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A new project and a new recipe




My new project is a free Ravelry Download – Agitator Mitts. Fingerless mitts crocheted with worsted weight yarn (I’m using Stylecraft Special Aran in the colour Denim) and a 4.25mm hook.

I have learned a new stitch – extended single crochet (I suppose that would be extended double crochet in the UK).

I am making the smaller size as the recipient I have in mind has very small hands, but if I have any doubts about them I may also make a pair in the larger size.

The rawfood diet is going well, though of course we are only on Day Two. I feel better already, except for the stiff neck, which was worked on again by my chiro today. It’s always good to have nutrient-dense snacks so that you don’t feel hungry and go and fall off the wagon at the first tummy rumble. Here’s what I made tonight – they are good!

CLADs (coconut lime almond date balls)

You’ll need a food processor for this. Blitz one cup natural almonds (fully raw if possible, but if you’re in N America they will probably be pasteurized) until they look like breadcrumbs.

Add one cup desiccated coconut and mix briefly.

Pit some fresh soft Medjool dates and pack them into the one cup measure until full. Tip into food processor and blitz again.

Finally, add the juice of one lime and mix again.

Use wet hands (to minimize sticking) to form mixture into small balls, store in an airtight container in the fridge. Will probably last for a few days if you can resist them for that long.


This is one heavy project


Huge, heavy, but oh-so-colourful




Close up – especially love the variegated with the three solids



Experimental stuffing 

I knew it was big. But this took

5 crochet/knitted blankets
2 shawls
I commercial throw blanket
2 thin quilts

It occurs to me it would be good for storing spare pillows too. I might have to stuff some in as well as the blankets to get it nice and firm.

I will do some decrease rounds next. The pattern just says to do one decrease round and then make a drawstring. But I’d rather reduce my stitch count first.

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday and I must get out and walk today. I was hoping for at least some sunbathing yesterday but instead Tai Chi Man and I cleaned out the cold room, tidying, vacuuming, relabelling the storage containers, and then I had to make dinner for all five of us (ds1 came over).

Today is May 1st, a new month and a new motivation for raw foods. Tai Chi Man and I plan to eat raw for the month of May. I am hoping to see increased energy, joints feeling young again, clothes fitting a little looser. I have my holiday in June visiting family as extra incentive.

Here goes!

More health news


I am warming more to the doctor who wrote the Wheat Belly book as I work my way through the book. Yesterday I said that he seemed to think it ok to eat animal foods but in subsequent chapters he does talk about the ph of the body and how vegetables are alkalizing and animal foods are acidifying, and an acidic body encourages health problems. So I feel more confident that when he gives his patients the suggestion to try four weeks without wheat, he is also telling them to eat more vegetables. Except, of course, for those “healthy whole grains” which are apparently not so healthy.

I have enjoyed two more great smoothies today. This morning’s was a more classic smoothie with banana and almond butter and spinach and stuff, this evening’s was more of a thick juice with lettuce, cucumber, pear, mango, orange and frozen prune plums.

In between I was visiting with a friend today and took along some energy balls – once again, a new experiment which turned out well. They have a cup of almonds, blitzed in the food processor, to which I added a quarter cup of almond butter, half a cup of raisins, 8 medjool dates, 2 tblsp raw cacao powder, 1 tblsp maple syrup, 1 tblsp grated ginger root, and blitzed again. I rolled the small balls of mixture in more cacao powder. Mmmm, chocolate health food, and actually better than the Bliss Balls that I was inspired by.

My friend had made fresh juice which she shared and it was really good. Orange, apple and carrot juice, with which she blended kale and parsley.

So, a good day’s eating. Feeling great!

Smoothie week


I’m going in to my fourth week mostly eating raw. I said at the outset I’d allow myself to “cheat” on weekends and that has helped me to stay on the wagon during the week, except for one night last week when the family came together at the end of a busy day and I’d made a big pot of soup in the morning so that dinner wouldn’t be really late. It was really good soup and I had some and it was very satisfying.

