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Friday Food: Christmas Club Sandwich

It is too hot to cook anything, I could only bring myself to make toast and so a Club Sandwich was the go. The Recipes+ magazine had a section on using up Christmas Ham. We are too small a household for a whole ham, so I bought some ham and turkey at the deli at the corner. The amounts given are for one sandwich, so multiply away for more.

They say to fry the ham: what?? Why would you turn on a hot appliance??? I used sliced sandwich bread rather than the thicker toast slices. I prefer to have more filling than bread. If left alone with a loaf of bread I can sometimes just have toast for breakfast, lunch and tea, so the great filling is a necessity.                  

At The Casino they have a similar triple layer sandwich with cheese, tomato, ham, waldorf chicken, egg and bacon served with some delicious chips. I was looking for a similar taste experience and this was pretty good.

 

Christmas Club Sandwich  serves 1

  • 3 slices of bread, I used wholemeal
  • sliced ham
  • sliced turkey
  • mayonnaise
  • cranberry sauce
  • lettuce
  • tomato

Toast the bread and then spread one side of each piece with 2 tspn of mayonnaise.

Toast and mayo

Top one slice with lettuce, sliced tomato and ham.

Slice 1

Top the second slice with cranberry sauce, turkey and lettuce.

Slice 2
Place the second slice on top of the first.

Stacking the slices

Then flip the third slice over and place it on top, mayonnaise side down.

The stack

Cut in half and serve. It is so delicious, I could have eaten another!!!

Club sandwich


Dress For (Almost) Success

My new dress is almost perfect.  I have the fit right, I adjusted the part where the sleeves meet the bodice at the front, it's all good - except for the hem. I think maybe the fabric was not printed absolutely on grain?? I did use the border as the hem and it was straight on the pattern when I started. Damn. I shall have to ask MrsDrWho to pin the right height as I slowly rotate. I do have a puffy chalk hem marker somewhere, but no puffy chalk.  I think, think I trust MrsDrWho more than puffy chalk.....

Birthday dress 1
The dress is very cool and floaty to wear. It will be a good hot day dress. I am very glad I washed the fabric before I started cutting out the dress.

Before: all the pieces fitted onto the fabric. After?? Not so much. Therefore the back is a different fabric. It was so hard to match. I really fancied a gold and dark green stripe, instead I have this fabric which is almost the right green with little gold leafy fronds. The front and back bodices only meet at the side seams so you never actually cross the fabric beams on the front.

Bits of a dress

Now I have three dresses. I think I shall make a Christmas dress. I have some material with green and white peppermints and that could be the skirt, with a green bodice perhaps?? Or maybe it is green enough by itself. I am undecided.

Peppermint
The weather has been hot, rain threatened this afternoon, but didn't eventuate. Our house is heating up and it is very warm inside, especially in the evenings. There have already been a few serious bush fires. The smoke from one enveloped the city last week.

Fires already
Peri and Gilly have been cooling off after their morning walk.

Peri needs to cool down Gilly cools down

Gilly likes to get all wet and then start work on her latest excavation near the fence under the honeysuckle. Pretty sure she's making a cool hole to lie in, or she's eating the dirt.....

Gilly is excavating
Some garlic from the garden is ready to 'harvest'. I am not sure how to keep it for the longest time. Maybe plaiting the long leaves together ???

Garlic from the garden
I could grate it with my Alli-grator, which I found this afternoon in a box. It is Very Cute and Amusing!!

My alligrator

I succumbed and bought some seasonal baking decorations: snowmen, silver balls, snow and red glitter I think.

Cooking embellishments
Now I've watched all three full seasons of Modern Family, and the start of season 4, I shall have to embark on a new TV-fest. I have Chuck, Eureka, Fringe season 4 (again) Supernatural, or Conspiracy 365 all at the top of my list: I am spoiled for choice. TV on in the background has helped me finish all 48 of the secret knitting things. There is just a little beading and embroidery and then they can be wrapped.

Tomorrow night MrsDrWho and I are going to use our BlackSpot of Doomlight(tm) saving vouchers and then we will border Craftsy blocks and start assembling her quilt. She has 28 days (later) until Christmas to complete it. I am sure there will be no Zombies trying to eat the quilt, cats or the people sewing it though. Well, 99% sure. The Walking Dead is there for me to watch, but I have banned myself. It is too horrid and apparently there are some dogs being eaten, (click and drag to reveal) cardboard fake ones, but still. MrsDrWho said I would be very upset and I believe her.

