Monday, January 31, 2011
E: Wook! It's a sweater Gwan maded for me!
oD: No, Gran didn't make that.
E (after a puzzled pause): Gwanpa maded it?
oD: No. It came from a store.
Elizabeth remembers me!!!! From a month ago!!!
I'm off to buy a pony. If oD says it's OK.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The pattern (American Girl and Doll Cardigans)(here on Ravelry) is from the Classic Elite Yarns website, and these two sweaters are made from five skeins of Class Elite Yarns Fresco yarn (60% wool, 30% alpaca, 10% angora).
Now, what to knit next....
Thursday, January 27, 2011
She left US a thank you note!
Uh, Three Things Thursday (also not an official blogworld event , but alliterative, so it sort of counts as one)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The people interviewed for the AJC article talked about what they had learned: walking instead of driving to local grocery stores, making meals out of what was already in the pantry, sending kids out to slide down snow-covered hills on things people in the north would not have thought of as play equipment, and meeting and talking with neighbors they had previously only waved to in passing.
What I learned, on the other hand, is that there is only a snowball's chance in you-know-where that I could make anything edible out of what was in my pantry.
While I was housebound, I took everything out of the pantry to see what was in it. I found lots of antiques--- antique spices, grains, evaporated milk (best if used by 2005), very antique canned soups (I will not admit how old those were). I found a few things I had put in my own containers when I bought them years ago, but had not labelled, so I didn't even know what I had. Flour? Powdered milk? Cornstarch? I don't know.
And I found things that were still good, but that had been buried so deep in the pantry that I hadn't seen them in years: confectioners sugar, unopened spices and dark brown sugar. (At least I assume they are still good.)
But there was nothing in the pantry that could be combined to make a meal. Most of my adult life my husband has travelled for work, sometimes on short notice, and so planning meals a week or a month (like one of my sisters-in-law) in advance has never worked for me.
After I emptied and then re-organized the pantry, I had empty space. I still have empty space and no idea what to put in it. I bought soups, beans, pasta, sauces, different kinds of rices, tomato products galore, and still----empty space.
note: AND I just found in my refrigerator cream cheese: use by 12 Aug 2007.
Is a personal chef expensive?
Thursday, January 13, 2011
But the grocery store is about two miles away, and I was desperate to get out of the house, and to get some junk food. My left eye is oozing green goo (you're welcome) so I probably shouldn't have gone anyplace, but I really, really wanted some new food.
I did find what was described as an all butter chocolate croissant. Score! And I would have bought some chocolate milk, but they were all out of anything but a few quarts of 2% white milk. I bought some Chex Mix---yay---and just to be healthy, some fruit.
But I've already eaten the croissant and some Chex Mix.
The fruit can wait.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Why shovel? To eliminate as much snow as possible from the driveway before it melts a bit and then refreezes. Ice is worse than snow...but then, the roads won't be plowed anyway, so I doubt we are going anywhere any time soon!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
But I have had ---I swear---a disease for about a week and I am.tired.of.it... I am not a patient person. So when I remembered a tip a friend had given me about Vicks, I thought about my family's faith in it, and decided that I had nothing to lose. Here's how it goes:
Spread Vicks all over the soles of the feet. Cover with cotton socks. Go to bed.
Thursday and Friday nights, that's what I did. I am no better. Perhaps the method relies on the placebo effect and I am just not a strong enough believer.
I do have very soft skin, though.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
So today, off I went to Target and I bought one. I couldn't remember what they are called and asked a salesperson for the little fake hamsters that move and make noise.
She asked: For a boy or a girl?
For my spayed kitten, I replied.
Ooooh. A cat will L.O.V.E. it, she said.
Back at home, I put it on the floor, turned it on and waited for Baxter to attack it.
Baxter ran, really, really fast. Into another room. He peeked out and kept an eye on it but would not get near it until it stopped.
Then he tossed it down the stairs to the basement.
I figured that this meant he now L.O.V.E.D. it and turned it back on.
He ran. Really, really fast.
So, the price of one Kung Zhu at Target: $9.02
Watching Baxter run and hide: Priceless!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Just three things:
I will take my knitting. It's more than one thing, especially when I consider my stash, but I consider it a category, so it's one thing.
My Ipod, because who can live (although, now that I think about it, that's kind of irrelevant)without music?
And my Kindle. I love, love, love my Kindle. Since it arrived for my birthday in September, I've read twenty-four books!!! And even though I consider myself a capital R Reader, that is a lot of books in a few months. I've read new (old) authors: P.G. Wodehouse; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (but I always figure out his Sherlock Holmes mysteries before the end/no fun there); Agatha Christie ( I NEVER figure out who done it before the end, either with Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot); PD James; Anne Perry (who, along with a friend, killed the friend's mother by beating her to death with rocks, for no apparent reason. She did some time somewhere, and is now on the loose, writing murder mysteries [write what you know?]); Charles Todd (who, even though the books are published as his, collaborates with his mother in writing them); and Alexander McCall Smith.