A Lovely Ending

It’s been another nice day. Maybe it should tell me something that my long weekends are always so lovely😜

Exercise:

I had to set my alarm this morning so I could get my run in. With not knowing what time exactly my breakfast was going to be at, I decided to do some speed work around the field close to my house. This was a spur of the moment decision, but probably a good one since I’ve been avoiding speed work lately. I did a few laps to warm up and then alternated doing a lap, running one side of the field fast (well as fast as my legs go😂). I ended up running all the sides twice at a faster pace. I didn’t mind the workout and it was nice to do something different. It got my mission done quickly too:)

This afternoon, I kept up on my monthly challenge by doing 140 squats ( I’ve been doing half plié and half regular) and a plank for 1:50. If nothing else, it warmed me up!

Socializing:

Thankfully the text to breakfast came at 8:30 as I was starting to get really hungry. We met at our regular restaurant and I had my regular order:)

Which I enjoyed as much as ever:). It was kind of a sad breakfast though as we were saying goodbye to some friends who are moving. It’s a great new adventure for them, but I will miss seeing them everywhere Sunday. The couple moving are the ones who taught me how to run so I have a lot to thank them for!

Crafting:

I did a little extra on my rug today as I simply did it while I watched a Hallmark movie. It might be a little sad that I am watching Christmas movies in May though🤣

I had to restart the sweater I started last night as I noticed a hole this morning. I have got back to where I am and will continue now that I’ve had a nap:)

Baking:

A friend at work gave me a bag of fresh rhubarb so let the rhubarb baking begin! Today I’m trying this recipe from Mrs. Portly’s Kitchen. It is new to me, but the combination of chocolate brownies with raspberries and rhubarb sounded perfect for my work colleagues. The recipe was easy to follow and the only substitutions I made was to use Earth Balance Vegan Butter Spread for the butter, and 1/4 cocoa powder with 1/4cup chocolate chips for the dark chocolate as I didn’t have any. The grocery store is right across the street, but of course I didn’t go🤣. I also used the microwave to melt my chocolate and butter which sped up the process nicely. The combo of raspberries, chocolate and rhubarb looked really good when I was putting it in the oven. One thing to know though is that this recipe uses a relatively small amount of rhubarb:(. I’m going to need to find more recipes!

It’s a very light in texture brownie, not dense at all. The raspberry flavor is, of course, stronger than the rhubarb, but the overall taste is very yummy!

Brenda is quite the baker and she agrees that this brownie recipe is really yummy!

Knitting:

It was Knit night tonight which was a lovely way to end the weekend. I’ve almost finished the yoke of my new sweater, just have two rows left, which truthfully I am tempted to stay up and finish.

We watched the Royal Wedding that my friend had PVR’d. I’m glad I saw it, but also glad that I didn’t wake up early to watch five hours of it. I wish the television crew would figure out that I don’t want to listen to them talk, I just want to see the outfits and hats! I thought that Megan’s dress was very simple and beautiful and those little kids walking down the aisle were adorable!!!

We also watched the first part of the Masterpiece Theatre rendition of Little Women. It’s very cool since I was in Louisa May Alcott’s house last summer!! Can’t wait to see the next part in two weeks when we are back at Brenda’s for knit night!

Well I should go to bed as 6am is going to come early tomorrow:(

Have fun!

AJ

Recuperating

Well I took everyone’s advice and stayed home today to rest. Amazingly, I accomplished some things between naps:)

Exercise & Teaching:

Zero, zilch, nada, maybe tomorrow…

I am getting a little worried that missing my morning run for these four days (at least) will make it difficult to get back into the routine of doing one:(

Eating:

Nothing interesting. Wanted to bake as I’m home on a rainy day, but who would want to eat something made by a sick person??

Knitting:

It took five starts, but I finished the 98-33 handwarmers:)

The yarn was a very nice beige that will go with everything that I wear to school, so it was perfect! Unfortunately it was in a bag of yarn I got from a friend so I know nothing about it:(

Pattern:

98-33 by Drops (Garn Studio). The pattern was very simple, but also made for huge hands. It called for 42 stitches, but I pared it down to 30 and probably could have gone even smaller as they are looser than I prefer. The pattern was just a two row repeat:

Row 1: purl 4, Knit until 4 from the end, purl 4

Row 2: Knit across

It was very simple so good for tv watching or in my case book listening. I have to admit though that I don’t love the finished result. The purl stitches look too much like an unfinished edge to me and I’m just not fond of that look. The Crochet edging I put on all four edges, redeemed these handwarmers slightly. For my small hands I only had to do 55 rows for each handwarmers so they went quickly.

