It has been a rough two weeks. My "flu" turned out to be pneumonia, and then, before I was recovered, I caught a cold from DH. Each day is a little better, though, and I'm finally able to sleep at night, propped up on pillows. I've made some progress on the Nurmilintu Shawl, though.
I had trouble concentrating on the lace pattern when I was sick and ended up frogging back to the garter stitch section, but as my mind has cleared, it has become easier. I'm just starting the second lace section now. I'll put in a lifeline after the next row. The yarn is Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn in "Swamp." It's hand-dyed.
We had some more snow. This snow is typical for Bend.
I'm so glad that if we had to get sick, at least we aren't contending with the usual Park City snow.
DBIL is recovering well from his surgery. DH took him to the doctor on Friday, and he has been released from care. He can drive himself now, so that's good.
You may remember that we replaced all our major kitchen appliances during the Black Friday sale at Lowe's. The stove was found to have three rivets missing, which caused the drawer to hang down on the right side.
It was still useable for cooking, but we couldn't use the drawer. DH taped the drawer in place, and Lowe's ordered us a new one, which was delivered on Saturday.
The first one had some scuffs on the control panel, too. This one is virtually pristine. Good for Lowe's. They made devoted customers out of us.
The first thing we did when it arrived was check the drawer, which functions perfectly.
DH picked up some stainless cleaner, and I cleaned the dishwasher with it yesterday.
When we took out the old dishwasher, we discovered some wires had been chewed through by mice. One of the wires was for the dishwasher and the other went to the outlet at the end of the breakfast bar. If some motion in the house had caused them to touch, we could have had a fire. The electrician fixed the wires, and right after Christmas, the plumber came and installed the dishwasher, so we were able to use the dishwasher before everyone left.
I didn't really want stainless appliances, but you have to pay extra for white now, and the microwave, which we haven't replaced, is stainless, so it was expedient. The stainless shows fingerprints, which I don't like, but it is what it is, and they are otherwise nice-looking appliances. The main thing is, they work well.
I managed to do a photo shoot for Friday's story. Cooking Lesson gives children a basic overview of nutrition. Billy and Mariah come into the kitchen, where Jolena is cooking. They pepper her with questions about what you have to know when you cook for others.
What's on my needles: Still the Nurmilintu Shawl.
What's on my Sparrow 15: Standing by for costumes for my characters.
What's in my hoop: Still the Spring Flowers quilt, no progress again this week.
What's in The Doll's Storybook: Cooking Lesson. Jolena is in the kitchen.
What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen, and then listened to The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz. Now I'm starting Fear by Bob Woodward. My DBIL has been reading it. He says it's good.
What's in my wine glass: Nothing right now. I've lost my taste for wine. It will come back, I'm sure.
What's my tip of the week: A pneumonia shot won't keep you from getting pneumonia, because it doesn't cover all the bacteria and viruses that can cause it. However, it can prevent many strains of pneumonia and, if you do get it, you are likely to recover faster.
Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.