Up Late

Sorry I had this planned for last night, but my parent’s friend stayed late and I fell asleep immediately.

Exercise:

My mom is Avery sneaky, smart woman. As I was heading out the door for a short run at the field, she asked me how much more I needed for my squad runner mission. Of course once I looked and realized it was only 56 minutes, I had to do it.

I also did another NourishLoveMove workout. I have really been enjoying these workouts and definitely feel like my arms are getting more work.

Knitting:

I spent most of the day knitting and am on the last pattern section of the current sweater. This is where I get excited:)

House:

For the last month my mom has been saying she has the backsplash and the fireplace left to do. Well both are now done.

My dad and his friend moved the granite mantel piece into lace last night.

Baking:

I have still been baking lots. I have done blueberry zucchini muffins

And then I changed it up slightly to blueberry lemon zucchini muffins.

I have also done plum muffins, but they didn’t work out very well.

I was noticing that the top of my muffins would cave after I took them out of the oven, but after some research, I turned the oven temperature up and it seems to have fixed the problem. Baking with someone else’s oven is always tough.

I also made zucchini bites, but they were all gone before I got a picture. I am slowly making my way through a website called 60 Zucchini recipes不

Medical:

The absolute best part of my day yesterday came at the end of it. A massage of my calves using trigger point theory. Wow I feel better than I have in a very long time!

Well I’m off to start my day, have fun!

AJ

Quiet Day

Not as exciting as yesterday, well almost as not.

Exercise:

I didn’t really want to do anything, but it’s great having a parent who’s first question is- are you going running? It forces one out the door. I just went to the field and did 3.3km around there and then came home and did a 10 Minute Full Body Stretch from Nourish Move Love.

Baking:

Today my excitement came at the baking time. I needed to make zucchini bread as that was what my dad asked for, but after the lemon zucchini muffins he decided he wanted the bread to be lemon too. Not a problem. Until I went to he t everything out and realized I didn’t have enough gluten free flour to make the bread. I decided that I would just make the bread with regular flour and sour cream.

It was going along fine. I remembered a warning my SIL has given me and wore a mask when I was measuring and adding the flour so that I wouldn’t inhale any. I was mixing the batter when I looked down and realized that both of my hands had gone beet red and splotchy. I guess I can’t even really touch gluten or dairy. I did finish the bread and then put ice on my hands after washing them a zillion times.

The bread turned out well my mom and dad said.

Knitting:

I have spent the day working on my second test knit- one that I am doing for Alicia Plummer. I was super excited to do one of her sweaters as I always love her designs. I am just about a third way through.

However I did run into town and get blocking pins so I could get my sweater from yesterday blocked.

This sweater pattern is called Juliette by Josee Paquin and the pattern should be out soon. It is knit back and forth until the v neck is complete and then carried on in the round. Stitches are then picked up for the neckline and the sleeve bands. I found the pattern very easy to follow and quick to complete. The only change I would make would be to pick up more stitches around the neckline so it was a tiny bit bigger.

The yarn I used was Berrocco Folio which is incredibly soft. I just didn’t realize that it is slightly see through too. I still think this sweater is going to be a work horse in my wardrobe.

Socializing:

I joined my parents for wings Wednesday but that has been everything that has happened today.

Have fun!

AJ

A Finish!

I finally finished something. I really shouldn’t take on so many things at one time as there are other things I would like to be doing.

Exercise:

I finally found a decent route. It’s still hilly and has a giant hill at the end, but it’s a better length and I don’t feel like I’m suffering the whole time. I got 5.7km in. I then had to go over to the field and run 2km of laps to complete my Squad Runner mission. I didn’t feel bad for doing 7.7km today.

I got 20 minutes of yoga in and also did another NourishMoveLove workout this afternoon. I’ve been doing them off Instagram, but I think I’d better go find her website and see if she shows all the moves there.

Shopping:

My mom and I hit the dollar store for some kitchen essentials today. She says my dad isn’t great at this type of shopping so I think we’ll be doing more of it before I go home不

Knitting:

I finished my test knit for Josee Paquin today. The sweater is called Juliette and I really like it! It only took four days and is quite simple, but has sleeve detail that I like. The only change I would make would be to pick up more stitches around the neckline so it would be slightly looser in the neck. It will stretch out as I wear it though.

I will need to block it so that the bottom won’t flip. Josee designed it with no bottom edge, but I don’t like sweaters that flip so I put the same edging as the neck and sleeves on it.

