Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Perfect Mother

Happy Mothers Day to all those who care for the hearts and bodies of children - young, grown, and furry.

I had the opportunity to receive an advanced copy of The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy for HCC. Here is the link to my Goodreads review.

Off to work and an early lunch with my frown children. May your day be filled with love and loving memories!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Keeping On Keeping On

Now that we have jumped straight from winter to summer, Dairy Queen is in full swing!! I really love my job and the daily challenges that make it so far from boring. 

I am making some progress on Nicole’s sock.

I have a new project on the needles, so, as ever, the socks slow down. But progress is progress! 

I am keto’ing like a champ! My determination and willpower are unbreakable when I set my mind to something. This was tonight’s dinner - easy enough to put together after a long day and being rather too tried to really cook. I have recently discovered Haloumi cheese and I am quite taken with it! Salty with a nice soft bite to it. Without much flavour of its own, it pairs nicely with a fresh, bright marinara.

I have also tried guacamole. I have truly never tried avocado or guacamole, but quite convinced that i didn’t like it. In a bid to up the healthy fats in my diet, I decided to take the plunge and selected the Good Foods chunky guacamole from Costco. I may never eat an actual avocado, but this guacamole is now Life!!
The summer sausage is also from Costco. While I try to be ingredient-focused in my food choices, I love summer sausage, and this cotton-wrapped one from Noah Martin is just too good to pass up. It’s relative localness is also a plus. The amount of sugar is negligible, so it is one of my few exceptions.

On top of my secular job, knitting all the things, baseball season starting on Friday, I have taken on a reading assignment. The book is The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. When i read the teaser for the book, I was quite intrigued and was thrilled when I was selected to read and review the book! I have to say that the presentation of the book was quite enticing.
I’m still early on, but the characters are being well developed; they and their interactions are quite believable. You are pulled in to their lives and that is what makes you want to keep reading.

So I’m quite occupied and have yet to cast on anything for my Wee Bean. I am saving and downloading patterns, so I’m not completely unprepared, I just need to get to it.

The puppies are well and Petey remains my constant little shadow.
I forgot to take their food out of the freezer last night, so it was also an easy dinner for the puppies. They seem to prefer the meaty bones with fibre roughage just plain, old dirt, on them. Silly puppies 

Okay ... back to something - the choices abound!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Another wonderful Frolic in the books!!
I scored my Folic colour way from Indigo Dragonfly  I have bought the special edition colourway in each base every year, so I’m quite committed. This year Kim added minis, and I was quite taken with them! 

Helen and I have been coveting the Burberry inspired colourway from Turtle Purl  and Purple Purl was carrying it, so into the bag it went!!

I spent my day at The Needle Emporium booth, doing what I do - enabling πŸ™‚
I picked out a fade at the end of the day (with Julie’s help of course) for Fading Point  but I left with just the picture b/c I’m kind of maxed on knitting and while I love it, it just didn’t say “take me home today”. 
Normally I put together a fade or two and am giddy with excitement, so I went with my instinct. I also had a couple colourways picked out for a non troppo scarf, but left with those in memory as well. I know where to go when the time is right πŸ˜πŸ’–

Friday, April 20, 2018

Something New

Making excellent progress on Nicole’s sock; I’m ready to start the heel flap! 

I went and got a nice close cut!

I’m enjoying rocking the short hair and the ease of styling. I’ve promised Amanda that I’ll start growing it out again once the blonde has grown out and been cut off. 

So my stomach has been giving me gyp for a few days, and my lower back has been relentlessly nagging at me. Wednesday after lunch with Joan, I thought that maybe something had been off. It was a bit of a rough drive home, and I had a soda water while watching Survivor hoping it would settle; not so much. I normally take a hot water bottle to bed with for my feet; Wednesday night it was for my poorly tummy. 
I woke up Thursday and things seemed to have settled. When I’m at home, I try to keep a 16 hour fasting period, so I usually drink water until noon or so. The pain came back, but not as bad as the previous day, so I thought I was getting over whatever it was. Then I had lunch. Not super. So I took to Google. The pain was dull, kind of like a heated rock gnawing in my gut. Result - probably an ulcer. I wasted no time booking an appt with my Dr. 
Sure enough, an ulcer is confirmed. I’m pretty sure it’s from long-term ibuprofen use, aggravated by some recent stressors. So I’m off that for 6 weeks while I take the ulcer Rx. I’ll have to take Tylenol for pain and try to not inflame anything worse than it is at the mo. The pain should begin to subside in a few days, but knowing that I don’t have stomach cancer (yes, I go there right away), and I’m not making it worse, I’ll be back to work tomorrow. 
In hindsight, the diagnosis explains the most unladylike quantity of burps I’ve been experiencing. Every time I swallow water, burping. Eating - burping. I also think the stomach pains started earlier, but I tend to not pay too much attention until a discomfort becomes actual pain. 

