Tuesday, November 30, 2010

11-30-2010 Refracted

Today I went to visit my awesome eye surgeon
for my 1 month post op check
and to get refracted
for a new prescription for eyeglasses.
I thank God every day for him!
My eye looks and FEELS so much better
since the surgery!

Monday, November 29, 2010

11-29-2010 Baking for the Holidays

DH & I attended another of Chef Monika's
fabulous cooking classes tonight:
"Baking for the Holidays"
 The menu included a spiked punch,
roasted root veggies, creamed swiss chard, pork...
 ...and apple struessel made with filo dough... YUM!
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

11-28-2010 First Sunday In Advent

During the Advent Season
(the four weeks preceeding Christmas)
our church's Craft Group hosts a holiday bazaar

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

11-27-2010 Wizard of Oz

Screenshot from the Wizard of Oz
starring Judy Garland
... one of my faves!!!
It's on tv tonight
and I'm watching!!!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

11-26-2010 Freeing what was bound...

This morning I successfully freed
the stitches that were bound up
in the initial, provisional cast on row...
a technique that I've never done before...
so I'm excited to have learned something new
in regards to knitting!
It took all morning
and gave me time to reflect upon
what other things in my life are bound up
and need to be freed.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

11-25-2010 Happy Thanksgiving

With fewer years ahead of me than behind me,
I'm thankful for life itself,
grace, freedom,
food, family, pets,
and the joy that they bring into my heart!
I love you all!
Thanks for coming to visit!

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11-24-2010 Sit 'n Knit @ Library

Last night I attended the Sit 'n Knit group
at a local library...
thanks for inviting me, Beth!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

11-23-2010 Working ahead...

for company at Thanksgiving...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

11-22-2010 Getting Ready

For our family's Thanksgiving dinner...

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

11-21-10 Fruitcake

Thanks, Mom!!!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

11-20-2010 Sacchetti with Shrimp

A screen shot from the Olive Garden Home page...
of the Sacchetti with Shrimp;
drove to Iowa City today
for lunch with my dear daughter!

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11-19-2010 Popcorn Bread

We ground popcorn in the VitaMix to make cornmeal
and then made cornbread with it!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

11-18-2010 Pattern Error

I've finished the headband portion
of the 2010 Olympic Reindeer Hat
by Helen Bristow (see 11-10-2010 post)
and noticed that there's an error in the pattern...
can you find it?

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

11-17-2010 Out of the Ordinary

I order 1 poached egg and a small bowl of fresh fruit
for my Wednesday morning breakfast
with my gal pals from church
but today I did something
out of the ordinary
and ordered a piece of pumpkin pie
for breakfast!

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11-16-2010 Wozita

Enjoyed stories about Wozita...
Thanks so much, Joan!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

11-15-2010 Holiday Cards

I may forgo buying
holiday cards and stamps this year
and send greetings
via e-mail and FaceBook.
This seems to be the new trend...
tho IMHO, there is nothing better
than receiving a card/note
from a loved one
via snail-mail.

After knitting gauge swatches for my
2010 Winter Olympics Moose/Reindeer hat
(the pattern recommends a US-size 5 needle),
I finally got to the correct gauge
using a US-size 1 needle...
and here's a pix of my progress so far... the forehead under-rim:

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

11-14-2010 Limey

Even tho I had my first flu shot,
and feel 'protected'...
I start every day
with a shot of Vitamin C
from fresh squeezed
lime or lemon juice...
does that make me a 'Limey?' Aye aye, matie!!!

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11-13-2010 Artisan

My fave new chips:  Doritos 'Artisan' recipes... ALL flavors!!!!!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

11-12-2010 Finally Ready!!!

After several days of knitting gauge swatches
and learning how to do a provisional cast on
I am finally ready to start knitting
my 2010 Winter Olympics moose/reindeer hat!!!
(See 11-10-2010 post)
Above is a video of me re-doing my provisional CO
onto circular needles that are the correct size
for the pattern's gauge.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

11-11-2010 Veterans' Day

I want to send out
a heart-felt "THANK YOU!" to every single veteran
and active duty military personnel
for your service to our country 
to protect us and our freedom!

Today DH & I found the most yummy looking Swiss Chard
 in the produce department at the grocery store
and made a fish&shrimp/potato/tomato/carrot/rice/chard stew
to enjoy for the next week
as the cold weather settles over Iowa.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

11-10-2010 Provisional Cast On

Today I'm beginning a new knitting project...
the adorable moose/reindeer hat
from the 2010 Winter Olympics!

Helena Bristow has recreated her version of this pattern:
and it calls for a 'provisional cast on'
which is something new to me
as a begining knitter
so I researched and tried several methods
presented on the www
and found that this one
(using a crochet hook)
worked best for me.
My video would not upload
so here is a photo of the finished CO.
Spent the rest of the day
knitting gauge swatches.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

11-9-2010 A New Chicago Bears Fan

Today I finished knitting up this little project...
a sweater for a new Chicago Bears Fan
named Starla
(see October 24, 2010 post).

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