I have been wearing my new, almost finished dress for four hours, so I really should take it off. Though I might just wear it till bedtime!!!


Friday Food: Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Sweet Potatoes

Side dishes: I am a bit obsessed with them. Every side dish I know goes so nicely with lamb chops, especially one with rosemary. This recipe is from the Dec/Jan Super Food ideas. I bought it for the Christmas baking, but the roasted sweet potatoes accompany the BBQ turkey.

It is so quick and easy. The only teeny tiny change I made was to add a pinch of sugar to the dressing. The information box says this costs 40 cents a serve, but since sweet potatoes here are $3-98 per kg, I am not quite sure how they arrived at that figure. I made 1/3 of the recipe, more or less.

I was very happy to be able to use the fresh rosemary from my little garden and the garlic is our local purple variety.

Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Sweet Potatoes   serves 8 as a side

  • 3 x 300g sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped finely
  • 1 tbspn of chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (60ml)
  • 2 tbspn fresh lemon juice (40ml)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 200*C (180*C fan-forced). Prepare a tray or oven proof dish, perhaps lined with baking paper.

Sweet potato caroline
Cut each sweet potato lengthways into eight long wedges.

Garlic and rosemary
Chop the garlic and the rosemary.

Roasting
Combine the sweet potato, garlic, half the rosemary and 2 tbspn (40ml) of the oil on the tray, toss to coat and arrange neatly.

Roast for 35-45 minutes, or until the wedges are golden and tender.

Dressing
To make the dressing, whisk the lemon juice, remaining oil (20ml) and rosemary. Add salt and pepper to taste. It will emulsify a little and go cloudy.

Plate up

Place the roasted sweet potato on a serving place and drizzle over the dressing. Yum!!!

Roasted rosemary and garlic sweet potatoes


Mama, Just Quilt'd A Man....*

Pulled a needle and a thread,

This Quilt is doing in my head.

Mama, who knew that I was done??

Now I've gone and sewn it all away, ay, ay.....

Mama, ooh ooh ooh ooooh,

Didn't mean to moan and sigh,

I sometimes thought I'd never be done at all,

Sewing on, sewing on, as if nothing really matters..........

(* I am singing along to part of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen)

Yes, I have just sewn the last two blocks for the Craftsy Block Of The Month quilt. I made the Executive Decision that we would not be making the sewing-on-paper or the curvy Drunkard's Path-esque blocks. So last night and this afternoon I sewed the last three blocks. Block 18 is still at MrsDrWho's house with the first 17, but here are blocks 19 and 20: untrimmed.

19 and 20
And now my blocks are going to be put away until next year. I am going to quilt-as-you-go. Maybe when school goes back I will do one block every day and it will be ready for Winter. In the meantime I have two Jelly roll quilts to make and here is my new Kaffe Fasset Spot On jelly roll.

Spot on Kaffe
While I have broad beans from MrsDrWho's mum's garden, (Yum, I love them as a kind of salad with home made mint sauce)

Broad beans
Peri has a carrot she's worried I might want,

Peri has a carrot
and Gilly has her happy silly expression on. She's such a funny girl.

Gilly silly happy

I also have two little Secret Knitting items which, I swear, have more ends to sew in then rows. It is a good thing I have become addicted to Modern Family, and can while away a few episodes on The Apple TV while I sew them in. Season 1 is done and I am making my way through season 2. I didn't think I would like it, but it is laugh out loud funny a few times every episode.Who knew???

Ends, too many ends
Here's the material Jubbly'sMum aka MrsReno gave me for my birthday. It is enough, with some purchased lining, to make a dress the same as the one I made last week. It is washed and ready to go. I am going to 'fussy cut'  it so that the border is the hem and the fancy-schmancy centre piece is the bodice and skirt front. I could not buy the exact colour green for the lining and decided not to go for gold!!!

Fabric for a new dress

I have new sock wool, some Dream in Smooshy in a gorgeous emerald semi-solid and some fun Opal in a lovely teal/aqua colourway. I think these will be sitting in the sock wool tub until next year too. My sock knitting has ground to a halt lately.

