I know I’ve said it before, but I really do thank God for our socialized medicine.  Ella’s had a cold and been coughing since we the day before we cut down the tree.  Initially the doctor said it was bronchitis, so we took it easy and hoped.  She’s still coughing and it’s keeping her (and me) up at night.  So over to the clinic we went yesterday.  This time we saw my usual Nurse Practitioner.  She had a good listen to Ella’s lungs and she’s got pneumonia starting.  Luckily we caught it really early.  Ella’s big enough to have the capsules, so getting the amoxicillin into her won’t be a problem.  I hope they kick in soon because her cough is getting worse.  We slept on the chesterfield last night, the ‘lazy-boy’ ends are perfect for keeping Ella upright but more comfortable than a pile of pillows.  She’s feeling rather sorry for herself (she’s not used to having a cold for more than a few days).  I picked her up a friend when I picked up the prescriptions (I’m on prednesone again to make my stupid cough stop) and that has helped.

Now for my Yarn Along post.

I whipped up a new face cloth with a funky Bernat cotton.  Looks good but turned Colin’s face (and my fingers) blue!  Glad I only bought the little ball to try.  Sure wish the dollar was better because the ‘dish cloth’ cotton at Knit Picks is so much nicer than anything I can buy around here.  Knitting continues on Ella’s infinity scarf too, but since it basically looks the same as last week (just wider) I won’t take a new picture.

I looked at the calendar the other day and had a mild case of panic.  Ella’s birthday is coming up fast and I haven’t started her birthday sock!  She wants knee socks again so I better get started.

I like to use sock calculators because it makes the socks fit better.  I’m making the top like my knee socks -with the casing for ties, it was a brilliant idea I found in an Icelandic knitting book.  Why fight with your socks when you can have a pretty tie at the top?  I’ve added a cable up the back of the sock just for some knitting interest.  I like the Jawoll brand (though could be a little softer) because it comes with reinforcement thread of the perfect colour for the heels.


Hmmm, Ella is still coughing.  Checking the calendar and it’s been almost a month!  If she’s still coughing by Wednesday I’ll have to take her over to the clinic.  I’m waiting till Wednesday because the good doctor is usually on then (and the bad one isn’t).  She’s still coughing up stuff so I don’t think it’s ‘just’ bronchitis.

Busy week in the kitchen.  I should be defrosting my kitchen freezer (upright).  It would be a perfect time since it’s below freezing in the summer kitchen so it makes food storage easy.  But I don’t know if I’m going to get it done.  I want to try a new chicken soup recipe to can.  That’s where the extra chicken will go.


grilled cheese

leftover honey garlic chicken wings (from Saturday)


macaroni & cheese

honey mustard chicken (new recipe) and crockpot mashed potatoes



leftover chicken wings


hot dogs

spaghetti and meatballs


tuna sandwiches

honey pork chops


beef barley soup (need to get to the butcher shop first)


chicken Continental (new recipe from my Make a Mix book)

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For Today:  5 January 2017

Happy New Year everyone!!!  I didn’t expect to take the whole Christmas holiday off from blogging, but I guess when you add up the bronchitis (Ella), chest cold (me), Christmas, Christmas in Bowmanville, and Ella’s sleepover fun the blogging just fell to the bottom of the list.


Outside my window:  sunny, snowy, and cold

The scene from yesterday.  Colin has the snow all plowed in the yard now.  But it sure looked pretty.

I am thinking:  that the colds have decided to make a second run through the house.  Ella’s cough is back and Colin’s throat is scratchy.  Boo!

I am thankful: that Colin didn’t fall off any of the roofs he was shoveling yesterday.  Also very glad we have the tractor for blowing all the snow.  It would have been terrible if we had to shovel the snow on the ground too.

I am wearing:  my purple dress with the tiered skirt and bare feet because the house is nice and warm.

