Bike Ride✅ New Restaurant✅ Bookstore✅

It was an absolutely awesome day!

Exercise:

I got out this morning for my run but was so focused on making the 4km I needed to do for my yearly goal that I forgot the Squad Runner mission was 45 minutes. I did do another forty five minutes later on, but grrrrr!

I also got out for a bike ride along the Pitt River Greenway with my co-teacher Liane. We must really be friends to spend time on our holidays together!

It was an absolutely beautiful day for a ride, though I have to admit I really need to look into a new bike seat!!

After biking we headed to a cute little bookstore and gift shop called Tomes and Tales. I hadn’t been back since I went with Liane last summer, and it was just as lovely. I managed to restrain myself and only bought a cookbook🤣

Everything in this book looks good! I want to make it all!!!!

Eating:

After this it was off to find lunch. We went to a restaurant I’ve been wanting to go to for a while called The Big Feast. It was so good and so many options for me that I just couldn’t make up my mind! I ended up having the lamb sausage hash. I was supposed to only eat half of it and bring the other half home, but I ate it all😳

Knitting:

Since coming home I have spent the evening knitting. My sweater has finished blocking.

I am super happy with it and it is a completely recycled sweater. The yarn used to be my grandma’s penguin sweater and the pattern was from my grandma as well. It is a red heart label pattern and I did the kids size 6 and it fits great! I like the length as it will be good with skinny jeans in the winter.

I have started my newest project which is a test knit for Carolyn Day for the April Tank Top. I had bought Cascade Heritage Prints yarn to do it in, but am not super happy with it. I really wanted a cream or white background with flecks of pink, purple or turquoise. If anyone can suggest a yarn, I’d love to hear it!!

Well I’m going to go curl into bed and read.

Have fun!

AJ

Indecision

I drove a lot today, but don’t feel like I got much done.

Exercise:

I was doing a little better than the past couple of days so I got 4.5km in, but they were again quite slow. I am done my 100km for this month, but now want to catch up on the 20km I missed in previous months. I know I could leave them for summer, but what if I miss more? Better to get caught up now!

Shopping:

I started the day by heading to Van Gogh furniture in Langley. It is a gigantic warehouse of furniture, and I didn’t fall in love with any couch:( I thought for sure this would be the place to find one!

From there I was heading to 88 stitches, but took a small detour to check out Maria’s Gelato in Fort Langley. My RMT has told me that it had good vegan, gluten free items. My mom and I split a grilled cheese sandwich and a Blue Moon nut milk. They were both really good! It is definitely not the place to go if you are on a budget though!

Sorry for the picture- I think we were both very hungry by the time we got there!

Finally it was back to yarn shopping. At 88 Stitches I found some Cascade Heritage Prints. I love the colouring of the yarn, but am worried that striping would look odd (the circumference of a short being so much bigger than that of a sock) and take away from the lace of the tank I’ll be making with it. I also found the Tin Can Knits Pattern for Boardwalk here so I was super happy! Sale yarn and a good pattern!

I carried onto Valley Yarn as maybe they had the perfect yarn. They didn’t and I spent way too much time hemming and hawing. They have beautiful yarn, but just not the right one for this project:(

From here it was a quick stop at Costco where I considered a Soda Stream, but ended up with only cucumbers. Then home for a cup of tea!

Cooking:

I spent some time with my dad since my parents are leaving in the morning, but I had to get home as I wanted to knit. First though I needed to make my newest recipe from The Best of Clean Eating 2 called Mediterranean Vegetable, White Bean and Feta Penne. This went together quite quickly and used up the white beans I had in the cupboard (and that I had soaking). The only changes I made were to use shell pasta and chili flakes rather than penne and red pepper flakes as I had these items. My dish is definitely more beans, less pasta than what was called for. I was impressed that this dish had more flavoring included through garlic, rosemary, basil, chili flakes, etc and in the end it was tasty. I think it would make an awesome summer dinner or potluck contribution.

Knitting:

With dinner made and eaten, I finally got to sit down to knit and I finished my sweater. It is blocking right now to try and get the yoke to not pucker, but I am super happy with the sweater and will share a picture tomorrow.

A pretty good day as I got see Maria’s Gelato in Fort Langley off my bucket list and I have definitely spent time with my mom and dad✅✅

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Day

All I can hear today is the Happy Days theme song in my head😀 It’s been a great day!

I met up with my running buddies this morning out in Osprey Village at Stomping Grounds and ran the river walk there.  Just kept going, stopped for some pictures and it turned out to be my second fastest 5k, woohoo 🎉 It was interesting though because the run starts I never a shady forest and then proceeds onto the dyke where it was blazing hot!

Had a lovely tea and they had a gluten free breakfast bagel that didn’t have any dairy on it!!!! I usually don’t get anything but tea and the breakfast bagel wasn’t on my eating plan for today but I figured I’d better eat something as I planned to grocery shop on the way home.

Grocery shopping went according to plan. I actually managed to buy only what was on my list. I got all my food prepped for the week and the kitchen tidied.

I have to show off my FO – the Reyna shawl in Indigo Moon is officially done and I am very happy with it. It’s such a light shawl that it will be great during the summer!IMG_7296.JPG

Finished the book Christmas in Hell by RL Mathewson. It was a quirky read, but it’s fun for the summer. I must have enjoyed it because I started the next in the series, Fire and Brimstone.  The Bradfords sure do seem like a weird family with their eating problem and kidnapping habit, but it makes for perfect reading.

I started my retro sweater pattern today. I should have looked at the pattern more clearly Sekt because the entire back is ribbing- 18″ of boredom coming my way. Oh well, I’m hoping it will be a nice warm sweater to wear with my leggings this fall.

I had to face reality this morning and get on the scale:( 101.8😞😖 I hate being three digits!!! Definitely need to deal with this right away because I know how quickly it can get out of hand and I’m NOT going back to where I once was!

I started the right way though- 37 minute run, 27 minutes of “running and weights” workout and an 75 minute walk this evening. I even did the ten minute complete relaxation lie down and eight minute ice bath that was recommended to my friend! Yay me!!

I’m going to end this Happy Day with a Hallmark movie.

Have Fun!

AJ