I probably would t make these again.

I had knit night tonight and my friend kindly let me come over even with my cold. I didn’t have much luck though as I was starting on a chunky theee ring cowl, but it turned out it was way too long for me, but I’ll have to buy a shorter 7mm circular needle to do it with once I deduct the number of stitches I need to. I might be tempted to pick one up tomorrow as I don’t think the project is going to take long once I get going and it would get rid of theee small remnants out of my stash! 😀 How can I resist that? Instead the only thing I accomplished was rolling my lace weight yarn into a ball. I see that I have two balls of a pretty Fall coloured sock yarn as well. Hmmm I’ll have to come up with something to do with them! I’m trying to use up all the bits and pieces that have accumulated under my coffee table.

My friend had the latest Knit Simple magazine in which I found these! 

They make me think of Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl as she says in her “about me” that she needs more succulents and as a new knitter, I thought they may be fun. I however didn’t check the pattern to see how complicated they were.

Reading:

I made great progress on The Shadow of the Wind! I thought I might be able to say I had finished it, but not quite. I do have less than ten chapters to go so I should finish tomorrow:) Yay then I can read something else! It’s funny how I wouldn’t  let myself read anything else until I had finished it!

I did however finish listening to Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott on Librivox. I had heard about this app from Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl and was excited today to finish a book to count for both of my book challenges.

I have read a lot of Louisa May Alcott books, but I hadn’t read this one before. It is only six chapters long and actually it o ly took three hours to listen to it. The book tells some snippets of life from Louisa’s time as a nurse during the war, though she does use another name for herself. The first chapter tells of her joining up, mostly to defy her brother’s expectations, the second and third chapters are her adventure getting to the hospital and getting acquainted with her ward, duties and patients. The fourth chapters tells of her time doing night duty and will make you cry. The final chapter tells of the illness that drove her home and out of the profession. There is a postscript included as a sixth chapter where she answered some of the questions she had been asked after the book was published.

The reviews of the audiobook had said the narrator wasn’t great and indeed he wasn’t, but LMA’s amazing storytelling distracts the listener from this 98% of the time. Louisa’s voice and style come across very clearly! The characters are described in great detail so that you can visualize them. The grim details are dealt with with brevity and interspersed with moments of levity and great humour. There are even descriptions of mules and pigs in the fifth chapter that will make you giggle out loud! You get a small dose of LMA’s views on slavery towards the end of the book.  The book gives a good overview of what hospital life was like during the war without being boring.

My enjoyment of the book was increased by my visit to Or hard House, her residence by Boston, this summer.

I think that anyone who has interest in women’s roles in war, early hospital workings or enjoys a good LMA book would enjoy Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott.

I was excited to add my first entries to my A-Z Challenge and my Clasics Challenge page and will hopefully be able to add more soon! Lots of bloggers have talked about listening to podcasts as they run, but I think I’ll try listening to an audiobook off Librivox and see how that goes!

Ok I have to get some sleep! I think this is the longest I e been awake all day!

Have fun!

AJ

One Foot in Front of the Other

It’s been a good day, just wish I felt better to enjoy it!

Exercise:

I was almost glad to wake up with a sore throat this morning as it explains my lack of energy and vigor lately. I did Bea Free‘a Tuesday workout. This was another deck of cards workout that was all ab exercises. I don’t think my abs have ever had twenty five minutes spent just on them. I’ll make sure they do again though! This week’s exercises by Bea Free are perfect for when you can’t be noisy!

I also got out for an easy going thirty minute run after work today. I was going to go to clinic and do hills tonight but I’ve had this sore throat all day and I can’t miss work tomorrow so I decided not to do a gruelling workout tonight, but I didn’t want to do nothing! It was a great afternoon for a run as I caught a break when the sun was actually out. Glad for my wool though as it’s cold already!

I need to remember how well self- massage works to relieve pain and tightness in my legs during the weeks I don’t go for a massage. I’m finding my legs are feeling tired everyday, so I had better dig out the lotion (something I always have too much of) and dig in to loosen up those tight muscles! I don’t do anything special, but it really seems to help, just try to cover each major muscle group in the leg- quads, hamstrings, shins and calves. I obviously can’t dig my elbow in like my RMT does, but my thumbs are pretty good at digging in 😀

Teaching:

Miss crier had a great day. I’ve noticed that she’s smiling more these days which is good. I’ll take whatever I can get!

