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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Menu Along: Knitting and Designing

No photos, but I'm about double the length on the waistband of Yasmina's skirt than I was last week. The picture up there is of the yarn that I'm using for the alternate/variation on my design. I had the darker green in my stash already and picked up the lighter green from Mr. Yarn's going out of business sale. Since I need the pattern edited and the variation knit, plus an extra set of mitts made, I think that's all I'll be working on for the next month, unless I finish them up, and can get back to the other projects I have going or wanted to finish.

I have exactly one more sweater club shipment coming, but it hasn't been sent yet. There has been a delay. I'm hoping to see it next week, now.

We read a little more in Life, the Universe, and Everything, but didn't finish it yet. I have read absolutely nothing else except the Bible and Prayer Book since last week.

Also posting to Keep Calm and Craft On.

This weekend was a whirwind tour for our family. Saturday, we had a family reunion of sorts, which was a lot of fun. We had initially planned on leaving Friday and spending the night with friends, then going to the party. However, one of Amira's best friends was having a sleepover birthday party, and was only inviting three girls, so they asked if we could find a day that weekend that would work. We decided to stay home Friday, then pick up Amira at around 6:30 in the morning, and head off of a five hour drive. We only ran 20 minutes late. From the party, we went to one of our priests' homes and had dinner with him and his wife, went to church in the morning and had lunch with the parish. It was so good to receive the Eucharist, in the liturgy, with our church members. Since it was my birthday, I picked the activities, so we went blackberry picking, back in our old stomping grounds. We had dinner on the harbor, and met up with friends, then went back for ice cream. At first, we had planned to pick berries, grab ice cream from one of our favorite places, then head back and eat a dinner that was already prepared and in our fridge, but a funny thing happened on the way to the blackberries. We ran into an old friend and spent an hour or so talking to him, so we were later getting started on the berries, and that was after taking our time after church, anyway. So, we decided to head into town for burgers at the best place to get them. So, all in all, my fortieth birthday was pretty nice. I was in my happy place, eating delicious things, with wonderful people, after having had the opportunity both to receive absolution for my sins and advice in confession and the Eucharist with our church body.

We were going to be late coming home, but we ran into a delay in the pass that was pretty bad. It took us almost two and a half hours to go four miles. Aside from one fellow in a truck with an exceptionally good attitude who was rocking out to _Knocking on Heaven's Door_ as he drove, it was pretty miserable. But not as bad as it was for the people who were the reason for the slow down. There was a fatal accident that closed two out of three lanes. And that open lane had only been opened an hour before we got there. Please remember to pray for the soul of the departed and for the other critically injured person. In any case, we left the site of the accident forty minutes after we thought we'd be home. Rich was already exhausted, and had only enough energy to get us home at our first time. So, he pushed until we got to a rest stop about 70 miles from our house, then pulled over and took a nap. Even after he was back on the road, though, he was still pretty tired, so I had him exit at the next rest stop, and I took over driving, because I was slightly less tired than he was, having been able to nap a little while he drove. We got home at around 3:20. Rich was supposed to go to work and Amira had ballet, that was why we were coming back that night, anyway, but Rich sent e-mails to his boss and other folks in the office while I drove saying that he wouldn't make it in. I thought I'd wake up with the light coming in the window, and get Amira up to take her to ballet, but I woke up one minute before her class started. So, we spent Monday sleeping and resting. Which we desperately needed. Because that wasn't our first lack of sleep night, I had only slept two and a half hours the night before we left on the trip in the first place, and Rich had only a couple hours more than I did. Not to mention the 18 years of lack of sleep we're already sporting.

Needless to say, we spent yesterday resting, and everything is a little late this week. Thus the menu along again. We have a few repeats, and a lot of simpler meals or meals that can be prepped either by other people or in advance.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yarn Along: Accepted!

I didn't want to delay on Yasmina's skirt for longer than necessary. So, I've just started in, making it as it makes sense. The directions seem to have been translated by someone who didn't have a full grasp on how English knitting terms need to be conveyed. Or, perhaps some of the more finessed details were missed in English. In any case, I've been working at it in such a manner to make it work and to make it most elegantly knit. The cafe curtain saw only a little work.