I am creating: Ella needs a new scarf.  She loves the moebius style (I’ve made it since she was a baby because it was nearly impossible for her to take off).  The yarn I’m using doesn’t work for knitting that direction, so this time I’ll make it an infinity scarf.

I am reading or watching: not too much right now.  Too tired.  I’m home alone so I am getting to enjoy Holiday Inn.

I’m hoping: that we can all fight off this cold.  We need to get back to school and everything else.  We missed a lot of time in December because the student and teacher were wiped out with the cold the first time through.  We don’t need to start the new year sick.

In the garden: snow over my knees!

In my kitchen:  I should make some cookies today, but I don’t know if I will.

A favourite quote for the day:  “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other” Audrey Hepburn

One of my favourite things: Ella enjoying her Christmas presents (ignore my messy knitting corner).  Fuzzy purple pillow, foxy gloves, and Robin Hood.


Daddy and I also got Ella all set up for her archery.  She really loved it this summer at the SCA event.  Daddy has her all set up in the yard already.

No bull’s eyes yet, but she’s good at hitting the target.

The Knitted Year 2016


The last Yarn Along of the year seems the right time to post my knitting list.  I’m always amazed at how much I get knitted every year.

Lacy dress for Ella’s American Girl dolls

Ella’s birthday socks

plain socks for Ella

American Girl cable socks for Alex

American Girl fingerless gloves for Alex

cable American Girl sweater for Alex

plain Daddy socks

plain socks for Grandma

Steampunk gloves for me

“Clock” socks for me

Old Shale dress -Ella’s Ever After High ‘barbies’

a bit of crochet lace edging

some lace trim for embroidered bag

skull ‘snowflake‘ -for swap

pinwheel face cloths -3

dolly blanket for Ella’s babies

bath mat

bath mat 2

Momma socks

slippers for Grandpa Jim -2 pair

2 poppies

work toque for Colin

play toque for Ella

fingerless fox gloves -for Ella

Santa costume for Calico world

Daddy socks



Merry Christmas



Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!  May you all be happy and surrounded by the people you love.


Wow, it’s been a busy week.

Off to get our tree last Tuesday.  Had to stop for our annual height chart picture.

Ella found a great tree.

Just a nice amount of snow this year -so much better than last year’s rain.

Ella loved the snugly bunnies in the cafe.  This one is named licorice.

Before we left they hit the hill a couple of times.  Ella thinks they need an escalator.

Ella did a great job decorating the tree (Daddy did lights and garland).  My job is unwrapping the ornaments.

The Elf mischief continues.  Who knows where we’ll find them every morning.  Luckily we caught Faith before she stared to nibble Ella’s gingerbread house.

And now for the reason you’re reading this, my knitting for Yarn Along this week:

Some Christmas socks for Colin.


Had a wonderful Gaudete (Joy) Sunday at church this week.  The Sunday School kids did their pageant this week.  Ella was a great narrator.  Nice and clear!  I tried to get some pictures, but my darn Ventolin has me shaking too much to take pictures with my phone.

Baking is high on my ‘to do’ list this week.  I’ve got  batch of speculatius cookies made and a batch of sugar cookie dough in the freezer waiting.  I think I’ll get started on some shortbread today, they taste better if they get a chance to ‘age’.

You’ll probably note that there is no leftover chicken in this week’s menu.  That’s because I forgot to get the chicken out in time.  Instead I cooked up the ham that was languishing in the freezer.  I had to do it over two days (since I would be away a lot of Sunday) and the smell of cooking smoked ham was driving Colin crazy.  I think he literally said ‘mmm’ with every forkful.


grilled cheese

leftover ham and scalloped potatoes


tomato soup

hamburger casserole (new crock pot recipe)


oatmeal pancakes

leftover ham


chicken vegetable soup

leftover casserole


wieners & beans

chicken Parmesan


bacon & eggs

French fries


boeuf Bourguignon

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Today is the anniversary of losing Isobel.  Hard to believe she’s been gone 4 years now.  Miss you Mom.