I had one little guy who went home after he started crying for the third time and complaining that his throat hurt. He’s not going to learn anything when he’s laying on the floor crying so he might as well go home. If I lay on the floor crying multiple times, will they let me go home, cause my throat hurts too!!??

I got my bottom desk drawer tidied and organized on my prep today. I know this is not exciting for anyone else, but this drawer has been driving me nuts and has been on my to-do list since the beginning of school in September so to have it done feels wonderful!😀

We even managed to get outside for some play time this afternoon as the sun came out. It’s been super windy here yesterday and today. When I opened the door to let the children out the sound of the wind rushing through the trees was amazing! It was so cute to see the children running around trying to catch leaves that the wind was tossing around!

I played a “game” with my anxious little guy first thing this morning. Flip an alphabet card and the first to say the letter name gets the card. I gave him a five second head start each time. He managed to get ten cards which is an improvement from the five letters he knew at the start of the year:) Im hoping that by Christmas we are playing using the sounds, as he’ll know the letter names!

Some of the leaf rubbings I’ve been talking about. Definitely turned out better than the other class’. I should have taken photographic evidence to submit, but didn’t think about it until just now:(

Eating:

I mainly stick to the plan so I’m happy with myself:). Feel so much better!

Family & Friends:

I picked my friend Lyndsay and her son up this morning as her car was broken and she got in with a Starbucks drink for me.  It was totally not necessary, but oh so sweet of her. I don’t know what she got me, but boy did it taste good! Or maybe the taste was enhanced by the kind act!

I also went to let Wilson and Kula out for my friends who were working tonight. Wilson heard the wind and refused to step a paw out the door, but Kula happily played in the yard for a bit before collapsing on my lap.   Awwwww!

I also dropped by to visit my aunt and uncle quickly to get them to take my birthday gift to my nephew over to the Island for me. It was great to see them as it seems like it’s been forever! My uncle of course, asked if I was dating anyone. Sorry to disappoint you uncle, but no one in this town wants to date me, lol. He says I’m too strong and I intimidate guys. I really don’t think that’s possible at 4’7″!🤣
Blogging:

I read about so many good books and ideas and I don’t want to come across as someone who doesn’t follow through so today I started a page for two of the reading challenges that Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl has started. I’ve had to alter the classics challenge a bit as fifty classics in five years was just overwhelming to me when added to all the other reading I do, so I’m aiming for ten:) I know, with my personality, I’ll try to do all ten right away to get the job done. Lol. I did download the Librivox app today which Abbey had suggested. It’s free classic audiobooks. I think I might try listening to them on my longer runs. I’ve been listening to Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott as I knitted today. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to follow it and would lose track of what was happening, but so far so good:)

Reading:

I am still making my way through The Shadow of the Wind. I have twenty more chapters to go before Sunday, but I think I’ll make it as it’s more interesting now. That’s only four chapters a day:) I can do that!

Knitting:

I have finally finished the doll blanket I am making for my secretary’s granddaughter. It is just blocking, but will hopefully be dry by morning! It really is a pretty cream colour, it’s just the lights in my condo that make it look yellow:( Now I need to figure out what to do next. The last class on Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup that I’m interested in this month is learning a new technique. Maybe I’ll look for an entrelac pattern.  Oh as I write this I realize I should cast on the 98-33 handwarmers pattern so that I have them to keep me warm at work!

Well I’m going back to knitting, reading and drinking hot tea with lemon. If anyone has a way to cure a cold (I’ve been taking ColdFX and Emergen-C), I’d love to hear it as I really don’t have time for this right now!

Have fun!

AJ

Chilling in the October Sunshine

A true holiday! I figure I might as well write early tonight as I’m in on the couch already.

Exercise:

Absolutely none except for a walk to and from the hospital (about three blocks total). I had plans for a long run today as it’s a holiday here, but then I slept in until 8:20 and stayed in my jammies until noon. I’m not sure I’ve ever done that before!🤣

Socializing:

I met up with my running buddy Brenda and we went to visit our other running buddy who was rushed to emergency at 3am Saturday morning. It turns out she had a pulmonary embolism and they also corrected her asthma diagnosis to COPD:( She was hoping to come home today but it looks like it will be another few days at least. We took her some things – lotion, mints, a novel, magazines, a notepad and pens to keep her entertained and hopefully comfortable. She says she’s feeling better than she has in a while. It’s great she gets this awesome private room with a garden view because she spent 45 minutes in a hospital in Holland😂. I don’t ever really like visiting hospitals- already spent enough time in them, but today wasn’t so bad because we got to sit out in this gorgeous little garden in the sunshine:)