My exciting news is that I have a pair of designs that may be published in an online magazine, in what was, perhaps, the most simple proposal ever sent. The due date was approaching and the editor asked for a few more submissions. I sent an e-mail asking if an already knit design would be suitable and what would be needed and when, if it was. The response came within an hour, and I was so happy to find that there was interest. I will let you know when it is live online. In the meantime, I'm knitting up another sample in a different set of colors. I don't know how much else I'll be working on until it is finished.

Speaking of finished, I finished the book I started last week. It had enough in it that held my interest, but I wouldn't recommend it. There were too many modern cliches and socially/politically correct themes pasted on (to make it acceptable to the right circles of people?). Since we put down Life, the Universe, and Everything some time ago, because our lives were too busy, we decided to grab The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition again and finish it this summer. We're pretty close to finishing this, and will move on to the next book after that.

Also posting to Keep Calm and Craft On.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Menu Plan: July 17 - 23

We have a lot of fun stuff planned this week, and the kids have a pretty full social schedule as well. We were blessed to receive some amazing produce from a farmer we know, and so we have tons of eggplant and peppers and melons. Also, our apricot tree is ripening its fruit, so we are snacking on those now, too. It is so wonderful to have fresh produce to eat in the summer.

I plan on trying a recipe for applesauce bread for my knit night, and if it turns out well I'll share how I made it. We are still trying to eat out of our freezer, and we have a ton of berries. I'm thinking muffins and syrups for pancakes are on the horizon.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Yarn Along: Bumps in the Road

Nejat's star blanket saw a little progress this week, but Yasmina's skirt has been put on hold because the gauge information in the pattern seems completely backward to me, and I can't get an answer from the designer. I may just try it as it makes sense to me and see how it works out from there. Since all my projects are either too big or too complicated for me to work on in the car or socially, I started this cafe curtain as a privacy screen for our bathroom. This project was planned last summer during our bathroom remodel and I'm just getting to it now. It also begins with 50 inches of a simple lace edging from which I will pick up the stitches for the curtain itself. I just finished eight inches so 42 more inches to go! It doesn't seem like I'm making much progress right now on any of my projects.

I picked up a book that I think I'll take back to the library. The concept was fun, for a light book, and I thought I would enjoy it, but I just can't get myself to care about any of the characters. If I can't get into the story by Thursday, it will go in the library bag for Friday.

Also posting to Keep Calm and Craft On.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Menu Plan: July 10 - 16

We have an anniversary this week: 22 years ago on Friday (and it was at a Friday dance in 1994), Rich and I met and danced together for the first time. We're trying to decide how to celebrate that day this year. Fortunately, we have a dance this week, too! This means that my birthday is coming up. Two weeks, people! I'm terrible about knowing what I want for my birthday, and a week or two ago, I had a great idea and promptly forgot what it was. Poor Rich.

Ballet starts again this week for Amira, and she just got her first pointe shoes this weekend, so there is a lot of excitement at our house. It also means that breakfasts are going to be long on ease and short on time. Other than that, we are still fairly free. Next week may be our first week of driver's ed, though. So, school will basically be starting for the summer.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Yarn Along: Finished, Finished, Finished! Two FOs!

Not just one FO this week, but TWO! The Celtic braided scarf is completely finished, all ends woven in and everything. Also, my surprise project is finished. I will post a photo when the person receives it. I picked up Nejat's star blanket once I finished those two. Since Yasmina's birthday is this week, I asked her if she minded an IOU type present, and showed her the yarn and pattern. She thought that was more than fine, so I'll be working on this skirt for her for some time. She said she'd probably wear it with tights this fall. Rather than change yarns for the lace, I am using the same yarn as the body of the skirt.

I've hardly had time to read over this past week, we've been busy doing things together as a family.

Also posting to Keep Calm and Craft On.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Menu Plan: July 3 - 9

We finally have a week of rest! Our town had its fireworks show on Saturday night, so we went there with the kids, then did a small town parade and festival on Monday, came home in the afternoon, rested, and the kids slept in the tent with the rain fly open so they could see surrounding fireworks from the neighbors and town and Rich and I watched a movie and went to sleep. It was perfect.

However, because of my health stuff, I really needed that rest, and this is the first time I've even been seated at my desk in front of my computer. We do have some repeats this week. On Saturday, we had biscuits and sausage gravy, so our Hobbit Dinner was moved to Sunday. I'm trying to figure out when I can make the caramel apple strata.

Also, it is Yasmina's golden birthday this week. We're doing some small family things for her, but will be having a party later.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up.

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