Posted in Current Projects, Gardening

Nanner socks, Nanner bread, and the Garden

I can hardly believe that July is almost over! Where has this summer (and this year) gone?!

This month seems to have gone by especially fast for me. I think the change in my medications had me rather foggy most of the month making it feel like a blur. I’ve adjusted to the change, but found that the side effects don’t outweigh the benefits on this one, so the next time I go to the doctor I’m going to ask to be taken off of it (which shouldn’t be a problem at all). I started going to PT this past week. So far it made my back waaaay worse than it was and then my follow-up appointment on Tuesday was canceled until this coming Tuesday, so I don’t really have much of an idea where it all stands other than so far it hasn’t helped at all.

Aside from that stuff, I’ve been knitting on my Nanner socks like crazy. I finished the first one on Thursday and started the second one the same day. I’ve now completed the heel of the second sock, so I should be done with this pair very soon.

1st sock done, 2nd started

After thinking about it for quite a while, I decided to join the Ravelympics. I decided it’s time for me to get back to that Starlight sweater I started near the beginning of last year that has been sitting in my WIP pile for too long now. I’ll be doing the WIP Wrestling event for Team Splurk. Here’s what it currently looks like:

Starlight Sweater

Last week I managed to snag a Ravelry t-shirt while some were in the store:

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I love it!

My garden has been growing like crazy. I uploaded a bunch of pictures to my Flickr album, but here are a few of my favorites:

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I have three ripe tomatoes and plenty more on the way. The bell peppers have finally started showing and a few more cucumbers have come up, too. I’m not convinced that they are doing that great, but they’re doing okay enough I guess. The thyme and cilantro died completely and I pulled them out of the container they were in. The lavender and lemon balm aren’t doing so great and I’m not sure what to do about it. I trimmed back the lemon balm because it was getting a bit out of control. Seems okay enough, but the lavender – I have no idea what to do about it. It is looking rather wilted at the moment. Overall, though, I’m just really happy about the success I’ve had!

Today I baked up some chocolate banana bread since we had some bananas that needed to be eaten or baked up. I think it came out really good! I’ve made it before, but it’s been years since I made it. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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Lindsey’s Chocolate Banana Bread
Yield: 1 loaf

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 bananas, crushed
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan. Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and crushed bananas, combine well. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add flour mix and vanillia to creamed mixture, combine well. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 60 minutes, or until done. Cool, serve and enjoy!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend :o)

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Posted in Completed Projects, Current Projects, Gardening

Monkeys and Nanners

I’ve been meaning to update for a while, but it was one of those things I just kept putting off until later. Honestly, though, for the last few weeks I haven’t been feeling that great physically. Recently had some medication changes that didn’t effect me well. I think I’m adjusting better now, but I’m still quite tired most of the time. Went to the Physical Therapist on Thursday for my back problems (two herniated discs in my lower back) and was given some exercises to do. So far I think they are making the pain worse. I go back on Monday, so we’ll see what she says about it. Anyhow, enough about all that stuff. There’s knitting and garden stuff to talk about!

Last weekend I completed my Monkey Socks! I really love how they turned out. They’ll be nice and warm to wear this winter. I also found that I love picot edging and I’m sure I’ll be using it on socks in the future.

Pair #1 Done!

Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A.
Started: June 29, 2008
Completed: July 13, 2008
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, mediumweight, color: Cobalt Bloom
Needles: US 1 bamboo DPNs
Notes: The only difference I made in the pattern is knitting a picot edging instead of the ribbing. I really love how they came out!

After finishing those, I cast on my next pair of socks almost immediately. I’m working on a pair of Nanners (pattern by Wendy).

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The garden is doing okay. I have one cucumber growing (well a lot of little small ones, but only one that has REALLY grown), a bunch of tomatoes, three Hungarian hot peppers, and one yellow bell pepper has finally sprouted. The herbs haven’t faired too well. The thyme, sage, and cilantro all died. The basil, lavender, mint, lemon balm, and rosemary all seem to be doing good, though.

I am a little concerned about the cucumber plant. A bunch of the leaves have died off and I have no clue why. It also killed two little cucumbers that were growing. I’ve been watering and feeding all the plants pretty good, so I don’t know what might be eating it. Seems to just be the cucumber plant, though. A few leaves have died on the tomato plants, but nothing to be really worried about. The cucumber plant, on the other hand, has parts where it’s not really green, but yellow and those are the parts that the leaves are dying on. Hmm. Must research and find out what might be going on.

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Tomorrow Matt and I are going to the Dayton air show. It’s supposed to be really hot tomorrow and possibly rain. I’m hoping for no rain and hopefully the heat won’t kill us. Should be fun, though :o)