However the past weekend has once again shown me that a little more self-discipline would be great. I had some more soup. A few tortilla chips. A small bar of chocolate. A couple of slices of toast with melted Daiya on top. Yes, they tasted good for a few minutes, but once in my body things were not so pleasant. I regretted choosing those foods afterwards and today I was committed to more smoothies/juices.

Breakfast was mid-morning and the smoothie contained

Frozen blueberries
An orange
A grapefruit
Scoop of Barleans Greens

Lunch was mid-afternoon and I had

Almond butter
Frozen apricot and plums

A little more calorific and satisfying with the nut butter in it.


No frozen fruit – more of a Vitamix juice

While I was cooking for the rest of the family, I had some cucumber and carrots.

My aim is to take the cleansing and weight loss to the next level.

I’m reading the Wheat Belly book right now and am not surprised about many of the conclusions that the author comes to. I’ve long known that eating bread makes me sleepy and heavy and bloated. He says that today’s wheat is nothing like the grain of old, and that it is an addictive substance that causes many health problems, including big bellies and man boobs (those are called Moobs around here)! I don’t agree with all of his recommendations to his patients, though, as he says they can eat plenty of animal products as long as they stay off the grains. It would serve them better to go over to a plant-based diet and avoid all the artery-clogging effects of eating meat and cheese. In my not-so-humble opinion 😉

It’s been a beautiful sunny day today, though the air never completely lost its coolness. The sun is just peeking in my window, shining over the top of the mountain and through the neighbour’s tree branches. I love this time of day – if you watch the sun disappear you can almost feel the earth turning.



A quickie while waiting for ds2 to brush his teeth. I have to get him to his art class by 9am.

Fiddlehead Fern – back is done down to armholes, stitches have been picked up at shoulders and neck shaping done, steek stitches in place at centre front.

Raw food diet – Day 11 – feeling great, jeans are looser. We did go out for lunch on Sunday for ds1’s 21st birthday, but apart from that I have been 99% raw. Feeling nice and clean, er, inside, if you know what I mean! That Sunday lunch (Vegan Asian food) transitioned exceedingly fast, ahem. Ovulation was less uncomfortable than usual – I have noticed that before – anyone with menstrual problems should definitely try eating raw for a couple of months and feel the difference.

Here’s a progress shot of the cardigan:


So much energy


It’s like being plugged into an electric socket. It occurs to me that all those people who think they need coffee to get going in the morning just need to change their diet. Eating raw means that all that pure food energy is going where it needs to be – no waste, no fillers, no drain on the body as it attempts to digest or otherwise deal with a load of heavy processed crap.

I have dispensed with the Yorkshire tea this morning, opting for a decaf Typhoo, as I haven’t been sleeping that well, and also I find myself having to exercise because I have such a natural buzz.

It’s awesome. And every time I eat this way, I wonder why I fall back into the cooked food addiction. Because that’s what it is. But it seems dumb to be addicted to something that’s bad for me. Isn’t it easy to be addicted to the ‘bad’ stuff? Why is that?

Anyway, can’t sit here too long – stuff to do.

Successful first day



I was so busy with housework yesterday (including putting away the winter boots and sleds and getting out my summer clothes) that I was able to avoid boredom eating and only eat when I really needed to. That’s one of my main challenges – home a lot, close to the kitchen, too easy to grab food.

I had a raw smoothie at noon and a big salad at 5pm plus a few almonds, and I was satisfied. Felt so good and energetic. Went to bed early with a detox headache, which is normal, but slept fitfully. Up earlier than usual today and looking forward to a hike with friends in the sunshine.

Breakfast is Vitamix juice. In other words, all the fibre of the fruit is in there – grapefruit, orange, apple, pineapple – blitzed. It’s very good!

Spring cleaning


I’m posting from my iMac today so I can type way faster than on my iPad so I can say more!!!

