Sunday, November 16, 2014

Checking in

The health issue talked about in my last post became a bit more annoying, Im thinking due to the making of a date, and so I moved the date up.

Surgery was this past Tues and Ive been recouping since. 

My bod HATES the drugs they use for surgery, post-op and all opioids (vicodin, oxy-anything, anything-codone).  So Thurs – Sat were beyond not fun.  Today is the first day back towards the human side of life.

So its just me and a big pill of Motrin, which we (the bod and I) have used before and have agreed to be ok with for now.

For those interested in a UFE, the only pain Im dealing with now is cramping.  Which is what I expected and can totally deal with.  Everything above with the other drugs is specific fun just with me and my bod – also expected by me but not part of the expectations of a normal UFE.

On the flip side, before I went in I was able to finish the back of my sweater.


And I got started on the left side (no pic).  I havent picked up my needles since going in.  Cant find a happy resting spot to sit long enough.  Soon though, Im working on soon.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Another fly-by posting

Things are busy.  Work and home and health.

Another body part has been given notice and eviction is happening in Dec.  That wonderful fibroid talked about here and here has just kept growing and growing and growing.  Thanks to the ovaries not being there and possibly keeping it in check and now hormones giving it wonderful food.  It is now quite large and causing other health issues.

Now instead of a hysterectomy Ive opted the UFE route.  As its large, any hysterectomy is not going to be fun and would be more invasive then if I didn’t have the fibroid.  Having the UFE doesn’t rule out a hysterectomy but Im hoping if I do have one later, the fibroid wont cause additional issues as it could be much smaller or gone.

So Early Dec, I will have the UFE and plan on taking it easy during the Holidays and letting my body heal.

Now on to fun stuff!

I have been busy the last couple months.  Knitting is my main craft atm.  So easy to knit on the train!

Cowl – This was done using the bamboo stitch.  Im not sure how much I like it, is acrylic so no blocking but it isnt as long as I had hoped.  So the end tail has not been snipped or threaded in for that moment of when I want to frog and start over with some other project.


Oh the next BIG project!  Meet my first sweater!!  Its for me and will be a cardigan.  The piece below is much bigger now but I havent taken a newer photo.  Its lion brand wool-ease so another no-blocking project.  But much easier for washing.


Look!  Its another cowl.  Simple, k2, p2 two rows and swap p2, k2 two rows.  I havent worked much on it but its another piece that is perfect for not thinking.


Look Pie!  Now its fall and the PacNW is finally getting wet weather, its time to break out the fall/winter foods.  And this is a veggie pot pie (2 of them of course).  Walking through the house while these are cooking is heaven.


Our last camping trip of the year.  This is the Oregon Coast, In October!  T-shirt/shorts weather!  At the Oregon Coast, In October!  Im still amazed at how perfect the weather was.


And that is that for now.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Ive made a good dent in the skein using for the bamboo stitch cowl.  I started the weekend at about row 4-6 and its now around row 26.  There is still a bunch more to go til the end of the skein.


I am pleased with how this stitch is letting the colors come through.  Wonderful jewel tones throughout.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thinking of cool

Its getting to be that time of year again in the northern hemisphere and thoughts are moving towards warmth (even tho its still hitting 90’s on some days).  Im blaming start of school for most of this.

I picked up this lovely ball of bulky yarn during the  PDX 2014 Yarn Crawl earlier this year


I wanted to so something fun with it but a heavy pattern (cables and such) would be lost in the multi colors of this yarn.

Ive chosen to do a cowl using the bamboo stitch.  I think it will create a nice cowl that will show off the colors as they should be while still being able to see some of the stitch.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I noticed, after consuming my awesome dinner tonight that I don’t think Ive shared my vegan stroganoff.

Below is an email I sent to minion the elder in hopes that he might – I don’t know, make dinner for me earlier this summer.  Alas that didn’t happen but the email is quite funny as I went to the extremes to explain where things could be found in various corners of the kitchen.

AND it explains the whole prep of my stroganoff.

Now there is MEAT in the version below. (GASP!)  Have no fear, Ive also included the vegan alternative which I also love to use.

Now for the distructions!


Below is my 'recipe' for stroganoff.  If you can get the sauce started and the pot and pan washed that would be wonderful.

I will let you know what is going on as soon as I can.  At this point I should be home at a normal time but anything can happen.

Let me know if you have any questions



Place the following items in a bowl

5-6 tblsp flour

2 tblsp Nutritional Yeast

1 tsp garlic (on the counter)

1/2 tsp pepper (in a jar - second shelf of spice cupboard)

2-3 tsp oregano (in a jar - second shelf of spice cupboard)

1 tsp paprika (in a jar - second shelf of spice cupboard)

3/4 cup milk

whisk together


3/4 broth

1 3/4 cup box mushroom soup


Set aside 

Slice up some mushrooms (6-7 should be fine).  They are in the fridge in the second drawer.  Leave them out and I will cut the rest up.

In the large pan

1/2 cup minced onions (in jar in fridge)

Cook on Med until onions look a bit wilted and soft.


½ - 1 tsp minced garlic (in fridge by the butter, in the door) and cut up mushrooms

Cook until mushrooms are reduced (3-5 min)

Add ground chicken (in the fridge, second drawer.  Use the Mild Italian) (for total vegan use Italian seitan)

Add sauce to meat mix and cook on med – low heat until sauce mix thickens

Turn heat off sauce

In the large pot

Add water about 1/2 way.

Cook on high (dont let the flames go around the base of the pot)

once at boil, toss in some salt, wait for the water to calm down

Add spiral pasta (second or third drawer to the left of stove)

Cook for 11 min.


Add pasta back to pot

Add Sauce



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hello There!

HELLO!  Its another one of those ‘wow its been a long time since Ive been here’ posts.

Its been a good summer.  Minion 1 has turned 17, he will be a senior this year (wow!).  Minion 2 is almost taller than his dad.  I would have bet that he would have done that before end of summer but he has a few centimeters yet to go.  Maybe by Christmas…

We were able to get a way from the world at least once this summer.  It was a wonderful break from everything.  And no cell access made it just that much better.

I have been working on projects.  The tree bag has been placed on hold for now, more for me needing to snag yarn from another project than it being grounded.  And Ive been keeping up on DL’s blanket and various cross stitching

Proof of doings!

Spring Breeze shawl


LHN Simplicity


And here’s to not taking so long for the next post.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bah, Excuses!



I had perfect excuses going on this morning.  It was late (after 8am), had a late start and much to get done.  Farmers market was high on the list and a possible breakfast out.  Oh and walking with Leslie and getting the monthly challenge items done for today,

I started telling myself that I would get the challenge items done now and do the walk later.

We all know what would have happened.  No Walk.  I knew it.  Every time that side of me tried talking be through all that needed to be done, Do the walk Later, walk later.  Just do it later.

So I took charge, got changed and got my walk on. Earned my shower!

So I was a bit late getting the rest of the items on my list done.  I need to take care of ME first.

High notes:  Its been almost 2 weeks since I took charge again and already I can feel changes.  My face is feeling thinner, my forearms are feeling thinner.  I didn’t notice that type of change last year.

My main focus this month is the walking and my June Challenges.  Ive been doing pretty good at keeping up with the days.  Im a bit behind with squats (hehe) but for the most part Ive been doing the best I can to stay with the course.

How about you?