New sock wool
I have had to spend quite a lot of time reading: at first none of the books on Hold at The Library came, and then eleven mostly big thick books came all at once:

I am down to just The Isles, a History of the British Isles. I wish I had some new books to read now. I keep checking my Holds every hour or so to see if a book has arrived on the shelf for me. None today.

I have two tickets to go to the cinema burning a hole in my pcket. MrsDrWho and I must see the new James Bond film ASAP. I hope she has finished editing her school reports and sewed her last two quilt blocks so we can go. It has been getting very good reviews. I love a good Bond film.

Tonight I am braving my favourite Bill Granger curry for tea. I have not had a proper curry since I was first sick in September and I am just making enough for one serve, with not much curry, and I will see how I go. I have lots of coconut milk to dilute the heat and my stomach-settling tablets at the ready.

I've no idea what I am going to cook tomorrow for Friday Food, it will be just as much a surprise to me as to anyone else. And now I am just pressing the Publish button and being damned.


I'm Gonna Brush Those Teeth Right Outta My Head

Going to the dentist is not a scary experience for me, except for the possibility of expensive procedures. Today I had my teeth cleaned and polished and two tiny x-rays. I have one tiny spot of concern under a very ancient filling which we are keeping an eye on. Going to the dentist wears me out. The dentist is from South Africa so I have to watch myself every minute in case I accidentally fall into doing the accent: sympathetically, not comically. He gave me some teeth bottle brushes. You use them instead of dental floss between larger teeth. They are very cute and not too expensive.

Teeth bottle brushes
After a little R&R at home I went to the lovely wool shop and sewed together most of a small lap blanket. People donated over 800 squares (so far) and today was the day for volunteers to sew the strips together. Kind people had already sorted them into sets of 24. I spent two hours and that's all I did. It took a long time to match up the edges, sew them together and then sew in all the ends. You can see I lost the will to sew ends in. These are for the ABC Giving Tree which is a big production here, the biggest Christmas Charity in the state, and in its 25th year.

Abc giving tree sewing up
I also found some very cute Australian themed fabric at Esme's. I saw it in a quilt and luckily she still had some left.

Aussie fabric
I had a very happy experience with the staff at Woolworths (or Roelf Vos as I still call it). I am always in need of measuring spoons. I drop them and then step back and crush them- Land of the Giants style, or I throw them out. I don't know where they go. They go with potato peelers. Anyway, I picked up a set of Woolworths measuring spoons, but when I went to use them they had a tablespoon of 15ml and a half tablespoon of 7.4ml. An Australian tablespoon is 20ml. I rang their Customer Care line. They did not care and pretty much said that I didn't know what I was talking about and all tablespoons had always been 15ml. I have a feeling it was an overseas call centre. I printed out information and went back to the shop I bought them from and lo, they were as amazed as I was. The listened, they wrote it down in the book. They were going to investigate, as it didn't say anywhere on the packet that they didn't meet Australian standards. They agreed that anyone trying to raise a cake with a 15ml tablespoon of baking powder or set a jelly with a 15ml tablespoon would soon be in cooking trouble. They replaced the measuring spoons with a proper Australian set, they were more expensive and I protested. That's not what I wanted, I was prepared to pay for a new standard set. I wrote an email to Woolworths commending the service and the attention I received. I have yet to hear back from the Big Wigs, but well done to the staff at the shop.

Peri and Gilly have been really enjoying their breakfast lately. It is a long time since tea. Gilly likes to dive in nose first and then eat very speedily. She hopes she will be able to steal some of Peri's food.

Gilly's breakfast
Peri is a slower eater, she likes to pick out the 'good bits' and eat them first. She never growls at Gilly and Gilly waits patiently to eat the leaves of the celery. Peri has a new lump in her side, it's a fatty lipoma (an Adipose form Doctor Who) the same as the one on her leg. As long as they don't interfere with walking and they don't cause any discomfort we are leaving them alone. She's almost 12 and we are trying to avoid any operations.