I’m not sure how I’m going to block the sleeves so that the pattern will show nicely.

Baking:

The neighbour had brought my parents some peaches off his tree. I wanted to do muffins for them so that they can be frozen and so had to look up a recipe. I ended up making peach cobbler muffins from The Busy Baker. I forgot to put the oil in and didn’t put the topping on and they were still really good.

Perhaps not as good as the lemon zucchini muffins as there are still four left.

Mom and I had some quiet time this evening as my dad went to play horseshoes. I started my next sweater test knit and played some scrabble.

Reading:

I also finally finished my latest book. It was the second book in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series- I Wish You Were Mine. The writing was good and the characters were interesting, but I just didn’t love the premise so it was tough to get through it. I am going onto the third book in the series though.

Have fun!

AJ

The Usual With Company

I really do just do my usual stuff when visiting my parents, but here I have someone to talk to不

Exercise:

I had no intention of running this morning as I’ve ran the last four days, but then my mom asked me about it and I heard my dad assume I was already out running. I ended up going out. I was going to just go do a few laps around the field, but it was too busy so I ran to the end of the street and there was a hill. I ended up doing seven hill repeats and then heading home.

I guess it’s better than nothing is my theme today as my workout tonight was a Nourish Move Love workout off of Instagram. My SIL has told me about her and I was looking at her posts and liked her mantra- never miss a Monday, so I did a ten minute workout before crawling into bed.

Shopping:

I went with my parents this morning to do some returns in town. I then dragged my mom to a yarn shop.

Knitting:

I crazily accepted two test knits at once so I have been spending a lot of time knitting! I am about two inches from being done the first sweater and can’t wait to show it to you. I think it may become a favourite!

I picked up a dark blue Estelle worsted yarn for the second today and will hopefully start tomorrow.

Baking:

Even before I got here, my dad was asking for specific baked goods. Yesterday I made Rice pudding from the leftover dinner rice. My dad refuses to eat leftovers so I was attempting to find a way to get them eaten. It did work.

Today I started on the zucchini issue. I was going to make a traditional zucchini bread until I discovered my parents didn’t have a loaf pan. I decided to make these Lemon zucchini muffins. They were super easy to make and absolutely delicious. My dad is already asking for more and my mom wants me to skip the traditional loaf tomorrow and make this as a loaf.

It has been a pretty quiet day otherwise and I’m looking forward to another one tomorrow不

Have fun!

AJ

Change in Location

Well I made my way to my parent’s place yesterday after one last run with my SIL.

Exercise:

I have ran both days. Yesterday was 5.24km on a slightly hilly route with Sheilagh. It was tough but I still kept up without dying.

This morning felt tough as it was back to the hills of my parent’s town. I managed to get 5.42km in and then some yoga and weights this afternoon.

Knitting:

Otherwise I have spent much of the day knitting. I am doing a test knit for Josee Paquin and have finished the yoke today.

I had to go buy new needles as I didn’t have any 3mm needles with me so tomorrow I will pick up the neck stitches and carry on with the job.

After dinner I raided my parent’s raspberry patch:)

Have fun!

AJ

Yipppee!

It was a lovely day with the family!

My sister in law and I started the day with a run. My watch recorded 3.8km of it, but thankfully my SIL’s watch got all 5.4km of it. It felt really good to keep up with my SIL without feeling like I was dying.

In the afternoon we went out to Tod Inlet with some kids and a dog. All of them were happy to get into the water for swimming. The adults quite happily stayed out of the cold water.

The best part of the day though, other than spending it with family, was dinner! We ordered Chinese food and I got to eat all of it!!!! It was so amazing- it actually felt like real take out!

Beef chop suet, shrimp fried rice, veggies in black bean sauce, and eggplant hot pot. I loved it all. I told them that may need to become a tradition.

This evening we went for a walk in the neighborhood and ran into many friends and neighbors. It’s so nice to see the kids running around the neighbourhood- very 80s style and I love it.

Well, time for bed, have fun!

AJ

Off on a Tour

I started off first thing this morning for a ferry.

The trip to the ferry was awesome and only took 45 minutes which is amazing, and I managed to be organized and have my reservation code and credit card ready when I got to the ticket booth.

I had a lovely hour wait for the ferry and managed to get the fourth gauge swatch done for my test knit sweater. I finally made gauge, hurray!!! I had to go down a needle size and I’ll be using beige yarn which wasn’t anyone’s first choice, but it’s what I got gauge with.