Petey has been a most excellent companion, steadfast and watchful, never more than an arms reach away, guarding me jealously. 

Chica came to sit with us one point, but kept her bone in her mouth, lest Petey or I decided that we wanted it. It’s gotta suck being at the bottom of the pack. But she’s a fighter and guarded that bone well. 

I tried a single-serving keto brownie tonight. Wow!!! I have fairly low expectations of sugar-free/low carb/keto desserts, and I really haven’t been craving any since I started this way of eating, but I had a hankering tonight. 
This recipe was seriously delicious, topped with a dollop of whipped cream, and will be my go-to dessert. As I’m generally not a fan of cooking in a microwave, I baked mine in the oven. 

We’re getting down to the wire and I’m going to have to stop putting off blocking my Veronika Cardi. Don’t worry - it’ll be ready for the Frolic!! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Done, done, started

I met my deadline; taking a vacation week was certainly key! 
Before I started on the next Top Secret Project, I took the opportunity to finish a pair of socks for me! 

Because socks for me kinda take the back burner, I don’t have as many new ones coming into the rotation, and since I wear them every day, it’s taking a toll. I have a number of pairs getting holes in the repairs. I think that I may have a go at cutting them off at the ankles and knitting just new feet. 

But before I embark on that, or my next assignment, I have started a pair for a colleague. We have a great management team and I have agreed to knit socks for my friends. They understand that this may take awhile 😏  Except for knitting socks for the Elise’s Knit One Below book, and my children, I don’t knit socks for other people, so this is a significant demonstration of my regard for these women. They make my job easier and more enjoyable. 

I am knitting this pair for Nicole. Her pair will be slightly bigger than mine, so to head off the dreaded Yarn Shortage Anxiety, I am knitting contrasting ribs, heels, and toes. It’s not as black as the pic looks - it’s a lovely dark, heathery blue. My fave reinforcing yarn is Kidsilk Haze. 
A labour of love balances everything. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Care Package

My bestie Helen moved Out West when her husband was posted. He’s naval and he’s near water now - seems appropriate. 

We text and FaceTime, busy things just aren’t the same. We have the super awesome military friends of friends who know other friends at all the bases, and have made that work. And there’s Canada Post too, which brought me today’s post. (Ha!! Pun not intended) 
Helen has crocheted her big heart out, and white the help of her hubby, beaded some of the coasters into bug-guards for summer beverages!! 
Then there are our twining headphones.  WOW!!  I’m in aural love!! They are so light for full over-ear headphones, and the Bluetooth sound quality is rather impressive. The noise cancellation is equally impressive - I can’t even hear myself singing along at full enthusiasm!! I may never listen to the real world again. 🎧🎼🎢🎡🎧 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ❤️❤️
And the coffee is from JF who stopped in Hawaii and Helen was gracious enough to share :) I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about pineapple coffee, but I’m a fan of it on pizza, so who am I to pre-judge. I wonder how it’ll do in my Bulletproof coffee? I’ll let you know tomorrow!!

Oh - that new keto bread? That’s gonna need some tweaking. My other recipe had no sweetener, but this one needs something. I’ll Google research it and see what I come up with. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Almost Over

It’s been a great 8 days off work. Took me a few to mostly let go and be on my staycation, but it has mostly been quite relaxing, and most importantly, productive. Tomorrow is my last day off and I’ve got my errands packed in so that I can start some momentum going into Wednesday.
I am going to physio to work on getting my knee sorted out and in better shape for the upcoming baseball season. Then it’s getting my nails done - one of my vanities; I really do love having my fingernails beautiful. I am getting my hair cut and then some groceries done. I should be back home in time to get a fair amount of knitting done still. It’s not a great day if I don’t get enough knitting in!

Petey maintains his vigil. This dog is just so darn photogenic, or maybe I just love him. Either way 😏

I am trying a new keto bread recipe. This one makes a single-sized serving and isn’t cheese based. It’s in the oven now; I’ll let you know tomorrow how it turns out. If it works,  I’ll share the recipe. 
Craig bought himself a set of VR glasses for his phone. He’s gone and switched to an android ... to each their own. Every relationship has its hurdles, we’ll work to overcome this one. He loves them and it allows me to feel less guilty about binge watching shows that he doesn’t enjoy as much as I do. The way he looks around when he’s wearing them reminds me of Abraham “Abe” Sapien from Hellboy. 

And ummmm, no, I didn’t get the Veronika Cardi blocked out today. Knitting, nap, knitting ... I did get the house Hoovered though, so there’s that 😏☺️. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Back on the Wagon

I am back on the keto wagon. I have gotten to a point where I’m not happy with my body and have decided to do something about it. Given that my schedule is so irregular and I just don’t make the time for exercise (I chose knitting), a change in the way I eat it is. 

