when it's hot then it's cold

it’s storming something frightful outside.

it’s warm though.  or, it was earlier today.  mae and i picked alizah up from school as usual, and brought old cap along to enjoy the fresh air.  his ears flapping in the wind cracks me up.  he’s getting to be such a good dog. 

alizah has  a cold.  hubs has a cold.  mae and i are fighting.  i made us all some good tea.  freshly dried garden herbs + local chunk honey + propolis, royal jelly, & bee pollen = relief.  oh - and as always, a teaspoon of peppercorns to help fight the cold virus.  i need some ginger and lemons, too.  what have i been doing at the grocery store?  lord.

i have a full week ahead of me - taking in an extra kid for a couple nights, and back into the usual babysitting schedule, plus a super awesome play date/dinner/craft date with mare so…  no. getting. sick.

short row sweater.  nearly done with the back left already.  a week?  really?  we’ll see how long it takes me to get all the ribbing done around the sleeves, neck, and back.  the rest of the crew may very well zoom past me as i begin to slow… slow… stop.  i’ll post pics once it sort of looks like something.  right now it looks like a big squiggly mess.  mare made this which i had linked to a while back and now… it’s tugging at me.  she said she absolutely loved the pattern - another short row based design - and that it was a great weekend project.  hmmm.  could the devilsh lady distraction finally be rearing her ugly head?  so goes it.  happy monday, people.  xo

Got a cold?

I hate that creeping cold… Itchy ear canals and a deep, mild haze of oncoming congestion…
I’ve kept full-blown colds at bay with my cold-killer tea and I think it’s time to share my recipe!
I get empty tea bags and bulk herbs at a local health food store and I’m sure you can do the same.

You need:

Fresh ginger root

Dried peppermint

Dried chamomile

1 lemon

Raw honey

“fancy” peppercorns - this should be a blend of white, black, green, and pink
I sometimes use the Ginger fresh, but it’s much more potent if it’s chopped and dried before use. Also, if you have chamomile or peppermint in your garden, this is a great way to make use of it in the winter (wink)

In each teabag, add 1/4 tsp fresh Ginger or 1/8 tsp dried Ginger
1/2 tsp each peppercorns, chamomile, and peppermint

steep tea as desired

Finally, squeeze about 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice into your steeped tea and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey (if you can get your hands on the stuff, they have a honey that has pollen and royal jelly in it, too - it’s not as sweet, but the benefits!!!).
The boy swears the lemon makes it taste terrible, but you really need that punch of vitamin c!

I usually take two cups a day for three days at the first signs of a cold and it’s gone!

week gone by...

i can’t believe another week has come and gone!  my work schedule was switched around because of the holiday and i never really got back on track.  it’s funny how switching one day in your routine can change everything!  thanksgiving was what it almost always is… a stressful mess of running from this place to that and smiling my way though one awkward moment to the next.  it’s silly though, isn’t it?  i’d love to just stay home with my girls and the hubs… eat and play and really BE thankful that day.

i accepted an invite to participate in the upcoming holiday bazaar being held at the wheeler building this coming friday.  what was i thinking!? HA  i’ve been getting some quick little knits done for the show, plus i’m bringing some of the wears i currently have in my etsy shop.  tonight i dug out some tiny gold foil origami paper thinking it would be a sweet touch to the booth.  i’ll see how many gold foil cranes i can fold by friday!  here are some of the little tid bits i’ll be bringing to the show:

these are the big bows.  i used some bulky wool to make them and to be quite honest, i think they’re darling!  all of the bows have elastics for wearing them headband style.  i need to get some pics of alizah wearing them.  i think they’re perfect for the pre-teen/teen, but they’ll look equally darling on little ones and grown-ups!  in fact, i have my eye on the purple one….

these are the little bows.  i have a mix here… some are malabrigo merino and some are baby alpaca.  they’re all darling and so so so soft!

i thought it might be fun to throw some starfish into the mix, too.  these are both malabrigo merino.  the girls love them and have quickly added them to their christmas lists!

the yellow one has a purple belly!  cute!

this one was knitted from the caramel roving i dyed and spun.  i think it makes fine starfish skin indeed!

i needed something to house all of those hair bows… i came up with these pillow boxes.  i downloaded the template here.  cut, paste, stamp, DONE!  i love them!

in addition to all the crafty crafts being done, we cleaned and cleansed all day today.  we’ve had this “floating” play area on our tiny house for as long as we’ve lived here, but i think i took care of it once and for all!  i have grand plans for christmas and the play area is going to be transformed completely.  shhhh it’s a surprise ;)

all this work and, of course…. i’m feeling a cold coming on.  i hate that feeling of slowly winding down.  my throat was terribly sore this morning and my sinuses are screaming.  this is our idea of dayquil:

today i had a heaping helping of my own home made cold killer tea.  i just recently realized i could buy empty tea bags and the health food store and fill them.  DUH!  hahaha.  it sure came in handy today.  i steep my tea, squeeze half a lemon into the brew, then stir in about half a teaspoon of raw honey.  how i love those poms for their efforts in my cold war.  tomorrow i’ll grate up some ginger and make my cold killer part two.

mmmm sweet relief.

off to bed!  tomorrow will be another big day.