Showing posts from November, 2013

Why I'm Not Looking Forward to Thanksgiving Dinner

I'm on a new "diet" and it's not to lose weight. Let me explain. 

After many other tests and dealing with pain in my appendix area since April of 2012, in May I had a capsule endoscopy - I swallowed a pill camera that took pictures of my gastro-intestinal tract. The results: inflammation throughout my small and large intestines. 

My gastroenterologist said that I have Crohn's Disease and that I would have to take steroids and a bunch of other meds for the rest of my life to control the disease (there is no cure). I don't agree with the Crohn's diagnosis because I don't have any of the other typical symptoms of Crohn's except for the inflammation. Along with pain in my appendix area, I had pain in my hands and up the sides of my lower back. I researched different ways to control Crohn's thru diet but my Dr. wasn't willing to offer me any guidance or support in trying those methods. Besides, like I said before, I didn't think I even HAD Cr…

Our Solar Panels are Mounted!

Back in September we received a pallet of solar panels. Christian and two friends worked hard one cold and very windy weekend to get those panels mounted on their poles.

The panels face due south and are all ready to start generating power from the sun. 

Here's a picture of Christian to give you some perspective. They are BIG!

Now we just need to get the system hooked up and we'll have our own clean-energy power plant right in our yard. So cool!

Yarn Along: Soldier's Wrap

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along. 

A friend of mine owns a LYS and she doesn't particularly care for one color of yarn she carries. Well, that color just so happens to be my favorite - rust. She gave me a challenge this past week: make her like the yarn. So I picked out a variegated yarn that complements the color and got to knitting. 

Knitting: Autumn Capelet
Two bulky yarns held together and knit on size 35 needles. I knit a capelet like this in the past but in a single color. I like how this one turned out better.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky in Colorway 580 Spice and Plymouth Yarn Bazinga in Colorway Raz Chocolate
Pattern: My own creation

Reading: The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
This is our book club pick for December. I'm only on page 17 so I don't have much to say on it yet. Have you read it? Did you like it?

And here's the finished capelet! I really love how the variegated yarn toned down the rust color. I hope my friend lo…

Eke and Ernie

Say hello to the latest little rascals to join our farm!

We've been cat-less since we had to put Dusty down this past spring. My mom has been cuddling these two little guys for months getting them ready for us.

They're living out in the old milk house right now until they learn where home is. We're hoping they like mice because we've had a bit of a problem since the temperatures dipped.

Christian says that I shouldn't name barn cats because their mortality rate is so high but I just can't help myself. I've been naming our cats in alphabetical order. Since we had Dusty, a "D", last year this year's kittens have "E" names. Ernie is on the left and Eke on the right. What cuties!

Well, hello!

Christian and I just returned from 2 weeks of hiking in southern Utah. We explored Arches, Bryce Canyon, & Zion National Parks along with a lot of other beautiful areas. I got to go canyoneering for the first time and I'm seriously in love with the sport. Combine hiking, swimming, crawling and rock climbing and that's kind of what canyoneering is like. While we were gone I also celebrated my birthday. Good trip, good trip indeed. I look forward to sharing some of our photos with you. What gorgeous country!