Are All Addictions Bad?

Day four of the new cholesterol medication, and the end of the old. So far the only side effect I notice is the common one, constipation, which was a side effect of the old medication as well. But, I lie, there does seem to be another side effect, but not one I am complaining about. My eyesight seems to have improved. Could it be the new medication, the cessation of the old medication, the hours spent on crochet and not on the computer, the slight weight loss… I don’t know! But I am not complaining. The current project, WIP seems to be the buzz acronym for “work in progress”, is a simple pair of fingerless gloves for my Mom for her birthday. Sorry Mom, the surprise is not a surprise, particularly since you might be helping me out with advice about them from time to time. Having learned the single crochet stitch, it was time to move on to a new stitch, which is the half double crochet stitch. This took quite a while to catch on to, as apparently I don’t acquire new physical skills easily. I found these beginner crochet gif illustrations helpful, the videos are great but … Continue reading

March Is A Two Pizza Month

March! It is my least favourite month of the year. My Granny passed away in March of 1976, I still tear up when I think about how much I miss her. My very dear friend and lover Pat Logier passed away in March of 1996, a very sad time in my life. March is when winter weather can seem like it will never, ever, ever end. March brings the spring season, but not necessarily spring weather. March, even when the weather is lovely, holds no promises that winter’s worst will not return for a star performance. I don’t like March much. But, I am having comparatively grand March this year. Living at Mist Cottage means that we see the snow melt away in March, we are reminded that milder weather will come. This year March is stirring our longing to be out at the Rideau Camp; we are beginning to think about being there, what we will take with us for our picnics, what little projects we want to work on, how wonderful it will be to sit under the trees in the shade on hot days, and to sit under the stars around our campfire on clear nights. Yes, … Continue reading

Little Things

The cold snap is finally over. We can see patches of brown grass now, here and there, where there was only white yesterday. The snow banks are still significant, but they will not last long. We had a lovely quiet weekend. We made croutons, went for walks in the sun, sat on the back porch in the sun, baked sourdough bread, and just hung out at home. I crochet every day, and it is coming easier and easier. I am still on the first stitch I learned, the single crochet stitch. I won’t be moving beyond that for a while yet, I want to my hands to learn it, muscle memory, and that takes time to develop.


11:15 a.m. It was -12C when I peeked out the kitchen window this morning, just after the sun came over the horizon. The sun did its magic, and the temperature has now risen to -1C. I plan on going for a walk again today, after lunch, when it is even warmer out there. Yesterday I did get out for a walk, and it was lovely and sunny. But despite the above freezing temperature, the wind was strong and nipped at any exposed skin. The birds were exultant, in full song. I saw crows, chickadees, robins, blue jays, grackles and red winged blackbirds. The excitement of impending spring had captured us all. Two packages arrived in the mail yesterday. One was the photograph project I had ordered online, I like the results, and that is a great relief. The other was my set of crochet hooks, and they are lovely. These hooks were recommended by Bex, and they make crocheting a lot easier. Yesterday, after Attila got home from work, we made an excursion to pick up some fresh vegetables and some almond milk, which has replaced dairy milk in my diet. The tummy upsets have disappeared. I was relieved that … Continue reading