It’s been a fun flurry of finishing up some wip’s so I could get to this monkey! With the two items that went to the fair, and the baby hat (still no pics!) I couldn’t wait to get to this monkey. Not sure if any of you participate in the Ravellenic Games over on Ravelry, but this year I signed up for the ‘toy toss’ category. I had the body done before finishing the other projects, and did have one leg, both eyes and the muzzle completed, but had a lot of work to get it finished, photographed and posted before the torch went out. I worked on it ALL day Sunday, WHEW! Doing the face was SO much fun as I knew his personality would come though. It reminded me of the moment I complete a bag and stand back to see its personality! The directions said to ‘stuff firmly’…. I’m either really literal, or paranoid it’ll soften, but I stuffed that body SO firm it was like a baseball bat! Good grief… the stuffing showed through the black yarn WAY too much. So, believe it or not, I removed a freezer bag worth of stuffing from the body! But it was smooth sailing from that point on. I’d love to make another . It was great fun and I’m so pleased I finished it in time….
The pattern monkey was shown in brown and tan, but I loved the black and orange together so much. And looking through my stash I found this variegated sock yarn for the scarf, too perfect!
So he’ll live here, for now…. just waiting for little hands to be ready. He’s waiting, with lots of love to give.
Now back to the baby blanket!
I continue to feel well. Yoga was great this morning and I’m stronger every way. Monday I start up with radiation which is every day (M-F) for 6.5 weeks. I can do that too. It’s 40 minutes one way, 40 minutes there and 40 minutes home. So I’ll be keeping up as best I can with ……. bags/life.
It’s hot and humid today…. just the weather that makes me long for Fall. I’m a cold weather gal. Not that don’t love summer, but when we get this moist, dripping with humidity air….. blech 😀
Oh… I’ve found another fabulous recipe! I LOVE lemon bread and this recipe is fabulous. NO sugar or flour. Here we go:
Lemon Pound Cake
1/3 C melted coconut oil
1/3 C maple syrup
1/3 C lemon juice
lemon zest to your liking
Blend those together well and add:
1/2 (plus 1 T) coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 T cornstarch
pinch of salt.
Blend well and bake in a smaller bread loaf pan. I baked mine at 350 degrees for 25 or so minutes. The first time I made it I didn’t have 5 eggs so used 3, and loved it. Then I used 5 eggs and although it was more like a pound cake, I preferred it the other way. Then I made it with 4 eggs! Still, the 3 eggs is my favorite. Oh… it was also too sweet to my liking (believe it or not) so I reduced the maple syrup. For a glaze, mix coconut cream (don’t shake the can) with some maple syrup and lemon juice… it doesn’t harden like a powdered sugar glaze, but it does firm up it the fridge. Considering the coconut flour is a source of protein, and maple syrup is filled with healthy minerals… this is a great, tasty, moist sweet tooth satisfier!
Okay, I’m off to work. I’ve ordered some fabulous new velveteen upholstery fabrics so look for those soon. One of the fabrics is here, so soon might even be this afternoon!
Is it me or are we women always so busy? It it that we just do everything because… we can? Sometimes the weight feels heavy, then I’m reminded that everything I do is by choice…. mine. So once again it’s balancing that ‘I have standards in how I like things done, how I like my home to be’ and ‘wow, I’m tired … I need to flop.’ So what does life look like without balance, when perhaps we don’t get support. Doesn’t balance mean ‘steady’… without the vast contrast between doing too much and recuperating? My thought is below, honest yes’s and no’s. Having had cancer has brought a lot to the forefront for me. Moving forward with my honest yes’s and no’s without fear is my goal. And it’s easier all time. Ever find yourself saying ‘yes’ and then having an internal struggle? How about a simple ‘no’? That’s what I mean…. knowing clearly what is my honest yes, and no. It’s beautiful work, and very freeing. Balance.
Bottom of heart thanks. Back again soon XO
“The voice within is what I’m married to.
All marriage is a metaphor for that marriage.
My lover is the place inside me where an honest yes and no come from.
That’s my true partner. It’s always there.
And to tell you yes when my integrity says no is to divorce that partner.