Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Knit. Rickrack Rib

I originally found this pattern on Purlbee but the instructions were written and with pictures and I kept messing up because I wasn't understanding them correctly. I turned to Youtube and found the answers after starting over at least 10 times. Then of course I would forget which direction I was going because I forgot to make a mental note of the obvious. I am not starting over again. I've got it down.

I'm having a lot of fun with this pattern. It's simple (even though I said I don't do patterns). The scarf is loose and stretchy. I am using size 15 US wooden needles and there are 25 stitches on the needles using the Long Tail cast on.  

The yarn was found at a yard sale so aside from doing the yarn and needle test I have no idea which needles I'm supposed to use. I can't be bothered with that (T3). I will knit it until it's gone so this may just be a short collar type scarf with a button. I guess we'll see. I love the chunky look and the color (also T3).

Here's the Youtube video I used.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Read. Lakeshore Chronicles #1

Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

(Lakeshore Chronicles #1)

Summer at Willow Lake

Olivia Bellamy has traded her trendy Manhattan life for a summer renovating her family's crumbling holiday resort. Tempted by the hazy, nostalgic memories of summers past - childhood innocence and the romance and rivalries of her teens - it's the perfect place to flee after her broken engagement. But what began as an escape may just be a new beginning...As Olivia uncovers secrets buried thick with dust, one by one her family return, their lives as frayed at the edges as the resort.

This book series was recommended by my friend Tami. As I have mentioned before, I like to read books in their published order and it is even better if there's a series involved! This one has nine in it! Thank you Tami!

I was a little hesitant because this book was found in the "Romance" section. I love a good girl meets boy happy ending story but we all know what a risk it is getting one from the romance section. I'm happy to say that this book did not include those scenes you imagine a book having that has come from this section. Sure there was love but they left out the "details". Thank goodness! I must warn you as always that there were a few "F" bombs but I think it was in my less than five category. 

If you ever went to camp, family or sleep away, this is a fun read. She makes you feel like you're back there again. I've already checked out the next one and I plan to start it ASAP.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Our New Best Friend - Dr. Youtube

We have had some circulating problems around here. Mick came with "allergies" and so he is on prescription food and in the mean time Max had gotten some sort of a bug and then starting having allergy symptoms. I took him to the vet and that is what they treated him for. After my 2nd time getting the allergy shots and antibiotics that seemed to wear off way too early I decided to look into it myself. It was getting expensive and we weren't getting the results I wanted.

I took Max off the antibiotics and started treating him from the inside out for a yeast infection. After all, he had all of the symptoms which are very similar to allergies and he's never had allergies like this before. So of course, I don't believe it is allergies. I put him on a specific dog food that will not feed the yeast and I feed him plain yogurt and coconut oil. I like to use the coconut oil on his skin too but it is difficult. He loves it and you'd think I was rubbing him down with bacon grease.

Max has been improving. I got his weight back up and his ear hematoma has gone away just like this guy said in the video. We had it drained once and then it came back and the next option was surgery. I'm glad I found this because it was so true. See video below:

Today I decided to treat them both to an ear wash. I had everything but the Hydrocortizone and the Aspirin and the Antihistamine so I went out and got it. I did both dogs at once so that I didn't have to redo the mixture each time. I used a blue bulb syringe and it worked just fine. It turns out Mick wasn't too happy about his one ear so it's good I did him too. I didn't even realize he was having a problem. They are now napping and it looks like they're feeling good. See video below:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Time to Knit

Recently I found some fun yarn during my yard sale expeditions for very cheap! There was only one skein of this color so I think I'll start with it. Just a scarf of course. I like mindless knitting for the most part but sometimes I will tackle a pattern. 

I don't knit very often so every time I pick up the needles I need a refresher. Youtube is awesome for that! My favorite cast on is the Long Tail Cast On. This tutorial is by Knitpicks.

It wasn't until I felt the weather starting to change that I felt the need to knit. I look forward to the fall.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Read. Penelope.

Penelope by Rebecca Harrington

From Amazon: When Penelope O’Shaunessy, “an incoming freshman of average height and lank hair” steps into Harvard Yard for the first time she has lots of advice from her mother: "Don't be too enthusiastic, don't talk to people who seem to be getting annoyed, and for heaven's sake, stop playing Tetris on your phone at parties." Penelope needs this advice. She is the kind of girl who passes through much of her life with coffee spilled on her white shirt, who can't quite tell when people are joking, and who, inevitably, always says the wrong thing. But no amount of coaching will prepare Penelope for the people she meets at school. 
Another stumbled upon book. Judged and chosen because it was a large paperback and I liked the cover. The author doesn't have or at least I couldn't find a website. This was her first book. 
I found that I could relate to the character in a lot of ways and I think that is one of the main reasons I couldn't put it down. There was hope that things would change for her and they didn't really. Having already been through college it brought back some memories. Of course there are things I know now that I wish I knew then. It's nice to see that I wasn't alone.
This book had more "F" bombs than I prefer. Specifically in 2 different conversations. No smut which was awesome. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Frosty Mug DC

I like Diet Coke but not to the extent that you'd think*. Most avid soda drinkers that I come to think of get a large fountain drink first thing in the morning on the way to work. No way! First of all, I am not a fan of fountain drinks. Sure I'll get one occasionally at a restaurant but mostly if it comes with the meal. They're too flat for me. Second, I can't usually even finish a whole can!*

I recently found that the best way to drink a DC (for me) is frosty mug style. MMMmmm! Besides having it in a can for maximum bite (I'm not even a fan of the bottles and especially not the 2L) it is even better this way creating even more bite! The only catch is that I have to drink it fast. That's easy though because it's so good.

*I clarify this because it seems that every time I drink it I get lectured as if I'm an addict.

Monday, August 12, 2013

What I Just Read

Meet June Parker.  She works for L.A. Rideshare, adores her rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, and struggles with losing a few pesky pounds.  
But June’s life is about to change.
After a dark turn of events involving Weight Watchers, a chili recipe and a car accident in which her passenger, Marissa, dies, June finds herself in possession of a list, “20 Things to Do By My 25th Birthday.”  Even though they barely knew each other, June is compelled by both guilt and a desire to set things right to finish the list for Marissa.
The tasks before her range from inspiring (Run a 5K), to daring (Go braless), to near-impossible (Change someone’s life), and as June races to achieve each goal before the deadline, she learns more about her own life than she ever bargained for.
I stumbled upon this book while going back to my old technique of looking at every book in the stacks for a large paperback. I was actually looking for a particular book I had read a long time ago. I did find it but she still only had one book on the shelf.  I think I had seen this one before but must have forgotten about it. 

It was a fun read. I breezed right through it. Clean too! Just a wee bit of language with five or less sporadic F bombs. Totally worth overlooking those. I will definitely find and read the rest of her books.