Health, Knitting

Grateful

Today I’m enduring another migraine, but I’m grateful for the peace & quiet of my home,…

…for Sunny, always my faithful companion and loving friend,…

…and for my knitting with all of its therapeutic and meditative qualities that help to take my mind off of pain. ๐Ÿ’—

What are you especially grateful for today?

~Happy Knitting!

Christmas, Health, Holidays

A Relaxing Walk

In all the middle of the crazy hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Years, it’s easy to get stressed out and frazzled…

A nice calm walk in the woods is just the thing I needed…

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These two tiny cedars are growing so close together, they look like they are dancing!

 

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Our live Christmas tree! It’s a Colorado Blue Spruce, and I’m really looking forward to planting it and watching it grow…

 

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… I hope you are able to find some time to relax and de-stress as well!

 

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful, peaceful Christmas and a joyous New Year!

 

Food, Health

My Favorite All Natural Smoothie

Apple, Pear, Kale, Banana, and Walnut Smoothie:

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*Two handfuls of kale.

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*No apple seeds.

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*No pear seeds.

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Add water up to the “Max” line on the container.

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Extract for 60 seconds…

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Rest for 30 seconds…

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Extract for another 30 seconds.

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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!!!

 

Health, Knitting

Great Intentions

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?!”

Wrong.

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Saartje's Bootees
Saartje’s Bootees

 

This adorable knitted lamb is too cute for words! The pattern is adapted from “Tiger with Dress” by Barbara Prime; knitted by fuzzymitten on Ravelry.

Wooly Lamb
Wooly Lamb

 

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.

Bunny Baby Booties
Baby Bunny Booties

 

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.comย (just scroll down the page a bit to find the Baby Mitts pattern).

Baby Mitts
Baby Mitts

 

Love this gorgeous Leafy Baby Sweater by Renata Brenner! The lacey leaf stitch pattern is stunning!

Leafy Baby Sweater
Leafy Baby Sweater

 

I’ve recently become obsessed with hand knit washcloths, and these Vintage Hankie Washcloths by Julie Tarsha are too cute for words! I know just the friend to make them for!

Vintage Hanky Washcloth
Vintage Hankie Washcloth

 

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!

Proper English Tea Cozy
Proper English Tea Cozy

 

And someday (when I have all my energy back, of course!) I’mย totally goingย to make the gorgeousย Rona Lace Shawl by Anna Marie Jensen… I’ve never made aย round shawl like this before and I’d love to learn how!

Rona Lace Shawl
Rona Lace Shawl

 

What’s been making you smile lately? Please share in the comments, we’d love to see!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food, Health

Power Balls!

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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 energyย 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 Nutriย 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 fromย all the nutrients available.

Mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs if desired

Bullet blender, oats, honey, peanut butter, and flax seed
Bullet blender, oats, honey, peanut butter, and flax seed

Mix the peanut butter and honey together first,

Then add the dry ingredients because it makes a really thick mixture…

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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.

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Store in the refrigerator and enjoy at your leisure!

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