Monday, March 31, 2014

Trash Day Is Fun!

What a funny kitty...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Favorite Product -- Remote Control

Do y’all remember the Clap On, Clap Off As-Seen-on-TV product of years ago??

I decided that I wanted something like that, but a better version.  And sure enough, I found it on Amazon.

Here’s a link to it:  Remote Control

It’s so cool.  You plug your device into it, and you have a key ring with buttons on it to operate it.  You push one button to turn it on, and another to turn it off.

Can you imagine the possibilities?

(I have a heater with a remote control and just love the convenience.)

I use a fan at night aimed right at my bed, and I just hated getting up in the winter and freezing while I rushed to get it turned off.  Now I can turn it off while I’m still under the covers!

You could have a light come on inside right before you unlock your front door…  Maybe you can’t reach your bedside lamp switch easily to turn it off before bedtime…  This could be really handy for outdoor or security lights...  Hey, no more bending down and reaching under the Christmas tree to turn the lights on or off… 

You probably can think of other ideas where it could come in really handy.

I just love mine!

Lucky Dog

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Recipe--Avocado Corn Salsa

We have a really nice local restaurant that serves a delicious sandwich called the Santa Fe.  It reads as good as it tastes:  a tortilla-crusted chicken breast served with Monterey Jack cheese, chipotle-mayo and roasted corn-avocado salsa on focaccia.


But it’s the salsa that I love so much.  So I set about to copy it.  I don’t know how close I got, but it is now a favorite at our house.

Here’s my recipe:

Avocado Corn Salsa

1 bag frozen sweet corn, cooked and cooled 
       (it can cool while you chop)
       (or canned corn, but frozen is better to me)

2-3 ripe avocados, chopped
3 ribs of celery, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
½ red or sweet onion, finely chopped
a handful or two of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
the juice of 1 fresh lime, squeezed over the mixture
       (really, use a fresh lime--your taste buds will thank you)

Mix together.
Serve with Scoops tortilla chips.   


Lucky Dog

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Knitters Elbow

You know, one of the problems of loving to knit so much is the possibility of overdoing it.  Sometimes if I knit too much, I can re-aggravate my old golfer’s elbow injury. 

Well, if that describes you, too, here are a few things that I am trying.  And if you have found some things that work for you, please share them with all of us by leaving a comment.

When my golfer’s elbow started to resurface again, well, at first I didn’t even consider that it could be all my knitting.  What does knitting have to do with my elbows?

But soon it was obvious that it really was due to my knitting.  And besides the obvious, knit less, I tried to figure out what was going on so I could solve it.

I looked at how I was holding my needles and arms and noticed that my left arm and elbow were up in the air and unsupported.  I think they were tense the whole time. 

(This can also happen to me when I type on my laptop -- a double whammy!)

I found that if I put a pillow under my elbow to support it, so it can stay completely relaxed, that really helps.

Another thing I’ve tried is wearing an elbow brace.  Sometimes I put it on before I even begin knitting to help keep things happy.  I don’t really like wearing it, but it’s an option.

And you know about me and ice -- yes, an ice pack can be a knitter’s or gardener’s best friend.  I have the kind that has a velcro strap attached-- and I wrap it around my elbow for awhile to reduce any inflammation and pain.

And of course, being the Queen of pain creams (!), there are always topicals to try.  My latest favorite is Penetrex.  (You might enjoy reading its reviews on Amazon.  They’re pretty impressive.)  I also like Topricin and Super Blue Stuff, but lately the Penetrex has been working out for me the best.

We knitters love to knit, and unfortunately sometimes we don’t even let an injury stop us.

Can you imagine that anyone would keep knitting when they hurt???

I don’t remember anyone warning me that knitting has such a compulsive/addictive nature to it!  If I were a crocheter, I’d say I was truly “hooked”.  LOL  (sorry)

Anyway, I hope this helps!

Lucky Dog

p.s.  Actually, though, all this does remind me of my doctor who wouldn’t quit lifting weights even though his elbows hurt, too.  haha  Humans are funny!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hog Heaven

I think we are actually going to shift from winter to spring soon!
Thank heavens, it's been so cold this year.

I have been knitting on my lace projects all winter.
What a perfect way to spend a chilly, dreary day!

And I have been learning about the benefits of
using a kitchen scale with my knitting.

For example, when the rest of my ball of yarn weighs
the same as my project, I think I must be halfway done.

And here I am knitting with the kitten in my lap. 
Talk about hog heaven!

Here he is snuggled up to my knitting bag.
He is such a sweetie!

And I’ve actually finished one of my lace scarfs,
so now I need to block it. 
After I do, I’ll share a photo.

Happy knitting!

Lucky Dog