The ferry ride was not very calm, but made better when I ran into a teacher who had retired from my school this last year. I visited with her and her husband on the back deck.

I am visiting with my brother and sister in law and their kids and my visit started with this awesome visit to a beach where we had the whole place to ourselves!

We enjoyed a couple of hours visiting with some of my SIL’s friends while the kids played in the very cold water!

From there it was home to see my brother and have a lovely dinner of pulled pork. After dinner we went for a walk. How do you know your SIL is perfect for the family- she knows where all the library bins are in the neighborhood. We managed to go by two on our walk:)

I am off to sleep now though as this family is up and at ’em early.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

Sorry I had a busy day yesterday and just collapsed when I got in.

Exercise:

I started the day with a hot, miserable 8.6km run with Dennis. We were on a well shaded path, but my heart rate was super high and my legs were sore and tired. I’ve decided to blame it on biking the day before不

Socializing:

After a coffee, a massage, and some household chores I met up with my friend Emily for some more furniture shopping. We managed to finish off the other side of the street. I did notice that you don’t really know how uncomfortable the couches are until you sit in a really comfortable one. I didn’t buy one, but think I know what store I would go back to now.

There is also an awesome fabric store on this street that my friend wanted to grab some stuff at. I had no needs, but came out with sale fabric for making myself a new tank top. It really drives me crazy how racerback tanks all have super big arm holes right now so you end up having to wear a layer underneath them (totally defeats the keep cool purpose), so o think I’m going to try to make one. I found a pattern online at Sew Much Ado. I hope it turns out! It’s been forever since I sewed clothes rather than quilts or mending.

Family:

I had to stop in and grab my parents’ mail for them so I took the opportunity to print the tank pattern on their printer and visit my aunt and uncle.

I do worry about being an asymptomatic carrier of Covid now when I visit with people, even outside. I don’t want to make anyone sick!

Trivia:

I finally did make it to trivia. There were only three of us and we finished the night in third so I think we did pretty good. Here are some of the questions. Usually I write them down, but now I can’t find them so there will be way less than we actually knew.

Where the did the male characters on Big Bang Theory work?

Cal Tech Univeristy

Spell Gandhi’s first name.

Mahatma

Which planet is sixth from the sun?

Saturn

What show is about advertising company in the 1960s?

Mad Men

What was the first Nancy Drew book called?

The Secret of the Old Clock

Well I had better get going on my day. Have fun!

AJ

Shucks

I just realized I didn’t write about yesterday!

Exercise:

Really, the only thing of great interest I did yesterday was my bike ride first thing in the morning with Dennis. We have a local trail that he had been wanting to do, but the last three attempts were cut short- one by flat tires, one by time, and one by lack of confidence, but yesterday it finally happened. We rode 24.27km and I didn’t fall off. I didn’t master the gear shifting until the last hill, but I did finally get it. I think it was successful because I gave myself permission to just go slow at the tough bits:). I even said at the end that I’d be willing to do it again:)

In the early afternoon I also got a workout in. I did a Pro Fit Bootcamp video off of YouTube. If you want t sweat profusely, this is the video for you!

Knitting:

I was determined to get my laundry all done so I also got knitting done. Well technically I got it undone. I took apart the shawl I have been working on as I just didn’t like it’s shape. I think I will look for a top pattern.

I also got the test knit pattern and have started gauge swatching.

Well I think that that was all my excitement. Now I had better get ready for my run.

Have fun!

AJ

SAL Update

Stitching:

This year I am determined to make progress on the project that sat on the shelf in my spare room for eleven years. It at least sits on my coffee table now. This is where I was at three weeks ago.

Here is where I am now:

I have to admit that I chickened out and avoided the bottom area where I had screwed up and instead worked on the curtain. I know that it’s very difficult to see the progress, but I have hit the end of the first page in the curtain.

I like that I have a straight row to check progress on and am looking forward to being able to get the whole thing to that column so that I start the next page at a “clean” row.

Be sure to check out everyone else’s progress as there are some amazing projects!

Jenny

Avis

Claire

Gun

Carole

Sue

Constanze

Christina

Kathy

Margaret

Cindy

Heidi

Jackie

Sunny

Hayley

Megan

Deborah

Mary Margaret

Ren矇e

Carmela

Sharon

Daisy

Anne

Cathie

Laura

Sherrie