Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Butterfly stitch pattern dish cloth

I knitted a butterfly stitch pattern dish cloth today.


I used bits of leftover striped Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn and size 4.5mm knitting needles.

Cast on multiples of 10, plus 7 stitches ... I cast on 37.

Knit three rows.

Here's the butterfly pattern:

Row 1: Knit 1, purl 5, * with yarn in back slip 5, purl 5 *, knit 1

Row 2: Knit row

Row 3: Knit 1, purl 5, * with yarn in back slip 5, purl 5 *, knit 1

Row 4: Knit row

Row 5: Knit 1, purl 5, * with yarn in back slip 5, purl 5 *, knit 1

Row 6: Knit 1, * knit 7, lift the 3 strands then knit 1, release the 3 strands, knit 2 *, knit 6

Row 7: Knit 1, with yarn in back, slip 5, * purl 5, with yarn in back slip 5 *, knit 1

Row 8: Knit row

Row 9: Knit 1, with yarn in back, slip 5, * purl 5, with yarn in back slip 5 *, knit 1

Row 10: Knit row

Row 11: Knit 1, with yarn in back, slip 5, * purl 5, with yarn in back slip 5 *, knit 1

Row 12: Knit 3, lift the 3 strands then knit 1, release the 3 strands, knit 2, * knit 7, lift the 3 strands then knit 1, release the 3 strands, knit 2 *, knit 1

Repeat rows 1 to 12 until desired length (I did 10 rows of butterflies).

Purl row

Knit 3 rows.  Cast off and darn in ends.

Pan-Seared Chicken with Smashed Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans and Rosemary Pan Sauce, Hello Fresh

Gord and I received a Hello Fresh box Saturday with four meals for two.

Tonight I made our last one for supper ... Pan-Seared Chicken with Smashed Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans and Rosemary Pan Sauce.


The kit came with almost everything.


Ta-da!  We have mashed potatoes often and when the potatoes are new, I boil and mash them with the skins on like tonight.  I don't usually sear and then bake chicken but I think I will in the future.  It took less time to cook and it was tender and juicy.  The rosemary sauce over the chicken was tasty.  I'm not a fan of green beans so didn't have any so here is a picture of Gord's supper with half of the beans (he'll cook the other half tomorrow).

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Fan and feather dish cloth

I finished knitting a fan and feather pattern dish cloth this evening ... I like this pattern and have made many over the years.  

I've made quite a few lately and had bits of various variegated cotton yarns left over so used them.


Cast on 42 stitches (or a multiple of 18 plus 6)

Knit 3 rows of garter stitch for the border

Row 4: Knit

Row 5: K 3, P to last 3 stitches K3

Row 6: K3, *(K2 tog) 3 times, (yo, K1) 6 times, (K2 tog) 3 times, rep from * to last 3 sts K3

Row 7: Knit

Repeat Rows 4 - 7, keeping first and last 3 stitches in garter stitch, until piece measures desired length

Knit 3 more rows of garter stitch to make the bottom border

Cast off and darn in ends.

Southern Fried Pork Chops with White BBQ Sauce, Buttery Corn and Crispy Potatoes, Hello Fresh

Gord and I received a Hello Fresh box Saturday with four meals for two.

Gord made the Southern Fried Pork Chops with White BBQ Sauce, Buttery Corn and Crispy Potatoes kit for supper this evening.


The kit came with almost everything.


Ta-da!  I liked it and it would be easy to make on our own.  We don't usually fry kernel corn but it was good.  We have roasted potatoes fairly often and like them  The pork chop was good.  I was a bit concerned when I read that the sauce on the pork chop had horse radish in it ... but it was toned down and tasty.

Moselland Riesling wine - cat bottles

Almost every year in November the LCBO sells bottles of Moselland Riesling wine in the shape of cats ... and here are this year's.  I don't think I have these colours.


I've been collecting them for 20 years and now have 40.  They are all different colours/vintages and are unopened.
  • 2000 - 5
  • 2001 - 3
  • 2002 - 3
  • 2003 - 1
  • 2004 - 2
  • 2005 - 2
  • 2006 - 2
  • 2007 - 2
  • 2008 - 2
  • 2009 - 2
  • 2011 - 2
  • 2012 - 3
  • 2013 - 1
  • 2014 - 5
  • 2015 - 1
  • 2018 - 2
  • 2019 - 2

Monday, 23 November 2020

Souvlaki-style Chicken with Lemony Rice and Chopped Salad, Hello Fresh

Gord and I received a Hello Fresh box Saturday with four meals for two. 

