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I understand that list posts are very good ways to draw people to one’s blog site and also to draw lots of comments.

I have seen evidence of the success of these list posts why just this week, Dani at Positively Present has been making lists about how to find your light when all is dark.

JD at Sources of Insight has been sharing a list of his favorite quotes about good luck.

Janice at Sharing the Journey has 101 tips for writers

And Jannie has another list of typo errors that are most amusing and enjoyable to discover.

Tess at The Bold Life can never be out done!
Even Barbara at Blogging without a Blog has a short list of blogging etiquette rules

So here I am wanting to do a list post and draw people into my words, at this point all I could conjure up is my Grocery List. So without further ado, I will share my October 1, 2009 Grocery List.

  1. More apples – because frankly the deer are getting all the good ones.
  2. Tomatoes – because they are so yummy this time of year and the deer got there first.
  3. A new microwave oven – although I am eating raw my guy is not and our 15 year old gem has given up, and apparently this is not a false positive – it is a goner.
  4. Dark Chocolate – dairy free. Life would just not be worth living without a melt down on my tongue two times a week.
  5. Someone else to do the shopping, because it is so hard to enter the store and bypass all those food industry items. They were made to reward your brain and that they do it with such perfection.
  6. A trip to the Farmer’s Market to see all the beautiful autumn produce; to see the crafts, jellies, and soaps – oh and the flower arrangements – Hey they have new crop apples right now and pears!
  7. Go to the bank, go directly to the bank and make sure all the funds have been deposited and are ready to pay the bills.
  8. Grab my bushel basket and fill it with hugs, smiles, and well wishes to share along the way.
  9. At least 2 and maybe more like 6 giant guffaws – laughing right out loud (LOL)
  10. A never ending supply of gratitude and thanks for the wonderful folks who read and comment on my blog and all the delightful, inspirational, and exceptionally talented folks in this blogging community. We are a fine harvest to behold – Thank you all

What’s on your list today?

Random other lists you might enjoy:
10 Things I have Learned About Celiac Disease
12 Reasons I want People to Read This Book
Kindle 2 and 5 Things I Love About It
5 Must Haves for your Next Doctor’s Appointment

29 Responses to “Have I Got a List For You?”

  1. Dot Says:

    Actually, you provided two lists! The other was the list of people who posted lists. I didn’t know lists were so popular. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a grocery list, though. 😉
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Inspiring People by Dot =-.

  2. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Love it! Especially the bushel basket full of smiles and hugs – I imagined you toting it on one hip and dipping into it like a grown-up flower girl spreading happy along her path. :)
    .-= Betsy Wuebker´s last blog ..THROUGH A GLASS GRIMLY, PART 3 =-.

  3. Jannie Funster Says:

    And microwaves are really inexpensive now — a small one can be had for like, $50.

    Hmmn, dairy-free chocolate, eh? I know what to gift Patricia with.
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Hey, How ‘Bout A Show Tune! =-.

  4. Mike Says:

    1. read e-mail (done)
    2. check blogs in Google Reader and comment (in progress)
    3. work on Colorado pictures
    4. go to work (4 PM to midnight thirty)
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Long’s Peak and Big Run from Black Cañon =-.

  5. Julie Says:

    You’ve given me my first morning laugh, Patricia! My life’s an unending series of lists, so I must say, I’m not a fan of seeing them online, too, but yours was TERRIFIC! :) …a dose of honest-to-goodness daily life among all the seriousness. Thank you for that!

    Ran across an amazingly wonderful vegan chocolate pudding, yesterday, and tried it. My meat-loving, finicky husband loved it, too. It might just fit the bill as a dairy-free substitute for you. Check it out: http://www.choosingraw.com/rainy-day-chocomole/ I didn’t follow the recipe exactly (I never, ever do); used agave & honey instead of the dates, because I was too lazy to fish them out of the back of the ‘fridge), and I just taste-tested my way into the proper quantities. I think I ended up using more cocoa than called for here. Check out the link to the original recipe, too.

    Make your new pudding, first, and then enjoy your shopping! With incentive like the chocomole waiting for you, it’ll be easy to bypass the other stuff. PS: Here’s a great read for you, today: http://crazysexylife.com/2009/what-are-you-surviving/ More incentive. Luv, ~Julie
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Honor Redux, with a Twist =-.

  6. patricia Says:

    I think the only thing I am an expert at is making to do lists and grocery lists….! I am so intense I just need to lighten up!

    Oh what a wonderful image…I was thinking of street vendors calling out their wares in the big cities…like in the opening of the musical Oliver….good energy

    I just need to sing….and laugh….loved your music this week too… the trouble with the microwave is that it has a probe which allows me to make yogurt and poach fish to perfection…and it is connected to a wall mount oven which caught fire ( now a storage unit) 10 years ago….hard to find a MW with a temp probe, plus have to take the heavy unit out and rebuilt the cabinet.