Peri's breakfast
I finally bound Baby Zoe's little quilt and dropped it off to Uncle Dutch along with a Nigella Brownie!!! It's a cheater's panel and I sewed around each square with just the layer of wadding underneath. Then I added the backing and just sewed a cross from top to bottom and side to side. It is a very cute print. I backed it with some vibrant green and a cute dotty print that MrsDrWho found at The Black pot of Doomlight (tm)

Baby Zoe's quilt
The back
Tomorrow I am having my hair cut. Somehow the time just whizzed by when I was sick and I cut my own fringe and it needs to be made respectable. It's Friday Food and I think I will bake something for the vets. Then I have to sew a dress. Well, cut out and sew a dress. I cut out the pattern pieces yesterday and it really is just easy cutting out and sewing. And a little bit of fitting. Wish me luck!!


It's A Dress, Jim, But Not As We Know It, Not As We Know It, Captain.



The pattern envelope said the dress would fit smoothly below the bust at the top of the rib cage. Not on me it didn't.  So, no dress by Friday. But there was a dress by Saturday and I had my revenge on Supposed Dress #1: I used it as lining. Ha!

I sewed Simplicity Amazing Fit 1800, view B. It has an interesting construction and I am very glad I basted it together first:

1800

 

Basted, not wasted, or waisted

 

 

 

 

The next thing I did was clean the mirror!! I found 2.5 metres of fabric in one of my tubs. The perfect amount if I didn't add the giant pockets and I used the other failed dress as lining. The pattern has extra wide seam allowances which I utilised. And then immediately un-utilised. As usual I overestimated my size. And I liked the sleeves narrower. All in all this is a great dress. It is so comfortable to wear and it will be nice and cool in Summer too.

I did try to take some self-timer photos, but Gilly was helping....

Gilly helps

But I managed one reasonable picture. It has a 1950's vibe, according to party goers. The sleeves are attached last of all and form the shoulders after they are faced at the top.

Captain Dress
I stayed at the party for two hours and talked to lots of friends, had a glass of posh bubbly and some finger food. Then I had to go home and go to sleep immediately!!

Cheered by my dress success I decided to fix my green dress from earlier this year. I basically took it apart. I raised the shoulder seam by 4cm, re-drafted the sleeve heads to take out all the excess puffiness, and then sewed it together again. In spite of this, the neckline still gapes and I feel I must keep putting my hand on it all the time to hold it close. I threaded hat elastic through the top stitching channel. I just need to adjust it one last time and stitch the ends in place. It is not perfect, but as good as it is going to get.

Neck and sleeves fixed

So not a dress by Friday, but two wearable dresses by Sunday. Not too shabby.

The weather has been very warm today, but now we are having thunderstorms. Peri and Gilly needed to cool down in the paddle pool. But only their feet and in Gilly's case, only one foot!!!

Peri cools her feet
Gilly cools one foot
I re-potted my zucchini plants into three bigger pots after a lot of helpful advice. Imagine my surprise when I saw actual zucchinis had appeared. Two actual zucchinis, but it is two more than I have ever grown!!

Repotted zucchini
Two actual zucchini

I  am still quite tired after my outing yesterday, so I plan to get some extra sleep this week. I did something every day last week, and two things on some days. I also have a huge haul of thick books from the Library. I had 15 books on Hold and they all seem to be coming at once. I need to do some dedicated reading. I was so slow with one book, and we have three weeks, that I missed the due date and now I have a $1 fine to pay on Monday. I think we may just be able to sneak in a quick nap before tea!!

Please excuse any errors, I have read through twice, but my brain is a tad sleepy and slow.


Friday Food: Potato Salad

Jamie and Nigella are all about healthy food now. I like healthy food, but it has to taste good. This is a nice version of potato salad without the rich mayonnaise, but it is full of flavour. The recipe from Coles' Christmas magazine serves 8 as a side and they say it only costs $1 a serve. I used little gherkins instead of cornichon, and parsley and spring onion from my little garden.  I do love potato salad with egg mayo, but this is a very good substitute. Apart from the gherkins, you may have everything you need already at your house.

I used Bismarks, but other potato salad varieties include Bintje, Desiree, Dutch Cream Kennebec, Kipfler, Nadine, Nicola, Pink Eyes and Red Rascals.

I will make this again all Summer long, I love the contrast between the creamy potatoes and the savoury gherkins and the tasty dressing.

