My Backyard Bucket List

My Backyard Bucket List

It’s Tuesday and that means that Carole wants to know:

10 Things On This Summer’s Bucket List

Well, there are a number of ways to approach this, but I am going to make this be a “doable” list – as in things I can do here in my little corner of the world.

Sometimes, there are the best things right in your own backyard!

  1. Go to the zoo
  2. Eat shaved ice – Gus and Yia Yia’s to be specific
  3. Get a pedicure – really, this is so Summer Bucket List Worthy!
  4. Watch the sunrise from Mount Washington
  5. Take a long walk along the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio Rivers
  6. Ride on the Gateway Clipper
  7. Visit the Heinz History Museum
  8. Have one of Lucy’s World Famous Banh Mi
  9. Write and send handwritten letters (this is one you can help me out on – want to exchange handwritten letters this summer?)
  10. Take our FriYAY Happy Hour on the road for a new perspective

So, there you have it – my Pittsburgh Bucket List! Now, what I want to know is what would you put on your “backyard” bucket list?

Curiouser and Curiouser!

Curiouser and Curiouser!

It is Tuesday and this week Carole brings me a very challenging topic. Very challenging. She wants to know:

10 Things You Are Curious About

I am really happy that Carole sent  this topic on Saturday so I could spend a good bit of the weekend pondering my curiosity.

Albert Einstein’s quote fits me completely because while I really don’t have any special talents; I am passionately curious.

Now, I am not curious in the sense of wanting to take things apart to find out how they work – I was not the kid who wanted to know how radios work, or how records make sounds (yes, I was of the era of vinyl records). Nor am I a risk taker – you won’t find me curious about skydiving, deep-sea diving, or mountain climbing.

But I am curious about many things and here is my Curiosity List:

  1. Pattern Design – especially in knitting. I am so amazed at the volume of patterns that are published daily on Ravelry. While, this seems to me such a daunting task; I would like to take a class to learn more about this.
  2. Pattern Technical Editing – which kind of goes hand in hand with pattern design. But, really – how do they do it?? Curious minds want to know!
  3. Home Brewing Beer – I have read books and I have a great friend who brews some amazing beer. I am curious about the entire process.
  4. Photography – I think my photography skills have been improving, however I am curious to learn more about the intricate details of the craft. I would love to take a class and learn more.
  5. Learning languages – We are a single language household, but curiously I have a daughter who is multi-lingual. Men Duolingo hjælper mig med at lære.
  6. Different cultures – the differences and similarities fascinate me. Thanks to Tess Vigeland, I am very curious about becoming an ex-pat.
  7. Shepherding – It is no secret that I love wool. I have this beautiful daydream that I live on a gorgeous farm with a flock of happy sheep. I am curious if this dream would be as lovely a reality. Perhaps I can fulfill two curiosities with this, although my daydream did not include 850 acres.
  8. Hand Writing – especially Calligraphy. This just fascinates me.
  9. Writing – I am curious how successful the participants are of NaNoWriMo are…
  10. Stained Glass MakingThese are just so beautiful, and having watched Vicki Payne make stained glass on PBS for years, I am curious to learn more.

There is my Curiosity List…What makes you curious?

Dessert First, Always

Dessert First, Always

It’s Tuesday, that means that Carole wants to know:

My 10 Favorite Desserts

And, of course, since I am trying NOT to eat desserts right now…because POINTS. I am going to have to list all the things that I am not eating right now.

That’s right, this is the list to avoid if you are on a diet.

  1. Crème brûlée, perhaps my favorite dessert of all time. If I am getting dessert at a restaurant and they have Crème brûlée on the menu you can be guaranteed I will order it. Every.Single.Time.
  2. Ice Cream…this is the one I struggle with the most. Really, especially anything with coffee or caramel!
  3. Cake, any kind at all – with butter cream frosting, and lots of it!
  4. Martha Stewart’s Almond Tart, to.die.for. Topped with whipped cream, of course.
  5. Pumpkin pie. Seriously, it is so good.
  6. Cheesecake…need I say more?
  7. Brown Sugar Cookies, they are really so easy to make and taste so incredible!
  8. Smores – with homemade marshmallows, toasted in a bonfire on the beach! Bonus points for not getting sand in them!
  9. Lemon Cake with icing. Mmmmm.
  10. Chocolate Budino, pictured below… oh man. So. Good.

20519951331_e5576aec4e_oAnd, what is on my “eat” list?

  1. For the foreseeable future – fresh fruits. Good thing the fresh fruit season is almost upon us!

There you have it – my list of no-no’s. But, I want to know – what is your favorite dessert?

Need a little help?

Need a little help?

Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home. – Eric Church

It’s Tuesday and that means that Carole wants to know:

10 Ways to Help a New Momaffiche-hello-i-m-new-hereNew babies are one of the greatest joys in life…and the first weeks home for Mom (and Dad) can be amazing and stressful as a new family settles in together!

So, what can you do to help?

  1. Bring over a meal that is easy to heat and eat. Chicken Pot Pie (topped with puff pastry), a salad, and some homemade brownies were always my go to “quick and easy meal”.
  2. Cut the grass or shovel their driveway and walks.
  3. Offer to do some laundry (or fold laundry!) while Mom takes a nap with the baby.
  4. If there are older children, offer to do something special with them!
  5. Fill a basket with easy to eat snacks – fresh fruits, bottled waters, nuts. Nutritious foods that are easy to eat while holding a baby
  6. A Netflix gift card or two – so she has something to watch besides infomercials or reruns for those middle of the night feeding times!
  7. A basket filled with magazines, a book or two, an assortment of teas, or coffee.
  8. Some babysitting vouchers for when Mom and Dad are ready for a night out!
  9. Ask if there is anything on their “to-do” list that you could finish for them.
  10. And, my go to new baby gift – knit a Baby Surprise Jacket with matching hat and socks/booties.

New babies are just the best! What do you do when there is a new baby?

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood

It’s Tuesday and that means that Carole wants to know:

10 Ways to Welcome Someone New To Your Neighborhood

Well if you are a regular blog reader then you know that I have some pretty crazy neighbors, so if you’d like to move next door – I would LOVE IT!

And, here are some of the ways I would make you feel so welcome that you’d never consider leaving!

  1. Some welcome to the neighborhood roses might just be the thing to help those boxes look a little chicer!
  2. A ready to cook meal to make your first night easier.
  3. A list of the local restaurants that have amazing food, including those that deliver!
  4. A list of all the branches of the Carnegie Public Library (and it is significant!)
  5. An invitation to our Friday Happy Hour – complete with good eats and beverages!
  6. A list of things to do in the Pittsburgh area!
  7. A basket of “essentials” – cheese, wine, crackers, meat, fruit, and nuts.
  8. A schedule of trash and recycling pick up for our neighborhood.
  9. A collection of “Pittsburgh” sports flag (so you feel right at home on game day!)
  10. A list of all the area Farmer’s Markets.

As you can see, you would be a welcome addition to my neighborhood and there is so much to do!

Wouldn’t you like to be my neighbor?

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