Something About Some Things

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Yay for The Daily Post!  And yay for the word “vague” and Savage Chickens being vague.  I don’t know why all of that is inspiring for me today.  I suppose I could dream up some vague reasons, but why, right?  It’s  got me writing.  Good enough.

I had it pointed out to me that my last post was in December.  Well it’s kinda been January ever since, but finally (Finally!) I think the snow is giving up and going away.

So here’s a few things I’ve been up to in this hundred and some days-long month from Hades.

  1.  Crocheting.  It all started with my sudden desire for an old lady shawl.  So I made one.  It looks like half of a giant doily and is not particularly warm.  My attempt at making a “shrug” was somewhat more successful but it was big and bulky and annoying to wear so eventually I took the seams apart and did a border and turned it into a blanket.  I have it on my lap as we speak.  And then the slippers began.  I don’t know if I’m up to fifty pair, but it must be close.  I guess you could call it an experiment gone out of control, but I do love messing about with patterns and sizes and different yarns, and my vague goal at this point is for my immediate family to have slippers for life.  They’ve all been very nice about it so far.  Even W has been wearing shoe box size monstrosities and professing to love how warm they are.  Now I’m working on the last sleeve of a rather interesting sweater and that’s maybe all you need to know about that.
  2. Shopping the yarn sales at Michaels.  Sometimes two and three days a week using coupons and vouchers and going to the checkout getting the same unlucky lady almost every time, who would probably like to ask me WTF I’m doing with all these random colours bought in fits and starts but is too polite to ask.  Or more likely she’s seen it all before and does not even care.
  3. Instant Potting!  Thanks to my son who brought his Instant Pot when they all came for a visit at Spring Break.  My mother was not a fan of pressure cooking and instilled in me a healthy fear of blowing up the kitchen with one of those things.  But a week of watching K use his (and eating all the delicious stuff you can make in it) was enough for me to find the courage to buy one.  I’ve been using it almost every day since.  Yay for more experimenting!  But, you know, on the cautious side.  I sit in another room while it’s working because if it blows I don’t want to go with it.  Childhood fears are really hard to shake.  But the soups are to die for.  Well, not literally.

The sun is shining, the temperature is almost balmy, and it’s getting harder by the day to justify my reluctance to get the hell out of my house and go for a walk.  Ice on the sidewalks has been a powerful deterrent.  Probably wouldn’t be able to find any now.  But I also have a ton of reading to do, many free e-books and three new actual real books from Chapters that I’m saving and savouring and slavering over.  Well that sounds vaguely disgusting.  I don’t even care if they were bad choices and are stupid stories, they are REAL BOOKS.  Yay for real books.

So, am I back to blogging?  Who knows.  Hope so.  Seems possible.  Time will tell. I love being vague.  Kind of the story of my life.  Or not. I don’t know.

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15 thoughts on “Something About Some Things

  1. Good stuff! Glad to read what you write again. I’ve been wondering about those instant pots. I want to make French fries without oil and I hear you can do that with an Instant Pot, but I hesitate due to the blowing up the kitchen thing.

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    • Well I’m sure if it’s possible there’s someone out there who has done it and lived to tell the tale and posted it on the internet! Amazing number of recipes out there. Haven’t come across that one though.

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  2. So glad you are back! I too have that instilled childhood fear of pressure cookers and I have no idea why. Never did I see anyone in my family even use one so it must be some repressed issue that I have carried forward into adulthood. Great that it gives you yummy food, but stay well away- we want you to keep blogging 🙂

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    • The ones I remember from way back in the day were fat gray pots that you put on the stove to heat up and build pressure, were not electric so had to be closely watched, with no safety locking of the lid until the pressure released. An accident in the making for sure. The ones now have lots of safety features but still, I have a healthy wariness and respect. Hope those are not famous last words. lol

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  3. So pleased to see you back! I hope you’re back to stay, however vaguely. Although it does sound like you’ve kept your mind and hands active 🙂 I want to learn how to crotchet – and crotchet presents are the very best. Most lovingly handmade goodies one could ever receive. My aunt made me a beautiful patterned knitted blanket as a wedding present, I have had to for four years now and it keeps me warm every winter. I wish you well, and hope spring stays for you! The weather around the world has been most odd this year.

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    • Ha, yes, vaguely seems to be my modus operandi of late. Crocheting is really easy, at least compared to knitting. You should try it! I find it very relaxing and mind numbing. Unless the pattern is complicated but I tend to avoid those and keep it simple. My mom made many quilts for all of us. It IS a wonderful thing to have something home/hand made. Lots of love in those things. Even if you were mind numbed during the process.

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