I have done keto before, and it works for me and is a sustainable way of eating for me. It takes a mental discipline - as does any change to ones way of eating - and I am finally there. Yes, working at Dairy Queen certainly challenges my commitment and discipline on the daily hourly, but I’m 4 weeks in and my resolve remains unbroken. 

I am averaging about 2 lbs/week, which is a good sustainable loss. I didn’t take measurements before starting, so I’m going to have to rely on my unreliable sense of how clothes fit to determine inches lost. 

My friend Nicole who hosts a Survivor night that I attend has been super supportive and has cooked keto dinner the last two weeks! I’m making a keto Zappa Toscana for this weeks Survivor night. Ive made it before and Craig and I are both fans. 

Tonight I made a delicious crustless spinach quiche; the leftovers will be perfect for breakfast. 

Craig loved the quiche, but he’s rather easily impressed with my cooking. 2 years in and he still likes my cooking - not a bad sign. I liked it, and I’m a whole lot pickier. 
The cover is a waxed cotton wrap from Labeille  They are local and I love these covers as a replacement for plastic wrap. 
I gave one to my friend Joan and she sent me a link to make my own. Once I’m done my current deadline I’ll definitely be giving it a go. If it’s a success, I’ll share my story and link. If it’s less than successful, I’ll share the story. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Still Almost Done

So the knitting is done and the ends are sewn in. But it’s not blocked. It’s a massive piece and i just need to clear a space on the floor and just do it. 

I’ve also started on a new project that I can’t share online at the mo, but I am quite busy on my week of holidays knitting away! Chica is a most excellent little swatch-blocking assisstant - lol!! 
Petey has a new favourite guard-dog position on the cedar chest. I keep waiting for him to actually fall asleep and have his chin fall off the window ledge! 

I have managed to get two little cuts while I’ve been off. Normally I’m nicking myself on the daily at Dairy Queen - stainless steel is a devious and cruel material. IDK how I’ve done it here at home, but it’s annoying.

The kids were up the other week and I remembered to have a picture taken! Craig was hamming up the photographer role, giving Amanda & I a shared moment.
They are both doing well in their lives, making better decisions, and being responsible adults. I am so proud of them both!! Remember when they were tiny?? Where does the time go?

I’m going to have to knit quickly to get back to publishable knitting content, but until then, I’ll have to share more of me and my life. 

A demain mes amis!!                 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Baby Reveal

So the kids came up last weekend (even though Kyle and I were still feeling poorly), and we had dinner and had the DQ gender reveal cake. Little Amin was at his maternal grandparents, so I didn’t get to meet him. 

Have I mentioned how much I wanted a girl? If I had to guess, I’d guess boy. Mahsa looks so lovely, and just the way she’s carrying the wee Bean, that was my inclination. Though maybe I didn’t want to dare hope too much for a girl, so I was psyching up for a grandson. 

So we went from this 

to this 
SQUEEEEEEEE!!! Wee little Ramina is due to bless our lives with her arrival on July 8th. I have so many little projects that I want to start knitting, but I still have deadline knitting and a secular job. I also want to not neglect my Nana obligations to Amin. He’s gonna need yarny hugs too πŸ€—  I need a time turner!!! 

I am almost done the back section of my Veronika Cardigan  This is great incentive to really power through tonight and get a lot of knitting done on my day off tomorrow! It’s so big now that pictures are pretty useless at conveying its shape and size. 

See? It looks like a lap throw πŸ™„ I’m still pleased with the blending of the skeins. 

Ok ... more knitting than waking hours in a day, so I best get back to it!! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I’ll Blame the Cold

I felt the niggling in my throat last night , and even though I jumped straight in to the oil of oregano, I woke up with a for real sore throat, along with all of the other symptoms of The Dreaded Lurgy. 
I am in general a fan of the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I’ve managed to dodge the plague at work, but now that it has hit me, I’m hitting back with a heavy pound of curing!!
I continue with oil of oregano, Cold FX, Vitamin C. I am deliberately upping my water intake, and fortunately I had some beef soup the freezer. I added some tortellini to is as I don’t skimp on carbs when my body needs recovery fuel.
I was fortunate that Veronica could and did cover my afternoon shift so that I could come home and nap.Through a fortunate meeting today, tomorrow could well be an easy day as well. 

The Dreaded Lurgy settling upon me last night can be the only reason that I made the following error.

I have knit the cardigan so far without missing the return knit row that forms the purl bump on the Right Side. I totally missed it last night and now I’m fixing it one stitch at a time as I work this row across. Slow, but I’m my head it’s faster than ripping out and re-knitting.  