Potato Salad   serves 8 as a side

  • 1.5kg red skinned potatoes 
  • 80ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 40ml white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup cornichons, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the potatoes by washing or scrubbing them, whatever seems applicable, and cut into 1cm thick slices. Put into a pan, cover with cold water and cover. Bring to the boil. Uncover and boil for about 8 minutes or until the potatoes are tender but not falling apart.

Boiling potatoes

While the potatoes boil make the dressing. Put the oil, vinegar and garlic into a screw top container and shake vigorously. Check for seasonings and then set aside.

Dressing

Drain the potatoes into a large bowl. Remove the garlic clove from the dressing and shake vigorously once more.  While the potatoes are still hot pour over 2/3 of the dressing. Gentle turn to coat the potatoes. Cool to room temperature.

Cooling and dressing

Arrange the potatoes on a platter and sprinkle over the parsley, cornichons and spring onion. Drizzle with the last of the dressing and serve.

Potato salad


The Famous Five (Words)

Not famous words at all. But definitely five.

I had 117 blog posts to read and comment on and I felt daunted. Those blog posts really mount up and people are participating in NaBloPoMo: I'm not! I feel daunted quite a lot in my life. Nevertheless I made a plan: read and then comment in just 5 words. It made the task seem less Herculean. I wanted to read all the posts and comments!! So if you found a weirdly short comment with  a - or a : then it was me, being concise!!!

Speaking of weird, I have a tree growing on my fence line.

Strange fruits and tree
I found Gilly eating the fruit. I think it is a Medlar. I know they are safe to eat. Does anyone know what it is?? I did search for pictures, but as I am no gardener, I couldn't really tell. The knife blade is 8cm or about 3 inches long and inside the fruit are four compartments with a big seed. The fruit is very yellow and soft when it is ripe.  Since birds are eating them, I reckon they are safe!!

Weird fruit
In other gardening difficulties: my zucchini leaves are going yellow. I am trying not watering them so much, and then I will try watering them some more.

Zucchini help

Gilly met her very close friend Sandy the Labrador last Thursday. She insisted on walking up the hill and then stood still, and in the distance I could see Sandy and his dad walking down the hill.

Gilly spots Sandy

When Peri, Gilly and Sandy met there was a muddle and confusion of happy Labs!!!

Labrador meeting

Since there will be a posh birthday party this weekend for Wee Jock and Bessie's mum, well finger food and bubbly, I am making a new dress. It is a Simplicity Amazing Fit pattern and I have some lovely emerald tie-dye fabric. It doesn't seem to photograph well. I plan on making the scoop neck and I think sleeves. If I don't finish the seams off I can take the sleeves out and face the armhole later on.

Dress by friday

On Friday we had three tornadoes in the South of the state and hail storms here in the North. I have never seen a tornado or such hail storms in all my life.

Tornado
Of course Gilly thought the hail was tasty treat just for her!! No-one was hurt. I did check in with my mum who was busy and didn't even hear the warnings that were broadcast all morning!!

Hail Storm
Gilly wears herself out with all her running about and guarding the house. She is so sweet when she is asleep.

Gilly asleep, my baby
Peri has been enjoying the sun, and her hay fever comes and goes. The ointment helps, but I have to put it on wearing gloves and just before she hops out of the car for a walk or has a meal so it has ten minutes to work. She's not supposed to lick it off.

 

One of the women at Leukaemia Support Group, who is a carer for her husband, knitted a cardigan for herself from some very vintage Coats Patons wool. She didn't like the way it looked on her and so she gave it to me. I have tops in both the main green colours. It will need a single button at the mid bust point. The sleeves are too long, but we both decided I could just cut the sleeves off and then knit new cuffs. There is a belt so I have plenty of wool. It is just too hot to wear it right now. I think it is such a lovely gift!!

Cardi
At long last.

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced today that there will be a Royal Commission into Child Abuse in the churches and other care facilities and institutions. There is video of her speech and of an interview on 7-30, but it is confronting.

Yesterday was Rembrance Day. I always think of my dad especially. He was in the Navy and fought in the Korean War.  Lest we forget.


Friday Food: Broccolini, Chilli, Cashews

Are you bored yet??? I am obsessed with cooking from Hugh's three good things right now. This is an excellent side dish or you can add some rice noodles as I did and it is lunch!!!

You can substitute any greens: broccoli, cabbage, kale, Asian greens.

You can use almonds, hazelnuts or peanuts instead of cashews.

