1. Balsamic vinegar. I’m a huge fan of great balsamic vinegar, and the best place to get it on PEI is at the Liquid Gold Tasting Bar on Queen St. They have many tasty and interesting varieties. I like it on my salad or with olive oil as a dip for bread.
2. Martin Clunes. Strange as it may seem, actor Martin Clunes is very popular with everyone in our household. My wife and I are big fans of his show Doc Martin, and our 2- and 5-year-olds are big fans of the cartoon Kipper the Dog, in which he does the voice work for Kipper.
3. Coated gloves. I like gloves that have rubber-coated palms. I find that when I’m raking leaves in the fall it comes in handy to have gloves that are warm and waterproof and offer a good grip. I get mine at Beaton’s wholesalers on Queen St.
4. Empty yogurt containers. I save all yogurt containers and reuse them in my studio. They are great for paint, brushes, and assorted junk. And no, don’t give me your empty containers – I have plenty, thank you.
5. Good Light. I had one of those days where I seemed to be walking with the sun directly in my eyes, and though the low sun of fall can be annoying it also creates great light with amazing shadows. So by seeing the sun in my eyes in a good light I managed to get some enjoyment out of an annoying situation.
5. Hand towels. Even if you don’t wash your hands all the time it is great to have lots of hand towels around. When they get worn out they make great floor rags.
6. iStockphoto. A good source for images of contemporary rooms with empty frames. If you are an artist and you want to display your art in a high quality setting this stock photo website might be of interest. A bit of photoshop and you’ll have great images for an eGallery website.
7. Paper leaf bags. It’s the time of year to rake up the fallen leaves, and the best thing to put them in when the compost heap is overflowing is large paper bags. I’m old enough to remember when we just burned leaves or put them in plastic bags. Paper bags seem so much better, but I can’t help wondering if I’m wrong.
8. Ian Rankin. For me Rankin is possibly the best murder mystery writer. I really loved his Rebus series, and I’ve only just started his latest, but it is classic Rankin. Great characters, and plot, and his dialog is the best.
9. Wednesday. The best thing Wednesday has going for it is it’s not Monday. It also has the cool nickname humpday…