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This Is Serious!

001Let me start out by saying that I have no intention of turning the blog into a health/fitness related blog. That just isn’t me. That said, however, this post is just that.

A couple of weeks ago, we were at a golfing event and John won a door prize – a gym bag with a variety of freebies included (an umbrella, a frisbee, a book, some zippered pouches, etc.). Included was also a free one month membership. I immediately claimed it as I know there’s no way John will use it. After all, his job is very physical, being a gardener.

002I’ve decided that I’m going to do it. Actually, I did it! After work yesterday, I went to the gym and was given the grand tour and signed up for the one month free membership.

003One of my sisters asked me on Facebook why; here’s what I told her:

The numbers on my scale are too high (160 lbs… I should be around 130 lbs), my blood pressure’s too high, my cholesterol is too high, the price of a new wardrobe for this enlarging body is too high, and I don’t want the extra meds my doctor is threatening to put me on (to lower my cholesterol). By joining a gym, I’m taking a serious step to addressing all those issues.

It is something I swore I would never do but I can tell you, it’s not easy getting off that chair to go for a walk every day. The gym I’ve signed up with is between work and home and is open 24/7. It’s my intention to drop in after work a minimum of three times a week, for a minimum of half an hour to an hour each time.

And the cost? Well, if I look at it as a lump sum, it’s a lot of money (I won’t say just how much); however, it is billed bi-weekly and that cost  is about the cost of two bottles of wine. So, realistically, it’s about the cost of a single bottle of wine per week (we sometimes go through three or four on a weekend). I know we can afford that.

I’ll let you know how it goes.




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Where Do I Start?

That’s always the thing after an absence, isn’t it? I never know where to start! So, I guess I’ll just jump in.

I have a new laptop, finally. I picked it up on Thursday and by yesterday, I had it all set up to my preferences. Now, I can get back to “normal”. The new laptop, nothing fancy, is a Lenovo B590. The first time I walked into National Computer Resources, a local independent computer shop, I was asked how I use my computer. When I explained that I’m a blogger who likes to surf the web and an amateur photographer who does a bit of photo manipulation and that I’m not a gamer or movie watcher, the two gentlemen working there immediately pointed to this machine. It’s a basic, nothing fancy, get it done kind of system with a decent sized hard drive (same as the previous laptop) and enough RAM for the kinds of things I do.

In addition to the laptop, I also bought an enclosure for the hard drive from the previous laptop. It was suggested that because the hard drive was intact, I could turn it into an external hard drive. I thought that was a great idea and I now have a 285 gb external hard drive with all the data I had stored on it. That makes me very happy! I didn’t lose a single file!

Me is one happy girl!

This has been a lovely week; I’ve had the entire week off and John and I spent a part of it in Edmonton, being spoiled by his boss and her husband. Canada Day was spent exploring parts of Edmonton (it was really hot!); we started out at the armed forces base where Canada Day celebrations were in full swing.


Canada Day band

From there, we went to the legislative building in the heart of the city. Ian, who grew up in Edmonton, couldn’t remember ever having visited the building before so even he got to play tourist in his own town.

Canada day Pool



legislature stairs

All in all, it was a lovely break from the routine and I have enjoyed every minute of my time off. (Do I really have to go back to work on Monday?? Sigh!)

And there has been knitting! As soon as I knew we were going to Edmonton, I told John that I wanted to visit River City Yarns. It turns out that the shop isn’t at all far (about 10 blocks) from where we were staying. I wanted to see if they had any of the yarn I’m using for the 10-stitch blanket. They didn’t have the specific yarn I’m using but they did have something similar. I wasn’t too fussy on the colours because it’s just that kind of project and I came home with two balls of yarn that will work.

10stitch yarn

I also picked up a pattern for a lovely, decadent little cowl. Just the pattern. Yesterday, I went to Art of Yarn and picked up the yarn for the cowl. The pattern is Annabella’s Cowl, by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. It really is a simple little pattern, basically a tube that is worked in stocking stitch and 4×4 ribbing. It’s the yarn that makes is special.

I’m using two strands held together, as per the pattern. The main yarn is Manos del Uruguay’s Manos Silk Blend (30% silk, 70% merino ultrafine), kettle dyed. It’s a gorgeous royal purple and is so soft and yummy!  The second yarn is Artyarns Silk Mohair, also very soft, very pretty and in shades of purple.

Annabellas cowlThis is going to be one cushy little project. It is a cowl but because it’s a tube, it can be worn in different ways. First, of course, you can wear it as pictured or just down around the neck. It also has enough length that it can be worn as a short scarf, knotted or pinned together with a pretty shawl pin. I think that’s what attracted me to the pattern. It’s versatile and mine is purple. I like purple. No, I love purple… and green… maybe I’ll have to make a green one, too. Hmm…

Enough for now. I could show you garden pictures but we’ll leave that for another day.


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I’m Back!

As of yesterday, I have a new laptop! Now, the learning curve begins as does the set up. Bear with me; I will begin posting again sooner rather than later.


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