Patience Grasshopper 

It’s very hard to wait for things to pass through your system, when it effects your entire body, on good days when my hands don’t hurt I tend to over do it. Which has two results, the first being a baby sweater that went from 3″ to 75% completed (which is amazing considering in my brain fog, I knit the button holes on the wrong side of the sweater, which meant frogging 11 rows and starting again)


The second result is that despite not touching a crochet hook or knitting needle since Thursday, my hands and fingers are swollen & painful. I need to learn to some patience to let it all pass….I should probably stay off of ravelry as well.

So as to not make it worse, Leif is the one who made the homemade gluten free doughnuts this past week 

He has also been reading with Hobbes recently 


And has moved on to new interests. For the first time in a year, he picked out a book from the library that had nothing to do with minecraft.


More seeds have been started….despite the fact that it looks like Spring and Winter are in cahoots (did we really get 16″ of snow this weekend and do we really have more snow on the way?!) 

Along with onions, we now have cabbages and eggplant started and we repotted some high blueberry bush cuttings


Now on to what you’ve all been waiting for, I won’t tease you any longer 


The babies have arrived and they are cute


They are all in good health despite arriving a day later than expected.

Lots of noise happening the the breezeway and on warm days I set up a folding chair and sit out there with them so they get used to me. 

Have a great week folks! 

Here we go again

Well folks, I know I said this would be a q&a, however I had no questions and at the moment I’m rather grateful for that. 

Two days ago I went out to eat at a place I’ve never eaten at before and I’ve never thought to ask if they breaded their French fries…why didn’t I ask?! Well I’ve never eaten breaded French fries before, never even heard of people breading their fries. I’ve gone out to eat at a few places and yes I’ve played Russian roulette with French fries, as the servers always tell me that they use the same fryers for everything. So that’s 1. My fault for assuming and 2. My fault for not bringing it up. 

I had aches yesterday, in my legs but the pain is slowly spreading and I can feel myself get stiff like cement if you will. My joints are swollen and my head hurts. I thought perhaps that it was, as they warned me, contact from the breaded items in the fryer, but then I read about how some restaurants roll their fries in flour. So when I face the restaurant a call today and talked to someone in the kitchen, I was surprised to hear that their fries were breaded when they arrived at the restaurant.

Today I am feeling optimistic, but it’s also warm in my house right now and the heat makes everything bearable. Who knows what tomorrow brings. 

I’m unsure if I will be able to get anything done the next few weeks. I started working on a hat this morning before I realized what was going on. Six hours later, I’m only on row three. So for now I’ll leave you with a scarf I made last week. If you are here via instagram than you will have saw this already.


Have a great week folks!

Food allergies

A long time ago, back before my husband and I started dating, back to those high school days where we were mere best friends, I found out that he was deathly allergic to peanuts. Now I love peanut butter, but for him I avoid it, he’s had too many hospital trips for eating items that were mislabeled. Sorry peanut butter I loved you, but I love my husband more.

With people who have reactions to foods right away, like my husband, most people tend to be careful about foods they offer.
Now there are a long list of other food allergies, some that take awhile to kick in…Leif once ate frogs legs *shudders*,¬†took a little while but then he was covered from head to toe in hives.

For me it’s gluten, I have Celiacs. While the reaction isn’t instantaneous or immediately life threatening, it is still something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. People don’t take me seriously, “you don’t look sick” or “it’s all in your head” or ” you didn’t get sick as a child”.

This week I was (I’m hoping by accident) told the food I was consuming was gluten free, it was not. I want to give you all an insight on what it feels like to go through a gluten attack.

Let’s start with the head first shall we? For me it starts off like a cramping in my temples, at first it’s dull and achy, & then becomes sharper. While I’ve never had my head stuck in a vice, nor been kicked by steel toed boots, I can’t help but refer to those two actions, as how my head has felt since this past Tuesday, combined with a freight train constantly rushing through your head. Sunglasses help slightly, but even when taking a pain reliever, it is not enough.