    Thank you for sharing what’s on your list today! How do you make the line draw through? That is a neat trick…

    I am heading right over to the chocolate pudding recipe…yum yum….and crazy sex life….here I come!
    I did take unsweetened pomegranate juice and mix it with silken tofu and GF – dairy free chocolate chips…only problem with this was the juice ( a no no right now) and that I ate the whole thing in one sitting…scraped the bowl clean….!

  7. Mike Says:

    It’s an html tag.

    word (without spaces inside the tags) will result in word.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Long’s Peak and Big Run from Black Cañon =-.

  8. Mike Says:

    Oops, it deleted the spaces.

    open tag “strike” inside and then close tag “/strike” inside
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Long’s Peak and Big Run from Black Cañon =-.

  9. Mike Says:

    I’m about to give up. html tags are enclosed by the keyboard “less than” sign and “greater than” sign. Apparently wordpress automatically tries to complete those tags whenever they are used, which is why my previous 2 comments didn’t work the way I wanted them to. I hope, though, this answered your question.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Long’s Peak and Big Run from Black Cañon =-.

  10. Julie Says:

    Dear Mike. I think I’m er, confused. Let’s test it to see. Hugs of thanks, Julie
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Honor Redux, with a Twist =-.

  11. Julie Says:

    Yes, indeed. Confused. Trying again…
    I’m a little ditsy er, confused, sometimes.
    I’m still giving hugs of thanks, knowing knowing it’ll work…
    Patricia? Thanks for the classroom space! 😉
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Honor Redux, with a Twist =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Mike and Julie – I like learning new things and Mike try this chocomole recipe link from Julie….it is fabulous I just made it
    yum yum

  13. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    Thanks for the link love! I love no. 4 and I can smell and feel the chocolate melting on my own tongue.

    No. 6. I was back in MI a couple of weeks ago and the Farmer’s Market was booming. I wanted to fill the plane with FM Cargo! Instead I just took in the smells, sights and sounds for another memory.
    In AZ they don’t know what markets look like. They have more crafts than produce and I don’t even go anymore. How sad is that. So thanks for this list and the memories:)

  14. Patricia Says:

    Thanks for the memories…FMs are just so wonderful and how beautiful is local grown fruit and veggies… table upon table, row upon row….In Coventry Garden England the Market seemed to be all crafts and no veggies…What fun is that?

    Did you see Julie’s link above for chocomole? Yummy it is…fruit and chocolate smooth and creamy…

  15. SnaggleTooth Says:

    I thought the list of blogs with lists was the list you were listing too!
    There is a veritable day of reading lists linked to here! thanks!
    I have more time to read today than usual-
    I have those dairy-free chocolate-covered jelly rings- yum!
    I try not to Microwave anything- not as nutritious for you.
    I love fresh, farm veggies-
    .-= SnaggleTooth´s last blog ..Got Clicks =-.

  16. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    I couldn’t agree more about processed foods!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Internet Addiction Rehab Center: Do We Really Need It? =-.

  17. Jeanne Says:


    1) Apples… always a hit

    2) Tomatoes… no one in our house likes them

    3) My Hubby just fixed our microwave. It costs $100 some odd for the part but a new microwave (it’s the overhead kind) to fit there would have cost about 4+ times as much. I was impressed when he took it apart, put it back together, and it worked. (He’s a handy Hubby).

    4) Who can turn down chocolate?

    5) Hubby does most of our grocery shopping. With my illnesses, grocery stores are really tough.

    6) We have a great farmer’s market and this summer we had the best green beans ever (organic) from it.

    7) It took me 4 days but I finally made it to the bank Thursday last week. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were all “goal days” but I was too sick to go. So I’m grateful it’s done.

    8) Who can argue with hugs, smiles, & well wishes. :)

    9) I exceeded the minimum number of guffaws, despite a very rough week.

    10) Ah… gratitude! The importance of this can never be underestimated! There are so many thoughtful, smart, caring, sweet people I’ve met online. It’s amazing!


    Too tired to do such a detailed list for myself. I’ll just say my to-do list this week included (but was not limited to):

    Writing to my Congresspeople (again), managing my illnesses that are flaring up at once, educating people about the FACTS on endometriosis (in the wake of misinformation in the media this week about it), working hard to promote healthcare reform, registering for Blog Action Day 2009 on Climate Change, supporting my many wonderful online friends through various crises, listening to the engrossing live feed from the Vancouver Peace Summit, and trying to manage as best I can with my symptoms (which were *bad* this week) while doing my very best as a wife and mother. Let’s just say it has been QUITE a week.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I always love when I see that ladybug coming my way! :)

    .-= Jeanne´s last blog ..Climate Change =-.

