I like to transfer my smoothie to my favorite cup-with-straw and enjoy with some fabulous knitting! (Although it didn’t quite work out that way this morning…) How you enjoy your smoothie is up to you!!!
When I was preparing for sinus surgery a few weeks ago, I thought, “Great! I’ll have lots of time for knitting during the weeks that the doctor told me I have to stay in and rest while I recover, right?!”
I have learned five things about knitting and recovering from surgery:
1) They put this gel stuff in your eyes to protect the corneas from scratches. I’m extremely grateful for this as I prefer that my corneas remain scratch-free! However, I learned that one should not expect to read or knit for several days after as the gel also makes it difficult to focus the eyes and it takes awhile for the gel to wear off.
2) Surgery has the general effect of leaving one deeply exhausted and in need of large quantities of sleep. Also, one gets tired very easily, needing to go back to sleep rather frequently. This depressing lack of energy leaves one with very little knitting time.
3) Effective pain medications intensify both of the above, and are a temporary necessity of life.
4) Patience is definitely a virtue, and I’m now looking forward to being recovered from surgery so I can get back to my knitting! Flexibility is also a virtue and sometimes we need to adjust our intentions/expectations to deal with reality. 🙂
5) I’m very grateful for Ravelry and Pinterest where I can appreciate the knitting of others while I’m practicing being patient and flexible! Here are a few finds that have been making me smile:
Gorgeous baby booties, pattern by Saartje de Bruijn available on Ravelry; these particular booties knitted by Leah. These are definitely going in my queue!
These Baby Bunny Booties made me squeal with delight when I saw them! They are definitely going into my queue in preparation for future nieces and nephews! Pattern by Sylvia Leake on Ravelry.
How clever! Baby Mitts with no thumbs to worry about! These are definitely going into my queue! Designed by Susan B. Anderson, you can find them on Ravelry here, and the free pattern at spudandchloe.com (just scroll down the page a bit to find the Baby Mitts pattern).
I’ve never made a Tea Cozy before. Stinkymum on Ravelry has provided fabulous instructions on how to make a Proper English Tea Cozy! I definitely think its time I gave it whirl!
And someday (when I have all my energy back, of course!) I’m totally going to make the gorgeous Rona Lace Shawl by Anna Marie Jensen… I’ve never made a round shawl like this before and I’d love to learn how!
What’s been making you smile lately? Please share in the comments, we’d love to see!
My friend Amanda, from work, introduced me to a delicious, delightful weapon against the deadly attack of the sugar craving!
Power Balls! They are super easy to make, very healthy, and satisfy my wish for a sweet treat quite thoroughly!
They also give a great boost of energy that lasts. Our co-worker, Kelly, shared the recipe for these with Amanda, who passed it on to me!
Here’s what you’ll need to make some Power Balls of your own:
3 Cups of oatmeal
1 Cup of peanut butter (the natural kind, with only peanuts, no other ingredients)
1 Cup honey (local raw honey is best)
1/2 Cup fresh ground golden flax seed (or 1/3 Cup ground whole flax seed*)
*I had whole flax seeds, so I used my Nutri Bullet blender to grind them before I did anything else. Grinding the flax seeds makes them easier for your body to digest, that way you can be assured of benefiting from all the nutrients available.
Mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs if desired
Mix the peanut butter and honey together first,
Then add the dry ingredients because it makes a really thick mixture…
Then roll into balls…
Note: Your hands will likely get quite sticky while you are rolling the mixture into balls. Don’t worry about this. It will wash off very easily with soap and warm water.
Store in the refrigerator and enjoy at your leisure!