This really does only take a few minutes to prepare and Hugh suggests serving it with simply prepared chicken or fish, or in my case two little lamb loin chops!!

 

Broccolini, Chilli and Cashews     serves 4

  • 400g broccolini, trimmed
  • 75g cashews
  • 2 tbspn olive oil
  • 1/4 - 1 large red chilli, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • a dash of soy sauce or lemon juice
  •  cooked rice noodles to serve if you like

Trim the broccolini/green vegetables and then steam or boil for a few minutes until al dente. Drain and place aside.

Broccolini cooking
Heat a wok or frying pan over a medium heat and toast the cashews for a few minutes. I tossed them in the pan every few seconds, until I could see they were going golden brown (or darker!!). It would be easy to burn them so keep an eye out. Put aside with the broccolini.

Toasting the nuts
Now add the oil, garlic and chilli to the pan and cook gently for 30-60 seconds, or long as it takes for the garlic to cook through a little. Turn up the heat and add the broccolini and cashews and stir fry for about 2 minutes.

Stir frying
Add a splash of soy sauce or lemon juice and it is ready to serve as a side dish.

As a side dish
Or, add some cooked rice noodles and fry for a few more seconds. These thin rice noodles cook by having boiled water poured on them and then standing for about 5 minutes. Very easy.

With rice noodles

 


This Royal Throne Of Kings, This Sceptic Isle...

If I said I was a republican right now people would think of the 'Grand Old Party' in the US of A and elephants and Regan and Bush and Mitt. Not so, I am quite happy to have Barack Obama returned as President, especially as a woman. The kind of republican I am is the kind that cares not a jot when our Colonial OverLords visit, other than to think what could have been done with the $100,000 the five hour visit to the south of the state cost us all. I am happy for them to go royalling about in their own countries, and I like being part of the Commonwealth, but I think we are way past ready to stand on our own two feet. Right about here I usually say I am sure they are very nice people, but seeing the way some of them behave, I'm not so sure.... Also I'd like a new flag in the same vein as Canada's and relevant to our country. Maybe just the Southern Cross on a blue background?? Definitely not The Boxing Kangaroo.

WeeJock and Bessie's mum is having a significant birthday and sent out an invitation with a photo of herself at age three. I replied with a photo of me, possibly at a younger age?? It is Very Old and I know my dress was yellow and my mum would have knitted my cardigan. In the picture on the left is my Uncle Ian and almost obscured by me is my dad. I hated being all sandy and sticky even then!!!

Me
Heston Blumenthal's pudding has made it all the way to one of our supermarkets. It is ready to steam for three hours and costs $18. I considered buying one, but I am allergic to oranges and really, think of all those food miles.

Hey heston
My next door neighbour took a fervent and unshakable dislike to a tree, or group of trees, growing in my garden. I don't know what it was, but it had spikes or prickles. Now it is gone, she and the next to next door neighbour cut it down over several weeks. I am a bit sad it is gone, but good neighbourly co-operation is more important. You can see Uncle Dutch cutting down the oak tree below it in the before picture!!

Gone baby gone
Peri and Gilly are very loyal and when you arrive home, they are both generally waiting at the gate, tails wagging and even making little happy whining sounds. I try to always have a treat for them. I know it is spoiling them, but who could resist those beautiful faces and wiggly waggly tails??

Wait at the gate
My Book List in the sidebar is working again. At last. After months and months. I read all of Desmond Bagley's books, which were a birthday present, and I love them. Then I discovered Hilari Bell's fantasy books and I am borrowing them from the Library. I saw Monica McInerney on Tuesday Bookclub discussing The Chrysalids, one of my very favourite books. I sent an email to both writers, not expecting a reply, but the both sent back lovely emails. That was a very nice surprise!! I did confess to Monica that I had never read any of her books, but I borrowed her first book from The Library today.

Over the last few months I've been doing some secret knitting. I have completed 75% and know that it will be ready in time. The project has been disguised to protect the recipients!!

Knitting project
The weather has been very windy and it made me think of all the people affected by Hurricane Sandy on the other side of the world. Yesterday a helicopter flew low over our house and that made me think how lucky we are to live in a place where it is a group of tourists or scientists and not soldiers with bombs. We're being a bit grateful this week. I think a little gratefulness is good for the spirit.