1. Laura Ingalls Wilder- I’ve read the “Little House” series at least fifteen times, maybe more. I enjoy learning about the “olden days,” like how adding a small amount of grated carrot toward the end of a churning of butter will give it a lovely, yellow-orange color.
2. King Leo Peppermint Sticks- These confections are my favorite peppermints.
3. Garbage Collectors- These guys must have great cardiovascular health; they run and lift all day long while providing a much-needed community service.
4.On-Line Dictionaries They provide the definition, the etymology, and pronounce it for you!
5. Strubley- This is such a useful, Pennsylvania Dutch word that is not in the dictionary. It describes something that’s tousled or standing up on end, like a bird’s feathers. Hannah tells me on occasion, “Mom, your hair is strubley.”
6. LibaryThing.com- Cataloging my books on-line is a work in progress, and delights me no end.
7. People Who Cook- It’s such fun trading recipes with someone who knows that baking a cake from scratch does not mean adding oil and eggs to a box mix.
8. Madelaine- She is my first grandniece and is absolutely adorable! She’s gifted, of course, and will be an early reader due to all the books her mother reads to her.
9. Rollling Pins- I couldn’t find my rolling pin shortly after we had moved, and so I rolled out a pie crust with a glass. I had read that in the “olden days” a glass would suffice. It doesn’t.
10. Cherrye and Robert- Hannah and I are the recipients of their gracious hospitality when we are in Austin for the weekend. They house us, feed us, run us around, and dog-sit/train/indulge Toby.