  18. Patricia Says:

    Nice to see you here and to read your good comments!..I have to tell you though – my brother-in-law is a MW antenna and energy expert and has spent 35 years putting MW cooking to the test in his work….He says not as nutritious is a huge myth….all cooked foods are changed by the process of cooking, but MW’d foods retain more of their nutrient value and usefulness for the body?

    I don’t cook bread or soup in the MW for my husband, but I do poach fish and believe my family is healthier….People with Celiac Disease have a very hard time absorbing nutrients and my family has that problem big time.

  19. Patricia Says:

    Processed foods just call to me in two ways…they ignite the pleasure centers in my brain and then they make me angry with myself when I fall prey – I hate to feel like a victim. I am a producer’s dream. I like shopping on the Internet the best…I have more control – I think the American Food Industry is a drug dealer/pimp.

  20. Patricia Says:

    You got a great deal accomplished on a week when you were feeling not your best. Hope you did not push yourself too hard and the Peace talks were peaceful.

    I too signed up to write for Blog Day. I emailed my Congress folks too and was so proud of Maria Cantwell my Senator this week…awe inspiring speech about health care.

    I also worked on helping a friend how is moving from New England to our state to a co-housing project and family, who was bankrupted by Breast Cancer and now may not be able to move because she is on Medicaid and there are no Drs. available for Medicaid patients here in the state….The returning soldiers are overwhelming our systems…

    Scary stuff…I don’t think she will be able to move if she wants health care…

  21. Patricia Says:

    I have been dashing about reading and writing, because I am putting the orchard and garden to bed ….my partner was biking for the last 3 weeks on his vacation….just getting the post up has been quite a challenge….so I have been doing lots of reading but not so much commenting on blogs….I am juicing apples today – part of the Solar Home Tour and then I hope to return to my regular schedule of reading and writing

  22. Talon Says:

    I love your grocery list. You’ve got some fabulous items on it! I’m not a list person myself though I have a friend who is obsessive about lists and says her greatest pleasure is striking things off the list as she accomplishes them.

    Very clever – your list within a list!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..October’s garden… =-.

  23. Patricia Says:

    I just have to make a list….I get distracted by all the things I have to do otherwise….it makes it more like 1 thing at a time.

    Can’t wait to see your pictures today!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Have I Got a List For You? =-.

  24. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. I’d certainly love to have someone else to do the shopping. I always buy more than I can carry. I see chocolate is on your list… and why isn’t it number 1? :-)
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..7. Just Passing the Thyme =-.

  25. Patricia Says:

    Davina –
    I only eat 2 squares of non-milk chocolate per week – otherwise a headache….
    I have not been a chocolate fan most of my life…or peanut butter!

  26. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I read your list the other day, but on my list at that time (around 2am) was sleep, so I didn’t comment. And trust me, you don’t want me commenting when I’m tired. I would have probably said, “Great list.”. :)

    My list is never ending, and now that I’m taking on more with another blogging endeavor, “time” is at the top of my list.

    Whenever I read in your posts where you’re working with apples, it brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother who used to make home made applesauce. I can still see her in her kitchen and recall the marvelous smells, as well.

    P.S. Thank you for the link love.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Caution – Read At Your Own Risk =-.

  27. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for coming back and making a comment. After I have one of these energy treatments, I can not write a comment or anything for several hours – I am incoherent. Then I come back with so much energy, I am writing on blogs half the night…!!!

    I work with apples – right now everyday….the Fuji tree left to go…the smells and lovely tastes are wonderful…the earwigs, apple maggot, and coddling moths make so much more work. Then there is the naughty baby deer who can go under the deer fencing and I think has adopted us….he eats bites out of the pumpkins too!

    Thank you for returning :)

  28. janice Says:

    Thanks for the link love! I just came back from shopping and it makes me laugh to see how different it is when the kids are with me…helping. (They’re on holiday for two weeks.)We certainly won’t be short of carbs and snacks!

    I’m toying with the idea of getting rid of our microwave. The kids will be leaving home in a few years, and I’d like to think they could cook without one. All I tend to use it for is reheating dead coffees, which is gross, and melting chocolate and butter. Oh, and cooking our traditional Christmas pudding, which used to need steaming for an hour.
    .-= janice´s last blog ..Berries and Birds =-.

  29. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for stopping by and yes having the kiddos in tow does make a huge difference at the grocery. Everyone will be home for Christmas Holiday this year so I am saving my rewards points at the grocers for there snack needs – Last year that was $60 worth!

    For three years I had nothing but a MW for cooking…it was a good lesson in how to save energy and nutrients in food….I should write a post about MW cooking and how it keeps the nutrients in the food. Steam all your veggies in the MW for better health …It is truly an amazing appliance.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..DIY Healthcare: Working on New Directions =-.