Tuesday, October 9, 2012

List-It Tuesday: I Am A Sucker For...


When I saw the topic for this week's list, I knew I needed to put it on a lollipop background. I played around with some new watercolor pencils to make this (#2!!). Here's a bit more about the items on my list:

1. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, if one of my kids comes to me to offer a hug, or because they need a hug, well. That becomes my automatic priority, right? I'm still waking my youngest up for a bathroom trip before I go to bed, and those sleepy hugs and kisses she bestows as I carry her to and from bed...my goodness. Sometimes it's the highlight of my day, hands down.

2. Art supplies are like a Happy Drug. And books! Full of ideas! Techniques! Pretty pictures! I'm such a sucker.

3. Many a night I've agreed to this request against my better judgment, knowing that 6:45 is a better bedtime than 7, that everything will go just that much more smoothly if I don't read that one more story. And our marathon read-aloud sessions once the school bus is gone and my coffee is poured...one more story, Mama? Of course.

4. Bird seed costs a lot! But I love seeing the birds visiting the feeder. I will stop what I'm doing for a bird almost every time. Not too long ago the two youngest kids and I saw three--three!!--flickers grazing for insects on the grass. Joy! Over the weekend I spotted a juvenile sharp-shinned hawk in a beach parking lot in the pouring rain. Of course I stopped the car to watch and try and get a decent photo through my windshield. Whenever we run low on birdseed I go to the store and put another ginormous bag of it on the credit card because apparently, bird seed has become a line item here. I signed up for Cornell's Project FeederWatch this year. I can't wait to get my packet of information.

5. We get lots of requests for donations in the mail (because we donate). And when we are on a tighter budget, I can recycle most of them, but I can't pass by the appeals from the Food Bank. One day a couple years ago I received their report on the state of hunger in Rhode Island. I was so appalled (I read the whole thing) that I signed us up for a monthly automatic donation. There was no appeal envelope or request in with the report, just the cold, hard facts, but it was the biggest incentive for donating more that I'd ever read. I've recycled a lot of donation requests recently, but the Food Bank is also a line item.

Next week's topic is "what I love about where I live." I can't wait. Those of you who know me well know I love to list what I love about living here. I think next week's list might have to be a photographic one, hmm... maybe you'll play along too? 

Linking up with Aimee at Artsyville!

15 comments:

Michelle said...

Ahh, now I see where you were going with that spiral! Cool! Yes, definitely a sucker for that first one. Oh, my, yes.

I was shocked by how much my MIL spends on bird seed. Shocked.

Lynn Fisher said...

I know what you mean...there is no happier day than when I get my Blick coupon in the mail. Whooooo Hoooooooo!!!

Jen said...

Bird seed is a must item here too! It was only last winter that Ree & I found the joy of watching the birds but we love it!

aimee said...

yay!! you and nicole both did the lollipop thing... i told her I was really crossing my fingers that someone would go that route! you are so awesome at being a sucker for "one more story" -- I usually beg my way out of that one, but maybe it's because my kids ask me to read them weird things like the atlas or word search books!

see you next week! xo

laurie said...

such a colorful and yummy looking lollipop! i know what you mean about the food bank appeals - i can never say no to such an important cause.

Fallingladies said...

Yep, art supplies, right there with you!

Karen Isaacson said...

I did project feederwatch a few years ago. it was fun. I've taken a long break from birdfeeding after being raided almost daily by the raccoon. I don't mind the expensive bird food when it's actually for the birds, but I can't afford to feed a raccoon! Now that it's getting colder I will start filling it again and hope my furry friend has moved on.

Jill said...

Great list. Love the colors. My kids learned early that if they held the book and turned the pages so I could knit they would get a LOT more stories. Envy you the feeder; I don't want to put out a bear buffet.

Jessica Sporn said...

I love how this list is on a lollipop -- took me a minute to realize it's a big "sucker!" Very well done!

nicole : three by sea said...

Great minds think alike! I love the way you colored your sucker!

Em said...

Love your drawing. And the one more story just got me right in the heart. Ah, do be a sucker for that. Good for you. I know older women say this to younger women all the time but ... they grow up so fast!

And I love, love, love birds. I love that you are a sucker for them. :)

Donna Lee said...

The Food Bank appeal is one I cannot turn down (nor is the March of Dimes). I look at my own well fed family and have no choice. Other worthy causes get money when the budget allows but these two (and the veterans) always get what I can afford.

"One more story/page?!" is not a request I can turn down, either. It really pays off in adults who read for pleasure.

Cameron said...

Great list, Amy!

I bet beachcombing will be on the next one ;)

Mary Walker Designs said...

I had art supplies too, one more story is a good one that got me saying awww out loud.

~runningwave~ said...

Love the swirly, rainbow colored lollipop background for your list. Makes me *grin*.