Friday, August 05, 2022

...8.5...and just like that...I'm back...

...but you'll notice that I'm no longer affectioknit...I'm now affectioknit2...and hopefully everything else will remain the same...

...thank you all for the emails asking if everything is OK...it is...except for this pesky blogger problem...and I've spent hours and hours trying to figure it out and make things go back to "normal"...but alas...affectioknit as I knew it is no more...I have a lot of theories about the problem...but nothing definitive...and I seem to have a workaround now...but...if at some point in the future I again drop off the interwebs...it will probably be some sort of the same problem...

...I was really loathe to lose this blog...I've been blogging almost daily since 2006...thousands of posts...and many thousands of photos...and there are a lot of memories here...and I've made a lot of friends here too...some that I've even met in person...so hopefully things will chug along for a while longer...

...all-right-y-then...let's catch up...
...we had COVID...

...that's right...even as careful as we are...and with a mix of Moderna and Pfizer...we still got the virus...

...but because of those four shots we had very mild cases of Covid...we were lucky...I'm well aware that not everyone makes it through...and we are thankful...

...my symptoms were:
Day 1...a scratchy throat...not a real really sore throat like I get with every cold I've ever had...but just a scratchy throat...enough to let me know that I was catching something...
Day 2-5...a low grade fever...general achiness...a slight dry cough...no congestion at all to speak of...a slightly runny nose...
Day 6-7...no fever...no achiness...just a little bit tired...which continued for a few days...and I have no residual effects...

...so that's about it...so thankful for the shots...and the immunity response that gave us...we've definitely been a lot sicker than this...like way back in 2009...when we all came down with Swine Flu while we were on vacation...
...and...I had a birthday...
...the kiddos sent these beautiful flowers...I love them...
...and there was lots of yarn-y goodness too...
...this skein of tan cotton...I'll probably use for socks at some point...actually called "hazelnut"...
...and this is a whole pile of bamboo needles...
...one in every size you could possibly need...

...this was such a fun package to open...the Man knows how to thrill my knitter's heart...
...another skein of cotton...probably destined to be a dishcloth or two...pretty colours...the Man knows I like anything purple...
...and then...more black thread than I'll probably use in a lifetime...I already had a white one like this...

...hey fam...remember the cones of thread like this that Mom used to sew our clothes...throughout our entire childhood...and never even made a dent in it...haha...
...and then my sweet sissie sent a package with these adorable (vegan) sandals...they are so comfortable...I had noticed the ones she was wearing at the reunion...and thought they were so cute...and I'm happy to have a pair just like them...
...and a new puzzle...I can't wait to get started on this one...
...and we got so much garden goodness as well...Jack-Jack inspected and approved...
...tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and green beans...
...and a whole bag full of delicious sweet corn...
...and we watched a lot of YouTube while we were sick...you know...as you do...haha...and one of the channels we watched was Glen and Friends...I veganize a lot of his Old Cookbook recipes...and this one was supposed to be the very first "Brownie" recipe...and it's not got any chocolate in it at all...
...from a screenshot of his show...
...and it's really good...not like a brownie as we know it at all...but a really nice sort of tea cake...muffin-y thing-y...
...and then...I think the only other thing of note was that our (probably half-a-century) old washing machine finally kicked the bucket...I went out to the laundry room and there was a cloud of acrid blue smoke...yikes...
...but the Man and I managed to haul the spare (leftover from the W.V. move) up from the basement...and now it matches the dryer that we also replaced a couple of years ago...

...I'm so happy to be back in the Blog-o-sphere...now I'm off to see if I can actually comment on any of your blogs...I could see them of course...just not comment...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, July 22, 2022

...7.22...Friday Update...

...we've been having storms every afternoon...and they've been lasting into my "bike-riding-window-of-time"...which I had moved to about 8 PM because we have the lowest daylight temps then...so I snapped this pretty fuzzy little rainbow during my ride...it was still thundering around in the distance but not actively storming...and the pavement was wet and puddle-y...thank goodness I have fenders...
...it's my turn to have the Dune book from the library...so I went ahead and picked up my hold even though I'm not quite through with Claudius the God...I'm on chapter 28 though so I should be able to finish it and start my re-read of Dune tomorrow or Sunday...
...and this version has a neat map on the back cover...
...and dollie's unders in the crinkly shiny yarn seemed a bit too thick and chunky...so...
...I'm starting over with a slightly thinner...but still shiny yarn from stash...I also only have a tiny little bit of it...but I think it will be enough for her tiny little underthings...
...it's definitely thinner but still a little bit sparkly which I think will make some nice undies...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2022

...7.21...What I Ate in a Day...as a Vegan...