I also went up this evening to let Sarah, my other running buddy’s dogs out as her and her man were both working. It was a fun half hour:)

I have also been tagged for the very first time on the blog today. I require some help before I can fulfill this tag though- can someone please tell me how I can link to someone’s blog in my blog. I often want to mention someone’s blog on mine, but don’t j ow how to do this properly so they’re name is a link to their blog. I’d appreciate any help anyone can give. You may have guessed, I’m not the most techy person! Actually when I worked for the university, they told me it would be cheaper for me to go interrupt someone else and have them do what I needed than to keep having to fix the electronic devices I touched 🤣🤣 (unfortunately a true story with no embellishment).

Eating:

It’s a tie between breakfast and lunch for the best meal of the day! Lunch was a turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce sandwich, arguably the best part of Thanksgiving is the turkey sandwich the next day:). Breakfast, which was very late as I wasn’t very hungry when I got up, was a hash using the bacon cornbread stuffing from yesterday. I took a half cup of the stuffing and put it in the fry pan to heat and then broke an egg over it and allowed that to cook. When I slid it onto my plate, I frayed a half ounce of jalapeño cheese over the top. Woah was it ever good! This was definitely the way to eat this stuffing!

Sorry the picture does not do it justice!

Crafting:

I got down to my old house (wish I had never seen this sight😞😖 and cut the lavender there as well as at my friend Sarah’s place. It will be used for the Christmas gifts I’m making for my friends. I don’t think I have enough though. If anyone knows where to get dried lavendar or balsam fir, please tell me!

Knitting wise, I have now restarted my nephew’s scarf eight times! If nothing else, knitting is good for teaching perseverance. It isn’t even a tough project though! I have settled on a 2×2 rib and that’s just what it’s going to be! I was hoping to be done today, but I really don’t think that’ll happen. Maybe tomorrow. It has been lovely to sit here in the October sunshine and knit on this gorgeous holiday! I’ve been like a cat all day😂.

I’m ending my holiday with watching “The Inheritence“. It is a movie made out of the list novel of Louisa May Alcott. I picked it up at Orchard House this summer while I was there. My friends say they have never seen me buy something so quickly (yes I’m usually frugal and careful with my money), but I’d been looking for it for a while, so it was an easy decision when I saw it.

I hope you’re all having a great Monday, holiday or not!

Have fun!

AJ

Threenager😳

Today has been an interesting day!

It started with another great run around Lexington, MA. I ran down Burlington Street to Hamilton, along there to Ledgelawn, to Revere, and back. I passed the trail my friend told me about and it looks awesome! I’ll have to check it out!

We headed out today – three adults and one three year old and what a day we had:)

We went to Concord and toured the Orchard House which was the home of Louisa May Alcott and her family and the setting she used for Little Women as she was living there when she wrote the book.  The house is set in beautiful grounds. IMG_7924.JPGYou have to take a tour to view the house, but it’s only ten dollars and the tours seem to happen frequently. The tour starts with a video in Louisa’s art gallery and this consists of about half of the tour. It was disappointing that you’re not allowed to take any photos anywhere else in the house😞 It was a lovely house with lots of artifacts and the guide seems to be quite knowledgeable, I would love to see it be a little longer though and non-flash photography allowed!

We stopped for a quick look at the nearby Minuteman National park in Concord, MA. We just had a quick look at the visitor centre so our little guest could ride her bike:) The park seems extensive and has a lovely walk around it that documents important events in the area, including the capture site of Paul Revere!

After that we came home as my friend needed to be home for an appointment. I’m packed for Maine in the morning and spent most of the rest of the day relaxing.

We did go into “downtown” Lexington to look at the Minuteman statue and the battle green which is a beautiful area.

There are also some beautiful old houses in the area on Oakmount Street.IMG_7959.JPG

By the time we picked the older daughter up from her gymnastics camp the threenager was in full tantrum as she didn’t want to go to the grocery store. My friend told me the term threenager today and it seems so appropriate. This little one just didn’t know what she wanted. Lol I’m just glad she did this in the car and not during the Orchard House tour! I’m not sure the term should even apply to one so cute!

We’re just relaxing for the evening as we’ll be heading out early.

Have fun!

AJ