The Worst Things That Can Happen to a Book Lover – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten TuesdayMy Top Ten Tuesday list this week is not my original work.  It derives from a BuzzFeed list of 26 Worst Things Than Can Happen to a Book Lover.  Since my list consists of only 10 items I have pared the list down to those things that I personally feel are the worst of the worst. That task was not easy because there are a lot of really good items on the list, and perhaps one or two of my own that I could have added.  A lot of these issues would no longer be a problem for me if I were to join the e-book movement, but alas, I am one of those people who still prefers reading a physical copy of a book.  The feel, the heft, the weight, the smell, the page-turning, highlighting favorite parts, writing comments in the margin, easily going back to a previous passage, etc. are all things I enjoy and do not want to give up. Therefore, I am likely to have some of these things happen to me yet again.

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The Non-Bucket List – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday Each Tuesday I publish a list relating to a random topic that strikes my fancy.  The idea is to quickly come up with a list of ten things (in no particular order) that fits a category. 

The Top Ten Things Not on My Bucket List

Developing a bucket list is somewhat in vogue these days.  I do not have a specific list of things that I want to do while I am still on this earth. However, I do have several things that I know I definitely do not want to do.  Ever.  For everyone who has these things on their bucket list I wish you luck and I hope you have every opportunity to successfully accomplish them.  I just won’t be joining you.  With every apology to those who have aspirations to do these things, you will never find me doing the following:

  1. Bungee Jumping – I am afraid of heights and could not force myself to bungee jump.
  2. Sky Diving – See #1.
  3. Raising Chickens – I have never gotten over my fear of chickens after terrible childhood experiences with roosters.  (See The Attack Rooster)
  4. Driving a Race Car – I don’t need speed in my life and would be a nervous wreck.
  5. Swimming with Sharks – I never learned to swim and if I were to learn I would not do it with sharks.
  6. Running for Public Office – I am an introvert and the campaigning would be impossible for me.
  7. Running a Marathon – My poor arthritic knees would be tortured.
  8. Getting Married Again – I loved being married but now that I am widowed I also love my independent life.
  9. Being on a Reality TV Show – I love watching many reality TV shows such as Survivor and Amazing Race, but I never in a million years would want to expose myself to some of the incredible things contestants are required to do..
  10. Chase a Tornado – Tornadoes scare me to death.  They can be so destructive and I would choose to stay as far away from one as possible.  The same thing goes for hurricanes, cyclones and other violent weather events.

What are things that would never be on your bucket list? See other Top Ten Tuesday lists here.

Quotes by Women About Women – A Top Ten Tuesday List

Top Ten TuesdayInternational Women’s Day was on Sunday, March 8. The month of March is Women’s History Month. In honor of those two occasions, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a list of quotes by women about women. I looked for quotes that are somewhat obscure and tried to stay away from those quotes that are commonplace. However, since we all come from different places it is completely possible that just because I had not previously heard them does not mean that they are obscure.

Think about these quotes.  What are the messages they communicate about women and about men and about society?  You may agree or disagree with any of them, but it is worthwhile to think about what they suggest.

  1. Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President’s spouse.  I wish him well. –Barbara Bush
  2. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. –Susan B. Anthony.
  3. The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.–Bella Abzug
  4. One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.–Marlo Thomas
  5. Whether women are better than men I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse.–Golda Meir
  6. For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.–Virginia Woolf
  7. I want to do it because I want to do it.  Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others. –Amelia Earhart
  8. There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.–Madeline Albright
  9. Remember Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. –Faith Whittlesey
  10. Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.–Rosalind Russell

Do any of these quotes resonate with you?  What is the most important message for women all people to hear and to embrace?

What I Learned This Week

Top Ten TuesdayI typically post some regular features on my blog including a Casual Friday post, a Saturday stitching post and a Top Ten Tuesday list.  However, things have not gone exactly according to plan and I could not do the first two this week.  This is a feeble attempt to publish a Top Ten Tuesday list. I flew to Wisconsin on Thursday and met up with family to join my brother and his wife in celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary,  That was great.  We had a terrific time and I saw tons of people that I had not seen for decades.  Unfortunately, although I was supposed to fly back on Sunday morning, I am still in Wisconsin with a flight now scheduled to depart at noon today.Hopefully, this flight will not be cancelled like several others have been.

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Always and Forever

Top Ten TuesdayThis weeks’ Top Ten Tuesday list is things that will always and forever be part of your life. Perhaps we should know better than to say we will definitely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, no matter what, always do something. After all, we cannot know what life holds in store for us. However, these would be things that we can’t imagine a circumstance or scenario in which we would not keep these things within our behavior pattern.  Items on the list might not all be positive.  For example, my list includes worrying which I would prefer not to do, but realistically I know I always will.  The idea is to quickly come up with ten things (in no particular order) that fit this category. If you wish join me by coming up with your own list.