...I had gotten the bottle of Just Egg on sale...I like it but I usually only buy it when it's on sale...
...so...I scrambled some of that up for brekkie...and just made a slice of toast to go with it...and tea...of course...
...mid morning I had some canteloupe...not the best one I've ever had...that was one of the ribbed ones that Daddy brought in from Texas on his truck...so it's been a while and I still remember it because it was so good...
...lunch was some leftovers...black beans on tortillas toasted with some vegan cheese...and lots of salsa...and a small bowl of leftover "fried" cabbage...one of the gifted cucumbers...and an apple...and tea...
...in the afternoon...I had one of my favorite snacks...a bowl of rice with a big dollop of Earth Balance...so...so good...
...dinner was a crudité plate with vegan ranch...a boiled new potato...steamed broccoli and baked tofu...
...and Mom had given me the leftover sour cream that she'd gotten to make me some goodies for the reunion...
...so I slathered that on top of my potato...and it was delicious...

...what did you eat yesterday?...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

...7.20...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...Keito Doll #1 is finally finished...
...and I unbraided her hair...
...but I may braid it again...I'm used to it that way...and Big Sissie can undo it if she prefers it that way...
...next up some unders...so I don't have to keep photographing a nekkid doll...haha...
...and I found this small amount of kind of shiny white yarn in the stash...and thought it would make some nice undies...

...what's in your workbasket this week?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

...7.19...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made what I think is the last Brussels Sprouts recipe...(I may find another one hidden in another section...) and served it with some vegan roast chicken...per Julia's suggestion...
...and it was delicious...but then I love Brussels sprouts...and I know not everyone does...haha...

...all of the particulars are over at the Vegan Version...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 18, 2022

...7.18...Over the Weekend...

...there's really not much going on Chez Affectioknit...it's hot...Hot...HOT...highs in the 90s (high 30s C)...with heat indexes over 100°...so just mostly trying to stay cool...
...I did get the shopping...nothing unusual...and we had a very short list...corn was still 4 for $1...
...and we got another gift of squash and cucumbers...
...and fresh green beans...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, July 16, 2022

...7.16...Dinner and a Movie...

...the Man made Tofu Tetrazzini for dinner...
...we had it with some cubed butternut squash roasted with rosemary...and asparagus...and a mixture of wild and white rice...
...it was delicious...

...and it was his turn to choose the movie...and he chose a new series...Our Man in Italy...we had previously watched Our Man in Japan and enjoyed it...it's James May...and he's such a nice travel guide..it's humorous but not like the Idiot Abroad...James May does get into some funny situations but so far they've been more embarrassing than rude...

...what have you been watching lately?...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, July 15, 2022

...7.15...Vegan Chocolate Biscuits and Gravy...or Vegan Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy...it's a Southern Thing...

...so...I've lived in the "South"...almost all my life...(excepting the 7 years in North Dakota)...and I've never had this "Southern" breakfast...but it came up in a conversation with my sweet MIL the other day...as she used to have "Chocolate Gravy" for breakfast as a child...but oddly...during my whole dating and married life...she has never once served this for breakfast...
...so I mixed up some quick vegan drop biscuits...I added a little bit of ACV to some soymilk to make "buttermilk"...
...and dropped some hefty spoonfuls onto my Pampered Chef sheet pan...
...they start rising up right away...
...all puffed and golden brown...
...on a plate...
...covered with chocolate pudding...I cheated here...this is just boxed instant chocolate pudding made with soymilk...I don't put in the full 2 cups to make it a little bit thicker...
...ok...this was really good...like a sort of deconstructed chocolate pie...it was yummy...

...have you ever had Vegan Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy...for breakfast...or otherwise?...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend!