tiny view of my favorite things that grace our home!

I love beautiful wood. – Billy Mays

  1. The tiger maple dining room table, designed by me and built by a lovely and extremely talented, but sadly – too soon gone friend Bob Hampson. I truly love this table, even though it is a trifle on the large side for this house!
  2. The walnut table my grandpa made when he was in high school.
  3. The blue painted step-back cupboard.
  4. The painted armoire (that Bob made shelves for out of antique boards – many of the antiques came to my house thanks to Bob) which now is in my office. The dentil molding is particularly spectacular.
  5. The side-board in the dining room that serves as our bar.
  6. The antique Irish scrubbed pine dough bowl. Although it is more of a “trough” that a bowl!
  7. The antique Irish scrubbed pine cheese board.
  8. My Schacht Matchless spinning wheel – not an antique, yet
  9. The antique turned candle sticks
  10. The antique mahogany tobacco box

There you have it, Gentle Reader, my Wooden 10 on Tuesday!

P.S. You will see some changes to the blog in the coming days in celebration of my 10 year blog-iversary this month.

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

In this week’s 10 on Tuesday prompt, Carole sets for us this urgent task:

List 10 of Your Favorite Things Right Now

Well, this very minute here are a few of my favorite things!

  • My Bialetti Moka pot – every day this is my favorite thing, but looking back on how much money I have saved by not buying coffee because of this little pot, it deserves first place my list. Yes, it is better than Starbucks, by a LONG shot!
  • Weaving – I really have my weaving groove on and I hope this continues for a good long while!
  • My daily journal routine – I know I have said this before, but it really helps me focus my day and increase my productivity and creativity!
  • Which sort of goes hand in hand with yoga – if I miss I day, I really can tell. I really love the quiet intensity that it brings to my life.
  • Konmari, oh how I love thee! The process is slow, but steady. Thoughtful Reduction of Stuff is happening and last week, some items found a new home and were happily sent on their way!
  • Garden planning – revisiting what worked well and what did not work well.
  • The discovery of London Fog Tea Latte via Pinterest, me and my afternoon think they are pretty darn amazing!
  • Singing in my church choir, especially with Easter coming – best music of the year, just sayin’!
  • Our Sonos speakers. Best. Thing. Ever.
  • And, finally – Sherman, although he is my favorite all the time, but most especially right now! From how happy he is to see me when he wakes up (which is hilarious because he sleeps in the same room!), to him moving his bed to be directly next to me when I am working. He is my comic relief – daily.

There you have it, Gentle Reader, a few of my favorite things.

The View From Here

The View From Here

Reading: A Malmö Midwinter: An Inspector Anita Sundström Novella by Torquil MacLeod – it should be a quick read. Should being the operative word. But, I have been falling asleep almost immediately upon getting into bed. This might frustrate me, however, since Insomnia has been on an apparent vacation, I will take the sleep while I can get it!

Knitting (and spinning): I cast on Hop Brook by Bonnie Sennott with some handspun Dorset Down. I am about half way through and I carded the remainder of the fiber to spin this weekend. I am also in the home stretch for Kirsten Kapur’s Mystery Socks – just the toes to go and I will be done!


Rescue Me

Rescue Me

Carole sure knows how to relieve the Winter Doldrums with this week’s 10 on Tuesday:


You’ve been kidnapped! List the 10 TV show characters you would want to help you.

Well, you know this is bound to be loads of fun!

Also, bonus in that if you are still working feverishly to #bangoutasweater queue up any of these and you will be finished in no time!

Here is my Come Save Me and Quick list:

  1. Harry Pearce and his MI-5 Team – I am pretty sure they can get anyone out of anything!
  2. Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller – are both excellent at solving difficult crimes, even ones that happen in their own homes!
  3. Kurt Wallander – and he can bring something to drink! Although I loved the BBC version also!
  4. Vera – because Ann Cleeves…
  5. Sherlock, yes please!
  6. Foyle would make complete sense out of everything!
  7. Luther, in case you need to walk the fine line between legal and not…
  8. Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison for her dogged determination
  9. DCI Banks for his stubborn tenacity
  10. George Gently, because sometimes old school is the best!

Anyone on this list would get the job done! Also, if you are looking for a recommendation for viewing this list is it!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Those Replay Moments

Those Replay Moments

This week, in honor of Ground Hog Day (the movie?? the holiday??), Carole has set us an interesting task:

10 Moments/Events/Days In Your Life You’d Like To Repeat

Well, I can assure you that even though there are PLENTY of days that I wish never happened, there are some that I would relive every. single. day.

  1. The “Younger Kids Days” – though I am sure that the reality was more hectic but my memories tell me these were truly simpler days. Now we are scattered all over but, oh to be back here with the replay button.
  2. Though she has been gone almost 23 years – not a day goes by that I do not think about my Nana. I miss her terribly and wish I had written down more things she talked about.
  3. The days of “Good Night’s Sleep” before insomnia rudely arrived on the scene. Which goes hand in hand with…
  4. …Those days of boundless energy when the task list was much longer but could get done much quicker!
  5. The days of younger eyes – although I do so love reading on my Kindle or iPad where I can make the font larger. It was much nicer to be able to pick up any book, regardless of font size, and read it!
  6. My first trip to Scotland, I will never forget the first view of Edinburgh Castle. I have been back only once, but it remains one of my favorite places ever.
  7. Canoeing the Big Two Hearted River – yes that Big Two Hearted River.

  8. Reading Charlotte’s Web to my children – a chapter or two at night, just before bed. Exactly like my mother did so many years before, and experiencing it all over through their eyes.
  9. The very first “Sleep Over at a Fiber Shop” at the shop Beth owned in Howell, MI. So much fun! I was fortunate to have this experience twice, but would jump at another opportunity!
  10. Lunch with Jillian last Saturday. However, if this was a weekly occurrence, life would be so very good!

There you have it, Gentle Reader, my list of replay days!

Have a great Ground Hog Day!


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