Two hanks of nubbly, thick/thin, plied homespun! MY homespun, from my Kromski Interlude sinning wheel! Now it needs set and knit up!
Is spun from lovely alpaca top purchased from luna knits on etsy.
Knit along Lil'Doggy 2005-2007 Blog; I am unable to transfer these blog posts to my current blog, and so here is a link to these entries.
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Officially Diagnosed with PCOS, Feb 15, 2008.
Officially Diagnosed Hypo-Thyroid, October 2008.
So yesterday I went for a walk, and the day before ... andngues what is back in our neighborhood? Robins!
When we lived in MN they didn't migrate, they were around, in droves, all winter, and that was a cold, cold winter!
They don't stick around in NW PA, or NE OH. They come back after the ground hog sees his shadow, ir doesn't, and predicts that spring will arrive in six weeks, either way.
So I saw a robin. Next sign that this rediculously mild winter is creeping to a close is redwinged blackbirds and then killdeer.
Seeds get started around Easter weekend ... I am not sure what seeds I'm gonna start, flowers? Veggies?
Spinning wheel should be here tomorrow! Hurray!
So yesterday hubby suprised me. We drove to an unknown, undisclosed location, had lunch in a little hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant and then arrived at our destination. A private home in Cleveland heights. Hubby wouldn't let on why we e there, just that it had something to do with our anniversary coming up.
We entered the home and was greeted by the sight of fiber, yarns, and spinning wheels! After albout an hour learning about and reviewing the different styles, hubby bought me my very own!
It will arrive this week. Unfinished. I have decided to use a tung oil on it to bring out the richness of the wood and protect it. Tung oil is natural, non -toxic, and brings out the true beauty of the wood while protecting it.
I am so excited! Once the wheel is put together I also have a complimentary lesson waiting for me! Yay!!!!
Dog hair, highland cattle hair, wool, Angora, perhaps I can get a job spinning for a local alpaca farm... I am so excited!!!!
Thanksgiving. Surrounding oneself with friends, family, roasting a massive turkey, covering the table and counters with all manner of desserts and side dishes, and eating until so full you resemble Garfield after a pan of lasagna!
So, I surrounded myself with my beloved - well, we spent the day together, doing things we enjoyed, together, quietly ... practiced some music, played some games, watched some football and other favorite shows.
I have to say it was a wonderfully restful Thanksgiving!
So Thanksgiving was on Thursday as always, but it didn't start there. The week before, I picked up the turkey; a frozen, 23# hunk of gamebird that was on sale at a local market for .029/lb! Therefore I got the BIGGEST bird I could find ... yup, all for 2 people ... (I want leftovers!)
Sunday I put the frozen bird in the refrigerator to thaw. How I managed to fit it in there, I haven't a clue! My fridge isn't exactly big.
|Bob's Red Mill|
Blogged by Nona at 11/25/2011 06:36:00 PM
Ok, so I've said in the past that I've discovered that Gluten and I are not friends. Be it because of the genetic changes made in wheat to make it stronger, disease resistant, and drought tolerant, or my body simply decided wheat, and other gluten containing grains are the enemy, I am not sure. I simply know that avoiding those grains that contain wheat equates to clear head and minimal-to-no joint pain.
No pain? That is definitely a reason to NOT eat wheat! So no wheat ... no bread ... no thick gravy's or roux ... no pies or pastries ... Right? NOT!
Besides removing the grains all together, there are substitutes. There are ways to create delicious, family-friendly, non-GF friendly foods that everyone can enjoy. The past couple weeks I've determined to eat right. I've made Fried Rice with battered Orange Chicken -- GF, Zuppa Tuscona (e.g. Creamy Potato & Sausage soup), pork chops, crepes, tortillas, even PIZZA!
I have a hundred recipes I want to make, perfect, and share, all GF that encompass the flavors I loved in wheat based foods. I don't really want to reinvent the wheel, there are tens, if not hundreds, of very talented bloggers and cooks out there that have done this job for me already. Skillfully. Now if I find something that isn't available online to try, or perhaps improve upon or tweak to my own satisfaction, I will gladly do my best to create a recipe and share it with all.
I am now on a mission to find the perfect Lasagna recipe. The doughy, chewy noodles layered with meat, sauce, cheeses, steaming from the oven. So satisfying, comforting, and something I've not had in ages.
This year's garden succumbed to neglect. Of all the cuttings the houseplant cuttings did well, and were donated to this year's family reunion Chinese auction table. Only one of the Bay Laurel cuttings survived, and is happily sending up new leaves in the care of my mother; will try again next spring for more cuttings.