Now we will move on to some gross stuff, yep that’s right I’m going there, diarrhea. Because who doesn’t like having to stay near a toilet or stop every fifteen minutes when away from the house running errands that have been put off for far too long. Me that’s who, myself & every single person out there. It’s not in anyway shape or form, how I want to be spending my time.

Then there is the nausea & sometimes the inability to keep food down. Let’s combine these with the previous symptom and man what a party that must be :-/

I’ve also got exhaustion going on. I used to go to bed at 10 and get up at 5:30-6:00, these last few days I’m lucky to hit 10 and I’ve been rolling out of bed at 7:30-8. I’m too tired to do anything, everyone is on their last pair of clean underwear, I’m just a lump.

This last one is the worst, pain in the joints. My ankles and my back are inflamed, my arms & legs feel achy, but my hands and fingers….I can’t even knit or crochet, it’s truly not a pleasant feeling.

On the outside I may not “look sick”…even though I’ve basically been camped in my chair for half the week, but this is a case of “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”. Toph and the kids have been helping a lot, but it’s depressing that I can’t do everything I normally do. The worst part is that I have no idea how long this is going to last.
What I’m saying here folks is this, if someone tells you that they have a food allergy, whether you believe them or not. You really ought to respect them enough to

A. Make sure if you offer them food, that food does not contain any of what it is they are allergic to. People shouldn’t have to play twenty questions with people they trust.

B. Don’t get all offended if they bring their own food, we aren’t trying to be jerks, we are trying to be polite.

C. Don’t try and chalk up a persons reaction to it being something else. We know what’s wrong with us, it’s for us and our doctor to decide, not you.

D. Not all food allergies were created equally. Different foods, different people, different reactions.

Now this post was brought to you by anti inflammatories & extra strength pain relievers. Be respectful, be kind, and when it doubt, do your research.
Have a nice day folks.

The silver lining

Today was the day, I had planned to finish my regency dress so I could move on to the next dress. All I had left to do was to cut out the lining for the front and back skirt, and stitch everything together.

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Well….it’s half finished har har har, I ran out of lining so I was only able to finish cutting out the lining for the skirt front, I decided to pin the top and skirt together to make myself feel better. Oh well, I will have to make a trip to Joann fabrics in-between snowstorms.

Lorelai and I decided to make gluten free chocolate chip cookies, I have had pretty good luck with the oatmeal flour…until today

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Batch #1 not enough flour and I’m sure I could have used half the butter

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The outcome was interesting.

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Batch #2 they looked alright

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Then fell apart as I moved them. They were still tasty however and were enjoyed by all.

I shall not give up!!

Have a nice night folks!

Ramble ramble

Here I am, writing from my apparent permanent spot on the couch. Moose has been giving me evil eyes for the last two days, as if to say “That is where I lay when I think you guys aren’t looking, I want my spot back“, Well don’t worry one bit Moose, I’ve started eating the kids gummy vitamins, as well as making sure I stand in the sunlight for a couple of minutes every hour. I don’t want to be here anymore then you want me here jeeze.

One thing I have been able to accomplish on this “fun” little sickness vacation, is to finish chart 4 of the Min Ulla scarf

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yeah….I see you got really far.
I’m hoping to finish chart number 5 by Friday & hopefully start cutting my regency dress!

I’ve also had success the last two days, making gluten free pancakes

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And last night, gluten free pizza

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Toph absolutely refuses to eat anything made with store bought gluten free flour, so I’ve been grinding up a lot of gluten free oatmeal. I wish I could say I measured how much I used, but the kids were trying to “help” me make dinner and I stopped counting because I’m sick and they were driving me batty. So I just poured flour in until it was dough like and thankfully it tasted pretty good, I’ll certainly write it down next time and post the recipe here.

The bright side of being sick

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Lorelai finally found a book that peaked her interest, Under the lilacs by Louisa May Alcott. I borrowed this book from my grandmother when I was only a few years older then Lorelai.

Have a great day folks!