I made the Souvlaki-style Chicken with Lemony Rice and Chopped Salad kit for supper this evening.


The kit came with almost everything.


Ta-da!  I liked it and it was a good hearty meal.  The salad dressing (oil, sugar and lemon juice) was tasty and inspired me to eat more salads.  The chicken was tender and juicy.  The rice was a bit spicy (the pepper in the lemon pepper spice maybe?) but I was okay with that.  The same spice was on the chicken but I guess it got diluted a bit when I browned it.  I don't like feta cheese so didn't put any on my meal ... Gord likes it so did.  He doesn't like tomatoes so didn't put any in his salad ... so more for me! 

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Steak Spiced Burgers with Disco Fries, Hello Fresh

Gord and I received a Hello Fresh box yesterday with four meals for two.

Gord made one for supper this evening ... Steak Spiced Burgers with Disco Fries.  It's our first time trying a Hello Fresh meal kit.


The kit came with pretty well everything.


Ta-da!  The only change we made was to not put the mixed greens on the burger.  The fries were good.  The gravy was yummy and it was interesting having mozzarella cheese on top.  The burger was good too.  Gord put the buns in the oven and they were soft and warm.  The patty was tasty.

Lite Mind Body, Toronto, ON

Lite Mind Body recently opened in our neighbourhood.  Gord and I have been watching and waiting.

We'd stopped in on Friday and chatted with Mary, one of the owners, and scheduled a Lite Detox Experience for late this afternoon.
  • Detox effortlessly and recover faster using Infrared 
  • Sweat out all your blues 
  • Relax your mind, relieve pain and detox your body.
  • Colour therapy to help you really get into the mood and mindset you need

Benefits:
  • Detox Detox 
  • Natural Anti-Aging 
  • Speed up healing time
  • Relieve pain and anxiety
  • Boost your immune system
  • Burn up to 600 calories
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Relax and destress


We each had our own room with a sauna.


You can adjust the heat, time and light therapy inside and outside the sauna.


There is an iPad where you can listen to music on Spotify or watch Netflix that is piped into the sauna.  I found some relaxing meditation music.  I did some stretches for the last ten minutes or so.

Knitted baby blanket

Gord's son and his son's girlfriend are having a baby (a boy) in the spring so I knitted the baby a blanket for the baby.  It's a pattern I've done many times but this time I alternated two knit rows/two purl rows.

I used two skeins of Bernat Blanket Yarn (Faded Blues) and 8mm needles.


  • Cast on 3 sts.
  • 1st and 2nd rows: Kfb. Knit to end of row.
  • 3rd and 4th rows: Kfb. Purl to end of row.
  • Rep last 4 rows until half desired length (for me, that was one skein)
  • 1st and 2nd rows: ssk. Knit to end of row.
  • 3rd and 4th rows: ssk. Purl to end of row.
  • Rep last 4 rows until there are 3 sts rem.
  • Next row: Sl1. K2tog. psso. Next row: Sl1. K2tog. psso. 
  • Bind of and weave in the ends.

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Hello Fresh

Our neighbour, Dawn, uses Hello Fresh often.  She gave me a coupon to try them and get four meals for two for free.

So I ordered from their "family" menus.  They were scheduled to arrived today from 8am to 8pm ... and they were on our doorstep before 9am.

Each meal came in a bag in an insulated box with giant icepacks on the bottom to keep the meat cold.


Guess what we'll be having for suppers this week!

Thanks, Dawn!

Friday, 20 November 2020

Local Public Eatery, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had lunch today on the patio at the Local Public Eatery (in Liberty Village).  

He's been having lunch there on Fridays for the last month and I've been working so haven't been able to go.  Today it was sunny and 17C and probably the last nice patio day 'til next year ... so I went along with him today.


We both ordered the Deluxe Burger.


