Six Word Friday: Knit

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a wardrobe staple — cotton knit cardigans

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Daily Prompt: 32 Flavors

Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

When you say 32 flavors I think ice cream, I think Baskin-Robbins ice cream.  However when I checked their website there are more than 32 flavors.  Additionally their “fun facts” page states that the

Baskin-Robbins “31®” was created to represent a different ice cream flavor for each day of the month. The “31 Flavors” concept was introduced into marketing efforts in 1953.

I did find a web page for the Dairy Palace in Canton, Texas with a menu of 32 Flavors of Hand-Dipped Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Here, in alphabetical order,  are those 32 flavors:    Banana Nut, Banana Pudding, Black Walnut, Bubble Gum, Buttered Pecan, Cake Batter, Caramel Fudge Pecan, Cherry Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Coffee, Cookies and Cream, Cotton Candy, Country Vanilla Yogurt, Dutch Chocolate,  Fudge Nut Brownie,  Happy Tracks, Homemade Vanilla, Lemon, Mint Chocolate Chip, Moo-lennium Crunch, No Sugar Added Vanilla, Peaches and Homemade Vanilla, Peppermint, Pistachio Almond, Pralines and Cream, Rainbow Sherbet, Rocky Road, Strawberries and Cream, Strawberry,  Strawberry Cheesecake, Tin Roof, Triple Chocolate,  and White Chocolate Almond.

Normally Dutch Chocolate would probably be my first pick followed ice-cream-clipclosely by Caramel Fudge Pecan, Mint Chocolate Chip or Fudge Nut Brownie.  But today, given that it is not that long after Christmas and I did not have a single candy cane during the holidays I would select Peppermint.  Ideally I would like some hot chocolate sauce drizzled generously over it.   Other flavors that sound appealing include Buttered Pecan, Caramel Fudge Pecan, Triple Chocolate,  and White Chocolate Almond.   I am not quite sure what Moo-lennium Crunch, Happy Tracks, Tin Roof flavors are.

Given the choice which flavor of ice cream would you order?

“Call Me Ishmael” Follow Up

Yesterday I started  a post with a two word sentence: “Unexpected obstacle.”  That is how Edith Wharton started her novel The Reef.  I was going to use the first sentence from Wharton’s The Custom of the Country but “Undine Spragg – how can you?” her mother wailed, raising a prematurely-wrinkled hand heavy with rings to defend the note which a languid “boy-boy” had just brought in.” struck me as (a) a dead give away as it states the main character’s and (b) totally unworkable as the first sentence of a blog post.  Over and out for now.


Daily Prompt: Call Me Ishmael

Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.

(suggested by Spencer York)

“Unexpected obstacle.”  My first thought was I do not really have a favorite book.  Then I decided on a title and turned to the first page.  There was no place to go with that.  Like Melville’s Moby Dick it made mention of the major character.  So with that ‘unexpected obstacle’ I decided to stick with the same author but to switch novels.  So “Unexpected obstacle.” is not the first sentence of my favorite book but it is from a novel by one of my favorite authors.  Come back tomorrow and I will reveal more.  (Cheap trick?)  Meanwhile if you have the novel and/or author figured out please leave a comment.

Daily Prompt: Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

I have  three quotations posted in my kitchen:

1.  A woman’s environment will speak for her life, whether she likes it or not.   — Edith Wharton

2.  No mean woman can cook well, for it calls for a light head, a generous spirit, and a large heart.  –Paul Gauguin

3. There is always a best way of doing everything.  — R.W. Emerson

I am a bit of a slob by nature but I enjoy tidy rooms. kitchen quote That is a big part of why I have the Edith Wharton quote in my kitchen.   I may look up at it and say to myself clean up the mess around you, do you really want someone to see and say this clutter is who you are.

I enjoy cooking, especially baking.  I came of age during a time when ‘domestic skills’ were not valued much.  Women were quick (and proud) to say they were working and did not have time to cook etc.   For me the Paul Gauguin quote makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  It reassures me it is indeed of value to be a homebody instead of a high-powered “killer” woman.   (Please do not think I  do not admire women who have devoted the bulk of their life to professional accomplishments.  I do.  I for a time thought my profession would be primary outlet and source of pride but I quickly found it not to be the right path for me.)

There are many ways to do most things but I have since a young age felt that there was one correct choice to be made admist many wrong ones.  I really do understand it is not so in truth but I still like the sentiment behind the R.W. Emerson quote.   And it my kitchen it can make me think what is the best way for me to accomplish a task.  Maybe should I take the time to chop veggies by hand or maybe they be fine thrown into the food processor for a particular recipe.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures (from The Daily Post, 12/28/12)

In 2012 we said goodbye to our 22 & 1/2 year old rescue cat Zoe.bye bye zoe

After a short time of mourning we welcomed two new cats to our home.

   thunder cute 010lightningThunder, who is mainly my cat, and Lightning, who is mainly my husband’s cat.  These sisters, now 9 years old,  like their own separate spaces.


We did not travel very much in 2012 but there were a few day trips to Boston, plus a long weekend or two also.

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Daily Prompt: Resolved

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

Probably not, given that I have rarely made New Year’s resolutions.  It was not a family tradition and I never got into the habit.  Perhaps in my 20s or 30s I may have made a few.  I expect they were to weigh less, eat healthy,  and exercise.  Those things will always be on my “to do list.”  I think about them everyday.  Some days I am better than others.  When I am “naughty” I know I can only make an effort to be more prudent going forward.  

I am about 5 lbs lighter than I was at this time last year. The quality of what I put into my mouth is pretty good, but I need to consume smaller quantities.  Exercise: I average 3-4 Zumba classes weekly, I have done some light weight & resistance “toning,”  and often a weekly Yoga class.  I do not intend to ever join the marathoner ranks.  I do not expect to become many sizes smaller either.  But if I can say as much about good eating and exercise habits on January 2, 2014 I will consider it not too shabby.

The Daily Post Word Prompt

Thanks to a post at Living The Seasons I just became aware of the Daily Prompt at the Daily Post.   “michelle w.” authored this prompt:

Where were you last night when 2012 turned into 2013?
Is that where you’d wanted to be?

I had my head on my pillow and my eyes were shut, probably sound asleep, as the clock reached 12-midnight.  I had been reading in bed since about 10 pm but my eyes, along with the rest of me were tiring.  I think I had turned the light off around 10:35.    At 10:58 I eyed the bedside clock as I heard my husband entering our bedroom.  That is all I remember until waking on New Years Day 2013.   I was happy to be home and tucked into my own bed.  I am quite certain home is where our cats preferred their parents to be too.  After all it was their first New Years Eve in a new home.


Happy New Year 2013

A new post for New Year’s Day: What happened with this blog in 2012 and where might it go in 2012.

After outlining themes for Monday through Friday and making lists for 2012 I started the year strong. Then posting becameicon labored and less frequent. However I did make 160 posts over the course of the year. So I am going to dump any guilt for days missed  and take the posts made as a positive accomplishment.

2013? For now I am leaving it mostly up in the air. I do want to continue with the Six Word Friday prompts. I think I posted 31 of the prompts in 2012. It would be nice to match or exceed that number in 2013. Beyond that time will tell.

Thanks to the 36 of you who have selected to follow my blog, to those of you who posted comments, and everyone who has visited this blog in the past.  Health and Happiness to you and yours in 2013.