New Job, New Location:
In July my DH changed positions. He went from doing splendidly in insurance, working rediculous hours and being paid squat to being fought over by three different aviation companies. He has a choice of where to go, FL, MI, or OH. The OH job was close to family and familiarity and all other things being equal (literally) he decided close was preferable to distance. He is now working again in aviation and despite only having two weeks to find housing and move, the Lord had our backs and we not only found housing to rent (very nice landlords only 11 minutes from the new job), we were also able to go on a much needed vacation to the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI after having wanted to go now since we were married 8 years ago!
Our new location has 10 feet between houses, but is so quiet it is hard to believe that we're so urban. The neighborhood has a private beach (just gorgeous), and park which comes in very handy to run the dogs' energy down.
Themove took several trips, and two 'big' waves. Our main-living needs (bed, couch, basic cookware) moved with the first wave and we spent the week between moves at the new house. The 'anchor' (e.g. Gulbransen Baby Grand Piano) was moved in this first 'wave' as well. The junk came in the second wave, which took TWO trailer loads. I will never understand how quickly JUNK can accumulate.
A good friend has a dump truck and the Tuesday following our final move I returned to the previous home to get rid of the junk. It filled the dump truck! I am so thankful for that dump truck and the driver - despite the drizzly rain and the gushy, mushy, nasty dump-mud he didn't get stuck!!
Two weeks after the move I'd consolidated and thrown out about another 40 large bags of various junk, and emptied innumerable boxes. It felt really good to clear out so much.
Hubby is loving his new job, being back in a field that uses his passion for airplanes, talent for problem-solving and troublshooting, and training in avionics. How quickly our home has de-stressed with him being in a position that both pays for time worked, but is a little more scheduled. You know when you're working, and when you're not. The previous position in insurance really was a 24/7/365 job, and that gets old. Fast.
Our new home has a 3-seasons room in the back of the house, a side of which gets light most of the day. This is where my sensitive plants will live this winter. It is surrounded by sliding glass doors which have screens and the whole of them can be opened giving the room a screen-porch feel.
My African violets are doing splendidly, despite needing re-potting (three pots of AVs I probably have seven or eight plants!).
My garbage garden is growing happily and consists right now of two mango trees, and four pineapples. A piece of my mom's Meyer Lemon tree broke off, and she popped it into some soil; it took off and is putting up lovely new leaves now, so I traded her my happy little Bay for the lemon. She also potted up some fig-tree cuttings for me which have really taken off, and has some hibiscus cuttings for me as well that I'll be collecting before too long. In addition the coffee plant (arabica), diffenbachia, monster-momma Christmas cactus, mother's day rose (large yellow blooms with a hint of pink and a fragrance that is intensely fruity), the knock-out rose cutting (the one that I thought wasn't going to survive and has since grown a ton and has bloomed as well!), big Bay, and the white Mandevilla are doing phenomenally. They're still outside but will be brought in soon.
The new house has limited garden space, mostly filled with hostas, over-grown black-eyed susans, Echinacia, (a couple wild/hardy geraniums popped up through the mess and bloomed which I thought was pretty cool), and Chinese Iris. Along the one side though our landlord's wife planted some ever-bearing raspberries which are divine. There is also a hydrangea, three rose bushes (red, yellow, and pink), and some amazing dark red-orange daylilies. The bed behind the house, North side, and no sun is empty. Next year I'd like to put some things in there!
Pictures (or lack thereof):
I am sorry there aren't any pictures, I'm still holding out for a 7D and hesitate to spend money on anything less than what I want as I make due all too often, and I am holding out for the real deal rather than settling for a P&S that will 'get me through'. This sadly means phone-camera or nothing and many opportunities have been lost because of my stubbornness.
This isn't saying that I haven't expanded the pictures hanging on my walls. Dogs, family, friends, landscapes and so much more adorn our walls, and there is room for more! I can't wait to get that new camera so I can update and expand what covers my walls!
Moving, traveling, upheaval is never good for being good diet-wise. My three shouldn't-eat because my body will revolt foods; e.g. wheat/gluten, dairy, and refined sugars, seem to be the easiest and most readily available foods when you're in a crunch. My body screams at me when I've eaten the wrong things, but when pizza and soda are cheap, easy, available and you're hungry? Trust me, it's food. So a month after the move, I'm getting back on track. Haven't had wheat/gluten in a week (kudos!), can't say the same about the sugar and dairy though. The latter two are definitely on the list, but not as big a deal when I eat them (in small doses they don't seem to cause a problem unlike the wheat which I can tell very shortly after I've eaten it).
Dilemma: I haven't been able to find condensed cream of mushroom soup in the grocery store that doesn't use wheat flour to thicken it so [solution:] I made homemade mushroom soup to put into a Chicken Broccoli Rice casserole last weekend. Delightful. The casserole was all plopped into a crockpot, cooked, and let to sit overnight. The flavors only got better, and leftovers the third day were amazing. I initially wasn't sure about the flavors as they initially seemed too bland, but time cured the problem.