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    Ten on the Tenth | Enjoying Fall.

    last week’s lake view … those trees are nearly bare now, but wow! Ten on Tuesday is now a monthly thing and I couldn’t be happier today to share my first Ten on the Tenth post about things I’m enjoying this fall. 1. The colors. The trees have put on an amazing show for us this year; it’s nearly over now, but it’s been spectacular. 2. Getting back to knitting wool. I knit a lot of silk, cotton and linen during the warmer months, but my heart belongs to wool. My hands enjoy getting back to it, too. 3. Planning holiday menus. 4. Seeing Sara (she’ll be here two weeks…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Game Day Favorites.

    from October 2009 (!! deep in the archives for sure!) Professional football kicked off this weekend. Carole is a huge Patriots fan and she won’t miss a game. She’ll also enjoy some great food while she watches; this week, she’s asked us to share our game day favorites. Football food around here means “fun” and “easy” (but not necessarily “healthy”). Here are ten of my favorites: 1. Vegetables and dip. That’s homemade spicy peanut dip in the photo above and it’s outstanding. I haven’t made it in a few years, but I need to. (and because I love y’all, I’ve included the recipe below.) 2. Cheese and crackers. 3. Mixed nuts.…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Labor Day Weekend.

    With a nod to Labor Day, today Carole‘s asked us to share about our weekends. Here’s a quick recap of ours. 1. Marc played four days of golf. He also watched more college football games than I can count, plus a little golf and a little tennis. He even handled Saturday and Sunday’s dinners (“football food” at its finest – potato chips and homemade blue cheese dip, deli sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad…and beer!)  …and now for my part of the weekend 🙂 Monday morning with Becca 2. Four days of golf means a lot of time for “me”. I spent Friday afternoon with Katie (we knitted while Charlie napped),…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Home Sweet Home.

    Carole’s back from her two weeks at the Cape and this week, she’s asked us to list things we miss about home when we’re away. Of course it’s a timely topic for me as well – here are ten things I missed last week: 1. early mornings at my desk with my journal. this is always my favorite way to start the day. 2. this spot at the kitchen counter where I spend most of my waking hours when I’m home. (it’s also the spot where I usually read blogs…and I’ve missed reading about what y’all are up to!) 3. all the clothes in my closet. it’s not that I’m…

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    Ten on Tuesday | M is for …

    Today, Carole’s asked us to share ten words that describe us...and they all have to start with the first letter of our first name. How about: 1. married. 2. mother. 3. Marmie. 4. maker. 5. Mozart lover. 6. mathematical. 7. morning person. 8. mostly vegetarian. 9. miniature schnauzer snuggler. 10. motivated. That photo strip to the left was part of my Marmie fun today. my first time using the Pocketbooth app (which I might’ve downloaded from one of Starbucks’ free app deals months ago?) We had a lot of fun with it and hey! – more black and white! Also, when I was little – maybe the early elementary school years…

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    Ten on Tuesday | A(nother) Bucket List Update.

    We shared our summer bucket lists back in June and today, Carole’s suggested we post an update. Perfect timing since August is already here (and most of the kids around here are back in school this week and next!) I shared my list back on June 8 and got off to a great start. But it felt like – except for July 4th when I saw fireworks from Sara’s balcony – I hadn’t made much more progress. Thank you, Carole, for suggesting we check in. Because turns out I have! First, summer cocktails. I owe y’all a round-up and a few recipes because, so far, I have four favorites, and I’ve…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Keeping It Cool.

    As the heat wave continues, it seems most appropriate that this week, Carole’s asked us to share ways to keep it cool. We topped out just under 100 degrees this afternoon, so Charlie and I had the opportunity to put a few of these ideas to good use! 1. Drink something cold. For me that’s been water, iced coffee and (now that he’s back with his mama) chilled pinot grigio. For him, water and milk. 2. Eat something cold. That’s actually last night’s dinner (but if I hadn’t used the last avocado it would be tonight’s too). Charlie and I also ate cucumber, carrots, berries, yogurt, cheese and a hardboiled…

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    Ten on Tuesday | An Atlanta Playlist.

    Today, Carole‘s asked us to share songs “about where we live”. What a fun excuse to make a playlist*! I’ve lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area for over 35 years. Those first eight songs have been part of my playlist since college (well, except for Love Shack which didn’t come out until 1989 when I was already married with a child 🙂 … but “heading down the Atlanta highway” of course I had to include it). The Ramblin’ Wreck is Georgia Tech’s fight song. I remember hearing that one as a kid. My dad was a Georgia Tech alum and that’s probably the biggest reason I went there, too. (and then…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Summer Camp.

    This week, Carole has us reaching way, way back…to things we loved about summer camp. I did go to camp – a few times to Girl Scout day camps and twice to sleep away church camp – but I struggled to come up with ten things I loved about those experiences. Maybe 7 year old me – off to a day of Brownie Camp or 12 year old me (bottom row, 2nd from the right) in 1975 – midway through a week away from home (this was the last time I went to camp) would’ve felt differently. So I’m giving myself the benefit of the doubt and here’s what I…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Listening and …

    I think we’re getting serious about Summer Book Bingo with the Ten on Tuesday crowd. Today, Carole‘s asked us to share things we like to do while listening to books. Listening to books, “reading with my ears”, has changed the way I read. For sure, it’s allowed me to read more – which is, I think, a very good thing. But it’s also allowed me to experience books in new and different ways; the right narrator can engage me in a story better than that little voice inside my head (it can pronounce all the names, do an accent, speak Russian, or Spanish…and of course, English!) And it’s allowed me…