Saturday, February 07, 2009

Finding time... do the things I want and love to do is difficult these days. I'm still knitting, but it seems as though I'm not accomplishing much. I did finish my own My So Called Scarf:
and I am working on a pair of socks right now:
I'm knitting them as a short row toe up using the stitch pattern from the River Rapids Sock pattern. I'm really stuck on the short row toe and heel from my Toe-Up Totem Sock Pattern...I'll admit that I'm afraid to try a different pattern because this one fits me so well. The yarn I am using is the prize I won on Becky's blog.

A couple of weeks ago I tried a new cookie recipe for Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies which was a big hit.
Next time I make them I'll double them. I substituted canola oil for the butter and they were fabulous :) Whenever I can I have been substituting canola oil for butter and shortening just because I think it's much more healthy. Cakes, cookies and breads do fine with the substitution. The only recipes that don't work out is pie crusts. Today I used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with oil and they taste a little different, but they turned out fine.

Last time I spoke a little too soon about my Dad doing much better. Though there is nothing terribly wrong, he has developed a pressure ulcer ( looks like he's missing a chunk of flesh) on the bottom of his heel. Most likely this is due to poor circulation and wearing his new shoes. He's been living in slipper socks in the house since his toe infection. Looking back I remember being asked if he was diabetic. Not realizing that all his feet problems are probably due to poor circulation and neuropathy (remember I needed to get him a blanket support). The visiting nurses are back in the picture because the pressure ulcer requires special wound care. Hopefully it will heal faster than the infection. Luckily the ulcer was caught before it was infected.

Seems like everything is breaking around here. Between my old washing machine, old shredder and now my old Cannon Power Shot A70 digital camera has been behaving very poorly lately. I think it may be dying slowly. While trying to capture some video at my sons' concerts this week the screen went black. Don't know what's wrong with it, but I did manage to get it to take some photographs for this post...thank goodness!! I'm going to have to start saving up for a new camera. I did a little research and I'm wondering if a Cannon Powershot SX110 IS would be a good one for me. It seems to be a moderate priced camera that has a lot of nice features. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. I want a camera with a zoom greater than 3x without breaking the bank.

I'm sorry to say I'm still way behind in my blog reading. All of my blogging friends are very prolific....need I say more. Even though I am a slow poke...I do enjoy catching up on what everyone is doing. When I have a few extra minutes I'll keep trying do a little catching up. My dad and my family come first, so I hope you all understand :)

Hope the rest of your weekend (very spring like here) is filled with lots of happy knitting :)