If I can manage to sort this one row out, I’ll be happy with my progress today. I’m definelty for bed early tonight!! 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Magical Butter

So Craig bought me a Magical Butter machine as a total surprise at Xmas. He said that the people down at THC were patient, made him feel at ease and answered all his questions. I am finally getting around to making my first batch of cannabutter in it.
It has fancy lights, which I’m not gonna lie - are totally cool!! It has it’s own cleaning mode, which was a nice bit of domestic engineering. 

I started using the edibles - I started with cookies, then have moved on to brownies as my go to - as a sleep aid. I can take a small amount an hour before bed and then just sleep. I rarely wake up during the Witching Hour (the usual time when I seem to wake up and be unable to get back to sleep). I wake up without the drugged feeling that traditional sleeping pills leave me with. For me, it’s an ideal solution.

I decarbed the herb, clarified the butter - which had about a 30% loss of volume!
I hadn’t accounted for quite that much, so this batch will be a bit stronger by virtue of using only 3.5 cups of clarified butter:1g of herb. I also sent Craig on a mission for sunflower lecithin. I’m really learning a lot more about the science behind making edibles!! The Tottenham Health Food store was awesome and I’ll definitely be giving them more of my business in the future. 
I baked my last batch of brownies with the old slow cooker butter, but I’m excited to try the new butter and compare the results.

I have had a thoroughly relaxing day - and I definitely needed it!! I close tomorrow, so I even get like another  1/2 day off :) 
I noticed several errors in the ribbing on my Veronika Cardi.

Nope, not ripping back. I’m just going to go forward, try not to make any more goofy mistakes, and not beat myself up for the mistakes currently on file.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Well, it wasn’t quite the day that I had planned.

The kids were supposed to come up, I’d meet Mahsa and Amin,  have dinner and we were going to do the gender reveal with a DQ Cake. Poor little Amin and big Kyle are laid a bit low with some of the flu/cold going around, so that was cancelled. I put the lasagna in the freeer and  Craig was not disappointed to not have to share the pulled pork. 

This cake is a work of unrevealed art, which will keep in the freezer until next weekend when were are planning a do-over.
The ladies at work who are in on the secret have done an excellent job of not letting the cat out of the bag; they’ll have to keep stumm a few days longer!
After that, it was just a succession of annoying and disappointing bits that conspired to fuck with my day. 
But the laundry got done and we met up with my Poke-buddy Jess for Community Day. Most definitely successful and we had a great time!!
One of the shiny Dratinis became a green Dragonite (which I have renamed Puff), and I have a nice little herd of normal Dragonites. I am now Mother of Dragons!!

Tonight Craig and I feasted on the pulled pork and a glass of wine is making the wait between the 4-man bobsled runs more bearable. We are cheering on all of the Canadian sleds, but especially the Poloniato crew, of which my cousin Josh Kirkpatrick is a member! 

I need to find my fluting an d knitting mojo - these things have fallen a bit by the wayside over the last couple weeks. I have tomorrow off as well, and as today was Errand Day, tomorrow will be my Rest & Wellness Day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Veronika Cardigan

Wow, it’s really been a while since I’ve blogged!!

I have some mixed feelings about blogging. I can’t control who reads it, unlike FB and IG where I have some control over my posts. Knowing that the audience is open sometimes gets into my head and I overthink what I want to share, so then I just don’t. I don’t like that feeling, so I’m going to a more concerted effort to blog, even if it’s not about knitting - for various reasons.

But today, I share with you my progress on my Veronika Cardigan  It is for me, for wearing to the Frolic. Everyone in the Needle Emporium booth will be sporting a version of the cardigan. It is also my Olympic inputting project, but is not likely to see my getting a gold. I am woefully behind.

I am pleased with how the skeins are blending, I am knitting with two skeins at a time, alternating every tow rows. This project is perfect mindless knitting - and given my mental exhaustion lately, is just what I need.

Work has been a whirlwind this month!! We’re celebrating our 1st anniversary with a month of 1/2 price offers. It’s been a lot of work for everyone, but you have to blow it out on your first year!!
I come home tired, but it’s the tired of a job well done and I look forward to each next day. What more can you ask of a secular job? 

I am so excited for this weekend!! 
Kyle and Amanda are coming up with Kyle’s gf Mahsa and her son. We are going to eat well (I’ve started on a lasagna tonight and we’ll have a pulled pork roast that Craig & I smoked this past summer), and cut into a gender reveal cake! YES!!! Imma be a Nana!!! I can’t wait to find out what my wee Bean is going to be so I can start my knitting accordingly. I’m really not good at “neutral”. Don’t worry - y’all’ll by the very next to know!!

I hesitate to say it, but I am happy. Nothing is perfect, but I am content with my life and I look forward to the challenges of each next day.