Our Week

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and messages about Beans the Cat Pattern, I am so happy you like him and a few Beans patterns have already been knitted up and shared on Ravelry. I really love seeing your knitted projects so thanks for sharing them:) I will be adding a few more free patterns soon over the next few days.
It has been a cold week here in Johannesburg. The fires are lit early in the mornings so we can keep warm. Our homes here in South Africa aren’t built for really cold weather so when the temperature drops below -1C  it’s usually colder inside our home than outside!
We’ve had a scare with Jen this week, she hasn’t been feeling too well, she has been for blood tests and we have discovered that her insulin levels are four times higher than they should be! We have a wonderful doctor who is guiding us through this. We are changing our diet to low GI, cutting out all refined sugar, white pasta and flour etc… and we will move forward from here. Please would you keep her in your thoughts…
Do you remember this wool blanket that I made on my knitting machine? It’s finally finished, Jen and I crocheted a border around the edge and it’s so lovely and soft…

This morning we cooked our feathered girls some oats for breakfast to keep them warm.

Early morning frost on out roof.

We have been pruning and cutting back some of our trees, all the wood is dried out in bags and will be used for next winter’s fires.

I love finding little drawings on the walls outside, so sweet:)

I’m really not sure what’s been eating my spinach and lettuce, it isn’t birds, our veggie garden is enclosed with shade cloth, perhaps it’s rats or insects?? So this is what I have decided to do to try and combat the problem. I am going to recycle my milk bottles into little cloches to try and give these plants a chance. I really would like my veggies to grow so I can use them in salads and green juices. I’ll let you know how it goes. Any advice here would be appreciated.

The frost also took three of our potato plants. We pulled them out today and I was so happy to find a few potatoes still looking amazing underground.

Have a lovely weekend!

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10 Responses to Our Week

  1. Wendy June 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter’s health scare. There is a good book to read called Diabetic Revolution which was recommended to us for my husband. All the best!

    • Linda June 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks so much Wendy!
      I am off to have a look at it now.

  2. fehnna June 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    I have a book for you, too. The “Save Your Life Diet High Fiber Cookbook,” by Dr. David Reuben. It’s out of print, but you can find it. Wonderful recipies with whole grains along with very readable material advocating whole grains. Our favorite is the Whole Wheat Muffins – a snow day staple with a pot of tea. He gives a Basic recipe and about a dozen ideas for varriations.


  3. Marianne July 1, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    So sorry to hear about the little one’s problems, will be keeping her and all the family in our prayers here.

  4. woolies July 1, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    Best of luck figuring out the best approach to help Jen!

  5. Natalie Buehler July 1, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Shame Linds,
    So sorry to hear about Jen, I hope you come right, let me know if there is anything I can do to help from this side! She is such a brave soldier I am sure she will conquer this!
    We will keep her and you in our thoughts.

  6. Lori ann July 2, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    i’m trying to catch up and reading backwards in my reader (hope that makes sense). i’m sending all my positive thoughts to jen, it sounds like you have a good and trusted dr. that helps!
    marigolds planted around veggies can help keep certain pests away. i guess their only pests because they eat the veggies. good luck!

  7. Heather aka Proud Mama July 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    You and Jen did a lovely job on the blanket. So sorry she isn’t feeling well, but I hope the dietary changes will reverse it. Sure is chilly there. Stay warm.

  8. K July 12, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    Ah, Jen. But diet – it’s interesting how changing the food can change the chemistry. I wonder how much I should change, just with my own health. The blanket is beautiful – crochet borders can be so elegant. I love finding little pictures and tiny notes on the walls. I suppose that there are people who would chastise their children for such things – but they are missing something. I wonder why I find brown eggs so much more beautiful than white ones?

  9. Eileen July 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Love reading your blog- little happy vacations for me, a few lines (or rows, in knitting terms) at a time.

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