Ten Things I Will Always Do

  1. I will always go to church regularly.
  2. I will always pray.
  3. I will always worry about my loved ones’ physical and emotional well-being.
  4. I will always read books for leisure.
  5. I will always cross stitch
  6. I will always cry at funerals, weddings and sometimes just because I need a good cry.
  7. I will always laugh uproariously when anything strikes me as hilarious.
  8. I will always enjoy the beauty of nature, sunrises, sunsets and clouds.
  9. I will always feel grateful and blessed for the wonderful people who are part of my life.
  10. I will always appreciate the creative efforts of others.

Would any items on my list be shared on your list?

Words of the Wise – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten TuesdayFor my Top Ten Tuesday list this week, I can’t resist having a bit of irreverent fun with some word usage errors that appeared on published posts in the blogging world. This is not to suggest that I am perfect and have not made mistakes–far from it.  Rather,  I happen to think it is a great personal characteristic to be able to laugh at ourselves and some of our foibles.

I did follow a few self-imposed rules in coming up with the list:

  • I excluded any posts that were full of angst and raw emotion.  Those posts are frequently overloaded with errors but I understand that language correctness may suffer while in an emotional state.
  • I excluded any posts that were clearly written by people who do not have English as their first language.  Although non-native speakers sometimes have the best command of grammar and word usage, it is completely understandable that they might fumble.
  • All examples came from blogs but I tried to edit the examples so as not to identify a specific blog.  We deserve some anonymity when we are less than stellar.
  • I did not use more than one error from any single blog.

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Valentine Hand-made Craft Ideas – A Top Ten Tuesday List

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Tuesday’s Top Ten

For today’s Top Ten List I honor Valentine’s day by sharing some home-made craft and food ideas dedicated to the day of love.  I am a pushover for hand-crafted, made with love, home-made gifts and decorations, the kind that takes time and thought.  There are many other ideas available and I am not implying that these are automatically the best.  These are 10 that caught my eye but there are many others deserving of mention.  I would love to see this list be increased by having additional sites and ideas added in Comments.

  1.  A Valentine’s Tea Party.   A mom and her daughter have a valentine’s tea party including crafting.  Check out Eileen B. Jennings website.
  2. Handmade Valentines.  Who does not love getting home- made valentine cards specially created by a much loved child? Bean & Bantam offers great cards using the outline of the child’s hand.  And Off the Waller shares another idea.
  3. A Valentine’s Wreath.  In the blog A Wandaful Thing, a crafty idea for a Valentine’s Wreath is presented.
  4. Bay Rose Sugar Scrub.  Having been a recipient of some home made sugar scrub this past Christmas, and absolutely loving it, this crafty idea from My Glamour Temptation seems so neat.  Of course, maybe it can’t be made until after the Valentine rose bouquet has run its course, but it is still a great Valentine’s DYI idea.
  5. Knitted Hearts.  If your special talent is knitting, a cute idea for knitting little hearts is presented in Knits by Sachi.
  6. Crocheted Hearts.  If I include a knitted heart, I must also include a crocheted heart.  The Agrarian Artisan shares a valentine heart.
  7. Valentine Garlands.  Aixie’s Space presents a heart garland as valentine decor.
  8. Cross stitched hearts.  Because I am a stitcher, I have to include at least one link to a cross-stitched design.  Stitcheroo My Darling provides a link to a pretty freebie.
  9. Love Posts.  Callie & Chef presents a ribbon of daily post-its for the month of February.
  10. Homemade Valentines Food/Gifts.   There are great food ideas among the blogs so I am going to list some of the great ideas I found which are all links to the site and recipe.

Once I started to compile my list of 10 sites I realized how impossible it is to say these are the greatest. There are a lot of great ideas to choose from.  I would love to see other ideas or sites added in comments.

It’s A Top 10 Tuesday

I am planning to do a regularly featured post (or two or three) on my blog.  One idea which I am testing today is a Tuesday Top Ten List.  This will be a list relating to a random topic that strikes my fancy.  The idea is to quickly come up with a list of ten things (in no particular order) that fits a category.  My choice for my inaugurate top ten list is….(drum roll please)…..

Tuesday's Top Ten
Tuesday’s Top Ten


And my quick, spontaneous, unrehearsed, off the cuff, list is:

  1. An unexpected phone call from a loved one
  2. A good laugh shared with others
  3. My dogs eagerly greeting me when I come home
  4. Babies
  5. Scented candles
  6. Chocolate
  7. A good book
  8. The clouds in the sky
  9. Participating in the Mass
  10. Christmas

The intent is to be fun and spontaneous.  The list should not be an overly analyzed and critically judged perfectionist kind of thing.   The top ten items I come up with at this moment may not be the top ten in ten minutes.  That’s O.K.

I invite (and challenge) the reader  to come up with their own list of top ten things that give you joy.  The idea is to let yourself go and have fun with it.  You never know what might come into your mind and thus out on a blog!  Feel free to comment with the top 10 things that give you joy.  And I am also eager to get feedback on this idea.

Top Ten Tuesday, just another thread in my life.