Gord got his with no tomatoes and a side salad.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Book ~ "Greenlights" (2020) Matthew McConaughey

From Goodreads ~ From the Academy Award–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.

Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges - how to get relative with the inevitable - you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights.”

So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.

Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.

It’s a love letter. To life.

It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights - and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.

Good luck.
 

I wouldn't say I'm a big Matthew McConaughey fan.  He seems like a nice fella and a free spirit and I was interested enough in him to read his book.

The book starts back in the beginning with his parents ... who divorced each other twice and married each other three times.  He tells of growing up as the youngest of three boys and their unstable childhood (his parents sound whacked).  He was popular in high school and spent a year in an exchange program in Australia.  He went to university with dreams of being a lawyer but switched when he realized he wanted to get into movies.  He's done a lot of travelling and seemed to go where the wind took him.

I liked the writing style and liked that it was written at a high level (so not a great deal of details).  I found the sticky notes, bumper stickers, words of wisdom, etc. a bit weird so ignored them after awhile as they didn't make a lot of sense to me.  I came away feeling the same about him as before I read the book ... he seems like a nice fella and a free spirit.  As a head's up, there is swearing, adult activity (with himself!) and drug and alcohol use.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Nova Scotia's Community Haul ~ November 2020

I received my first Nova Scotia's Community Haul subscription box today.

Weddings and school concerts, charity bake sales and chase-the-ace - our community halls are where Nova Scotians have come together for generations to celebrate and support one another. Since we’re together apart for the foreseeable future, we’ve transformed the community hall into a Community Haul. 

Community Haul, partnered with Symplicity Designs set out to create a safe and fun way to help the small business community through the next year. Our product forges connection, creates community, and offers you the opportunity to explore Nova Scotia - all from the safety of your home. 

We've launched a 12 month subscription box to celebrate Nova Scotia business owners and help reboot the regional economy. By pledging your community support with a subscription, you can help keep the lights on for dozen of small businesses during these economically stressful times. What's more, every box sold will support the IWK Foundation to provide care for the women and children in the Maritimes.  
Support Nova Scotia businesses by opening your doors to our Community Haul!

I'm originally from Nova Scotia and thought it would be fun to receive stuff from "back home" and help support their economy


Here's what was in the box ...

Monday, 16 November 2020

Book ~ "Alfie the Christmas Cat" (2020) Rachel Wells

From Goodreads ~ Christmas is around the corner and Alfie and George can’t wait. This year, the residents of Edgar road have come together to put on a festive show and raise money for a local homeless shelter.

As December approaches, plans are in full swing: auditions are being held, props are being built, Alfie and George are rehearsing daily and everyone is having a very merry time.

But then things start to go wrong. And when the residents arrive at the theatre one morning to discover their set has been trashed, it becomes clear someone is trying to sabotage their performance.

Alfie and George know it’s up to them to find the culprit and save the day. Because, after all, the show must go on.

Alfie is a doorstep cat who has many families.  He lives with Claire and Jonathan and their young children.  Polly and Matt (and their young children and cat), and their children, Sylvie and Marcus (and Sylvie's daughter) and Harold (Marcus' father who also has a cat) are their neighbours and Franceska and Tomasz )and their teenage children) are former neighbours.  All the families are very good friends with each other, thanks to Alfie.  Alfie is the adopted "dad" to a cat named George.

Connie, Sylvie's daughter, is dating Franceska and Tomasz' son, Aleksy.  They are doing a school project and decide to do something to help the local homeless shelter.  After brainstorming with everyone, including the cats, they come up with idea of having a Christmas show and giving the proceeds to the homeless shelter.  Plus they will ask for donations of clothing, etc.  The neighbourhood pitches in and they have quiet a show planned.  But someone starts sabotaging it but know one knows who.  Alfie takes it upon himself to find out what's going on. 

This is the seventh and latest in Alfie series and I liked it (I've read them all).  Though it's part of a series, it works as a stand alone.  It is written in first person perspective in Alfie's voice.  We can see the conversations he has with other cats and now Pickles.  Plus he understands the conversations of humans around him (rather than "blah blah blah blah blah Alfie blah blah blah).  Though he can't talk back to them in their language, he does try to communicate in cat-talk and expressions.

Topbox - November 2020

 My November Topbox arrived today.

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