And I can hit Command + and get a nice big font so I don’t need my reading glasses 🙂

As usual, Spring is here and is motivating me to do something about my body and the layers of fat underneath the layers of winter clothes. We have had beautiful weather here this week, officially 16 or 17 degrees but more like 20 in the sunshine. And of course one’s thoughts turn to beach weather and swimming in the lake and maybe fitting better into one’s clothes.

“They” say that after a certain age (and I DID turn 50 last year) one has to choose between one’s face and one’s body. What that means is that if you’re skinny, you may look older and wrinklier because there’s no fat underneath the skin to pad out the wrinkles. If you’re plumper, then in theory your face is less wrinkly. Hell, I don’t really care about wrinkles or a few extra pounds, and I’m totally embracing my numerous grey hairs these days. But I do like feeling energetic rather than sluggish and out of breath, and I dislike the feeling of the roll of fat around my midriff.

I need to keep myself accountable, and to that end I posted a status on Facebook the other day to say I was going 100% raw from Monday. Asked if any of my friends would like to join me so we could support each other. Two said Yes! Ten years ago, when I did the raw thing for about six months, I measured myself, weighed myself, and got quite obsessed with every quarter of an inch (I still remember a sarcastic comeback from an acquaintance). This time, I ain’t doing numbers. I put on a fairly presentable set of black underwear and asked Tai Chi Man to take photos with my iPad, full length front, back, sides and a close up of my face. Thought it would scare me into losing weight, though actually I don’t look as bad as I thought! If I could only change one thing physically, it would be the lumpy cellulite-y legs – cos really, curvy is fine, I just don’t like the way the cellulite casts shadows when in the sunlight, ha ha…sob.

I certainly won’t be posting the photos here, but I have dragged them on to my computer desktop so that if I falter I can refer to them and think…..raw food….raw food….cleanse, cleanse, cleanse.

I am going to allow myself to “cheat” on weekends, if I feel the need. Because sometimes all you need is the knowledge that you can have something “later” that keeps you on the straight and narrow.

Happy Easter, happy Springtime, and healthy eating to you all.









raw lasagne


Three days of about 98% raw food so far and feeling great. Today I made raw lasagne  for dinner, not just for me, but for Tai Chi Man too. I planned in the morning, so decided to marinate the zucchini slices so they’d be softer, soaked almonds for the “cheese” layer, and soaked sun dried tomatoes  for the sauce. It all came together very  nicely.

This was adapted from a recipe shared at a Raw Food Workshop I went to a year or so ago. The original has a basil pesto layer too, but alas I had no fresh basil.

Today was more vegetabley than the previous days. I do like my raw chocolate mousse, trail mix, medjool dates and smoothies,  but to balance things out I had a salad for lunch and this lasagne for dinner. A less sweet or calorie-dense day.

I forgot to show you my fridge door yesterday. Took a photo of my poetry magnets because I spent ages sorting them out into nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns etc, then made a few new poems.




may long weekend


It’s Victoria Day here so we have a three-day weekend. That’s nice for Tai Chi Man who really needs as much R and R as he can get right now.

I think I saw a hummingbird the other day – only one bird has that flight pattern, in other words, straight up, then take a right. I made sure to put out the feeders the next day, for which the ants are thanking me profusely, as I dripped sugar water along the deck and on the railing.

The house was looking its usual weekend grungy mess today and, whilst I usually ignore it knowing I’ll get to it on Monday, I decided that today was going to be weekly cleaning day. I have a little twinge in my left ankle, probably from the tennis yesterday, so rather than do any specific exercise, I burned off some of my prodigious energy vacuuming, doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms….you get the idea.

This was my dinner tonight. I call this zoodles with raw tomato sauce. If you’ve been reading my other blog, you’ll know I’ve been eating 100% raw and these “noodles” are made from zucchini, pared with a vegetable peeler. If I had one of those fancy Spiralizers that makes pretty curly strips, that would be fun, but this is fine too. The sauce is made from soaked sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, salt, basil and a splash of olive oil. I used a stick blender to mix it so it’s still pretty chunky.

I haven’t been posting photos over on so thought I’d post it here.

I hope you all have a fun weekend.